Ms. Sharon Tang, M.S., CCC-SLP, received her foundational coursework and herM.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Loyola University Maryland in 2013. She is currently in her second year as a doctoral student.
I was born in Hong Kong, but grew up in Queens, NY.
Double major in Russian Studies and Studio Art at Colgate University. I completed Foundation coursework at Loyola.
How did you become interested in SLP?
I definitely took the scenic route towards the field of speech-language pathology, and voice disorders in particular. After graduating from college, I taught English in France for a year and continued teaching in a kindergarten/first grade classroom for several years at a public charter school in Washington, DC. Initially I thought school-based SLP would be my next step seeing that it would combine my interest in languages and working with kids. However, I knew I wanted to learn more about voice disorders when I observed videostroboscopy during my first clinical rotation.
Why did you choose Loyola?
When I first interviewed for the Foundations program, I felt the faculty at Loyola really considered and invested in my growth as a whole person. I always felt supported yet challenged during my time at Loyola. In the end, the program built up not only my clinical skills, but also fueled my ability to take on challenges.
What Loyola professor/supervisor had the greatest impact on you and why?
Truly, there were so many that I can’t limit myself to just one!
Brianne Higgins-Roos was my Anatomy and Physiology professor during the Foundations program; she was the first to inspire my interest in the medical side of SLP and (along with Dr. Marie Kerins) planted the notion that I was capable of moving in a completely different direction than I had originally planned. Dr. Kerins nurtured my growing interest in pursuing research from day one and to this day continues to encourage me. And of course, Sally Gallena supervised me during my first clinical rotation and introduced me to the world of voice disorders.
What advice would you give someone interested in pursuing a major or master’s in SLP?
Take advantage of the breadth of clinical experiences while in school. There are just so many different settings and populations in our profession - take the time to explore the variety.
What have you done post-graduation?
After graduating from Loyola, I completed my clinical fellowship specializing in voice disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Voice and Swallow Clinics. Once I earned my CCC’s, I took a month off to backpack in Nepal and hike the Annapurna circuit in the Himalayas and returned to start my PhD. I’m currently working on my second year as a doctoral student and focusing on the laryngeal microbiome, vocal fold immunology and wound healing.
A shout out to all of my mentors and role models, past and present, for guiding me towards more than I ever thought was possible. And a big thanks to my family and all the friends I’ve met along the way!
Above photo courtesy of BTC Institute
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