Anna Thurmes

Anna Thurmes

Academic Title

Coordinator, Cleft and Craniofacial Clinics
Division of Pediatric Dentistry
Department of Developmental and Surgical Sciences


Speech-Language Pathology, University of Minnesota Cleft and Craniofacial Program
Communication Sciences, B.A., University of Wisconsin
Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, M.A., University of Minnesota
Other Education
Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Contact Info




Office Address

6-284 Moos Tower
515 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Bio Statement

Anna Thurmes completed her graduate program in Speech-Language-Hearing-Science in 2005 at the University of Minnesota with her master’s thesis in the area cleft palate speech and adolescents. She subsequently completed a Clinical Fellowship Year in the Cleft-Craniofacial Clinic and worked in private practice. In 2008 she joined the faculty full-time as Acting Director and Speech-Language Pathologist of the Cleft-Craniofacial Clinic. Anna currently serves as the Program Coordinator and Speech-Language Pathologist in the Cleft, Craniofacial and 22q Clinics. Her clinical expertise is in the area of velopharyngeal dysfunction and cleft-craniofacial genetic based speech-language and feeding disorders.

Anna is leading the University of Minnesota’s participation in the Americleft Project, an inter-center collaborative cleft outcomes project. Anna also is completing research to fulfill requirements for a PhD in Family Social Science with an emphasis on quality of life and family-centered health care. Her vision is to provide care that empowers patients and their families through team care that is family-centered. Anna enjoys sharing her knowledge and vision through teaching and well as volunteering. She serves as secretary, Board of Directors, for the Cleft Palate Foundation.

Research Interests

Velopharyngeal Inadequacy, Cleft lip and palate, Craniofacial anomalies, 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (VCFS/DiGeorge Syndrome), Childhood motor speech disorders, Inter-center VPI/cleft palate speech outcomes, family quality of life and resiliency

  • Elected Board of Directors, Secretary to Cleft Palate Foundation, 2011 to Present
  • Selected as University of Wisconsin Alumni Spotlight 2009
  • Minnesota Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation Scholarship, 2005
  • SPARC (Student Preparing for Academic and Careers) Award - American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2004 – 2005
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire, 2003

Looman, Thurmes, O'Conner-Von, (2010). "Quality of life among children with Velocardiofacial syndrome." Cleft Palate Craniofacial Journal, 47 (3): 273-283.

DeMarco, A., Nett, K., Thurmes, A., Moller, K. Response to Dworkin, et al Velopharyngeal dysfunction: Speech characteristics, variable etiologies, evaluation techniques, and differential treatments. In Journal of Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in the Schools 37: 1-5, July, 2006

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