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Student Spotlight — Meet Basmah Alshatti

Bringing people of diverse backgrounds together to provide the best care, collaboration and education is something the Thompson Center has prided itself on since its inception 15 years ago. Although Basmah Alshatti’s native country is halfway around the world, she has been able to experience the excellence of the Thompson Center firsthand. Basmah, who is in her second year of her master’s degree in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences in the University of Missouri School of Health Professions, was born and raised in Kuwait. Growing up learning both English and Arabic, the language barrier was no problem for her when her family moved to West Virginia and later St. Louis while she was in high school. It was while she was in high school that Basmah discovered the field of speech-language pathology and how it can improve children’s lives. “I always knew I wanted to help people,” Basmah said. “Initially, I thought...

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