Have you suffered from a diagnosed vocal injury or are recovering from voice surgery or injections?

Do you struggle with chronic hoarseness, MUSCLE TENSION DYSPHONIA (MTD) or vocal fatigue that makes singing harder than you know it can be?

 

Have you been diagnosed with neurological dysfunction resulting in vocal fold paresis, paralysis or essential tremor?

 

I am an experienced singing voice specialist who guides disordered singers back to free and healthy singing.

Client referrals come from speech-language pathologists, experienced singers, colleagues and teachers all over the US and many other countries, with whom I have worked.

 

To discuss your needs, the process and rates, please contact me below. I’ll respond in a timely manner, I promise!

 

 

Our vocal rehabilitation work is based upon:

  • Evidence-based rehabilitative tools.

  • Practical application of motor-learning principles to embrace the brain’s ability to groove new neuro-pathways for healthy function.

  • My working relationships with licensed Speech Language Pathologists and Speech Language Therapists in the medical community. 

  • Advanced and expert practical application of Somatic VoiceWork tm: The Lovetri Method and Resonant Voice Therapy.

  • My highly-trained somatic empathy, a functionally-discerning ear and leadership through emotional intelligence.

  • My experiences as a professional singer, vocal pedagogue and bi-lateral vocal fold paresis patient.

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 What You Will Need:

It is in your best interest to first be seen by a laryngologist who works with singers. You may request that copies of your records and video strobe, or images, be sent to me via email, or bring me your records at our first meeting.  

Just like knee surgery requires physical therapy, vocal fold surgery requires vocal rehabilitation and reconditioning. 

You will need a plan for vocal maintenance and vocal health that may be different from anything you’ve done so far.  


Since I am both a singing voice rehabilitation specialist and voice teacher in a private, non-clinical setting, insurance will not cover your sessions. 


 Make the Choice to Cherish Your Voice! It is your sound identity out in the world and the sound of your soul.

 

Cate helped guide me through a difficult period as a professional vocalist that included diagnosis of a neurological dysfunction of one vocal fold and the death of my mother. Performing had become a joyless, stressful chore. After the diagnosis I began working with a speech-language pathologist who was great at observing what was wrong but had no rehabilitative tools other than to run me through musical scales. Cate’s tools brought me slowly into healing and restructuring my voice. which has resulted in more stamina, more joy in my talent and greater vocal consistency. This is an on-going process but the results prove the merits of our work together. She very well may have made possible another exciting chapter or two in my life-long career as a professional vocalist!
— Steve Washington, AEA The Steve Washington Project (jazz and R & B), Raggs and the Allstars (lead vocalist), Thad Wilson Jazz Orchestra (vocalist)
I know this is a bit of a read. but it’s important if you have vocal issues due to neurological dysfunction or vocal fold injury. I am a vocalist, recording artist, song-writer, voice teacher and educator. I was diagnosed with bi-lateral vocal paresis in March 2001 by a leading Otolaryngologist who works with clients in the entertainment field.

Before landing in his office I saw a Washington DC-based otolaryngologist who performed surgery on a vocal fold cyst. it caused more vocal dysfunction and personal distress. I was then scheduled with countless speech pathologists along the way, and finally landed at the Otolaryngologist, in another city, that addressed my issue. At this point, paresis was minor on one vocal fold and was not causing any issues. I was able to perform a great deal to support my hit record.

Fast forward 13 years: I was recording a new project. My voice was failing and I had no idea why. I returned to my trusted doctor in NYC who told me that the cause of my problem was due to the paresis because it had progressed to both vocal folds. I finished my project as best I could and upon its release did not perform. I then went back to my doctor to see if an injectable solution could make things better. He made no recommendations for voice therapy after the injections. After two of these injectables, my voice was no better. That is when I came to terms with needing to see Cate. The rehabilitation process is very slow but it does help to garner strength. I am able to sing more easily on some days and understand better the severity of my case. Cate’s skilled approach, information, whole body awareness. exercises and expertise have proven to be incredibly helpful in getting me closer to my goal, which is to perform again. I feel secure, after a very long vocal health journey, in knowing she is part of my team.
— Debbie Kirkland, www.debbiekirkland.com