Rita Hersan, MS, CCC-SLP received her undergraduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology and a master's degree in Communication Science and Disorders from the Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo in Brazil. Ms. Hersan is a master clinician and her work has inspired a special interest in assisting the young and the elderly population with voice disorders. She is a certified clinician for Lee Silverman Voice Treatment, an innovative and clinically-proven method for improving voice and speech in individuals with Parkinson disease. Ms. Hersan is also the co-author of Adventures in Voice, a specific program for children with voice disorders. She has worked at the University of Pittsburgh Voice Center since its inception in 1995, and has presented nationally and internationally.