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Swelling and singing and ‘roids: Oh my!

  • 23 Mar 2022
  • 8:00 PM (EDT)
  • Zoom (link sent upon registration)

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Presenter: Christine Estes MM, MA-CCC/SLP

Forum title: Swelling and singing and ‘roids: Oh my!


March 23, 2022 at 8:00pm EST

Moderator: Ana Flavia Zuim


Are steroids a "miracle cure" for singers with dysphonia? The pros and cons of steroid use have long been debated by medical professionals and the performing arts community, but there has been limited study to support either side of the debate. In this program, we will describe the issues surrounding treatment recommendations, perspectives of the multidisciplinary voice team, current research offering new insight into the benefits and risks associated with steroid use, and case studies that demonstrate when steroids may or may not be the best answer.

Speaker Bio

Christine Estes, MM, MA-CCC/SLP is a speech-language pathologist at the Sean Parker Institute for the Voice at Weill Cornell Medicine.

Ms. Estes specializes in the treatment of voice disorders, including phonotraumatic injury, neurological voice disorders, upper airway disorders, and care of the professional voice. She developed an interest in the anatomy and physiology of the voice while earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the Crane School of Music and a Master’s Degree in Opera Performance from McGill University. To further her knowledge of the voice and voice disorders, she earned a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Hofstra University, where she later returned in the role of Adjunct Instructor of Voice Disorders. She is involved in clinical research for the Sean Parker Institute for the Voice, and several of her studies have been published and presented at international conferences and educational programs. An experienced performer, clinician, educator, researcher, and presenter, Christine enjoys being an active part of the medical and performing arts communities, collaborating with performers, voice teachers, and medical professionals to foster an multidisciplinary approach to vocal rehabilitation.

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