Melissa Purvis, MS, CCC-SLP

Position Speech-Language Pathologist

About Me

About Me

Melissa began her career as a practicing clinician in 1995. She has provided speech and language services to the adult population in various Inpatient, Day Rehab and Outpatient settings. Melissa worked with Shirley Ryan AbilityLab between 2000-2007 in the Outpatient Department at the Flagship Hospital. She is now back at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in the Outpatient Department in Burr Ridge. Melissa has specialized in working with patients who have neurological disorders including Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, brain tumors, Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and more recently with patients experiencing 'brain fog" following Covid. She has provided therapeutic services for patient's with aphasia, apraxia, dysarthria, dysphagia/swallowing disorders and memory loss. In addition, Melissa has completed certification for the SPEAKOUT!® and LOUD Crowd® programs through the Parkinson's Voice Project. She currently runs in-person and on-line weekly outpatient community based Parkinson's groups for ongoing maintenance of voice and communication skills.

Melissa has been mentioned in the book Relentless: How a Massive Stroke Changed My Life for the Better by Ted W. Baxter as well as in a New York Times article.


Burr Ridge Outpatient and DayRehab Center®

7600 County Line Road

Burr Ridge, IL 60527

Education & Training



    1993 - 1995
    Nova Southeastern University, MS, Communication Science
    1991 - 1993
    University of Florida, BS, Communication Science and Disorders
    1989 - 1991
    University of South Florida, AS


  • Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist-State of Illinois; Board Certified
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence; American Speech-Language Hearing Association
  • Illinois Speech-Language and Hearing Association
  • Certification for SPEAKOUT!® and LOUD Crowd®
  • Lee Silverman Voice Treatment Loud (LSVT) training
  • Advanced Team Training through Parkinson's Foundation
  • Advanced Competency for Treatment of Burns
  • CPR certified