Speech Pathology

The Speech-Language Pathology Team at Wake Forest Baptist

Wake Forest Baptist speech pathology offers expert, patient-centered care for speech and swallowing disorders. Our dedicated adult speech-language pathologists work with teens, adults, and the geriatric population, providing inpatient and outpatient treatment for all speech, language, voice, swallowing, feeding and cognitive-linguistic disorders.

In addition, many are Certified Brain Injury Specialists (CBIS), Board Certified Specialists in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S), VitalStim® Therapy certified, myofascial release® trained, McNeill Dysphagia Therapy Program (MDTP) trained and/or registered MBSImP® clinicians.

Learn more about the pediatric speech pathology team at Brenner Children's Hospital.

Portrait - Marty CoanMarty Coan, MEd, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Speech-Language Pathologist
Clinical Manager of  Speech-Language Pathology (inpatient)

email: mcoan@wakehealth.edu

Marty completed her master's degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Georgia in 2007. Following graduation, she fulfilled her clinical fellowship at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG), in conjunction with the MCG Department of Otolaryngology, to receive her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Marty has worked at Wake Forest Baptist since 2008 and is licensed by the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech Pathology and Audiology. She has special interests in dysphagia and Passy-Muir Valves (PMVs). Marty obtained her Specialty Board Certification in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S) in 2012 and her Certification as a Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) in 2015. She is both a certified VitalStim® Therapy provider and a registered MBSImP® clinician. Marty has provided many lectures at the local and state level, as well as taught at the graduate level.

Portrait-Amy FieldsAmy K. Morris, MM (voice), MA, CCC-SLP

Voice Pathologist and Singing Voice Specialist
Clinical Manager of Speech-Language Pathology (outpatient)

email: akfields@wakehealth.edu

Amy Fields is a licensed speech-language pathologist specializing in the treatment of voice disorders and is also a singing voice specialist (trained to work with injured singers). Prior to joining Wake Forest Baptist Health voice and swallowing, she worked as a voice pathologist at Ohio ENT in Columbus, OH. She was the Emory Voice Center Clinical Fellow in Voice and Swallowing in Atlanta, GA (2005-2006). Amy completed her master of arts in speech and hearing sciences at Indiana University and has a master of music in vocal performance and pedagogy (soprano) from East Carolina University. She completed a one-year fellowship in Care of the Professional Voice under the direction of Dr. Robert T. Sataloff and Margaret Baroody (2002-2003). She has presented at the local, state and national levels. Her interests include care of the professional voice (both speaking and singing), paradoxical vocal fold motion and irritable larynx syndrome. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singings (NATS) and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. 

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Julia L. Barry, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

email: jbarry@wakehealth.edu

Julia obtained her master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She completed her clinical fellowship at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center with a concentration in swallowing disorders, voice disorders,  and patients with head and neck cancer. Julia is licensed by the state of North Carolina and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She joined the team at the Voice and Swallowing Center in September 2016, and provides diagnostic and treatment services on an outpatient basis. She has special interests in head and neck cancer, dysphagia, laryngectomy, and voice disorders.

Portrait - Alexa BarwickAlexa Barwick, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

email: abarwick@wakehealth.edu

Alexa completed her master's of speech-language pathology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in May 2013. She joined the adult speech pathology team at Wake Forest Baptist in October 2013. She holds a license from the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech Language Pathology and Audiology and a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Alexa specializes in diagnosing and treating communication, cognition, and swallowing impairments in the adult acute populations. She is a registered MBSImP® clinician and a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS).

Portrait - Kati CanosaKati C. Canosa, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

email: kcanosa@wakehealth.edu

Kati received her master's degree from James Madison University in 2004. She worked previously at the J. Paul Sticht Center on Aging and Rehabilitation from 2004 to 2006. She rejoined the adult speech pathology team in acute care at Wake Forest Baptist in 2010. Kati is licensed by the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech Pathology and Audiology and holds clinical certifications from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She specializes in diagnosing and treating communication, cognition and swallowing impairments in the adult neurological and brain injury populations. She also works with patients who have general medical problems, including respiratory diseases. Kati is certified by the Brain Injury Association of American as a Certified Brain Injury Specialist and is both a certified VitalStim® Therapy provider and a registered MBSImP® clinician.

Portrait- BeckyBecky Carroll, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

email: rlcarrol@wakehealth.edu

Becky received her master's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015. She holds a certificate of clinical competenecy from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is licensed by the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. Prior to coming to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital, she completed her clinical fellowship at UNC Rex Hospital in Raleigh, NC working both in the acute care and rehabilitation settings. Becky's special interests include dysphagia management as well as the diagnosis and treatment of cognitive-linguistic impairments. Becky also holds a bachelor's degree in Communication Arts from Gordon College.

