I grew up in South Carolina and attended Brigham Young University as an undergraduate student. Following my freshman year, I spent the next two years performing missionary service in Finland. It was during this time that I learned to speak Finnish and my love of language began to influence my career path. I returned to school, finished my undergraduate degree in Linguistics and worked for several years in second language instruction. My interests gradually evolved to include clinical intervention. In 2009 I earned a Master's of Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Speech-Language Pathology and focused my studies on medical speech pathology and head and neck cancer. I completed my clinical fellowship at UNC hospitals from 2009-2010 and developed a protocol driven program for speech and swallowing intervention in the Medical and Radiation Oncology departments. During my time at UNC I became aware of the need for better prevention for the onset of trismus with head and neck cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy. This has let me to participate in current developments of new techniques and devices for trismus prevention. In 2011 I was invited to join CENT A to continue the voice restoration program established by Dr. Eric Blom and to expand the speech pathology services offered at the practice. As an endoscopist, I offer videostroboscopy to evaluate voice disorders and fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) to assess swallowing disorders. I am also able to perform videoflouroscopic studies to evaluate oropharyngeal swallow function. My office is located at our North Meridian location. In addition to clinical work, I have a passion for teaching and have had the privilege to lecture in undergraduate, graduate and professional audiences. I am an invited faculty member at the International Association of Laryngectomee's annual Voice Institute and also enjoy less formal presentations for local community support groups and schools.
My specialties include post-laryngectomy voice restoration, dysphagia, voice disorders and trismus management. My practice keeps me looking for better ways to improve patient care. strive to be innovative and my approach to meeting patient's needs. It is a privilege to work as a part of a collaborative team that keeps functional outcomes in mind as they strive to find the most effective methods of intervention for each patient. It is thrilling to be a part of the process of helping patients regain part of their identity by finding their voice.
Most of my free time is spent with my wife Kristi parenting our three children Connor, Kylene, and Caleb. In rare personal time, I enjoy cycling, scouting and dabbling in drawing and printmaking. Although my artwork only graces the walls of my own home, I consider passing my wife's aesthetic criteria for wall-worthy art a great accomplishment. I also have an affinity for 19th century Finnish literature.