Speech-pathology has inspired Mallory Mahon since the first time she stumbled upon it at a majors’ fair as an undergraduate at Missouri State University. Mahon found it interesting and enrolled in the introductory course. Immediately, she was hooked.
“I remember after each class I could not wait to call a family member or a friend to tell them about what I learned,” said Mahon. “I was instantly amazed and inspired with the field of speech-language pathology!”
Inevitably, Mahon decided to pursue her graduate degree in speech-language pathology, where she was able to connect more than ever before with the discipline.
“The program at Missouri State University allowed for us to participate in our own speech-language and hearing clinic during graduate school,” she said. “Immediately we were taught how to manage a caseload, work across disciplines and transfer our knowledge from the classroom to our actual patient population.”
Mahon, who now works full time at CoxHealth Hospital and as a PRN speech-language pathologist at Mercy Hospital, has accrued a deep appreciation for the intimacy of the field and admits that it constantly amazes her. She enjoys helping her patients accomplish what are sometimes their largest triumphs.
“I will always remember the first time one of my young patients with cerebral palsy said her first true word in a treatment session,” Mahon recalled. “We had been working together for months and finally she said it: ‘mama!’ My patient and her family all celebrated!
“I will always remember that day because of how special that moment was and how I was there, able to share in that intimate time, with that family,” she continued.
The love Mahon has for helping others has extended far beyond her career. Mahon also leads a special-needs Girl Scout troop, the first in the area.
“These girls are nothing short of amazing,” Mahon said. “We have a great time learning how to serve our community, making friendships and just having fun!”
Inspired by her work, Mahon has also recently created what she calls a “speech blog” to extend her knowledge as a resource to others in need.
“I hope my passion for my field will transfer to many through this blog,” said Mahon.