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Welcome to all our new staff members! We are giving you an opportunity to meet them with these short interviews. Morgan Vachio is our new Early Intervention Speech-Language Pathologist.

 

How did you get interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist?
I always thought I wanted to be a teacher or doctor when I was growing up. I discovered the field of speech language pathology because it was the perfect combination of serving others like a teacher and problem solving like in the medical field. I further fell in love with this field when I discovered the research side of it. I love asking questions about how to best serve our clients, conducting research studies, and sharing the answers to help better our field as a whole.

 

What other experiences have you had working with children with hearing loss and their families?
I started working with children with hearing loss as a sophomore at Texas Christian University (TCU). I volunteered in Dr. Emily Lund’s research lab where I was a part of many projects. Our main study, ELLA, was a longitudinal project that focused on language and literacy skills in children with hearing loss. I further pursued my passion for this population in graduate school where I was a part of the AVT/CI specialization program. I continued my research career with Dr. Krystal Werfel where I worked on the ELLA team and completed my master’s thesis.

 

What is the most rewarding part of your work?
It is hard to pick just one! If I had to choose, I’d say the bond you form with clients and their families. I always love coming home and sharing sweet stories about “my kids.”

 

What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time, you can find me working out with Camp Gladiator, cooking, reading tons of books (many thrillers), shopping at Trader Joe’s and spending time with my family and adorable nephew.