Voice & Swallowing Disorders

The Voice and Swallowing Team at Wake Forest Baptist Health

Our Doctors

Voice and Swallowing Disorders

S. Carter Wright, Jr., MD
Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology
Medical Director, Voice Pathology Services


Francis O. Walker, MD
Professor, Neurology

Head and Neck Oncology

J. Dale Browne, MD, FACS
James A. Harrill Professor and Chair
Professor, Otolaryngology
Medical Director, Medical Plaza - Miller (formerly CompRehab Plaza)

Christopher A. Sullivan, MD
Associate Professor, Otolaryngology

Joshua D. Waltonen, MD
Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology

Voice and Swallowing Therapy Team

Amy Fields 
MM(voice), MA, CCC-SLP
Voice Pathologist and Singing Voice Specialist
Clinical Manager of Speech-Language Pathology (outpatient)

Amy Fields is a licensed speech-language pathologist specializing in the treatment of voice disorders and is also a singing voice specialist (trained to work with injured singers). Prior to joining Wake Forest Baptist Health’s Voice and Swallowing Clinic, she worked as a voice pathologist at Ohio ENT in Columbus, OH. She was the Emory Voice Center Clinical Fellow in Voice and Swallowing in Atlanta, GA (2005-2006). Ms. Fields completed her master of arts in speech and hearing sciences at Indiana University and has a master of music in vocal performance and pedagogy (soprano) from East Carolina University. She completed a one-year fellowship in Care of the Professional Voice under the direction of Dr. Robert T. Sataloff and Margaret Baroody (2002-2003).  She has presented at the local, state and national levels. Her interests include care of the professional voice (both speaking and singing), paradoxical vocal fold motion and irritable larynx syndrome.  She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singings (NATS) and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Candace Friedman
Speech-Language Pathologist

Candace Friedman, a speech-language pathologist at Wake Forest Baptist, treats patients with swallowing and communication problems in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Specifically, she specializes in head and neck cancer, swallowing disorders, tracheostomy and laryngectomy. 

Ms. Friedman was a clinical fellow at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical center in Durham, NC. She received a bachelor of arts in communication, with a minor in linguistics, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master in speech-language pathology from East Carolina University. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and ASHA’s Special Interest Division 13 – Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. 

She is a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S), VitalStim® Therapy certified, and a Certified Brain Injury Specialist through the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS). 

Karen M. Downes
Speech-Language Pathologist

Karen received her masters degree in speech-language pathology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and joined Wake Forest Baptist in 1994. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a North Carolina license in Speech-Language Pathology. She is also a certified VitalStim® Therapy provider, a Certified Brain Injury Specialist by the Brain Injury Association of America, trained in Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT-LOUD™) and a member of multidisciplinary ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and MS (multiple sclerosis) clinics at Wake Forest Baptist. She has special interests in ALS, neurological deficits (she is part of the outpatient Neuro Rehab team) and dysphagia therapy. She also treats patients with cognition, swallowing, and motor speech disorders or augmentative communication needs.

Sarah Persia
Speech-Language Pathologist

Sarah obtained her masters degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed clinical rotations in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation and otolaryngology/head and neck cancer. She completed her clinical fellowship at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Following her fellowship year, she also obtained additional experience at the University of Arizona Medical Center. Sarah is licensed by the state of North Carolina and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. While she enjoys working with all patients, Sarah has special interests in dysphagia and aphasia.




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