June 7, 1989
The following is the original statement by Don Matheson when he completed Direct Voice Rehabilitation in June 1989.
To Whom It May Concern:
In January of 1989, having reached the point where at times I was unable to speak without sounding as though I were strangling on my own words, I went to see Dr. Morton Cooper.
Dr. Cooper expressed the opinion that I was suffering from a condition called Spastic Dysphonia but wanted me to see my own physician for an independent diagnosis.
I then went to see my Ear-Nose-Throat specialist, Dr. Edward Kantor. After extensive examinations, including fiber-optical pictures of my vocal chords, Dr. Kantor concluded that I was suffering from Spastic Dysphonia. He was of the opinion that me condition could be treated with vocal therapy and recommended that I return to Dr. Cooper for same.
Towards the end of January, I began biweekly therapy sessions with Dr. Cooper. I intensively practiced the principles he taught me, both in and away from his office, and within a month had reached the point where I was confident enough to ply my trade as an actor again.
The ideal ending to all this, of course, would be that after 25 years or so I became an overnight discovery and went on to star in my own TV series or movie. Being at the mercy of the vagaries of show business, however, this hasn't happened. Yet.
The important thing is that I am ready to work again because I have my voice back stronger than ever and, thanks to Dr. Cooper, I'm going to keep it.
There was nothing magical about my treatment, nor did it involve drugs or medicine, hypnosis, or any sort of invasive therapy. Dr. Cooper simply helped me find my own voice and showed me how to use it properly. This was accomplished through the use of certain voice exercises and techniques taught by Dr. Cooper. It's that simple, and it's that great. It took five months for me to complete my Voice Rehabilitation.
I unhesitatingly and without reservation grant Dr. Cooper my permission to use this letter, in whole or in part, in any way he so chooses.
And lest that sounds a bit formal and stodgy, I'd like to add my heartfelt thanks and gratitude and state for the records that I am a Dr. Cooper fan.
Update: 9 Years
It is now nine (9) years since I completed Direct Voice Therapy with Dr. Mort Cooper for Spasmodic Dysphonia. My voice remains full, rich, and it is automatic. I do not think about it.
After the voice therapy with Dr. Cooper, my voice is better than it ever was. The bass baritone vice remains strong and clear and effective. It is my natural voice.
In 1990, I talked with the Cedars-Sinai Medical Hospital ENT people by video, explaining how I recovered my voice. My ENT doctor was there, as were many other ENT doctors.
My voice was excellent then, and it is excellent now.