Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Vocal Science™ - Fix Your Voice, Regain Your Voice and Maintain Your Voice for a Lifetime!


We can help, employing our Best Efforts - and thus, we Guarantee the Best Results Possible!



Vocal Science -  the Best in Voice Recovery, Enhancement and Restoration

With the above said, a good voice specialist knows about your voice disorder. A great one knows what is at stake, particularly for you; and they also care about the successful non-surgical and non-invasive voice repair and voice restoration addressed to your specific needs.

The Vocal Science™ method and technique is, no doubt, truly engineered to amaze! It will give you today the experience of the 22nd century in voice/vocal innovation.

The question is – Why are people with voice/vocal injuries sometimes hesitant and, nevertheless, “afraid” of being treated or cured? Are they, perhaps, afraid to “open up” to face their not-so-very pleasant past?

We can definitely help because we advocate a holistic approach to voice mechanics as well as to the person as a whole. In fact, we are our patients’ partners in their voice restoration and voice health endeavors.  We are on their side, as our prime concern is their voice health and their wellbeing. So our suggestion to everyone... stop being afraid and get the help they need - so they can begin to love their voice all over again.

Our clients are prompted at any given times to do whatever it takes to bring their once beautiful speaking and/or singing voice back, as everyone’s voice is indeed a tool for not only communication but also for the pride and joy.

The voice is a reflection of the state of one's being which (most of the times) identifies one's personality and also defines their very own “blueprint”… in a manner of speaking.

What does this mean for you, my reader?

The Vocal Science™ method will become your “music” to the mind, soul, and voice. With a fixed ultimate voice, you will be able to unleash your inner talent. And at that time, you will be able to release what’s in you ( - What you possess - ) out to the world.

Meanwhile, you are, no doubt, overwhelmed with your voice/vocal injury and most likely, you do not even know where to begin in order to rectify it. We are advocating the Vocal Science™ method and its revolutionary technique, and we have the solution for you…!

The above means that we have the knowledge, experience, and expertise… when you need it most! We are bringing and implementing the all good classic standards of teaching to so-called, “modern society” instead of trying to adapt to the new standards of today’s times.

So we can proudly say that we are not just fixing voice, we are fixing peoples' voices!

We, at Vocal Science, "have your back" - all the way to our mutual success. We are your voice associates… By contacting us, find out how we can assist you with your voice/vocal issues in a fast and efficient manner.

By common opinion of at least 25,000 satisfied clients who came through our doors, it has become solidified that the Vocal Science™ method is the true revolution of the century!

However, in order for us to be the best we can be, we have to make an assessment of you in order to help you better… We would need to assess your personality, your loyalty, your commitment to be the best you can be, your dedication to achieve your goal(s), and thus, your ability to acquire the best voice possible regardless if it had been previously compromised or not.

So spend your life living, and not just struggling with your voice problem. We are not only your therapists and healers, but we are also your voice and vocal designers.

But please be advised that the process of the restoration of your voice is “not for the faint of heart”. So you have to be ready to “brace for impact”. Even though it might feel like “tough love”, our promise is that we will bring your speaking and/or singing voice above and beyond your expectations.

When it comes to voice recovery, restoration, and enhancement: 
You Got This… and We Got You!

If you find this article useful and want to start your voice restoration journey, please don't hesitate to contact us.
We will be happy to help.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Could you increase your vocal range without even attending any sessions at The Royans Professional Vocal School?

The answer to the above is Yes, because... we got it down to the Science!

On this note, we would like to share with you a blog with an unexpected testimonial from Mr. Brian Ellis Sales Manager of Newmarket Infiniti Nissan -  Also a guitar player and vocalist.

Please read below.


