Voice Center Team
Dr. Simpson is Director of the University of Texas Voice Center and is a Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at UT Health San Antonio. He received his undergraduate degree at Austin College and earned his medical degree at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. He completed a residency in otolaryngology at The University of Oklahoma, followed by a fellowship in Laryngology and Care of the Professional Voice at Vanderbilt University. He has been in practice in San Antonio since 1996 and specializes exclusively in the treatment of patients with voice and upper airway disorders. He has published extensively in the area of laryngology/voice disorders and co-authored the only textbook on the surgical treatment of voice disorders, Operative Techniques in Laryngology
Laura Dominguez, M.D. | Email
Dr. Dominguez is an assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology. She is a Rio Grande Valley native and received her undergraduate degree from Rice University. She went on to earn her medical degree at the UT Health San Antonio before completing residency at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. She returned to the UT Voice Center to complete a fellowship in Laryngology under Dr. Blake Simpson. Her academic interests include voice and swallowing disorders of adult and pediatric patients.
Patrick O. McGarey, M.D.
Dr. McGarey is the 2018-2019 fellow in Laryngology and Voice Disorders at the University of Texas Voice Center. He completed his undergraduate degree at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA and earned his medical degree at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. He also completed his residency training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Virginia. His clinical interests include care of adult and pediatric patients with voice and swallowing disorders.
University of Texas San Antonio
Associate Professor of Voice and Vocal Pedagogy | Singing Voice Specialist
John Nix, Tenor, is Associate Professor of Voice and Vocal Pedagogy at the University of Texas at San Antonio, coordinator of the Vocal Area for the 2011-2014 academic years, and founding director of the UTSA Vocal Arts Laboratory. Previously he was on the staff of the National Center for Voice and Speech in Denver, where he worked with Ingo Titze. Mr. Nix has also served on the music faculties of The University of Colorado at Denver and Eastern New Mexico University. He holds degrees in Arts Administration from Florida State University, in Vocal Performance from the University of Georgia and the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Certification in Vocology from the University of Iowa.Â His current and former students include a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, two Santa Fe Opera apprentices, members of the Army Soldiers’ Chorus, a second place winner in the National Federation of Music Clubs competition, a two-time finalist in the American Traditions Competition, and faculty members at universities in Montana, Texas, Wyoming and New York. Mr. Nix was the 2006 winner of the NATS/Voice Foundation Van Lawrence Award.
Rachelle Speer, CCC-SLP | Email
Rachelle Speer received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio and graduate degree in Communication Disorders from Our Lady of the Lake University. She has received specialized training in the areas of voice and swallowing also working to target vocal rehabilitation for head/neck cancer patients. After completing her clinical fellowship in an outpatient rehabilitation setting, she joined the University of Texas Voice Center to intensify her focus on the treatment of patients with voice and swallowing disorders.
Rebecca Ojeda, MA | Email
Rebecca Ojeda works as the medical assistant for the UT Health San Antonio Voice Center. Prior to joining the voice center team, she worked as an MA in the field of otolaryngology for 9 years. She has been with the UT Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery for a few years and during that time has supported both Drs. Simpson and Dominguez. She is currently working on a degree in the field of nursing. Rebecca works tirelessly to allow the UT Voice Center to run smoothly and efficiently. She coordinates voice and airway clinics, handles equipment and technology needs, and prepares patients for procedures. Rebecca’s patience and kindness are unparalleled as she fields medical questions for patients that arise during or after their visit to the clinic.
Administrative Assistant | Coordinator of Laryngology Fellowship Program
Veronica Aleman is the administrative assistant to Dr. Blake Simpson. She serves as the administrative assistant to the voice faculty and administrative coordinator to the laryngology fellowship program. She has worked with Dr. Simpson in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery for almost 25 years and has her Associates of Applied Science degree from Laredo Community College.