SPHSC Alumni Stories

Our alumni have great things to say about our top-ranked programs in Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, and Speech and Hearing Sciences. In these interviews, former graduates describe how their UW degrees prepared them for professional careers in the field of communication sciences and disorders.

Doctor of Audiology

Ali Dykhouse

Ali Dykhouse graduated from the UW in 2011 with a Doctor of Audiology degree. In this interview, she discusses her experience in the program and how it has impacted her career as an audiologist at a private ear, nose and throat medical practice. Read More

Anna Hiroka Mamiya

Anna Hiroka Mamiya owns and runs PAC Audiology, an audiology clinic in Bellevue. She graduated from the Doctor of Audiology program in 2012. Here, Anna discusses how the program prepared her both academically and through clinical experience and also helped her learn how to set up her own clinic. Read More

Josh Olmstead

Josh Olmstead graduated from the UW Doctor of Audiology program in 2013. He now works as a clinical audiologist at Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. In this interview, Josh talks about how the experience in the audiology program helped prepare him for his career and led to his current job. Read More



Master of Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology

Cristina Pappas

Cristina Pappas graduated from the UW in 2011 with a Master of Science degree in Medical Speech-Language Pathology. In this interview, she talks about her clinical experience in the program and how it helped her land a career as a speech-language pathologist at Kindering, one of the three largest early intervention centers in the nation. Read More

Arlene Liu

Arlene Liu graduated from the University of Washington in 2013 with a Master of Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology. Here, she shares how the classes and practicums in the master’s program helped prepare her for her current career as a school speech-language pathologist, assessing and treating children with communication disorders. Read More

Emily Malik

Emily Malik graduated from the University of Washington in 2014 with a Master of Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology. Emily now works at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Voice and Swallowing Clinic as a speech-language pathologist clinical fellow, specializing in voice pathology. In this interview she shares how her experience in the MedSLP program helped her uncover an interest in working with laryngectomy patients and prepared her for career success. Read More



Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Megan Bulger

Megan Bulger graduated from the UW in 2013 with a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. In this interview, she discusses how her time at UW helped her to hone her interest in pediatric patients and prepare her for a position at the Experimental Education Unit on campus. Read More



Bachelor of Science

Chelsea Shamis

Chelsea Shamis graduated from the UW’s Postbaccalaureate program in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences. In this interview, she discusses her experience in the program and how it helped her secure a spot in the UW’s Master of Science program in Speech-Language Pathology, which is ranked third in the nation. Read More    

Katrina Ross

Katrina Ross graduated from the UW postbaccalaureate program in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Speech & Hearing Sciences. In this interview, she talks about her experience in the program and how it helped her discover a passion for working with people with aphasia. Katrina is currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at Boston University. Read More