Voice and Swallowing ServicesSentara RMH Voice and Swallowing Services, in collaboration with JMU, offers state-of-the-art treatment for patients with voice, speech, swallowing and vocal fold movement disorders secondary to a variety of disorders including reflux, stroke, neurological disorders, head injury, and head and neck cancer. The addition of this much-needed program makes Sentara RMH the only healthcare institution in Virginia to offer these treatments and services.
Our Services Include
- Assessing voice, speech and swallowing functions and disorders
- Designing and implementing treatment regimens
- Providing endoscopic/videofluoroscopic imaging, upper airway sensory testing and non-invasive monitoring for upper airway and swallowing problems.
- Reducing risk of aspiration while enhancing oral intake
- Providing a collaborative center for clinical research on new methods of enhancing treatment outcomes in voice and swallowing disorders.
Conditions We Treat
- Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
- Vocal nodules, cysts, polyps
- Vocal fold paralysis
- Vocal fold cancer
- Vocal fold papilloma
- Spasmodic dysphonia
- Muscle tension dysphonia
- Shortness of breath
- Vocal cord dysfunction
- Paradoxical vocal fold motion
- Chronic cough and/or chronic throat clearing
- Cleft lip and palate
- Speech difficulty stemming from Parkinson’s disease and stroke
Procedures and Treatments We Provide
- Swallowing function testing
- Evaluation of risk of aspiration
- Upper airway sensory testing
- Flexible endoscopic examination of swallowing (FEES)
- Modified barium swallow
- New methods for home management of swallowing disorders
- Voice function assessment
- Management of vocal fold movement disorders
Teresa C. Drulia, M.S. CCC-SLP
Teresa is a Ph.D. Candidate, has 20 years experience, serving patients with adult neurogenic communication disorders and dysphagia in acute care, rehabilitation units, home health, and outpatient settings. Teresa has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in these areas and served as a clinical educator at James Madison University in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Dept. She also served as a coordinator for a pioneer multi-institutional online master’s degree program in CSD. Teresa completed her master’s degree at James Madison University and is currently completing her Ph.D. at James Madison University. She is interested in the coordination of respiration and swallowing in healthy and disordered populations such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in her dissertation research.
Erin Kamarunas, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Dr. Kamarunas is an assistant professor in JMU’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Dr. Kamarunas teaches graduate courses and conducts research in adult swallowing disorders. She has been practicing in speech pathology since 2007 and received her Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2012.
Carrie Rountrey, M.Ed., CCC-SLP
Carrie has 13 years of experience in the field of speech-language pathology. In the past, she has provided treatment in schools, private practice, university clinics, acute care hospitals and rehabilitation hospitals. Carrie spent 4 years as the director of clinical education at San Jose State University where she built an adult neurogenics clinic and Parkinson’s disease clinic, as well as assisting with the inception of an AAC clinic. Just before transitioning to full time work on her PhD at JMU, she served as the Director of Rehabilitation at Charlottesville Health and Rehabilitation. In addition to serving at the VSS, Carrie is currently conducting research on voice and speech in the natural environment with Parkinson’s Disease and healthy controls.
Referring Your Patients
Physician referrals are required. Patients may be scheduled by calling Sentara RMH Central Scheduling at 540-689-6000.
Patients are treated at Sentara RMH Medical Center.
Most insurances do cover these services, but patients will need to check with their insurance provider.
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