Samantha Elandary is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Parkinson Voice Project. She holds a BA in communication disorders and English and holds an MA in speech-language pathology from the University of North Texas. Since 1999, Mrs. Elandary has worked exclusively with individuals with Parkinson’s and has devoted her career to making speech therapy services accessible to this patient population. She created “The LOUD Crowd®,” a maintenance program consisting of speech and singing groups for individuals with Parkinson’s to help them maintain the treatment results achieved in individual speech therapy. This unique program also provides ongoing support and encouragement from a qualified speech-language pathologist. The LOUD Crowd® started in Samantha’s home with one group session per month and has now expanded to over 450 group sessions annually at Parkinson Voice Project. She is proud of the fact that Parkinson Voice Project does not bill Medicare or insurance and does not charge patients for therapy. All professional services at Parkinson Voice Project are provided through donations and the Pay It Forward concept.
Many ask what motivated Mrs. Elandary to start Parkinson Voice Project. While she does not have a family history of Parkinson’s, she was born with a cleft palate and struggled with her speech from childhood until she was a young professional. She understands how vulnerable someone who has a communication disorder feels and how other people judge a person’s intelligence and competence based on the ability to communicate. She considers it an honor and a privilege to help people with Parkinson’s regain one of God’s most precious gifts.
On a personal note, Samantha Elandary is married and has two children. She enjoys cooking Italian and Lebanese food and hosting dinner parties.