Meet Our Team

The Emory Voice Center offers a multidisciplinary team of experts to offer our patients optimal outcomes. Our team includes:

Adam Klein, MD, FACS

Dr. Klein joined the Emory Voice Center in July of 2005 and is its current director. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, where he also completed his residency in otolaryngology and head and neck surgery. He then pursued a fellowship in laryngology and care of the professional voice at the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Laryngeal Surgery and Voice Restoration, at Harvard University. He is an active member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, the American Broncho-Esophagological Association, the Triological Society and the American Laryngological Association. Dr. Klein's clinical specialties include the treatment of laryngeal disorders and the professional voice. His research interests include vocal cord reanimation, laryngeal papillomatosis and designing a surgical trainer for phonomicrosurgery (voice surgery). He has over 50 peer-reviewed publications and is an invited speaker nationally and internationally.

Amanda Gillespie, PhD, CCC-SLP

Dr. Amanda Gillespie is an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology at the Emory University School of Medicine, Director of Speech Pathology and Co-Director of the Emory University Voice Center. She earned an undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology and audiology from New York University and a master of science in speech-language pathology from the University of Pittsburgh. She completed her PhD with Dr. Katherine Verdolini Abbott at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Gillespie leads a clinical research program that challenges existing voice therapy and diagnostic paradigms and examines the voice as a complex product of the entire body. Specifically, Dr. Gillespie’s work reframes voice therapy as a manipulation of everyday speaking habits and techniques. Further, she mechanistically explores the interactions between the larynx and other body systems, particularly the respiratory system. Her approach to voice diagnosis and treatment research reflects this interest in interactions.

Dr. Gillespie’s research is funded by the National Institutes of Health. She has authored numerous publications and book chapters and is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences.

Jeanne L. Hatcher, MD

Dr. Hatcher joined Emory in 2014 after completing a fellowship in laryngology and care of the professional voice in San Antonio, Texas. Since arriving at Emory, she has been integral in offering cutting edge dysphagia evaluation and management as well as treating patients with complex upper airway disorders. She has been an invited speaker at several national meetings and has written multiple peer-review articles and book chapters.

Craig R. Villari, MD

Dr. Villari completed his undergraduate and medical education at Emory University. He then completed his residency in Otolaryngology at Emory before leaving for a one-year fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. He returned to Emory in 2015 and is interested in treating patients with voice, airway, and swallowing concerns. He is involved in medical education through the Emory University School of Medicine and serves as a peer-reviewer for several otolaryngology medical journals.

Marina Gilman, MM, MA, CCC-SLP

Marina Gilman has been a member of the Emory Voice center team since 2005. She is a singing voice teacher, performer, Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner, as well as a speech language pathologist. She has taught voice at Cornell University, Syracuse University, and in the Theater School at DePaul University. Ms. Gilman has worked as a licensed speech pathologist at major medical voice centers in Chicago as well. In her recently published book, Body and Voice: Somatic Re-education, she pulls together the strands of her experience as singing teacher, Feldenkrais® Practitioner and Speech Language Pathologist.

Carissa Maira, MS, CCC-SLP

Carissa Maira came to Emory to complete her clinical fellowship in 2004 after earning a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She returned to the Emory Voice Center in 2010 and specializes in the evaluation and treatment of voice and swallowing disorders. She frequently presents at the national and international level on the topics of treatment adherence and novel therapy approaches for muscle tension dysphonia. She has co-authored multiple book chapters as well as publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Nancy McColloch, CCC-SLP

Nancy McColloch has over 30 years of clinical practical experience in the evaluation and treatment of swallowing, voice and head and neck cancer concerns. She is an advocate of multidisciplinary care and has spent her career working collaboratively with Otolaryngology, Neurology, Oncology, Gastroenterology and Radiology to enrich patient quality of life. To that aim, she developed the Speech Pathology program at the University Alabama at Birmingham within the Departments of Surgery and Otolaryngology where she was a key member of the team that first proposed proactive pre-emptive dysphagia therapy for patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation to minimize post-treatment dysphagia. She brought her expertise to Emory in 2014 where she continues to be an advocate for aggressive rehabilitation for patients with dysphagia.

Brian E. Petty, MA, CCC-SLP

Brian E. Petty holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Oklahoma State University, as well as dual Master of Arts degrees in vocal pedagogy and in speech and hearing science, both from The Ohio State University. He is in clinical practice at the Emory Voice Center in Atlanta, and has specialized in disorders of the professional and singing voice for 18 years. He is a past coordinator for Special Interest Group 3, Voice and Voice Disorders, for the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association, and is a frequent national lecturer on the clinical management of voice and upper airway disorders.

Nathaniel Sundholm, MS, CCC-SLP

Nathaniel Sundholm, originally from Brooklyn New York, has a Master’s in Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He was one of 2 individuals selected to complete an intensive voice specialty track which included specific instrumental and non-instrumental assessment skills for individuals specializing in voice, resonance, respiration, and dysphagia evaluation and management. Clinical interests and growing expertise include culturally competent intervention, singing voice rehabilitation, cough suppression and reactive airway therapy, and evaluation and treatment of the disordered swallow. Nathaniel also has a rich performance background with experience in classical voice, Gospel, R&B, Musical Theatre, and CCM. 

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