People

Aaron Ziegler, PhD

Speech-Language Pathologist, Singing Specialist, Vocologist

Aaron Ziegler, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is Director of The Wellness Group for Voice, Speech, and Swallowing. Dr. Ziegler obtained his Ph.D. in Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh with Dr. Verdolini Abbott and earned a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Northwestern University. He received a certificate in Vocology from the National Center for Voice & Speech under the direction of Dr. Ingo Titze. Dr. Ziegler most recently worked at the NW Center for Voice & Swallowing at OHSU where he also completed a postdoctoral fellowship. He worked at the Emory Voice Center, where he completed his clinical fellowship, and the University of Pittsburgh Voice Center. His clinical interests include vocal aging, gender expansive voice and communication, and vocal injury prevention and treatment. He has published research, funded in part by grants through the National Institutes of Health, on models of voice therapy and prevention, including the co-development of Phonation Resistance Training Exercises (PhoRTE) to treat age-related voice changes. He was Associate Editor of Vocal Health and Science for the Voice and Speech Review from the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA), and he reviews for a variety of journals. He was a member of the voice topic committee for ASHA’s 2018 Convention. He is a regular speaker throughout the U.S. as well as internationally.

Jennifer Gill, MS

Clinical Fellow in Speech-Language Pathology, Singing Specialist

Jennifer Gill M.S., CF-SLP became a Speech-Language Pathologist as a natural next step in her professional life. Ms. Gill recently graduated with an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology after she received a Graduate Diploma in Opera Performance from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Science in Music (Voice Performance focus) from Portland State University. She was a mezzo-soprano opera singer, and has performed roles with Portland Opera and others. Ms. Gill has been a featured concert soloist with the Oregon Symphony, Portland Gay Men’s Chorus, and the New York City 9/11 Remembrance Concert in 2011. She has been an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, providing singing instruction for over 15 years. Jennifer’s alma mater Pacific University recognized her with the Lamplighter Diversity Award for serving the transgender and enby community. She is a passionate advocate for the Portland community; she has served populations from the Community Transitional School and Outside In who were unable to receive services and she established a concert series that benefits various community organizations such as Our House, the Neighborhood House, and Childswork Learning Center. Ms. Gill has worked in Portland for over 25 years and resides in her NE Portland home with her family. 

Ryan Depauw

Social Media and Outreach Coordinator

Ryan Depauw is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences at Portland State University. He joins The Wellness Group SLP team to learn valuable clinical skills that he will bring with him when he pursues a Master’s degree in Communication Disorders. Three time Pride Foundation Scholar, Ryan returned to school in 2016 after being a waiter and his passion for service translates well into the field . He realized he loved telling stories when at age 11 he was in his first theatre production; Ryan has been singing and acting ever since. He puts efforts towards community-building, spending much of his free time volunteering at Cascade AIDS Project and singing with the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus.

Asisa Powell

SLP Intern

Asisa Powell received her undergraduate degree in Mass Communications with a minor in Sociology from California State University, Sacramento. She joins The Wellness Group SLP team for career development and to increase her knowledge and skills as a clinician. Before her journey into speech-language pathology, Asisa worked in radio, marketing, and hospitality. After moving to Portland in 2016, Asisa enrolled at Portland State University for her post-baccalaureate education. Wanting to stay within the field of communication, Asisa chose Speech and Hearing Science after shadowing three speech-language pathologists. Speech-language pathology allows Asisa to fulfill her passion of communication, and allows her to be creative in developing activities for patients. Asisa hopes to start graduate school in Fall 2020.