Heidi’s interest in communication impairments began during her undergraduate degree while taking classes for the biology program. She was so encouraged by the rewards of the speech-language pathology field that she decided to pursue that course of study. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communicative Disorders and Sciences in 1991 from the State University of New York at Geneseo. While completing her undergraduate studies she had the opportunity to gain experience in the college speech clinic where she worked with children ranging from preschool to high school age. Additionally, she completed the requirements to receive her provisional certification as a Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped. This licensure enabled her to work as a substitute speech teacher within the school systems while completing her graduate studies. Heidi also was awarded the honor of Clinician of the Year during her undergraduate career.
During her graduate work Heidi had the opportunity to work in a variety of clinical settings.
These included private clinics, developmental centers, and hospitals. She had the opportunity to service both children and adults. Heidi finished her graduate studies in 1996 with a Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology. She then began a job with a private agency that provided for adults with developmental disabilities. Heidi’s work there not only involved treating speech/language and swallowing disorders, but also included heading the agency’s speech pathology department and supervising students.
In 2001 Heidi and her husband relocated to North Carolina. She has continued to dedicate her professional career to helping children improve their communication skills. Heidi has experience in evaluating and treating children from birth to adolescence in school, daycare, clinic, and home settings. She has not only treated articulation and language disorders, but also problems relating to fluency, voice, cleft palates, and hearing loss. In addition to speech and language impairments, Heidi has worked with children with the diagnoses of autism, mental retardation, Down’s syndrome, and traumatic brain injury. Heidi thoroughly enjoys working with children and helping them to achieve their communication potential.