Johns Hopkins Voice Center Johns Hopkins Head and Neck Surgery Head and Neck Rehabilitation Pediatric Voice and Speech-Swallowing
Karen T. Pitman, MD FACS
Medical Director of the
Milton J. Dance Center
Lee M. Akst, MD
Medical Director of the
Voice Center
Kenneth Charles
Fletcher, MD
Margaret L. Skinner, MD

Melissa Bidlack, MS, MM, CCC-SLPMelissa Bidlack, MS, MM, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Lee Silverman Voice Treatment. Member of ASHA SID 3 and NATS.

Melissa Bidlack, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist and singing voice specialist at Johns Hopkins Voice Center. She completed her clinical fellowship at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, specializing in voice, swallowing, and neurological disorders.  Ms. Bidlack received her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Columbia University Teachers College. She also holds a Master of Music degree from Rice University in Vocal Performance. Prior to her career in speech-language pathology, she performed as a professional opera singer and served on the voice faculty at Whitman College.

Jordan M. Differding, MS, CCC-SLPJordan M. Differding, MS, CCC-SLP

Jordan graduated with his Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2015 from Loyola University-Maryland. He completed his clinical fellowship at Mayo Clinic-Rochester. Jordan’s clinical interests are in the areas of swallowing, speech, language and voice disorders and rehabilitation, with an emphasis in the head and neck cancer population. He is also a member of an international mission that researches and develops post-operative speech-resonance treatment services to children with cleft palate in underserved areas.

Melissa E. Kim, MS, CCC-SLPMelissa E. Kim, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Pathology Coordinator

Member of ASHA, SID 3, SID 5, SID 13, MSHA.

Melissa's clinical and research interests are in the areas of voice and swallowing disorders and rehabilitation, particularly in the head and neck cancer population.  She is actively involved in evidenced-based research with patients receiving treatment for head and neck cancer.

Barbara P. Messing, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Barbara P. Messing, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Administrative - Clinical Director
The Milton J. Dance, Jr Head & Neck Center
Johns Hopkins Head & Neck Surgery
Johns Hopkins Voice Center
Clinical Specialist in Head & Neck Cancer Rehabilitation
Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders

Member of American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Dysphagia Research Society, International Association of Laryngectomees - Certified Instructor of Alaryngeal Speech, American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders.

Barbara Pisano Messing, M.A., CCC-SLP, BCS-S is the Administrative-Clinical Director of the Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head and Neck Center, Johns Hopkins Head & Neck Surgery and Johns Hopkins Voice Center located at GBMC in Baltimore, Maryland. She is an adjunct professor at Loyola University, Baltimore, Maryland. She is recognized as a Clinical Specialist in Head and Neck Rehabilitation and a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. She lectures nationally and internationally on dysphagia. Her clinical and research interests are in the area of head and neck cancer rehabilitation, dysphagia and voice disorders.

Marisa Sanders, MFA, MA, CCC-SLP

Marisa Sanders, MFA, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Lee Silverman Voice Treatment

Marisa received her Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Northern Illinois University and completed her clinical fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Voice Center. Prior to her career in speech pathology, she worked as a professional actor in New York City and Chicago. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from The Actors Studio Drama School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Clemson University. Marisa is certified in Lee Silverman Voice Treatment and has extensive training in the Alexander Technique, yoga, and dance.

Dan Sherwood, MS/CCC-SP, HSE

Dan Sherwood, MS/CCC-SP, HSE

Speech Pathology Clinical Specialist

Focusing on rehabilitation and retraining of the professional voice.

Special interests include breathing retraining and movement education, with training in alternative/complementary disciplines, including Hanna Somatics®, Associative Awareness Technique™, Optimal Breathing®.

Jessica Silinonte, MS, CCC-SLP

Jessica Silinonte, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Jessica graduated from Loyola University Maryland with her Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2011. She completed her clinical fellowship here at the Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head and Neck Cancer Center.

Her training has been focused on the evaluation and treatment of adult swallowing, and speech-language disorders with special interest in head and neck rehabilitation and voice.

Samantha Gebhart, BS, CCRC

Clinical Research Coordinator

ACRP-Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

Samantha works with both the Dance Center and the Voice Center to enroll patients in various research protocols. As the primary Research Coordinator for these departments, she is responsible for assessing which patients are eligible for different protocols. Samantha is responsible for informing patients of the studies that they qualify for, and for enrolling patients in those studies when they are willing to participate.

Gregory Lee, MS

Systems Analyst

Gregory works for the Milton J Dance Head & Neck Center - Johns Hopkins Head & Neck Surgery and Johns Hopkins Voice Center. He is responsible for clinical outcomes data & reporting. Gregory is also responsible for minor subset of MIS supported software applications and actively meeting business problems with application solutions.

Angie Howard-Rivera, RMA, CCMAItzel (Angie) Howard-Rivera, RMA, CCMA

Certified Medical Assistant, Lead

Itzel joined the Head and Neck Surgery Department in March, 2006. She is a member of American Registry of Medical Assistant and National Healthcareer Association. Itzel assists physicians in the exam room with direct patient care. She is responsible for taking vitals, updating medication lists, assists with office procedures, processes labs, refills medication requests, tracks diagnostic tests and lab results.
Ewa Lesniak

Ewa Lesniak

Certified Clinical Medical Assistant

Ewa worked for 8 year as a registered nurse in Poland. She joined John Hopkins Voice Center at GBMC in December, 2013 after receiving the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant credential from National Health Career Association. Ewa is responsible for escorting patients, obtaining vitals, updating electronic health record, sending reports, refilling medication requests, setting up instrumentation and procedure rooms. 

