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The staff of the Lions Voice Clinic: (from left to right) Mary Jordeth, R.N., Allison Alpers, Nicole Bjostad, R.N., Hiland Overgaard, Dr. Stephanie Misono, Dr. George S. Goding, Dr. D.D. Michael, Mohamed Daud (scheduler), and Lisa Butcher.

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STAFF

Deirdre D. Michael, Ph.D., CCC/SLP
George S. Goding, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S.
Stephanie Misono, M.D., M.P.H.
Lisa Butcher, M.M. (voice), M.A., CCC/SLP
Allison E. Alpers, B.A. (music), M.A., CF/SLP
 

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Deirdre D. Michael, Ph.D., CCC/SLP

Dr. D.D. Michael is Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology in the University of Minnesota Medical School, and is Co-Director of the Lions Voice Clinic. She has been a singer all of her life, a voice and piano teacher for nearly 40 years, and a Speech-Language Pathologist since 1991.

Dr. Michael received her B.A. in music and psychology from Hamline University in St. Paul, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication Disorders from the University of Minnesota where she specialized in voice science. At the Lions Voice Clinic, she specializes in treating singers, actors, teachers and other professional voice users. She is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA), the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) as well as many local professional organizations. For the National Association of Teachers of Singing, she is the Chairman of the Voice Science Advisory Committee, and director of the NATS-sponsored website Vocapedia.info, which provides information about the voice that is vetted by a committee of voice scientists.

Dr. Michael is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences for voice and singing science as well as voice treatment. She also lectures regularly at colleges around the state, where she presents seminars in vocal health and voice science for singers. Her areas of research and publication include perceptual characteristics of voice, acoustic measures of voice quality, and various aspects of normal and abnormal singing and speech production. As an educator, Dr. Michael makes voice science accessible to singers as well as training medical residents in voice disorders and the special needs of singers. She maintains an active private voice and piano studio, and continues to perform regularly in a variety of musical styles.
 

Mailing Address:
ENT Clinic, M Health, Clinics and Surgery Center, Mail Code 2121DG
909 Fulton Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

To make an appointment call:
(612) 676-5717

Email:
micha008@umn.edu

 



George S. Goding Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Goding received his medical degree with honors from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1982. He completed a residency in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington in 1988. Since then he has been on the faculty in the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Minnesota and at Hennepin County Medical Center (both in Minneapolis, MN.

He has subspecialty interests in laryngology, upper airway disorders and care of the professional voice. He is the medical director of the Lions Voice Clinic at the University of Minnesota and the Siegel Laryngeal Physiology Laboratory at Hennepin County Medical Center. He is a core member of the University of Minnesota Vocology Consortium, a collaboration between the Departments of Otolaryngology and Speech-Language-Hearing Science, and the School of Music.

Dr. Goding is a Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is an Associate Physician, Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis and Staff Physician, Division of Otolaryngology, Department of Surgery, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Minneapolis.

Dr. Goding is a reviewer for Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, The Laryngoscope Journal and Archives of Otolaryngology. Dr. Goding has authored over 40 articles and book chapters and given over 100 scientific presentations both locally and nationally.
 

Mailing Address:
Department of Otolaryngology
420 Delaware St. SE, Box 396
Minneapolis, MN 55455

To make an appointment call:
(612) 676-5717

Email:
godin001@umn.edu

 


 

Stephanie Misono, M.D., M.P.H.

Stephanie Misono, M.D., M.P.H. graduated cum laude from Harvard Medical School and earned a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from the University of Washington School of Public Health. She completed her residency training in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, followed by subspecialty fellowship training in Laryngology and Care of the Professional Voice at the Vanderbilt Voice Center at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee. She is board-certified through the American Board of Otolaryngology.

Her clinical and academic interests in laryngology include voice, swallowing, and airway problems, as well as early laryngeal cancer. Her research is focused on optimizing treatment outcomes in patients with laryngeal disorders.

Dr. Misono is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is a member of the Outcomes Research and Evidence-Based Medicine committee of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, and is on the Editorial Board of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.


 

Mailing Address:
Department of Otolaryngology
420 Delaware St. SE, Box 396
Minneapolis, MN 55455

To make an appointment call:
(612) 676-5717

Email:
smisono@umn.edu

 

 

Lisa Butcher, M.M. (voice), M.A., CCC/SLP

Lisa Butcher is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Vocologist at the Lions Voice Clinic.  Her work combines a passion for treating injured voices with extensive evaluation and treatment of voice disorders, including not only singers and other voice professionals, but also neurological, degenerative and non-organic voice disorders.

