Lakshmi Joshi Boyle is a Speech-Language Pathologist and supervisor at the University of Vermont Medical Center. She specializes in geriatrics, neurologic, and oncology rehabilitation. She treats patients with conditions such as ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)
, brain injury, concussion, multiple sclerosis (MS), and stroke
Lakshmi’s current research interests include outcome measures for head and neck cancer and standardization of UVM Medical Center Dysphagia diets, diets which feature textures of food that make it easier to swallow to be in compliance with the International Dysphagia Diets Standard Initiative.
Speech-Language Pathology allows Lakshmi to integrate her love of language and cognition with the science of synapses. She finds her work challenging and rewarding and believes each of us is wired differently. Determining how people learn, think, and talk gives her new perspectives each and every day, keeping her thinking fresh. She loves when someone says, "That worked!" or "You are the first person who has made sense." She also loves working with newer clinicians to teach them the ropes. She is proud of building the department to having 14 Speech-Language Pathologists, she believes it means that we are helping a lot of people who may have been overlooked in the past.
Lakshmi strives to create a positive experience for each of her patients. Even when things look dire, she remains positive and tries to provide at least one pearl so that the patient and family feel their encounter was worthwhile. Lakshmi views her role similar to a detective whereas she gathers as much information as possible about a patient’s condition so she can provide the best treatment possible for that individual.
Learn more about speech language pathology
at the UVM Medical Center.