James Madison University

Voice and Swallowing Services

The Voice & Swallowing Services clinic, a collaboration between JMU and Sentara RMH, is a specialty clinic offering state-of-the-art clinical services and engaging in innovative research 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.

Conditions that we treat:

  • Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
  • Hoarseness and other voice problems associated with:
    • Vocal nodules, cysts, polyps
    • Vocal fold paralysis
    • Vocal fold cancer
    • Vocal fold papilloma
    • Spasmodic dysphonia
    • Muscle tension dysphonia
    • Voice abuse/misuse
  • Vocal cord dysfunction/ Paradoxical vocal fold motion
  • Chronic cough and/or chronic throat clearing
  • Speech and language difficulty stemming from Parkinson’s disease, stroke, or other progressive diseases

Procedures and treatments we provide:

  • Flexible endoscopic examination of swallowing (FEES)
    • Also with sensory testing (FEESST)
  • Modified barium swallow
  • Laryngeal stroboscopy
  • Botox injections to the vocal cords (with ENT)
  • Aerodynamic and acoustic voice examination
  • New methods for home management of swallowing disorders
  • Treatment for voice disorders
  • Management of vocal fold movement disorders and irritable larynx.


A physician referral is required for services. All services will be provided in the Voice & Swallowing Services located in the Outpatient Treatment Center at Sentara RMH Medical Center. Patients may be scheduled by calling the Sentara RMH Central Scheduling at 689-6000. Please ask to speak with the Voice & Swallowing Services concierge scheduler.

Direct calls to the Voice and Swallow Service clinic can be directed to 540-689-1711.  Please leave a voicemail and we will return your call as soon as possible.

 Most insurances cover these services; however, patients will need to check with their insurance provider.

For additional information, please visit http://www.rmhonline.com/Main/Voice-and-Swallowing-Services.aspx