Meet Maggie Donaker, a medical speech-language pathologist who has worked in a multitude of settings throughout her career. Maggie shares her medical SLP origin story, why it’s important to be you in a professional setting, and some tips for networking and building the career of your dreams.
Discussion & Reflection Questions
- Can you tell us why you decided to become a speech-language pathologist?
- What settings have you worked in as a medical SLP?
- How do you go about building a career in speech pathology? What kind of networking did you do?
- What advice do you have for the student who doesn’t have a foundation for networking, or maybe doesn’t see it?
- Did you ever have an interview that went badly?
- How can you use being yourself to your advantage when building your SLP career?
- What has been a challenging situation for you in the medical field?
Quote of the Conversation
“So, sometimes, you do have to kind of put that work in. Sometimes, you will have to be frustrated that you don’t have that. It’s okay, frustration. It’s there. It’s part of life. So, let’s grow from it.”– Maggie Donaker M.S. CCC-SLP
Maggie Donaker M.S. CCC-SLP
Medical Speech-Language Pathologist
Maggie Donaker, a Medical Speech-Language Pathologist, is a graduate of Ohio University (BS) and Bowling Green State University (MS). She has 10 years of knowledge and clinical expertise within the acute and subacute healthcare settings. Maggie serves as Director of Operations for Dysphagia Outreach Project, where she leads the nationwide distribution of supplies from the organization’s Dysphagia Food Bank. She is a 7 time ASHA ACE Award winner and is the primary facilitator of the only swallow support group in FL supported by NFOSD, Dysphagia Digest of Florida. Maggie is a respected presenter, educator and considers herself to be a passionate learner who believes that a sense of humor will always go a long way when working to form a personal connection with the individuals that she serves.
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