Overview

Overview

Cleveland Clinic in Florida’s Voice Center includes recognized experts from Speech Language Pathology who uniquely focus on the professional voice user. Our multidisciplinary team approach allows us to evaluate and treat problems related to the human voice and the physical structures that produce it. These structures include the mouth, nose, throat, and voice box.

Part of the Department of Head and Neck, the Voice Center works together as ear, nose and throat specialists and speech pathologists to provide primary services, in conjunction with several other medical disciplines to treat disorders of the voice box or larynx. Related problems may require the assistance of experts from neurology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, allergy, pulmonary medicine and clinical psychology/psychiatry.

Symptoms of a voice problem include such things as hoarseness, whisper, roughness, discomfort to talk or sing, loss of singing control and effort/strain. They are potentially serious and their cause cannot be determined simply by the way they sound. These disorders could be something relatively mundane or could be as serious as throat cancer. Therefore, a person experiencing difficulty should be evaluated promptly by voice disorder specialists.

Cleveland Clinic in Florida’s Voice Center staff perform a physical exam and specialized tests to determine the nature and extent of the problem. A special slow-motion video picture of the voice box often provides the explanation of the problem.

Most voice problems are managed successfully without surgery, through behavioral change and medical care. If surgery is necessary, specialized techniques that reduce tissue harm and promote faster healing are available through our trained surgeons.

What We Treat

What We Treat

  • Aging Voice
  • Airway Stenosis Treatment
  • Care of Professional Voice
  • Chronic cough
  • Diseases of Vocal Cords
  • Dysphagia
  • Dysphonia
  • Hoarseness
  • Laryngeal Framework Surgery
  • Laryngitis
  • Laryngoscopy
  • Larynx Cancer (Early Stage)
  • Spasmodic Dysphonia
  • Subglottic Stenosis
  • Swallowing Difficulties
  • Videostroboscopy
  • Vocal Cord Dysfunction
  • Vocal Fold Polyp
  • Vocal Paralysis
  • Zenkers Diverticulum
Staff

Staff

Laura Dominguez, MD

Laura Dominguez, MD
Head of Laryngology

Laura M. Dominguez, MD is Head of Laryngology at Cleveland Clinic Florida and serves as director of the Cleveland Clinic Florida Voice Center. She is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology.

She is originally from south Texas where she was born and raised. After graduating from Rice University she attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. She became interested in the ear, nose, and throat specialty and found her passion for treating patients with voice and swallowing disorders. She completed residency training at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA before returning to UT San Antonio for fellowship training in Laryngology under world-renowned laryngologist Dr. Blake Simpson. She spent this year learning to treat complex disorders involving the voice, esophagus and the airway. She then joined the faculty at UT as an associate professor where she spent 5 years treating patients and training resident physicians and fellows.

She joined the Department of Otolaryngology at Cleveland Clinic Florida in June 2020 to help build a multidisciplinary voice center. Her clinical interests include hoarseness, dysphagia, and airway disorders. This includes vocal fold paralysis, vocal fold lesions, laryngeal papillomatosis, airway stenosis, autoimmune laryngeal disease, and neurologic disorders of the larynx. Her clinical expertise has expanded patient access to office-based laryngeal procedures including videostroboscopy, bronchoscopy, vocal fold injections, and laser treatments.

She maintains a strong presence in the academic community and is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, American Laryngological Association, and American Broncho-esophagological Association. She has published numerous articles in highly respected medical journals and has lectured nationally and internationally on topics specific to voice disorders. She has also been named to Texas Monthly Magazine Super Doctor/Rising Star list in 2019 and 2020.

Melissa Grassia-Chisholm, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

Melissa studied Vocal Performance at Berklee College of Music in Boston and completed her Bachelor of Arts in Music at Adelphi University in Long Island, New York. She obtained her Master of Science in Speech Pathology at Nova Southeastern University. She joined Cleveland Clinic in 2016. Melissa enjoys bridging her talents in singing as a vocal performer with her patients in the voice clinic. She established the Parkinson’s support group at Cleveland Clinic in 2016.

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