Join us as we highlight our longest-tenured Speech therapists:
Where is your hometown? Opelousas, LA
School/University you received your degree(s): USL both BA and MS
Year you started working with Therapy Center: 2006
Areas you work/Main job responsibilities: Staff SLP at Maison Teche Nursing Center in Jeanerette, LA. Focusing on treatment of communication and swallowing improvement with adult and geriatric populations.
Certifications: Deep Pharyngeal Neuromuscular Stimulation, Electrical Stimulation, Lee Silverman Voice Treatment, Tracheoesophageal Puncture Voice Prosthesis Placement, Beckman OM Treatment
Why did you choose the field you work in? A friend of mine a little older than me went into the field of Speech and Hearing Science as it was referred to at one point, and while observing her in clinicals one day, I became intrigued with this Helping Profession. Speech Language Pathology has truly evolved into a fabulous field that is so very diversified for a myriad of populations and disorders from neonatals/pediatrics to geriatrics.
What is the most rewarding part of your job? Oh My Word! What a difficult question!! Let’s seeâ€¦.With this current population, Geriatrics, I find Wisdom that is unmatched with any other treating population. My patients provide me with humility, laughter, encouragement, strength , a strong sense of morality and a hefty dose of humanity each day. While I know that I am helping them to improve function and quality of life, I am pretty sure that they have no idea how my life is elevated to a higher level just because of them.
Favorite part of working at Therapy Center? I just LOVE being able to dial a phone number to call another therapist and bounce ideas around for treatment. We at the Therapy Center, have such a variety of treating professionals with various work histories, that, heck, we’re our own Storehouse of Knowledge. I also enjoy being able to develop a program, if desired, and then being able to implement that program.
Hobbies/other areas of interest: I am a runner, gardener, love to cook, and adore reading.