"I have been playing music for over 23 years and singing for the last 5 years somewhat seriously. I met Diana as a customer at Newmarket Nissan when she came in to look at purchasing a Nissan Juke, which if you have met Diana is the perfect vehicle for her personality!  As it turns out, from my time playing in bands over the years we actually know a few of the same people and ended up having a lot to talk about with regards to the music industry. Through this conversation and speaking to Diana about how she helps her clients, I picked up a few singing tips that I decided to try out on my own. Just implementing the small amount of knowledge I picked up through these conversations I was able to increase my range by about two tones, which is something that I hadn’t been able to improve on at all over the previous 5  years of trying! I was convinced my range was just limited to what I could previously sing, so the ability to increase it by two tones was very intriguing to me. I look forward to doing a few full sessions with Diana in the future to see how much more I can improve my singing ability and range!"
- Brian Ellis

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Below is the pre-history of our meeting with Brian Ellis:

Last year, I was attending to my vice repair client (named Ben Lee) who happened to be a finance manager of Nissan Canada. Needless to say, I successfully fixed his speaking voice and, through my workshops, even taught him how to sing.

Ever since Ben Lee has been traveling across North America with motivational speeches for Nissan everywhere.
In the interim, driving a hard-roof convertible (the Volkswagon EOS), I managed to hit a dear (or more accurately, a female dear had actually 
ranacross my car and hit my car - and respectively, me in it).
The car was immediately towed to a Newmarket body shop...?
That action initiated by my insurance company really puzzled me.

Why you may ask?

Because my whole front (the hood), after the impact, was totally raised up and all of the mechanical parts of the car were out of wack -The engine, the breaks and everything that was located under the hood.
Given the above, I would assume that the car had to be towed to the Volkswagon dealership, so the mechanical parts of it would be addressed first before fixing the body of the car -  and before making it clean and shiny...
Needless to say, the body shop was unable to fix the car and had sent it to Volkswagon three times over. However, in the final analysis, the car was never the same after the accident.

In fact, on a parallel track, when I hear that people (especially singers) run to the speech therapists (who never sung a note in their entire lives) to fix their singing voice, that makes me wonder...
That is basically consistent with a car which needs the mechanical issues to be addressed, being sent to a body shop...?

It would indeed be funny if it was not so sad!
So my former client, Ben Lee, (finance manager of Nissan Canada), witnessing me being upset about the latter, offered to help me to buy, this time, a new Nissan car.


That happened to be the Nissan Juke.

And as Brian had mentioned in his write-up, this car indeed fits my personality.
So Brian and I met to put the deal together and hit it off right away, speaking about music, singing and life in general. In fact, I have to say that I had many cars over the 32 years that I have been driving and thus attended many dealerships including the Mercedes ones.

On this note, I have to say that the Nissan dealership in Newmarket is the most pleasant and welcoming place out of all of them, not to mention Brian Ellis himself. So if any of you are looking for a new car and wonderful, very knowledgeable and very helpful people, call Brian and you will get the service of a lifetime!

I am extremely pleased with my car, with getting to know Brian and the rest of the dealership, including people in service and parts.


Way to go guys! I will recommend you to anybody and everybody at all given times!

Friday, September 7, 2018

How can Vocal Cord Problems (Vocal Cord Dysfunction) cause Problems with your Speech? What can be done to fix it?

Your vocal cords (within your voice box) are not just strings… They are a delicate form of fold tissues (muscles) with a very thin lining on the outside. And just like any other tissues within the body, if not taken care of properly, they can get damaged. Normally, when people start to exhibit vocal cord problems, they don’t notice or find the need to address it until the problems (like strained vocal cords, bleeding vocal cords or other forms of vocal cord damage) becomes severe enough to warrant a visit to the doctor or a qualified voice specialist.

Vocal cord dysfunction (VCD) happens when the vocal cords are unable to open properly. This is also referred to as paradoxical vocal fold movement. VCD is sometimes confused with asthma as some of the symptoms are very similar.

With VCD, the vocal cords close instead of opening up, when you breathe in and out. This closer of your vocal cords makes it harder to get air in and out of your lungs.  

