Speech Therapist, 37
After a stint shadowing speech therapists during her junior college days, Dr Selena Young knew it was the occupation for her because it “encompassed human science, the arts, language and psychology”. Now head of craniofacial speech pathology at the Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, she specialises in craniofacial anomalies — defects in the facial structures — and velopharyngeal dysfunction, working with abnormalities in the soft palate muscle. These deformities may lead to serious problems, such as distorted facial growth and a build-up of fluid in the sufferer’s brain, which may lead to visual-impairment or cognitive delay.But speech and language therapy can “ensure the normalisation of speech, voice, language and resonance as early as possible”, says Young. Outside of her “fulfilling and balanced” job, Young is also a lecturer at NUS’s Master of Speech-Language Pathology programme and does community work with medical charity Operation Smile.