1. What is your role at Gillette? I am a speech language pathologist working in the St. Paul rehabilitation therapies department at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare.  

2. What is your average day like at Gillette? I work primarily with inpatients from the rehabilitation unit.  My job entails helping kids regain skills needed to communicate effectively with others as well as to be able to participate in school.  I also work with kids who have difficulties with eating or swallowing.

3. Do you have a favorite story or memory? My favorite moments at Gillette are being able to help patients and families begin to connect again through communication.  A lot of the patients I see are very confused, disoriented or even not talking when they get to rehab.  There have been many moments where I get to witness patients responding to their parent’s voice by squeezing their hand or speaking their first words again. Those are always very powerful and memorable experiences.

4. What are some of your hobbies outside of work? I love working on home improvements and in my garden.  I also love going to movies, theatre and all kinds of musical performances.  It has been awhile but I hope to be able to be part of a choral group again someday – for now I am an avid shower and car singer!

5. What is one fun fact about you? I originally went to school as music major in vocal performance.   Although I did not pursue this major, the skills I learned have helped me tremendously with a lot of my speech therapy clients.

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