An Expert in Speech Language Pathology and Voice Care
Renée Gustin is a dedicated and compassionate Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) specializing in transgender voice, professional voice and performance voice. With a commitment to providing inclusive and individualized care, Renée has become a leading expert in gender-diverse healthcare, particularly in gender-affirming voice care. As UC Health’s expert in offering gender-affirming voice services, Renée has pioneered the development of the gender-affirming voice care program since joining the team in 2016.
She has earned recognition for her outstanding contributions to patient care. In 2022, she was honored as the recipient of the UC Health PRIIDE award, an acknowledgment of her dedication and exceptional service. In addition, Renée has been published in national journals for her clinical research efforts.
Researcher and Proponent of Gender Affirming Voice Therapy
Renée’s current research focuses on the significance of gender-affirming voice care. This research benefits patients directly and serves as a valuable resource for referring physicians seeking to provide comprehensive care to this population.
What sets Renée apart from others within her specialty is her unique skill set and diverse clinical collaborations. As the only classically trained vocalist on staff, she brings an exceptional understanding of voice intricacies. This expertise allows her to work with professional singers, including those from prestigious institutions such as the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and the Cincinnati Opera.
A Collaborative Approach to Gender-Affirming Care
Collaboration is key in Renée’s approach to patient care. SLPs are integral members of the multidisciplinary ENT care team, partnering with laryngologists to assess and treat voice, swallowing and airway disorders. She works closely with UC Family Medicine and Primary Care and collaborates with the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute, regularly receiving referrals for voice therapy from patients with neurological disorders such as Parkinson's Disease.
What Renée cherishes most about being in healthcare is the opportunity to connect with patients on a personal level. She thrives on getting to know patients individually and forming meaningful relationships during therapy sessions. Moreover, she is honored to be able to provide care daily to historically marginalized populations with high rates of healthcare disparities.
In her free time, Renée enjoys singing, traveling, cooking and visiting family.