Who am I?
I'm an American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certified and Illinois-state licensed speech-language pathologist, a.k.a. a speech therapist or SLP.
I'm also someone who doesn't want people to feel stuck, frustrated or hopeless. My uncle, who had a stroke when I was 13, inspired me to enter the field of speech-language pathology. My drive to help others to feel lifted, hopeful, accomplished, and like that mountain of a problem is actually climbable keeps me going.
So what did I do?
I knew if I wanted to make a difference in people's lives, I'd need to work my tail off in college. So I did. I dedicated myself to my undergraduate studies and graduated summa cum laude with a double major - with my B.A. in Speech and Hearing Science and Psychology from the State Univeristy of New York at Buffalo. Then I worked even harder in graduate school at SUNY Buffalo to not only graduate with my M.A. in Communicative Disorders and Sciences and a 3.9/4.0 GPA, but furthered my learning and experience by completing an elective Master's thesis on vocal fatigue in university lecturers and working in the Speech Production and Speech Perception Laboratories that partnered with Purdue University to research the effectiveness of the SpeechVive device, a treatment for individuals with Parkinson's disease.
Since beginning my career, I've made community presentations on memory, taught at the community college level about treatment for children and adults, and worked in hospital, outpatient, home health, and assisted living and skilled nursing settings. I am also Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) LOUD certified, am an author of a published research article (click this underlined link to the research article), and am certified in the Compton P-ESL (Pronouncing English as a Second Language) Program for accent reduction.
Why is any of that important?
Hopefully it gives you insight on my level of dedication to the field and to you. Hopefully it informs you about my experience and my path that led me to Brave and to you.
In 2019, after practicing for seven years as a speech-language pathologist, I opened the doors to Brave Speech and Voice Therapy. I wanted to help children and adults take a brave step forward in their lives. I wanted to be of service to the community in a new way, extending a hand and a heart.
With Brave, I offer speech therapy, voice therapy, language therapy, and cognitive-linguistic therapy for children and adults and also accent reduction services for adults. Services are offered in-home and via telepractice / teletherapy to maximize convenience for you and your family. Because out of all the things in life that are important, family is key.
What else might you like to know about me?
I grew up in and currently live in the western suburbs of Chicago, IL with my husband, our son, and our two dogs. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading, writing, hiking, doing yoga, cooking, meditating, and traveling. Family and friends have described me as caring, dedicated, empathetic, respectful, and kind.
Brave's Mission Statement
Brave Speech and Voice Therapy, PLLC is committed to providing effective treatment, training, and coaching to motivated and passionate clients and their families who put the effort and their heart into bravely transforming their lives. As the owner of Brave and an American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certified and Illinois state licensed speech-language pathologist (SLP), Jenny uses evidence-based practice to support and guide her clients in communicating more effectively and clearly, achieving their unique voices, maximizing their cognitive health and performance, and learning the organization, planning, and prioritization skills needed to maximize efficiency at work, at home, and at school so that they can succeed, uncover their most promising futures, and discover what their lives can be.