My passion for speech therapy began at a young age. As a child, I received speech therapy and absolutely loved it. I knew I wanted to pursue a career in speech-language pathology as I got older. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Speech Language Disabilities at Elmira College in 2011. I then earned my master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Western Michigan University in 2013. This is my fourth year working as a speech-language pathologist and my first year working for Straka Speech Associates. I feel incredibly fortunate to be working as a speech-language pathologist. I have the opportunity to help clients communicate with others allowing them to build relationships, express their wants and needs, advocate for themselves, and so much more!
I discovered speech pathology because of a scheduling error when I was a freshman at the University of Colorado. I inadvertently ended up in a Voice and Diction class. I was very intrigued by the physical mechanisms which allow humans to verbally communicate. When I started learning how to “fix” problems with these mechanisms I was hooked. The best thing about my job is that after 25 years I still love what I do. Every day is filled with wonderful people, lots of laughs and hugs and unbelievable rewards. When I’m not at the office I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, following politics, taking walks and skiing at Ski Cooper.
I always knew I wanted to work with children and discovered speech-language pathology early in my college career. I completed school in Massachusetts where I received a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. I moved to Colorado in 2006 after finishing school and I have loved every moment here. I try to find the positive in most situations and often bring laughter and humor to my therapy sessions. In my free time, I love to travel, hike with my dogs, hit the slopes skiing, and go to concerts. I have been with Straka Speech since 2008.
Growing up, I wanted to be either a teacher or a doctor, so in Speech-Pathology I found something that has the best of both. I studied Spanish and Public Health and Vanderbilt University, and then went to the University of Utah for my Masters in Speech-Language Pathology. I’m happy to be back in my home state and in a career that I know I will love for a long time! I have worked as an SLP at Lewis-Palmer school district, and now at Straka Speech. Outside of work, I enjoy hiking, camping, and spending time with family and friends.
There are few things in life more rewarding to me than to watch a child discover the power of language and the joy that brings. I realized this while pursuing my degree of Communication Disorders at Colorado State University. This specialty captured all of my areas of interest and I pursued this career field by obtaining my masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Colorado-Boulder. I had the privilege of working with Straka Speech from 1996-2000; I am very excited to return after 12 years and several moves later due to my husband’s career. Those experiences have given me the opportunity to work in a variety of pediatric settings as well as geographic locations including: Massachusetts, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Ohio and even Italy. My husband and I have been blessed with three beautiful children and we are thrilled to be back in our hometown.
I have wanted to work with children for as long as I can remember and quickly found that speech-language pathology was the field for me. In high school, I worked with children who had difficulty communicating their wants and needs which led me to pursue both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Western Illinois University in Communication Sciences and Disorders. I worked in the public school setting in Illinois before moving to Fairbanks, Alaska where I worked in a pediatric clinic very similar to Straka Speech. We have recently been relocated to Colorado Springs for my husband’s Army career and I was lucky enough to find Straka Speech. In my free time, I like to hike, cook, read, and travel.
I’ve been interested in rehabilitative care since high school and became interested in speech pathology while attending New Mexico State University. The clinical work and wonderful staff there hooked me. The challenge of working together with individuals and families to achieve the best results is always so gratifying to me. I’m proud to have been with Straka Speech since 1993.
I received speech therapy and absolutely loved it. I knew I wanted to pursue a career in speech-language pathology as I got older.
Every day is filled with wonderful people, lots of laughs and hugs and unbelievable rewards.
My favorite thing about my job is when I can say I “played” all day – constructive play, but fun!
I’m happy to be back in my home state and in a career that I know I will love for a long time!
There are few things in life more rewarding than watching a child discover the power of language.
I have wanted to work with children for as long as I can remember and quickly found that speech-language pathology was the field for me.
The challenge of working together with individuals and families to achieve the best results is so gratifying.