Donna Tippet received her MA in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Maryland, and her Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. Her primary clinical interests are in neurogenic communication and swallowing disorders in adults, and in speaking and swallowing disorders related to tracheostomy and ventilator dependency. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Otolaryngology —Head and neck surgery and in the Dept. of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.