Rachel has a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Limerick in Ireland, where she graduated in 2013. She has worked in England, Ireland and Canada, and is coming into her seventh year of practice as a therapist specializing in adults with communication and swallowing disorders.
Rachel’s experience has ranged from posts in national intensive rehabilitation centers & specialist units in teaching hospitals, through to clinical teaching and research – most recently with the University of British Columbia. Having worked in three countries and across many settings lends her an ability to navigate systems and ‘see outside the box’ – which helps her advocate for her clients and ensure they receive the best care. She has expertise in swallowing disorders, and special interests in the SLP roles treating voice, chronic cough, brain injury, autism and mental health.
Learning is a lifelong process, and Rachel is proud to commit to her lifelong process of professional development. Recent training and learning achievements include:
- Proficiency in manual therapy for the head and neck to treat voice and swallowing disorders
- Study under an Irish Clinical Specialist in the assessment and management of voice disorders
- Research in collaboration with UBC on improving Speech-Language Pathology service access & delivery for adults
- Critical thinking in Swallowing management for Speech-Language Pathologists
Working with us at Indigo will give Rachel the opportunity to spend more time with clients and use her knowledge and abilities to deliver focused, results-driven care focused on optimizing real lives and creating meaningful change.