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gender affirming speech pathologist

About
Natasha Schellander

Natasha has ten years experience as a qualified practicing Speech Pathologist, and six of those years have been spent learning about gender affirming voice therapy.

In 2020 Natasha established Gender Voice Centre to help people achieve a voice they are happier and more comfortable with.

Natasha's diagnosis of ADHD is a blessing in this field as she picks up on the subtle changes and placements of the voice.
Natasha is a Speech Pathology Australia registered provider and a member of AusPATH and WPATH.

In her personal time, she enjoys being in nature with her family.

gender affirming speech pathologist

About
Maryanne Fonceca

Maryanne graduated with a Masters of Speech Language Pathology from the University of Canberra in 2022 after completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 2017.

 

Maryanne is passionate about providing a high level of personalised therapy to support clients in achieving their individual communication and swallowing goals. In addition to her passion for optimizing vocal function, she has a special interest in neurological and neuro-degenerative conditions.

 

In her spare time she enjoys live theatre, drinking tea and spending time outdoors with her family and friends.  

Brittany graduated from Australian Catholic University in 2020. Brittany is passionate about supporting her clients to achieve their goals in a personalised, and client-centred way.

 

Brittany experiences great enjoyment working with people to achieve their vocal goals! She also has great interest in working with adults with neurological and neuro-degenerative conditions and works with people with a range of abilities. In addition to being a wonderful speech pathologist, she's also a clinical educator.

 

In her spare time she enjoys spending time outdoors with her dogs or cuddling with them on the couch with a good book.

About
Brittany Henderson

gender affirming speech pathologist
gender affirming speech pathologist

About
Abigail de Vos 

Abigail graduated with a Masters of Speech Pathology from University of Technology (UTS) in 2021, with Bachelor of Speech, Hearing & Language Sciences from Macquarie University in 2019.

 

Abigail has a background in neurodivergent paediatrics in private and public settings and university experience with working alongside clients  in gender-affirming voice therapy.  She enjoys helping clients progress towards their voice goals step-by-step in a safe and motivating environment. 

 

Abigail enjoys spending time with her family & friends, exploring new restaurants, and watching too much Netflix.

About
Roisin McDonnell


Roisin has a Masters of Speech Pathology from Macquarie University as well as Bachelors degrees in Speech, Hearing & Language Science and Music Theatre. As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community she is passionate about providing her clients with the skills to safely discover their most authentic voice. Roisin also enjoys working with a broad range of speech pathology clients and in disability support. She has personal interest in the areas of mental health, music and sustainability. Outside of work Roisin enjoys going to trivia, seeing musicals and hanging out with friends.

gender affirming speech pathologist
gender affirming speech pathologist

About
Brittany Fong 

Brittany completed her Masters of Speech Pathology degree from The University of Melbourne in 2022. Previously, she worked in mainstream schools and supported students with special educational needs. she is fluent is Mandarin, Cantonese, Portuguese, and Spanish.

 

Brittany is keen to help clients with achieving their speech-language and vocal goals. She believes that communication is not only important for expressing one’s thoughts but also important for building one’s social and self-identity. Her other career interests also include: social skills, bilingual development, mental health and acquired brain injuries. 

In her free time, Brittany enjoys language-learning (working on her fifth language!), playing the ukulele, listening to podcasts and socialising with friends. 

About
Kate Walker

Kate is a Speech Pathologist with a special interest in voice and swallowing disoriders. She trained at Curtin University and started her career in 2009 working with people with progressive neurological disorders and then moving into acute medical care. Her diverse career spans 14 years across the UK and Australia. 

As a singer Kate has always had a passion for the voice. Her many years of vocal training, including studying music theatre at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, set the stage for working in this area. Kate is particularly passionate about supporting trans and gender-diverse folk find their unique voice which aligns with their gender identity. She set up the first gender voice clinic in Darwin and is very excited to continue this work with the Gender Voice Centre.

Kate has an adventurous spirit and love of travel. She has visited over 33 countries and covered thousands of kms on the road exploring Australia in her 4WD – when she’s not in the clinic you will find her chasing waterfalls, climbing a mountain or at the beach. She’s also a massive foodie and loves getting out to the theatre and live music. Kate has created The Nomadic Naturopath, a space where her passion for advocacy and big picture health, along with her love of nature and travel merge to provide informed naturopathic care for the LGBTQIA+ community, a community she is proud to be a part of.

gender affirming speech pathologist
gender affirming speech pathologist

About
Gabrielle Nicoll

Gabrielle graduated from La Trobe University with a Masters in Speech Pathology in 2019, and has 3 years’ experience as a Speech Pathologist, working across the lifespan and in a variety of settings. Prior to this, she completed a Bachelor of Arts from University of Melbourne in 2014, and worked in the non-profit space helping vulnerable people, asylum seekers and people living with disability.  

She loves working with teenagers and adults on goals that are relevant and important to them, and has found her most rewarding work to be with neurodiverse young people who are developing their identity and place in the world. 

Gab is currently travelling around Australia, and is passionate about yoga (including breathwork and meditation), hula hooping, reading and getting crafty!

About
Steph Hogg

Steph (she/her) is a Speech Pathologist who graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Science (Speech Pathology) in 2015. 

Steph is part of the LGBTQI+ community in Perth. She is passionate about empowering trans and gender diverse people to express their authentic selves in a way feels safe and genuine to them. Steph will take the time to get to know you and to truly listen to what it is you want to achieve. She will support you on your journey as you gain the skills and knowledge you are seeking, whether that be in your voice, other gender presentation practices, or in communicating your gender identity to others.

