My name is Christina H. Kang, a medical Speech-Language Pathologist with specialty training in voice pathology, licensed in the states of Arizona and Florida. I am a Singing-Voice Specialist with classical training, and I have performing experience in dramatic theater, opera, musical theater, choral music, concerts, and recitals both domestically and internationally.
My training in voice pathology includes a year-long internship at the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Laryngeal Surgery & Voice Rehabilitation followed by a clinical fellowship at the University of Kentucky Voice Clinic under the tutelage of Drs. Joseph Stemple and Rita Patel. In 2012, I was recruited to Mayo Clinic Arizona by Dr. David Lott to co-found the state-of-the-art Multidisciplinary Voice Program, which has been immensely successful since its inception. I retired from Mayo Clinic in 2020 to start my own private practice.
I am passionate about being a conscientious and mindful clinician, offering clients medically sound, evidence-based strategies they can rely on to thrive as their own advocate. I am actively involved in research and frequently present at national and international meetings on topics of voice and swallowing rehabilitation. Finding answers to clinical questions to better help my clients is the dominant motivator for my interest in research. Recently, I identified a new type of swallowing disorder that previously went undiagnosed (muscle tension dysphagia), and my published recommendations for treating this disorder are now widely adopted. I also have a strong interest in chronic pain and functional laryngeal disorders, and I have undergone extensive training in Pain Rehabilitation of Central Sensitization Syndrome to better assist my clients with these complicated problems.
Teaching voice has always given me great joy. Even while working at Mayo Clinic, I always maintained a private vocal studio, and I also served as a lecturer in Undergraduate and Graduate Vocal Pedagogy at Arizona State University. I am happy to continue this focus in private practice.
Those suffering from voice and singing struggles will be transformed via 3 important ingredients included with Christina’s high quality care: Competency, Collaboration, and Compassion.
Julie Barkmeier-Kraemer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP ASHA Fellow
Professor, University of Utah
School of Medicine
Christina's heart and soul go into everything she does, whether it be teaching singing voice technique, providing voice and swallowing rehabilitation, providing educational resources through The Voice Forum, or giving inspiration and motivation to her colleagues. When I work with professional performers who are on tour, if they need care and are in her area, I can tell them with confidence that they are in good hands working with Christina. She strikes a wonderful balance between excellent scientific knowledge and creative artistry, both of which are essential to our work as voice-specialized speech-language pathologists.
Christine Murphy Estes, MM, MA, CCC-SLP
Weill Cornell Medicine
Sean Parker Institute for the Voice
It is with great pleasure that I highly recommend the superb work of Christina HyoJin Kang,
Christina was my speech-language pathologist in 2018/2019 at The Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Division of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery in Phoenix AZ. I suffered a vocal hemorrhage because of vocal overuse, and as a voice professional, I was completely devastated.
Working very closely with Christina throughout the time I was her patient, I became acutely aware of the breadth of her knowledge, both about the physical and psychological aspects of singing as well as the scientific aspects of voice rehabilitation. Christina provided a fully comprehensive nature of services: she addressed the whole person and not just the vocal folds. Through diligence of time and effort, supervised by Christina’s excellent patient care, and warm and nurturing bedside manner, I fully recovered the singing and speaking range of my voice.
Let there be no doubt: if you are a singer who is experiencing vocal distress, Christina is your person. She is easy to relate to regardless of gender and age. She is pleasant, conscientious, highly organized, ethical, honest and caring, and always went above and beyond with professionalism and ease. I have my voice back again because of Christina, and for that I will always be grateful.
Dr. Sharon A. Hansen
Professor and Director of Choral Activities, Emerita
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
The Arizona Musicfest “Festival Chorus”
Christina is a fabulous resource for singers and voice teachers. I observed her work on many occasions, including with students of mine. She has the medical training, the experience as a singer and teacher, and the empathy that qualify her to diagnose quickly and to find solutions for the whole range of vocal problems. Her positive, warm, humor-filled approach puts students and patients at ease right away.
- Thomas Jones, Voice Teacher