Speech Language Pathology Spotlight: Katy Brennan

In celebration of Better Speech and Hearing Month in May, we are highlighting some of our longest tenured therapists…

Katy Brennan, originally from Broussard, Louisiana, received her Master of Science Degree in Speech/Language Pathology from the University of Louisiana @ Lafayette. She began working for Therapy Center in 2009 and is currently a full-time SLP at Tri Community Nursing Center in Palmetto, Louisiana. Katy has been a true asset to our team and here is what she had to say about her life and career as an SLP.

Why did you choose the field you work in? I honestly thought that I wanted to be a nurse.  A lot of my family members are nurses, including my mom, so I thought that was what I wanted to do until I realized that the sight of blood and seeing people in pain wasn’t my cup of tea.  I chose this field my first semester in college knowing that I could change to another major if it wasn’t for me but I realized that it was exactly what I wanted to do.   I love to talk and I love to eat so what better job for me than to help people communicate while improving their ability to enjoy all the foods of our culture.

What is the most rewarding part of your job? The most rewarding part of my job is helping my residents reach their personal goals, whether it’s improving their swallow so that they can eat the foods that they love, communicate with their family/peers, or safely return home after a stroke/fall.   Sometimes the most rewarding part is helping caregivers/family understand the progression of a specific disease process , cope with the loss of the person they remember, and helping them to find ways to continue to communicate and emotionally connect.

Favorite part of working at Therapy Center? The best part of  the Therapy Center is the people that I work with.  It’s another family to me.  I’m very grateful for all of the relationships I have with my coworkers company wide.  We laugh together, cry together, sometimes have drinks together.   I work for good people and I work with good people who are good therapists.

Hobbies/areas of interest: I’m the mom of the cutest little boy I know.   His name is Briggs and he’s 18 months old.  He keeps me incredibly busy and is relentless with his love for playing outside and making sure that every toy he owns is pulled out several times a day, every day.   I don’t know if my hobbies have changed or if I’ve just learned to better appreciate long uninterrupted baths, 20 extra minutes of sleep, small efforts of friends and family to help in any way, and a good glass of wine.

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