Ms. Butcher (a lyric-coloratura soprano), a native of Minnesota, holds a B.M. in Voice Performance from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, as well as an M.M. in Voice Performance with honors from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee.  In addition, she holds an M.A. degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus.

With special interest in the singing voice and vocal pedagogy, Ms. Butcher completed the Summer Vocology Institute in 2006, which is headed by Dr. Ingo Titze, through the University of Iowa.  She is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) holding a Certificate of Clinical Competency (CCC-SLP), as well as belonging to many local professional organizations.

Ms. Butcher continues to sing professionally, and has been involved in many performance opportunities in the Twin Cities area, including: as a soloist with the 3M Symphony Orchestra, singing the title role in Treemonisha with the North Star Opera Company (now Skylark Opera), participating in the Minnesota Orchestra's production of Amahl and the Night Visitors, as well as ensemble and small roles in numerous productions with the Minnesota Opera Company.  During the Minnesota Opera's 2006-2007 season, Ms. Butcher worked full-time as Teaching Artist for the company's youth educational programs, teaching opera in public and private high schools in the area, and held the position of administrator for the Project Opera ensembles.

Mailing Address:
ENT Clinic. M Health, Clinics and Surgery Center, Mail Code 2121DG
909 Fulton Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

To make an appointment call:
(612) 676-5717

Email:
lbutcher10@umphysicians.umn.edu

 

 



  Allison Alpers, B.A. (music), M.A., CF-SLP

 

Allison Alpers is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Vocologist at the Lions Voice Clinic. She is a singer with particular interest and training in classical, choral, and musical theater styles. She is also an instrumentalist with training in piano, violin, and organ. Her work at the Lions Voice Clinic allows her to pursue her love of voice through the evaluation and treatment of injured singers and other voice users. She is also passionate about treating athletes with functional breathing disorderes. Ms. Alpers holds a B.A. in Music with a vocal emphasis from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. While at Luther, she sang with the Nordic Choir, was a frequent cantor for campus worship services, and was a member and soloist with a chamber choir that traveled to Namibia and South Africa with the goal of promoting cultural exchange through music and singing. Ms. Alpers earned her M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. During her time at the University of Iowa, she studied under Dr. Ingo Titze, was a research assistant in the Memory and Communication Lab headed by Dr. Melissa Duff, and collaborated to present on vocal health at the Iowa Choral Directors Association Summer Symposium in 2014. Additionally, Ms. Alpers completed the Summer Vocology Institute in 2013. This program, led by Dr. Ingo Titze through the University of Iowa and the National Center for Voice and Speech, immerses its participants in the study and practice of voice habilitation. Ms. Alpers is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and is a clinical fellow working toward her Certificate of Clinical Competency in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP).

 

Mailing Address:
ENT Clinic, M Health, Clinics and Surgery Center, Mail Code 2121DG
909 Fulton Street SE,
Minneapolis, MN 55455

To make an appointment call:
(612) 676-5717

Email: aalpers10@umphysicians.umn.edu



 

 

 

 

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For appointments with us, please call
612-676-5717.

New patients seeing one of our physicians (Dr. Goding or Dr. Misono) will usually see one of our speech-language pathologists (Dr. Michael, Ms. Butcher, or Ms. Alpers) as well. A separate appointment does not have to be made.

Address

The Lions Voice Clinic is located on the 4th floor of the Clinics and Surgery Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota.

Our physical address is:

M Health, Clinics and Surgery Center, ENT Clinic, 4th floor
909 Fulton Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Our mailing address is:

ENT Clinic, Mail Code 2121DG
909 Fulton Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

 

Insurance Information

It is important to know that if you are evaluated and/or treated by both a physician and a speech pathologist during your visit, your billing will reflect the input that you receive from both providers as separate professionals. Although most insurance plans do cover these services, we encourage you to contact your insurance company prior to your visit to determine whether there are any coverage limitations that might affect you financially. When inquiring about speech pathology services, please mention the “University of Minnesota Health,” "M Health," or “University of Minnesota Medical Center” in your questions, as this is the name through which your insurance company will be billed for speech pathology services.

 

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