Where did you complete your higher education?
I completed my undergraduate degree in communication disorders at Baldwin Wallace University and my graduate degree in communication sciences at Case Western Reserve University.
When did you join the Galvin Therapy Center?
I Joined in May 2012.
Your special areas of interest include:
- Language development and disorders
- Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
- The connection between behavior and language
What varied experience do you have in your field?
I have treated pediatric patients with a variety of disorders that impact their communication skills, such as articulation, language disorders, learning disabilities, dyslexia, late-talkers, fluency disorders, and autism spectrum disorders in clinic-based, school and home settings.
What licenses, certifications and/or special training do you hold?
- Ohio Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
- American Speech-Language Hearing Association: Certificate of Clinical Competence
- DIRFloortime® Method
- Zones of Regulation
- Orton-Gillingham Comprehensive Training
- SOS Approach to Feeding
- ILS - Integrated Listening Systems
- Wilson Reading System Training
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about increasing awareness and acceptance of disabilities (especially those impacting communication). I am passionate about learning more about the language-literacy connection and applying that knowledge to my practice. I am passionate about being a lifelong learner and the best therapist I can be.
What inspired you to pursue your current career path?
I used to babysit for a boy with ADHD and learning disabilities when I was in high school. I was inspired by how hard he worked,and I loved thinking of fun and creative ways to help him learn. I was looking for a way to combine my interest in special education with my love of English. Speech-language pathology was the perfect fit.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I enjoy celebrating my clients’ accomplishments, no matter how big or small. I enjoy feeling that I have improved their lives in some way. I also enjoy being part of a multi-disciplinary team and collaborating with and learning from my amazing colleagues.