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Rising Stars: Meet Chelsie Esek

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chelsie Esek. Them and their team share their story with us below:

Chelsie Esek graduated Magna Cum Laude from Howard University with her Master’s of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is a board-certified Speech-Language Pathologist primarily working in Acute care settings. She adapted the love and ambition to become a medical SLP and strives to address the needs of her community. Chelsie is the founder of #BlackSLPMagic Conference is to connect with the needs of Black professionals, students and individuals with communication disorders and differences. #BlackSLPMagic continues to bring social media advocacy for Black professionals as well as Black individuals we serve. BlackSLPMagic continues to bring social media advocacy for Black professionals as well as Black individuals we serve. #BlackSLPMagic recognizes the continuous fight with standing against racism, discrimination, intolerance, health disparities, and injustice that continue to plague Black communities and our field. This all-day conference will enclose a panel discussion with 10 renowned individuals from the field of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. They will be providing meaningful and effective clinical service delivery to Black individuals with communication disorders begins with the clear understanding that “Black Lives Matter.”

Chelsie graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of North Texas where she double-majored and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology. Chelsie began her formal dance training at GottaDance Studios in her hometown, Missouri City, located in Houston, Texas.

She attended many dance intensives including, Ad Deum Dance Company, where she furthered her training in Horton, Limon and Graham technique. Chelsie has performed in the American College Dance Association festival and has performed featured repertoire from the company Contra-Tiempo’s, Agua Furiosa. She has collaborated with many companies including ClancyWorks Dance Company.

Chelsie is Nigerian-American and is an avid reader, auntie of 5, gym-lover, foodie, traveler, adventurer, couponer and an excellent party host! She currently resides in Dallas, Texas!

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Definitely! My parents are first-generation Nigerian immigrants, so the mission was always Nothing less than success from my siblings and I. That’s why I always try to go above and beyond and do the impossible, such as graduating in four years as a double major in speech language pathology and in dance. As a black woman, struggles never end, especially in a field like mine(92% white population 8% minority).

Being an African brown girl, we always have to be BETTER… Because we don’t have the privilege to choose otherwise. Our generations depend on us just as much as our lineage.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
When someone says “speech therapist”, they often think of a speech teacher that helps someone who “stutters“.

Lol, that has some truth to it, but the field of speech language pathology is way more fast. I am currently in acute care medical speech language pathologist primarily working in hospitals around the Dallas area.

A medical speech-language pathologist works in health care and diagnoses and treats a wide range of speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing disorders. They work with patients affected by a variety of neurological events, such as brain damage, stroke, seizure, or cancer.

I specialize in tracheostomy/ventilation dependent populations.

Where do you see things going in the next 5-10 years?
I only hope that in the field of 92% white and 8% minority, our field begins to be more culturally responsive and sensitive to The needs of our clinicians regarding pay wage increases, proper wage negotiations, and proper minority representation in all work settings such as schools, hospitals, and rehab facilities, and find more practical ways to incorporate real-life work scenarios during graduate school matriculation.

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