Speech Language Therapy - Portland Campus
(503) 261-6923

Karina TowersKarina Towers, MS, CCC-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.


Meagan HerndonMeagan Herndon, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Speech-language therapist Meagan Herndon helps patients 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. She aims 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-SLPRachel 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-SLPLily Orcutt, MS, CCC-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, MA, CCC-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.


Kimberly Dykstra, SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

As a speech pathologist, Kimberly Dykstra works with patients on swallowing and communication disorders. She enjoys partnering with patients to improve their independence skills in these areas.

Dykstra earned her master’s degree in speech language pathology from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She has experience working with infants and children as well as older adults in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient, and skilled nursing settings.

Dykstra enjoys spending time with her family hiking, cooking and traveling.

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