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Clinician Spotlight: Katie Hartman

Posted: Dec 07, 2017 by The Children's Institute

Today, we kick off our new series, Clinician Spotlight, by talking with a speech-language pathologist from The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh, southwestern Pennsylvania native Katie Hartman.

When did you start working in your field? I started my Clinical Fellowship Year in February of 2004

When did you start working at The Children’s Institute? May 2006

Where did you grow up? Until I was 12, I lived in Somerset County PA, near Seven Springs. We moved to Pittsburgh at that time, and I’ve been here ever since.

As a child, what did you want to be? A teacher or a nurse

What did your high-school guidance counselor say you should do for a living? I don’t recall that conversation taking place, specifically. My mom said I talked a lot about medical jobs and teaching so they always figured I’d end up working with people.

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? West Virginia University for Undergrad—Speech Pathology & Audiology; Pitt for Grad school in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

What inspired you to go into your field? When I was a teenager, my grandpa had a stroke. He was seen at home afterward by a travel SLP. I got to help him do his “homework” after sessions naming family members in pictures, etc. I wanted to help other people like that to improve their quality of life after stroke. It naturally led me to learn more about Speech Pathology.

What do you like most about your job? I love the diversity of needs and skills I get to use on a regular basis. I work on functional feeding, swallowing, cognition, emergent speech and language and more. I’m not pigeon-holed into one segment of our profession here.

What do you like about Pittsburgh? It’s small enough that I don’t get lost when I go downtown, but has some amazing local attractions.

Do you have any pets? No pets!

Do you have any hobbies? Reading, playing outside with my son, drinking coffee as often as possible!

Do you want to give shout-outs to any family – nuclear or otherwise – in the area? Ummm… no?

What is your favorite sports team? Pittsburgh Penguins!

Who is your favorite musician? Corey Taylor from Slipknot/Stone Sour. But that changes about every 6 months J

If you could have any superpower, what would you choose? Pause time… to enjoy time with loved ones, to finish tasks without rushing, and to sleep in

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? Probably my church

If you could meet any historical figure, living or dead, who would you choose to meet? Laura Ingalls Wilder. I loved reading her books when I was young and always wanted to meet her in real life.

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