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FOCUS ON: RESEARCH Sound Advice for Vocal Health Dr. Lindsey Arviso and Baylor Scott & White The Voice Center use state-of-the-art technology to help patients from all walks of life find their voices. he ability to speak: It’s one of “They don’t value it until it’s gone—and those things easily taken for then they can’t present at a conference, granted until it is lost. At Baylor cheer at their kid’s basketball game or Scott & White The Voice make a sales presentation,” Center, patients find help Dr. Arviso explained. and hope for disorders of the voice and throat through specialized expertise paired with advanced technology. “Many patients find immediate improvement,” Lindsey Arviso, M.D., otolaryngologist at The Voice Center, said. “Sometimes, they can go from having no voice when they come in to walking out talking.” Baylor Scott & White The Voice Center offers “Many patients find immediate improvement. Sometimes, they can go from having no voice when they come in to walking out talking.” —Dr. Lindsey Arviso Some of the world’s most well-known musical artists understand the impact of poor vocal health. Millions of dollars and careers often hang on how their voice sounds on any given day. For help, they have the team at Baylor Scott & White The Voice Center on speed dial. “We have a concierge aspect for performers and will do on-site visits at concert venues,” Dr. Arviso said. She and her team have been called to provide care for emergencies with big-name high-resolution imaging artists, helping them make of the larynx—also decisions on whether they known as the “voice box”—and laryngeal can perform. “It’s not something that videostroboscopy, high-resolution we take lightly—we have to protect our magnification and illumination of vocal artists,” she said. cord vibration to analyze the biomechanics “These are vocal athletes. Performers of how a person makes sound. Dr. Arviso is need a place where they feel comfortable a laryngology specialist, an ENT physician working to actively protect and recover who specializes in disorders of the voice their voices,” she emphasized. and throat and, along with specialized speech-language pathologists, provides comprehensive care of patients with surgical or rehabilitative voice needs. While it can be frustrating and sometimes painful to be unable to speak, many people rely on their ability to communicate vocally in their professional lives as well. From teachers to preachers, physicians to attorneys, coaches to call center employees and more, many people need their voice not only for their daily PHYSICIAN PROFILE Dr. Arviso Speaks Up An Arlington native, Dr. Lindsey Arviso became interested in disorders of the voice during her residency in ear-nose-throat at Emory University. “I experienced the laryngology clinic and saw the video exam of vocal chords vibrating,” Dr. Arviso remembers. “This is a part of the body where you really do see God-given talent, anatomy and physiology all collide.” Dr. Arviso completed a fellowship in laryngology at Vanderbilt’s Bill Wilkerson Voice Center in Nashville, and became skilled at diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical interventions for vocal disorders. Technically challenging and demanding, practicing laryngology sometimes finds Dr. Arviso performing hours-long surgeries on a part of the body that is less than a few centimeters in size, or helping patients in her office with procedures that are done while the patients are awake. “Our technology is constantly improving, so there is more we can treat,” she said. Though she enjoys her work in the music industry with A-list performers, Dr. Arviso chooses to use her own voice to help others. “I only sing with my children,” she said, “mostly just for fun. But I do love a good karaoke night.” For more information on how you can support initiatives at The Voice Center, please contact Tim Moore at Timothy.Moore@ BSWHealth.org or 214.820.7877. interactions, but also to earn a living. 3 THE COMPASS / BAYLOR SCOTT & WHITE FOUNDATION NEWS / WINTER 2019