Leda Scearce, CCC-SLP, MM, MS

My Locations

Duke Clinic Voice Center
40 Duke Medicine Circle
Clinic 1F
Durham, NC 27710
Duke Otolaryngology of Raleigh
3480 Wake Forest Road
Suite 404
Raleigh, NC 27609
Duke Otolaryngology, Head and Neck, ENT, Oral Surgery Clinic
40 Duke Medicine Circle
Clinic 1F
Durham, NC 27710

About Me

Voice has been a lifelong passion for me. After years of performing as a professional opera singer across the country and teaching voice at five universities, I returned to school to pursue a career in speech-language pathology. Now I combine my singing and clinical backgrounds to work with singers and other performers who have voice injuries. My interest in voice has also led me to become active in leadership in a number of national and international voice-related organizations, and I frequently present on the topic of the singing voice at many national and international conferences. Voice is such an important part of identity for everyone, but especially for singers, for whom a voice problem can be a crisis. It’s very important to me to recognize the individual needs of each patient, and to personalize their therapy experience accordingly. I feel it is a great privilege to be able to use all my experience as a singer, voice teacher and speech pathologist in a way that helps people, and this makes my work at Duke Voice Care Center incredibly rewarding and fulfilling.

School of Medicine Department School of Medicine Division Languages
English
My surgical specialties
Procedures I perform the most

Training

Education
Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology, Boston University (Massachusetts), 2004
Master of Music in Vocal Performance, Indiana University, 1988
Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, Indiana University, 1986

Clinical Focus and Research

My Research Interests

I enjoy studying how the singing voice works, especially how vocal technique is different for various styles of singing and across the lifespan. I also study the ways different types of voice disorders affect the singing voice, and have written a textbook on singing voice rehabilitation called Manual of Singing Voice Rehabilitation: A Practical Approach to Vocal Health and Wellness. I use the information from my research to customize treatment plans and vocal exercises for my singing patients. I collaborate with my physician and speech-pathology colleagues to provide evidence that will lead to best practices and improved patient outcomes.

Publications

View Leda Scearce's publications on PubMed

Insurance

Duke Health contracts with most major health insurance carriers and transplant networks, including the ones listed below. Before scheduling your appointment, we strongly recommend you contact your insurance company to verify that the Duke Health location or provider you plan to visit is included in your network. Your insurance company will also be able to inform you of any co-payments, co–insurances, or deductibles that will be your responsibility. If you proceed in scheduling an appointment and your health insurance benefits do not participate with Duke, your out of pocket liability may be higher. We will contact you regarding your coverage and patient liability. If you are uninsured, learn more about our financial assistance policy.

Below are the plans currently accepted in 2018. There are some changes to the plans accepted beginning January 1, 2019. For a complete list of plans accepted in 2019 and to verify that your health plan includes Duke Health, please visit PlanForDuke.com.

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    • Aetna
      • Aetna Choice POS, Aetna Choice POS II
      • Aetna Elect Choice HMO, Aetna Open Access Elect Choice
      • Aetna Health Network Only, Aetna Health Network Option
      • Aetna HMO
      • Aetna Limited Benefit Insurance PPO
      • Aetna Managed Choice POS
      • Aetna Medicare HMO Open Access
      • Aetna Medicare Plan (HMO, PPO)
      • Aetna Medicare Premier Plan (PPO)
      • Aetna Medicare Prime Plan (HMO, PPO)
      • Aetna Open Access HMO, Open Access Aetna Select, Aetna Open Access Select, Aetna Open Access Managed Choice
      • Aetna Open Choice PPO
      • Aetna PCP Coordinated POS Plan
      • Aetna Quality Point of Service (QPOS)
      • Aetna Select HMO
      • Aetna Traditional Choice
      • Aetna Voluntary Indemnity Group Plan
      • Aetna Whole Health – Duke WakeMed WKCC
    • Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC
      • Blue Advantage
      • Blue Local with Duke Health and WakeMed*
      • Blue Medicare (HMO, PPO)**
      • Blue Options (123, PPO, HSA)
      • Blue Select
      • NC State Employees Health Plan
      • *BCBSNC will no longer offer Blue Local with Duke Health & WakeMed in 2019. Action may be needed on your part. Visit to learn more.
      • **Duke HomeCare and Hospice does not participate in the plan.
    • CIGNA
      • Cigna Choice Plus
      • Cigna Open Access
      • Cigna Open Access Plus
    • Coventry Healthcare
      • Coventry Advantra Freedom (PPO)*
      • Coventry Advantra Gold (HMO)*
      • Dual Option of AWH or PPO*
      • *Coventry Healthcare will no longer be accepted in 2019.
    • Duke Group Plans
      • Duke Basic
      • Duke Select
    • First Health
    • Gateway Health Alliance
    • Gateway Health Plan
      • Gateway Health Medicare Assured Prime (HMO)
      • Gateway Health Medicare Assured Select (HMO)
    • Halifax Physician-Hospital Organization
    • Healthgram
    • Humana
      • Humana Choice (PPO)
      • Humana ChoiceCare (PPO)
      • Humana Gold Choice (PFFS)
      • Humana Gold Plus (HMO)
    • MedCost
    • Medicare
      • First Medicare Direct*
      • Medicare Part A
      • Medicare Part B
      • *This is for Wake County only.
    • MultiPlan / Private Healthcare Systems
    • NC Medicaid
      • NC Medicaid*
      • *Not all Duke locations and doctors participate in this plan. Please contact the location you will be visiting to determine what is accepted.
    • OneNet PPO
    • Optima Health
      • FAMIS
      • Optima Family Care (Medicaid HMO in VA)
      • Optima Individual & Family (On & Off Exchange Plans)
      • Optima Plus (PPO)
      • Optima Vantage (HMO)
    • TRICARE
      • TRICARE Extra*
      • TRICARE for Life*
      • TRICARE Prime*
      • TRICARE Prime Remote*
      • TRICARE Standard*
      • *Duke Primary Care does not participate with the plan.
    • United Healthcare
      • AARP Medicare Complete (HMO, PPO)*
      • AARP Medicare Complete Essential (HMO)*
      • All Savers Alternate Funding
      • All Savers Fully Insured
      • State Employee Health Plan (for retirees)
      • United Healthcare (HMO, PPO, POS)
      • United Healthcare Charter/Charter Balance/Charter Plus
      • United Healthcare Choice/Choice Plus
      • United Healthcare Core/Core Essential
      • United Healthcare Navigate/Navigate Plus/Navigate Balanced
      • United Healthcare of the River Valley
      • United Healthcare Option PPO
      • United Healthcare Options PPO with Harvard Pilgrim
      • United Healthcare Passport Connect Choice/Choice Plus
      • United Healthcare Passport Connect Options PPO
      • United Healthcare Select/Select Plus
      • United Medical Resources (UMR)
      • *Not all Duke hospitals and doctors participate in these plans. Please contact your insurance provider to determine what your financial responsibility will be for the health care service you require.

Industry Relationships and Collaborations

This faculty member has no reported relationships with industry.