GAINESVILLE, Texas – A new Speech Therapist has joined the North Texas Medical Center team, but she is no stranger to Cooke County.
Brianna Rust is a Cooke County native and has returned to her hometown to raise her family and serve her community as a Speech Therapist.
“I am excited to be back home, and am honored to have the privilege of helping my fellow community members in their developmental and rehabilitative journey,” Rust said.
Brianna received her Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from Midwestern State University. After working as a dental hygienist for seven years, she went on to receive her Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Baylor University. Her extensive education of the anatomical structures of the head and neck has helped mold her treatment approach, prioritizing her patient’s specific needs within their treatment plan. She has worked primarily in the acute and outpatient settings, working with both adults and children across all ages.
Her areas of interest and special training includes treating adults and children with neurological disorders, and treating infants, toddlers, and children with communication and feeding disorders. She has completed advanced continuing education and certification courses including LSVT Loud, and is TR-eat © trained through the Pediatric Feeding Institute in order to serve pre-term infants, term infants, toddlers, children, and adolescents presenting with developmental and sensory based feeding challenges. Feeding challenges specifically targeted include low birth weight, poor weight gain, reflux, tongue tie, developmental feeding delay, and selective (picky) eating.
Rust works alongside the other professionals in the NTMC Therapy Services Department. Areas of treatment services offered include: Dysphagia, Motor Speech, Voice, Cognitive Linguistic, Articulation, Receptive Language, Expressive Language, Fluency and Modified Barium Swallow Studies.
For more information on Speech Therapy services at NTMC, call (940) 612-8340.