What is a speech pathologist?

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Our special guest is Dara Whitehead-Allen, M.S., CCC-SLP a highly regarded speech pathologist and vocal coach.  She has enjoyed a multifaceted career as a singer, actor, voice coach and licensed speech-language pathologist. She offers a wide range of services related to the management of voice, speech, breathing and upper airway disorders for adults. She also provides private speech and presentation coaching for a variety of professionals. Her clients include Fortune 500 companies, lawyers, doctors, teachers, singers, actors and professionals from the corporate world. In addition, Ms. Allen trains broadcasters in the radio-television news industry. Her clients hail from all over the United States and the major network affiliates, including NBC, FOX, CBS, ABC and AccuWeather.

Ms. Allen holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Texas Tech University and a Master of Science in Communication Disorders from the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas. She has completed additional graduate studies in music at Texas Tech University and The University of North Texas. Ms. Allen has also completed the ESTILL Voice Training Levels One and Two, Myofascial Release Techniques for Speech Pathologists, and is certified in the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT). She is an advanced Reiki practitioner and has received training in Lessac Madsen Resonant Voice Therapy and in Casper Flow Phonation. Ms. Allen is also a registered Buteyko Breathing practitioner. She is a member of the Actor’s Equity Association (AEA), National Association for Teachers of Singing (NATS), the American Society for Speech Language and Hearing (ASHA), Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA) and The Voice Foundation.

Ms. Allen has been a soloist with nationally recognized symphony orchestras, has appeared in numerous leading roles on the regional stage, has toured nationally and is a member of the critically acclaimed Ken Davis Chorale. In addition, she maintains a busy private voice studio, and her students have been recognized across the country, including participation on “American Idol.” Ms. Allen has served as a guest lecturer at universities across the region, and she is a former adjunct faculty member at The University of Texas School of Law.

Visit the website of Dara Allen: www.austinvoiceinstitute.com

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