After seeing how misunderstood and underutilized adult speech pathology services were in my area, I opened a swallowing and neurological rehabilitation clinic to offer specialty adult SLP services to northeastern Oklahoma. Through my clinic, I've been able to initiate several free local support groups. Early this year, I also joined forces with the local Muscular Dystrophy Association chapter to serve patients with ALS and other progressive neuro-motor diseases.
I learned during my clinical fellowship year that with limited facility budgets, many rural SLPs are left with very few therapy materials. In 2014, I began authoring and publishing e-books that have been downloaded by over 2,000 clinicians worldwide. My goal is to support young medical SLPs and make affordable printable treatment materials available to everyone.
I would encourage other young SLPs to specialize and follow your passions. Don't be afraid to have big dreams and set out to fill gaps that you see in your community.