Jamie is a true Illini, born and raised in Illinois and attended University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign for her undergraduate degree and Northern Illinois University for her Master's degree. Jamie was drawn to the field of Speech-Language Pathology because of her interest in child development and working with families. She enjoys working with different varieties of clients where she gets to use evidence-based practice in various therapy methods. She has experience working in private and public schools, hospitals and multi-disciplinary clinics.
Jamie enjoys learning and exploring the areas of apraxia, autism spectrum disorders, feeding impairments, cognitive-communication skills and social skills. She has received further education in baby signs, Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding and Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI). Jamie loves working at Pediatric Interactions because of the strong team atmosphere, relationships built with families and commitment to community involvement and continuing education. She believes that all of the therapists have diverse areas of specialties that help make a unified team and good quality of care. Outside of the clinic, Jamie loves the outdoors, including boating, long walks with her dogs, entertaining, cooking and visiting family and friends with her husband and two young children.
Meet my Graduate Student Intern:
I live in Crystal Lake, Illinois with my husband, Scott, and our Italian Greyhound, Della. I have worked as a physician assistant for nearly the last 8 years in the emergency department and immediate care settings. I previously attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for my undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences and the Physician Assistant Master's Program. My husband's family lives in Wisconsin, and we frequently travel there to visit. While I grew up in Roselle, Illinois, I also have family in Arizona and Louisiana. I enjoy cooking new recipes, baking sweet treats, kickboxing and Pure Barre workouts, playing board games with family and friends, FaceTiming with my adorable niece and nephew, and giving my dog way too much of my daily attention.
I returned to school in the Fall of 2016 to complete my pre-requisites for the speech-language pathology graduate program. While the patient education component of working as a physician assistant in the medical field remains as the component I most enjoy, I had been left with the inner longing to take care of patients outside of the four walls of an exam room, specifically those children who struggled to communicate their thoughts and navigate conversation during their visit. My interests in healthcare had shifted from healing the sick, to helping those who struggle to interact to the fullest with the world around them. I knew in the first two weeks of classes that I had made the right decision to switch careers. I truly feel that the field of speech-language pathology is where I belong. My background as a physician assistant has taught me the importance of teamwork and collaboration with co-workers to do what is best for the client. I have worked with children and families of all ages from different social, cultural, economic, and educational backgrounds.
During my graduate program, I have had the honor of working with individuals across the age span of early intervention, preschool, elementary school, middle school and adulthood. I have worked with individuals with receptive and expressive language delays and disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, apraxia of speech, fluency disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorder. I have experience working with high tech AAC devices with TouchChat and Words For Life applications. This past summer, I had the honor of being part of the 2018 Graduate Student Program for Camp Shout Out, a camp for children ages 8 to 18 with fluency disorders.
I am so excited to join the Pediatric Interactions' family as a graduate student clinician this winter!