Hello and welcome to Authentic Voice! My name is Erika Bodoin (pronouns she/her), and I have worked as a speech language pathologist with people of all ages since 2010. I have eight years of experience working in the schools, including three years of telepractice (working remotely with people in their homes or schools). I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, where I worked on my master’s thesis on transfeminine voice clients with Dr. Courtney Byrd and transgender voice and communication expert Dr. Richard Adler (who was then at Minnesota State University Moorhead). You can find the published article here. After taking a class on Voice and hearing about transgender voice, I was interested in finding out more about what a transgender client seeking voice therapy could look like, and how their voice presentation affected their quality of life. I knew the only way to do that would be to ask the members of the transgender community, so the research is survey-based.
As a bisexual woman who has been engaged with LGBTQIA+ activism and anti-racism work, I have a deep sense of the marginalization trans and nonbinary people (particularly trans and nonbinary people of color) feel due to the pressures of our culture to fit the “norm.” My clinical practice is focused on helping trans and nonbinary clients cultivate their best voice.
During my free time, I enjoy walking around Austin solo or with my friends, spending time with my husband and daughters, and our dog, Sushi. I also love writing, cooking, making art for my friends, and swimming.