Deirdre continues her training and research on laryngeal anatomy and physiology of phonation, training in the rehabilitation of injured voices, and other special voice education by attending regular training events with British Vocal Association, and The Irish Voice SIG. She is also a member of the International Voice Foundation Association in the US.
As a vocal rehabilitation clinician, it is essential to work as part of a Voice Team. Deirdre is very fortunate to work alongside Ireland’s leading practitioners -ENT specialist Dr Mark Rafferty from St Vincent’s Hospital and Speech and Language therapist Dr. Ciaran Kenny from Trinity College Dublin. This dynamic team with their respective areas of expertise are positively collaborating, providing Ireland’s first Voice Clinic and gaining results and referrals on an international level.
As an Laryngologist I frequently see people whom are experiencing difficulties with their singing voice. Often these difficulties can affect the ordinary day to day use of their speaking voice as well.
Once there is no abnormalities of the vocal cords accounting for these problems, patients usually require voice therapy.
I have collaborated with Deirdre on a number of such patients over the last 3 years with great success.
In my opinion, it’s her own personal experience that gives her a great empathy and understanding of the demands on both the professional and amateur recreational singer.
Furthermore, She has developed a great understanding of anatomy of the larynx, as well as a very comprehensive and progressive approach to vocal techniques.
Deirdre has both a personal understanding of the art of singing coupled with a sound scientific understanding of the science behind it.
Mr Mark Rafferty
M.Sc. (Voice Path)
As one would expect, Deirdre has a completely different approach to working with patients who have vocal injuries or problems to training a healthy voice. Her excellent and attuned ear, along with her experience and kind, approachable manner immediately gives the patient the knowledge and assurance required for the initial consultation and follow up treatment sessions.
Deirdre and I have worked together for several years to help performers with voice difficulties rehabilitate and rediscover their instrument. Her knowledge of the art and science of voice, her positive demeanour, and her vast experience of the field have been simply invaluable.
Dr. Ciaran Kenny
(Trinity College Dublin)