Schwartz received her Temple master’s degree in speech-language pathology (SLP) in 1969 and worked her way up to director of SLP at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. There, she worked largely with children with medical issues, such as hearing impairment, cleft palate or cerebral palsy, that impacted their speech abilities. She later started her own private practice in Philadelphia, where for more than 30 years she has focused on treating preschool- and early elementary-aged children with communication disorders as well as counseling their families on management and intervention strategies used.
Schwartz’s generosity runs deep: At Temple, she and her husband, Jeremy Siegel, have endowed a $250,000 graduate scholarship for the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Schwartz is committed to offering career guidance and mentorship to scholarship recipients as they enter the field of SLP. She invites them to meet with her or visit her at her practice in order to see the field firsthand.