Hi, I’m Amanda!
I am a medical speech-language pathologist in Massachusetts with a special interest in neurologically-based swallowing disorders and developmental delays in both the pediatric and adult populations as well as palliative care.
Education + Training
Undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Northwestern University and master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Boston University. Masters-level student internship and swallowing training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and clinical fellowship with a focus on feeding / swallowing disorders at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Extensive experience in outpatient, acute care, rehabilitative care, skilled nursing and home care environments. Special interests in dysphagia management, augmentative communication, end of life care, patient-family advocacy, and clinical instruction of SLP students.
Publications + Research
Singing in groups for Parkinson’s disease (SING-PD): a pilot study of group singing therapy for PD-related voice/speech disorders. Shih LC, Piel J, Warren A, Kraics L, Silver A, Vanderhorst V, Simon DK, Tarsy D. (2012). Parkinsonism Related Disorders. 2012, June: 18(5):548-52.
Teaches at the undergraduate and graduate level in speech-language pathology. Recent courses include Intro to Communication Sciences & Disorders, Speech & Hearing Science, and Dysphagia. On-campus coordinator for undergraduate level practica.
Author of e-course at Northern Speech Services, Tackling Palliative Rehabilitation: The SLP’s Guide to End of Life Services. Invited speaker on numerous occasions, presenting talks on oral and pharyngeal swallowing disorders to patients and caregivers, nurses, physicians and rehabilitation specialists.
Medical Expert Witness
Available to consult and testify in the area of medical speech-language pathology including adult and pediatric swallowing disorders and end of life issues.
Collegiate Courses Taught
Medical Missions Trips
Cups of Coffee
NEWS + RECENT HAPPENINGS
WORK IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
I participate in regular medical mission trips to the Dominican Republic. You can read more about my trips and partnership below!
+ Blogpost | Serving as a family
+ Blogpost | Packing tips from a traveling parent
GUEST BLOG POSTS
I have contributed to a number of professional blogs on a number of different topics. Check out some of my latest posts below!
DEATH BY CHOCOLATE
A Palliative Approach to Dysphagia presented to AAHPM Annual Assembly in 2014. Watch a clip from the presentation below!
I am available for teaching, clinical per diem, and other contract work in the state of MA.