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Jenée Luquette James, B.A., SLPA

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant 

Jenée Luquette James is a speech-language pathology assistant, as well as a professional opera singer, in the Denver Metro area. She first began her professional journey with an undergraduate degree in Music - Vocal Performance from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Next, she continued her educational path in music at Louisiana State University, where she obtained her master’s degree, again in the field of Music - Vocal Performance. Much later Jenée completed the speech-language pathology assistant program through the University of Colorado at Boulder, and she has thoroughly enjoyed the world of speech therapy ever since!

 

While it may seem like vocal performance and the field of speech-language pathology have nothing in common, they actually do have quite a bit of overlap. When Jenée was performing operas and musicals all over the United States, she became a private voice and piano teacher. After nearly six years of teaching music privately, she realized that her primary interests were actually in the areas of language, diction, and the vocal mechanism, prompting her to explore career options in the field of speech therapy. While researching professional options, Jenée realized that she had actually previously taken nearly three quarters of the prerequisite classes for her speech-language pathology assistant certification throughout her previous degrees. As a result, she was able to finish her program in under a year and with a perfect GPA. Her extensive background as a voice and music teacher has allowed for her to make a smooth transition into the field of speech and language therapy. While she loves working as a speech-language pathology assistant, one day Jenée aspires to be a dual singing and voice therapy specialist. 

 

When not working, Jenée is the soprano section leader at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Denver, and also performs with the Central City Opera as a touring artist. In her free time, Jenée loves spending time with her husband and step-daughter, playing with her two dogs, Trixie and Pepper, and cuddling with her cat, Ed.

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Payton Bryan, B.A., SLPA

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant 

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant 

Payton received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Northern Arizona University, which is also where she completed coursework to become a certified speech-language pathology assistant. She began her professional journey working within the Adams 14 school district as a speech-language pathology assistant. There, she gained experience working with students diagnosed with a wide range of communication disorders, including but not limited to, speech sound disorders, fluency disorders, language-based learning disabilities, and autism. After working in the public school setting, Payton took a brief hiatus from the field of speech therapy in order to pursue other professional opportunities. Her short break away reaffirmed her passion for the field of speech-language pathology, as well as solidified her enthusiasm in pursuing her career in the field of speech-language pathology. Payton is very excited to continue her professional pursuits with Blossoming Minds Therapy.

 

When not at work, Payton enjoys spending time outdoors. Her days away from the office are spent tending to her garden, camping, hiking, and practicing yoga. Her and her partner, Case, are proud parents of their dog, Connie and cat, Rajah, as well as many plants. Payton honors the value of human connection through communication, and strives to carry that value with her both while working with students and when away from the office.