BREATHE Trainees


Predoc Alum

Alicia Vose, CCC-SLP, PhD

Dr. Vose’s research focuses on physiologic mechanisms underlying normal and disordered airway protection. She has 7 years experience as a licensed speech-language pathologist. Dr. Vose is now a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Florida.


Postdoc Alum

Alison Barnard, DPT, PhD

Dr. Barnard’s research is focused on investigating the effects of muscle degeneration and neuromuscular scoliosis on respiratory function in individuals with neuromuscular disease using advanced magnetic resonance imaging methods. Dr. Barnard is now an assistant professor at the University of Florida.

Alison Barnard, DPT, PhD

Postdoc Alum

Lila Wollman, MSPT, PhD

Dr. Wollman is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Arizona. Her research is focused on enhancing respiratory neuroplasticity and promoting respiratory motor recovery after spinal cord injury using pharmacological approaches. Dr. Wollman is now a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Arizona.


Predoc Alum

Rachel Kelley, RD, PhD

Dr. Kelley’s research focuses on respiratory muscle dysfunction in disease. Using animal models, she is exploring diaphragm muscle abnormalities in aging, heart failure, and obesity. Dr. Kelley is now a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Florida.


Predoc Alum

Thomas Sutor, MS, CSCS, PhD

Dr. Sutor’s chief interest is improving motor function after severe spinal cord injury. He is currently researching the use of acute intermittent hypoxia to increase breathing and sitting ability for people with chronic spinal cord injury. Dr. Sutor is now a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Florida.

Thomas Sutor


Lauren Tabor, CCC-SLP, PhD

Dr. Tabor is the co-director of the Phil Smith Neuroscience Institute ALS Center in Fort Lauderdale. The mission of her current research is to develop efficacious treatment regimens to improve cough function and airway protection in individuals with ALS, in effort to maintain oral intake and improve quality of life.

Laren Tabor