About Ann-Marie

Specializing in Adults with Complex Medical Needs

Ann-Marie Dykstra, MA, CCC-SLP

Owner & Speech-Language Pathologist

I’m a certified Speech-Language Pathologist (more commonly called Speech Therapist) with ASHA (American Speech-Language Hearing Association) with over 10 years of experience with the medically complex adult population.

Background
Prior to receiving my Masters in Speech-Language Pathology in 2010 from San Diego State University, I had a 10 year career as a stunt performer. I specialized in freestyle tricks on the stand-up jet ski and eventually grew more skills as I performed for various theme parks around the world. I finished my career in Los Angeles after achieving my Screen Actors Guild card which allowed me to perform stunts for major films. Little did I know at the time how much all that training would assist my knowledge for what I do today. Like most athletes, I acquired a number of injuries and got to know what physical therapists do first hand. Training muscles when they are healthy vs repairing them when damage has occurred allowed me invaluable insight for my next career as a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP).

When I went back to school at 32 years old I knew I wanted to help people recover from their injuries but wasn’t quite sure how. I was introduced to what speech therapists do by my Biology professor and decided to take a leap into the field when I realized the medical side that rarely gets talked about. By the time I was in graduate school, I was fortunate to obtain an internship  at a VA Hospital. It was there that I first worked with numerous medically complex patients.

I had truly found my calling.

My first position after graduate school was with a major level two trauma center. There I was able to work with mentors and other professionals who had extensive backgrounds in the medical field. The skills and certifications I earned through the guidance of my more experienced colleagues provided a strong foundation for my work. My roll at the hospital involved performing extensive diagnostic procedures such as Modified Barium Swallow studies and Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing, as well as carrying out medically complex treatment programs. I continue to learn to this day and am particularly fascinated with growing technology that is helping to make major advancements in our field to benefit diagnostic assessments and therapy programs. I’m excited to extend my experience and skill sets through my own private practice to allow for greater personal care and quality of service.  

Certifications

  • Lee Silverman Voice Treatment® (LSVT®)
  • Certified User of AmpCare
  • Certified for Aspire2/Guardian Way
  • Trained for utilization of NMES and sEMG
  • VitalStim Therapy Provider
  • Certificate of Training for Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES)
  • Licensed to work as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the state of Florida
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

Education

  • Master’s Degree, Speech-Language Pathology, San Diego State University
  • Bachelor of Arts – BA, Communication Disorders Sciences and Services, California State University, Northridge
  • Associate of Arts – AA, General Studies, Las Angeles Mission College

 

About Cobalt Speech Therapy

Cobalt Therapy is a private speech therapy service that was created out of a growing need for qualified medical speech therapists to serve the Lake County area. The bird in my logo is a swallow, which is very common in this beautiful part of Florida. Swallows are deeply linked with renewal, new beginnings and the blooming of life. They are considered beautiful and delicate birds, bringing good news to those who see them fly by. The color cobalt has a strong connection with nature and is considered to be soothing, peaceful and trustworthy. I strive to embrace all of these qualities when working with you.

The Personal Care You Deserve, right in your home!

Please fill in the contact form below and I will call you to set up a Free Consultation to discuss your concerns and answer any questions you may have.  You can also call (352) 508-7789 or email me at AM@CobaltTherapy.com with any questions, comments or scheduling inquiries you may have.