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Artwork by Infinity Therapists featured at Sunny Vista Art Show

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Artwork created by Infinity Rehab therapists was on display and up for auction at the 13th annual Sunny Vista Art Show.Especially notable was work by Jeff Waguespack, Physical Therapist, Director of Rehab at Sunny Vista, had two pieces in the final show. One of them won the “People’s Choice” award as voted by all of the show participants, and the other received an Honorable Mention by the judge. Additionally, Jeff donated a piece into the auction, valued at $1,100, which was purchased by Infinity Rehab therapist Jan Ostop, Speech-Language Pathologist. The Sunny Vista Art Show is a juried art show … Continue reading

Celebrating Better Hearing and Speech Month — Stories from #SLPeeps

I became interested in becoming a Speech-Language Pathologist initially because of an off-hand comment that a guy I was dating at the time said. His professor had said, “If I had to do over again, I think I would become a speech therapist.” I was sort of floating at that time, not really sure what I wanted to do with my life, and he said to me, “maybe you should be a speech therapist. You like people and you like talking, so maybe it would be a good fit for you.” So I started looking into what “speech therapy” really … Continue reading

American Telemedicine Association Annual Conference – Takeaways and Observations

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I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to attend the American Telemedicine Association annual conference last week in Los Angeles, CA. Even though Infinity Rehab has been using telehealth since 2008, this was my first time attending this particular conference. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I know the use of telehealth is growing around the country in nearly all practice settings and that both state and federal legislation are increasingly including telehealth language, but I was still somehow expecting a small, more intimate conference of early adopters. Boy was I wrong! There were over 5,000 attendees from all … Continue reading

Celebrating Better Hearing and Speech Month — Stories from #SLPeeps

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Perhaps my best moment as an Speech-Language Pathologist came when I was doing chart screens in a vent/trach unit and I came across a gentleman with a diagnosis of cerebellar CVA. Physician notes stated that the patient had severe aphasia and dementia and was the basis for his non-communication. Reading the chart and drawing on my knowledge of neuro anatomy, I felt that just maybe this patient’s communication deficit was due to something other than aphasia/dementia. What I remember most about this gentleman was his eyes.  They were incredibly big and expressive and tracked everything in his environment. I decided to obtain a clear plexiglass board … Continue reading

Infinity Rehab Therapists Lend a Hand to Paralympians!

Rapheal and Maclean with the Spokane Valley - Good Sam team

On May 3, 2015, Raphael Botsyo Nkegbe and Maclean Atsu Dzidienyo – internationally recognized wheelchair racers from Ghana – participated in the wheelchair race during the annual Bloomsday event in Spokane, WA. After the race, it became apparent they had an issue with one of their chairs with limited resources for repairs.  Word spread around town about the athlete’s troubles and a call was placed to the the Infinity Rehab therapy team at Spokane Valley – Good Samaritan to see if they could help. Sure enough, the team graciously lent a helping hand. Raphael and Maclean are now headed to … Continue reading

Communication Disorders Common in Older Americans

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During May Is Better Hearing & Speech Month,Infinity Rehab is spotlighting the importance of early detection and treatment for communication disorders in older Americans. Roughly 40 million Americans experience these disorders. Speech/language or swallowing disorders may result from medical conditions, such as oral cancer, stroke, Parkinson’s, or traumatic brain injury. Adults may also experience voice disorders or speech/language disorders that have persisted since childhood, such as stuttering. Hearing loss is among the most common conditions affecting older Americans. In fact, according to an AARP-ASHA poll that was taken in 2011, a significant percentage of baby boomers have untreated hearing loss. … Continue reading

#OTMonth Stories — Dedicated to Enhancing Lives through Occupational Therapy

Courtney Holmes, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

After an enlistment in the Air Force and completing my undergraduate degree in professional aeronautics, I was sure I was headed for a career in the civilian world with FedEx. Like many “sure things,” life got in the way and instead I got married to a petroleum engineer and moved to Nigeria. Despite being in a completely new and exciting place, my first days in Nigeria were spent in solitude, sitting in a hotel. In order to get anywhere, I had to be driven by an “approved” driver, I couldn’t go out alone and safety was a huge concern. To … Continue reading