Lisa Cole, Speech Language Pathologist
Lisa Cole, Speech Language Pathologist at MedStar Visiting Nurse Association (VNA), travels across five counties to provide patients with the tools they need to communicate more effectively. With more than 30 years of experience and six years at MedStar VNA, Lisa believes incorporating creative games and smartphone apps into treatment sessions helps patients overcome frustration or anxiety that may occur when coping with communication deficits.
A variety of her patients experience swallowing, speech, language, and cognitive deficits, and Lisa works closely to help them express themselves more clearly to improve their quality of life. In addition, she provides patients with the resources they need to be able to manage their condition after discharge. According to Lisa, the most rewarding and amazing aspect of her job is watching patients progress and facilitating their success.
“I love educating patients and their families and helping them improve! Sometimes, patients and I get very attached because working with someone with their communication and swallowing is a very intimate job that requires trust. Helping someone regain their ability to swallow and take their first bite or sip after months, say their first words, or communicate clearly for the first time makes my job a very special one!”