In August one of our staff members, Sandy Meloy, celebrated 10 years with Bastian Voice Institute! Sandy joins our other staff member, Tiffany Schroeder, in this great achievement. Sandy started part-time working on insurance approvals and eventually became a full-time member of our team working both the Front Desk and in our back offices. We […]
RRP is a devastating chronic infection of the larynx and sometimes trachea caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). Until recently, RRP was thought to “always” be caused by “low risk” subtypes 6 and 11. More than 25 years ago, Dr. Bastian disputed this truism, and he and Dr. Richardson have been routinely HPV-subtyping each […]
Initially described by Dr. Bastian (and his first R-CPD patient, on Reddit: no-burp https://www.reddit.com/r/noburp/), inability to belch can cause the severe symptoms of socially-awkward gurgling noises, bloating, and excessive flatulence, etc. BVI clinicians Bastian and Smithson (Wingo) published a report of the first 51 such patients, all treated successfully with Botox injection into the upper […]
The Bastian Voice Institute remains open during the shelter at home order. We are open to seeing patients with urgent need in-person here at the office. We also offer telehealth visits for those patients who would prefer to speak to a clinician remotely. Feel free to call the office 630-724-1100 to schedule an appointment.
Can’t Burp? Dr. Bastian was recently featured in an article from The Guardian for the discovery and treatment of Retrograde Cricopharyngeus Dysfunction (R-CPD) or The Inability to Burp. This new and ongoing treatment has been growing in numbers since our first case in 2015. Read more about it below! Article from The Guardian by Amanda […]
We would like to welcome Melissa Wingo, MS, PA-C to the Bastian Voice Institute family as our new Physician’s Assistant! Melissa will be assisting both Dr. Bastian and Dr. Richardson, and we are so excited to have her as a part of our team.
In June 2017, Dr. Bastian spoke at a Chicago Master Singers event in Palatine, IL on “How To Protect Your Vocal Health.” Drawing from his experience both in music and in the otolaryngology field, he provided an overview of the anatomy of the voice and vibratory mechanics of the vocal cords and then explained what […]
This coming Friday, May 22nd, Mary Spremulli will be hosting a live podcast at 12pm (EST) discussing spasmodic dysphonia. Her guests will include Kim Kuman Executive Director of National SD Association, Charlie Reavis, president NSDA, James Anderson, co-facilitator Tampa Bay support group, and Connie Pike, SLP. Come with open ears and prepared questions as you […]
Bastian Voice Institute physician Dr. Robert Bastian co-authored a study published this month, “The use of neuralgia medications to treat sensory neuropathic cough.” The paper, which was published in the open-access journal PeerJ, reports a series of 32 consecutive patients newly diagnosed with sensory neuropathic cough who were treated with one or more of the […]
Bastian Voice Institute physician Dr. Robert Bastian presented a lecture at a conference focused on the science and clinical aspects of neurotoxins like botulinum. The conference was held January 14–17, 2015, in Lisbon, Portugal. Dr. Bastian presented on the subject of vocal tremor, explaining how spasmodic dysphonia often includes a component of tremor (i.e., dystonic […]