She received a Bachelor of Arts in English Education from Centenary College of Louisiana in 1991. She received a Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Louisiana Tech University 1994. She received her Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership, with a focus in Higher Education, from Louisiana Tech University in 2019. She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is fully licensed to practice speech-language pathology in the state of Louisiana. She has obtained continuing education and training in multiple areas, including certification in Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT/Big and Loud), VitalStim therapy for dysphagia, and Deep Pharyngeal Neuromuscular Stimulation. She is past president (2009) of the Louisiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Her teaching interests include Clinical Methods and Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology, Diagnostic Methods, Augmentative/Alternative Communication, and Voice Disorders. Her research interests include higher education issues, particularly practices and attitudes related to students with disabilities, best practices in graduate education, and school to work transitions. She also has interest in early intervention for speech and language disorders, dysphagia, and neurogenic communciation disorders.