About eight years ago, I was diagnosed with a rare voice disorder called spasmodic dysphonia (SD). By 2009 the disorder had progressed to the point where I feared I would have to retire from practicing dentistry.
Although there is no cure for SD, I tried many treatments and therapies to regain the use of my voice. However, it wasn’t until I connected with an 80-year-old former opera singer who now coaches voice that I began to relearn how to use my voice. After nearly two years of intensive work with her, I am happy to report that my voice is functioning normally again.
I’ve received many inquiries about my struggle with this disorder, which is why I decided to provide this update. I truly appreciate everyone’s expressions of support and concern through this difficult process.