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Clinical Faculty in Speech-Language Pathology


Patricia Cetin, MS, CCC-SLP/Lhas over 25 years of experience in the field of speech-language pathology and is certified through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). Ms. Cetin received her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While working in public school districts for a number of years with early childhood, elementary and middle school children, she became particularly interested in developing reading and spelling skills in children with delays in phonological awareness and expressive language impairments. As an instructor with the Speech and Hearing Science Department, she enjoys working with both undergraduate students in service learning courses and graduate students in clinical experiences. She supervises student clinicians in the areas of language, fluency and social communication. In addition to ASHA certification, she is licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.

Christy Cheviron, MS, CCC-SLP/L has been practicing speech-language pathology since 2001 and is certified through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). Ms. Cheviron received her Master’s degree from Illinois State University. She has worked in numerous settings in several states, including public schools, a private pediatric center, and a non-profit clinic for children. Ms. Cheviron has particular interests in the areas of early childhood language development and early intervention. She enjoys providing instruction in play-based language therapy, and developing ways to collaborate with family and other therapy professionals. In addition to ASHA certification, she is licensed by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.

Abby Franz, MS, CCC-SLP/L has been in the field of speech-language pathology since 2004 and is certified through the American Speech-Language Pathology Association (ASHA). Mrs. Franz received her Master's degree from Illinois State University. She has worked in a variety of settings including a preschool, hospital, nursing home, and home health agency. For the past 4 years, she has worked at Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana, IL, where she works in both the acute inpatient and outpatient settings. She has a particular interest in the areas of dysphagia and aphasia. In addition to ASHA certification, she is licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.

Clarion Mendes, MA CCC-SLP/L has been a Speech-Language Pathologist since 2009. Ms. Mendes received her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ms. Mendes has worked in multiple medical settings, and she routinely mentors and instructs graduate students from the department in external placements emphasizing gerontology. At the University of Illinois Speech-Language Pathology clinic, Ms. Mendes supervises and instructs graduate clinicians in the fields of voice, language, and accent modification. Her professional interests include gerontology, dysphagia, and communication disorders associated with neurological conditions. She is a member of the ASHA special interest groups for Gerontology and Dysphagia and is the current treasurer of the Eastern Illinois Speech-Language and Hearing Association. She holds memberships with the American Geriatrics Society and the Gerontological Society of America. In addition to ASHA certification, she is licensed by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. Additionally, Ms. Mendes is a certified practitioner of Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT).

Jaime Olson, MA, CCC-SLP/L serves as the internship coordinator for our MA SLP students. She has more than 6 years in the field of speech-language pathology and is certified through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). Ms. Olson received her Master's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has worked in a private school for children with severe emotional and behavior disorders and within our department as a research coordinator for a professor emerita’s various grants. Ms. Olson has interest in the areas of swallowing and its disorders, speech-language development and intervention, and the dynamic interaction between behavior and communication skills in children and young adults. She enjoys collaborating with other professionals and clients’ family members in order to best serve the whole individual. In addition to ASHA certification, she is licensed by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.

Jayne M. Wachtel, MA, CCC-SLP/L is a Speech-Language Pathologist in Therapy Services at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Illinois where she holds an advanced clinician position. She is Coordinator of Carle’s Cleft Lip and Palate Team. She has held this position since 1992. At Carle, Ms. Wachtel works with both in and outpatient pediatric populations. She has presented lectures in the areas of Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies for various organizations. Ms. Wachtel has taught a graduate level courses at Illinois State University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has lectured internationally on the topic of cleft palate and collaborated with David Kuehn PhD and Jamie Perry PhD on research projects. Since 1985, Ms. Wachtel has held an appointment in the Speech and Hearing Science Department at the University of Illinois. She is certified through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and licensed by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. Ms. Wachtel received her Master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Cathy Warnes, MS, CCC-SLP/L has been a Speech-Language Pathologist since 1993 and is certified through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). Ms. Warnes received her Master's degree from Illinois State University. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, schools, early intervention, and outpatient clinics. Ms. Warnes enjoys instructing in the areas of adult fluency and child phonology. In addition to ASHA certification, she is licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. She also holds an Early Intervention credential as an evaluator and therapist in Illinois.

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