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Speech, Language, Myofunctional, and Feeding Therapy

Lincoln, NE and surrounding areas

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KELLY VILLAFANE

Speech-Language Pathologist

Certified Orofacial Myologist (COM®)

Kelly is a certified member of the American Speech Hearing Association.  She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) through the national American Speech Hearing Association, a nationally recognized professional credential that represents a level of excellence in the field of Speech-Language Pathology.  Kelly is a certified member of the International Association of Orofacial Myology, COM®.  She is certified to evaluate and treat Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders and is a TOTs (tethered oral tissue) trained professional.  She loves taking a collaborative approach to treatment with other professionals in and around the Lincoln area. She enjoys educating other professionals and speech-language pathologists about myofunctional disorders through mentorship, trainings, and guidance, as well as providing continued education and support to speech-language pathologists in their Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY). Kelly has a passion for helping her clients and their families communicate better.

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BRIDGETTE ZAVADIL

Speech-Language Pathologist

Bridgette is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and a certified member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (Certificate of Clinical Competence). She has experience working in school-based settings with a focus on language, speech sound (articulation) disorders, voice, and fluency disorders. Bridgette also has experience programming and modeling use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication systems (AAC) for children with intellectual disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and developmental delays. Bridgette has also provided speech-language services in a rehabilitation hospital to treat patients recovering from brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, and other complex medical conditions. 

 

Bridgette has a passion for working with clients and their families in the area of orofacial myofunctional disorders, in which she has additional training in. This field is particularly important to Bridgette, as one of her children required a tongue- and lip-tie revision to improve breastfeeding and suck-swallow-breath function. Since completing this course work, Bridgette has evaluated and treated clients with lip and tongue ties and those who present with “tongue thrust” characteristics. 

 

Bridgette continues to practice as a speech-language pathologist for public schools and is up to date on current curriculum and special education procedures. At Link to Communication, Bridgette enjoys working with children and adults who present with myofunctional disorders, speech sound disorders, autism, and developmental delays. Bridgette also enjoys collaborating with other professionals in the medical and educational settings. She believes it is extremely important to support families by modeling strategies and teaching techniques for generalization of speech language and orofacial myofunctional skills. 

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EMILY EDIGER

Speech-Language Pathologist

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Emily Ediger is a certified Speech Language Pathologist (Certificate of Clinical Competence) through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She provides therapy in the areas of articulation, language, social skills, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), and speech fluency. She has experience with a variety of students, including children with autism, ADHD, and genetic disorders. Emily also has experience working in a rehabilitation setting with children and adults with a focus on swallowing, language, articulation, and cognitive communication therapy.

 

Emily has additional training in the area of orofacial myology. She chose to pursue this area of the field based on her interest in swallowing and articulation therapy and the need she saw in many populations to receive more specialized therapy in this area. Emily enjoys collaborating with families and other professionals to provide the best possible care to her clients.

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KORI HIXSON

Speech-Language Pathologist

Kori is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in the state of Nebraska and a certified member (Certificate of Clinical Competence) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She has experience working in school-based settings, supporting students ages birth-21 with communication needs in the areas of articulation, receptive/expressive language, social skills, fluency, and voice. She has additional experience providing services to individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorder. During her graduate program at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Kori assisted in the development and implementation of speech and language services for individuals in an acute care setting with swallowing, cognitive-communication, and voice disorders.

 

Kori has additional training in orofacial myology and is excited to apply these strategies and techniques with clients at Link to Communication. She believes in the importance of staying current with evidence-based interventions, through continuing education courses, to provide effective and individualized services for each client. Kori appreciates the collaborative approach at Link to Communication and is looking forward to networking with professionals in the community to develop comprehensive plans for clients. She enjoys getting to know each client and family to incorporate their unique interests for engaging and interactive therapy sessions.