All of the voice pathologists at the NorthShore Voice Center are speech-language pathologists with specialized training and experience in treating patients with voice disorders. While singers, actors, and other professional voice users comprise a significant portion of their clientele, any patient with vocal difficulties can benefit from this focused skill-set and their collective experience. In addition to providing voice therapy, they also educate patients on preventative voice care and vocal hygiene.
Singing Voice Specialty
Something that sets the voice pathologists at the NorthShore University HealthSystem Voice Center apart from other voice care providers is their extensive backgrounds and training in the singing voice. They bring years of clinical, performance, and vocal teaching experience to their work with singers and performers. They thoughtfully blend art and science together to foster rehabilitation that is long lasting.
Christine Buth Martin, MA, CCC-SLP
Christine Buth Martin, MA, CCC-SLP, is the program coordinator at the NorthShore Voice Center. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Sciences and her Master of Arts in Speech Pathology at Indiana University. She is Illinois licensed, holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and is active in their Special Interest Group on voice and voice disorders. She has given national presentations related to the disordered and performing voice, as well as courses on videostroboscopic evaluation and comprehensive voice therapy.
Martin has worked as a speech pathologist for over 20 years in the Chicago area. She also has an extensive musical background, having studied classical piano for 12 years and voice for eight years. She has significant experience as a singer of both musical theater and choral music.
Sweta P. Soni, MA, CCC-SLP
Sweta Soni, MA, CCC-SLP, completed her bachelor's degree with a double major in vocal music and biology from Drake University and received her master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology at The University of Northern Iowa. She completed her clinical fellowship with an emphasis on voice and swallowing disorders at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She has special training and certification in Vocology, the science and practice of voice habilitation. She is licensed in Illinois, holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, is a member of the Pan-American Vocology Association and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).
Soni is a classically trained soprano and continues to perform in the community. She sings both Western classical music as well as contemporary Indian music.
Meghann Olive, MS, CCC-SLP
Meghann Olive, CCC-SLP completed her Bachelor of Science in Music Education with a concentration in Voice from New York University and received her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Northwestern University. She is Illinois-licensed, a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, and a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). She is well-versed in teaching the Alexander Technique, an approach many performers use to enhance performance through efficient use of breath, ease of movement, and relief of unnecessary physical tension in the body.
As a classically trained lyric soprano, Olive’s prior performances include appearances with opera and musical theater companies and as a private recitalist and choral singer in New York City. She has also taught private voice lessons and remains an active singer in her community.