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The Story of an SLP Voice Specialist: Interview with Kristie Knickerbocker {SLP Spotlight}
SLP Spotlight
SLP Spotlight
The Story of an SLP Voice Specialist: Interview with Kristie Knickerbocker {SLP Spotlight}

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Meet Kristie Knickerbocker, an SLP and singing voice specialist who has a successful private practice, writes blogs, creates video content, and publishes educational materials for voice clients across the lifespan via a tempo Voice Center.

Kristie initially hoped to turn singing into a career, but she discovered her passion for vocology after needing to seek services for her own voice. Since then, she’s made it her goal to help others with their treatment, working across multiple settings and serving on various committees in the field. 

Discussion & Reflection Questions

  1. Can you tell us your SLP story of origin? How did you discover this career path?
  2. What words of advice do you have for students or SLPs who have just started in the field?
  3. If a newer speech-language pathologist wants to become a voice specialist like you, what courses do you recommend they take?
  4. Tell us why you decided to go into private practice and what that journey was like. 
  5. You’ve mentioned struggling with imposter syndrome. Can you talk about how you deal with that experience and overcome it?


  1. What does a day as a voice specialist look like? What etiologies and disorders do you work with?
  2. What is the cost of a strobe tower? Why might it be worth the investment?
  3. In your introduction, you use the word “vocologist.” Can you talk, specifically, about what that means?
  4. You recently created a vocal poster, which you’re having tested. Can you tell us about your poster?
  5. Working with pediatrics with vocal nodules can be difficult because they have these behaviors. Any suggestions?

Quote Of The Conversation

Kristie Knickerbocker, MS, CCC-SLP

“And I said, ‘That’s what I want to do. I want to be the person that knows the language of the singer, of the musician, to be able to set their mind at ease, because I remember how scared I was. And I want to be that person to help heal in that time.’

– Kristie Knickerbocker, MS, CCC-SLP

Kristie Knickerbocker, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist and Singing Voice Specialist

Kristie Knickerbocker, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist and singing voice specialist in Fort Worth, Texas. She rehabilitates voice and swallowing at her private practice, a tempo Voice Center, and lectures on voice science nationally. 

She is part of the Professional Development Committee for ASHA Special Interest Group 3, Voice and Upper Airway Disorders, and a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the Pan-American Vocology Association. Knickerbocker blogs on her website at www.atempovoicecenter.com. 

She has developed a line of voice therapy videos, handbooks and materials on TPT or her website. Follow her on Pinterest and Instagram or like her on Facebook (info below).

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Guest Speaker Information

Kristie Knickerbocker, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist and Singing Voice Specialist

Hosted by Mattie Murrey

March 9, 2021

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