Shukura Irwin,MA, CCC-SLP

MA, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

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Working as a Speech Pathologist, I have the honor to be a part of someone’s cancer journey toward healing the whole self.

Location
CTCA Phoenix
Specialties
Primary specialty: Oncology Rehabilitation
Oncology Rehabilitation
Education
Advanced degrees:

Master of Arts, Communicative Sciences and Disorders - Hampton University, Hampton, VA

Certifications

Certificate of Clinical Competence - American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Shukura Irwin is a Speech-Language Pathologist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at the hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. Irwin is part of the oncology rehabilitation team, providing individualized care to help patients with symptom and side-effect management.

At CTCA, Irwin completes speech, language and cognitive evaluations to identify appropriate therapies. She also conducts assessments with those experiencing feeding or swallowing issues. Using advanced technologies and strategies, she executes treatment plans to help restore function.

“Patients with head and neck cancers are at the highest risk for experiencing side-effects related to speech and swallowing,” says Irwin. “My goal is to proactively anticipate impairments and assist my patients toward recovery and a quality of life that they desire.”

Irwin provides interventions related to swallowing function, voice restoration, vocal quality, articulation and linguistic skills. She also works with radiologists to administer Modified Barium Swallow Studies to identify normal and abnormal anatomy and physiology of a person’s swallow. This test is important as it determines someone’s risk of food or liquid aspiration. Irwin is also certified in the McNeil Dysphagia Therapy Program (MDTP), an exercise-based therapy for swallowing.

Irwin graduated from Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan, where she received a bachelor’s degree in linguistics. She completed a post-baccalaureate education in speech-language pathology at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Irwin then earned a Master of Arts in communicative sciences and disorders at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. She holds a certificate in clinical competence in speech language pathology from the American Speech and Hearing Association. Before joining CTCA, Irwin gained clinical experience in a variety of heath care settings.

Outside of CTCA, Irwin enjoys spending time with her friends, family and dog. She likes eating nutritional foods, exercising and watching a good movie on the weekends.

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