- Master of Arts, Communicative Disorders - West Chester University, West Chester, Pennsylvania
- Bachelor of Science, Communicative Disorders - Marywood College, Scranton, Pennsylvania
- Clinical Competency in Speech Language Pathology – American Speech and Hearing Association
- Registered Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Clinician
- Certified Lymphedema Therapist, Head and Neck Lymphedema Therapist
Erika Carachilo, Speech Language Pathologist, was drawn to the level of care provided at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA). “The level of service here challenges me to provide the best care possible,” she says.
After earning a Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders at Marywood College in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Carachilo completed her master’s degree in Speech Pathology at West Chester University, also in Pennsylvania.
Since 1995, Carachilo has served as a speech language pathologist in various settings, including home care, hospitals and rehabilitation clinics. Her work has focused on diagnosing individuals coping with neurological impairment, head injury, voice disorders, and other conditions affecting speech-language, cognitive and swallowing abilities.
She has created and executed treatment plans, using state-of-the-art technology to evaluate issues that can impair speech and swallowing. She has also provided education, and trained family members in various aspects of speech pathology care.
Carachilo is a licensed speech pathologist by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She holds a certificate in clinical competence in speech language pathology from the American Speech and Hearing Association. She is also a registered modified barium swallow impairment clinician, allowing her to accurately diagnose speech impairments and recommend targeted treatments based on the evidence provided through this testing.
Carachilo joined CTCA in 2008. At CTCA, she provides interventions related to communication, vocal quality, cognitive-linguistic skills and swallowing function. She conducts speech, language and cognitive assessments, provides tracheostomy care and speech valve evaluation.
Carachilo assists patients treated for head and neck cancer with rehabilitation. For patients who have undergone total laryngectomy, Carachilo provides voice restoration therapy, using techniques such as tracheoesophageal voice prosthesis and electrolaryngeal speech. For other patients, therapy may focus on vocal and oral hygiene or managing dry mouth, a common side effect of some cancer treatments.
Carachilo uses recent technologies, such as auriculotherapy to assist in the treatment of dry mouth, alongside time-tested exercises and other interventions. Her overall goal for her patients is to assist them toward recovery following cancer treatment, ensuring comfort and the quality of life they desire.
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