Head and Neck Rehab
Head and Neck Rehab
Head and Neck Rehabilitation Center
Head and NeckRehabilitation Center

About The Team

Our Center was founded on the idea of helping those in need. Since the organization was established, we have endeavored to provide help where the need is greatest.

 

Our team is made up highly educated and very caring doctors and specialists:

 

Barbara P. Messing, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Clinical Specialist in Head & Neck Cancer Rehabilitation

Barbara Pisano Messing, M.A., CCC-SLP, BCS-S is the Administrative-Clinical Director of the Head and Neck Center. She is an adjunct professor at Loyola University, Baltimore, Maryland. She is recognized as a Clinical Specialist in Head and Neck Rehabilitation and a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. She lectures nationally and internationally on dysphagia. Her clinical and research interests are in the area of head and neck cancer rehabilitation, dysphagia and voice disorders. 

Samantha Gebhart, BS, CCRC

Clinical Research Coordinator

ACRP-Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

Samantha works with both the Dance Center and the Voice Center to enroll patients in various research protocols.  As the primary Research Coordinator for these departments, she is responsible for assessing which patients are eligible for different protocols.  Samantha is responsible for informing patients of the studies that they qualify for, and for enrolling patients in those studies when they are willing to participate.

Dorothy Gold, MSW, LCSW-C, OSW-C

Oncology Social Work Clinical Specialist 

Board certified oncology social worker, member of the Association of Oncology Social Workers, National Association of Social Workers, and the Academy of Certified Social Workers.

Dorothy has a special interest in assisting head and neck cancer patients and their families with the adjustments related to diagnosis, treatment and recovery. 

Karen Harrer, MSW, LCSW-C, OSW-C

Oncology Social Work Clinical Specialist 

Board Certified Oncology Social Worker, Member of Association of Oncology Social Workers

Karen has a clinical interest in assisting head and neck cancer patients and their families with the emotional adjustments and practical issues related to diagnosis, treatment and recovery. 

Gregory Lee, MS

Systems Analyst 

Gregory works for the Milton J Dance Head & Neck Center - Johns Hopkins Head & Neck Surgery and Johns Hopkins Voice Center. He is responsible for clinical outcomes data & reporting. Gregory is also responsible for minor subset of MIS supported software applications and actively meeting business problems with application solutions.

Keri Ryniak, RD, CSO, LDN, CNSD

Oncology Dietitian

Certified Nutrition Support Dietitian
Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Keri has a clinical interest in providing management and support of the nutritional needs of cancer patients. Keri is recognized as a Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition.  She founded Wellness Wednesdays, held monthly. This educational session consists of nutrition information and cooking demonstration. These sessions are aimed at improving the knowledge of healthy eating and lifestyle for cancer prevention.

Dan Sherwood, MS/CCC-SP, HSE

Speech Pathology Clinical Specialist

Focusing on rehabilitation and retraining of the professional voice.

Special interests include breathing retraining and movement education, with training in alternative/complementary disciplines, including Hanna Somatics®, Associative Awareness Technique™, Optimal Breathing®.

Karen M. Ulmer, MS, RN, CORLN

Otolaryngology Nurse Specialist

Karen is a member of SOHN and ONS, and is certified in Otorhinolaryngology, Head-Neck Nursing (CORLN) care.

Karen has 20+ years experience working with head and neck oncology patients and their families/friends. She enjoys helping patients achieve their individual goals during and after therapy.

Karen has expertise in the management of tracheostomies.  She is available for inpatient and outpatient tracheostomy consultations. 

Karen is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society, and is active in the Society of Otorhinolaryngology and Head-Neck Nurses on both the local and national levels.

Melissa Bidlack, MS, MM, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist
Lee Silverman Voice Treatment. Member of ASHA SID 3 and NATS.

Melissa Bidlack, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist and singing voice specialist at Johns Hopkins Voice Center. She completed her clinical fellowship at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, specializing in voice, swallowing, and neurological disorders. Ms. Bidlack received her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Columbia University Teachers College. She also holds a Master of Music degree from Rice University in Vocal Performance. Prior to her career in speech-language pathology, she performed as a professional opera singer and served on the voice faculty at Whitman College.

Lisa Clossey, MS

Senior Speech-Language Pathologist

Member of ASHA, SID - 2 Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders; SID-13 Special Interest Group 13, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia). Board Certified Brain Injury Specialist.

Lisa’s clinical interests are in the areas of swallowing disorders, adult speech, language, and cognition following neurological impairments including stroke and traumatic brain injury.

Jordan M. Differding, MS, CCC-SLP

Jordan graduated with his Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2015 from Loyola University-Maryland. He completed his clinical fellowship at Mayo Clinic-Rochester. Jordan’s clinical interests are in the areas of swallowing, speech, language and voice disorders and rehabilitation, with an emphasis in the head and neck cancer population. He is also a member of an international mission that researches and develops post-operative speech-resonance treatment services to children with cleft palate in underserved areas.

Melissa E. Kim, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Pathology Coordinator

Member of ASHA, SID 3, SID 5, SID 13, MSHA.

Melissa's clinical and research interests are in the areas of voice and swallowing disorders and rehabilitation, particularly in the head and neck cancer population. She is actively involved in evidenced-based research with patients receiving treatment for head and neck cancer.

Jason Kortte, M.S., CCC-SLP

Senior Speech-Language Pathologist
 

Member of ASHA, SID - 2 Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders; SID-13 Special Interest Group 13, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia)

Jason’s clinical interests are in the areas of adult speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing disorders following neurological impairments including stroke and traumatic brain injury. He has received specialized training in cognitive rehabilitation by the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. As an affiliate faculty member at Loyola University, he has instructed graduate students on the assessment and treatment of aphasia. 

Jessica Silinonte, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Jessica graduated from Loyola University Maryland with her Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2011. She completed her clinical fellowship here at the Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head and Neck Cancer Center.

Her training has been focused on the evaluation and treatment of adult swallowing, and speech-language disorders with special interest in head and neck rehabilitation and voice.

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Head and Neck Rehab
6569 North Charles Street
Physicians Pavilion West, Suite 401

Baltimore, Maryland 21204


Phone: 1-443-849-2087

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