Joyce Lameire, M.A,CCC-SLP is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and Therapy Department Supervisor with Guardian Angel Home Health, Inc. On July 12th, 2018 she was nationally awarded “Best in Patient Care” by the American Health Council. Joyce describes winning this award as “Similar to winning an Oscar” and is honored to be recognized by her peers. She has been with Guardian Angel since 2014.
Joyce specializes in working with expressive and receptive aphasia (results of a stroke). A person with expressive aphasia will exhibit effortful speech. Expressive aphasia contrasts with receptive aphasia, in which patients are able to speak in grammatical sentences that lack semantic significance and generally also have trouble with comprehension. She also specializes in swallowing, another difficulty for people who have suffered a stroke. She helps them in regaining this function. She works with individuals to help them improve cognitive disabilities and helps them learn to focus, organize and increase memory. Six years ago she stepped in as the Coordinator for the Aphasia Support Group for San Juan County. The support group, a community of stroke survivors, comes together once a month and discusses improvements and struggles that they share. She also practices breathing techniques with patients, concentrating on the Buteyko Method. This technique is a form of complementary or alternative physical therapy that proposes the use of breathing exercises primarily as a treatment for asthma and other respiratory conditions..
In earlier years, when Joyce was six years old, her father, who at the time was an HVAC and Plumbing specialist for NASA, relocated his family to Canary Islands and then to Italy. She became very versed in Italian, as well as Spanish. While vacationing and visiting her cousin, who has Williams Syndrome (a developmental disorder that affects many parts of the body), Joyce witnessed a speech therapist working with her cousin. The therapist was able to get her cousin to talk, which normally the cousin would not speak. Seeing this, it sparked her interest in Speech-Language Pathology. After the Navy, she attended New Mexico State University where she studied the French language and earned a Masters Degree in Communicative Disorders
After working in different settings around the US, Joyce settled down in Farmington when accepting a job opportunity. She has been here since 2004. She has a sister who resides in Aztec. Her daughter, three grandchildren and her parents reside in Las Cruces. Her son is an Army Recruiter in Alabama where he and his wife are anticipating the arrival of her fourth grandchild. Joyce’s hobbies include working on her yard, enjoying NFL games, reading and walks with her constant companion, a Miniature Australian Shepard named Picasso.
We at Guardian Angel are in awestruck of Joyce’s accomplishments and her strive to serve her patients and community with such compassion and empathy. We are so proud to have her with us.