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Mentor: Kelli A. Uitenham, CScD, CCC-SLP

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Bio: Dr. Kelli A. Uitenham, CCC-SLP is the owner of Serenity Speech Therapy, a private telepractice company. She is a medical speech language pathologist who specializes in adult and geriatric populations, treating cognitive, swallowing, fluency, speech/language and voice deficits. Dr. Kelli has worked in skilled nursing, assisted living, independent living facilities and home health settings. She has experience as a travel SLP and is licensed to practice in seven states. Dr. Kelli is a SpeechEasy provider and certified in SPEAK OUT! for persons with Parkinson's Disease. And she is an adjunct professor for two universities. In her spare time Dr. Kelli enjoys riding her motorcycle!

Current primary professional role: I'm an SLP and private telepractice owner, who specializes in adult and geriatrics with a background in SNFs, ALFs, ILFs, home health, outpatient, hospitals and telepractice.

Discipline: Medical SLP

State licenses: NC 11412; IN 22006140A; VA 2202008045; GA SLP009134; MA 77850-SP-SL; CA 26731; FL TPSA39

ASHA license: 14047501

Areas of Expertise: Dementia, aphasia, Parkinson's disease, stroke, dysphagia, fluency, articulation, accent modification, voice.

Teaching philosophy: I am passionate about this profession as a whole! The work that we do effects people's lives, so it's imperative that we are great at what we do. As SLPs we are constantly being inserted into someone else's crisis, which requires compassion, sensitivity and for us to treat each client or patient the way we'd want our loved ones to be treated. It takes skill to provide effective and functional therapy without the bells and whistles of technology. I was taught that you should be able to provide therapy with your fingers and a pencil. When you're able to do this, any material that you have will be a bonus! I love what I do and I love that I can make a positive difference in people's lives with the work that I do!

Preferred modes of communication: Phone, online video, texting, email

Rate: $$65/hr