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Heather Coles, M.A., CCC-SLP

Senior Speech-Language Pathologist

Joined URMC in 1996 


  • M.A. Speech Pathology, State University of New York, College at Geneseo - 1989
  • B.S., Bachelor of Science in Speech - Language Pathology,   State University of New York, College at Geneseo, 1986


  • Bermuda Ministry of Education 1989-1990 


  • New York State License – Speech-Language Pathology - 1990


Areas of specialty include, but are not limited to:

  • Speech and language
  • Cognitive
  • Voice
  • Swallowing rehabilitation

Board Certification

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association - 1990

Professional Memberships

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Academy of Neurological Disorders and Sciences 
  •  Aphasia Access
  • Genesee Valley Speech, Language and Hearing Association 
  • Greater Rochester Area Medical Speech Language Pathologists 
  • Northeast Council of Clinical Educators 
  • Brain Injury Association of New York State 
  • New York State Speech Language and Hearing Association     

  Additional Certifications

  • Certified in Speak Out for individuals living with Parkinson's Disease
  • Certified in Lee Silverman Voice Treatment for individuals living with Parkinson's Disease 
  • ·McNeil Dysphagia Therapy Program 
  • Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile
  • Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) for swallowing
  • VitalStim for Swallowing ​
  • Certified Brain Injury Specialist
  • Completed Advanced Team Training for Parkinson's Disease ​