Episode 31: About having a healthy voice, with Dr. Reena Gupta

Dr. Reena Gupta is a laryngologist, meaning that she’s an Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor who specializes in the care of the professional voice. What makes her unique among her colleagues is that she combines her Western medical training with a holistic and integrative approach to vocal health. Now, as she’s going through a major period of growth and opening up her own practice, Dr. Gupta shares about both the science and art of the voice. Prepare to have your limiting beliefs busted in this episode… Yes, your mental health can affect your voice! And yes, speaking your truth makes a difference when it comes to being able to speak and sing with strength and ease!

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Plus, want to practice speaking your truth beyond listening to the podcast? Check out the Speak Your Truth Membership Community HERE!


Show Notes:   


  • Elissa discusses considering the clinical route 2:58
  • Laryngologists vs ENTs 4:35
  • Dr. Gupta’s path: pursuing singing to a laryngology fellowship to her own practice  7:00
  • About the Release Your Voice class 9:28
  • Dr. Gupta explains what she does as a laryngologist 10:12
  • Mental health and your voice 12:18
  • How speaking your truth relates to vocal health 14:18
  • Why Elissa was nervous to create this podcast 2 years ago 17:00
  • Why it’s important to get the resources you need [mental health/physical health] 18:00 
  • Dr Gupta’s struggle starting her own practice 20:00
  • The Speak Your Truth check in 21:28
  • Why Dr. Gupta is trying intermittent fasting 25:12
  • About growth 28:32
  • What does it mean to [Dr. Gupta] to speak her truth 30
  • Dr. Gupta’s advice to you 39:40
  • Release Your Voice Program and having Dr. Gupta as a resident laryngologist 35:00
  • Referral Network of Clinicians creation: 11:20
  • Why using your voice really matters, especially right now 43:00


Laryngologist: a physician specializing in the study of the larynx (the human voice box and home of the vocal cords)

Laryngology: the branch of medicine dealing with the larynx

ENT: A medical specialist who is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the head and neck, including particularly the ears, nose, and throat. ENT doctors are also called otolaryngologists.

Speech-language pathologist (SLPs): work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults.


To learn more and enroll in Release Your Voice class, the 20 week program to release muscle tension, visit www.voicebodyconnection.com/releaseyourvoice. You can also attend the free masterclass, What To Do When You Feel Like You Don’t Have A Voice.

More information on intermittent fasting. 

Follow Dr. Reena Gupta on social media:

instagram @reenaguptamd

Facebook: @reenagupta 

Dr. Reena Gupta’s Bio

Dr. Reena Gupta is the director of the Division of Voice and Laryngology at the Osborne Head and Neck Institute. She is an Ear, Nose, and Throat physician and Laryngologist and Voice surgeon who has devoted her career to caring for professional voice users. Her practice is located in Los Angeles, California. 

She is a respected expert in Laryngology and has published in numerous journals and textbooks, including Operative Techniques in Laryngology and Professional Voice: The Science and Art of Clinical Care.

Dr. Gupta has been invited to speak at universities locally and internationally. Dr. Gupta strongly believes in advocating for performers and designs treatment plans that enable her patients to thrive in their careers.  Dr. Gupta’s desire to care for voice patients stems from her passion for the vocal arts. She began singing in elementary school and continued building on this foundation through private vocal training while in high school.

Throughout college, she sang in the Pennsylvania State University Choir while pursuing her love for the art of medicine. She was then accepted into Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia where she continued to combine her singing background with her interests in medicine, singing in the medical school’s choir. She went onto complete a 5 year residency program at New York University School of Medicine in Head and Neck surgery while concurrently conducting research in the field of Laryngology.

Upon graduation, from NYU Dr. Gupta was selected to complete the prestigious fellowship in Laryngology and Care of the Professional Voice at Drexel University College of Medicine.


For more info about the podcast and how to join the Speak Your Truth Membership Community, visit www.howtospeakyourtruth.com.

As a member of the Speak Your Truth Membership Community, you get:

  • Enrollment in the How To Speak Your Truth online course,
  • A monthly live online group coaching session with Elissa to practice using the “how to speak your truth” model,
  • A monthly interactive recording of the coming month’s solo podcast episode,
  • Weekday warm ups to practice embodiment and expression, 
  • Exclusive behind the scenes footage of the podcast each week,
  • Astrological insight on the new and full moons, 
  • And access to the membership forum where you can share your experiences and get feedback.

Learn more and sign up at www.howtospeakyourtruth.com.

You can find more info about Voice Body Connection and take the “What’s holding my voice back?” quiz at www.voicebodyconnection.com.

Production Credits:

Our Assistant Producer is Suzie Masser

Our Editor is Eilise Bonebright

Our Graphic Designer is Laura Sills

Our Photography is by Sophie Mathewson

Our Audio Consultant is Martin Carrillo of heardrum.org

And our theme song is “Waters of Body” by Strange Weather

Please note that Amazon links in the show notes are connected to the Voice Body Connection Associates account. All other partner links are acknowledged. Thank you for supporting the podcast! 



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