Portrait_Kevin Cunningham_crpKevin T. Cunningham, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

email: ktcunnin@wakehealth.edu

 Kevin is a licensed speech-language pathologist serving as a member of the adult outpatient team. His primary clinical interest is the differential diagnosis and management of swallowing disorders. He also specializes in the functional rehabilitation of acquired communication disorders. He has presented at the state and national levels about speech and swallowing disorders and published research papers in the field of motor speech disorders, work that has been supported by a grant awarded to him by the American Speech-Language_Hearing Association. Kevin received a BA from the State University of New York at Geneseo, a MA in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and a MS in speech-language pathology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center team in 2015, he practiced at a community hospital providing acute and outpatient levels of care. He is a Lee Silverman Voice Theraphy (LSVT-Loud™) certified clinician and a member of the American Speech-Language_hearing Association.

Portrait- Karen DownesKaren M. Downes, MEd, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist 

email: kdownes@wakehealth.edu

Karen received her master's degree in speech-language pathology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and joined Wake Forest Baptist in 1994. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a North Carolina license in Speech-Language Pathology. She is also a certified VitalStim® Therapy provider, a Certified Brain Injury Specialist by the Brain Injury Association of America, trained in Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT-LOUD™) and a member of multidisciplinary ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and MS (multiple sclerosis) clinics at Wake Forest Baptist. She has special interests in ALS, neurological deficits (she is part of the outpatient Neuro Rehab team) and dysphagia therapy. She also treats patients with cognition, swallowing, and motor speech disorders or augmentative communication needs. 

Portrait - Laura GilbertLaura Gilbert, MEd, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

email: lgilbert@wakehealth.edu

Laura received her master's degree from Florida Atlantic University in 1989 and has worked with Wake Forest Baptist Speech-Language Pathology since 1992. She is licensed by the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech Pathology and Audiology and is certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Laura works with the adult inpatient population, assessing and treating individuals with communication, cognitive and swallowing disorders in the critical care, intermediate care and trauma/surgical step down units. She has a special interest in the tracheostomized patient and Passy-Muir valves. She is a registered MBSImP® clinician.

Portrait- HollyHolly Hinshelwood, M.A., CF-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

email: hhinshel@wakehealth.edu

Following studies in Spanish and linguistics at Wake Forest University, Holly received her master's degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2016 with a certificate in bilingual speech language pathology. She completed a graduate internship with University Medical Center - Brackenridge, a Level I adult trauma center, where she gained experience working with patients from diverse linguistic and socioeconomic backgrounds in the acute care setting. She also has conducted research with the Aphasia Research and Treatment Lab with Dr. Maya Henry, in which she examined treatment outcomes and the use of teletherapy with patients with primary progressive aphasia. Following graduation, she joined Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center as an inpatient speech-language pathologist, with particular interests in the assessment and treatment of communication, cognitive-linguistic, and swallowing disorders in the acute care setting. She is currently pursuing permanent licensure with the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech and Language Pathologists and Audiologists, following completion of her clinical fellowship.

Portrait-Brooke_110pxBrooke Johnson, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

email: bpjohnso@wakehealth.edu

Brooke completed her MA in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2006. Prior to joining Wake Forest Baptist in 2015, she practiced in a community hospital where she initiated FEES and Nursing Dysphagia Screen programs. She is licensed by the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech Pathology and Audiology and the AMerican Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Brooke has special clinical interests in dysphagia, aphasia and motor speech disorders. She is a certified VitalStim® Theraphy provider, a registered MBSImP® clinician, and a Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT-Loud™) certified clinician.

Portrait - Karen LaChapelleKaren LaChapelle, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist 

email: klachape@wakehealth.edu

Karen is a graduate of Michigan State University and has a master's degree in speech-language pathology. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She has practiced at the J. Paul Sticht Center for Aging and Rehabilitation at Wake Forest Baptist since 2000 and completed a fellowship at the Residential Aphasia Clinic at the University of Michigan. She is particularly interested in treating patients with aphasia and cognitive deficits and is certified by the Brain Injury Association of America as a Certified Brain Injury Specialist. Karen is also a certified VitalStim® Therapy provider. 

Portrait - BethanyBethany Lutes, M.A., CF-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

email: blutes@wakehealth.edu

Bethany completed her master's degree in speech-language pathology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in May 2016. She completed her final graduate internship at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, where she gained experience working with patients in inpatient rehabilitation and acute care settings. Following graduation, she joined Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center as an inpatient speech-language pathologist, with particular interests in adult assessment and treatment of dysphagia, as well as cognitive-linguistic and communication disorders. She is currently pursuing permanent licensure with the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech and Language Pathologists and Audiologists, following completion of her clinical fellowship.

