It’s not often that you find health care practitioners, who are experts at what they do and also great at connecting with people. But that’s the winning combination of precision and empathy that you’ll find at the Wellness Group for Voice Speech and Swallowing. They are so effective and kind, that we drive over 2 hours each way to see them, and we always leave feeling better and more empowered. Liv Assensoh, Client in Eugene, Oregon.
I have talked differently my whole life. My parents have taken me to several doctors and speech pathologist, but nothing worked. It was so FRUSTRATING. I got tired of little kids coming up to me and asking me why I talk weird. I didn’t feel my speech was affecting me, but my mother said I was withdrawing socially and choosing to not speak. I have been seeing providers since I was 3 years old. I am 12 now and developed a love for acting, but I got turned down for a part due to my speech. I was lucky enough to get referred to Dr. Ziegler. He treated me like a partner in my care and in 6 weeks he has completely fixed my speech. I was able to go to acting camp and NO ONE asked my why I speak funny. Breanna, Client in Seattle (formerly Portland)
I made more progress in my first appointment with Jennifer than I did in twenty appointment with another vocal coach. Jennifer’s approach is logical and effective, assuming of course that you practice. She found alternative approaches when a specific training technique was too challenging; it was a relief knowing that there was more than one way to achieve my goal. In addition to being an incredible teacher, Jennifer is kind and compassionate. She always made me feel comfortable and valued, and I think the transgender community is very, very fortunate that she wants to help our community find its true voice. JJ, Client in Portland
As the result of a rare virus I lost the ability to effectively speak or sing for nearly a year. Following successful surgery in Portland, OR, Dr. Aaron Ziegler began working with me in both speech and singing therapy. The ability to speak is essential to me in my business. Over about a four month period of intense therapy I regained my ability to not only speak for extended periods of time but again to sing. His experience and professionalism successfully brought me through this very difficult time in my life. I highly recommend Dr. Ziegler to anyone needing help with healing and therapy for speech and singing. Please, do not hesitate to contact me directly for further information. Dr. Stan Baker, Client in Portland
I went to Aaron to help me establish a new voice for myself as I work my way through this transition from male to female. Aaron’s gracious, welcoming, positive and calm demeanor immediately made me feel comfortable in what could have been a very awkward encounter. He is not a clinician. He is human, he is compassionate and he is genuinely concerned about you and what it is you want to achieve with your voice. Not a preconceived notion of what your voice should sound like. His goal is to help you achieve the best voice that is right for you and that you are comfortable with. I am grateful that he is a part of my transition. For whatever reason we are seeking voice coaching there is some level of personal struggle we are also facing. If it’s to reestablish a voice after a stroke, correct a stutter, become an orator or to transition. In addition to having exceptional skills we need our coach to be compassionate. Thank you Aaron. Tess, Client in Portland
Aaron is an amazing clinician! He truly listens to patients and finds interesting, motivating, and evidence-based methods to achieve patients’ goals. He makes therapy fun and effective, I highly recommend his services. Meryl Kaufman, SLP in Atlanta, GA
Dr. Ziegler presented on PhoRTE at Northwestern University in Evanston, which I attended. Dr. Ziegler is a compelling, approachable, and consummate clinician-researcher and presenter. His approach to imparting the implications, indications, theoretical foundations, and protocol for PhoRTE facilitated my understanding and confidence in presenting this treatment approach to my acute care SLP team. Dr. Ziegler has ample experience as a mentor and clinician for a spectrum of voice and swallowing disorders, and I will continue to look to him for guidance in evaluation and clinical decision making. On a personal note, Dr. Ziegler demonstrates a marked passion and understanding for culturally sensitive service provision across ethnoculturally diverse and LGBTQIA+ communities.
Ruchi Kapila, SLP in San Francisco
Aaron Ziegler is an incredible speech-language pathologist! He ensures that his intervention is client-focused and driven by research. With his clinical expertise and his prominence in the field of voice disorders, he is able to provide the most effective and innovative treatment to his clients. He is kind, thoughtful, and caring. I am thankful to have accessibility to his knowledge base and professional services. Hannah Tappan, SLP Masters Student, Research Assistant
My work with Dr. Ziegler was one of the most important parts of my transition. He helped me get in touch with who I wanted to be, as well as work through dysphoria and my expectations for my voice. It was half therapy, half voice work, half having a supportive and friendly ear. After 6 months of intense, daily work I’ve rediscovered my voice and my identity, found a capacity for expression I never knew I had, and have the knowledge to keep changing my voice if I choose. I can’t recommend Dr. Ziegler enough, he’s amazing. Mikayla, Client in Portland
I did a session with Aaron and Jennifer a couple of weeks ago and I found it to be extremely helpful. I was preparing to do some recording in a studio and needed some coaching specifically for proper breathing. I found them to be very encouraging and easy to work with. I did my session over zoom, and I was amazed at how in touch they were with my singing even though they weren’t right next to me! The distance doesn’t seem to be a barrier at all. They worked great as a team. I have been practicing the doable exercises they gave me and have noticed my confidence improving. In fact, last night I sang at a local open mic and noticed that I felt more bold and enjoyed myself by using the techniques they taught me. I would recommend The Wellness Group for Voice and Speech to anyone who needs help using their voice more effectively, whether it be for health reasons, or for singing (like me). Elisa, Client in Minneapolis
When I started my transition (male to female) in 2019 the first thing I did was start voice lessons, for transwomen voice is one of the few things you can really control, the rest is all hormones, time, and procedures. I walked into Aaron’s office having watched a plethora of YouTube videos on transvoice and had been trying to achieve a feminine voice using DIY techniques, without much success. I honestly wasn’t sure how feminine of a voice I would be able to achieve. Aaron started me out with the basics, breathing, learning to use my voice with ease and without excessive tension, next came gentle increases in pitch and warmth, and lastly came working on vowels and intonation. By the end I had a reasonably passable female voice, much more so than I had anticipated. I’ve continued to practice since and get better every day with practice and patience, the framework that Aaron gave me was invaluable to setting me up for success (today I usually get gendered correctly on the phone). Alice (transgender MtF), Client in Portland, OR