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Speech Therapy

Our speech language pathologists at Bryan outpatient rehabilitation evaluate and treat speech, language, cognition, voice and swallowing abilities. All therapists have at minimum a master's degree and have completed a clinical fellowship.

Speech Language Pathologists Treat

Speech

A speech testing and treatment focuses on how well you can speak. For example whether you stutter or slur your words; how many words you can say; and how the muscles of your tongue, lips and throat that help you speak are working.

Language

Testing and treatment includes understanding spoken words and communicating – either by speaking or other forms of communication.

Memory and Problem Solving

Cognitive testing means testing how you think - including awareness, memory, and problem solving abilities. Treating cognitive issues may involve re-learning these skills or learning new ways to compensate for skills lost, such as setting an alarm to remember to take your medications. The speech therapy department works closely with the Bryan West Campus trauma program.

Swallowing

Evaluation and treatment includes looking at how the tongue and throat muscles coordinate with breathing to safely get food and liquids from the mouth to the stomach. We want to prevent breathing foods and liquids into the lungs which may cause pneumonia. With a doctor’s order, the speech language pathologist can complete a swallow test, which is a video X-ray of your swallow. Using this information, the therapist can see if food or liquids are getting into your lungs, why it is happening and how it can be treated. Treatment to improve swallowing may include modifying foods and liquids or using VitalStim

  • VitalStim is an FDA-approved method of treating swallowing problems, using a special form of electrical stimulation to train the muscles to swallow better. Speech therapists at Bryan use this technique along with others to improve swallowing so you can again eat and drink what you like.

Voice

We evaluate and treat various disorders of communication related to:

  • Raspy, hoarse or harsh-sounding voice
  • Loudness
  • Pitch

The therapists at Bryan may use the electroglottograph. This computerized equipment tells us if the vocal cords are effectively opening and closing.

Treatment

Treating cognitive issues may involve re-learning life skills or learning new ways to compensate for skills lost - such as setting an alarm to remember to take your medications.

Schedule an Appointment Today

Bryan Medical Center:
To schedule an appointment, call 402-481-5121
For information and questions, call 402-481-9445

Crete Area Medical Center:
To schedule an appointment, call 402-826-6541

cindy nehe

Cindy Nehe, manager, Bryan East Campus and Bryan West Campus inpatient rehabilitation

Cindy Nehe, MS, CCC-SL, received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in speech language pathology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has worked in a variety of settings including schools, skilled nursing, inpatient rehab, acute care and outpatient services. Cindy is Vital Stimulation certified and enjoys working with patients who have had strokes, traumatic brain injuries and swallowing deficits. Cindy is the clinical coordinator for acute care, neonatal intensive care and outpatient pediatrics services at Bryan East Campus.

julie mcdaniel

Julie McDaniel, speech pathologist

Julie McDaniel, MS, CCC-SLP, received her bachelor’s degree in education and master's degree in speech and language pathology from the University of Nebraska. Since graduating she has worked in skilled nursing, acute care and outpatient pediatrics, including working with alternative and augmentative communication devices and children with autism. She also has worked in acute rehab with stroke and traumatic brain injury patients, and helping those with swallowing and speech difficulties, and memory and cognitive deficits. Her work passions include working with premature infants and children with swallowing disorders and feeding tolerance issues.

Provides therapy at: Bryan East Campus

liz wozny

Liz Wozny, speech pathologist

Liz Wozny, MS, CCC-SLP, received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and her master’s degree in speech pathology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a focus on traumatic brain Injury. Since completing her training, Liz has worked with adults in inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation settings. Throughout her career as a speech therapist, Liz has gained experience in swallowing disorders, voice disorders, stroke, cognitive-communication impairments, augmentative and alternative communication, and degenerative diseases. Liz is certified in Vital Stimulation.

Provides therapy at: Bryan West Campus

ashley yates

Ashley Yates, speech language pathologist

Ashley Yates, MS, CCC-SLP/L, received her bachelor's degree in business administration and master's degree in speech and language pathology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has worked in a variety of settings including school-based early intervention, and inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. Ashley has helped pediatric and adult patients regain skills for speech, language, cognition, augmentative and alternative communication, and feeding/swallowing. She has attended many feeding and swallowing courses to enhance her clinical skills for working with pediatric patients with feeding and swallowing diagnoses and premature infants. Ashley is a Certified Vital Stim provider and has been trained in the S.O.S. Approach to Feeding. She also has taught feeding and swallowing courses to graduate students and other professionals.

Provides therapy at: Bryan East Campus

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