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Justin Docal

Justin is a rising fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Linguistics who is completing an Honors Thesis in the ARC lab with Dr’s Plowman and Donohue. Justin aspires to become a Speech-Language Pathologist. His research interests include swallowing disorders as well…

Sophia Benson

Sophia is a third -year undergraduate student from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She is studying Communication Sciences and Disorders and minoring in Linguistics with hopes of becoming a medical Speech Language Pathologist. Her Research interests include Dysphagia and other disordered upper aerodigestive tract functions, traumatic brain injury, and speech motor…

Caroline Milikin, B.S.

Caroline is a first-year graduate student from Richmond, Va. She received her B.S.Ed. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Virginia in May of 2020 (Wahoowa!) and now is pursuing her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Florida. Caroline is grateful for…

Cara Donohue, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dr. Cara Donohue is a speech-language pathologist and post-doctoral research fellow under the mentorship of Dr. Emily Plowman. She first became interested in the field of speech-language pathology when she broke her jaw and had it wired shut in high school, teaching her the significant impact communication and swallowing…

Mackenzi Coker, M.S., CCC-SLP

Mackenzie is the first Nancy Wilkins Endowed Research Speech Language Pathologist, a fellowship line funded by the generosity of our grateful patients Dr. Jon Wilkins and his late wife Nancy. You can read about this story below. Mackenzi graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree in…

Tara Segalewitz, B.S.

Tara hails from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and is a double Gator having earned her BHS in Communication Sciences and Disorders from UF in 2019. Tara is currently finishing up her first year of the Master’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders degree at UF. She has a passion for medical…

Krista Boesing, B.S.

Krista hails from New Albany, Indiana. She received her BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Samford University Birmingham, Alabama. Krista is a first year Masters student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Florida. She conducted her clinical rotation in the ARC lab during her second…

Dr. Neil Chheda

Dr. Neil N. Chheda is an Associate Professor in the Division of Laryngology of the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Florida.  In addition, he is the Residency Program Director.  His interests include concerns of the voice, swallow and airway.  Dr. Plowman and Dr.

Maddy Lee

Maddy Lee is from St. Petersburg, FL and is a double Gator – completing her Bachelor’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2020. During this time she worked as a research assistant in the ARC Lab performing hyoid kinematic analysis. She is a first year Masters student in the…

Joelle Simpson

Joelle Simpson is from Fort Lauderdale, FL and is a second year undergraduate student. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience on the pre-medical track. Joelle enjoys martial arts and drawing in her spare time. She hopes to learn from Dr. Plowman and apply her experiences as…