The Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) study is a gold standard diagnostic tool for identifying swallowing disorders and paths to treatment. Our licensed Speech-language Pathologists with Endoscopy Certification are able travel to assisted living and nursing facilities, rehabilitation facilities, medical centers and hospitals to perform these studies, so that patients do not need to be moved out of their facility for evaluation. We also now have a partnership with the Rural Health Services Consortium and are able to offer Walk-In FEES services at the Kingsport Medical Center. We are excited to bring this much needed service to our region!
Speech / Language
What Our Employees Say About Us
Our three-year-old, Sam, is a current patient at MRSH, and it has been like watching a miracle to see him find his voice with Mrs. Bekah every week. Mrs. Bekah is incredibly skilled at what she does, and she gained Sam’s trust and friendship so quickly in his therapy journey. In addition to working so well with Sam, she has taught our whole family how to better support and encourage his language development. Sam loves coming to speech, and it is making such a difference for him. All of the staff we have interacted with are so welcoming and helpful. We are very thankful to have been referred to MRSH by our kids’ pediatrician.
My daughter has attended MRSH for speech services since she was two. We have always had a wonderful experience there, from the front office staff to the therapists. However, it wasn’t until Ms. Jessi became her therapist that things significantly changed for my daughter and our family. Ms. Jessi was able to discover the source of my daughter’s speech issues as an actual hearing issue. She encouraged us to seek further hearing tests and my daughter ended up receiving hearing aids which has drastically improved her quality of life. Without the support of Ms. Jessi, my daughter would certainly not be at the level she is today. We will never be able to repay MRSH and, especially Ms. Jessi, for the care and services we received.
Our pediatrician referred our twins to MRSHC for speech therapy. From the first time I spoke with the front office on the phone, I was at ease about coming in for an evaluation. We are so thankful that Ms. Rachel has openings for both of our boys. She has the best personality and has truly been a huge part of our family’s life over the last few months. Our boys both love coming in each week to see her. We are starting to see real progress with their speech and can see both their hard work and Ms. Rachel’s paying off. We love MRSHC!
(Dr. Brady) provided me with hearing aids. My life has been much improved! I am a non-traditional student and now I can hear the professors! I now have a 3.44 grade point average, I am blessed!
We have a three year old named Abraham. We call him “Abe”. Abe is an outgoing, kind, and sweet boy who loves to make new friends and be social. As parents we noticed him falling behind other kids his age in his speech. As he would try to play with others he would get frustrated as to why they couldn’t understand him. This made us so sad to see Abe not able to communicate in a way he would have liked. He had trouble pronouncing words correctly and no sentences were coming together.
In May of this year we decided to put him in Speech to see if it would help. In just the five months of doing speech we have seen such a difference in him! Abe can now say so many words, phrases, and even sentences correctly! Not only has speech helped his communication verbally, it also has helped his confidence in meeting new friends and talking with them!
Speech with a three year old, especially over zoom, can be tricky. But Jessi, Abe’s therapist, has always been so kind and patient. She is so encouraging! Abe now gets so excited to talk and play with her. As parents we couldn’t be more grateful for Mountain Region Speech and Hearing that has been able to help our boy get where he needs to be! Seeing him smile confidently while meeting new friends means the world to us.
My son was struggling to talk and be understood. Here we are a year later and he can talk in complete sentences. I’m so thankful for everyone at MRSHC for helping my child find his voice. From the front desk staff to every therapist working here, they have all been so sweet and helpful in our journey to understand our child. We are beyond grateful to each and every one of you! We look forward to what the future holds in our child’s vocabulary. Thanks for the help MRSHC!
MRSHC has helped a grandson that Doctors have said would never talk or talk, but MRSHC has helped him talk and understand things so much better. His speech has (improved) tremendously. He talks in sentences and speaks his opinions very well.
