Read This: An Open Letter sent to 14,300 Ear, Nose and Throat Doctors

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Dr. Cooper reports cures, recoveries and improvements for all types of Spasmodic Dysphonia for over 25 years. Dr. Cooper has solved the medical spasmodic mystery by a simple unique voice solution called Direct Voice Rehabilitation. He has altered the lives of so many people. Read the testimonials from his biggest fans - his patients.


img_hrobbins"Mort Cooper is a voice genius. Finding a new method to help people to discover the innate power of their own voices and speech has made him the foremost speech therapist in the world."

-Harold Robbins,
Best Selling Author


img_rlowe". . . The McEnroe of voice coaches. . ."

-Rob Lowe




img_sward"Finally! I've found someone who knows what they're doing -- he made my voice come alive -- it now has so much color-- the answer to my prayers! . . . I walked into his office with a thin nasal voice and am walking out with a sultry, sexy, resonant voice. He's wonderful!"

-Sela Ward

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Hi Dr. Cooper,

I was a patient of your's about 30 years ago. I was a basket case when I first visited you in L.A. I was very skeptical before meeting you, but after the very first visit, you were able to reassure me that you could help me overcome this disorder. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Forever grateful,

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George Beahan

UPDATE: 5 Years

August 1st, 1995

Six months after receiving three weeks of intensive "direct voice rehabilitation" from Dr. Morton Cooper, I was feeling fairly good about my voice. It was obvious to me that I was not completely cured, but my voice had improved incredibly. I decided to write the Professor Otolaryngology at a prominent Midwest medical school. Dr. * had been treating me for abductor spasmodic dyphonia for approximately two years, and had administered seven injections during that period. Dr * was extremely helpful in obtaining financial assistance for the trip to California and in general seemed to be supportive of the therapy. Despite the doctor's support, I knew he was extremely skeptical that Dr. Cooper would be able to do anything positive for my voice, which made me even more anxious to have him hear my improvement with his own ears.

After writing Dr. * a brief letter he called me and said he was very anxious to see me in person and asked if taping me would be possible. I told him that I had no objections to the taping, but reiterated what I had said in the letter, that my voice was not perfect, but when I was able to apply the elemnts of good voice (my diaphragm breathing along with lower pitch for tone focus) my voice was free from spasm. Dr. * told me that he could tell over the phone that my voice had improved and repeated that he was anxious to see me in person.

The day of the meeting I was extremely nervouse and excited. I desperately wanted to prove to Dr. * that "direct voice rehabilitation" works for spasmodic dysphonia. Since Dr. * comes in contact with more SD's than anyone, I know, I felt that he would be able to present Dr. Cooper's methods as a viable alternative to an injection of Botox to possibly hundreds of people suffering from SD.

Upon entering Dr. *'s examination room he quickly thanked me for coming, abruptly sat me down in a chair and put a microphone in front of me. Then he asked me to recite the same paragraph that I recited when he had diagnosed me with SD. Despite my nervousness I felt my voice was fairly smooth and was almost free from spasm. The times that I did spasm I noticed that my pitch came up and I lost my tone focus so I continued to push my voice lower to recover.

After completion of the audio recording, Dr. * asked if he could make a video recording of me explaining a little bit about the therapy in general. I started by explaining that Dr. Cooper's "direct voice rehabilitation" does work for many people and that I had seen and heard many of those people with my own eyes and ears. I explained that it normally takes a lot of hard work and commitment to be successful and explained a little bit about tone focus and diaphragm breathing. During this taping I would say that my voice was definitely a "good voice" and free from spasm.

During and after these tapings sessions Dr. * had not said one word regarding the improvement of my voice. My curiousity got the best of me. "What do you think of my voice?" I asked. Dr. * paused and said smugly, "I've seen this before." "What do you mean you have seen this before?" I said with extreme shock in my voice. Dr * then went on to explain that he felt that my symptoms were in remission. He said that on occasion an SD's symptoms will go into remission and for some unknown reason their voice will clear up for an undetermined period of time. I could not believe my ears! Trying to keep calm I asked, "You mean to tell me that if I would have never gone to California and done any speech therapy my voice would have probably cleared up on its own?" The doctor replied with an emphatic, "Yes, that's what I believe."

Unable to control myself any longer I said in a loud voice, "You're wrong, doctor!" I told him that I thought that people tend to put doctors up on a pedestal and believe what their doctor tells them. I informed him that if he did not advise his patients that speech pathology can be a viable alternative to Botox he was doing his patients a great injustice. Then I concluded, "You have not been with me for the last six months and you have not experienced what I have experienced. You have not been with me in the mornings when I forget to apply what I have learned and my voice spasms the way it used to, only to have it clear up after applying the proper tone focus and breathing. You cannot tell me that my voice would have cleared up on its own whether I worked on this therapy or not!"

