BRG is excited to introduce Jacob Bal, SLP as head of our Speech Language and Pathology program. Jake studied psychology and linguistics at the University of Michigan where he developed an interest in working with children with autism. After completing his undergraduate degrees, Jake decided on pursuing a graduate degree in speech and language pathology. Jake had fully intended on working with special needs children upon graduation, but quickly found his passion for working with older adults in their homes.
Jake is certified in VitalStim, which is a modality used for strengthening and retraining the muscles of the throat necessary for safe swallowing. Jake also has a strong interest in improving memory and cognition in people with mild cognitive impairment or dementia. Since BRG is a provider of rehab services to older adults who may have swallowing, language, or cognitive deficits, it is easy to see how Jake has become an indispensible member of the Baker Rehab team.
In May, Jake is set to marry Colleen Petersen, a soft-spoken secret weapon in the BRG home office. Jake and Colleen will be representing BRG in the Alzheimer’s Association Forget-Me-Not Gala as Dancing Stars of Frederick contestants this May to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association. Jake says, “We get to be a part of a wonderful fundraising event, and get free dance lessons just in time for our wedding. I’d say it’s a win win.”
Because of Jacob, BRG is now able to offer speech therapy coverage all over central Maryland, Baltimore, and Martinsburg, WV.