Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders
Assistant Adjunct Professor & Clinical Supervisor
Office: CHHS, Room 163
B.S. Appalachian State University, Communications Media-Advertising, Marketing, 1986.
M.S. Western Carolina University, Communication Sciences & Disorders, 1993.
Ph.D. Candidate, Natural Health Sciences, University of Natural Medicine.
I have found my dream job working as a Speech Pathologist, and have been practicing clinically for over 23 years. I feel so much gratitude when I work with adult clients and students, because we have the chance to improve lives, to assist in human recovery & wellness, and to elevate that individual’s quality of life every day. I see us as “change agents,” healers who impact the human condition. My Speech Pathology career has primarily focused on acute care and outpatient clinical settings, and I’ve also worked in long term care and private practice. I treat adult conditions such as dysphagia, apraxia, dysarthria, aphasia and voice disorders, and enjoy working closely with the area medical community.
The focus of my doctoral studies is on the complementary addition of botanicals to standard Speech Pathology care as it assists in positive treatment outcomes. I believe the movement toward individualized approaches to wellness is driving a revival of more natural patient care and prevention.
I love hiking in the mountains with my dog, yoga, reading, and traveling, and I also enjoy having a nice glass of red wine while looking out over the amazing mountain view of my backyard. I am a NC native, an avid organic gardener, and I love classical music. As I continue my studies in the area of Integrative Medicine as it relates to Speech Pathology, I am reminded of the holistic process and connectivity of every living being. We are so blessed to be together in this amazing place, learning and sharing with each other.