About Vox Cura

About Vox Cura

Vox Cura is a group of voice care specialists led by Dr. Brian Hands, who has been working with professional voices for over forty years.  Each person’s voice is a unique instrument.  Deviations from the norm may result from any number of causes; physical or psychological; from pollution to a virus.  Accurate diagnosis is essential in order to determine appropriate treatment.

At Vox Cura, diagnosis begins with a complete assessment of the voice, respiratory system and hearing. An advanced assessment of the vocal cords by videostroboscopy may follow.  Once a problem is isolated, appropriate treatment can be developed.

As techniques for voice care have become more sophisticated, so has the need for a multi-disciplinary approach. Vox Cura offers a variety of services – medical, diagnostic, therapeutic and coaching resources.


The Team

 

Dr. Brian Hands

Brian Hands,
M.D., F.R.C.S.(C)
Laryngologist

Dr. Brian Hands has sought the finest medical training available, in both Canada and the U.S. He is a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in his field of laryngology, and is a member of the Voice Foundation in the U.S.

Brian Hands’ life-long passion for the arts, combined with his medical practice as an ear, nose and throat specialist, has led to a growing practice among performing artists of all disciplines. He is voice consultant for the Canadian Opera Company, Mirvish Productions, The Stratford Festival and the major record labels. A bit of a renaissance man, Brian also holds a degree in landscape architecture and is author of Finding Your Voice: A Voice Doctor’s Holistic Guide for Voice Users, Teachers and Therapists.

 

Melanie Moore Tapson,
BFA BEd MSc SLP (C) CCC-SLP Reg CASLPO
Singing Voice Specialist and Speech-Language Pathologist

Melanie obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in jazz performance at Concordia University and a Bachelor of Education in senior level music and drama at OISE/UT before completing her Master of Science degree in speech language pathology at Dalhousie University (with a lot of performing and practising in between!)

She is a registered member of the College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists of Ontario (CASLPO), certified by Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC), and the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT). She is a member of the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA), the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and chairs the OSLA Voice Interest Group, among other voice-related memberships and interests.

Melanie’s extensive experience as a professional performer combined with her training as a teacher and speech-language pathologist provides her with a unique perspective on voice care. She believes that treating the voice requires treating the whole person, and she is a fierce advocate for prehabilitation, or preventative voice care, to keep artists and voice users in top form.