Mentor: Hilary Diefenbach, MA, CCC-SLP, CBIST

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Bio: Hilary Diefenbach is a licensed speech-language pathologist, instructor at the University of Colorado (CU) School of Medicine, and Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer. Clinical training and experience includes acute inpatient rehabilitation for acquired brain injury (Kessler Institute) and in outpatient voice and swallowing therapies (NYU Rusk). Hilary is the lead SLP for the Marcus Institute for Brain Health, an interdisciplinary clinic within CU Anschutz School of Medicine that specializes in intensive outpatient rehabilitation for U.S. Military Veterans with a history of mild-to-moderate traumatic brain injury, psychological health changes, and related health sequelae.

Current primary professional role: Speech-language pathologist – university outpatient clinic.

Discipline: Medical SLP

State license: Colorado: SLP.0003137

ASHA license: 14086327

Areas of Expertise: Mild traumatic brain injury, veteran’s health, acquired brain injury, interdisciplinary care for complex sequelae of traumatic injury (e.g., PTSD, optokinetic dysfunction).

Teaching philosophy: Excellent rehabilitation is founded on the ability to apply clinical expertise with evidence-based practice tools and top-notch clinical counseling. In my career working with adults recovering from traumatic brain injury, I have gained strong skills in interdisciplinary rehabilitation approaches by partnering with allied fields (psychology, physical therapy, integrative therapies) and adapting to person-centered treatment design. This allows for standard SLP practices to be adapted to meet the needs of the patient as an individual, in addition to presenting clinical profile.

Preferred communication methods: Phone, online video, email

Rate: $55/hour

Teaching philosophy: I strongly believe in the importance of mentorship and am excited to share knowledge and experience I have gained along the way with anyone who will listen. I am very laid back and honest. I am flexible in terms of type and frequency of communication (except please don’t make this millennial do phone calls).

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