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April 18, 2024

Using Professional Experience Beyond Medicine to Treat the Vocal Cords│Romina Huerta

by Anthony Effinger

Use the term “vocal cords” and most people think of the structure that lets us talk, sing and yell. But these folds of throat tissue do much more. Among their most important functions is sealing off the trachea, or windpipe, when we eat or drink, to keep foods and liquids from getting into our lungs. Romina Huerta, a speech-language pathologist at PNI, knows all about the vocal cords. Long before her medical career began, she learned the violin and became a singer. These days, she’s a member of the Grammy-nominated band Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles. That experience helps her understand what ails other professional singers who come to her for help with overworked vocal cords. She’s been there and done that. She also treats people who have swallowing disorders, which are often caused by dementia and Parkinson’s disease. Strokes and brain injuries also bring patients into PNI, where Romina works with our otolaryngologists—surgeons and doctors who treat the ear, nose and throat. Listen to this episode to learn how Romina helps singers and others care for their vocal cords.

Dr. Amit Kochhar sees a patient at the Facial Nerve Disorders Program at Pacific Neuroscience Institute
April 18, 2024

A Smile Returns After Facial Paralysis

by Guest Author

Dr. Amit Kochhar performs an advanced type of facial nerve surgery that restores movement and function in patients with facial paralysis. Learn more.

Announcing Dale Bredesen MD at Pacific Neuroscience Institute
April 16, 2024

Renowned Alzheimer’s Neurologist Dale Bredesen, MD, Joins Pacific Neuroscience Institute

by Zara Jethani

Dale Bredesen, MD, joins Pacific Neuroscience Institute to lead the Precision Brain Health program. He believes that Alzheimer's is becoming optional. Learn more.

Preparing for Ketamine-assisted therapy
April 10, 2024

Preparing for Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy

by Zara Jethani

Preparation for ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP) involves several key components aimed at ensuring the safety and efficacy of the treatment, as well as preparing the patient mentally and emotionally for the experience. Keep reading.

Brain Health
April 4, 2024

2023: A Year In Review & Looking Forward in 2024

by PNI Experts

We are delighted to highlight many achievements at Pacific Neuroscience Institute®(PNI) in our 2023 Year In Review Report. Join us with a look ahead at 2024!

Cushing's disease 101
April 1, 2024

Cushing’s Disease 101: Not Rare But Perhaps Rarely Diagnosed

by Daniel F. Kelly

Cushing’s disease is caused by a tumor of the pituitary gland and often goes undiagnosed. If untreated, it can lead to severe problems. Learn more about the often misunderstood and under-diagnosed disease.

Last updated: April 2nd, 2024