Westside Voice and Swallowing
SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY PRIVATE PRACTICE
Amanda C. Hembree, MA CCC-SLP is a Speech-Language Pathologist with nearly 30 years of expertise in voice and swallowing disorders, adult language disorders, neurological disorders of speech and swallowing and post-surgical head and neck rehabilitation. Ms. Hembree is a graduate of Valparaiso University, where she received a BM in voice performance & BA in Communication Disorders and received her Master's Degree in Speech - Language Pathology from New York University.
Ms. Hembree is LSVT - Certified.
Ms. Hembree is the Clinical Coordinator of the New York Center for Voice and Swallowing Disorders, under the Medical Direction of Dr. Andrew Blitzer at the Head & Neck Surgical Group. She has joined the Grabscheid Voice Center and Mount Sinai West under the medical direction of Dr. Mark Courey. She is also affiliated with ENT & Allergy Associates; treating patients in their Westside Office.
Ms. Hembree has been published in Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, v51 n2 p350-366 Apr 2008 titled “Vocal Hygiene Education, Voice Production Therapy, and the Role of Patient Adherence: A Treatment Effectiveness Study in Women with Phonotrauma” and operative techniques in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery: Swallowing Disorders, Vol 8, # 4, 1997 titled “Dysphagia Evaluation and Treatment.” Ms. Hembree is also a co-author of “Sensation and swallowing: Endoscopic evaluation of deglutition in the anesthetized larynx,” from The Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology 2002:111:291-294.
Francesca D’Alessandro, M.A. CF-SLP, is a graduate from the University at Buffalo with Master's in Communicative Disorders and Sciences as well as dual degrees in Psychology, Communicative Disorders Sciences and a minor in Vocal Music Performance. Her various clinical experiences includes externing at Erie County Medical Center Head and Neck Oncology Unit aiding in Modified Barium Swallow Studies as well as Flexible Fiberoptic Laryngoscopy. She has participated in Parkinson's Loud Crowd group treatments and is LSVT certified. She also has experience with treating children and adults for various speech and language disorders as well as experience using augmentative and alternative communication devices. She has extensive experience working with children and adults on the Autism Spectrum.
Additionally, she participated in the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Research Program where she gained experience in studying vocal pitch and laryngeal activity utilizing surface electromyographic sensors. Francesca also completed a thesis on vocal hygiene and its role in the professional voice. She has presented her research at numerous conferences including the 51st Annual Symposium for the Voice Foundation.