Our Voice Care Experts
When you visit the UPMC Voice Center, our team of voice care experts will be available to you.
- Christina A. Dastolfo, MS, CCC-SLP
- Robert Fire, BFA, MM, AGMA, AEA
- Leah Helou, PhD, CCC-SLP
- Rita Hersan, MS, CCC-SLP
- Ali Lewandowski, MS, CCC-SLP
- Tracy Thomas, MS, CCC-SLP
- Heather Enright
- Tina Harrison, BS
- Elaine Morgenstern
- Michael Primm
- Donna Smorey
A Comprehensive Voice Care Team
Our team at the Voice Center includes experts in several specialties.
An otolaryngologist — often referred to as an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctor — is medically trained in the evaluation and treatment of voice disorders.
Otolaryngologists specializing in voice care often have fellowship training in professional voice and laryngology (the study of the larynx or voice box).
The speech-language pathologist — a key member of the voice care team — is a certified, licensed health care professional typically with a master's or medical degree.
Speech-language pathologists complete a two-year master's program, followed by a 9- to 12-month supervised clinical fellowship, similar to a medical internship. At the conclusion of the clinical fellowship year, speech-language pathologists in the United States receive certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Some speech-language pathologists on a voice care team sub-specialize in voice, which includes care of the voice. They are often referred to as voice pathologists.
Singing voice specialists
The singing voice specialist is a singing teacher with special training to work in a medical environment and treat people who have sustained vocal injury. Singing voice specialists may also evaluate singers for healthy singing techniques.
Most singing voice specialists have a degree in voice performance or pedagogy; however, some have extensive performing and teaching experience without a formal academic degree.
The singing voice specialist must acquire knowledge beyond traditional voice teacher training, including an understanding of the:
- Anatomy and physiology of a normal and a disordered voice
- Principles of laryngology and medications
- Fundamental principles and practices of speech-language pathology
Nearly all have professional performance experience and training in the rehabilitation of injured voices.
Learn more about voice care team members at the Voice Foundation's website.
Make an Appointment at the Voice Center
To make an appointment, contact the UPMC Voice Center at 412-232-SING (7464).