About Joanna’s Approach
Holistic Voice Rehabilitation combines medical speech therapy with performing arts methods and alternative healing, customized for your needs.
Your first consultation typically includes:
- discussion of your goals and concerns
- review of relevant health and lifestyle factors
- assessment of your throat muscles, vocal range, breath patterns, and overall posture and energy flow
- summary and recommendations
- suggestions you can start using right away.
Follow-up sessions are guided by the consultation plan, your personal priorities, and our shared intuition about the needs of the day.
Some of the modalities I use:
- Therapeutic exercise to relax and/or strengthen throat muscles
- Resonant Voice Therapy
- Laryngeal-region massage
- Fitzmaurice Voicework
- Feldenkrais-based relief of neck and jaw imbalance
- Clinically-proven techniques for relief of vocal cord dysfunction, chronic cough, and other medically-diagnosed airway disorders
- Yoga postures and breathing practices
- Dante Pavone breathing exercises
- Energy Treatment to balance and align chakras
Joanna Cazden, MFA, MS-CCC, is a speech pathologist specializing in voice rehabilitation and a respected advocate for holistic, multi-disciplinary voice care. Joanna offers private services in voice rehabilitation and training, workshops and master classes for voice students, and seminars for speech pathologists and vocal arts teachers.
Joanna also sees voice patients by medical referral at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s outpatient Voice program. Helping to found this program in 2001, she has treated well-known pop singers, actors, broadcasters, and musical-theater artists. She was a clinical instructor for ten years at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), and has presented scholarly papers at major voice conferences in the USA UK, and Mexico. In 2004 she was named a Fellow of the California Speech and Hearing Association, an award that honors excellence in clinical service, teaching, and community service.
The daughter of composer and musicologist Norman Cazden and language-education specialist Courtney Borden Cazden, Joanna grew up in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York, surrounded by classical, traditional folk, and protest music. She toured nationally as a singer-songwriter in the 1970s and was active in the anti-war, feminist, and environmental movements of the time. She currently performs with several ensembles in Southern California, and leads a Yiddish-language chorus with her husband, Scott Wilkinson.
Joanna released six solo albums between 1973 and 1997; her first album, The Greatest Illusion (1973), has been re-released internationally. In 2000 she joined Pete Seeger and other folk luminaries on “Folksongs of the Catskills,” an ensemble CD later featured at the Library of Congress. She organized the first panel on Health Issues for folk performers, at the 1992 Folk Alliance Conference, and has won numersous singing and songwriting awards.
Joanna studied voice with Ellalou Dimmock, Natalie Lemonick, and Jan Pederson. She holds a BA in Drama from the University of Washington, an MFA in Acting from CalArts, and an MS in Communication Disorders and Sciences from CSUN. In 2006 she was certified by Catherine Fitzmaurice as an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework.
In addition to her expertise in voice, Joanna is an advanced practitioner of the Reiki and Theta healing systems, and a longtime student of yoga, meditation, and bodywork. These tools are integrated into her voice and speech services according to the individual’s interest and needs.