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.
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.