Coastal Speech Therapy & Wellness was founded in March 2020.
I recognized a need that many patients were not being served during the COVID shutdown.
Teletherapy quickly remedied the lack of services.
I also noticed my patients began making MORE progress due to less stress, being in their home environment, and having support all while engaging in an interactive, structured and fun online platform.
It's been a wonderful success!
Michelle Rusk, MA, CCC-SLP is a nationally certified speech language pathologist, licensed in Virginia with over twelve years of experience providing speech therapy to children, adolescents and adults.
She specializes in the young adult through older adult populations treating speech, language, stroke, traumatic brain injury, apraxia, and cognition disorders.
She has practiced and gathered experience working across many disorders and in various settings ranging from acute care, outpatient, inpatient and in both public and private schools.
These diverse and challenging settings have helped her shape a successful therapeutic approach focusing on motivation, empathy, the brain's neuroplasticity and the health of the gut microbiome.
Michelle believes that when the gut microbiome is within balance, the brain has the ability to optimize neural network abilities to change continuously throughout an individual's life.
By incorporating lifestyle changes into her therapeutic model, Michelle is helping patients and families live overall healthier, whole lives.
She's a mom to four amazing kids, a wife to a wonderful husband, an animal lover, and a gardener. In her free time, she loves to cook, grow food in her backyard garden, spend time with the family, hike, eat and live well!
Michelle loves to motivate her patients and clients to thrive and feel confident again to do the things they've always loved too.
MY THERAPEUTIC APPROACH During the therapy process, I work collaboratively with caregivers, healthcare providers and parents to optimize maintenance and transition of skills into every day environments.
Therapeutic interventions are best when:
they are functionally based
built according to each individual's maximum potential
engage and challenge
tailored to include individual interests and strengths
Aphasia/Stroke Tele-therapy group Traumatic Brain Injury Tele-therapy group Traumatic Brain Injury Acquired Brain Injury Executive Functions Apraxia Articulation/Phonological Disorders Language Delays/Disorders Auditory Comprehension/Processing Delays