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Vocal Health Center

About Vocal Health at Michigan Medicine

The Michigan Medicine Vocal Health Center has been helping patients with voice, airway and swallowing disorders since 1996. Today we are recognized locally, regionally and nationally as a top center for the comprehensive treatment of laryngeal disorders. We are experts in diagnosing and treating all types of laryngeal conditions, and we believe in educating our patients so they can maintain good laryngeal and vocal health.

Our Team

We feel that the optimal treatment of voice disorders requires a comprehensive, team-based approach. We have assembled a team of experts from Michigan Medicine's Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the Department of Speech Pathology and the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater & Dance to provide specialized care for individuals with voice, breathing and swallowing disorders. Your initial consultation and follow-up appointments may or may not include visits with various members of our team.  You can rest assured knowing we work together in a multidisciplinary environment in order to develop an individualized care plan for each patient.


Dr. Norman Hogikyan

Dr. Norman Hogikyan
Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Chief, Division of Laryngology and General Otolaryngology
Director, Vocal Health Center
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Dr. Robbi Kupfer

Dr. Robbi Kupfer
Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
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Dr. Robert Morrison

Dr. Robert Morrison
Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
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Elizabeth Ford Baldner, MA, CCC
Speech Language Pathologist

Andrea Hanton, MA, CCC
Speech Language Pathologist


Freda Herseth, MM, DM
Voice Training Specialist

Jamie Lock, RN
Laryngology Nurse Coordinator



Katherine McConville, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Maureen Ponzetti

Vocal Health Scheduling Coordinator


Marci Rosenberg, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

Margaret Tiner, MS, CCC, BCS-S
Speech Language Pathologist


Common Diagnoses

We treat the full range of vocal problems including:


Care for Occupational and Professional Voice Users 

Occupational and professional voice users are at greater risk for developing voice disorders. In addition to the heightened risk, a voice disorder is more likely to negatively impact the quality of life of an occupational or professional voice user. In order to meet the needs of these patients, we have professionals from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater & Dance, as well as our laryngology and speech pathology team to provide specialized care for individuals with special or high vocal demands. 

Patient Stories

Click on any of the patient stories below to learn more about the real victors at Michigan: our patients, their families and our team.

The Voice I Hear
Tired of being asked if she was sick or a heavy smoker because of her raspy voice, Sekai Ward sought treatment at the Vocal Health Center. Read>>

Christina, The Singer
Christina Swanson, a vocal performance major, rediscovered her confidence and passion when she rediscovered her voice. Read >>

Taming a Medical Zebra
Pamela is in the business of love. She performs weddings, leading happy couples into wedded bliss. When a tickle in her throat began to impact her work, she didn't hesitate to see her doctor. Read >>

Regaining a Voice
Barbara carried an undiagnosed voice disorder with her for almost forty years before she sought the expertise of medical professionals at the Vocal Health Center. Read >>


The Vocal Health Center is located at the main University Hospital in the Taubman Center within the Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery clinic. We also patients at the Brighton Center for Specialty Care and West Ann Arbor Health Center locations.


Vocal Health Center at Taubman

1500 E. Medical Center Drive Reception A 
Ann Arbor, MI 48109





Take the Next Step

To schedule an appointment or inquire about any of our vocal health clinical services,
please call 734-936-8051. If you have a question about our programs, contact Maureen Ponzetti at 734-763-9965