Vicky Luo, Speech-Language Pathology
Student name: Vicky Luo
Program: Master of Health Science, Speech-Language Pathology
Vicky’s interest in the field of speech-language pathology first emerged during her year abroad. Upon her return, she sought out volunteer experiences in the field that led her to learning about the role of a speech-language pathologist in the hospital setting, specifically in the area of dysphagia (i.e. difficulty swallowing).
While completing her Master of Health Science, Vicky had the opportunity to work in the Swallowing Lab and collaborate with researchers from Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, to explore the relationship between clinical variables and patient-reported swallowing outcomes over time in head and neck cancer survivors. She presented her findings at the 10th European Society for Swallowing Disorders Congress and was awarded Best Poster Presentation. Vicky’s knowledge and experience in this area was further enhanced by an 8-week clinical placement, working with head and neck cancer patients at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
Currently, Vicky works as a Speech-Language Pathologist (S-LP) at two hospital organizations. Her primary position is at Trillium Health Partners, where her role in the acute care setting focuses on assessing and treating patients with swallowing and/or communication difficulties. The nature of this position allows her to work across various units, such as medicine, cardiology, neurosurgery, stroke and intensive care. She also holds a casual position at the University Health Network, specifically serving inpatients and head and neck cancer outpatients at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
Beginning her career in the midst of a pandemic has been both challenging and rewarding, especially as our understanding of this novel virus continues to develop along with the role of an S-LP in this population. Vicky hopes to continue developing her clinical skills in the acute care setting and focusing on integrating academics, research and clinical practice in order to provide the best possible care as a speech-language pathologist.