Speech therapy may include screening, evaluating and treating patients who have problems
expressing and understanding language, as well as patients who have swallowing disorders.
Language skills that can be addressed include:
- Auditory Comprehension
- Hearing Loss Issues
- Traumatic Brain Injury from stroke or accident
- Verbal Expression
- Reading and Writing Skills
- Speech skills
- Delayed language in children
- Slurred speech
- Cognitive-linguistic skills
- Problem solving
- Executive functioning
- Swallowing therapy
- May involve modifying the consistency of food or liquid and teaching the
patient and family special techniques and exercises to compensate for
swallowing deficits, which allows him/her to eat or drink safely.
Speech therapy is often covered by Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance,
or Healthy Montana Kids.
Gail Elser - SLP-CCC
Undergraduate Degree from Minot State University, Minot, ND
Graduate degree from University of Montana, Missoula, MT
Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from American Speech and Hearing
Gail works with patients from the Madison Valley Medical Center and the
Madison Valley Manor. Her patients' ages range from age 2 through geriatrics.
Her hours are flexible and she frequently invites patients to her home
for therapy in Jeffers, just 2 miles from Ennis. She studied at Minot
State University in Minor, ND and the University of Montana in Missoula,
MT. Her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) was awarded by the American
Speech and Hearing Association.
For questions or to schedule an appointment please call 406-682-4368 or