Steph has had 7 years of experience working with adults in community disability, specialising in neurological rehabilitation. Through this, Steph has gained valuable experience working with diverse people and supporting them to live their lives the way they choose. She is attentive to the need to take a holisitic and individualised approach to therapy.

Outside of work, Steph enjoys surfing, diving, going to AUSLAN classes, and spending time with her amazing friends and family.

gender affirming speech pathologist
gender affirming speech pathologist

About
Ellie Price 

Ellie grew up on the Sunshine Coast and completed a Bachelor of Speech Pathology at the University of Queensland. Ellie has been practicing Speech Pathology for over three years in rural and remote Queensland communities. Ellie has been working as a rural generalist and enjoys seeing both Paediatric and adult clients. Ellie has a passion for increasing access and availability to medical services for people living in Australia.

Ellie has previous experience both delivering and receiving voice therapy and assessment. She believes in helping others reach a level of communication that is functional and allows them to participate and complete daily tasks that are important to the individual.

Ellie enjoys spending her down time with friends, travelling, going to the beach, and exercising. She can often be found with a delicious meal and a glass of red wine in her hand.

About 
Imogen Dean

After initially training as a classical singer and studying musical theatre at the Victorian College of the Arts, Imogen moved into the sphere of speech pathology, completing her Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Hons) between the University of Newcastle and the University of Hong Kong. 
Imogen currently lives in Hong Kong, where she runs her own speech-language pathology clinic. A proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community, her practice has a strong focus on celebrating culture, gender identity, and neurodiversity. Always up for something new, Imogen has written a picture book which supports parents and caregivers to track their child's speech sound development, and also dabbles in voice acting.
Imogen lives by the motto that "Life is for living", and finds joy in experiencing new sights and sounds around the world, cooking delicious food, trail running, op shopping, snowboarding, and fostering cats 

gender affirming speech pathologist
gender affirming speech pathologist

About
Marilyn Swidler

Marilyn has 30 years experience as a qualified practicing Speech Pathologist and a speech and drama teacher. Marilyn has worked in many clinics with people of all ages assisting them to overcome obstacles in order to become better communicators and achieve their personal goals. Marilyn has also spent many years experience working with people who wish to become confident communicators by mastering the art of communication whether it be modulating the voice, achieving a better tone, conversational skills or braving public speaking. Marilyn is a Speech Pathology Australia registered provider and has worked closely with NDIS over the last few years. 
In her personal time, she enjoys trying new things. Kung Fu is her current obsession.

About
Rachel McKenzie

Rachel is a senior speech pathologist who provides high quality voice training in a supportive and encouraging environment. Her practice is person-centered, and she works collaboratively with clients to achieve a voice they are happy and confident with. She has memberships with the Australian Voice Association and Speech Pathology Australia. In her personal time she loves exploring Sydney.  

 

gender affirming speech pathologist
gender affirming speech pathologist

About
Cristina Russo

Cristina graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Master of Speech Pathology. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Opera Performance. Cristina is passionate about the voice and the fundamental human right of sharing your voice. Nothing gives her more joy than helping people find their voice. Her areas of interest in adults are voice disorders, gender-affirming voice training, stuttering and accent modification. She is particularly passionate about neurodiversity-affirming practice and supporting her clients to be their most authentic selves. 

 

In her free time, Cristina enjoys a career as an opera singer and singing teacher and gigs around Melbourne. 

 

Cristina’s qualifications: 

  • Bachelor of Arts (Major: Italian), University of Melbourne

  • Bachelor of Music (Honours- Vocal Performance), University of Melbourne

  • Master of Music (Opera Performance), University of Melbourne

  • Master of Speech Pathology, University of Melbourne

  • Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults 

  • Graduate Diploma in Adult Education. 

 

About
Martin Badway

gender affirming speech pathologist

Martin is a certified practicing member of Speech Pathology Australia having completed his Master of Speech Pathology in 2021. He has a B. Mus (Voice) Sydney Conservatorium, B. Health Science (Hearing and Speech) Sydney University, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Cross-Cultural Studies (Applied Linguistics) Sydney University. 

 

Martin has also completed the 'The Voice Therapy Spectrum' which qualifies him to use the gold-standard in voice therapies including Lessac-Madsen Resonant Voice, Casper-Stone Flow, and the Adventures in Voice Program for paediatric nodules.

 

Martin has a special interest in clinical laryngology. Most recently, he participated in and completed a workshop for The Dr. Liang Voice Program where he trained to learn how to perform a flexible nasendoscopy for assessing and reading vocal fold appearance and pathology. 

 

For over a year, Martin has been working with transgender and gender-diverse people to support them with gender-affirming voice care, stuttering, and pragmatic difficulties. He is passionate about evidence-based practise and brings his knowledge as a singer and of vocal pedagogy to assist his patients to achieve their goals. He regularly attends meetings by the Australia Voice Association in regard to Transgender and Gender-Diverse health as well as works at a multidisciplinary practice in Sydney which focuses on transgender and gender-diverse health. 

 

Most importantly, Martin is a proud member of the LGBTQiA+ community and a performer. As singer who understands vocal science and laryngeal techniques he is able to treat female to male but also male to female clients as well as those on the gender spectrum because he is able to achieve and demonstrate desired outcomes in even higher pitches.

 

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Our Approach

Our aim is to provide a holistic, individualised, and caring approach that is both personal and highly professional. We enjoy engaging with people, listening to their story, and providing education, support, and evidence based research.

 

We are dedicated to ongoing professional development with the aim to provide up-to-date evidence-based strategies, as well as maintaining our connections within the community. 

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