Dr Debbie Bethlehem is a speech and language therapist with almost 20 years’ experience in her field, including working within the NHS and in independent practice, as well as lecturing and clinical tutoring of undergraduate and postgraduate students. She has a keen interest in both voice disorders and acquired neurological disorders such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. She completed her undergraduate degree in South Africa and her postgraduate degrees in the UK, and has published papers and presented at international conferences in the areas of her speciality.
At Spire Bushey Hospital, Dr Bethlehem sees patients with voice disorders as well as adults with acquired neurological disorders. These may include aphasia, dyspraxia or dysarthria following a stroke, or voice and language difficulties associated with Parkinson’s disease. She also sees patients diagnosed with dementia, with the aim of maximising their ability to communicate as each stage progresses. She is also interested in working with more subtle communication problems, such as word-finding difficulties and difficulties with verbal expression.
Dr Bethlehem has a person-centred approach to assessment and management, with sessions lasting up to an hour, allowing for questions and concerns to be fully addressed. Session times and days can be arranged to suit personal preferences.