Staff Profiles

Wendy Forster

Wendy has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) and is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist. She has over 35 years of clinical experience, having worked in acute, rehabilitation, domiciliary care and residential care settings. Wendy has specific experience and interest in both progressive and acquired neurological conditions, neuro-rehabilitation and palliative care. Wendy is committed to ongoing professional support and ensures that all staff at Adult Speech Pathology participate in “Professional Self-Regulation” as part of their Speech Pathology Australia membership. Wendy is also passionate about staff education and development, offering training to carers, nurses, students and catering staff about dysphagia, modified texture diets and communication disorders.

 

Stephanie Heysen-Smith

Stephanie has a Bachelor of Speech Pathology and is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist. She has several years clinical experience working with adults with dysphagia and/or communication difficulties across community, rehabilitation and residential aged care settings.
She has a special interest in acquired and/or progressive communication difficulties and dementia. Stephanie enjoys working together with each individual and their family in a holistic, person-centred way to support them to achieve their goals and help maximise their quality of life.

 

Amy Higgins

Amy graduated from Flinders University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology. She is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist. Amy has experience working with people with communication difficulties and dysphagia in the community and in residential aged care facilities. Her areas of interest include dysphagia management and supporting adults with progressive and acquired neurological conditions to enhance their communication. She is passionate about collaborative client centred practice and improving quality of life.

 

Daphne Mok

Daphne is multilingual speech pathologist with a focus on adult dysphagia. She has extensive experience in the acute and sub-acute care settings  and managing complex dysphagia in a Swallowing Disorders Clinic outpatient service. She provided multi-disciplinary care in collaboration with Gastroenterology, Neurology and Dietetics.

Daphne is proficient in Videofluoroscopy Swallow Study assessments and Fibreoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing. She has previous peer-reviewed publications in dysphagia research journals and is interested in ongoing collaboration in clinical research.

Daphne speaks Mandarin and Cantonese.

 

Anna Daniels

Anna graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) in 2009 and has been working with Adult Speech Pathology since 2010. She is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist. Anna works in various hospital and nursing home settings across Adelaide and has a specific interest in dysphagia and communication difficulties in adults with neurological conditions. She greatly enjoys working in aged care facilities to improve quality of life for residents and to facilitate the general management of feeding and swallowing difficulties.

 

Claudia Saccone

Claudia graduated from Flinders University in 2021 and is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist. Claudia also completed her Honours thesis investigating pre-professional clinical reasoning and decision-making during clinical swallowing examination. Her areas of interest include dysphagia and communication difficulties, particularly in residential aged care settings and in the community. Claudia enjoys working with clients to achieve functional, client-centred goals to help improve their quality of life.

 

Mistyka Schar

Mistyka Schar has worked in the assessment and management of adult swallowing difficulties in both the hospital and community settings since 2007. She was the Senior Speech Pathologist at Flinders Medical Centre from 2010-2018 where she developed proficiency in swallowing x-ray (videofluoroscopic swallow study) and fibreoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing. She was involved in the establishment of multi-disciplinary swallowing and nutrition services for Head and Neck Cancer patients.  

Mistyka completed her PhD in 2022 exploring the application of innovative technology, pharyngeal high-resolution manometry, in the assessment of swallowing difficulties. Over the past 7 years, she has been affiliated with the Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute Swallowing Research Group. She has presented at national and international conferences and published in peer-reviewed journals.    

Mistyka strongly believes in the provision of individualised service, tailoring the assessment and management of swallowing difficulty to the concerns and needs of each client or carer. She draws on her experience in understanding the complexities of swallowing dysfunction to provide holistic management aimed at optimising safe and personalised swallowing care.