I go by the name of Rinki Varindani Desai, an enthusiastic and passionate young adult, wanting to live life to the fullest. “Carpe Diem” is my life motto. Go, seize the day!
I am a Medical Speech-Language Pathologist, specializing in the rehabilitation of adults with speech, language, cognition and swallowing disorders. That is where my true passion lies. I was fortunate to recognize that in the first year of my undergraduate training. Ever since then, I embarked on a journey to pursue my dreams and focused my energies on becoming a successful and skilled Adult Medical SLP. My SLP journey continues even today.
I was born and brought up in the vibrant city of Mumbai in India. The generation I grew up in called it Bombay, which will always be home to me. Everything and everyone closest to my heart are all back home in Mumbai, which is why the city continues to be an inseparable part of me and my existence. In 2009, I moved to Dallas, Texas to further my education and fulfill my dream of becoming an ASHA-certified Medical SLP. Dallas was my home away from home. It’s where I grew up a second time and achieved many of my professional goals. In August 2015, I moved to Rochester, New York and started a new chapter in my SLP tale. I am excited to see what the future has in store.
I completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology from A.Y.J.N.I.H.H in Mumbai, India, followed by a Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders from the Callier Center at the University of Texas at Dallas (among the top 5% of Graduate SLP programs in the United States). Additionally, I worked as a Research Assistant in the UTD Aphasia and Aging Lab during graduate school, which opened up the exciting world of clinical research to me and provided me with several opportunities for scientific contribution. Upon graduation, I was offered an SLP-CFY position in a long-term acute care hospital in Dallas, where I worked for 4 fantastic years. The experience I gained working with patients with critical illnesses and complex medical diagnoses; particularly the experience with the tracheostomy/ventilator dependent population was tremendous. It challenged me; motivating me to push my limits as a clinician and expand my horizons. Currently, I am working as a PRN SLP, exploring the different adult medical settings to further hone my skills and clinical training. I am truly grateful to be where I am today, doing everything I love to do.
I created a Forum for Medical SLPs on Facebook a few years ago and the response it got was phenomenal. That triggered the realization that there were a lot of people out there, equally passionate about the field of Medical SLP as me. However, the number of blogs, websites and resources dedicated to it were considerably few. I consider my experiences, journey, background and story to be unique. I believe I have a perspective that might be worth sharing with many. As someone who is 4 years out of grad school, y student struggles and clinical fellowship experiences are still as fresh as ever. On the other hand, with 4 years of experience under my belt, I also feel confident as an SLP in the real world. I finally feel comfortable with who I have become and my skills and expertise as a Medical SLP. I am at a point where I have the best of both worlds and just so much to share. What better way to do it than a website and blog! I am so excited to be chronicling my journey as an Adult Medical SLP. I hope it educates, inspires and motivates many of you out there to do the same.
Thank you for visiting my website and learning more about me. I would love to learn more about you. You can use the Contact form or connect with me via Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. You can also subscribe to my Blog via email. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks for becoming a part of my International SLP journey, from India to the United States of America.
“Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail for others to follow.” ~ Ralph Aldo Emerson