Conway therapist achieves rare certification to treat Parkinson’s disease patients
Richelle Weese of Conway, a speech therapist with Conway Regional Therapy Centers, recently completed an intensive program to treat voice disorders in Parkinson's disease patients.
Those disorders include mumbled speech, hoarse voice, monotone speech and soft voice issues. By completing the therapy program, Weese became the only speech therapist in Central Arkansas to be certified by the Lee Silverman Voice Training (LSVT) program.
Weese has worked at Conway Regional Therapy Centers since 1996 and is currently working at the therapy center on Salem Road. She holds a master’s degree in speech pathology from UCA and is a graduate of Fort Smith Southside High School.
Formed in 1986 in honor of a woman who sought speech therapy for Parkinson’s disease, the Lee Silverman Voice Therapy program trains speech clinicians and therapists in a research based, speech therapy approach directed at improving the whole body movements of Parkinson’s patients. For additional information, call (501) 327-9944.