Dr. * clearly was not ready for my response. Then he said, "Maybe I need to reconsider?" I quickly replied, "Maybe you do!"

Another thing that stands out in my mind about my conversation with Dr. * is his stance on speech therapy in general. At one point in the conversation I had stressed the point that I had seen and heard with my own eyes and ears dozens of patients that have been cured or dramatically improved with Dr. Cooper's "direct voice rehabilitation." That I asked Dr. * why he did not believe that Dr. Cooper's methods work. He said that he had read some of Dr. Cooper's publications and that in his opinion it was basic speech pathology 101, in other words, Morton Cooper's methods are too simplistic to work. Dr. * continued saying something to the effect that if the answer is so simple why couldn't speech pathologists all over the country report the same positive results? With that I laughed because I had remembered Dr. Cooper stressing that most of his fellow pathologists used that as a reason for their disbelief in his methods. My answer was direct and to the point, "Why does it have to be complicated to work!"

I have experienced for myself the close minded attitudes that exist among the medical community regarding spasmodic dysphonia. I believe that SD patients that have experienced success with speech pathology have some responsibility to their fellow SD's to get the word out, that speech pathology can and does work. If enough successful patients were to force the medical community to sit up and take notice, far less people would need to suffer from this disorder!

Thankfully yours,
George Beahan
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Jerome Berkovich

UPDATE: 1 Year

Dr. Cooper,

Thanks for giving me a voice that I was told I'd never get back. I gave up. I had severe abductor spasmodic dysphonia and couldn't talk normally for over 10 years. I now get compliments that my voice sounds 100 times better than it used to be. I really appreciate what you have done for me.

Building Contractor
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Bob Berry - June 8, 2009

Bob Berry’s Account of Spasmodic Dysphonia

During the summer of 2006 I began to have difficulty saying some words and numbers. I thought it was just allergies and would get better, but it got worse. I went to Dr. Jebeles, an ENT in the Birmingham, AL area. He said the problem was caused by acid reflux and gave me a prescription for acid reducers, one of which was protonix. I took the acid reducers for about 3 months with no improvement. I went back to Dr. Jebeles and told him I was not convinced the problem was caused by acid reflux since I had no improvement in 3 months on acid reducers. He said he was convinced it was caused by acid reflux and to just keep taking the protonix. I didn’t go back to Dr. Jebeles.

I wanted to completely rule out acid reflux so I went to Dr. Bajaj, a gastroenterologist. He put me to sleep and ran a camera down my throat and checked out my stomach, esophagus and all related areas finding no problems that would cause my voice trouble. In the meantime I had gone to our family doctor and tried a 7 day steroid pack and Nexium with no improvement in my voice.

I went to Dr. Obert, an ENT in the Birmingham, AL area in the summer of 2007. Dr. Obert said he didn’t think the problem was caused by acid reflux and mentioned two ENTs in the Birmingham area that specialized in voice, Dr. Waguespack and Dr. Levine. Dr. Obert’s nurse also mentioned to me that they were now checking for allergies by using blood tests. I was interested in this because during and after every meal my nose would run, and I would have a cloggy throat for about 45 minutes after the meal.

I went to see Dr. Waguespack in the fall of 2007. After examining me, he said I had bowed vocal cords, and that was why I couldn’t say certain words, etc. He said he could do fat injections to bring the vocal cords back to their proper positions. He did this operation in September, 2007. About 2 weeks after the operation, I began doing speech therapy with Dan Phillips, SLP, in Dr. Waguespack’s office. The exercises consisted of lip buzzes and sipping water, etc. At first all seemed to be improving, but after a few weeks the voice breaks were getting worse. My wife and I met with Dr. Waguespack and Dan Phillips in December 2007. In the conversation Dr. Waguespack said this may be the voice I was going to have, and I might have to get used to it. Dr. Waguespack was rescued from our conversation by a call from the hospital??? Dan Phillips, SLP was very concerned with improving my voice and had a true desire to help me. I appreciate that to this day.

I began to wonder if allergies were contributing to my voice problem, so I followed up on the blood test for allergies at Dr. Obert’s office in the summer of 2008. Tests came back reporting that I was allergic to most trees and grasses. Ann Tibbs, Dr. Obert’s allergy nurse said most foods were in the families of these trees and grasses. Based on this, there was only a very few foods that I could eat according to her. In addition to the diet alteration, I also began taking 2 injections twice a week to try to minimize all these allergies. After a few months of taking these injections with no improvement in my allergies or voice, I stopped taking the injections.

