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Brendan Houdek Speech Coach

Brendan Houdek M.A., CCC-SLP, TSSLD

Head of New York Speech Pathology / Clinician

Brendan Houdek M.A., CCC-SLP, TSSLD is a New York City and Long Island-based speech-language pathologist. Brendan holds a Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Hofstra University as well as Bachelor of Arts degrees in Speech Communications and Philosophy/Religious Studies from St. Joseph’s College. While Brendan has training in nearly all areas of speech-language pathology, he specializes in speech sound, fluency, voice, and resonance disorders. Brendan also specializes in the enhancement of communicative abilities in individuals whose concerns are non-pathological in nature. He has expertise in the domains of accent modification, speaking voice enhancement, and public speaking skills. In addition to these areas of focus, he has extensive experience working with school-age children with language disorders.

A lifelong musician, Brendan’s passions for music and speech naturally led him to focus his therapeutic pursuits toward voice rehabilitation. Brendan believes that the worlds of voice teaching and speech-language pathology can both be greatly enriched by learning from one another. He seeks to close the gap that often exists between vocal science and vocal artistry.

A multi-instrumentalist, Brendan performs regularly in the Long Island area at various venues as well as local churches. He is grateful that he has the opportunity to do so in multiple genres and on a variety of instruments. His musical proficiencies include the voice, guitar, bass, drums, tuba, piano, ukulele, mandolin, and various forms of hand percussion. It brings him great pleasure to be able to use his gifts to lift the spirits of others through music.

Brendan took part in the NYVC Voice Teacher Training under the teaching of Justin Stoney to develop a better understanding of the nuances of the singing voice. In doing so, he has learned valuable information to assist him in his therapeutic endeavors for both singers and speakers alike. The Voice Teacher Training has been the highlight of his career as both a musician and a therapist. He truly cherishes all of the knowledge he has gained from this course.

It is one of Brendan’s greatest joys in life to provide healing to others and enable them to receive the gift of communication. It is his belief that communication is at the core of what makes us human and thus of invaluable importance. Brendan has devoted himself to doing all that he can to restore communication to those for whom it has been compromised, provide the ability to communicate to those who cannot, and enhance the communicative abilities of those who seek to do so.

Tricia Veldman Speech Coach

Tricia Veldman M.S., Bilingual CF, TSSLD

Director of Operations / Clinician

Tricia Veldman is a bilingual Speech Language Pathology Clinical Fellow. She holds a Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, with a Bilingual Extension in Italian, from Teachers College, Columbia University. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Florida, earning a Bachelor of Health Science.

With a range of clinical experience from preschoolers to older adults, Tricia is trained across a variety of speech-language domains. Her more specific interests include voice, fluency, bilingual populations, accent modification, and adolescent social skills training.

Tricia traveled to Ghana, West Africa to participate in the Advanced Cleft Palate Training Institute with the Leaders Project. In Ghana, she collaborated with other professionals to host a Professional Development retreat for African school-teachers, during which her team introduced speech and language topics to an underserved area.

Here in New York, Tricia held a clinical placement at the Voice and Swallowing Institute of New York Eye and Ear Infirmary where she conducted evaluations and provided voice therapy to a range of patients. She interned under Senior Speech Pathologist Vera Leyko, M.S. CCC-SLP and Singing Voice Specialist Amy Cooper, M.S. CCC-SLP, and observed cutting edge surgeries performed by Dr. Michael Pitman, MD.

Recognizing that learning styles vary on an individual basis, Tricia utilizes client-specific interests and talents to render therapy most effective. Participation in the New York Speech Coaching Speech Teacher Training program under head instructor, John West, has also influenced her dynamic teaching style.

The combination of Tricia’s strong academic foundation, diverse cultural experiences, and empathetic nature has shaped her unique, integrated approach to therapy. Her passion lies in helping individuals develop the art of communication to promote their own self-expression and personal success.

Tricia offre tutti i servizi anche in Italiano.

John West

Head of Speech Coaching

Over the past decade, John West has established himself as New York’s most versatile speech coach. He has trained top executives and employee groups at nearly every major financial institution and law firm in New York City. He works regularly with companies such as Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Credit Suisse, Google, and MediaCom to promote effective communication skills and help employees achieve pristine speaking voices.

John and New York Speech Coaching have been featured in Business Insider, the New York Post, Marie Claire, and Esquire, among others, and John can be heard as a speech consultant on NPR. His diverse list of current clients includes CEOs, hedge fund managers, news anchors, lawyers, surgeons, politicians, fashion designers, models, authors, coaches, judges, professors, Miss America contestants, Broadway actors, and more.

John is a member of American MENSA, and is beloved by employers and managers for his ebullient style and ability to imitate nearly any accent or voice. This enables him to demonstratively convey to clients the appropriate adjustments to achieve a healthy and effective sound for their professional and personal pursuits.

Justin Stoney

Founder and President of New York Vocal Coaching and affiliates

Justin Stoney founded New York Vocal Coaching and affiliates including New York Speech Coaching, and is currently available as NYVC's head instructor for those interested in singing lessons. He is an internationally recognized Voice Teacher and Vocal/Speech Coach. As one of the leading Voice Teachers in today’s music industry, he has appeared on the NBC Today Show, CBS, Fox News, Fox 5 New York, The Insider, and is a frequent guest on Huffington Post Live’s interviews of celebrity singers. His teaching has been featured in publications such as Esquire Magazine, Newsweek/The Daily Beast, NME, Fox News Magazine, Discovery News, Medical Daily, NY Daily News, New York Magazine, UK’s Daily Mail, Vice Magazine, Marie Claire, and Backstage Magazine. Backstage readers also voted Mr. Stoney as one of New York City’s best Voice Teachers and Vocal Coaches. For more on Justin and New York Vocal Coaching, please click here.

Alaina Fragoso

ALAINA FRAGOSO

New York Speech Administrative Assistant

Alaina Fragoso is New York Speech Coaching and New York Speech Pathology’s Administrative Assistant. Growing up in a suburb of Boston, Alaina has always had a passion for acting and singing. She graduated from Emerson College after studying performing arts, and eventually, she moved to New York City.

While helping clients achieve their speech goals, Alaina continues to pursue her dreams by auditioning, taking various classes around the city, and performing whenever she can! She’s been featured in social media ads for major beer brands, the International Fringe Festival, and staged readings for Broadway composers, among many other productions in and around New York and New England.

www.alainafragoso.com