Biography & Education


A graduate of the University of Colorado, Debra received her
master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado. She
earned specialty recognition as a board-recognized specialist in
swallowing in 2012. She sought the rigorous credentialing of
the specialty recognition in swallowing so that she could offer
her patients the highest-level of therapy.

Debra is passionate about her work as a speech-language
pathologist at Providence. She helps her patients understand
and improve their communication challenges and achieve their
eating and swallowing goals.

“Helping people regain their communication skills and overcome
their swallowing difficulties truly brings me joy,” says
Debra. “Communication and sharing meals are at the heart of
our many life celebrations with family and friends.”

Debra offers appointments for speech, language and swallowing
therapy at Providence Rehabilitation Services-Gearhart and treats
patients at Providence Seaside Hospital. She also facilitates the
monthly stroke support group at Providence Seaside Hospital.

Areas of expertise

Dysphagia, Swallowing disorders, Neurogenic disorders, Voice


Master of Arts, speech-language pathology

Board-certified swallowing specialist

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