Susan, a Milwaukee native, is an author, speaker, speech-language pathologist, and “clinical activist”, passionate about safeguarding quality of life and improving communication among healthcare providers, caregivers, and those they serve.
With over four decades in the communication field, she is now in private practice and facilitates Parkinson Communication Clubs for the Parkinson’s Foundation of the National Capital Area and Express Yourself for The Johns Hopkins Medical Center - Suburban Hospital, a conversation group for people with aphasia and difficulty with verbal expression.
Career highlights include:
Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT) clinical certification
Development of one of the first rehab dining programs in the Washington, DC metropolitan area
TEDx speaker: The Power of Words
LED speaker (American Health Care Association)
Author: Don’t Forget To Say Thank You
A linguist, she has provided clinical treatment in 7 languages
Susan speaks frequently on a variety of subjects, including aphasia; better brain health; communication; dementia; Parkinson’s Disease; and swallowing.
BS, MS Georgetown University
MA - The George Washington University
Post graduate work at Harvard and Johns Hopkins
Susan blends linguistic, cultural, and medical expertise to provide therapeutic intervention, staff training, and comprehensive communication skills enhancement.