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Jane Yakel, MS, CCC-SLP,

JANE YAKEL, MS, CCC-SLP, is a licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist with more than 40 years of experience in the care of persons suffering from neuropathology disorders. She completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Wyoming, specializing in neuropathology. Ms. Yakel is currently a private contractor and consultant in Virginia and has worked in a variety of settings including acute care, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, skilled nursing homes, independent and assisted living facilities, hospitals, and schools. She has been a regional clinical specialist and a national trainer for rehabilitation program directors and has served as a director of a community re-entry program for traumatic brain injury survivors. Additionally, she has taught at the University of Wyoming, Utah State University, and DeVry University (Phoenix). Her diverse background in both the academic and health care arenas has given her ample opportunities to develop strong clinical skills in patient assessment, evaluation, treatment, and patient/family education.

Ms. Yakel has also shared her expertise as an author—particularly in her comprehensive book Dementia: Interventions for Severe Cognitive Impairments—and presenter for national and state board continuing education courses on various topics such as cognitive rehabilitation and dementia, comprehensive assessment of the patient, and cognitive communication disorders in the neurologically impaired. She currently is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, is a past representative for the People to People Ambassador Program for the American Speech and Hearing Association, and is a prior member of the Wyoming Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.