Signs and symptoms

  • Feeling short of breath 
  • A frequent cough or clearing your throat
  • Inability to speak loudly
  • Breathy voice
  • Choking or coughing while having your meal
  • Limited pitch and loudness variations
  • Voicing that last only for a short interval of time

Many clients who complain about one of the above problems can consult with their doctor to determine the underlying cause. However, they have been told that they don't have any physical problems. There are no cures or pills to stop the aforementioned vocal issues. In order to take care of your voice, you must know how to use it wisely and accurately - especially, when you are a voice professional like a teacher, singer, actor or a broadcast personality.

What can cause VCD?

There are many different causes of vocal cord problems which are often hard to diagnose. The reason behind this dysfunction can be an upper respiratory infection, tobacco smoke, post nasal drips, acid reflux, reaction to strong odors or fumes, etc.

Treatment for VCD

The best way of finding out what can be done to treat VCD is to consult with a voice and speech specialist who specializes in the treatment of voice problems - and this is where The Royans Institute for Non-Surgical Voice Repair can help.

With specialized treatment methods (created by the master non-surgical voice repair specialist  Diana Yampolsky), they provide an alternative form of voice/speech therapy that is specifically designed to treat many of today's vocal problems - especially problems that involve vocal cord dysfunction. With nearly 45 years of experience under their belt, they can assure that the techniques you'll learn under their care will help you to restore and improve the quality of your speaking (and if needed singing) voice.


For more info about how they can help treat vocal cord problems like VCD,  Contact us at 416-857-8741 or info@vocalscience.com

Thursday, September 6, 2018

We are Natural, Alternative and Holistic Practitioners, Specializing in Non-Surgical Voice Repair and other Health-Related Problems.


Dear reader of mine, please note that we are exactly who we are. Please read the title carefully!


We are not doctors and we are certainly not magicians… However, if we could say so ourselves (not to mention at least 25,000 people who have passed through our doors for over 35 years), the results that we produce (whereas nobody else possessed experience and expertise comparable to ours) are truly the miracles which are happening on a regular basis while our clients being under our care.

Stating the above with absolute confidence, we have to note and must say that those miracles which are being produced on a regular basis, are definitely not a one-sided affair.

We are and have been employing our revolutionary Vocal Science™ method and its very unique (in its nature) technique. But while delivering the message, we require from our clients an absolute compliance, consistency and ultimate frequency attending our sessions.


All of the above will absolutely assure the recovery and restoration of one’s voice. Nonetheless, "it takes two to tango” so to speak. Everybody knows that, nowadays, the world has gone exponentially crazy… to put it mildly. After my trip to the UK, I personally came to a conclusion that now the word “crazy” would be an understatement, as the word INSANE would be exactly in order…

Let me tell you a little more about my experience while I was there:

My first original client was a singer/songwriter who, not too long ago, got diagnosed with a polyp on his vocal cord. I, in fact, said in a few of my previous blogs that “I am not, per say, concerned about your voice/vocal problems. I am concerned about you”…? What do you mean by that - you, my reader, may ask?

Let me explain that to you to the best of my knowledge. In the year 1999, our prominent newspaper, named The Toronto Star” wrote an article about me and my practice. The name of the article is “Not as Easy as it Sounds” The author of this article mentioned that, by her observations, (she has been taking a lesson herself while writing) that the whole process is definitely “not for the faint of heart”. I added, at the time, that “it is also not for the people which below-average IQ”.

Now, besides the above statements, I came to the conclusion that it is not also for the person with unstable emotions, as well as with nonexistent physical fitness and or balance for that matter.

The fact is that the Vocal Science™ method is indeed an integration and synergy between the mental, physical, emotional and vocal components. It requires an “installation” of a wholesome mechanism which allows the voice to work in the fullest capacity possible and with no strain or pain on the vocal anatomy.

This mechanism consists of very viable components such as:

  • Lower abdominal muscles, which play the role of the voice-lift support.
  • Upper diaphragm muscles (rib cage), which are very instrumental with respect to building the body of the sound.
  • The facial muscles (sinus cavities) will harbor and secure the sound within their chambers.
  • And lastly, all of the above will assure the projection of the sound to its aimed destination.
Now, my reader reading the above, you are probably getting the idea that it is “Not as easy as it sounds”… Indeed!

