Deborah DeAngelis Leach, MA, SLP
Speech and Language Pathologist
Deborah Leach has been a craniofacial speech pathologist since 1987. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the Arizona State University and a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Pathology from California State University, Los Angeles.
She is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and of the American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association. Since 1985 she has worked as a pediatric speech pathologist with children with chronic medical conditions and developmental delays.
As part of the Barrow Cleft and Craniofacial team, Ms. Leach works with patients from birth to adulthood. She addresses feeding issues, speech and language disorders, and provides pre- and postoperative evaluations related to a patient's specific craniofacial disorder. As part of the evaluation protocol, she has extensive experience conducting nasoendoscopic assessment of patients with velopharyngeal disorders.
Ms. Leach's role on the craniofacial team is multifaceted. She particularly enjoys educating families and assisting her patients to become functional communicators.
Education, Training, and Previous Positions
- 1987-present: Speech Pathologist, Barrow Cleft and Craniofacial Center
- 1987-present: Speech Pathologist, Children’s Rehabilitative Services
- 1984-1987: Speech Pathologist, Creighton, Osborn, Isaac, and Laveen School Districts
- 1984: MA, California State University - Los Angeles, Speech Pathology
- 1982: BS, Arizona State University, Speech and Hearing Sciences
Selected Professional Memberships and Appointments
- American Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Association
- Arizona Craniofacial Foundation
Selected Honors and Awards
- 2011: Employee of the Year, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center
- 2010: Collaboration Award, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center
- 2010: Clinical Employee of the Month, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center