Our Staff

Medical / Surgical

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 and sits on the board of the Australian Voice Association

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 RMST (respiratory muscle strength training) and provides support to both patients and health care professionals worldwide. 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 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

Slavica Maslovaric

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 a certified Practice Manager and member of the Australian Association of 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

Silvina Thomas

Customer Relations

As a valuable team member of Sydney Voice and Swallowing, Silvina has worked in administration in the field of Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) for the last 20 years. She has a great knowledge of the industry and a strong understanding of patient care. Silvina is there to assist and guide patients through the appointments process and with general enquiries.

 With a strong knowledge of the industry, Silvina’s dedication accompanied by her professional persona, in providing the highest level of customer service and healthcare to our patients whilst ensuring the smooth running of our reception services is unsurpassed.

Heidi Chain


Heidi has been working as a Registered Nurse since graduating in 1997 from the University of Sydney (Cumberland). She has worked at St Vincent’s Private Hosptial for 19 years in the ENT, Head and Neck and Neurological ward. Giving her extensive knowledge in these areas. Ten of these years were spent as the Clinical Nurse Educator for the ward. Educating staff and patients and being a recourse person in this leadership role for the ward.  While performing this role she initiated and developed the role of the Movement Disorder Nurse which continues today at SVPH.  Heidi gained her Masters in Clinical Nurse Practice (Major in Neuroscience) from the University of Technology of Sydney in 2003.   Since then she has continued to stay current in management and care of her patients by completing numerous certificate courses by various nursing  bodies and regularly attending conferences.