Holly grew up in Northern Indiana where she completed her Undergraduate Degree in Speech and Hearing Science at Purdue University. She worked for a year as a Speech Language Pathology-Assistant working in the public school system with students with significant needs. Here, she expanded her interests in the field and enjoyed working with students using Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and Speech Generating Devices (SGDs). She received her Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology at the University of Nebraska at Kearney where she participated in research concerning gesture patterns of older adults. Holly also taught Undergraduate and Graduate level laboratories in Phonetics and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). She moved West, and settled in Colorado where she enjoys hiking, camping, stand-up paddle boarding, up-cycling furniture, and crafting.
Holly is trained in various modalities to treat voice and swallowing disorders including Myofascial Release (a manual, hands-on modality used to address stiffness/tightness), Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT LOUD, a treatment for speech/voice disorders in patients with Parkinson’s Disease), and Vital Stim (a Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation treatment for swallowing disorders). She has worked in many clinical settings including acute care, outpatient rehab, cancer centers, skilled nursing, home health, pediatrics, as well as the school setting.
Holly is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and received her Certificate of Clinical Competency in treating various speech, language, voice, and swallowing disorders. She is a member of ASHA’s Special Interest Group 13- Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders, and continues to grow in her interests and career in the Speech Language Pathology field.