Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) Rachel Garrison, MCD, CCC-SLP Joins SHS’s Rehab Team
Southwest Health System, Inc. (SHS) is proud to announce that Rachel Garrison, Speech Language Pathologist has recently joined our team providing specialized care to children and adults in our 4 Corners Community.
Rachel received her Bachelors of Science from the University of Central Arkansas and her Masters of Communication Disorders from Arkansas State University. Rachel most recently gained experience in Fairbanks and the North Pole in a school district with students aged 3-18, where she received her national Certification of Clinical Competence (CCC).
“When I decided to move south for less-frigid and dark winters, I still hoped to have beautiful mountain views and plenty of outdoor activities, so Cortez, Colorado became our new home. I am excited to begin my hospital experience at Southwest Health System.” – Rachel Garrison, MCD, CCC-SLP
Developing relationships with her patients to improve fluency such as stuttering is what Rachel finds most fulfilling about her career. She recently was able to dramatically improve the life of a 10-year-old with who started with very severe speech limitations and within 1 year, they had improved to moderate limitations.
“We’re so pleased to have Rachel join our Rehabilitation Team at SHS. She complements the team perfectly and provides a vital service to our patients and our community.” – Karen Labonte, Chief Nursing Officer
As a speech-language pathologist, Rachel will help patients primarily with disorders in the following nine areas:
- Voice and resonance (including respiration and phonation)
- Receptive and expressive language
- Hearing (including the impact on speech and language)
- Swallowing (oral, pharyngeal, esophageal, and related functions, including oral function for feeding; oral function for feeding; orofacial myofunction)
- Cognitive aspects of communication (attention, memory, sequencing, problem-solving, executive functioning)
- Social aspects of communication (challenging behavior, ineffective social skills, lack of communication opportunities)
- Communication modalities (including oral, manual, augmentative and alternative communication techniques, and assistive technologies
She will be assisting people who have/had strokes, head injuries, respiratory diseases, and Central Nervous System diseases (CNS), as well as children needing assistance developing speech skills. Language is paramount to our ability to communicate and therefore be able to express ourselves greatly improving quality of life.
To schedule an appointment or to find out more about Rachel’s services and practice, please call SHS’s Rehab department at 970-564-2460. Southwest Health System Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Department provides comprehensive rehabilitation services including physical therapy and dry needling, occupational therapy, speech therapy and oversees the Athletic Trainer programs at Montezuma-Cortez, Mancos and Dolores School Districts.