May 19, 2014

Veronica Chavez during her graduation ceremony at Northern Arizona University.

Meet a Member!

The saying “Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere” is a perfect way to describe the motivation behind one of our therapist’s desire to advance her education and gain new skills.

Meet Veronica Chavez, speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA) with our pediatric therapy clinic in El Paso, Texas.

On May 10, Veronica graduated from the College of Health and Human Services at Northern Arizona University (NAU) with a Master of Science degree in clinical speech-language pathology.

The ceremony was held on the university’s campus in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Gloria Macías-DeFrancé, therapy clinical director, attended the event to show her support.

“Our team is pleased to support this talented young lady in her educational pursuits,” said Gloria. “We foster a learning environment and encourage our therapists to grow and advance in their careers.”

Veronica Chavez, speech-language pathology assistant and Gloria Macías-DeFrancé, therapy clinical director.

Veronica completed her degree in three years as part of NAU’s summer-only program.

Throughout the duration of the program, she worked full-time as an SLPA in El Paso and the team helped to cover her clients each summer as she returned to NAU to pursue her degree.

“I would like to extend my gratitude to the El Paso therapy team and my supervisor, Michelle Ortiz, for providing encouragement, mentorship and guidance during my graduate coursework,” said Veronica. “It is with great honor that I am a part of such an amazing team.”

Veronica joined the El Paso team in 2009. She will return to Epic at the end of the summer as an intern and then transition into her new role as a bilingual speech-language pathologist.

Congratulations, Veronica!