Speech Therapy at Avita

The adult speech therapists at Avita Health System are professionals trained to evaluate and treat disorders of speech, communication, voice, swallowing, and cognition. Medical Speech therapists work closely with Primary Care Physicians and specialists such as ENT, Neurologists, Oncologists, Radiologists, and Pulmonologists

For more information on Pediatric Speech Therapy visit our Pediatric Therapy page.

Who Can Benefit from Avita Speech Therapy Services?

We offer inpatient and outpatient services to patients who have conditions such as:

  • Neurological disorders such as stroke, traumatic brain injury or brain tumors
  • Degenerative neurologic conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, Guillian-Barre, Myasthenia Gravis, Multiple Sclerosis, or ALS
  • Alzheimer’s dementia
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Voice disorders (including vocal fold paralysis, vocal fold polyps, nodules, and vocal fold dysfunction)
  • Pulmonary disorders (chronic lung disease, COPD, ventilator or tracheostomy dependent)
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)
  • Laryngo-pharyngeal reflux ( LPR)
  • Deconditioned state
  • Elevated aspiration risk
  • Chronic cough
  • Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
  • Life limiting illness affecting swallowing or communication

Why Choose Avita Speech Therapy?

Our adult speech therapy staff at Avita has advanced training in many specialized areas, and we are able to provide skilled services including:

  • Swallow evaluation
  • Modified barium swallow study (MBS)
  • Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES)
  • Videostroboscopic evaluation of Voice Disorder
  • VitalStim neuromuscular electrical stimulation for swallowing
  • Myofascial Release
  • Deep Pharyngeal Neuromuscular Stimulation (DPNS)
  • Facial Muscle Exercise Program (FMEP)
  • LSVT® Loud treatment for Parkinson’s disease
  • Standardized testing for communication and cognition

Common Symptoms

  • Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia)
    • Difficulty chewing
    • Difficulty getting food or drink down to the stomach
    • Sensation of food catching in throat
    • Coughing and choking while eating and drinking
    • Pain or discomfort while eating and drinking
    • Wet sounding voice while eating and drinking
    • Difficulty breathing while eating and drinking
    • Recurrent pneumonias
    • Significant or unexplained weight loss
  • Voice Disorders
    • Hoarse voice
    • Frequent throat clearing
    • Chronic cough
    • Running out of air when talking
    • Others have difficulty hearing your voice
    • Voice gets weaker throughout the day
    • Need to strain to use voice
  • Communication, Cognition, and Speech Disorders
    • Stuttering
    • Trouble understanding directions
    • Difficulty understanding language
    • Difficulty finding the right words
    • Trouble remembering important or recent information
    • Difficulty organizing thoughts and sequencing events
    • Difficulty solving basic problems
    • Slurred or mumbled speech
    • Slow or labored speech
    • Difficulty expressing thoughts


Avita Therapy & Sports Medicine


959 Hopley Avenue
Bucyrus, OH

Bucyrus Hospital


629 North Sandusky Avenue
Bucyrus, OH

Galion Hospital


269 Portland Way S
Galion, OH

Ontario Hospital


715 Richland Mall, Suite D
Ontario, OH


Avita’s Speech Therapy is now offering Telehealth appointments to its patients. To be eligible for a Telehealth appointment, you must call Speech Therapy at 419-468-0547 for Galion and Bucyrus Hospitals or 419-775-1091 for Ontario Hospital, and be approved for Telehealth by the therapist. Your Telehealth appointment will be scheduled by staff based on availability. When it is time for your appointment, you will be provided a Meeting ID and password to access your Telehealth appointment. You must use video and either a phone call or computer audio to join a Telehealth appointment. In order to use this service, please follow the instructions below or call the office at 419-468-0547 or 419-775-1091 for assistance.

Software Installation

Download the Zoom Cloud Meetings app on your mobile device or visit the Zoom website and then follow the instructions for your device below.


  1. Download the Zoom Cloud Meetings app from Google Play or the App Store via the links above.
  2. Launch the app and click “Join a Meeting”. Enter the Meeting ID you were given and your name, and then click “Join”.
  3. Enter the password you were provided. You may be asked to allow permissions to access your microphone and camera. Make sure to allow permission.
  4. On the video preview screen, click “Join with Video”.
  5. Once connected press “Call via Device Audio” on Android or “Call using Internet Audio” on iPhone.


  1. Click the Zoom logo above to visit the Zoom website.
  2. When the page loads, enter the Meeting ID you were given and click “Join”.
  3. On the next screen the Zoom software should automatically download. If it does not start automatically, click the link that says “download here”. Open the file that was downloaded once it is finished.
  4. When the software opens, enter your name and the password you were provided. Then, click “Join Meeting”.
  5. Next, ensure your webcam is working properly in the preview and click “Join with Video”.
  6. Once connected, click “Join with Computer Audio”.