We Understand the Importance of Time for Performing Artists

UW Health provides comprehensive diagnosis and care for instrumentalists, singers, dancers and actors at all performance levels, including students, professionals and amateurs. Common problems include voice disorders, muscle and joint problems, difficulty breathing, movement problems and performance anxiety.

Performing Arts Medicine: Body Expert Care, Caring for healthy and injured dancers

Expert Care

Caring for healthy and injured dancers.

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Performing Arts Medicine, Mind, Integrative Services: Helping you achieve your highest potential for wellness

Integrative Services

Helping you achieve your highest potential for wellness.

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Performing Arts Medicine: Voice, Internationally Recognized: Keeping your voice healthy through diagnosis and treatment of a variety of voice disorders

Internationally Recognized

Keeping your voice healthy through diagnosis and treatment of a variety of voice disorders.

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Performing Arts Medicine: Ear, Nose and Throat, UW Health

Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders

A performer can be affected by a variety of ear, nose and throat disorders. These conditions might include dizziness, hearing loss, sinus disease, swallowing problems, nasal breathing problems and injury to the head and neck.


Voice and Swallowing

Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT, Otolaryngology)


Performing Arts Medicine: Voice Disorders, UW Health

Voice Disorders

Hoarseness and poor vocal endurance can interfere with the quality and clarity of the voice. Poor vocal endurance can result in vocal fatigue, lower volume, frequent repitition and increased effort to produce sound. Professional voice users can often compensate for minor vocal fold lesions, yet unattended, some of these lesions can cause career-threatening damage to the voice.


Professional and Performing Voice Programs

Performing Arts Medicine: Allergy and Pulmonary Conditions, UW Health

Allergy and Pulmonary Conditions

Shortness of breath, asthma and chronic cough are the main areas of concerns for performing artists. These conditions can affect actors, singers and dancers. Sculptors and painters might be at risk of being exposed to different types of chemicals and toxins.


Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine


Performing Arts Medicine: Anxiety and Mental Health Issues, UW Health

Anxiety and Mental Health Issues

Treatment programs are available to deal with a variety of issues, including work and personal stress, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, alcohol dependency and ongoing supportive services. Sport psychologists provide guidance in mind-body skills for peak performance.

Sport Psychology | Health Psychology


Performing Arts Medicine: Musculoskeletal Disorders, UW Health

Musculoskeletal Disorders

Performers are at a higher risk for various musculoskeletal conditions that can affect bones, joints and soft tissues. Dancers and musicians are especially prone to such problems due to repititive movement and to extreme bodily stress and strain.


Sports Medicine | Dancers Clinic

Rehabilitation Medicine


Performing Arts Medicine: Neurological Conditions and Movement Disorders, UW Health

Neurological Conditions and Movement Disorders

Neurological conditions and movement disorders can affect the speed, smoothness, quality and ease of an individual's movement. These conditions can affect the voice, head or any other part of the body.


Movement Disorders | Rehabilitation Medicine


Performing Arts Medicine: Integrative Health, UW Health

Integrative Health

Where conventional approaches fall short of meeting the demands of performance, there might be non-invasive therapies capable of removing barriers blocking the body's ability to heal. An integrative approach emplyes numerous alternative techniques, including acupuncture, Feldenkrais Method, massage therapy and mindfulness-based stress reduction.

Integrative Health | Our Doctors | Mindfulness
Feldenkrais Method | Complementary Services

UW Health Performing Arts Medicine: Request an Appointment




The UW Health Performing Arts Medicine program is dedicated to the care of performing artists in a timely and customized manner.

The Performing Arts Medicine program can coordinate care and provide access to the full range of specialties available at UW Hospital and Clinics.

Our treatment team is committed to preventing re-injury and will provide performance artists with education on body mechanics and posture. Through treatment and therapy, we help to work with patients on protecting themselves from re-injury.





There are numerous insurance plans and provider networks associated with these plans change frequently. Please consult the provider directory given to you by your plan and/or call your insurance company’s customer service department to obtain specific benefit information.

UW Health Performing Arts Medicine: Our Physicians and Other Clinicians