I try to live by the motto 'Strive for progress, not perfection.'
Where I see patients (1)
Soothing the soul
Phyllis Combs is a speech-language pathologist who evaluates and cares for patients with swallowing and speech disorders. Her areas of special interest are orofacial myofunctional disorders (conditions that cause abnormal lip, jaw or tongue positions), dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), apraxia of speech (difficulty performing familiar mouth movements), auditory processing disorder (difficulty understanding speech) and severe articulation disorders (difficulty making sounds).
Combs earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in speech pathology and audiology from San José State University. She has completed the TalkTools Levels Training Program, which focuses on an advanced therapy method that combines traditional auditory and visual elements with tactile stimulation to better help patients improve speech and oral motor skills. She is also certified to use Interactive Metronome, a tool that targets the nervous system to improve speech, language and cognitive function.
Before joining UCSF in 2015, Combs provided speech-language care for patients of all ages in a variety of settings.