Given our digital “progress”, people are becoming completely nonphysical, as the majority of their time, they are spending on the internet and on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, etc.

Given that, it is getting harder and harder to make them “walk and chew the gum at the same time” in a manner of speaking. In our case, we need to make them walk and produce the sound while concurrently using the body movements - which are extremely instrumental in achieving the success for producing the ultimate voice quality (broken or not).
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So my UK client with the polyp on his vocal cord which, according to him, he acquired while vigorously yelling at his mother and sister (not to mention his wrong approach to voice mechanics while singing), assumed that his polyp will fall out off of his vocal cord the minute I would land in London’s Heathrow airport… I was not sure whether to laugh or to cry on that statement. 

But, suppressing my own emotions, I attempted to put some sense into my doomed client and began my usual routines. The course and treatment were supposed to last for 30 hours with two sessions a day - totaling 5 hours on each day. With all of his very unstable behavior (consistent with, minimum to say, bipolar behavior) I was able to achieve half of the protocol (15 hours). 

I did invite him to Toronto to finish what we had started; but warned him that if I witness anything remotely reminding me of my visit to his neck of the woods, the course would be discontinued immediately and to the point of no return. Prior him coming to us here, I did advise him to get his “head examined” via seeing a professional counselor - and thus to try to put a “handle” (so to speak) onto his excessive and unstable emotions…

I guess we shall see…
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Now I am going to tell you about my second client there in the UK.

The lady of 86 years of age arranged with me what we call introductory/exploratory session, duration of which is 2 hours. She had her parathyroid glands removed 5 years ago and as a result of the latter, her right vocal cord had gotten paralyzed. Since then she had undergone 2 vocal surgeries which did not improve her voice quality at all.

Within less than 2 hours I managed to get her counting from 1 to 5 with a practically normal sounding voice!! He daughter was present in my hotel room and she kept exclaiming “Mom, I can totally hear the improvement”! Her daughter was saying over and over that before my intervention, they had never heard any improvement what so ever!

Then they left and early next morning I got a phone call where my “doomed” client revealed to me that she was a little disappointed and therefore she did not think that it would actually justify the money she would have to pay for further sessions.

Go figure…!

To tell you the truth, I was stunned - to put it mildly!!

Firstly, not only due to a “butcher” surgery her vocal cord was paralyzed, but employing all of my extensive experience and expertise, I could hear that her whole right side of her vocal anatomy was damaged exponentially; and not only it was clearly dysfunctional, but practically, it was nonexistent.

How sad is that?
Sad indeed!

In my nonetheless vivid visualization, I saw a “half-butchered cow” in preparation for a “slaughter”; and the other half was somewhat “mooing”…

The above is a mild description of her vocal anatomy condition. For example; let’s, for a second, visualize a person who got their leg amputated… Can any magic, or science for that matter, will grow a new leg for that person?

Absurd! - you, my reader, may exclaim. It is indeed! But my so-called “doomed client” was expecting nothing less than that… and, nevertheless, the magic would have to happen within two hours of the Introductory/Exploratory session.

Let me explain to you what I mean by the term of Introductory/Exploratory session:

That session is designed to introduce a potential client to the Vocal Science™ method and its revolutionary technique. Also, it consists of certain tests and explorations (finding what works and what does not).  And lastly, during that session, analyzing the above, the best course of action would be defined and thus implemented into the further instructional, combined with natural treatment, sessions.

At the beginning of this blog, I mentioned that the world, nonetheless, went from the definition of crazy to the definition of insane. After this UK trip, I am, unfortunately, completely convinced that we just dropped down to another level of craziness… How scary is that…?

I could compare it with the absolute nightmare, but hoping one day to wake up from this horror-dream and experience the world in all of its beauty, as I once did in the past.


Amen to that!!