Outpatient Speech and Language Therapy Staff
Jodi Barron, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech/Language Pathologist
Experience: Ms. Barron works with children with a variety of speech and language disorders in the public school system and adults with dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing) at Emerson Hospital.
Clinical Interests: Acute care adult dysphagia and pediatric evaluations and treatment
Elizabeth Coger, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech/Language Pathologist
Experience: Ms. Coger worked as a voice clinician with Dr. Mona Abaza at the University of Colorado Hospital’s Voice Clinic and she is a Lee Silverman Voice Therapy Certified Clinician.
Clinical Interests: Pediatric speech-language impairments including developmental delay, PDD/Autism, articulation impairments, expressive/receptive language impairments and voice disorders
Debra Elliott, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech/Language Pathologist
Experience: Ms. Elliot has more than 30 years experience working with children and adults with neurological diagnoses in the areas of speech, language, cognition and dysphagia.
Clinical Interests: Adult neurological speech and language disorders and dysphagia
Cynthia Mate, MA, CC-SLP, Speech/Language Pathologist
Experience: Ms. Mate has over 30 years experience working in the field of speech and language pathology, particularly in the public school system. Her expertise is with pediatric speech and language disorders.
Clinical Interests: Speech and language disorders in the preschool population with special interest in bi-lingualism and PDD/Autism
Angela O’Hara, MS , CCC –SLP, Speech/Language Pathologist
Experience: Ms. O’Hara has unique experience working as part of a multi-disciplinary feeding team,
providing developmental evaluations, and performing comprehensive pediatric speech/language evaluations and treatment.
Clinical Interests: Speech/Language disorders in the early intervention, preschool, and school age population
Katharine Simmons, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech/Language Pathologist
Experience: Ms. Simmons has over 18 years experience working in a variety of settings, including rehabilitation, acute care, long-term care, school based therapy and early intervention. Her client base ranges from all ages, birth through adult.
Clinical Interests: Dysphagia, cognitive rehab, and more recently the autistic population. She has also worked in hippotherapy, serving children with CP, Fragile X, Autism, and many other neurologically based developmental disorders.
Joy Walsh, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech/Language Pathologist
Experience: Ms. Walsh is a certified LSVT provider, a certified VitalStim provider, and is trained in videostroboscopy and FEES. She has published two research studies: “Double-Blind study on the effects of topical anesthesia on laryngeal secretions” (J Voice. 2006) and “Diaphragm training in amyotropic lateral sclerosis” (J Clin Neuromuscul Dis. 2008). Ms. Walsh works in both acute care and outpatient settings with a focus on voice disorders and dysphagia and is currently studying the Estill Voice Method.
Clinical Interests: Modified barium swallow studies, voice therapy and dysphagia management particularly related to neurological disorders and head and neck cancer
Mary Ann Williams-Butler, MA, CCC-SLP, Supervisor, Speech/Language Pathologist
Experience: Ms. Williams-Butler has over 30 years experience as a speech/language pathologist. She established the Modified Barium Swallow study program at Emerson, held adjunct faculty appointments in the Communication Disorders Department at Worcester State College, has given professional presentations nationally on the following topics: dysphagia, apraxia, memory deficits, cognitive pragmatic deficits and traumatic brain injury. She is a certified VitalStim provider.
Clinical Interests: Cognitive retraining, dysphagia management, modified barium swallow studies, vocal hygiene and voice therapy, neurological speech/language treatment, head and neck cancer treatment
Jane Zimmerman, CCC-SLP, Speech/Language Pathologist
Experience: Ms. Zimmerman has more than 30 years experience working as a pediatric specialist. She has experience with children with a wide variety of disorders including Asperger’s Syndrome, PDD, autism, apraxia, hearing impaired and developmental delays. Ms. Zimmerman established the Social Pragmatic Group that is currently offered to children at Emerson Hospital.
Clinical Interests: Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Program, visualizing and verbalizing, Telian, Bradley reading program, and Orton-Gillingham reading program