Our Staff

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Dr Daniel Novakovic

Dr Daniel Novakovic is an Australian trained Otolaryngologist (Ear Nose & Throat Surgeon) with specialised fellowship training in Laryngology and Head and Neck Surgery. He graduated from the University of Sydney Medical School in 2000 and completed Otolaryngology Training in Australia to attain Fellowship to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in 2007.

Dr Novakovic is one of the few people in Australia to undergo formal fellowship training in the field of laryngology and specifically neurolaryngology having spent a year working at the New York Center for Voice and Swallowing Disorders in Manhattan under the guidance of Dr Andrew Blitzer, Dr Marshall Strome and Dr Lucian Sulica. He has also completed fellowships in Head & Neck Oncology at University of Toronto Canada and St Vincents Hospital Sydney.

Daniel  has interests in population Health and was awarded a Masters of Public Health from University of NSW in 2004. He has active research interests in the areas of respiratory papillomatosis, mucosal wound healing, laser-tissue interactions as well as neurological disorders of the larynx such as vocal fold paralysis and spasmodic dysphonia.

Dr Novakovic has published articles in internationally acclaimed journals, presented research papers at National and International meetings and published book chapters in the areas of Laryngology, Head and Neck Oncology and the use of neurotoxins in the Head & Neck amongst other topics. He acts as a reviewer for journals in the subspecialty area of Laryngology. In the past year he has lectured in Australia, Korea, New Zealand and USA

Dr Novakovic is a member of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, American Laryngological Association, American Academy of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, Australian Medical Association, Australian Society of Performing Arts Healthcare,  Australian Voice Association and sits on the board of the Laryngological Society of Australasia

Dr Novakovic was born and raised in Sydney Australia. His parents are of Serbian/Croatian origin and he speaks conversational Croatian/Serbian.



Speech Pathology Team


Nikki Martin

Nikki Martin has been working as a Speech Pathologist since graduating in 2000. She has worked at various teaching hospitals including Royal North Shore, Westmead and Concord Hospitals. She has worked/specialised in ENT and Voice/Head and Neck surgery throughout that time. She also has extensive experience in acute adult care including dysphagia (swallowing), tracheostomy and communication (language and speech) assessment and treatment across every caseload (ICU, Respiratory, Cardiology, Geriatrics, Burns etc).

In 2003, Nikki initiated and implemented the commencement of the Voice Clinic at Concord Hospital. Nikki also received accreditation from the ENT department at Concord Hospital in 2004 to conduct nasendoscopy independently, being one of only a few Speech Pathologists in Australia able to perform the procedure. She was also a member of the Voice Interest Group (VIG) NSW from 2001 until 2007 and also the chaired and coordinated the group in 2006. Nikki was a member of the Tracheostomy Discussion and Evidence Based Practice Group from 2004 until 2007 (she was chair of the group in 2006). Nikki has been closely involved in the development and establishment of the multi-disciplinary tracheostomy team at Concord Hospital.

Nikki started working in private practice in 2009. Nikki was thrilled to start working at Sydney Voice and Swallowing with Dr Novakovic in 2011 and is very focused on holistic and collaborative patient care. She has undergone various voice training in a range of techniques including Voicecraft™, Lessac Madsen Resonant Voice and LSVT®. Nikki is an expert at EMST-150 training (an exciting respiratory muscle trainer that can assist breathing, speech, voice and swallowing for many different groups of people) and in 2013 became an International partner with Dr Chris Sapienza and Dr Paul Davenport www.emst150.com.au. Nikki also provides services to clients in the Eastern suburbs via her Edgecliff clinic and via Skype for interstate and international clients.


Alisa Hawkins

Alisa is a fully qualified Speech Pathologist with a Masters in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Sydney. Originally trained as an actor, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Performance at Theatre Nepean at the University of Western Sydney where she developed her understanding of using the voice as a performance tool. Alisa has a particular interest in voice disorders in both adults and children. She is also passionate about helping children with speech, language and literacy difficulties through early intervention.

Alisa is a LSVT LOUD® certified clinician trained to deliver specialised voice therapy to clients with Parkinson disease and other neurological conditions. She has also undergone training in vocal techniques such as Voicecraft and Lessac Madsen Resonant Voice.

