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What the Fricative is a podcast for speech-language pathologists by speech-language pathologists. We chat about grad school survival, daily struggles and successes of an SLP and stories from all of you! You'll be sure to laugh, learn, and maybe even cry... but that's okay. We're here to support each other through it all!
15 Episodes
Mr. Lorenz Clark is the first African American male to graduate from his Master’s Program at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Lorenz was told that “Blacks had no home there” but clearly he proved them wrong! He moved from Fayetteville, North Carolina to Kent, Ohio during the COVID-19 pandemic to pursue his dreams of being a Speech-Language Pathologist. 
Natalie is a pediatric CF-SLP based out of Northern Utah. She grew up in central California and did her undergraduate studies at Utah State University in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She then moved to central New York to complete her graduate degree at Syracuse University in speech-language pathology. Natalie’s graduate studies were completed in the heart of the pandemic with all its complications. Her current position is working with kids of all disorders areas in a private clinic with other SLPs, OTs, and PTs. Outside of speech pathology, Natalie is a wife and a mom to an 18-month-old little boy and a 2-year-old Goldendoodle. 
I have been a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist for 11 years. I am excited to be launching a new product that was developed because of my son’s interest to learn how to tie his shoes at 4 years old. Thinking like an SLP helped us learn this difficult skill of shoe-tying and we were able to develop something as a family that is intentional and fun. We are thrilled to share Tie-Mates with others and hope it brings smiles and confidence to many children and families! Our goal is to enhance child development, while empowering parents. @languagenlearning.jones4 @tiemates
Dr. Hosbach-Cannon joined the Ithaca College faculty in Fall 2016 and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. She earned her Ph.D. from Syracuse University under the guidance of Dr. Soren Lowell, and has been a licensed clinician since 2010 with a primary background in Inpatient Rehabilitation. Clinically, Dr. Hosbach-Cannon supervises individual diagnostics and therapy in the Ewing Speech and Hearing Clinic for a wide variety of populations (voice disorders, gender affirming voice modification, aphasia, and cognitive communication disorders), as well as voice/swallowing diagnostics at Cayuga ENT. Currently, her research focuses on the following: objective and subjective measures of laryngeal physiology and kinematics, improving protocols for gender-affirming voice modification, and utilizing ultrasonography in laryngeal assessment. 
My name is Justina Ghali and I’m from Dallas, Texas! I just graduated from The University of Texas at Dallas with a M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology. During graduate school, I focused my clinical and research studies on diagnosing and treating adults with acquired brain injuries! In my free time, I love taking walks, reading books and traveling with my friends and family!! Instagram @justinaghali
Sami Wong, MS, CF-SLP, MBA is a speech-language pathologist and aphasia advocate currently completing her clinical fellowship in an adult-focused, post-acute setting in the Pacific Northwest.
I completed my undergrad at New Mexico State University on a full-ride scholarship to ride for their Equestrian Team. I then went to graduate school at UW-Whitewater, where I had clinical rotations in schools, acute care, birth-three, pediatric SNF, and an LTACH. I completed my CF in Birth-Three and have been working there ever since. I also worked PRN in acute care for about a year. Back in October, I started to toy around with the idea of starting my private practice. I incessantly researched and figured out everything I needed to do to start and had officially launched my practice a month later. I had 3 clients booked within 3 weeks and have absolutely loved it. I’m still learning as I go but it has been very exciting. I live in Milwaukee with my boyfriend and our 2 dogs. I am new to the SLP Instagram world but I have loved connecting with other SLPs from all over! Email: Instagram. @talkingbearspeechFacebook: Talking Bear Speech Therapy 
Michelle Hu has been a pediatric audiologist for over 12 years working specifically with the diagnosis, hearing amplification, cochlear implant evaluation, programming and aural rehabilitation. Something unique about her is that she grew up hard of hearing herself. She was fit with hearing aids at at 3 years and now utilizes bilateral cochlear implants. Her personal experience lends to her uncanny ability to relate and be a role model for others with hearing loss and source of strength and hope for parents of children with hearing loss. As a mother of three and a military spouse, Michelle strives to balance family life, clinical practice and entrepreneurship. During maternity leave with her second child, she found herself missing the relationships created in the clinic with patients. Thus Mama Hu Hears was created as a space where she shares personal and professional experiences with hearing loss and the field of audiology. With thousands people with hearing loss and parents of children with hearing loss reached out to her for help, guidance and to share their stories, Michelle knew she had to do something more. She has created an online program titled “My Child Has Hearing Loss, Now What?” to support anxious and doubtful parents through their family’s hearing loss journey. www.mamahuhears.comInstagram: available at:
ToniAnn Gambella Loftus, MS. CCC-SLP/TSSLD has been working with kids with special needs in some capacity using a variety of interventions and methodologies since 2006.. She received her master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from Seton Hall University and her undergraduate degree from Meredith College. ToniAnn has a special interest in feeding and hearing. She has been working in the DIR®/Floortime™ model since 2011. She is expertly trained in DIR/Floortime and teaches coursework through the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning. Mrs. Loftus is an active member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association and has presented at their conference annually since 2015. ToniAnn is the owner of Seaport Speech and Feeding in New York, New York.Instagram: @the_downtown_speech_momWebsite:
Emi is an SLPA who loves helping the special needs population. When she was younger, Emi faced some incredibly difficult challenges. She was involved in a horrific car crash that left her as the sole survivor. In the aftermath, Emi had to learn how to cope with new difficulties and live with the loss of her two close friends. Despite everything she went through, Emi never gave up. Her story is one of strength and resilience, and she hopes to inspire others with it.Instagram:
Maisie takes us on her journey to becoming a new mom in grad school
Meghan Flynn is a Speech-Language Pathologist who recently graduated from St. Ambrose University with her Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology. She is currently completing her clinical fellowship in home health in Chicago, IL.Instagram:
Elena from ms.bslp on Instagram! She is a CF-SLP in an elementary school in Massachusetts! Elena worked as an SLPA for a year in the same elementary school that she works in now before going to grad school for Speech-Language Pathology. She has a caseload of over 100 students in grades K-5 and says she is absolutely never ever bored! TPT Store: ms.bslp
Kim is an idea person.  She is a practicing SLP and began her career working for private practices that she didn't quite believe in.  She felt she could do it better, took business classes at night, and opened her first business- a private, pediatric speech and occupational therapy clinic- in 2012.  By 2013, she had opened her second business- The Flourish Center in Columbus, Ohio- to bring a new model of therapy to her area.  The Flourish Center housed related professionals with her therapy team and became a warm, one-stop shop to help children with all abilities.   Both businesses took off and she decided to sell both businesses at it's height with 26 employees.  She thought she would retire and travel and homeschool her kids... but her ideas got the best of her.  She has ideas for lifetimes and loved the admin side of owning a practice so much, that she is now a solopreneur of her next business, Hatched Consulting (  She now helps heart-centered businesses with startups, pivots and refreshes to scratch her "idea itch."Website: www.hatchedconsult.comFaccebook:
Katherine is a wife to Steven and a mom to Everett (almost 4) and Rebekah (2). She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she is a second-year graduate SLP student at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She is a stroke survivor and someone who lives with aphasia. She loves to read, play board games, and be in the mountains. Her dream is to work in acute care where she can give back to other stroke and TBI survivors. Her favorite subjects in graduate school are neurogenic communication disorders, AAC, motor speech disorders, and dysphagia. In this episode we discuss:- Katherine's stroke story- Being on the patient side of recovery and attending speech therapy- The graduate school interview process- Living with Aphasia 
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