• Event Name: New York City Spasmodic Dysphonia Support Group

  • Date: 01/29/2019

  • Cost: FREE

  • Location: 240 East 59th Street, New York, 2nd floor conference room of Lucian Sulica, MD
  • City: New York, New York

  • Contact:

    Adrienne Simons
  • 917-951-8342

  • New York City Spasmodic Dysphonia Support Group Meeting January 29

    Our group provides a comfortable place to talk. You will hear how people cope, gain new information, and establish contacts. Discussions can be informative for the newly diagnosed as well as those who have been dealing with spasmodic dysphonia for many years.

    We are hosting guest speaker Cathy Lawrence, who will present: "Using Tools and Concepts of Neuroplasticity to Effect Positive Change"

    Cathy Lawrence, who holds a Master’s Degree in Voice and Opera from the Mannes College of Music, has been a voice teacher for more than 40 years, training students ages 6 to 85 in all genres, form rock to opera. She appeared in leading roles with opera companies throughout the US, including The Amato in NYC, Long Beach Opera in California, and the Minnesota Opera’s New Works Ensemble. She is an ordained cantor, having graduated from the Academy for Jewish Religion in 2003. In 2009 Cantor Lawrence was diagnosed with Singer’s Dystonia, a neurological voice disorder, which was disabling, first subtly and then more overtly, of her performing career. Since then she has been working tirelessly to understand and address this condition, as well as the other types of dystonia, including Spasmodic Dysphonia, or Laryngeal Dystonia. Some of her teachers include Stephen Smith, former head of the Juilliard School voice department, and, more recently, neuroscientist Joaquin Farias, a leading specialist in treating dystonia with movement.

    Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 6:30 PM
    240 East 59th Street, New York
    2nd floor conference room of Lucian Sulica, MD

    RSVP: or text Adrienne Simons at 917 951-8342

    Hope to see you there!

    P.S. Save the Date for our next meeting on May 29.