Ph.D. Gonzaga University, School of Professional Studies

M.A. Washington State University, Speech and Hearing Science

B.A. Washington State University, Speech and Hearing Science

Diploma, Therapeutic Connections School of Massage, Therapeutic/Medical Massage

Certificate, Cornell University, T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, Plant Based Nutrition

Certificate, Advanced Reiki Training & Reiki Master Practitioner, International Center for Reiki Training

Internships and Clinicals

St. Lukes Medical Center

Gig Harbor School District

Spokane Public Schools

Therapeutic Connections School of Massage

Professional Experience

Brain Injury, Voice Pathology, Geriatric and Pediatric Practice, Forensic Speech-Language-Cognitive Pathology, Therapeutic/Medical/Wellness Myotherapy, Intraoral Myotherapy, Head-Neck-Swallowing Rehabilitation, Magazine and Book Editor, Education, Radio Broadcasting, Theater, Bloomsday Sports Myotherapy, Corporate Wellness Massage, Medical Device Development, Manufacturing & Distribution, FDA Compliance, Research, Home Health, Hospital Acute and Outpatient Care, Artificial Larynx/Tracheoesophageal Puncture (TEP) Prosthesis Fitting-Repair-Troubleshooting, Skilled Nursing Facilities, University Instruction/Lecturer.

Particular Professional Interests

Aphasia, Traumatic Brain Injury, Therapeutic & Wellness Massage, Cognitive-Communicative Rehabilitation After Stroke and Head Injury, Paradoxical Vocal Cord Motion/Exercise Induced Dysfunction; Artificial Larynx Devices, Terminal Lucidity, End of Life/Life After Life Communication, Energy Work. Speech-Language Pathologist since 1986

Credentials, Associations, and Listings

American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA), Board Certified Speech-Language Pathologist (CCC-SLP)

Washington State License, Department of Health, Speech-Language Pathologist

Educational Staff Associate (ESA) Washington State, Certified Speech-Language Pathologist

Certified Irlen Syndrome Screener, International Irlen Institute

American Massage Therapy Association, Professional Member

Washington State License, Department of Health, Massage Therapist with Intraoral Endorsement Lic#60688840

ASHA Special Interest Group In Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech-Language Disorders

ASHA Special Interest Group In Swallowing Disorders

ASHA ACE Award in Continuing Education

Washington Speech and Hearing Association

Washington State Association for Justice, Litigation Services Listing

Certificate, Plant Based Nutrition, Cornell

National Board Certified Teacher, Exceptional Needs Specialist (NBCT/ECYA-ENS), National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) 2011-2021

Stuttering Foundation of America, Fluency Specialist Listing

International Association of Laryngectomees (IAL) Certified Alaryngeal Speech Instructor

Reiki Master Practitioner Certificate, International Center for Reiki Training (ICRT)

National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association

Certification in Servox Digital/Inton Artificial Larynx Repair

Publications, Lectures, Classes

Various scientific, professional, and history related journal/periodical articles, Traumatic Brain Injury Probe.

Various lectures in the areas of Brain Injury, Post-Concussive Syndrome, Caregiver Massage, Apraxia, Stuttering, Disease Mechanisms and Communication Disorders, Alaryngeal Speech, Laryngectomy, Head-Neck Rehabilitation, Spasmodic Dysphonia, Legal Ramifications of TBI, Human Rights.

Panel Presenter in 2019 on TBI and Presenter at the 2018 Inland Northwest Brain Injury Symposium; Taught University Articulation/Phonological Disorders to SLP students. University lecturer in voice/alaryngeal communication.

Appointments & Volunteer Experience

Washington State Board of Hearing & Speech, 3-Year Term Appointed by Governor Jay Inslee

International Association of Laryngectomees, Spokane Convention Planning Committee

Service-Rehabilitation Committee, American Cancer Society

Private Practice Committee, Washington Speech and Hearing Association

Developed, Manufactured, and Distributed Equipment

FDA Approved (510k) Tracheostoma Filtering Devices; Showering/Shampoo Protector for Trachostomy and Laryngectomy Patients; Tracheostoma Whistle; Pneumatic Artificial Larynx; Battery Conditioning Device; Personal Voice Amplification Devices

Extra Curricular, Interests, Fun

Animal Care, Whole-Food, Plant-Based Cooking, Farming/Gardening, Northwest History, Performing Arts, Writing

Married to Michelle Shute, MS, CCC-SLP and they have one son.