Sunday, March 1, 2015

Center Welcomes Michelle Fricks, New Speech/Language Pathologist

Michelle Fricks’ connection to the Center for Hearing & Speech began during a high school job shadow project when she observed a pediatric speech therapist working at the Rock Hill clinic.

The therapist I observed was providing articulation and language treatment to preschool and school-age children,” she explained. “The families of these children had received scholarship funding from the Center based on financial need, which gave them access to services they might not have been able to afford otherwise. The therapist made it fun for the kids, and I doubt they even realized how hard they were working or how much they were learning!”   

Fricks said that magical moment made her very excited about pursuing a future speech/language pathology career.  She is pleased to have such a rewarding career that allows her to improve the quality of life of the individuals and families she serves.

As a member of the Center’s speech/pathology staff, Fricks will spend two mornings each week working with young children at Magnolia Grace Hill Head Start and Hilltop Child Development Center. In the afternoons, she will take pediatric appointments at the Center’s Rock Hill clinic.
Before joining the Center, Fricks was a pediatric speech and language pathologist at Leaps & Bounds, an outpatient clinic in Lincoln, Nebraska, that provided speech, occupational and physical therapies to children from birth to age 18.

She earned her bachelor’s degree with majors in Communication Sciences & Disorders and German at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, and earned her master’s of science degree in Speech Language Pathology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

A St. Louis native, Fricks grew up in South St. Louis County where she attended Lindbergh High School. Her husband, Dennis, is an attorney for the Social Security Administration.  They lived in Nebraska for a few years after she finished graduate school and are now happy to be back home.

In her free time, Fricks loves the outdoors and being active, especially playing tennis and running, biking, camping and hiking. The couple are avid Cardinals baseball fans and also enjoy traveling and cooking together.

The Center for Hearing & Speech is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that last year donated $1.75 million in speech/language and audiology services to residents of metropolitan St. Louis. 

It is a proud member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis and was awarded the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) 2014 TORCH award in October.

The award is given to charities and businesses that “demonstrate a commitment to customer service through exceptional standards for ethical business practices,” according to the BBB.

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