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Clinician Spotlight: Jolyn Kisiday, SLP

Posted: May 09, 2018 by The Children's Institute

Today, in honor of Better Speech & Hearing Month, we speak with speech-language pathologist Jolyn Kisiday.

When did you start working in your field? I started working in June 2015.

When did you start working at The Children’s Institute? I started working at CI in June 2016.

Where did you grow up? I grew up in a small town in Indiana County, PA called Marion Center.

As a child, what did you want to be? I wanted to be the most random things. My parents were remodeling our house when I was little so I swear we lived at furniture stores. I had a passion to be a “furniture lady”. I also wanted to be a secretary or in a girl band due to my obsession with the Spice Girls.

What did your high-school guidance counselor say you should do for a living? To be honest, she had no influence on my college selection or career. I cannot remember even speaking with her -- haha.

Where did you go to college? Did you do any post-grad work and, if so, where did you attend and what did you study? I went to West Virginia University for undergrad studying speech pathology and audiology and then I attended Clarion University for my Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

What inspired you to go into your field? My mother is a speech-language pathologist and audiologist. She owns a speech and hearing business so I guess I was always surrounded by it. My cousin has a severe phonological disorder and I watched my mom improve her intelligibility greatly which was really cool to me. I always knew I wanted to work with people and I started doing more observations with my mom and her co-workers and decided this was the field for me.

What do you like most about your job?  I love making connections with the children I treat and their families. Seeing their progress makes the job worth it. I also work with pretty awesome people (shout out to Bridgeville!)

What do you like about Pittsburgh? I am a huge foodie and I feel if you love to eat Pittsburgh is the place to be. Pittsburgh has good vibes and friendly people, almost like a small town feel in a city. And our sport teams!
Do you have any pets? Yes! 1 pup her name is Zuzu. She is a 2 year old cavachon (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Bichon Frise)

Do you have any hobbies? I enjoy trying new restaurants and breweries around the city, traveling, working out at Push 40 Fitness, skiing in the winter and going on adventures with Zuzu (my pup).

Do you want to give shout-outs to any family – nuclear or otherwise – in the area? Shout out to my fiancé, Ben.Thanks for putting up with me!

What is your favorite sports team? Love WVU football and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Who is your favorite musician? I don’t have a favorite musician per say…I’m bipolar when it comes to music and it depends on my mood. I’m really into 50’s and 60’s genre right now because the band we booked for our wedding plays only 50’s and 60’s music haha. I also can’t get enough of Card B’s new album Invasion of Privacy at the moment.

If you could have any superpower, what would you choose? The power to heal (both physical and emotional healing)

If you were given a $1 million check to give to one group or charity – other than The Children’s Institute – who would get it? Why? I would give it to cancer research, specifically the Hillman Cancer Center. My aunt recently passed away and that is where she received her care and participated in clinical trials. They were really good to her.

If you could meet any historical figure, living or dead, who would you choose to meet? Barbara Walters. I had a weird obsession (and still do) with the show 20/20 on ABC  as a child and loved Barbara Walters’ interviews. She’s my girl.  

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