DC Metro Spasmodic Dysphonia Support Group meeting
Date: Dec 2 (6:15 – 8:30 pm)
Location: George Washington University Medical School – ROSS HALL, ROOM 643
Address: 2300 I St, NW (23rd & I St, adjacent Foggy Bottom Metro & GWU Hospital)
Space is limited so please RSVP by email to loismjackson@hotmail.com no later than COB Friday, Nov 20.
You won’t want to miss this session!

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Living with SD/Vocal Tremor: A Physical Therapist’s Perspective
Posture and Small Muscle Control are Important for Vocal Performance

an interactive workshop with Jodi Maron Barth (PT, CCl) and Gincy Stezar (PTA, CCl)

While we lobby for research and a cure for neurological voice disorders, we have choices about how we cope on a day-to-day basis. In addition to medication and Botox, there are practices of vocal hygiene and technique that we can employ that empower us to speak more reliably and freely. Sarah Adams Hoover (Singer, teacher, and Special Assistant to Dean at Peabody Institute) at our June meeting began the conversation re tools and techniques used by singers to maximize vocal quality.

I am pleased to announce we have the opportunity to continue this conversation and engage in an interactive workshop with highly respected physical therapists: Jodi Moran Barth and Gincy Stezar. (Thank you Sarah for your recommendation!)

Jodi Barth PT and CCI, and Gincy Stezar, PTA CCI are physical therapists who specialize in Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder and facial palsy and co-owners of The Center for Facial Recovery. They will describe the diverse signs and symptoms of TMJ disease and small muscle disorders and demonstrate how a posture-based approach can correct neuro-muscular imbalance and improve vocal performance. This session will include class participation and a generalized home program will be provided to each participant. (Jodi and Gincy conduct workshops for singers and beyond. Their practice is located in Rockville, MD. You can read more about them and their work @ www.facialrecovery.com)