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Speech Therapy Services Expanded at Tillamook Hospital


Tillamook County General Hospital is please to announce that speech pathologist Jacob Swain, CFY-SLP, has begun working in the Rehabilitation Services department. He joins Tracy Rankin, CCC-SLP, in offering a wide array of speech therapy services, in both individual as well as group sessions.

Swain has completed his Masters in Speech Language Pathology and is close to completion of his ASHA (American Speech and Hearing Association) certification. He has extensive experience working with both adults and children and has expertise addressing issues ranging from post-stroke symptoms to swallowing disorders to neurological therapy. Much of his clinical time the past four years has been spent in the Wheeler and the Portland area.

Swain is from the small New Hampshire town of Alton on Lake Winnipesaukee. After graduating with his bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire, he spent time traveling in the United States as well as Thailand, Mexico and Panama. In addition to his travels, he enjoys surfing, hiking, basketball, and cooking.

“Our department has grown in numbers of professional staff and services in the past year and a half,” said occupational therapist and Rehabilitation Services director Sonja Bradburn, MS, OTR/L. “We’re now one of the largest therapy options on the Oregon coast, treating an average of 1,500 patients a month with physical, occupational and speech therapy. The expansion of speech therapy services is one way we’re continuing to grow to meet our community’s needs.”

Examples of services provided by TCGH’s speech language pathologists for adults and children include therapies for speech difficulties related to Parkinson’s disease and strokes, autism, language disorders, fluency disorders (stuttering), aphasia, apraxia, voice disorders, and dysphagia (swallowing disorders).

TCGH’s Rehabilitation Services employs five physical therapists, two speech therapists, one occupational therapist, two licensed physical therapy assistants, one licensed OT assistant and two massage therapists. Three doctoral physical therapist interns have also joined the staff.

For more information about Rehabilitation Services, click here.