The Missing Link for SLPs
The Missing Link for SLPs
SLP What I Didn’t Learn in Grad School Series #1: She Has Answers, and Good Ones:  A  Conversation with an SLP Who Isn’t Afraid to Speak Up on What is Missing in our Field

Download the show notes and full transcript of the conversation.

This episode not only identifies what is wrong with our field today, but some very powerful, realistic, actionable solutions by an SLP who talks and talk and walks the walk.  She is clear on what she didn’t learn in graduate school, why she didn’t learn it, and what to do about it!

Discussion & Reflection Questions

  1. Why did you become an SLP?
  2. How did you niche down in our field?
  3. What is a missing piece not taught in graduate school?
  4. Why do students no know what they want in their careers?
  5. How do new SLPs maximize the classroom to clinic connection?
  6. How do you keep your physiology base?
  7. What if you supervisor doesn’t have current knowledge?
  8. Why doesn’t our profession get the respect we deserve?
  9. What is the STEP community?
  10. Where do we go from here?

…avoid the fake it till you make it. That is the worst thing you can do because faking it means that you don’t ask questions that are critical. If you fake it, it means you’re not open about what you don’t know.”

-Ianessa Humbert,  Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dr. Ianessa Humbert, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Founder, STEP Community
Swallowing Training and Education Portal
Medical Speech-Language Pathologist


Dr. Ianessa Humbert is a world-renowned scientist, researcher, educator, and highly sought-after speaker with expertise in swallowing and swallowing disorders. With over 100 speaking invitations around the world, the most common feedback from attendees continues to be “This is the first time a course has really forced me to think about what I’m doing”.
Dr. Humbert’s teaching philosophy requires attendees to question everything they think they know before learning can begin. Dr. Humbert’s innovative training style has been funded by ASHFoundation and extends to non-traditional learning formats. She is the co-creator of the popular Down the Hatch podcast and has co-founded STEP. She also does important work to help promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field of speech-language pathology and beyond.
Dr. Humbert has been on faculty at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the University of Florida, and the University of Iowa. She has demonstrated her gift for creating images that depict the dynamism of swallowing via her Swallowing Pocket Guide and Swallowing Neuro Anatomy and Physiology Shorts (SNAPS) tutorials on STEP.
The content from Dr. Humbert’s courses are supported by scientific evidence from her laboratory, from the larger body of research literature, and of course, common sense! Learn more at:

Mattie Murrey Tegel, MA, CCC-SLP, L, CPC, CLSC

Medical Speech-Language Pathologist and Founder of Fresh SLP

Mattie Murrey-Tegels is the founder and SLP behind Fresh SLP and The Missing Link for SLPs Podcast. She’s been “in-the-trenches” as a medical SLP around the world for over 25 years and now an Assistant Professor for 3 years. She is thrilled to be adding this dream of a podcast because paying her experiences forward is something she is very passionate about. If you ask her patients and students, one thing they will remember is how much she loves her job! She may not look like it but she is a huge introvert and when she is not actively working as an SLP, she is almost always reading, writing (writing over 1,000,000 words a year), or listening to amazing Chicago Blues bands. She also loves being outdoors and definitely enjoys soaking up the sun at her home in Minnesota, where warm and sunny days can be limited. She’s ridden motorcycles for many years, raced sled dogs, hiked huge mountains yet she cherishes the quiet moments of climbing into a hammock to nap or timeless conversations with friends and family.

The Missing Link for SLPs podcast and Fresh SLP is her legacy, giving back to a career that has so richly rewarded her.

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