As a person with an invisible disability, I understand fully what it means to be someone who is different in a way most people don’t see, recognize or fully understand. Because of this, I have always wanted to work in a field where I not only advocate for people, but I also work with them in a way that best fits their unique needs. Speech-language pathology gives me a way to be a tour guide on my clients’ communication journeys, not the driver. Meaning, I will walk alongside my clients and show them what I know, but never stand in their way or dictate the way their journey continues. We walk this path together. No two people are the same, and I believe that should also apply to therapy goals and activities.
I heavily emphasize the importance of bilingual therapy services for multilingual speakers, because it makes sense to treat people with all of the languages they use. Bilingualism is highly overlooked and misunderstood in our field, and I firmly believe that a person’s communication goals should incorporate all of the languages and communication modalities that they use. I also believe that the most important folks on my clients’ team are their families and caregivers. You are the expert for your child, and I will always honor that.
My special interests in speech-language pathology include Cultural and Linguistic Diversity, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Augmented and Alternative Communication, Gender Communications and Fluency.
When I’m not working, I like to play with my 2 pups, practice learning a new language (I’m trying Russian currently), read or listen to books, watch a movie I’ve never seen before, paint ceramics, and explore new scenery with my fiancé.