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Meet our Speech Therapist - Anya

Where are you from?

I'm from Ann Arbor, Michigan (go blue!), where I grew up. I have lived in Chicago, Illinois, Bowling Green, Ohio, Salzburg, Austria, Salt Lake City, Utah, and now Syracuse, New York. Each place I find something new and exciting to learn.

Where did you go to school?

I did my undergraduate degree at Bowling Green State University in Music Performance with a specialization in pedagogy, majoring in voice. I then got a master's degree in voice performance from Eastern Michigan University. Directly after graduating, I got a certification in vocology (voice science) from the National Center for Voice and Speech, which was an incredible experience! After working as a professional singer and voice teacher full-time, I decided to change careers and become a Speech Pathologist. I attended Syracuse University where I earned my master's in Speech Language Pathology. I loved it so much, I decided to stay!

What got you interested in Speech Language Pathology?

I wanted to learn how to help other singers rehabilitate their voice after injury or surgery. During my studies, I realized I loved the complexities of working with individuals with swallowing and neurogenic communication disorders as well.

What do you like to do when you are not at work?

I stay extremely active when not at work! I teach krav maga, which is a type of self-defense, and absolutely love it! I am also training for a ring fight through the International Sport Kickboxing Association. If I'm not punching and kicking, you can find me exploring one of the many incredible hiking trails in the surrounding areas.

Why am I in private practice?

Private practice allows me to cultivate strong relationships with my patients. We can take the time to get to know each other and find the best plan for success. The interdisciplinary setting is ideal to create individualized care plans for each person and ensure all clinicians understand the goals.

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