Phelps Hospital has been helping people to communicate and hear better since 1950

The Donald R. Reed Speech & Hearing Center was founded in 1950 and has been committed to helping children and adults, using the most state of the art diagnostic and rehabilitative services for speech, language, voice, cognitive-linguistic and hearing disorders (impairments). The philosophy of the Speech and Hearing center is to provide the best, individualized care to each patient to achieve the greatest performance and patient outcomes. This includes developing genuine relationship with both the patient and caregivers. Here at the Speech and Hearing center, you are treated like family and are the main focus of our attention. Your assessment and treatment plans are always communicated to your managing physicians, as well as other ancillary care departments such as, Physical Medicine and Rehab, in order to provide the most comprehensive care to achieve the greatest results.

Services Offered

The Speech and Hearing Center provides Speech Language Pathology and Audiology services to children birth to 18. Our mission is to provide individualized treatment  to encourage each child to reach their full potential. Our philosophy emphasizes the importance of early identification as well as family involvement in order to improve the quality of life for our patients and their families.

Here at the Speech and Hearing Center, our audiologists are fully trained to diagnose various stages of hearing loss and work with our patients to develop a personalized management strategy so they can get back to their daily routines and activities.

Dr. Craig Zalvan, M.D., F.A.C.S. leads our interdisciplinary team of highly trained and nationally recognized specialists. The center is equipped with the latest innovative technology and can successfully diagnose and treat a variety of vocal impairments including:

  • Suspension microlaryngology: removes polyps, cysts, scar tissue and nodules
  • KTP Laser Vocal Fold Surgery: treats diseases of the vocal folds and larynx
  • Tracheal/airway surgery: remedies the narrowing of the trachea, or windpipe, that can cause chronic shortness of breath, difficulty breathing and noisy breathing
  • Injection laryngoplasty: rehabilitates paralyzed vocal folds
  • Laryngeal botox injections: eliminate the muscle spasms that cause hoarseness, choppiness and tightness in the voice
  • pH probes: evaluate reflux symptoms and can detect acid in the throat

For more information call 914-366-3636 or visit the Voice and Swallowing Disorders page on our website.

We offer services designed to treat a range of speech disorders and impairments in adults.

Services to assist those suffering from language disorders are designed to enhance the communication ability of each patient. Disorders we treat include both receptive and expressive disorders. For more information on our language service offering learn more here.

Our Team

The Director of the Speech & Hearing Center is Paula Dinu, MS-CCC/SLP, BCSS. The Medical Director of the Institute is Dr. Craig Zalvan, Laryngologist. All services are provided by professional staff, who possess a minimum of a Master’s degree, and all are New York State licensed and ASHA certified Speech-language pathologists and Audiologists, The professional staff who provide clinical services to professional singers are trained in classical singing as well. All staff work as a team, integrating various aspects of patient care into a seamless process of diagnosis and individualized treatment planning that result in the most effective clinical service available in Westchester County.

man getting a speech exam

At the Phelps Speech and Hearing Center, you’ll be treated like a member of the family by all of our staff, including our expert team of speech pathologists and audiologists who will develop a personalized treatment plan to meet each patients’ individual needs.

Innovative Technology

At the Speech & Hearing Center, we use the latest innovative technology to successfully assess and treat a variety of vocal and audio impairments. Tools such as Tympanometry, Otoacoustic emissions, and nonintrusive Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) testing allow us to diagnose hearing issues and help us plan the best treatment approach.

Speech Technology
Hear from our Patient

When Desi first arrived as a patient at Phelps Hospital, he did not connect with anyone. Watch how one of Phelps’ speech pathologists, Kristin Courtney, helped him come out of his shell and how his mom is thankful she found this speech center so close to home.