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Our Team

Craig Vander Kolk, MD

Diagnosis and Surgery

Craig A. Vander Kolk, MD

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Craig A. Vander Kolk, M.D. is surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and Dr. Vander Kolk is a Professor of Plastic Surgery at Johns Hopkins. He is presently at Mercy Hospital in Baltimore. A gifted surgeon, Dr. Vander Kolk has been able to help many brass players through diagnosis of embouchure problems and cutting edge reconstructive surgery when needed.

Mercy Medical Center
227 St. Paul Place
Baltimore, MD 21202

David Shulman, RPT

Physical Therapy

David H. Shulman

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David H. Shulman, R.P.T is a board certified physical therapist. David holds degrees from Cornell University and from the University of Maryland School of Physical Therapy. He is in private practice with Shulman and Associates and is an Adjunct Professor of Musician Health at Towson University. Having worked with musicians from all over the world for more than 35 years, he has rehabilitated musical patients from high school students through elite professional players.

Shulman & Associates
660 Kenilworth Drive, Suite 102
Towson, MD 21204

David Fedderly

Education and Retraining

David Fedderly

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David T. Fedderly retired after 31 years as Principal Tuba of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Fedderly is perhaps best known for his teaching, having taught at The Juilliard School and DePaul University and currently at Peabody Conservatory and University of Maryland. He is the 2016 recipient of the International Tuba Euphonium Association Lifetime Achievement Award. He offers expert retraining and performance techniques to improve sound, optimize breathing and avoid re-injury.

Baltimore Brass Co.
99 Mellor Ave
Catonsville, MD 21229

“I can say without a doubt that this team saved my playing career.”
Denver Dill,Trumpet Player


Our successful rehabilitation process typically involves these steps:

Consultation and Diagnosis
Dr. Vander Kolk will evaluate your embouchure determine the severity of your problem and usually provide a medical diagnosis, whether it’s a sprain, micro-tear, complete tear, or other injury. He is conservative in recommending surgery, only operating on 10% of his cases.
David Shulman works to rehabilitate the embouchure with gentle, skilled hands. He helps your embouchure work more efficiently. He will teach you how your facial muscles work and how to use them during practice and performance, preventing overuse that can lead to a career-ending injury.
David Fedderly is known for telling it like it is. He will demonstrate proper playing technique and teach you how to reach your full performance abilities. This individualized program helps optimize your sound production through more efficient air flow, diminished pressure, tongue placement, jaw position, and embouchure.
“With David, none of the idiosyncrasies of a musician’s life, or the specifics of my instrument, needed explaining. I felt at ease knowing I was working with a fellow musician!Elite Clarinetist,
Military band, Washington DC


We understand the sensitive nature that exists with many of the players we see. You will receive strict confidentiality through all three phases of treatment. Names used in testimonials are only done so with express written consent from the individual.

“These professionals are the dream team for treating brass player’s injuries.”Professional Trombonist,Major Symphony Orchestra


It is well documented today that the musician is also an athlete. The more proficient any athlete becomes, the more overused the particular part of the body used for a specific activity becomes.

Call us to get relief if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms:

  • Pain
  • Tingling
  • Diminished endurance
  • Fatigue
  • Swelling
  • Reduced range