Our Program

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The USC Voice Center is an interdisciplinary center of excellence offering innovative options for treatment for a variety of voice and swallowing disorders. Our team understands the demands of vocal athletes like singers, teachers, business executives, and clergy. Together with our patients, we work towards optimizing vocal performance and vocal health. Our treatment approach to care for swallowing problems treats the whole person understanding that nutrition is the key to health but providing options for improving swallowing skill and safety is the gateway to maintaining a healthy social and emotional lifestyle.

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Our Approach

Our physicians utilize cutting-edge technology to evaluate, properly diagnose and treat voice and swallowing problems. The use of these technologies results in improved diagnoses for our patients and ultimately results in better outcomes from treatment. An accurate and timely diagnosis allows our physicians to deliver effective and personalized treatment promptly. All of our physicians are fellowship-trained laryngologists otolaryngologists (ENTs) with advanced training in medical and surgical methods to preserve and restore voice and swallowing function. State of the art therapies including Awake Laser Therapy (Pulsed KTP Laser Therapy), vocal fold injections for vocal fold paralysis/paresis or vocal fold atrophy/presbyphonia, Botox TM injections for spasmodic dysphonia, tremor, chronic cough, or granuloma and thyroplasty for vocal cord paralysis are a few of the enhanced treatments that set the USC Voice Center apart from many other otolaryngology practices in Southern California.

 

Our team of speech language pathologists with expertise in voice and swallowing care provides exceptional treatment of voice and swallowing problems (dysphagia) in close collaboration with our physicians. Our center is one of a small number of centers in the United States, and the only center in Southern California, that provides true clinical and scholarly collaboration between the physician and speech language pathologist. Our approach to care of the professional voice is to work closely with our patient’s voice trainers and singing teachers to ensure continuity of care and optimal outcomes. Our clinicians are expert at treating the issues experienced by professional and occupational voice users understanding the importance of maintaining entertainment, business and professional commitments while ensuring health and longevity of voice use.

Resources

American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
entnet.org

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
asha.org

International Essential Tremor Foundation
essentialtremor.org

Lee Silverman Voice Therapy
Lsvtglobal.com

National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association
dysphonia.org

Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis Foundation
rrpf.org

Voice Foundation
voicefoundation.org

World Voice Day
entnet.org/worldvoiceday

Support Program

Spasmodic Dysphonia Support groups of Southern California
dysphonia.org/support-groups

News & Stories

Protecting Singers’ Most Precious Instrument

Picture a pair of tiny violin bows, each no longer than a thumbnail clipping, lodged horizontally in your windpipe. Halfway between the chin and collarbone, they dance and vibrate at your command. For higher pitches, they stretch thin. For lower tones, they shorten.

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Our Leadership

The USC Voice Center is led by Michael Johns, III, MD, a fellowship-trained voice expert. He leads an integrated and interdisciplinary team of voice and swallowing experts who are devoted to providing patients with a coordinated, cohesive and unique experience to optimize outcomes and satisfaction.

Our Team

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Practicing Locations

USC Healthcare Center 4

Specializing In

Speech-Language Pathology

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Practicing Locations

Keck Medicine of USC - Downtown Los Angeles
USC Healthcare Center 4
USC Otolaryngology Associates – Glendale
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Practicing Locations

Keck Medicine of USC - Downtown Los Angeles
USC Healthcare Center 4
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Practicing Locations

Keck Medicine of USC - Downtown Los Angeles
USC Healthcare Center 4
USC Otolaryngology Associates – Glendale
USC Otolaryngology Associates – La Cañada Flintridge
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Practicing Locations

Keck Medicine of USC - New Downtown Los Angeles
USC Healthcare Center 4
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Practicing Locations

USC Healthcare Center 4

Additional Team Members

Melody Ouyoung, MS, CCC-SLP
Brenda Villegas, MS, CCC-SLP