Speech Therapy (ST) treatment is much like it sounds, training to help people with speech, language, and communication issues with the goal of improving communication. Therapy not only helps with the mechanics of speech, but may include meaning and social understanding. Learn more about our skilled Speech Therapists to see why Rehab at Your Place, LLC is your solution provider!
Hi! My name is Mary Copeland. I’m originally from Nashville, TN. I graduated from Tennessee State University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology with a minor in chemistry, and then I graduated in 2010 with a Master of Science degree in speech and hearing sciences. I also work full-time as a speech-language pathologist for Shelby County Schools. My passion is articulation therapy and diagnosis. I love to listen to others speak, although I don’t talk as much myself. I enjoy working with children of all ages, although I don’t have any children of my own. I do own a Persian cat named “Missouri” who has his own health insurance plan, so I guess he’s my baby for now.
I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and a minor in Communicative Disorders, from the University of Mississippi. I completed a Masters of Education, from Vanderbilt University, in Counseling Psychology, with emphasis in Group Counseling and Marriage and Family Counseling. I earned my Doctor of Philosophy degree, from the University of Southern Mississippi, in Speech-Language Pathology, which included specialist certification in birth to five years of age. My dissertation research topic was Oral and Pharyngeal Dysphagia (swallowing disorders) in Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Most of my career I have worked in medical/hospital settings, which included acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient rehabilitation. Most recently I have worked in home health, which I have found very rewarding. I have provided the evaluation and treatment of speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing disorders for all aged patients. Early in my career, I co-designed and initiated the evaluation of dysphagia, by Modified Barium Swallow, and a therapy program for dysphagia, at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where I worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist.
I have trained for the evaluation of swallowing by Modified Barium Swallow, Ultrasound, and Fiberoptic Endoscoptic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES). I am a certified VitalStim therapy provider for the treatment of dysphagia, for all ages.
I feel I have been privileged to experience many developments in the assessment and treatment tools for the field of Speech and Hearing Science, during my career. With the wealth of communication tools now available, I expect the field to continue to advance and better serve those in need.