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Speech Therapy

Speech therapy is the evaluation and treatment of communication problems and speech disorders. Speech therapy is performed by speech-language pathologists (SLPs), which are usually called speech therapists.

Speech therapy is used to improve communication. This therapy includes articulation therapy, language intervention activities, and other techniques for language disorders.

Billings Clinic Speech Language Pathologists work closely with your doctor and other health care specialists to provide therapy for speech disorders that develop in childhood or speech impairments in adults caused by an injury or illness, such as stroke or brain injury.

Meet the Billings Clinic Speech Language Pathology Team

Cathy Heggem

Cathy Heggem, MS, CCC, SLP
Speech Language Pathology/Augmentative and Alternative Communication Specialist
Billings Clinic West
Eductaion: University of Montana
Special Interests/Certifications: Swallowing issues, aphasia, dysarthria, cognitive dysfunction, traumatic brain injury, as well as augmentative and alternative communication

Rebekah McKennzie

Rebekah McKennzie, MA, CCC, SLP
Speech Language Pathology
Billings Clinic West
Eductaion: University of Minnesota
Special Interests/Certifications: early intervention (birth-3 year) and early childhood (3-5 year) patients in the areas of speech/language delay, speech sound disorders (articulation/phonological disorders), autism spectrum disorders, fluency/stuttering, motor speech disorders (apraxia), receptive/expressive language disorders/delays, speech sound disorders related to cleft lip/palate, speech-language disorders associated with syndromes (ex: Down Syndrome, William Syndrome, Rhett Syndrome), selective mutism, and aural rehabilitation (hearing loss)

Katie Sam

Katie Sam, MS, CCC, SLP
Speech Language Pathology
Billings Clinic West
Eductaion: University of Montana
Special Interests/Certifications: Functional Vision Deficits- including visual loss (monocular or peripheral), low vision, visual perceptual, and visual vestibular deficits

Carol Morse

Carol Morse
Speech Language Pathology
Billings Clinic Heights
Eductaion:
Special Interests/Certifications:

Kelly Hylland

Kelly Hylland, SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
Cancer Center/Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, Throat)
Eductaion: University of Colorado at Boulder
Special Interest/Certifications: Voice and swallowing function, head and neck cancer treatment, LSVT certified, FEES certified, McNeill Dysphagia Therapy Program certified

Michelle Collins

Michelle Collings, SLP
Speech Language Pathology
Cancer Center/Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, Throat)
Eductaion: University of New Mexico
Special Interests/Certifications: Dysphagia especially in the head and neck cancer population, voice disorders, manual therapy (myofascial release) for voice and swallowing disorders and fluoroscopic and endoscopic swallow examinations. Certifications include Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile (MBSImp) and McNeill Dysphagia Therapy Program (MDTP).