Lisa Andreson

The following is an open letter written by patient Lisa Andreson after she completed Direct Voice Rehabilitation in 1980.

To Whom it May Concern:

A few years ago, because of voice misuse, my vocal cords became very weak and when I would speak, I would lose ends of words and sentences. My voice was very much lower all of a sudden (to this day I blame it on the birth control pill). Anyway, I went to an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor in Beverly Hills. I was diagnosed with Spastic Dysphonia and told that if I didn't get better, I might have to have a throat operation.

The Doctor told me to "do things you like to do, play tennis, jog, whatever you like.I am going to prescribe Valium." Soon afterwards I started to pursue an acting career. When I was being critiqued after some scene work, I mentioned that I was having trouble with my voice. One of the students recommended that I go and see Dr. Morton Cooper.

When I went to Dr. Cooper, he told me that my voice was coming from the throat and that I was using shallow breathing. He simply taught me how to breathe from the diaphragm and to raise my voice up into the face mask area.

I later went to Europe to Drama School, where I again was taught this very same method diaphragm breathing and resonance from the lips and face mask area.

Whenever I slip back to a low voice (usually out of laziness), doing the simple voice placement exercises—humming, etc., always works. These voice methods are no secret. They are taught world wide. I attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

Personally, I think that it is inappropriate to offer an operation as an alternative to this condition of Spasmodic Dysphonia. I met several people who had this operation…and they were absolutely no better.

Finally, I think that Dr. Morton Cooper is practicing in a very simple, straightforward and effective way—which works, and can be backed up by any legitimate voice coach.

Sincerely,
LISA ANDRESON