Author, Speaker, Sleep health advocate and Speech pathologist
I’ve seen more than 40,000 families over 4 decades of clinical work and I’ve seen first-hand how upper airway issues impact both health and happiness. The ripple effects span across family, school, community and society, left untreated can last a life-time. I believe that great treatment transforms lives, the earlier the better and that everyone has a right to be happy, healthy and heard.
I’ve worked in medical settings in Australia and London and currently run Well Spoken clinic in Canberra treating patients of all ages referred by medical and dental specialists for disorders of function of the upper airway that impact breathing, eating and communication.
Over the last decade, I became fascinated with growth and development of the face and jaws, and their impact on essential things that happen in the upper airway, like breathing, eating and speech but in particular, breathing during sleep. I started to wonder how I could possibly help patients effectively, when untreated sleep and breathing issues were undermining everything we did in therapy. Knowing that 80% of sleep and breathing issues are missed and that people, particularly many children are suffering needlessly, it seemed so unfair and unnecessary when solutions are available.
That’s why I wrote Sleep Wrecked Kids. It became a mission to share critical knowledge about the consequences of untreated sleep problems. I believe that when we bring early solutions (before school start) to foster healthy upper airway development, that children can not only thrive, but avert some of the well- known consequences of sleep and breathing problems.
As an invited speaker for national and international congresses I love to speak about sleep, breathing and airway development.
Last but not least, at Well Spoken our work directly contributes to the UN Sustainable Goals for 2030, and we are proud supporters of Sleeping Children Around the World and global health and education projects through B1G1.
In 2015, a commitment was adopted by all United Nations Member States; a shared blueprint for peace and a beautiful society, clean earth and active economy, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership.
At Well Spoken we believe that we all have a role in creating a better world and that every word or action helps, no matter how big or how small. We look at what we do best day to day, year to year and how we help others.
Our giving philosophy
Everyday at Well Spoken in our clinical work we are helping people achieve better upper airway health and communication. And every time we do, we also support global health and education projects through B1G1
We love transforming lives and we have made this our business for over 4 decades. We believe every child and every adult has the right to be happy, health and heard.
In our commitment to creating a healthier and more connected world, Well Spoken is unwavering in helping people optimise their upper airway health, improve the quality of their sleep and realise their communication potential. As pioneering, cutting edge solutions are created, we transfer our knowledge and experience so that others can rise in their own lives.
And by the way, every time we help someone be happy healthy and heard, we transform a life somewhere else in the world. How? For example: when we help a child with sleep disordered breathing, we provide one day of computer education to a child in need. When we see a patient with communication challenges, we give a visually impaired person the special gift of sight to a child in need by supporting projects through B1G1. We all rise by lifting others. We’re grateful that together with you, we’re delivering the solutions that are transforming lives.
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