Meet Olivia | Speech-Language Pathologist

Meet Olivia, a speech-language pathologist (SLP) at Solace Pediatric Home Healthcare. A member of the Solace team for more than three years, Olivia earned her bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her master’s degree in communicative disorders at Northern Illinois University. In addition to her role as an SLP, Olivia serves as a clinical mentor, clinical fellowship supervisor and diversity and inclusion liaison.

What do you like most about your job?

I love helping children, caregivers, and staff find their “voice”. For clients, I support communication development and help them find ways to connect with their loved ones and peers (whether verbally or through alternative communication). I work with caregivers to ensure their confidence in helping their child communicate, and I support my clinical team and new graduates through mentorship.

What are your hobbies?

My hobbies include hiking and being outdoors, anything fitness related from HIIT to yoga, and baking (I love sweets!)

What is your proudest accomplishment?

This year, my proudest accomplishments were purchasing our first home, and making it through a crazy first year of marriage in a pandemic.

Who is your biggest inspiration?

My biggest inspirations are my parents. They are the most generous, loving, and hardworking people I know. My mother is a doctor, and my father is an engineer. They have always pushed me to be strong, independent, and driven.

What might someone be surprised to know about you?

I was a dancer from the age of 5 until post-college. I get into a dance class maybe 1-2 times a year now.

How would someone describe you?

Always willing to lend a hand. Kind, friendly, determined, easygoing.

What is your go-to order at your favorite restaurant?

The Falafel Wrap from Vital Root, or Bao Buns from Linger. I’m also a huge fan of Mexican food so any sort of tacos!

What are your three tips for a new clinician?

1. Believe in yourself and your skills, and be confident!

2. Prioritize work/life balance.

3. Never stop learning, asking questions, and growing!