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Milton J. Dance Jr. Head and Neck Rehabilitation



MISSION
In everything we do, our specialized team excels in providing compassionate,
quality care for patients and caregivers.

VISION
The Dance Center is the first choice of care for patients with head and neck cancer,
voice, swallowing and communication disorders.
The Dance Center is the employer of choice for health professionals.

Exceptional, compassionate care for every patient, every time.

We provide interdisciplinary care of the head and neck cancer patient:

Specialized ~ Coordinated ~ Comprehensive

We provide patient-centered, interdisciplinary care of cancer and non-cancer conditions which has drawn patients to our Center from all across the globe. From the start, every head and neck cancer patient is offered a coordinated plan of care from diagnosis through treatment, recovery and rehabilitation. Our integrated approach combines all of these specialties to provide the latest advances in diagnostics, treatment, research, and support services: Speech-language Pathology, Otolaryngology Nurse Specialists, Oncology Registered Dietician, Oncology Social Work, Head and Neck Surgery, Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Oral Pathology, Maxillofacial Prosthodontics, and Radiology.

Going beyond your physical needs to provide emotional and practical support. Our care doesn't end with state-of-the-art surgery and advanced technology. The Milton J. Dance Jr. Head and Neck Center also provides a wide range of programs and services to improve our patients' quality of life. Patients and family members receive exceptional care through counseling and education, discharge planning, home health care coordination, support groups, head and neck cancer tumor board meetings, interdisciplinary patient care conferences, and more. Every step of the way, our patients experience compassion from people who care in a healing, supportive environment.

Collaborating with the Johns Hopkins Head & Neck Surgery Team. The Milton J. Dance Jr. Head and Neck Center's interdisciplinary team works hand-in-hand with GBMC's on-site Johns Hopkins Head & Neck Surgery team-offering expertise in organ preservation, microvascular and laryngeal surgery, minimally invasive techniques, voice rehabilitation, and research-based clinical trials. In collaboration with Johns Hopkins, The Milton J. Dance Jr. Head and Neck Center also manages all types of laryngeal voice problems including benign and malignant lesions, neurological disorders, and vocal dysfunction due to behavioral causes.

OUR SERVICES

From the start, every head and neck cancer patient is offered a coordinated plan of care from diagnosis through treatment, recovery and rehabilitation.

Learn more about our multidisciplinary team care plan (Head and Neck Clinical Pathway) and our patient care plan:

Care Plan - CLICK HERE

Each patients' physical and emotional needs are addressed through programs and services with the primary goal of optimizing patient's quality of life by providing team intervention through:
  • Head and neck tumor board and patient care interdisciplinary conferences
  • Speech pathology, nursing, psychosocial and nutritional rehabilitation services
  • Counseling and education for patients and family members
  • Discharge planning and home health care coordination
  • Patient and family support groups
  • Nutrition Lecture Series
  • Ongoing patient educational programs
  • Oral Cancer Screenings
  • Voice Screenings

Our Team

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Karen T Pitman, MD, FACS
Karen T. Pitman, MD, FACS
Medical Director of the Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head and Neck Center
Head & Neck Surgery
Otolaryngology
Karen T Pitman, MD, FACS
Karen T. Pitman, MD, FACS
Medical Director of the Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head and Neck Center
Head & Neck Surgery
Otolaryngology
Ray G Blanco, MD, FACS
Ray G. Blanco, MD, FACS
Head & Neck Surgery
Surgery
Ray G Blanco, MD, FACS
Ray G. Blanco, MD, FACS
Head & Neck Surgery
Surgery
Barbara P. Messing, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, F-ASHA
Barbara P. Messing, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, F-ASHA
Director, The Milton J. Dance, Jr Head & Neck Center
Megan Dasgupta, MS, CCC-SLP
Megan Dasgupta, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Jordan M. Differding, MS, CCC-SLP
Jordan M. Differding, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Dorothy Gold, MSW, LCSW-C, OSW-C
Dorothy Gold, MSW, LCSW-C, OSW-C
Oncology Social Work Clinical Specialist
Karen Harrer, MSW, LCSW-C, OSW-C
Karen Harrer, MSW, LCSW-C, OSW-C
Oncology Social Work Clinical Specialist
Keri Ryniak, RD, CSO, LDN, CNSD
Keri Ryniak, RD, CSO, LDN, CNSD
Oncology Dietitian
Jessica Silinonte, MS, CCC-SLP
Jessica Silinonte, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Karen M. Ulmer, MS, RN, CORLN
Karen M. Ulmer, MS, RN, CORLN
Otolaryngology Nurse Specialist
Lisa Clossey, MS, CCC-SLP
Lisa Clossey, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Pathology Coordinator
Natasha Hearn, MS, CCC-SLP
Natasha Hearn, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Jason Kortte, M.S., CCC-SLP
Jason Kortte, M.S., CCC-SLP
Senior Speech-Language Pathologist
Karly Schwarz, MA, CCC-SLP
Karly Schwarz, MA, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist

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