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Michelle Saade was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, and moved to Naples, Florida at the age of thirteen. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Health Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is currently a first-year graduate student in the Master’s of Speech-Language Pathology program at UF. Michelle appreciates the diversity of the speech-language pathology field and is particularly interested in swallowing and dysphagia management. The impact that research may have on the quality of life of individuals with neurodegenerative diseases is what motivates her in her work. She currently serves as a research assistant in the SSC lab under the direction of Dr. Plowman. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys watching the sunrise and sunset, hiking, spending time outdoors, baking, and learning to play the guitar.