Wednesday, January 13, 2016


Tasty Tuesdays:  Oncology Nutrition Lecture and Cooking Demonstration

As cancer treatment continues or comes to an end, you may wonder what foods you should be eating.  It may be time to develop new lifestyle behaviors in regard to nutrition and physical activity.  Join in for a monthly lecture and discussion on the importance of nutrition and physical activity in cancer recovery and prevention.  Each month, a new topic is discussed.  Topics range from choosing whole foods, sugars and sweeteners, understanding food labels and nutrition claims, use of supplements, etc.

Sessions begin at 12 pm in Physicians Pavilion West,
Third Floor Conference Room
February 9, 2016Fats: why is conconut oil all the rage?
March 8, 2016Fish: which ones should I eat?
April 12, 2016Are there supplements I should take?
May 10, 2016How to grill safely
September 13, 2016Meat: what are the best choices?
October 11, 2016Sugar and High Fructose Corn Syrup
November 8, 2016Nutrition for Brain Health

This is a free patient service open to patients and family members of the Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head and Neck Center and the Sandra and Malcolm Berman Cancer Institute and Breast Center at GBMC.  Light fare and refreshments are served and parking is complimentary. 

To reserve your spot, please call:  Keri Ryniak, RD, CSO, CNSD at 443-849-8186.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Patient Education

For Head & Neck Cancer Patients-Survivors
The Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head & Neck Center is a pioneer facility; the first ever to take an interdisciplinary approach to the treatment of head and neck cancer. Since our opening in 1980, we have continued to stay in the forefront of care, treating patients from all over the world.

Head and Neck Comprehensive ServicesToday, our comprehensive services address every physical and emotional need of patients with head and neck conditions -- from surgery to voice rehabilitation, dentistry to swallowing. Our integrated approach teams the patient and their primary care physician with specialists in the disciplines of:
  • Surgery
  • Medical Oncology
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Speech-Language Pathology
  • Nursing
  • Nutritional Services
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Oncology Social Work
  • Maxillofacial Prosthodontia
  • Dentistry
Our expertise extends to patients in any stage of care -- from pre-operative to post-operative. The Center's Rehabilitation Services include:
  • daily rounds on inpatients
  • discharge planning and home health care coordination
  • speech, voice and swallowing therapy
  • outpatient follow-up
  • patient and family counseling and support
  • patient and family education
  • patient assessment
  • head and neck cancer tumor board and patient care conference
Head and neck conditions can be especially devastating for patients. In addition to medical concerns, these conditions can also have a tremendous psychological impact on patients' social lives and their interactions with the world. Oncology patients and their families participate together with a coordinated care team at the Center, whose services may include pre-treatment assessment and teaching, education, psychosocial evaluation and counseling services.
The Center also offers services for adult and pediatric patients with speech, language, voice, cognitive-communicative and swallowing disorders. We have sophisticated voice and dysphagia (swallowing) programs, incorporating state-of-the-art equipment including laryngeal stroboscopy, videofluoroscopy, (FEES) fiberoptic endoscopy, sEMG, transnasal esophagoscopy, Botox, Laryngeal EMG, and a swallowing workstation.
Our personnel are truly dedicated to providing excellent care by extending their commitment into the community with free oral cancer screenings, and by offering long-term follow-up programs to primary care physicians.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Neck Pain

My Mom has suffered from bad neck pain and headaches for 8 years. They say she has arthritis in the neck. Only one thing seemed to help when she had a steroid shot in her shoulder for rotator cuff. It helped with the headaches for a short time. She's 76 and not a surgical candidate per the neurologist, orthopedist and Pain Management doctors. We are looking for someone who can help her with these debilitating daily headaches. Thank you. 

Barbara P. Messing, M.A., CCC-SLP, BCS-S replies...

I would recommend getting recommendations from her neurologist or a neurosurgeon.


Barbara P. Messing, M.A., CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Administrative-Clinical Director
The Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head and Neck Center
Johns Hopkins Head & Neck Surgery
Johns Hopkins Voice Center
Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing & Swallowing Disorders
Clinical Specialist, Head and Neck Rehabilitation
Baltimore, Maryland 21204
front office 443-849-2087

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Singing the Praises of the Johns Hopkins Voice Center at GBMC

Singing the Praises of the Johns Hopkins Voice Center at GBMC

The Johns Hopkins Voice Center located at GBMC's Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head & Neck Surgery Center is hitting the right notes as it mends damaged voices with a little help from Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. Read the full article featured on The Baltimore Sun

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Esophageal Disorders - Continuing Education

This course consists of one presentation with supporting documents.

CEU Credits and Prices
  • This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional area).
  • You must complete presentation.
  • You will receive a certificate of completion from BRS-S within three weeks of completing the application and submitting to BRS-S.
  • Your ASHA CEU credits will be processed through the Specialty Board on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders and submitted to ASHA three times per year in June, September, and January.
  • The regular price for the course is $50.00
    • BRS-S members get a 25% discount - get the coupon code by logging onto your account at
    • Students get a 50% discount, contact Karen Schnieder This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for the coupon code.
    • Groups of four or more get a 50% discount, contact Karen Schnieder This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for the coupon code.
Course Description
This two-hour session will include a discussion of the anatomy and physiology of the esophageal phase of deglutition. A review of the reflexes that may facilitate clinical symptomatology will be included. A discussion of the opening mechanism of upper esophageal sphincter during swallowing will be reviewed as well as current techniques used to evaluate, manage and treat disorders of the upper esophageal sphincter. A systematic classification of esophageal disorders with typical presenting symptoms will be included as well as a discussion of the latest technology used to diagnose esophageal disorders, possible management and treatment techniques used by the treating physician.  CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.