- Master of Science, Speech Pathology and Audiology - Baylor University, Waco, Texas
- Bachelor of Science, Education - Baylor University, Waco, Texas
- Certificate of Clinical Competence - American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Tammy Cook, Speech Language Pathologist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), provides rehabilitation interventions related to communication, vocal quality, cognitive-linguistic skills, and swallowing function. Cook has worked as a contractor at CTCA® since 2003, but joined the hospital full time in October 2017.
Cook assists with assessing, diagnosing, treating and educating patients to help them restore function and improve quality of life. She executes treatment plans, using advanced technology and strategies to address issues that impair speech and swallowing. She has a special interest in swallowing disorders and performs both Video Fluoroscopic Swallow Evaluations and Fiberoptic Endoscopic Swallowing Evaluations to develop personalized care plans for each patient.
“I am always looking for new techniques and technologies related to the biomechanics of the swallow mechanism, which is my area of special interest,” says Cook. “I also stay up to date on the latest advancements in speech and language pathology, so I can help my patients achieve their goals.”
Cook is trained in lymphedema management to help head and neck cancer patients who are experiencing swallowing difficulties. She is also trained in managing tracheoesophageal puncture devices, so patients may continue to verbally communicate after their voice box, or larynx, has been removed.
Cook graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where she received a bachelor’s degree in education. She went on to receive a Master of Science degree in speech pathology and audiology from Baylor. Before joining CTCA, she gained clinical experience in a variety of settings.
Cook holds a certificate in clinical competence in speech language pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She has taught courses in speech pathology at Oklahoma State University for the past 10 years.
Cook enjoys spending time with family and friends. She is also an active participant in her church. Cook volunteers for a variety of organizations, including the Honor Flight Network, which provides a trip for World War II veterans to go to Washington D.C. to see the memorial built in their honor. She also volunteers her time helping victims of sex trafficking.
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