Nickole Hines-Staples is Director of SLP Clinical Education for the USAHS MS-SLP Program on the Austin campus. Her areas of interest in the field of speech-language pathology include swallowing and dysphagia across the lifespan with an emphasis in neonatal feeding and swallowing, in addition to diagnosis and treatment of voice disorders and transgender voice therapy. She has a passion for teaching and mentoring students in these areas, as well as facilitating hands-on experiences through clinical education. In her director role, Nickole strives to provide clinical practicum opportunities for her students that are diverse, enriching and supportive of interprofessional practice. When off campus, she enjoys cooking new dishes, travel, spending time with her husband and two children, and checking out Austin’s many restaurants and eclectic live music scene.