michelle adessa, BM, MS, CCC-SLP


Michelle Adessa, BM, MS, CCC-SLP is a voice, swallowing, and upper airway focused speech pathologist at The Voice Center at Cleveland Clinc’s Head & Neck Institute and a Clinical Senior Instructor at Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner College of Medicine.


She has expertise in singing voice rehabilitation and voice training across the gender spectrum. With over 10 years of experience as a professional classical singer and voice teacher in New York City, she has been shaping voices for many years. She has sung at Avery Fisher Hall (now Geffen Hall), Carnegie Hall, and Weill Recital Hall and with the Metropolitan Opera Guild. As a young singer she attended Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) her interest in music was piqued and her career path was established. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in classical vocal performance from Mannes College of Music in City and has studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, UK and Aspen Music Festival & School.


She met Dr. Anat Keidar, PhD, CCC-SLP in 2010 and she became her clinical mentor and inspired her to pursue speech pathology as a career. She studied at MGH Institute of Health Profession in Boston and trained at the MGH Voice Center.


As a musician, she has served on the faculty/staff of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Spoleto Festival USA, Concordia College Conservatory, Larchmont Music Academy, Bosse School of Music, and Hartwick College Summer Music Festival and Institute. As an SLP, she has served as adjunct faculty teaching voice disorders at Baldwin Wallace University, Kent State University and Case Western Reserve University. In addition to her clinical practice, she does research on muscle tension, chronic cough, transgender voice and patient outcomes and now mostly sings lullabies to her one year-old son.