Speech therapist likes team approach

Posted July 25, 2011, at 7:53 p.m.

NEWBURGH — Amy Reid of Newburgh works in the speech therapy department at Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast. When she was a student at the University of Maine, she liked hearing about the team approach in the speech department where the instructor in one of her voice classes worked.

“In lectures, he talked about the culture at Waldo County General Hospital and the unique teaming model they used. I liked the coaching method he and his team had come up with and their work with telepractice. I thought, ‘I could accomplish what I want in that setting.’ They put the patient first and everyone has a common interest: the patient. I liked the team approach and

the support network,” Reid said.

When she saw a job opening for a speech therapist in the speech department where her college instructor, Michael Towey, was the department head, she applied immediately. Reid got the job and will use the coaching model she admired in two preschools this fall.

Towey said Reid was outstanding in her class and her clinical supervisor from college called her “most outstanding.” The assistant principal at the school where she worked while attending college said Reid worked well in the teamwork and collaboration approach used at that school and “formed strong relationships with the staff.”

Reid’s degree is in communication science and disorders because, as she said, “communication is so fundamental to who we are. When you increase a person’s ability to communicate, you improve every aspect of their life.”

Information about the speech therapy department at Waldo County General Hospital is available at http://www.mainespeechtherapy.org.

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