Published on August 28, 2019

Walker Earns Doctorate in Speech Pathology

Brigitta WalkerTUPELO, Miss.—Brigitta Bowen Walker, SLPD, CCC-SLP, speech-language pathologist with North Mississippi Medical Center’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, recently earned her doctorate in speech-language pathology from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah.

A Houston native, Walker earned her bachelor’s degree in communication science and disorders from the University of Mississippi in 1986 and her master’s degree in speech pathology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1988.

Walker joined the NMMC staff in 1991 and worked with the Rehabilitation Institute and Acute Rehabilitation before transferring to Outpatient Rehabilitation 21 years ago. She is a certified endoscopist, and specializes in evaluating and treating swallowing and voice disorders. Her capstone project focused on the use of surface electromyographic biofeedback, a treatment method that uses electrodes to measure the efforts of a patient’s muscles in swallowing. With this technology, patients can see that effort and improve their ability to move food from the pharynx to the stomach. 

Walker also provides oncology rehabilitation for patients who are diagnosed with head and neck cancer. She has been asked to do a presentation on this topic for the Kentucky Speech-Language-Hearing Association in February 2020. She also serves as editor of “The Talk and the Chew,” a quarterly newsletter for speech-language pathologists that provides evidence for best care practices on a variety of topics.

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