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Chicago Clinicians

Speech-Language Pathologists

Brittni Carnes

Brittni Carnes specializes in the evaluation and treatment of patients with speech, voice, and swallowing difficulties related to head and neck cancer. Brittni works primarily in the multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Program housed in the Otolaryngology department of Northwestern Medicine.

MS, Speech-Language Pathology, Medical University of South Carolina
BA, Spanish, College of Charleston

Carolyn Grace Chiu

Carolyn’s primary clinical interests are in the areas of dysphagia (swallowing disorders) and acquired neurogenic disorders of communication and cognition.

MS, Speech Language & Learning, Northwestern University
BA, Linguistics, Stanford University

Shauna Czarnik

Shauna Czarnik’s primary clinical interests lie in the areas of dysphasia and acquired neurogenic disorders of motor speech, language, and cognition. Shauna enjoys working with a wide range of populations ranging from pediatrics to geriatrics, particularly within the acute care medical setting.

MS, Northwestern University – Speech, Language, and Learning
BS, University of Illinois – Speech and Hearing Science

Carissa Ernat

Carissa’s primary clinical interests are in the areas of dysphagia (swallowing disorders), cognitive disorders related to traumatic brain injury, and acquired neurogenic disorders. She enjoys working with adults and geriatrics in the acute care medical setting.

MS, Speech-Language Pathology, University of Wisconsin
BS, Speech and Hearing Science, University of Illinois

Kahla Graham

Kahla works in the acute care setting with a clinical interest in instrumental evaluation and treatment of dysphagia. She also focuses on interdisciplinary collaboration for the evaluation, treatment, and management of communication and swallowing disorders in populations requiring tracheostomies and/or venilatory support.

MS, Speech-Language Pathology, RUSH University
BS, Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Illinois

Jonelyn Langenstein

Jonelyn Langenstein is a speech-language pathologist and lecturer with specialized training in the evaluation and treatment of voice, swallowing, head and neck cancer rehabilitation, and upper airway disorders. She completed her fellowship at the Emory Voice Center and later joined the team at the Voice & Swallowing Center at the University of California, San Francisco. Prior to becoming a speech-language pathologist, she worked professionally as an opera singer which has greatly informed her evaluation and treatment of voice disorders, especially pertaining to professional voice.

MS, Communicative Disorders – San Francisco State University
MM, Vocal Performance – New England Conservatory of Music
BA, Vocal Performance & Arts Administration – Whitworth University
BCS-S, Board Certification in Swallowing  and Swallowing Disorders

Chelsey Miller

Chelsey Miller is a speech-language pathologist who has worked across the continuum of pediatric settings, including neonates, medically-fragile infants, and children through school age. Chelsey has specialized training in the evaluation and treatment of feeding and swallowing disorders in the infant population. Chelsey is a certified lactation counselor and is infant massage certified.

MS, Speech-Language Pathology, Illinois State University
BS, Speech-Language Pathology, Illinois State University

Kristin Larsen
Assistant Director of the Voice, Speech, Language Service and Swallowing Center

Kristin Larsen has more than 20 years’ experience treating adults with dysphagia and with acquired neurogenic disorders of language, cognition, and motor-speech in both the acute care and outpatient settings. She specializes in evaluation and treatment of adults with complex swallowing disorders, including head and neck cancer rehabilitation, and in treating communication difficulties related to progressive neurologic disease.

MA, Speech Pathology, Northwestern University
BS, Speech Pathology, Northwestern University

Jenna Van Duyne

Jenna’s primary clinical interests are assessment, treatment and management of dysphagia (swallowing disorders) and acquired communication disorders, particularly for adults in the acute care setting.

MS, Speech-Language Pathology, Northwestern University
BS, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Northwestern University

Sharon Veis

Sharon’s primary clinical interested lie in the areas of swallowing and swallowing disorders, infant feeding and neurogenic communication.

MA, Speech Pathology, Northwestern University
BS, Speech Pathology, Northwestern University

Laura Karvelis Vygantas

Laura works primarily in the acute care setting, specializing in dysphagia and neurogenic communication disorders. Other areas of interest include specialized instrumentation for dysphagia evaluation and management of the critical care patient. 

BCS-S, Board Certification in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders
MS, Speech-Language Pathology, Rush University
BS, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Northwestern University

Nathan Waller

Nathan Waller is a lecturer in the Roxelyn and Richard Pepper Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and a clinical supervisor in the Northwestern University Center forA former chorus director and teacher, Nathan is interested in the diagnoses and treatment of voice disorders in both singers and non-singers. He also manages medical externship placements for the department’s Master of Science program in Speech, Language, and Learning.

MA, Speech-Language Pathology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
MM, Vocal Performance, Appalachian State University
BM, Music Education, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Staff

Trinklette “Candy” Stokes
Administrative Assistant

Candy brings more than 30 years of experience in administrative work within Northwestern University and has been with the CSD department since 2000. She is dedicated to ensuring high levels of patient satisfaction and keeps the Chicago campus clinic running smoothly.
A.A. Robert Morris College