Overview

Overview

In Cleveland Clinic’s Head & Neck Institute, Speech-Language Pathology services are provided through the Section of Allied Hearing, Speech and Balance Services and also through the Voice Center. Our speech-language pathologists — also known as speech therapists or speech pathologists — provide highly sophisticated speech-language pathology care and treatment to children and adults.

Speech-language pathologists within the Head & Neck Institute diagnose and treat communication limitations (speech, language, voice) and swallowing disorders in children and adults, including patients with conditions of the head and neck (head and neck cancer and airway issues) and neurological diseases (stroke, Parkinson’s, ALS).

Leadership

Fellowships

Our Staff

Our Staff

Speech-language pathologists must complete a master’s degree and a 9-month post-master’s supervised fellowship. Once these advanced training goals are reached, they may earn the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech Language Hearing Association.

All speech-language pathologists within the Head & Neck Institute hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence and are licensed by the State of Ohio.

Speech Therapy

 Brian J. Hedman, MA, CCC-SLP

Brian J. Hedman, MA, CCC-SLP
Rehabilitation Manager
Speech-Language Pathology – Main Campus

Brian completed his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Connecticut and his Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology at Kent State University. He joined Cleveland Clinic in 1994.

His clinical interests include speech, language and swallowing problems in adults with neurological disorders, respiratory problems and head and neck cancer.

He can be reached at 216.445.9177.

Rachel Barrocas, MS, CCC-SLP 

Rachel Barrocas, MS, CCC-SLP
Clinical Speech-Language Pathologist

Rachel completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at Binghamton University and a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at MGH Institute of Health Professions. Rachel joined Cleveland Clinic in 2016.

Her clinical interests include swallowing disorders in the adult and pediatric populations, as well as rehabilitation of communication in patients with tracheostomy or ventilator dependency.

She can be reached at 216.636.5584.

Emily Fitzpatrick, MS, CCC-SLP 

Emily Fitzpatrick, MS, CCC-SLP
Clinical Speech-Language Pathologist

Emily completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree at Washington University in St. Louis and her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology at University of Arizona. She joined Cleveland Clinic in 2008.

Emily’s clinical interests include communication disorders in patients with stroke, brain tumor, head injury, neurologic disorders, cognitive-linguistic disorders and adult swallowing disorders.

She can be reached at 216.445.9105.

Beth Hohman, MS, CCC-SP 

Beth Hohman, MS, CCC-SP
Clinical Speech-Language Pathologist

Beth completed both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Speech-Language Pathology at Bowling Green State University. She joined the Cleveland Clinic in 1992.

Her clinical interests include assessment of adult and pediatric swallowing disorders and laryngectomy pre- and post-operative management.

She can be reached at 216.445.9178.

Joann Kmiecik, MA, CCC-SLP 

Joann Kmiecik, MA, CCC-SLP
Clinical Speech-Language Pathologist

Joann completed her Bachelor of Science at Seton Hall University and her Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology at The Ohio State University. She joined Cleveland Clinic in 1990.

Her clinical interests include laryngectomy rehabilitation with emphasis on surgical prosthetic voice restoration, head and neck cancer rehabilitation, and swallowing disorders in adults.

She can be reached at 216.445.8458.

Kim Lewin, MA, CCC-SLP 

Kim Lewin, MA, CCC-SLP
Clinical Speech-Language Pathologist

Kim completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Akron, and her Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology at Cleveland State University. She worked at Euclid Hospital under the Cleveland Clinic Health System for 15 years before transferring to Main Campus in 2010.

Her clinical interests include speech, language, cognition, and swallowing impairments in adults with neurological disorders.

She can be reached at 216.445.0115.

Amy Rosneck, MA, CCC-SLP 

Amy Rosneck, MA, CCC-SLP
Senior Speech-Language Pathologist

Amy completed her Bachelor of Science Degree at Ohio University and her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Cincinnati. She joined Cleveland Clinic in 1996.

Amy’s clinical interests include adult and pediatric swallowing disorders and infant feeding evaluation and treatment. Amy primarily sees inpatients in the acute care hospital.

She can be reached at 216.445.9120.


Voice Center

Claudio F. Milstein, PhD, CCC-SLP 

Claudio F. Milstein, PhD, CCC-SLP
Director, The Voice Center

Dr. Milstein completed a Master of Science at the Medical School, University of Buenos Aires, a Doctor of Philosophy Degree at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and an internship at Massachusetts Eye and Ear infirmary. He is an Associate Professor at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and holds an Affiliate Scholar appointment at Oberlin College. He joined Cleveland Clinic in 2001.

His current areas of interest include voice disorders, laryngeal hyper-reactivity, vocal cord dysfunction, and care of the professional voice.

He can be reached at 216.444.8677.

Michelle Adessa, BM, MS, CCC-SLP 

Michelle Adessa, BM, MS, CCC-SLP
Clinical Speech-Language Pathologist, The Voice Center

Michelle completed her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology with a concentration in Voice Disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in Boston, Massachusetts, and trained at the MGH Voice Center. A former singer and voice teacher, she holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Voice Performance from Mannes College of Music in New York.

Her current areas of interest include rehabilitation of the singing voice, neurological voice disorders, functional swallowing & voice disorders, transgender voice, laryngectomy rehabilitation and respiratory disorders.

She can be reached at 216.445.9089.

 Zoe Weston, MS, CCC-SLP

Zoe Weston, MS, CCC-SLP

Zoe completed her Bachelor of Science degree at Emerson College and her Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of New Hampshire. She also attended the National Center for Voice and Speech Vocology Institute, where she received specialty training in voice evaluation and rehabilitation. She joined Cleveland Clinic in 2019.

Her clinical interests include neurological voice disorders, functional swallowing & voice disorders, pediatric voice, transgender and GNC voice, and respiratory disorders.

She can be reached at 216.636.3455.

Appointments & Locations

Appointments & Locations

Patients interested in seeing a speech-language pathology expert are urged to check first with their insurance carrier to learn their coverage options for speech-language pathology. A physician’s referral may be needed.

To schedule an appointment with a speech-language pathology specialist at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, call 216.444.8500.

Speech-language pathologists in the Voice Center see patients at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus and Twinsburg Family Health and Surgery Center. To schedule an appointment in the Voice Center, call 216.444.8500.