Humans of ASHA: Rinki Varindani Desai

My SLP journey began in India, where I stumbled upon the field of speech-language pathology after high school. Instantly, I knew I had found my purpose. I wanted to dedicate my life to serving adults with speech, language, cognitive and swallowing disorders. After finishing undergraduate SLP training from AYJNIHH, Mumbai, my journey took me to the United States. Since completing my MS in Communication Disorders from UT–Dallas in 2011, I've created a blog and forum for medical SLPs, co-created an app for dysphagia therapy, presented at the ASHA Convention, Dysphagia Research Society and state association conventions, served on ASHA and DRS committees, taught graduate students, and treated adults across a variety of medical settings.

The quote below aptly defines my SLP journey from East to the West and epitomizes true "leadership" for me:

"Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail for others to follow."

Rinki Varindani Desai

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