Why Choose Us
Our Speech Pathologist and Voice Specialist
Lesa N. Blackhurst, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Lesa N. Blackhurst, MS, CCC, SLP, BCS-S Is a board certified speech language pathologist specializing in voice and swallowing disorders. She has over 14 years of experience treating a wide variety of voice, speech, and swallowing disorders in an acute care hospital, outpatient clinical setting, and over 8 years of experience in a private practice-physician setting. Lesa’s certification in swallowing disorders placing her in a world-wide specialty group with a BCS-S distinction. She was the first and is currently one of only 3 speech pathologists in Indiana with this distinction. She also maintains affiliations as a clinical specialist with a team of practitioners at Riley Children’s Specialists located at Riley/IU North Hospital. Lesa currently maintains licensure in both Indiana and Kentucky.
About Center for Voice and Swallowing
Center for Voice and Swallowing is the vocal rehabilitation division of Northside ENT in Carmel, IN. We offer the opportunity for the otolaryngologist and clinical specialist to collaborate in the evaluation and treatment of medical disorders in an attempt to optimize the patient outcome and overall care. Our services include voice and swallowing evaluations, videostroboscopy, and voice therapy in Central Indiana.
One of the strengths our clinic offers is the close communication we have with each other about our patients. We are strong patient advocates and want the best outcomes for each individual. You won’t have to go to two different locations for your ENT visit and your voice therapy visit. We often team up with specialists in areas of pulmonary, allergy, general surgery, gastroenterology, internal medicine, neurology, and psychology. We freely make referrals to the best specialists when a voice, speech, or swallowing problem may include other disciplines. Our medical professionals work hard to be transparent in all we do with patients. We make sure referring physicians know what we’re doing and how patients are progressing.
For performers, we can work with several teachers and coaches in the community to help them go to the next step in the pursuit of their best voice.
It’s all part of getting your voice back.
Not a patient of Northside ENT? Not a problem, if your otolaryngologist isn’t with Northside ENT, we accept referrals from doctors outside our practice. Approximately 50% of our patients come from outside referring physicians.