Dr. Thomas received his BS in Speech Pathology and Audiology at the University of Oregon and Masters of Science degree in Speech Pathology at Portland State University. He worked on Native American Reservations and had a private practice in acute care hospitals and skilled nursing facilities in Montana before working at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where he has practiced since 1982. He treats patients with neurogenic speech and language disorders and those with head and neck based speech and swallowing disorders, and he serves as supervisor/manager of the Division of Speech Pathology at Mayo Clinic-Rochester. Thomas has received the Honors of the Minnesota Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Mayo Individual Award of Excellence. He is co-author of Looking Forward . . . The Speech and Swallowing Guidebook for People with Cancer of the Larynx and Tongue, Handbook for the Laryngectomee, and journal articles on motor speech disorders. He is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and board certified by the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences.