Voice Connection is a multidisciplinary team of specialists dedicated to providing comprehensive analysis, diagnosis and treatment of voice disorders within a holistic framework.

Dr. Jonathan Livesey

BM, BCh, MA (Oxon), FRACS, FRCS (ORL), FRCS (Ed)
ENT Surgeon and Voice Specialist

02 9438 1360

After clinical studies in Oxford, Jonathan trained as an Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon and Voice Specialist in England and Australia.   He has been a surgeon and Voice Specialist in practice in St Leonards since 1997 with particular interests in general Paediatric and adult ENT, sinus and nasal disease as well as Voice.   Jonathan is past Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee at the Mater Hospital, North Sydney and past Chairman of the Division of ENT at the Mater. He is a founder member of Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare (ASPAH) and a past President of the Australian Voice Association (AVA).  He is a founding member and has been Secretary of the Laryngology Society of Australasia (LSANZ). He is an attentive listener who will compassionately listen and examine you in order to diagnose your Ear, Nose, Throat or Voice condition. He strongly believes that vocal problems are a result of a combination of medical, vocal skill, and usage, as well as emotional issues. Jonathan and his team are able to create a management plan tailored to you, the individual, to enable you to regain your true voice.

Karin Isman

MA (App Ling), B App Sc. (Speech Path), MSPAA
Speech Pathologist

0411 268 220

Karin has specialised for over 30 years in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of voice disorders, including voice professionals such as singers, actors, teachers, call centre workers, fitness instructors and auctioneers. She initially worked for 12 years at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital as the Head and Neck/ENT Speech Pathologist and has worked in private practice for the last 16 years. She was associated with the Australian Centre for Applied Research in Music Performance, Sydney Conservatorium of Music and gained her Masters of Applied Linguistics from Macquarie University. Karin has published in peer reviewed academic journals and continuously updates her professional development in all areas relating to voice by attending both national and international conferences. Karin’s passion is helping people regain full voice by teaching them techniques that not only restore the voice but also ensure the maintenance of vocal well being. She is passionate about the holistic approach to voice care and loves working with the Voice Connection team and her patients to achieve their goals in therapy. Karin provides her services both on the North Shore and in the Eastern Suburbs. She is also involved in running workshops and courses for those disciplines which have a focus on voice.

Rosie Stern Pooley

MSLP (Speech Language Pathology, BA Arts (Stage and Screen Acting), Adv Dip (Performance),
Speech Pathologist

0431 114 808

Rosie graduated from the University of Sydney Masters of Speech and Language Pathology program in 2015. Prior to this, she studied performance at The Actors Centre Australia, and obtained her Bachelor of Arts from the University of New England. Before becoming a Speech Pathologist, she worked as a drama teacher in schools.

Performance and teaching led her to Speech Pathology, due to the conflicting advice on looking after your voice as a performer and as a teacher. She has a passion for working with patients with voice problems, particularly with performers, teachers, children and people who are undergoing gender transition. Following her Master’s Program, Rosie sought further training to enhance her skills when working with people who have voice disorders. She is a member of the Laryngology Society of Australasia, the Australian Voice Association and Speech Pathology Australia.

Rosie also has experience working with people who have disabilities, facilitating the growth of their communication, learning and social skills. She has experience working with people with disabilities across the lifespan; from early learning to disabilities combined with dementia. She has a special interest in high tech AAC, on IPads and other devices. She is fully committed to considering the whole life of individual with a disability; to working with the individual, their family and support staff to increase the individual’s independence and participation in their community.

Rosie provides her services both on the North Shore and online.

Justin Doran

Clinical Psychologist

0415 134 194

Justin Doran is a Clinical Psychologist committed to a warm and compassionate approach to helping people live full and meaningful lives. From 2012 to 2021, Justin worked in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Teams at Royal North Shore Hospital. He currently works at the Voice Connection Clinic, in private practice in Crows Nest and as a Clinical Supervisor on the Macquarie University Clinical Psychology Training Program. Justin has an increasing interest in the relationship between voice and psychological wellbeing. He uses cognitive-behavioural strategies to assist people to use their voice optimally. Justin spent much of his youth on the stage, performing in amateur musical societies – an experience that helps in understanding the demands on people who rely on their voice in professional and performing contexts.

Dr Freya Smith

DClin Psych, BSc Psych (Hons),
Clinical Psychologist
02 8350 8952

Freya Smith is a Clinical Psychologist who has an empathic and integrated approach to therapy. She has a special interest in helping people cope with health and medical issues. Freya has worked in private practice since 2015 and at Royal North Shore Hospital from 2015-2020. She founded Head to Toe Clinical Psychology in 2019 to focus on her interest in helping people with functional somatic disorders and has worked at the Voice Connection Clinic since 2020. Freya’s approach to psychological therapy for voice difficulties is informed by a biopsychosocial understanding of the mind-body connection. Freya has been a member of choirs and has an appreciation for the challenges facing those involved in the performing arts.

Madeleine Swan

CPSP, MSLP, MMus (Voice), BA
Speech Pathologist

0408 889 607

Madeleine is a Speech Pathologist and Singer who holds a Masters of Speech and Language Pathology from The University of Sydney and a Masters of Music Studies (Jazz Voice) from The Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Madeleine’s lifelong love of singing and fascination with the human voice lead her down the path of wanting to help people overcome their voice difficulties.

Since becoming a speech pathologist in 2016, she has gained experience and training in the assessment and treatment of a variety of voice complaints and diagnoses. She works with professional voice users (singers, actors, teachers, etc.), paediatric voice, the ageing voice, people undergoing gender transition, and others whose lives are impacted in some way by their voice difficulty. Madeleine enjoys keeping up with the latest evidence in voice care and is a member of Speech Pathology Australia, the Laryngology Society of Australasia and the Australian Voice Association.

Madeleine also has an interest and experience working with adults with communication and/or swallowing disorders and difficulties (e.g. aphasia, apraxia, dysarthria, dysphagia) caused by neurological disease or acquired/traumatic brain injury. She has worked within aged-care facilities which involves collaboration with the individual, care staff and families to optimise care needs while balancing medical needs, personal preference and quality of life.

Maddy offers both face-to-face sessions (St Leonards) and online sessions.

Thomas Bagust

BPsych, MAPS
Registered Psychologist

02 8350 8952

I am a friendly and approachable psychologist. I am passionate about providing a non-judgemental and supportive environment, in which I work shoulder to shoulder with clients to overcome challenges in order to achieve their individual goals. My practice revolves around integrity, acceptance, innovation, humour and creativity.

I have experience working with people from diverse backgrounds, across various age groups, presenting with wide ranging concerns affecting their mental health and wellbeing. I utilise evidence based interventions including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy. I tailor these models of treatment to individual needs to assist my clients to manage symptoms of their mental health conditions and improve their quality of living.

I am a registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioners Association, am a member of the Australian Psychological Society and am registered to provide psychology services with Medicare.

Areas of special interest:

– Depression and mood disorders
– Anxiety and excessive worry
– Confidence building and self esteem
– Stress management
– Coping with trauma

“Counselling is about opening up, exploring and ultimately freeing the mind and the spirit. When mind and spirit are free, so too is the body. When the body is free, the voice will soar.”

“At Voice Connection we recognise that the voice is one of the main means by which we share our innermost being with the world.”
Jonathan Livesey


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