Pre-Conference for Speech Pathologists

Thursday, October 23rd
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  1. SLP Pre-Conference: The Use of Complementary Medicine in Voice Therapy: A Hands-On Workshop (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
  2. Laryngology Fellows Day Program (8:30 AM - 4:30 PM) Contact Gaelyn Garrett, MD for more information:
  3. Young Laryngologist Section (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM) Contact Sunil Verma, MD for more information:    Agenda
The Use of Complementary Medicine in Voice Therapy

Course Co-Directors:

Jackie Gartner Schmidt, PhD
Edie R. Hapner, PhD
Jennifer C. Muckala, M.A., CCC-SLP


Marina Gilman MM, MA
Speech Language Pathologist
Aaron Ziegler, PhD
Speech Language Pathologist
Aaron Pham, Pharm-D
Russell Thompson, PhD
Cognitive Behavioral Therapist
Mary Sandage, PhD
Speech Language Pathologist
Edward Wright, DDS, MS
Carey Tomlinson
Physical Therapist

Learning Objectives:

After completing this workshop, the participant will:
  1. Be familiarized with several holistic medications used in voice therapy and the science or pseudo science behind their use.
  2. Understand the theoretical basis for cognitive behavioral therapy.
  3. Be acquainted to the aims of several manual therapies from a didactic and experiential perspective
  4. Be introduced to mindfulness meditation and its application in voice therapy and in other medical specialties.
Course Description

Complementary medicine is the use of alternative methods in conjunction with mainstream western medicine in the treatment of a variety of medically and behaviorally based disorders. Nearly 40% of all Americans use alternative medicines as a form of primary or secondary treatment. Therefore, it is expected that many people who seek voice therapy will also use complementary treatments. This workshop will explore several manual therapies, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness meditation, and the use of holistic medications in the treatment of voice disorders. The participant will benefit from understanding the theoretical basis proposed for these therapies and a hands on experience with several of the therapies.


7:30 – 8:30 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 8:45 AM Opening Remarks: Jennifer Muckala, M.A., CCC-SLP
8:45 – 9:15 AM Review of Holistic Medications - Aaron Ziegler, PhD
9:15 – 9:45 AM Fact or Fiction? A Pharmacist's ViewAaron Pham, Pharm-D
9:45 – 10:45 AM Cognitive Behavior TherapyRussell (Trey) Thompson, PhD
10:45 – 11:00 AM Break
11:00 – 11:30 AM Mindfulness Meditation in Pain Management - Edward Wright, DDS, MS
11:30 – 12:00 PM Mindfulness Meditation in Voice Care - Mary Sandage, PhD
12:00 – 12:15 PM Question and Answer Session
12:15 – 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 – 2:00 PM Myofascial Release / Application to Voice Therapy - Carey Tomlinson, PT
2:00 – 2:30 PM Hands-on Practice
2:30 – 2:45 PM Break
2:45 – 3:15 PM Feldenkrais Method: Theory and Application to Voice Therapy - Marina Gilman, CCC-SLP
3:15 – 3:45 PM Hands-on Practice
3:45 – 4:30 PM Panel/Cases
4:30 – 4:45 PM Question and Answer Session