The Queer SLP is an informative and community driven podcast for the LGBTQ+ identifying professional. Hosts Hector and Natalie are two Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) whose mission is to create a safe space that celebrates, embraces, and explores the unique intersectionality of queer culture and the professional identity. Together they will interview others, explore queer-related issues and representation across different fields and industries, share stories, and more.
Natalie (she/her) grew up in the small town of Owego, New York.
She earned her undergraduate degree from State University of New York at Fredonia in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Music. She received her MS in Speech-Language Pathology at MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston.
Then, on a whim, she moved to Seattle in 2003 and began her career. Natalie has worked in schools, private clinics, and outpatient medical settings.
She is passionate about building her SLP skills through copious amounts of CEUs (ACEs abound!). Natalie has sung in multiple amateur and professional choirs, opera, musical theatre, and at one time a lesbian a capella group. She lives with her pre-wife, Andrea, and two cats.
A native Californian from the Central Valley, turned Seattle transplant; Hector started his career as an SLP back in 2016.
As a school-based SLP he has a wealth of experience working with students from ages 3-21. Prior to entering the schools, Hector worked as an early interventionist providing services for children from birth-to-three years of age. Hector holds a B.A. in Communication Disorders and Deaf Studies from California State University, Fresno. He also hold a B.S. in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Washington, Seattle. Hector obtained his M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Washington State University.
Hector is an avid volleyball player, enjoys working out and has recently rekindled his love for art while social distancing. Hector hopes his experience as a queer professional and POC will shed a light on LGBTQ+ issues and allow others to share their stories.