Think about that time your allergies would not quit, yet you had to go to work and get the job done. You know the struggle and it isn’t fun.
Now imagine your allergies are attacking and you have to go to work… as a professional singer.
In 2013, Evelyn Herrera visited our allergy trained Physician Assistant, Thomas Willim. Her allergies were out of control and she was suffering from the same symptoms you have experienced. The only difference is that Evelyn is a professional singer (more on that later).
Thomas Willim is one of very few practitioners in the country whose practice uses and focuses on a treatment known as allergy drops. Evelyn’s previous provider had begun prescribing allergy drop serum but was only administering the beginner dosage of 1 drop per day. During their conversation, he was looking at Evelyn’s file and noticed in her paperwork that she was a singer. Evelyn Herrera is a megastar in the Latino and South American markets with the band Tercer Cielo. Making changes to her dosage would give her the best relief from her allergy symptoms but it also had a real likelihood of altering a very prominent nasal tone in her voice.
“I asked her if she would be okay with that? I’m not too sure Stevie Nicks would want to lose her signature nasal tonality to her voice.”
Evelyn said she would be okay with that.
“All the time I did not know this was a woman who can’t travel south of the border without being mobbed by fans. It wasn’t until after I googled her name and saw a picture of her at the 2013 Latin Grammys that I was struck by a sense of “star quality.” What might have seemed like a minor change in Evelyn’s voice could, in fact, be a much bigger deal.
Evelyn’s Return Visit
Two or three months later, Evelyn returned for a follow up visit. Thomas had hoped that the nasality would be gone. It was. Her voice had lost all nasality. Her voice was pure, and in Thomas’s words, “unadulterated songbird quality.” But was Evelyn happy with the change?
Evelyn no longer had to deal with post nasal drip which had always caused her problems during concerts and performances. She sent a very nice follow up endorsement of her experience with Thomas Willim PA-C, Warner Family Practice and her allergy treatment.
I’m so thankful to Thomas Willim PA-C for recommending the allergy drops. My allergies have improved significantly and it has also helped me in my singing. I feel so much better now physically and no longer have to take over the counter allergy medication. Thank you, Thomas Willim!
Evelyn’s Success Post Allergy Treatment
Evelyn and her husband stepped away from recording for two years after the birth of their second child. When they returned with their next album, it was very well received and garnered them a 2015 Latin Billboard Magazine album of the year nomination and Latin Grammy nomination. Since then, they have begun pursuing what catapulted music stars such as Selena to worldwide success: an English speaking crossover album.
Evelyn is from Arizona and English is her first language. According to her, she sings better in English than in Spanish, but because her husband is from the Dominican Republic and has a very heavy accent, they have always produced music in Spanish. Juan Carlos has lost much of his accent over time and is practicing with voice coaches to completely lose it.
Relief Is Not A Myth
Allergies are very real and play a huge role in the life of sufferers. You may be aware of what triggers your allergic reactions or you may simply roll with each flare up as it comes.
Allergy drops are not something new, yet you may not have heard much about them because American physicians have long recommended allergy shots. Allergy shots cannot be administered at home, require regular visits to your physician and are not fully effective in minimizing your allergy symptoms.
Allergy drops, on the other hand, are self-administered under the tongue, require fewer regular treatment visits and have been proven to be more effective in both speed of relief and magnitude of relief.
Thomas Willim, PA-C, at Warner Family Practice has dedicated much of his life to helping patients who deal with chronic allergies. Your first step to relief is scheduling a visit with Thomas. A skin test can be performed in the office on your first visit and you can receive your first treatment that day in the office.
You can learn more about Thomas here. If you have any questions prior to scheduling a visit, you can contact Thomas and his team through our secure patient portal.
P.S. Evelyn Herrera and her husband Juan Carlos Rodriguez, with the band Tercer Cielo came in 2nd place in the Billboard and Grammy awards to, Carlos Santana. Does that name ring a bell?
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