Dr. Ducote earned her master’s degree in speech and hearing sciences (1973) from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and her bachelor’s (1972) and doctor of philosophy (1983) degrees from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She has worked in clinical and academic settings. Dr. Ducote came to Ochsner Clinic Foundation in 1994 as Director of the Division of Communicative Disorders. She provides services to pediatric and adult patients with a wide range of communication and oral-pharyngeal swallowing disorders. She also sees patients as part of the Craniofacial Team, Velopharyngeal Inadequacy Clinic, and the Child Development Center Team. Dr. Ducote’s professional memberships include the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, Louisiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association. She received awards of clinical achievement from state and national organizations in 2001 and the 2002 distinguished alumna in speech and hearing sciences award from Vanderbilt University. On a volunteer basis, she coordinates speech pathology for Operation Smile’s international missions.