Pediatric Non-Cleft Velopharyngeal Incompetence (VPI) Clinic

Pediatric Non-Cleft Velopharyngeal Incompetence (VPI) Clinic

A collaborative approach to care that is unmatched in North Texas

The Non-Cleft Velopharyngeal Incompetency (VPI) Clinic at Children’s Health provides comprehensive evaluations to children with speech problems caused by hypernasality, or nasal air escape.  The soft palate is a muscle located in the back of the mouth and it separates the mouth from the nose. When this muscle doesn’t work well, then your child’s speech may sound unusual or have a nasal quality.  

Our collaborative approach to care includes your child’s Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) physician and a speech-language pathologist. Our experienced team develops a treatment plan that may include options such as surgery, orthodontic appliances, and/or speech therapy. We will work with you to understand all of your choices so that you can make informed decisions about your child’s care.

Offering the most advanced care available in the region

Children’s Health has the largest group of pediatric ENT physicians in North Texas, giving you access to a level of expertise that is unmatched in the region. Our care team includes fellowship-trained UT Southwestern physicians, advanced practice providers, speech-language pathologists, nurses and support staff who have specialized training to diagnose and treat children with VPI. You can trust us with your child's care.  

We understand the importance of being understood

We know that getting the proper care for your child is your number one priority. Our goal is to answer your questions and reduce frustration with the process so you and your child can focus on their treatment. Children’s Health features a point person at each of our conveniently located facilities to help you every step of the way. From diagnosis to treatment and follow up, there's no hassle or stress – just successful results

Meet the Care Team

  • Ron Mitchell, MD Pediatric Otolaryngologist (ENT)
  • Caitlin Lentz, SLP
    Caitlin Lentz, SLP Speech Pathologist
  • Courtney Van'T Slot, SLP
    Courtney Van'T Slot, SLP Speech Pathologist