Katie received her Master of Science in Communication Disorders from Marshall in 2007 and her Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Kentucky, with a cognate in gerontology. At the start of her career, she worked on the Stroke Unit at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital and at UKHC in Lexington, Kentucky. There she provided a variety of crucial services within inpatient units, outpatient services, and home health. She currently works as the primary clinician at Good Samaritan Hospital, which is affiliated with the UK Enterprise, and located on the north end of the UK campus. On a daily basis, Katie works to provide evaluation and treatment of adults with communication and swallowing disorders in their esteemed pulmonary intensive care unit, progressive care units, and acute care units. Katie has labored extensively as a healthcare professional during these unprecedented times. She adds, “Currently, our ICU is filled with patients who have been battling COVID-19 and are improving their medical stability but still have a long road to rehabilitation ahead.” We thank Katie and all other healthcare professionals for their dedication and selflessness during these times.
Katie adds that her mother and her patients play a significant role in what inspires and motivates her to continue to achieve and love her job every day. She said, “I’ve spent afternoons in the radiology suite crying with patients when they know they’ll get to enjoy a hot cup of coffee after months of tube feeding and dysphagia therapy. I’ve been on Facetime when a patient is able to communicate for the first time with a speaking valve and sang “Happy Birthday” to their son from the ICU. These little but big moments are what inspire me to come to work every day.”
In March 2021, Katie presented data from her own clinical research studies at WVSHA. Her research and presentation focused on the practices of speech-language pathologists in the assessment and treatment of individuals with discourse impairments following non-aphasic brain injury, and clinical applications for discourse elicitation, analysis, and treatment for adults with neurogenic communication disorders. The goal of the presentation was to provide SLPs with a few new tools to utilize in their own clinical practice.
Finally, Katie is a proud mother and wife. Her husband John, also a graduate of Marshall University, and two sons, Jack and Sam, all bleed green just as she does. She adds, “We are involved with the Central Kentucky Big Green and travel ‘home’ to catch Marshall games whenever we can.”