When (my daughter) first started going to MRSHC it was specifically for feeding therapy. She was having trouble with her swallow reflex and was aspirating her food. On top of that she had very little means of communication. Over time and with help from therapy, she has greatly improved with her feeding but what is most notable for our family is her great improvement with communication! She is beginning to vocalize some but she is more greatly beginning to use forms of nonverbal communication. She also has begun using a Tobii Dynavox eye gaze communication device that MRSHC has been so gracious to let her utilize. Her therapist is caring and compassionate. She is also very patient and looks out for (my daughter’s) needs. I know that with MRSHC’s help we will continue to see great strides in communication. Although (this) syndrome is a very difficult diagnosis to deal successfully with communication wise, we are hopeful for (her) future.
(Our son) really loves Ms. Glenda. She has helped him with his speech and he’s come a long way because of her.
Very professional. Right on schedule, no waiting. Answered all questions without hesitation. I would certainly recommend this agency to anyone who was needing these particular services.
Mountain Region Speech & Hearing Center Appoints New Clinical Director of Speech Language Pathology
Mountain Region Speech and Hearing Center is pleased to announce the promotion of Brittany Rushing to the position of Clinical Director of Speech Language Pathology. Mountain Region Speech and Hearing Center, a non-profit organization, is one of the largest centers in East Tennessee that specializes in speech, hearing and swallowing services with a total of 10 Speech Language Pathologists and 2 Audiologists on staff.
Rushing began her career at Mountain Region in 2008 as a Clinical Fellow. She has over 14 years of experience working with both pediatric and adult populations, specializing in the treatment of dysphagia and adult speech-language and cognitive disorders. Rushing is a Certified Endoscopist and is the Director of Mountain Region’s FEES (Flexible Endoscopy Evaluation of Swallowing) program. She is also a certified trainer in FEES and a certified McNeill Dysphagia Therapy Program (MDTP) provider. Additionally Rushing’s work experience includes providing speech-language and swallowing services to patients at the Mountain Home VA, Ballad Health and Select Specialty Hospital. She has served as an adjunct professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders at East Tennessee State University.
“Having a Clinical Director the caliber of Brittany Rushing will help Mountain Region continue to expand our services. Years ago, Brittany started her career at Mountain Region as a Clinical Fellow,” said Karen Dale, Executive Director. “We are so pleased to name her as our new Clinical Director and look forward to her leadership.”
Rushing received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from University of Tennessee-Knoxville and her Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders from East Tennessee State University. She lives in Jonesborough, TN with her husband and children.
Mountain Region Speech and Hearing Center is a not-for-profit agency founded in 1974 by the Junior League and Sertoma Club of Kingsport. Our Mission is to provide the highest quality speech, hearing and swallowing services to the Appalachian Region and to improve quality of life for all ages through effective evaluation, treatment and education regardless of ability to pay.
Who We Benefit
People of all ages, from birth to geriatrics.
- Newborn infants who are unable to suck or swallow to obtain nourishment
- Infants, toddlers and children with Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, cleft palate, hearing loss, spina bifida, or language delay
- Adults who have suffered strokes, head injuries, hearing loss, progressive neurological disorders, stuttering, and voice disorders
Join Our Team
Our team is growing and we are looking for people who share our commitment to provide excellent healthcare for our patients. We continually seek outgoing and well qualified Speech Pathologists to join our team at Mountain Region Speech and Hearing Center.
Contact Human Resource at 423-246-4600.
How Can You Help?
MRSHC relies on donations to fulfill its mission that all people are treated regardless of their ability to pay. If you would like to make a donation to our Scholarship Fund to help cover costs of therapy for an individual patient, please call (423) 246- 4600 or send to:
301 Louis Street
Kingsport, TN 37660
You may also donate to our General Fund or Endowment Fund online at https://www.mrshc.org/mrshc-donation/.
- Knights of Columbus
- Lions Club of Kingsport
- Scottish Rite
- Sertoma Club of Kingsport
- Serving Tennessee’s Seniors – administered by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee at the request of the Chancery Court
- United Way of Greater Kingsport
- United Way of Greene County
- United Way of Hawkins County
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