Dr. Beer Featured in ASHA Leader Blog

Our director of audiology, and Sound SHC partner, Dr. Melissa Wilson Beer, recently contributed to the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) Leader Blog with the article “Simple Ways To Boost Health Care Access for People With Communication Disorders.”

In the article Dr. Wilson Beer shares her thoughts on the current state of healthcare, as it relates to the communication sciences, and how she works to assist those in the community receive care, even as a small private practice. .

“The daily grind makes it easy to forget what once motivated you to enter our professions,” shares Dr. Beer. ““Helping people” is exhausting enough without thinking of the thousands of others who aren’t getting the help they, too, need. Yet, recognition of disparity and action to lessen it can remind us why we chose these communication sciences and disorders professions and work so hard to make communication a truly accessible right for all.”


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Jody Vaynshtok

Jody is a California-licensed speech language pathologist with eight years of industry and clinical experience. She has worked with both adult and pediatric populations during her time at private practice, birth-to-three, and hospital facilities. She is experienced in the assessment and treatment of a variety of communication and cognitive disorders. In addition, Jody has a passion for working with adults looking to achieve clearer communication. Jody received her BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences and MS in Medical Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Washington. She was a part of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford’s cleft and craniofacial clinic participating in the multidisciplinary assessment and treatment of children born with craniofacial abnormalities. She holds a staff position at UCSF and is the lead speech language pathologist for the department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery’s Hearing Loss Clinic. When she's not busy having fun with her clients Jody enjoys spending time with her husband, Anton, friends and family. And if she's not headed out somewhere fun for dinner, you might find her at Bar Method working out!