About this time I heard about cold laser treatments focused on the throat area. The singer Bon Jovi had greatly benefited from this I was told. I quit taking these treatments after about 6 weeks because my voice was much worse the next day after the treatment.

I wanted to now know exactly which foods I was allergic to instead of avoiding all foods in a particular family group. Dr. Obert’s office didn’t test for foods so I went to Dr. Knight at the Alabama Allergy Center. They did complete skin tests for all foods, grasses and trees. They found that I was not allergic to any foods but had non-allergic rhinitis. Dr. Knight prescribed Atrovent nasal spray and Atrovent inhaler. These worked great. By using these before meals, I don’t have the runny nose and cloggy throat that I had suffered with during and after meals for 40 years. They also found that trees and grasses were not a problem, and they haven’t been. The Alabama Allergy Center doctors said that blood tests for allergies give many false positives and that sure happened in my case. Dr. Knight at Alabama Allergy Center solved my problems with runny nose and cloggy throat at meals, but I still had my voice breaks in speech.

I decided to go to Dr. Levine remembering that he was the other ENT in the Birmingham area that specialized in voice. After a complete examination he said the vocal cords looked O.K. He said he was not sure what was causing the voice spasms. I appreciated this man’s honesty. He referred me to Vanderbilt University Voice Department in Nashville, TN.

I made an appointment with Dr. Catherine Garrett at Vanderbilt in September, 2008. Dr. Garrett did a complete examination and said;

1. You have the classic symptoms of spasmodic dysphonia.

2. You could be the poster person for spasmodic dysphonia.

I was told by Dr. Garrett and Dr. Jacobson, SLP that there was no cause and no cure for spasmodic dysphonia. The only treatment was botox shots into the vocal cords likely every 3 months for the rest of my life. They said botox was the gold standard for people to get their voice back. Based on this I did have the botox injection one time. It basically took my voice away for about 6 weeks. The best I could do was a coarse breathy whisper. I determined that I didn’t want to do botox again. It was not the gold standard for me – not even copper.

I had been reading Dr. Morton Cooper’s 3 books, Winning With Your Voice, Change Your Voice, Change your Life, and Stop Committing Voice Suicide. I decided to make a dedicated effort to do the things he recommends in his books. My wife was very helpful in monitoring my progress and helping me stay on the proper pitch, etc. I suppose the fear of another botox ordeal was a driving force also. As a result of much prayer and using Dr. Cooper’s techniques, I began to see improvement in my voice. I was approaching a good voice when I went to work with Dr. Cooper in Brentwood, West Los Angeles, CA the week of May 11, 2009. That week was very helpful in consolidating my gains and improving my voice even more. Dr. Cooper’s Direct Voice Rehabilitation was the only thing that helped my voice and his method is not painful or invasive.

I am totally convinced that if I had not found out about Dr. Mort Cooper and his Direct Voice Rehabilitation, I would still have spasmodic dysphonia. I have not written this account of my 3 year ordeal with spasmodic dysphonia to cast a bad light on anyone or their practice. I am writing this to share my experiences so that if another person now or in the future has my symptoms they might be directed to Direct Voice Rehabilitation first and not have to go the long, painful and stressful route that I traveled.

Bob Berry

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Alison Blasko


I have had Spasmodic Dysphonia for approximately two and a half years now. I had been advised by several specialists that there was no treatment or cure but that Botox has had some suggestions of limited success. However, due to the fact that I have had severe allergic reactions to medications and toxins, Botox was not an option. It was suggested to me by my endocrinologist that there was someone out there who was a medical expert who had been able to treat SD, successfully and without Botox, and he suggested that I do research and attempt to locate this individual.

My research led me to Dr. Cooper.

And I can report that his tools and techniques do work with regard to treating SD. But it takes commitment, and diligent daily practice. And patience. I spent a week in his Voice Rehabilitation clinic and it was an invaluable resource and time well spent. Dr. Cooper is a visionary and I recommend that anyone who is experiencing voice problems including spasmodic dysphonia or spastic dysphonia to not give up hope but to instead contact Dr. Cooper. He will be able to help you. I know because he has helped me and I am proof that his techniques do work wonders.

