Speech and Language Pathology Therapy

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at University Hospital offers comprehensive inpatient evaluations and treatment of speech, language, swallowing (dysphagia), and cognitive/communication disorders.

University Rehabilitation Center
Upstate University Hospital - Downtown Campus
Rm. N2104, 750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, NY 13210
Map & direction
Phone: 315 464-6543
Fax: 315 464-4753
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7:30am-4:30pm

What is Speech-Language Pathology?

  • Speech-language pathologists (also known as: speech therapists), assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent disorders related to speech, language, cognitive-communication, and swallowing, across the lifespan.

Educational requirements:

  • A master’s degree is the most common level of education. Licensure or certification requirements also exist and vary by State.
  • All speech-language pathologists employed by SUNY Upstate are certified by the American Speech Language and Hearing association and hold a New York State license in Speech-Language Pathology.

Services provided:

  • Pediatric feeding and swallowing evaluation and treatment including instrumental examination (modified barium swallow study and fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing)
  • Adult swallowing evaluation and treatment including instrumental examination (modified barium swallow study and fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing)
  • Pediatric speech and language evaluation and treatment
  • Adult speech and language evaluation and treatment
  • Augmentative and Alternative communication evaluation and treatment for individuals with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) External Icon
  • Voice restoration after total laryngectomy including tracheoesophageal puncture

List of Speech & Language Pathology programs:

Who May Benefit from this Program?

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at Upstate University Hospital, Golisano Children’s Hospital, and Upstate University Hospital at Community Campus serves both children and adults who have speech, language, cognitive, and feeding and swallowing difficulties resulting from stroke, traumatic brain injury (TBI), brain tumor, neurological disorders (multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's Disease, etc.), head and neck cancer/surgery/radiation therapy, genetic syndromes, prematurity, and developmental delays, amongst other diagnoses.

What to expect from Therapy

During the inpatient stay, speech therapists may perform comprehensive evaluation, and treatment for a variety of communication, cognitive, and swallowing difficulties.

Working with each patient's individual needs, we provide:

  • Assistance in evaluating needs for AAC devices.
  • Comprehensive clinical evaluation and treatment of speech, language, and swallowing disorders.
  • Evaluation and treatment for cognitive-linguistic deficits, including impaired reasoning, problem solving, attention, and memory.
  • Therapy individualized to the patient’s needs including use of computer-based programs and patient specific activities.
  • Patient and family education regarding the diagnosis and recovery prognosis including family-based brain injury education classes.

Locations for therapy services:

Pediatric patients: Upstate University Hospital and Golisano Children’s Hospital, inpatient and outpatient.

Adult patients: Upstate University Hospital and Upstate University Hospital at Community Campus, inpatient and outpatient.

A physician's referral is required for examination and treatment within this program.

Providers

Kimberly E Brown, MACCC/SLP; CBIS
Kimberly E Brown, MACCC/SLP; CBIS
315 464-8668

Education & Fellowships

  • Additional Training: University Hospital, Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY, 2013

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Stroke

Associations/Memberships

  • American Speech -Language -Hearing Association

Carrie E Garcia
Carrie E Garcia
315 464-8668

Education & Fellowships

  • MS: West Virginia University, 2001, Speech-Language Pathology

Jenna M Gardner, MS, CCC-SLP
Jenna M Gardner, MS, CCC-SLP
315 464-8668

Education & Fellowships

  • MS: Northeastern University, 2005, Speech-Language Pathology
  • BS: SUNY Plattsburgh, 2003, Communication Science and Disorders

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Dysphagia; Head and Neck Cancer; Lou Gehrig's Disease; Speech and Language Problems; Stroke; Speech Therapy

Associations/Memberships

  • American Speech -Language -Hearing Association

Kathryn J Graves
Kathryn J Graves
315 464-8668

Education & Fellowships

  • MS: Syracuse University, 2009, Speech Language Pathology

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Speech Pathology; Brain Injury; Cleft Lip/Cleft Palate; Cognitive Disorders; Communication Disorders; Dysphagia; more

Associations/Memberships

  • American Speech -Language -Hearing Association

Jill M Merrow, MA
Jill M Merrow, MA
315 464-8668

Education & Fellowships

  • MA: San Diego State University, 2001, Speech-Language Pathology

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Speech Pathology; Cleft Lip/Cleft Palate; Dysphagia; Feeding Difficulties; Speech and Language Problems; Feeding Therapy; more

Clinical Interests

  • Pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders

    Cleft and craniofacial disorders

    Failure to thrive


Emily E Talbot
Emily E Talbot
315 464-8668

Education & Fellowships

  • MS: Ithaca College, 2011

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Speech Pathology; Dysphagia; Speech and Language Problems; Stroke; Speech Therapy

Clinical Interests

  • Dysphagia, head and neck cancer, stroke, TBI, cognition, aphasia, apraxia.

Associations/Memberships

  • American Speech -Language -Hearing Association, Ccc-Slp

Lauren N Westby, MS,CCC-SLP
Lauren N Westby, MS,CCC-SLP
315 464-8668

Education & Fellowships

  • MS: Syracuse University, 2008, Speech Language Pathology

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Brain Injury Specialist

Rachel A Zerrillo, MA,CCC-SLP
Rachel A Zerrillo, MA,CCC-SLP
315 464-8668

Education & Fellowships

  • MA: SUNY Plattsburgh, 2001, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Communication Disorders; Dysphagia; Speech and Language Problems; Voice and Swallowing Problems

Associations/Memberships

  • American Speech -Language -Hearing Association, Ccc-Slp