30 Years of Experience

Mary Underwood, M.A., CCC-SLP is a licensed Speech/Language Pathologist with over 30 years of experience. Mary graduated from Creighton University with a B.A. in Speech/Language Pathology, and earned her Masters Degree in Speech/Language Pathology at the University of Iowa. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), a Nebraska State License, a Nebraska Teaching Certificate, and an Iowa Permanent Professional Teaching Certificate. Mary is a member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association, a member of the ASHA Voice and Voice Disorders special interest group, and has earned the ACE award from ASHA for diligence in continuing education. Mary is on the Voice and Swallowing Team at CHI Health Lakeside Hospital Outpatient Therapy, and she is a member of the VoiceCare Network through St. John’s University.




Certified in Accent Modification

For over three decades the Institute of Language and Phonology, Founded by Arthur J. Compton, has been a leader in the field of Accent Reduction.

Mary is trained and certified in Compton P-ESL accent reduction. She chose to become certified in accent modification because it is related to her specialization in Voice. Accent reduction is more than correct consonants, accurate vowels, and grammar. The American Accent also involves intonation, syllable stress, speaking pitch, and has a distinct melody.


“It has been a great experience to enjoy virtual sessions with Mary every week. My English pronunciation has significantly improved (67% in four months) and I feel very comfortable when I practice my English pronunciation in public speaking. Thank you, Mary”

– D.V., Global Head of Marketing Excellence, Novartis Oncology. She moved to the United Stated from Mexico.

“Speaking with a reduced accent has helped me communicate better in English with friends, strangers, at home and at work. Improved communication gives added confidence.”

– A.K., Senior Software Engineer from India, living in Omaha, NE

“My long term goal is to have my own engineering company.” His certificate of completion gave him the confidence to move forward with his goals.

– G.K., Civil Engineer, living in Omaha, NE. He came to America from West Africa.

“After completing the Pronouncing English as a Second Language course I can communicate more easily at work, with friends and at social occasions.”

– K.D., Building Services, living in Bellevue, NE. He came to America from Sudan.

“The client's ablility to pronounce English has expanded his confidence and has improved his pronunciation in daily conversations at work.”

– A Client's Manager, Omaha,NE

A benefit from Accent Reduction training for me would be the “ability to open my world both for my personal goal and my work life. My communication skills have helped me when I am speaking with strangers and at work. The program gave me rules to pronounce words correctly.”

– P.G., She moved from Thailand to the United States as an adult. P.G. currently works and attends college.

“Excellent! I enjoyed our time and your knowledge. I appreciate your coaching and help. Thanks, Mary!”

– Omaha, NE Executive who moved to America from India

“I have learned to speak properly with the right words. I am most grateful to my teacher. I enjoyed all of the classes we had. For me the program is excellent.”

– Priest. Fr. E. came from Nigeria to serve in the Archdiocese of Omaha.

“My personal accent reduction goals? I have an accent problem. I want the elderly to understand me. I want to communicate well in English.”

– Omaha, NE Archdiocesan Priest who moved to the United States from India.

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