Expert Care for Every Patient
The clinic staff is comprised of licensed clinicians and students from the Master of Medical Speech-Language Pathology (MS MedSLP) program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Our clinicians hail from some of the top institutions in the country and form a team of experts dedicated to outstanding clinical practice.
CCD Clinic Director
Wendy Chase, MA, CCC-SLP
Wendy Chase is a speech-language pathologist who joined RMU in July 2017 in the position of Clinic Director. Ms. Chase earned her BS at Central Michigan University and her MA at Northwestern University. She has 29 years of experience in clinical positions treating clients from infancy through geriatrics and in locations from home care to hospitals. Ms. Chase was most recently employed at the Director of Clinical Education at the University of Connecticut where her focus was on inter-professional education and practice, communication and voice treatment with transgender or gender fluid clients, and assessment of swallowing in clients with ventilator dependency. Her classroom teaching has focused on dysphagia and clinical methods. Ms. Chase believes that critical thinking and evidence influenced practice are hallmarks of an excellent speech-language pathologist and strives to support student acquisition of these core skills through quality clinical education.
Clinical ExpertiseWendy’s clinical expertise includes dysphagia, cognitive-communication disorders, tracheostomy and ventilator dependent patient issues, transgender voice, and communication.
Linda Spencer, PhD, CCC-SLP, MS
Dr. Spencer earned her Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Arts degree in speech and hearing science at the University of Iowa. She then practiced in hospitals in Iowa, Idaho, Wisconsin before working as a research scientist at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Pediatric Cochlear Implant project. She completed her Ph.D. in speech and hearing science at the University of Iowa in 2006 and has over 40 peer-reviewed publications in journals such as the Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, Ear and Hearing, and the Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education.
She was the program director of the Communication Disorders Department at New Mexico State University before coming to Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Dr. Spencer’s area of research includes the speech, language, and literacy development of children with severe to profound hearing loss. She was the Co-PI of an NIH grant with Dr. Marc Marschark at Rochester Institute of the Deaf, in Rochester N.Y., that investigated the cognitive and language underpinnings of speech, language, and cognitive skills of individuals with moderate to profound hearing loss.
Clinical ExpertiseDr. Spencer’s clinical expertise includes cochlear implants, aural rehabilitation therapy, speech, language and cognitive therapy of individuals with moderate to severe hearing loss.
Priscilla Danielson, PhD, CCC-SLP, ATAC
Priscilla M. Danielson, PhD, CCC-SLP, ATACP completed her studies for Master in Speech/Language Pathology at Memphis State University and her doctoral studies at Temple University in Educational Psychology, with a specialty in Special Education. Dr. Danielson’s work experience as a speech/language pathologist has included hospital clinical staff, private practice coordination with Otolaryngologists, public school speech/language pathology and Assistive Technology (AT) and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) specialist, AAC trainer for caregivers, families, and users across the state of Pennsylvania, and administrator of a program at Temple University for college-age adults using AAC who were transitioning to independence and developing communication strategies and tools to support this transition. rehabilitation in Wichita, Kansas in 2006.
Dr. Danielson has served as an adjunct professor and clinical supervisor at West Chester University Department of Communication Disorders teaching Articulation and Phonology and Anatomy of Speech and Hearing structures and function. Most recently, Dr. Danielson was an adjunct professor at Temple University teaching undergraduate courses in Assistive Technology and Universal Design for Learning and at the University of Delaware teaching graduate courses in Assistive Technology and High Incidence Disabilities. Dr. Danielson has maintained a lengthy private practice focused on language development and disorders in children and adolescents, fluency, and AT/AAC strategies and tools. Dr. Danielson has also provided consultation to public school districts and legal teams in the areas of AT/AAC tools, strategies, and implementation.
Dr. Danielson’s clinical expertise includes assistive technology (AT), augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), language development and disorders, fluency in children and adolescents, and AT/AAC strategies and tools.
Phillip Sechtem, PhD, CCC-SLP
Dr. Sechtem joined Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions as an Associate Professor in the M.S. SLP program in July 2017. He earned his B.A. in communication and his M.S. in speech-language pathology at Fort Hays State University (Hays, Kansas) in 1990 and 1994, respectively. He earned his Ph.D. in communication, sciences and disorders at Wichita State University in 2013. Dr. Sechtem has worked extensively in medical settings concentrating on acquired neurologic, cognitive, communication, voice, and swallowing disorders. Advanced procedures he conducts include videostroboscopic examinations of the larynx, computerized speech analysis, fiberoptic endoscopic evaluations of swallowing, modified barium swallow studies, and tracheoesophageal voice restoration.
Dr. Sechtem’s teaching interests include neurologic bases of communication, acquired neurologic communication and swallowing disorders, anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing, and speech and hearing science. His research interests and publications encompass aspects of voice, swallowing, and aphasia. His aim is to advance colleagues and professionals who can competently provide evidence-based, patient-centered care upon graduation. He is honored and blessed to be a faculty member of the M.S. SLP program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. He and his wife, Josefina, reside in Provo with their dog Jack.
Dr. Sechtem’s clinical expertise includes neurologic, cognitive, communication, voice and swallowing disorders.
ElBea Stonier, MS, CCC-SLP
ElBea Stonier is a speech-language pathologist who joined RMU in June 2018 as a Clinical Educator in the M.S. MedSLP program. She earned her B.S. at Boise State University and her M.S. at Idaho State University. ElBea has clinical experience working with clients across the lifespan, with a focus on developing advanced clinical skills in treating infants and toddlers with communication, feeding and swallowing, and cognitive delays.
Kristin Ipson, MS, CCC-SLP
Kristen Ipson is a speech-language pathologist who joined RMU in January 2019 as a Clinical Educator in the M.S. SLP program. She earned her B.S. degree at Brigham Young University and her M.S. degree at the University of Utah. Ms. Ipson has clinical experience working with clients from infancy through adulthood in a variety of settings, including early intervention, public schools, outpatient voice clinic, and skilled nursing facilities. Her clinical focus has included assessing and treating infants and toddlers with delays and disorders in feeding, swallowing, communication, and cognition with advanced clinical skills in assessing and treating late language emergence, early identification of speech sound disorders, and early use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).
Kristin’s clinical expertise includes infants and toddlers with communication, feeding and swallowing, and cognitive delays, voice treatment with transgender or gender fluid clients.
Adjunct Clinical Educators
Allison Schuette, MS, CCC-SLP
RMU Adjunct Faculty
Savannah Pipkin-Litster, MS, CCC-SLP
Darrell Matthews, MS, CCC-SLP
Greg Young, MS, CCC-SLP