"Do what you Love"
I am a fiercely passionate speech pathologist. Growing up my dad always told me "do what you love." I am lucky enough to be able to say I truly love my job! I graduated from the University of Lethbridge in 2000 with my undergraduate degree and from the Masters of Speech Language Pathology program at the University of Alberta in 2002. I value ongoing education and have obtained post graduate education to become a Certified Orofacial Myologist (COM), Lactation Educator (LE) and a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist (CBS). I also co-developed and train orthodontists, dentists, dental hygienists and speech language pathologists to use the Orofacial Rest Posture Program to assess and treat myofunctional disorders throughout Canada.
I was born and raised in small town Drumheller. I married my high school sweetheart and I am beyond proud to be a mom of two amazing sons who remind me each day how wildly different but strangely similar they both are. I was blessed (yes blessed) with Bell's Palsy at the age of 13- this is where my story started. Later in high school my grandmother had a stroke which resulted in a communication disorder called aphasia. Finally, the third speech pathologist I encountered as a client myself was when I had my first son Noah, and the challenges of breastfeeding and world of pediatric feeding and swallowing enlightened me. All of these experiences paved the path to Tip of the Tongue.
These personal challenges combined with over 15 years of clinical experience have opened my heart and my mind to the potential I have of making a difference in someone's life. These experiences have taught me how to help, support and guide families through therapy with a kind heart, empathy and the knowledge that persistence in therapy will pay off.
As a speech pathologist I am here to educate and empower you- you know your child best. I have one goal- to help babies, children and families thrive. I believe the best way I can ensure exceptional service is to continue to learn and to change my practice based on ongoing education- both through professional development and learning from clinical experiences.
I look forward to having the pleasure of working with you and/or your child.