Speech Therapy


Lake Chelan Health Rehabilitative Department offers comprehensive speech therapy  services for a wide range of communication and swallowing disorders across both inpatient and outpatient settings. Therapist, Emily Leavens works to help individuals overcome communication challenges following:

  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Progressive neurological diseases such as Parkinson disease, dementia, Huntington disease, and ALS.

Ms. Leavens works closely with children who may have communication challenges associated with autism, Down syndrome, cleft palate, developmental delay and hearing impairments. Challenges in speech and language areas may include:

  • Speech Articulation
  • Expressive and Receptive Language
  • Stuttering
  • Voice

Ms. Leavens is also certified in Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT), which is named after a therapy created for Mrs. Lee Silverman to manage symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease.  This voice therapy improves communication across daily activities. Following LSVT treatment, patients have shown marked improvements with vocal loudness, speech intonation and clarity, facial expressions, and swallowing. Learn More

The Rehab team works alongside families and caregivers to create a therapy plan that helps individuals return to daily functional activities such as work, school and social engagements.

Let the professionals at Lake Chelan Health help you move your health forward.

Call 509-682-8523 to schedule an appointment.

Emily E. Leavens, M.S., CCC-SLP

Emily Leavens is a certified Speech Language Pathologist who joined the Lake Chelan Community Hospital Rehabilitation Department in January 2020. She received her degree from The University of Vermont and has been practicing for eight years. She provides outpatient services for both children and adults in speech, swallowing, language, voice, fluency and cognition.  She also provides services in swallowing, cognition and communication for adults within the inpatient setting.  Her professional interests include early intervention, cognitive rehabilitation and post-stroke rehabilitation. She enjoys boating, hiking, camping, skiing, music and spending time with her family.