Elizabeth Banaszak is a speech pathologist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of professional voice users, including singers, at Mass. Eye and Ear. She also specializes in the evaluation and treatment of paradoxical vocal fold motion (also known as vocal cord dysfunction) and chronic cough across the lifespan. Additionally, she has extensive clinical experience and training in individual and group transgender voice therapy.
Originally from Chicago, Illinois, she earned her bachelor's in voice and opera performance from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She then earned her master's in speech-language pathology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She completed a clinical fellowship at the University of Rochester Voice Center as well as an internship at the Chicago Institute for Voice Care, both with comprehensive training in voice, upper airway, and swallowing disorders.
Ms. Banaszak holds certifications in Lee Silverman Voice Therapy and Speak Out! Voice Therapy for patients with Parkinson’s disease. She has also completed training in bioaerodynamic/manual voice therapy techniques. She is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and The Voice Foundation. She has performed in numerous opera and musical theatre productions and continues to sing and perform in local choirs in her spare time.