Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
Licensed to work as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the state of Indiana
Certified Dementia Practitioner from the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP)
Memberships and Affiliations:
Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ISHA)
ASHA SIG 13: Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia)
ASHA SIG 15: Gerontology
Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Saint Louis University - 2013
Bachelor of Sciences in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences from Purdue University - 2010
Jessie Hillock, M.A. CCC-SLP, CDP
Hello! My name is Jessie Hillock and I am the owner and founder of The Memory Compass. Over the course of the past 8 years, my passion for serving those affected by dementia, Alzheimer’s and other memory impairments has grown with each day through my work as a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist working in the medical setting.
In 2016, I took on the role of Dementia Care Specialist after adapting and implementing a facility-wide dementia staging program within a local skilled nursing facility. I was passionate about implementing a program to better serve the residents, their families and the professional staff regarding individualized communication strategies and activities appropriate based on the stage of the individual. Through this position, I have provided ongoing education and training to facility staff, extensive education to patients and their families, as well as held supervisory roles for other professionals and students.
Throughout the course of my career, I have had countless families and loved ones express to me their feeling that no one had ever taken the time to thoroughly explain to them the stages of the progression of these diseases, or to provide individualized communication approaches to maintain meaningful interactions, and to recommend meaningful treatment strategies prior to my interaction with them. Prior to establishing this position, numerous family members expressed to me that they had felt lost in the dark, prior to or following a loved one’s diagnosis, and had no idea that treatment by a speech-language pathologist was the professional support they had been seeking. I felt driven to create The Memory Compass to provide direction to families no matter where they are on this challenging road.