Kristen Cline received her undergraduate degree in 1995 in Communication Studies (emphasis on Pre-Speech and Hearing Sciences) with a minor in Linguistics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received a Master of Arts in Communication Disorders at Appalachian State University in 1997.
Kristen is a medical speech-language pathologist at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory where she has worked for over 14 years. She has been the SLP Coordinator since 2011. Kristen became a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders in January 2012. She has taught dysphagia courses as an adjunct faculty member in the graduate program at Appalachian State University and has earned several American Speech-Hearing-Language Association ACE Awards. She is an active member of NCSHLA, having previously served as Fall Conference Chair and Board Member At Large. Kristen is also a member of the North Carolina Association of Supervisors in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, the American Speech-Hearing-Language Association, and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. She lives in Newton with her husband and their four children.