Students

PhD Students

 

Helena Laciuga, M.A., CF-SLP

helenaHelena is a PhD student in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, University of Florida. Her research interests include voice disorders, dysphagia, and airway dysfunction. Helena earned her master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Florida in 2011. She currently works in the UF Speech and Audiology Center where she evaluates and treats patients with voice disorders.


 

Graduate students (MA SLP)

Michelle Valenti 

Michelle ValentiMichelle is a second year SLP graduate student. She is completing a thesis project entitled: Oropharnygeal Swallowing in Parkinson’s Disease: A Retrospective Comparison of longitudinal swallowing function

 

 

 

 

Seth Dornisch is a second year SLP graduate student. He is completing a thesis project entitled: Oropharnygeal Swallowing in the Atypical Parkinson’s Diseases: A Retrospective Description and Cross-sectional Comparison

 

Shannon O’Donnell

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Shannon is a second-year graduate student in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences and is currently the Upper Airway Dysfunction lab coordinator. She is interested in adult medical speech pathology and is presently working with patients at the UF Center for Movement Disorders. In her free time she enjoys trying new restaurants around Gainesville, spending time with family and friends, and playing with her kittens.

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Killam
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Sarah is a first year graduate student in Speech-Language Pathology.  Sarah enjoys the wide variety of fields that Speech-Language Pathologists can specialize in, and is currently open to all areas of study.  In her free time, singing or playing some type of music,  running, or spending time with her friends and family.

 

 

 

 

 

Vedali Inamdar

IMG-20141209-WA0048Vedali is a second-year graduate student on the non-thesis track. Her hobbies include listening to music, reading novels, watching movies, and traveling.


Undergraduate Students

Taylor Kreis                                       

TaylorTaylor is a fourth year undergraduate student, majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders. In the future, she hopes to become either an otolaryngologist or a speech-language pathologist. In her free time, Taylor enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing tennis, and making jokes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carolyn Nguyen

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Carolyn is a fourth year Communication Sciences and Disorders major with a minor in Linguistics. Although she enjoys the different populations and departments that speech therapy offers, she has developed a passion for patients with speech and swallow complications due to movement disorders. In the future, she hopes to become a Speech-Language Pathologist specializing in this demographic. Aside from academia, Carolyn enjoys singing, working out, conducting motivational speeches, volunteering for UF Shands, and working at the English Language Institute as a language assistant. She also loves spending time with her family and creating healthy dishes for her friends.

 

 

 

Amanda Hartzell 

Amanda HartzellAmanda is a fourth year undergraduate student, majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders and minoring in Disabilities in Society. In the future, she hopes to become a speech-language pathologist. Amanda enjoys working out at the gym, singing songs from musicals, participating in Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, conducting research in two labs, working at Baby Gator and Behavior Analysis Support Services, volunteering at Al’z Place, and spending time with family and friends.

 

 

 

 

 

Ashley Gwin  

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Ashley is a fourth year Communication Sciences and Disorders major with a minor in Disabilities in Society. She hopes to attend graduate school to become a Speech Language Pathologist and specialize in working with children on the Autism Spectrum. Apart from school, she spends her time working at BASS, a therapy center that specializes in early intervention Applied Behavior Analysis, and volunteering in two labs on campus. She also enjoys cooking for her friends and drinking copious amounts of coffee.

 

 

 

 

 

Veerly Mejia

Veveerlyerley Mejia is a fourth year undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Disabilities in Society. She is expected to graduate in May 2017 and thereafter plans to attend graduate school for Speech-Language Pathology. Veerley has gained major interest in swallowing disorders from her experience in two research labs she is involved in. In her near future, Veerley hopes to work in a hospital setting in the neonatal care unit or with the pediatric population. In her leisure time, Veerley enjoys going on runs, baking, spending time with her friends, and watching marine life documentaries.

 

 

 

 

Elena Hoogland

14182242_1147789251933767_77390532_nElena is a fourth year undergraduate student studying Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is doing a senior thesis on residual speech errors and hopes to attend graduate school to become a pediatric audiologist. Elena enjoys working in both the UAD Lab and the Autism Lab. When she’s not studying or working at Publix, she enjoys yoga classes, The Office, volunteering with children, and spending time with her friends and family.