Lisa Wicktor's inspiration to become a speech-language pathologist came from her mother. Born with a cleft palate, her mom's life opened up once she started receiving speech therapy. This new beginning showed Lisa what was possible and helped give her the positive attitude that she brings to each encounter with patients. It can be a very frustrating experience for patients as they work through the communication and swallowing challenges caused by stroke, brain injury, and other health issues. But Lisa's approach keeps them focused on their goals. She tries to end each session on a positive note, and throughout their care she gradually brings them to a place of acceptance and readiness for what comes next. "We may not be able to get them back totally to the person they were before, but we want them to see that there is life with a new me."