The Voice & Swallowing Clinic

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Welcome to the Voice and Swallowing Clinic at UTMB Health. Our goal is to provide patients a single place to go for the evaluation, treatment, and prevention of voice and swallowing disorders. By offering total voice care, UTMB Health's Voice and Swallowing Clinic provides unmatched patient care. Our multidisciplinary approach includes otolaryngologists, laryngologists and speech-language pathologists, and our doctors and staff are committed to providing excellent patient care.

At the UTMB Center for Voice and Swallowing, Michael Underbrink, MD, MBA (Laryngologist) and Amanda Soltani, MCD, CCC-SLP (Speech-Language Pathologist) use a team approach to evaluate and treat patients with problems affecting voice and swallowing functions.

The UTMB Health Voice and Swallowing Clinic specializes in the diagnosis and management of patients with voice, airway, speech and swallowing problems. Individuals who use their voice to perform their jobs are among our patients as well as those whose voice or swallowing problems are caused by neurological conditions or the side effect of treatments, such as radiation treatment for cancer.

During your initial appointment, one or several of our clinical specialists, such as a speech language pathologist or laryngologist, will perform specialized tests and explain your options for treatment and follow-up.

Care Providers

Michael Underbrink, MD, MBA

Michael Underbrink, MD, MBA, F.A.C.S.

Board Certification
Otolaryngology

Medical School
University of Texas Medical School at Houston

Internship
University of Texas Medical Branch
General Surgery

Residency
University of Texas Medical Branch
Otolaryngology

Fellowship
University of Washington
Clinical Laryngology

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Amanda Soltani, MCD, CCC-SLP

Amanda Soltani, MCD, CCC-SLP

Education
B.S. Speech Pathology and Audiology
Southern Illinois University
Edwardsville, Illinois

Master of Communication Disorders
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
New Orleans, Louisiana

Certification
American Speech Language Hearing Assoc.
Speech Language Pathology

Services

DO YOU HAVE ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING VOICE COMPLAINTS?

  • Hoarseness
  • Whispery voice or loss of voice
  • Change in pitch or loudness
  • Chronic cough
  • Sensation of throat tightening/closing while breathing

If any of these symptoms have been present for more than 2 weeks, you may need a VOICE EVALUATION.

A Voice Evaluation Includes:

  • Extensive review of medical history and discussion of patient's concerns
  • Acoustic analysis of the voice with the clinic's Computerized Speech Lab
  • Physical examination, including Videostroboscopy, a slow-motion picture of vocal cord movement and function during speech
  • Thorough review of results and a plan for management of the voice problem provided the same day

If you feel like you may need a Voice Evaluation, call the UTMB Health Voice and Swallowing Clinic.

DO YOU HAVE ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING SWALLOWING COMPLAINTS?

  • Frequent coughing or throat clearing associated with eating/drinking
  • Feeling of food/liquid getting stuck in the throat
  • Difficulty eating/drinking specific textures
  • Weight loss due to difficulty swallowing

If you have one or more of these symptoms, you may need a SWALLOWING EVALUATION.

A Swallowing Evaluation Includes:

  • Extensive review of medical history and discussion of patient's concerns
  • Physical examination, including Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES); FEES provides direct visualization of the throat, vocal cords, and upper airway while eating and drinking
  • Thorough review of results and a plan for management of the swallowing problem provided the same day

If you feel like you may need a Swallowing Evaluation, call the UTMB Health Voice and Swallowing Clinic.

Patient Information

Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Voice:

  1. Drink plenty of water.
  2. Get plenty of sleep.
  3. Don't yell!
  4. Avoid smoking and smoke exposure.
  5. Rest your voice after extended use.
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Clinic Locations

Ear, Nose & Throat Consultants
Brittany Plaza
1600 West League City Parkway, Suite D
League City, Texas

For an appointment,
please call:

281.338.0829