Speech Language Pathologist
Basic Information: I’m half Southern, half Yankee! I grew up in Mississippi until 6, moved to Washington state until 13, then back to the same town in Mississippi until I graduated. I moved across the country to earn my bachelor’s degree at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah ((GO COUGARS!)). During that time, I met and married my husband. Between degrees, I worked for Alpine School District in a high school and post-high school life skills program for young adults with disabilities. Then we moved to Alabama where I received my Masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders at an HBCU at Alabama A&M University. Following my degree, I gave birth to my daughter, worked full time for 3 years at skilled nursing facilities with the geriatric population, then gave birth to my son. Shortly after that, my husband was offered a job in Phoenix which is equally distanced between both sets of grandparents! We’re so happy to start our new adventure in Arizona and mine working with kids, which has been my dream since I decided to become an SLP!
Interests and hobbies outside of work: I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, game nights with friends, traveling, snuggling with my husband watching our favorite shows and movies while eating his homemade seasoned popcorn.
Favorite quote: “The Lord works from the inside out. The world works from the outside in. The world would take people out of the slums. Christ would take the slums out of people, and then they would take themselves out of the slums. The world would mold men by changing their environment. Christ changes men, who then change their environment. The world would shape human behavior, but Christ can change human nature.” –Ezra Taft Benson
Favorite place to travel: I’m always up for adventures and new places! I love going to the beach and boogie boarding (San Diego and Destin, FL) and visiting the mountains (Washington, Oregon, Utah, Switzerland). I also love visiting Japan and every opportunity to go to Six Flags!
What you love about working with children: I love how children find joy in the small things—they can make anything seem like the best thing ever! Kids are always pushing me to make therapy and life more creative and fun. Their enthusiasm and smiles are contagious!