Alisa has worked in numerous settings including community health, hospitals and disability services. She is committed to working together with clients and their families to create specific programs that target http://healthsavy.com/product/levitra/ each client’s individual needs. Alisa participates in a regular multidisciplinary Voice and Swallowing Clinic with Dr Novakovic. She consults at at Westmead, Norwest, Frenchs Forest and St Leonards rooms.


Dr Cate Madill

Cate has worked as a voice trainer, speech pathologist and voice specialist for the last 20 years. She is recognized nationally and internationally as a voice specialist and has published in peer-reviewed academic journals. She originally trained as an actor and singer at Flinders University of South Australia and worked as a performer for many years across NSW. Working as a voice coach in Sydney fueled her interest in vocal function and disorder, leading to completion of a Speech pathology degree in 1998, with honors and the University medal for her research into describing vocal function. She has subsequently held numerous lecturing positions in Voice in both Speech Pathology and Acting degrees and has completed a PhD in voice quality and personality attribution research.

She is currently a university lecturer and director of a voice research laboratory, Honorary Associate of the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, and a member of Speech Pathology Australia, the Australian Voice Association, and the Laryngology Society of Australasia. She is voice consultant to the radio department at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School and has conducted voice training workshops for actors, singers, teachers, call centre workers and auctioneers. She has undergone training in a range of voice techniques including Voicecraft™, Estill Voice Training™, Lessac Madsen Resonant Voice and LSVT®. She specializes in diagnosis and treatment of voice disorders in voice professionals, singers and performers, and facilitates increased vocal effectiveness in those people who depend on vocal skill to inform, move, motivate and inspire

Dr Madill is also the director of Cate Madill Voice and Speech – her team providing speech pathology services at multiple locations across Sydney. Cate joins the Sydney Voice and Swallowing team for a monthly mutlidisciplinary voice clinic in conjunction with Dr Novakovic.


Administrative Team

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Customer Relations – Business Development


Slavica has been with Sydney Voice & Swallowing since 2011 and brings with her 20 years of knowledge and work experience within the health industry.

Slavica has a Certificate IV in Business Administration which she completed with Distinction and is currently completing her degree in Practice Management.

Slavica’s dedication in providing professional guidance and assistance to patients whilst delivering a seamless and personalised customer experience ensuring the highest quality of patient care takes pride of place in her professional career.

Other Languages: Serbian, Croatian & understands Macedonian


Fiona Headshot 2013 smallFiona Sharpe

Fiona is the newest member of the Sydney Voice and Swallowing team and comes from a strong background in Human resources and the banking sector. She has been an excellent addition to the practice and is always ready to guide patients through the appointment making process as well as assisting with general queries and day to day administrative operational activities







Linda Headhost Mar 2014Linda Hodge

Linda is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Accredited Nutritionist with more than 30 years of experience.   Linda graduated from the University of New England with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in biochemistry and physiology.  She completed post-graduate studies at the University of Sydney and was awarded a Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics and later a Master of Science in Medicine. 

After several years of working as a community dietitian, she trained at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Allergy Unit in Sydney, learning the most up-to-date techniques for the investigation and treatment of food chemical intolerance. Linda then devoted years to the research of the effects of food chemical sensitivity on symptoms of asthma and was responsible for ground-breaking research into the effects of fish oil consumption in asthmatics whilst working with the Institute of Respiratory Medicine, now the Woolcock Institute, in Sydney.She has presented the results of her research at many international and national meetings throughout her career. Linda has had a regular lecturing position with Sydney University to Dietetic students and has facilitated workshops on food allergy and intolerance for both medical practitioners and dietitians.

Since qualifying as a Dietitian in 1982 Linda has been an active member of the Dietitian’s Association of Australia (DAA) and has held positions of National Convenor of the Food Allergy and Intolerance Interest Group and Chairperson of the Food Standards Advisory Committee.  The DAA has acknowledged her as an expert in food allergy and food intolerance and she has been a spokesperson for both the DAA and The National Asthma Council.  Linda has been awarded life membership of the Asthma Foundation of New South Wales and was a member of their Medical Advisory Board for many years.  She is also a member of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA), Australia’s professional body of allergists and clinical immunologists.