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What is a voice specialist? A voice specialist, often referred to as a Laryngologist, is a physician who has received specialized training in the care of the vocal cords and other diseases specific to the throat. They have often completed an accredited residency for Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, and Throat), but then spend an extra 1 to 2 years of specialized training regarding the voice. There are a limited number of specialists trained each year within the country. Laryngology is now fully recognized as a subspecialty of Otolaryngology. 

Why would I need to see one? You do not have to be a professional singer to see a Laryngologist, although Laryngologists do treat a lot of patients in the entertainment industry. As a general rule, any person with voice problems lasting longer than 3 weeks should at least be evaluated by an Otolaryngologist or a Laryngologist. However, it should be noted, that if you ever experience a sudden change in voice, particularly with the onset of pain, you should rest your voice and immediately contact your physician for a referral. Other common symptoms would be pain with talking or swallowing,difficulty swallowing, a sensation of a lump in the throat, chronic cough (a cough lasting longer than 3 months,) or chronic throat clearing.

What treatments do they provide? Often in the 1st visit a Laryngologist will perform an in office procedure known as stroboscopy. This is a video examination of the throat and vocal cords, which can be comfortably performed in an office setting. Treatment is often determined by the patient’s concerns and the findings noted on the stroboscopy. Common vocal cord lesions treated with surgical intervention would be polyps, nodules, or even vocal cord cancer. There are also procedures available for patients who may have suffereda vocal cord weakness or paralysis from a severe illness or a prior surgery on the neck. However, there are many conditions that do not require surgical intervention. These can range from chronic inflammation or infection of the vocal cords to neurologic change in the function of the vocal cords. In these cases, treatment often involves medications or even specific therapy for the voice. Often a Laryngologist works hand in hand with a certified speech pathologist to maximize a treatment plan for each patient. In rare instances,patients can develop spasmodic changes in vocal function. In these cases,sometimes Botox injections can be performed to minimize symptoms and regain normal vocal function. Lastly, anyone with a history of smoking and vocal changes should contact their physician as soon as possible for referral.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Celmer, call 615-867-8110 or visit his page here.  

Posted by Murfreesboro Medical Clinic | Topic: News  | Category: Otalaryngology (ENT)

Dr. Brian Smith is a board certified Gastroenterologist who is skilled in general adult gastroenterology, including colon cancer screenings. Dr. Smith comes to us with more than 20 years of experience from his previous practice in North Carolina. He received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina and completed his Residency at Vanderbilt University. Immediately following his Residency, he completed his Fellowship in Gastroenterology at Vanderbilt University. 

Dr. Smith joins a staff of skilled Gastroenterologist, including Drs. Knox, Hood and Laborde.  MMC welcomes Dr. Smith, as well as the skills and special interests that he brings to the MMC team of physicians. 

“Dr. Smith is a great additional to MMC and the Murfreesboro community. He brings over 20 years of experience to an established group of Gastroenterologists.  We are excited to have him as part of our organization,” stated Chief Executive Officer, Joey Peay. 

In his spare time, Dr. Smith enjoys live music, golf and anything TarHeels. He is also a proud father of two sons, Austin and Davis.  

For more information about Dr. Brian Smith or to schedule an appointment, visit or call 615-867-8070.

Posted by Murfreesboro Medical Clinic | Topic: New Physicians  | Category: new physicians

Cooking Healthy for the Holidays

November 19th, 2018

The holidays are full of all our favorite things – family, friends and food! With carbs, starches and all of the pies it can be easy to lose sight of your weight loss goals in the last few weeks of the year. That is why MMC Weight Loss & Wellness hosted a free, community event on November 15th, called Cooking Healthy for the Holidays. Registered Dietitian, Sydney Elliott, and Nutrionist, Devon Cox, shared some healthy alternatives to classic, holiday treats. The menu included: veggie party cups, guacamole deviled eggs, crock pot green bean casserole, chocolate nut clusters and a very berry mocktail.

Additionally, they provided attendees with some helpful tips to keep in mind during the holiday season. See these below:

Holiday Tips

1.            Don’t save up calories for the “big meal”

2.            Water

3.            Portion control

4.            Make ½ of your plate fruits and vegetables

5.            Choose lean proteins

6.            Focus on family time instead of food

7.            Send leftovers with friends and family

8.            Take healthy foods to parties

9.            Eat slowly

10.          Use smaller plates

11.          Food journal

12.          Plan grocery shopping

13.          Use healthy substitutes

14.          Stay positive

15.          Eat something healthy before you go to parties

16.          Limit alcohol

17.          Go for a walk instead of taking a nap

18.          Avoid the peer pressures

19.          Plan your indulgences

20.          Lose the guilt

To learn more about MMC Weight Loss & Wellness, visit or call 615-867-8100.

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