Voice FAQs

H. Steven Sims, MD
Chicago Institute For Voice Care
"I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Smith for 4 years in the Chicago Institute for Voice Care. We have seen a wide variety of patients, including professional voice users, such as actors and singers, as well as persons with less glamorous, but important vocal occupations and/or needs.
Working in a large, urban academic medical center, we have also treated patients with many health issues and complex medical conditions.
Because voice affects self image, we also face significant psychological issues in some patients. Our clients pose unique challenges not often faced by general practitioners. Despite these challenges, we have fostered substantial voice improvements with our patients.
Dr. Smith is a key factor in these advances. She is a thorough, highly-experienced clinician who respects each patient's individual differences and unique learning styles. Her relaxed, down-to-earth manner is embraced by our patients and she is able to distill difficult concepts into understandable, plain language. Her clinical insights have been helpful to me in the comprehensive management of persons with voice disorders.
I highly recommend her as a speaking voice therapist to otolaryngologists in Florida ".
"I have known Dr. Smith for over 20 years. I have worked with her as a clinician and researcher for 10 years. Her clinical insights in voice and cleft are unmatched. I have observed her completing evaluations and therapy in both areas and have been impressed with her observational skills and rapport with patients. Her patients have benefited from her talents and experience. I highly recommend her to any patient or professional".   Tom W. Guyette, PhD, CCC-SLP
Professor and Chair
Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and University of Arkansas at Little Rock

David J. Reisberg, DDS
Director, The Craniofacial Center, The University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago
Professor, Department of Surgery, The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
Professor, Department of Restorative Dentistry, The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry
"I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Smith for more than twenty five years. She has great knowledge and experience in the area of speech aid prostheses for both congenital conditions such as cleft lip and palate as well as for acquired conditions such as head and neck cancers and neurological disorders. She has comprehensively treated our patients, helping them with speech sound production as well as voice and resonance. She has played an important role in improving the quality of life for our patients".
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