Our Founders

Susan Kennedy, MS, CCC-SLP

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Susan is a certified and licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in the state of Kansas. Her background is in the acute care setting, with an emphasis in the neuro population.  She graduated from Kansas State University in 1992 with her Bachelors of Science degree and Fort Hays State University in 1994 with her Masters of Science in Speech Language Pathology. Susan was instrumental in developing the trach program in a large hospital setting.  She has over 20 years of experience in completing evaluations, implementing treatment plans, and carrying out therapy for dysphagia, aphasia, apraxia, dysarthria, cognition, and modified barium swallows.  She received training at Wake Forest for FEES (Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallow) and in St. Louis, through ATOS, for Completing TEP Changes for Laryngectomees.     

She holds certification in Vital Stim and Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) for Parkinson’s patients. 

Delane Huett, MS, CCC-SLP

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Delane is a certified and licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in the state of Kansas.  She graduated from Fort Hays State University in 1995 with a Masters of Science in Speech Language Pathology.  She has over 20 years of experience serving patients in the areas of acute care, rehab, skilled nursing, home health, and outpatient.  Delane has worked with children and adults; with her primary focus being the adult population.  She has experience and knowledge of swallowing disorders; vocal cord dysfunction is a specialized service she provides. 

Delane was previously responsible for completing Modified Barium Swallows, then received training in FEES (Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallow). Delane has certification in Vital Stim for dysphagia therapy and in Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) for Parkinson’s patients. 

Our Team of Specialist

Rachel Conrad-Jaffal MA, CCC-SLP

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Rachel is a certified and licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. She graduated from Wichita State University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders; with a minor in Psychology. She also received her Masters of Art in Speech Language Pathology from WSU.  Rachel has experience working with all ages and needs, including speech and language delays, AAC, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Apraxia of speech, fluency disorders, feeding aversions, and infant feeding and swallowing. Rachel has a passion for helping children and adults in a fun, learning environment. She is currently providing services at our east location. 

Staci Flanagan MA, CCC-SLP

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Staci is a certified and licensed Speech-Language Pathologist who has worked with children and adults with speech and language disorders since 2012. She has spent an extensive amount of time working with children who have complex communication needs.  She graduated from Wichita State University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Modern and Classical Language.  She received a Masters of Arts Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Staci’s areas of expertise are Autism Spectrum Disorder, social pragmatic language, behavior modification, feeding aversions,  Apraxia of speech, and articulation/phonological disorders.   She enjoys working with families to provide the best therapy techniques and strategies to help their children become successful communicators.  Staci is currently providing services at our east location.  

Taylor Kruse MA, CCC-SLP

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 Taylor is a certified and licensed Speech-Language Pathologist who has worked with children and adults with various speech, swallowing, and voice disorders since 2017. Taylor graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders; with a minor in Psychology. She then attended Wichita State University and received a Masters of Arts Degree in Speech-Language Pathology.  She has worked with Speech Language Pathologists, Physical Therapists, and Occupational Therapists in Oklahoma, Arizona, and Kansas. 

Taylor enjoys working with both the pediatric and adult populations, and she excels in collaborating with patients and their families to provide the highest quality of care. .

She has training in neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) and surface electromyography (SEMG) for dysphagia management using the Guardian Way device. She is certified to use the Oral Motor Beckman Protocol for oral motor disorders.  Taylor is currently providing services at our east location

Michael Hogwood MA, MFA, MS, CCC-SLP

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Michael is a practicing Speech-Language Pathologist who moved back to his hometown of Wichita, KS after living in New York City for 10 years.  He recently worked at Wesley Medical Center in both acute and outpatient care before finding the opportunity to practice at the Speech Swallow Voice Center.  Michael is a McNeil Dysphagia Treatment certified therapist and combines that with neuromuscular stimulation to rehabilitate various disorders of swallowing.  Michael also has extensive experience working with adult populations suffering from a variety of disorders impacting memory/attention/cognition, dysarthria, acquired Apraxia, stuttering, facial/oral motor weakness, aphasia, and voice disorders. While primarily an adult therapist Michael also has specific experience treating children with vocal cord dysfunction and concussions.  Michael is currently providing services at our east location.

Brianna Akins MS, CF-SLP

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Brianna, aka Bri, is a Speech-Language Pathology Clinical Fellow. She graduated with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Psychology from Southeastern Oklahoma State University and a Masters of Science Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Northeastern State University. Brianna has experience working with children and adults of all ages with various speech, language and swallowing disorders and

loves helping patients reach their highest potential and become more confident in their abilities.  Brianna is currently providing services at our west location.

Alisha Stevenson MA, CCC-SLP

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 Alisha is a licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist. She attended Wichita State University where she earned a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and French. She also earned her Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders from WSU. Alisha is passionate about supporting people with the development/rehabilitation of functional communication and swallowing; allowing them to participate in two of the most fundamental aspects of living: communication and eating. Alisha has experience working with a variety of needs including speech sound disorders, language disorders, dysphagia, cognitive-linguistic disorders, and fluency disorders. She also has experience in the evaluation and implementation of low and high-tech Augmentative and Alternative Communication.  Alisha is currently providing services at our west office.