Deirdre D. Michael, PhD, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Specialties and Services

Health Networks

  • University of Minnesota Physicians

Languages I Speak

  • English

Care Philosophy

I strive to provide the highest quality care for individuals with any kind of voice disorder or functional airway disorder. I base this care on the special needs of each individual patient, making sure I understand their background and motivations. A hallmark of my care is to take time to listen to the patient, and also to provide thorough explanations of the nature of the problem, and every aspect of the care available and care provided. My experience as a singer and singing teacher, and as a runner, gives me insight to the special needs of the entire spectrum of vocal performers and athletes, from the most avocational to the most elite.

Care and Clinical Interests

  • Evaluation and treatment for all voice disorders, and functional upper airway disorders
  • Mind/body connection in voice disorders
  • Patient education
  • Various treatment modalities

Education, Training and Certifications

Other Education

  • B.A in Music Education, Hamline University in St. Paul
  • Ph.D. in Communication Disorders with specialization in Voice Science, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • M.A. - Speech-Language Pathology, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus

Skill Certifications

  • Speech-Language Pathology, American Speech-Language Hearing Association, since 1992

Recognition and Leadership


  • Co-Director, Lions Voice Clinic
  • Member, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association; member Special Interest Division 3 in Voice and Resonance Disorders
  • National Association of Teachers of Singing, Director/Moderator of Vocapedia website; Chairman Voice Science Advisory Committee 2013-2017
  • Minnesota Speech-Language-Hearing Association; founder of MNVoice (voice specialty listserve) 2001, moderator until 2014

Academic Information

Assistant Professor