Northern Illinois University | 1979 | B.S.
Eileen Tokarz is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Speech-Language Pathology Program at MWU. She completed her master's degree in Speech and Language Pathology at the University of Illinois (1981) and is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist in both Arizona and Illinois. She has additional certifications LSVT LOUD® (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment), SPEAK OUT! ® (Parkinson’s Voice Project), Mindfulness, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. She is also a registered Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile (MBSImp) clinician.
Eileen Tokarz is a successful entrepreneur as she owned and operated several outpatient clinics, managing 48 therapists, providing speech-language pathology, physical and occupational therapies, social services, and case management. She also consulted and provided speech-language pathology services, throughout northeastern Illinois, in a variety of medical settings such as inpatient and outpatient hospitals, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, vocational rehabilitation, home health, and skilled nursing facilities. In addition, consulted with school districts, servicing students in pre-school, elementary, middle, and high schools. Her company was second largest provider of Early Intervention in the state of Illinois from 1998 through 2015. She advocated for the Early Intervention Program of Illinois by meeting with Illinois’ Secretary of State, state representatives, senators, and Governor. She also met with family groups to hear their concerns, ideas and vision for the Early Intervention program.
Eileen is an expert in adult rehabilitation for aphasia, traumatic brain injury, voice, motor speech, and swallowing. She is known for setting up and implementing videofluoroscopy and modified barium swallows at 4-hospitals in the Fox Valley (Illinois). She also demonstrated her expertise by setting up and implementing teletherapy for school districts, in remote areas, who have limited access to speech-language therapy. She began teletherapy services, in Illinois, 2010. In 2016, Eileen Tokarz, began working at Midwestern University, Glendale, Arizona, and initiated teletherapy at the Speech-Language Institute. She was the founding Clinic Coordinator and known for the operational and clinical development of the Speech Language Institute.
Eileen continues to work with adult neurogenic clients and performs school-aged evaluations in the local community school district. She has been innovative utilizing the CAREN , a computer assisted rehabilitation enviornment, and Mindful Meditation as part of student CAPSTONE single subject studies. She loves teaching, mentoring, and working with the graduate clinicians!
Clinical Associate Professor
College of Health Sciences - AZ