Josita Peters, Senior Medical Secretary

Josita Peters

Senior Medical Secretary


Josita Peters joined The Milton J. Dance, Jr., Head & Neck Center in August of 2006. She started as an Insurance Specialist, then transferred over to Senior Medical Secretary. Josita's responsibilities are preparing the exam rooms for patients, setting up for different procedures, tracking SLP reports, sending reports to physicians, ordering supplies, obtaining vitals, and lab work.

Colleen Bialczak

Colleen Bialczak

Administrative Assistant

Colleen assists the Administrative-Clinical Director with developing and implementing office practices that assure the best possible experience for our patients, hiring and training of front office staff, establishing objectives for the front office and evaluating performance. She also schedules office appointments and provides clerical support for the physicians and clinical staff.

Gwendolyn Camacho

Senior Medical Secretary 

Gwen "Cookie" Camacho joined GBMC in January 2006. She is currently a Senior Medical Secretary for The Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head & Neck Center, Johns Hopkins Voice Center at GBMC & Johns Hopkins Head & Neck Surgery. Her duties include providing administrative support to the clinical staff & physicians. Registering & check-out for the center. Review of patient billing sheets, referrals, and office notes in preparation for scheduled appointments daily. Collects co-pays, processes/closes credit card payments and records patient charges. Performs detailed and precise data entry for patients in Meditech and eCW. Participates in staff orientation and education.

Amanda Diaz

Amanda Diaz

Senior Medical Secretary

Amanda started working at GBMC in the Wound Care Center in 2011 as a secretary. She transferred to the Milton J. Dance Jr., Head and Neck Center in May 2014. She schedules various appointments for the Voice Center and Head and Neck Center. Amanda handles the phone calls for the Voice Center, checks in (registers) patients and checks out patients. She is responsible for making sure the patients have what they need for their appointment and that the doctor or clinician has all of the notes needed to see the patient.

Rochelle Goode

Rochelle Goode

Senior Medical Secretary

Rochelle came to GBMC Head and Neck Surgery in 2008 as a Patient Services Associate. After 1 year of lay off in 2012, she returned to GBMC in July of 2013 as a Patient Services Associate for the new Center of Neurology. In April of 2014 Rochelle returned to Head and Neck Surgery as a Senior Medical Secretary. Her primary responsibilities are patient registration and check out, new patient intake and taking care of three doctors' schedules.

Nicole Hurley

Patient Accounts Coordinator

 Nicole is  currently the Patient Accounts Coordinator for the Johns Hopkins Voice Center. Her duties include verifying insurance eligibility and obtaining authorizations and referrals for procedures. She also does the billing for the Voice Center doctors as well as the speech pathologists. She is also the surgical scheduler for the Voice Center.

Sharnet Logan

Senior Medical Secretary

Sharnet joined the Head and Neck Surgery Department in April 2009 as a Patient Service Assistant and became a Senior Medical Secretary in September 2013. Sharnet assists in extensive check-out, scheduling new patients and radiology procedures and making sure patients have referrals and authorizations for certain procedures. Sharnet also sends patients for different referrals such as Radiation Oncology and Medical Oncology.  Her role is to make sure all patients are checked-out and scheduled accordingly.

Alelaine Moye

Revenue Cycle Technician

Alelaine joined GBMC in 1997 working as a unit clerk on Unit 36 and transferred to the Head and Neck Surgery Department in 2007. 

As Surgical Poster, she meets with patients to coordinate scheduling of surgical and diagnostic procedures, arranges for pre-admission testing, verifies insurance eligibility and authorizes surgical procedures. She also performs office billing, schedules office appointments and provides general clerical support.

Susan Plunkett

Susan Plunkett

Senior Medical Secretary

Provides secretarial support for the department. Schedules and coordinates new and follow up patient appointments for The Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head and Neck Center and The Johns Hopkins Voice Center with telephone support.  Primary registration for The Johns Hopkins Voice Center.  Prepares and prints daily schedule and distributes to appropriate personal. Review of patient billing sheets, referrals, and office notes in preparation for scheduled appointments daily.  Collects co-pays, processes/closes credit card payments and records patient charges. Performs detailed and precise data entry for patients in Meditech and eCW. Participates in staff orientation and education.

Kandi Smith

Kandi Smith

Patient Accounts Coordinator

Kandi joined GBMC in 2009 as a Senior Medical Secretary. She is currently the Patient Accounts Coordinator for the Johns Hopkins Voice Center. Her duties include verifying insurance eligibility and obtaining authorizations and referrals for procedures. She also does the billing for the Voice Center doctors as well as the speech pathologists. She is also the surgical scheduler for the Voice Center.

Christine Swerdlin

Christine Swerdlin, CST

Senior Medical Secretary

Christine comes to us from the GBMC General Operating Room where she worked as a Surgical Technologist. She transferred to the Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head and Neck Center in July, 2014. You will see Christine at the front desk where she handles phone calls for the Dance Head and Neck Center and the Johns Hopkins Voice Center. She schedules and registers patients primarily for the Dance Head and Neck Center. She also prepares patient charts, requests doctors' notes as needed, and makes follow-up calls for clinicians and staff.

 

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