Big honors for TMC speech/language pathologist Brenda Abbey

Congratulations to TMC’s pediatric outpatient speech/language pathologist Brenda Abbey! Abbey is one of 17 professionals who have been chosen as Inside Tucson Business’ 2014 Up & Comers. The publication honors professionals who are likely to achieve positions of leadership or high standing in their organizations, industries or communities. Similarly, their accomplishments, leadership and service are likely to have a significant positive effect on their organization, industry or community during the remainder of their career.

Abbey is being honored in the bio tech/medicine/healthcare category.

TMC speech/language pathologist Brenda Abbey with the Debbault triplets: Victoria, Sophia & Cecelia

TMC speech/language pathologist Brenda Abbey with the Debbault triplets:
Victoria, Sophia & Cecelia

Abbey starting working as a speech/language pathologist at TMC in June 2006 after receiving her master’s degree from the University of Arizona Speech and Hearing Sciences program. She is a lead speech/language pathologist for pediatric inpatient care, including diagnosis and treatment for premature infants, children in the newborn and pediatric ICUs, and the regular inpatient pediatric unit. She also provides evaluation and treatment of infants through school-aged children for a variety of feeding and communication disorders. “Brenda’s expertise is in educating families and making them the center of the family interdisciplinary team,” said Mary Lou Fragomeni, TMC manager of outpatient therapies and audiology.

Abbey’s latest accomplishment is the development of a newborn ICU follow-up clinic that is unique to our community. The NICU After Care program is based on her research, and addresses a specific need for Southern Arizona’s most vulnerable newborns. Abbey coordinated with TMC’s developmental specialist Julie Seidl and the TMC Foundation to secure funding from Children’s Miracle Network.

Abbey also mentors new graduates in speech/language pathology during their introductory year, leads training for all new therapists into the NICU, and has chaired Junior League philanthropic projects. In addition, Abbey was selected as a fellow in 2013 for the first class of Arizona Leadership in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disorders, for future leaders in pediatric health care.

Abbey, along with the other nominees, will be honored during a ceremony on April 10.

Congratulations, Brenda!

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