Alison Blasko

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John Brunelle - March 16, 2005


Dear Dr. Cooper,

I am writing this correspondence to let you know that beyond what is said in the medical community, I am living proof that your approach to the debilitating affliction of spastic dysphonia is curable. I remember being at the end of my rope with no place to turn when my mother saw you on a talk show. She said that you cured people with voice problems such as my own. Prior to this I had been struggling to speak for the past four years. It was like somebody was strangling me every time I tried to speak. I was an inside salesperson for a large computer company and spent the majority of my time on the phone. I became so frustrated with the extreme effort of speaking that I had to leave this job. I also had been to numerous doctors. First, there was my general practitioner who recommended voice rest and then a voice pathologist. When neither of these labors worked and being fairly depressed I was put on anti-depressant. Next, I was sent to an ear, nose, throat doctor who performed an operation to remove some minor polyps. When no improvements were noted in my voice, the E.N.T. determined that my problems must be mental and I was sent to a psychologist. Although, I only visited the psychologist a few times, where I was put under hypnosis, I did not feel mentally ill. Maybe a little depressed, understandably, but only because I could not physically speak without a struggle. However, I did notice that if I consumed high quantities of alcohol my voice did improve. Therefore, although not thoroughly happy with the notion of taking chemicals, my general practitioner referred me to a neurologist who proceeded to do just that. The neurologist had me take a number of medication some of which made me feel pretty good and some of which that didn’t but as far as my voice was concerned there was no benefit. Next, the neurologist suggested that I take botox injections. She told me that there has been improvement in voices for people like myself from taking the botox shot. I took a total of three with varying effects. The first one worked pretty well but only for about two weeks. The second one caused me to lose my voice for about a week before I gradually regained it for a couple weeks then lost it to spastic dysphonia again. The third shot was similar in effect to the second one but I under went considerable pain while the neurologist and her assistant where trying to inject the needle into the tiny nerve in my neck. After this experience I was feeling pretty disheartened about my chances of regaining my normal voice again. However, not long after this, and with my parents help I was able to learn about your techniques and to eventually come out and visited you. I must say that it was a challenge but I began to understand that you had a profound and intimate knowledge of the underlying physical and mental problems associated with this affliction. Spastic dysphonia is not a organic entity that can be looked at under the microscope or cut off with a scalpel but a combination of unhealthy speaking habits and hard to change self mental imaging. It takes time and work but when I left Dr. Coopers office I was on my way to freedom. It took a few months of constant self scrutinizing and practice but I was eventually freed from the noose of spastic dysphonia. As I look back upon my own cure for this dreadful problem I would have to say the number one thing that Dr. Cooper taught me to do was simply to hum. Humming for me was the key. Hum before you speak. Hum in between words and after you speak (hum hum hum). Even now, seven years later, whenever I feel my voice becoming strangled (very rare these days) I hum before I speak and my voice immediately becomes better. Although this was the main technique that I used it took my visit with Dr. Cooper to set me on the path to freedom. I would highly recommend to anybody with spastic dysphonia to use Dr. Cooper’s thorough wisdom and knowledge to your advantage and stick with it. It is like anything, it takes work to achieve. I am living proof that you can rid the burden of this supposedly incurable affliction for good.

Oh, about the phone, it is a pleasure to talk on it. I can talk with a perfectly normal voice.


John Brunelle


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"Your techniques work's like a miracle!"
--The Reverend James Johnson, Poplar Grove, IL - Cured of SD over 25 years

“After a miserable respiratory flu brought on two bouts of laryngitis, Dr. Cooper helped me regain my confidence to use my voice with power and range. I am grateful for his sensitive and concerned intervention.”
-- Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Internationally syndicated radio talk show host

"I'm a fan of your work, and I've heard great things about you"
-- Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO of Fox Network News

"He added 20 years to my singing voice"
--Jerome Hines

"...Dr. Cooper's techniques changed my whole approach to using my voice. Almost by magic, my voice problems disappeared... Dr. Cooper is the real deal"
--Shadoe Stevens, TV/Radio Personality - Cured of SD for over 20 years

"...Before you think of surgery, think of Dr. Cooper's 'magic' cure; it even astounds the doctors..."
--Gershon Lesser, M.D. - Host of "The Health Connection"

"...of all Voice Disorders, Dr. Cooper's methods seemed essentially quite simple, but they worked ...
-- Henry J. Rubin, M.D. (Retired) - UCLA School of Medicine - Head & Neck Division

"He turned my whole life around."
--Marjorie Whitman, Homemaker - Cured of SD

"Dr. Cooper is terrific. He has done wonders with my voice. Now if he can only do something with the other parts of my body."
--Jan Murray, Comedian

joyner"Dr. Cooper put me on the right track -- for a better voice."

Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Dr. Cooper is a remarkable voice and speech doctor. As the Director of Adults Stutterers Group in 1957 ,he was able to help cure stuttering according to Dr. Anderson, speech pathology division. His books talk of his many accomplishments. Some patients call Dr. Cooper 'A Miracle Voice and Speech Doctor'. He has treated thousands of voice problems with outstanding successes and has been featured in medical, scientific and academic journals. Dr. Cooper has been in practice for half a century. If you have been told that your voice problem is incurable, contact Dr. Cooper for a voice consultation.