Portrait - Kristen PeetKristen Peet, M.S. CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

email: kpeet@wakehealth.edu

Kristen obtained her master's degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012. She completed her clinical fellowship at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill where she worked with adults in acute rehabilitation and inpatient settings. After her fellowship, Kristen obtained further experience as a traveling Speech Language Pathologist in various hospital settings across the United States. Kristen is licensed by the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech Pathology  and Audiology and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She has special interests in diagnosing and treating speech, language, and cognitive impairments in the adult neurological and brain injured populations. Kristen is a certified VitalStim Therapy provider.

Portrait - Sarah PersiaSarah Persia, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

email: spersia@wakehealth.edu

Sarah obtained her master's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed clinical rotations in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation and otolaryngology/head and neck cancer. She completed her clinical fellowship at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Following her fellowship year, she also obtained additional experience at the University of Arizona Medical Center. Sarah is licensed by the state of North Carolina and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. While she enjoys working with all patients, Sarah has special interest in head & neck cancer, dysphagia, and aphasia. She is a registered MBSImP® clinician. Sarah works closely with our ENT doctors and the inpatient Speech-Language Pathologists, providing the outpatient side of care for our patients with head & neck cancer.

Portrait- Kelley_webKelley A. Szymanski, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

email: kszymans@wakehealth.edu

Kelley is a graduate of the University of Central Florida, where she earned a master's degree in speech-language pathology following a background in behavior training with children and adults with autism.  She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Kelley has practiced in this field since 1997, working with ages ranging from pediatric to geriatric. She is particularly interested in treating tracheostomized patients, patients with dysphagia and cognitive-linguistic deficits. Kelley is also a certified VitalStim® Therapy provider and myofascial release® trained.

Portrait - Ana TobonAna Tobón Little, MS, CCC-SLP 

Speech-Language Pathologist

email: atobon@ wakehealth.edu

Ana received her master's degree in speech-language pathology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she also completed studies in  linguistics and music as an undergraduate. She completed a clinical fellowship in both acute care and inpatient rehabilitation at WFBH and has special interests in dysphagia, aphasia in bilingual individuals and Passy-Muir Valves (PMVs). Ana is licensed by the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech Pathology and Audiology and has been awarded certification as a Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) by the Brain Injury Association of America. Ana has satisfactorily completed language proficiency testing with ALTA Language Services, allowing her to provide evaluations, therapies, and education in Spanish, as well as English

Portrait- Leigh-2.Leigh Wallmeyer, MS,CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

email: lewallme@wakehealth.edu

Following studies in foreign languages and linguistics at the University of Wisconsin and the University of California, Los Angeles, Leigh completed her master's of speech-language pathology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014. She completed her clinical fellowship at the J. Paul Sticht Center at Wake Forest Baptist Health in 2015. Leigh has special interests in language and cognitive rehabilitation. She is licensed by the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech Pathology and Audiology, is a certified VitalStim® Therapy provider, and is also certified as a Brian Injury Specialist (CBIS).

Portrait- Mallory WigtonMallory F. Wigton, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

email: mfwigton@wakehealth.edu

Mallory completed her master's degree in speech-language pathology at Appalachian State University in 2014. She joined the Wake Forest Baptist Health inpatient rehabilitation and acute speech-language pathology teams in 2015. Prior to working at Wake Forest Baptist Health, she completed her certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association at a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center. She is licensed by the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists. Mallory is particularly interested in working with patients following cerebrovascular accidents and brain injury, providing care for aphasia, cognitive-linguistic deficits, and dysphagia. She holds a bachelor of arts in psychology with minors in English and Spanish from Wittenberg University.

Portrait - Kate WKate Winterbottom, MS, MPH, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

email: kwinterb@wakehealth.edu

Kate completed her master's degree in speech-language pathology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014. She completed her clinical fellowship at University of North Carolina Hospitals in acute care and inpatient rehabilitation in 2015. She is licensed by the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech Pathology and Audiology and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Kate's special interests include managing dysphagia and communication impairments after tracheostomy in the adult acute care population, as well as the rehabilitation of cognitive-linguistic disorders. Kate works closely with our ENT doctors and the outpatient Speech-Language Pathologists, providing the inpatient side of care for our patients with head & neck cancer. Prior to entering the field of speech-language pathology, Kate specialized in environmental health and received a master's in public health from Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine in 2009.

 

 

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