- Class of2020
- ProgramSpeech-Language Pathology
“Loyola’s Jesuit education has inspired me since I was an undergraduate student,” says Kiersten, who earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Loyola before returning to work toward her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. “Both ideals of cura personalis and being men and women for and with others are important for effective treatment and intervention with clients,” says Kiersten, who is originally from Churchville, Md., and works as a speech-language pathologist assistant at a private clinic. Previously she worked at Trellis Services, where she assisted children who had autism spectrum disorder. As part of her externship at Loyola, Kiersten provides one-on-one treatment with geriatric adults who have suffered injury or illness at a skilled nursing facility. After she graduates in May 2020, Kiersten hopes to help at-risk children in inner-city public schools. She plans to use Loyola’s Jesuit ideals to care for each of her clients. The hands-on experience during her first semester and working with Janet Preis, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, associate professor of speech-language-hearing sciences, has made a lasting impression on Kiersten. “Dr. Preis is the epitome of a great clinician, a knowledgeable profession, and a genuine person who truly cares about the well-being of her students.”
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