Sound Center Helps Clients Enhance Voice, Speech Style

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Byline: Kim Mikus

Michelle Eppley's business focus is loud and clear.

The business owner's goal is to communicate more clearly. Through her business, The Sound Center in Downers Grove, she works with clients to help enhance the sound and style of speech and voice.

The 30-year-old, who has a background in singing, sees all types of clients whether it's a professional working on a big presentation or someone looking to enhance a foreign or regional accent. "Sometimes people want to be more intelligible. Sometimes people feel that they're not listened to (if they have an accent)," Eppley said.

Her services include rehabilitation of injured voices, voice enhancement, accent modification, speech retraining and stuttering therapy.

In addition to working one-on-one with clients she also offers a variety of group workshops at her office at 4949 Forest Ave.

Eppley's background in voice started when she started taking singing lessons years ago. She said she was extremely curious about the voice when majoring in music and vocal performance at the University of Illinois. She then took some classes in voice articulation in the speech and hearing department and went on to earn a master's degree in speech pathology from the University of Iowa.

While working in the field of speech pathology, she found she really missed singing. In starting her business, she had a vision to join the artistic with the scientific.

Launching the business in her home, she was also looking to bring her work into the corporate world to work with professionals. …