Head and neck surgery has always been my passion./
To me the head and neck make up the most complex and beautiful anatomy in the human body. I also love the patients. Head and neck disease can be incredibly confronting because it can affect our most basic functions – how we breathe, how we talk, how we eat and drink, and how we look. When I did my training it was the men and women coping with treatment for advanced head and neck disease who stayed in my memory.
Head and neck cancer
Adult subglottic stenosis and airway surgery
Complex skullbase surgery
Neck lump surgery
Parotid and salivary gland surgery
Pharyngeal pouch surgery
“Shona and I want our practice to be welcoming and relaxing. If patients sense that our environment is a safe haven, we will have achieved what we set out to do.”/
We know that you and your families are often very anxious when you come to see us, especially on the first visit. This is one of the reasons why we’ve chosen to hang artworks on the walls rather than my qualifications. The artworks are hired from Artbank and reflect Shona and my interest in art and also our commitment to creative thinking, innovation, indigenous health, and making the patient journey less lonely and isolated.
You can read more about it here: http://sturgeonmagazine.com.au/exploratory-surgery
Shona and I established the practice together. Her responsibilities include the strategic development of the practice, communication, regulation and governance. She has introduced many initiatives designed to support patients. Shona has a Masters of Information and Knowledge Management and is a PhD Doctoral Candidate at UTS.
Shirlene is responsible for the overall operations of the practice and manages surgery, bookings, accounts and non-medical issues. She originally qualified and worked as a nurse and holds a Diploma of Practice Management. Experienced and highly skilled, Shirlene’s calm leadership helps maintain our sanity and morale.
Tahnee is a world class listener. She and Shirlene work together to manage your care. This can be a complex process with a lot of back and forth to arrange investigations and chase results. Tahnee’s patience and persistence ensures it runs as smoothly as possible. Tahnee has a Bachelor of Medical Science.
Phone: 02 8382 6010
St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Suite 1403 Level 14
406 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010