Leda Scearce, CCC-SLP, MM, MS
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It's very important to me to recognize the individual needs of each patient, and to personalize their therapy experience accordingly.
– Leda Scearce, CCC-SLP, MM, MS

Leda Scearce, CCC-SLP, MM, MS

Speech Pathologist

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Duke Otolaryngology South Durham - Durham, NC
Duke Otolaryngology of Raleigh - Raleigh, NC
Board Certified
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Speech-Language Pathology
It's very important to me to recognize the individual needs of each patient, and to personalize their therapy experience accordingly.
– Leda Scearce, CCC-SLP, MM, MS

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.

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Training and Education

Board Certification
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Speech-Language Pathology
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.

View my publications on PubMed

Insurance Accepted

Duke Health contracts with most major health insurance carriers and transplant networks, including the ones listed below.

    • 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 Assure Plan (HMO D-SNP)
    • Aetna Medicare Eagle Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Essential Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Value Plan (HMO)
    • Aetna Open Access HMO, Open Access Aetna 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
    • Aetna/CVS Health
    • Ambetter of North Carolina
    • Blue Advantage
    • Blue Medicare (HMO, PPO)*
    • Blue Options (123, PPO, HSA)
    • Blue Select
    • NC State Employees Health Plan
    • *Duke HomeCare and Hospice does not participate in the plan.

    • Cigna Behavioral Health (*Limited eligibility)
    • Cigna Choice Plus
    • Cigna Connect Individual Family Plan
    • Cigna Open Access
    • Cigna Open Access Plus
    • *Please call Cigna Behavioral Heath to see if the provider is participating in your plan.

    • Duke Basic
    • Duke Select
    • Experience Health Medicare Advantage (HMO) Plan
  • Gateway Health Alliance
  • Healthgram
    • Humana Choice (PPO)
    • Humana Choice - Medicare Advantage (PPO)
    • Humana ChoiceCare - Medicare Advantage (PPO)
    • Humana Gold Choice - Medicare Advantage (PFFS)
    • Humana Gold Plus - Medicare Advantage (HMO)
    • Humana Medicare Advantage Group Plan - NC State Retirees
  • MedCost
    • First Medicare Direct
    • Medicare Part A
    • Medicare Part B
    • AmeriHealth Caritas North Carolina
    • Carolina Complete Health
    • Healthy Blue
    • NC Medicaid Direct
    • WellCare of North Carolina
    • TRICARE Prime
    • TRICARE Prime Remote
    • TRICARE Select
    • AARP Medicare Advantage Plan 2 (HMO-POS)
    • AARP Medicare Complete (HMO, PPO)*
    • AARP Medicare Complete Essential (HMO)*
    • All Savers Alternate Funding
    • All Savers Fully Insured
    • 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 Option PPO
    • United Healthcare Passport Connect Choice/Choice Plus
    • United Healthcare Passport Connect Options PPO
    • United Healthcare Select/Select Plus
    • United Healthcare Shared Services - Harvard Pilgrim/UHC Options PPO Network
    • United Medical Resources (UMR)
    • *Duke HomeCare and Hospice and mental health providers do not participate with the plan.

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.

External Relationships

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has reported outside activities with the companies or institutions listed below. This information has been reported to the health system leadership and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts of interest.
  • Durham Public Schools
  • Higpoint University
  • Oxford University Press
  • Plural Publishing
  • SonoVoice, Inc.