Carol Paddock

Carol PaddockJob Title: Speech/Language Pathologist

Work Location: Michael J. Raymond Diagnostic & Treatment Clinic - 75 Jones & Gifford Avenue, Jamestown NY 14701

Office Hours: 8:00am - 3:30pm

Phone Number: 716.661.1541

Hometown: Cattaraugus, New York

Education: B.A. degree from Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, NY (double major: English/Elementary Ed.); B.S. degree from SUNY College at Fredonia, NY (teacher of the speech and hearing handicapped); M.S. degree from SUNY College at Fredonia, NY (certified and licensed speech language pathologist).

Awards, Certificates, and Professional Memberships: I have the certification (Certified Clinically Competent: CCC) required for my profession. I am a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA).

Community Involvement: I attend the Jamestown Free Methodist Church, and teach a Sunday School class (2-3 year olds) there. I volunteered at the Lucy Fest this past summer, working in the train station gift shop. I volunteered at the Ministries to Unreached People (Equip India) store in the Chautauqua Mall over this past Christmas holiday.

Hobbies: I enjoy listening to the music and programs on the Family Life Network (FLN), watching my favorite TV shows (NCIS and Bones), spending time with my little dog, visiting and spending time with my family in Jamestown, Cattaraugus, South Dayton, and Rochester.

What made you decide to enter your field of expertise? At age 38, I was looking for a change in direction in my career. My oldest son had to have PT because of a sports injury, and I liked the whole set-up when he worked with the PT: one therapist and one client. I talked with the therapist, and she suggested that I check out speech therapy, as I already had a B.A. degree in teaching. Speech therapy would allow me to continue working with individuals, but more on an individual/small group basis. I applied at SUNY Fredonia, and the rest is history.

Why did you decided to join The Resource Center? I wanted to move back to the Jamestown area in 2012, and I needed a job in order to do so. Although most of my 25-year career as a speech therapist has been working with children under 5 years old, I had spent almost 4 years (2008 to 2012) employed by The Arc of Otsego County, Oneonta, NY. I enjoyed immensely the experiences and working with the adult population there. In the summer of 2012, my nephews wife (who works for The Resource Center) told me of a posting for a speech path at TRC. I was interviewed, and offered the position of speech pathologist, which I accepted and started working at TRC in December 2012.

What do you hope to accomplish while you're at The Resource Center? I aspire to be a positive, up-beat, encouraging individual to everyone I work with, staff and consumers alike. I want to assist and support TRCís individuals in acquiring the tools needed to improve their communication skills, to increase their self-confidence, to help them achieve maximum quality of life (including feeding/swallowing needs), and to see the goals they have set be accomplished. It is a rewarding experience being a part of the whole process, and contributing in a small part (or sometimes a large part) to the whole individual.