Speech Language Therapy - Portland Campus
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Karina TowersKarina Towers, SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

As a speech pathologist, Karina Towers specializes in the assessment and management of swallowing difficulties (dysphagia), especially those with chronic lung conditions and people effected by dementia. Karina earned her master’s degree in speech language pathology from Hunter College, City University of New York in 2009. She has had a wide variety of work experiences that include skilled nursing rehabilitation, school-age pediatrics, long-term acute care and acute care hospitals.

A native of New York City, Karina leads an active lifestyle that includes hiking, backpacking, snowboarding and long road trips. She grew up in a multicultural household, speaks German fluently, and loves traveling across the globe to experience new cultures.


Emma Murray, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist

Emma Murray brings a passion for evidenced-based care to her work as a speech-language pathologist. Emma loves that medical speech language pathology is constantly evolving through new research. “Acute care is a wonderful setting for speech and swallowing because we have access to instrumentation, such as video fluoroscopy and fiberoptic endoscopy that help us with diagnosis.”

Helping patients with difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) is the primary focus of Emma’s practice but she also loves working with patients who have communication disorders. She values teaming with her patients and their families to better understand each person and their goals. Emma tries to utilize all the tools available in acute care to provide thorough assessment and treatment of patients. The main focus is to keep patients safe and healthy while in the hospital.

After completing her Bachelor of Science in speech and hearing at Portland State University, Emma headed to Pacific University for her master’s in speech, with a special interest and elective coursework in adult medical speech-language pathology. Before coming to Adventist, Emma worked as an inpatient therapist at Kaiser. She also trained at a long term acute care setting to gain experience working with patients with tracheostomies on ventilators. As a graduate clinician, she worked in a community based program that focused on keeping elders in the community. “I love working with older adults in the community and Adventist allows me to do that often.”

Outside of work, Emma loves to cook, bake and travel. She also hikes with her husband and dog, Archie. She enjoys watching new movies, while also spending a lot of time with her friends and family.


Meagan HerndonMeagan Herndon, SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Speech-language therapist Meagan Herndon helpspatients with communication and swallowing disorders. Supporting people in these skills is meaningful to Meagan because of the vital roles conversation and sharing meals with others play in our social lives.

Meagan earned her master’s degree in speech language pathology at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. Sheaims to educate patients as well as their family members and caregivers about treatment goals to maximize communication and swallowing outcomes. Meagan believes listening to her patients’ wants and needs is essential for successful therapy.

Meagan and her husband are avid soccer fans and enjoy cheering for the Portland Timbers. They also like hiking and skiing in the mountains and taking trips to the coast with their dog.


Rachel Dalton, MS, CC-SLP

Speech-language therapist Rachel Dalton views her relationships with patients as true partnerships. She recognizes that therapy is not always easy, requiring hard work as people strive to regain or relearn skills lost to illness or injury. She strives to be flexible, patient and attentive to patients’ needs, providing guidance and support without judgment.

Dalton earned her master’s degree in speech-language pathology at Portland State University in Oregon. Dalton has the skillset to help people eat, communicate with the world around them, and be more independent in their daily lives. Seeing people achieve their goals is incredibly rewarding for Dalton.

Outside of work, Dalton loves cooking, reading through cookbooks and trying new recipes. She enjoys traveling with her husband to visit family and take new adventures.


Lily Orcutt, MS, CC-SLP

Speech-language therapist Lily Orcutt received her Master’s degree from the University of Oregon where she also received broad education in outpatient, inpatient, and school settings. Lily was then selected to complete my Clinical Fellowship at The NW Clinic for Voice and Swallowing at Oregon Health and Science University, where she obtained specialized clinical training in voice, swallowing, and upper airway disorders, as well as head and neck cancer. While at OHSU, Lily also conducted research evaluating voice and speech outcomes after deep brain stimulation for patients with Parkinson’s disease.


Jessica Chacon, SLPJessica Chacon, SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

As a speech language pathologist, Jessica Chacon is passionate about helping patients achieve their functional goals. She believes in personalized care for each patient and works to build relationships with each one.

Jessica earned her master’s degree in speech language pathology from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. She specializes in swallowing difficulties (called dysphagia), speech, language and cognitive retraining. She works with adults who have a variety of diagnoses, including stroke, Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injuries and head and neck cancer.

A former collegiate soccer player, Jessica still enjoys playing soccer for fun. She also likes water activities, including kayaking and whitewater rafting. She and her husband enjoy traveling and cooking.

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