Linda Pruce obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Pittsburgh in 1990 and her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from West Virginia University in 1992. She began her career at the University of Pittsburgh Medical center meeting speech / swallowing objectives in the ICU with tracheotomized / ventilator-dependent patients as well as providing speech, language, cognitive and swallowing services to adult, in-patients. She worked at an in-patient rehab (HealthSouth Harmarville Rehabilitation Center), assisting patients suffering from TBI, stroke and progressive neurological impairments, before transitioning to the Skilled Nursing Population (McMurray Manor Skilled Nursing Facility).
After moving to Maryland, Linda continued working with in-patients (Frederick Memorial Hospital) and out-patients (Rose Hill Rehabilitation Center), adding voice therapy to her repertoire. She began working with athletes, singers and employees with vocally intense professions who suffered from muscle tension & spasmodic dysphonia, vocal cord dysfunction, general voice disorders and poor vocal hygiene. In 2014 she co-owned the online speech therapy company, Talk4Hours, specializing in accent modification, voice therapy, and social anxiety based speech disorders.
As a Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher, she added mindfulness, pranayama, relaxation, and nervous system work to her treatment regimens. It helps to decrease the overwhelm felt by speech patients with chronic conditions while increasing their resiliency to carry-over therapy tips and techniques. Linda enjoys providing accent modification services to individuals that want to improve their speech intelligibility while still honoring their individuality, culture and heritage. Her holistic approach to the speech problems of patients with chronic conditions focuses on the whole patient not just their speech disorder.
Linda, a married, mother of two adult daughters, lives in Frederick, MD with her husband, Gary. She enjoys red wine, taking and teaching yoga, listening to audio books, and trying out new restaurants in historic, Downtown Frederick.