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, General Practice, Therapeutic/Medical/Wellness Massage, Intraoral Massage, Head-Neck-Swallowing Rehabilitation, Magazine and Book Editor, Education, Broadcasting, Theater, Medical Device Development and Distribution, FDA Compliance, Research, Home Health, Hospitals, Artificial Larynx/Tracheoesophageal Puncture (TEP) Prosthesis Fitting-Repair-Troubleshooting, Home Health, Skilled Nursing Facility, University Instruction

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, 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

California State License, Department of Consumer Affairs, Speech-Language Pathologist

Colorado State License, Department of Regulatory Agencies, Speech-Language Pathologist

American Massage Therapy Association, Professional Member

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

California State Massage Therapy Certification #75052, California Massage Therapy Council

Colorado State License, Department of Regulatory Agencies, Massage Therapist

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

Certificate, Plant Based Nutrition, Cornell

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

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, and one book.

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

Taught Articulation/Phonological Disorders to Speech-Language Pathology students.

Volunteer Experience

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; Voice Amplification Devices

Extra Curricular and Interests

Advocacy of Human Rights, Animal Care, Plant-Based Culinary Arts, Farming/Gardening, Northwest History, Performing Arts, Herbal Soap Formulation/Manufacturing, Writing

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