I am an American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certified and Illinois-state licensed speech-language pathologist (SLP), also called a speech therapist.
Growing up, I knew I wanted to combine my giver's heart, my helper's heart, with my passion for science and helping people into a career choice, but I initially struggled with also yearning to pursue my love of writing and the English language. I oscillated from wanting to be a doctor, then a writer, then a pharmacist. After my uncle had a stroke I witnessed the power that communication has on the human experience and quality of life. Cue the lightbulb: I decided to merge my passions in a non-pharmaceutical manner of serving others while utilizing scientific evidence and highlighting language and communication via a career in speech-language pathology.
I graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo summa cum laude with my B.A. in Speech and Hearing Science in 2010 and remained at the university for my Master's degree. While pursuing my graduate degree, I continued working within the Speech Production and Speech Perception Laboratories that I began working in during my last year of undergraduate studies. These laboratories partnered with Purdue University in researching the effectiveness of the SpeechVive device, a treatment for individuals with Parkinson's disease, and ignited a deep interest within me regarding treatment for Parkinson's. Though graduate school and working in the labs was enough to keep me busy, I couldn't help but complete an elective Master's thesis focused on vocal fatigue in university lecturers because I needed to further my passion for research, science, and voice. In 2012 I graduated with my M.A. in Communicative Disorders and Sciences with a 3.93/4.0 GPA.
My career areas of specialty are concentrated in speech, language, voice and cognitive treatment for adults. I have served clients since 2012 in a variety of settings including the hospital, rehabilitation center and outpatient settings. I have also taught at the college level, given a guest lecture at the graduate level, and given community presentations at an assisted living facility on memory. My background further includes being Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) LOUD certified, being familiar with the SpeechVive device (including being an author on one of the research articles - click here for a link to the research article), and being certified in the Compton P-ESL (Pronouncing English as a Second Language) Program for accent reduction.
After practicing for seven years as a speech-language pathologist, I opened the doors to Brave Speech and Voice Therapy in order to help individuals like you take a brave step forward in their lives. I wanted to offer multifaceted services. I wanted to serve you at whatever step of the journey you may be at. Whether you are craning your neck staring up at a seemingly insurmountable mountain or you're just a half mile from the summit, Brave was established in order to extend a hand, to help you climb up and reach new heights. To accomplish this, I did away with the productivity demands and time constraints of the typical healthcare or medical establishment and instead focus my time and energy on you.
With Brave, I offer speech therapy, voice therapy, language therapy for adults, and cognitive-linguistic therapy as well as accent reduction training via in-home sessions. This service delivery model maximizes convenience while holding quality of service in the highest regard. The focus is simply on you: your journey, your strength, your resilience, and your brave heart.
I grew up in and currently live in the western suburbs of Chicago, IL with my husband and two dogs and 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, LLC is committed to providing effective treatment, training, and coaching to motivated and passionate clients 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 and at home so that they can succeed, uncover their most promising futures, and discover what their lives can be.