Marina McKeown, M.Ed CCC-SLP

SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST

Marina is originally from Long Island, NY and has lived in Baltimore, Maryland, Alcalá de Henares, Spain and Charlottesville, Virginia while pursuing her undergraduate and graduate degrees. Similar to most college students, Marina was hesitant to choose her academic and career path until she found her niche at Loyola University Maryland. Marina’s Jesuit education instilled in her a drive to educate the whole person; body, mind and soul and to use her degree to help others. More importantly, Loyola’s “cura personalis” emphasized recognizing the “inherent value and dignity of each person” which ultimately led her to pursue a career as a speech therapist.

Marina graduated Loyola University Maryland in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) in Communication Science Disorders and a minor in Spanish and earned her Master’s of Education (M.Ed) in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Virginia in 2019. During her undergraduate and graduate careers Marina maintained an active membership as a student with the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). During her time at UVA, Marina gained valuable hands-on experience in a variety of settings such as preschools, elementary schools, outpatient hospitals, private practices and a university clinic. During this time Marina served as a graduate clinician for pediatric, adult, and geriatric populations providing evaluations and therapy across a spectrum of diagnoses and disorders such as: articulation delays/disorders, language delays/disorders, autism spectrum disorder, apraxia of speech, sensory processing disorder, cognitive deficits due to dementia, stroke and traumatic brain injury, aphasia, and adult swallowing difficulties. Additionally, Marina has experience with aphasia group based therapy sessions and accent modification clients.

Marina holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence through the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and a Speech-Language Pathology license in good standing through the North Carolina Board of Examiners in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. Marina is enthusiastic about applying her clinical skills to help each individual client and their families. She is excited to continue to grow as a clinician and be a member of the Benefit Therapy Services team.

Although originally from Long Island, N.Y., Marina now calls Raleigh, N.C. home. During her free time, she enjoys training her Labrador Retriever, George, to become a therapy dog, reading with her book club, and exploring the Raleigh-Durham area.