Megan Gfeller joins the Speech Therapy Department at Clay County Medical Center. She is a Kansas native, growing up in Scott City. Megan graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language-Hearing from the University of Kansas, and later received her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from Kansas State University. She began her career at Geary Community Hospital, and in the last six years has also worked with infant and toddler services, Angels Home Health, and nursing homes. She brings a wide variety of clinical experience to our facility. Although she will see patients of all ages, she is especially interested in pediatrics.
As a clinician at Clay County Medical Center, Megan is able to provide evaluations, management and consultation for patients from birth to 18 years of age who may have speech or language disorders. This requires specialized skill in several differing age groups, including infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school aged children, and adolescents.
She is certified in the Sequential Oral Sensory approach to feeding. This type of therapy focuses on assessing and treating children aged birth to 5 years with feeding problems. As a parent, she understands there can be questions in identifying what might be a picky eater versus diagnosing an eating problem. Megan is also passionate about working with children with autistic spectrum disorder, neurological deficits, and sensory processing dysfunction.
“Some infants, even those who aren’t premature, struggle with the suck/swallow/breath concept when feeding" said Gfeller. “Infants and toddlers might have low muscle tone making the transition from breast to bottle to solid foods difficult.”
Gfeller continued, “I love working with children. Early intervention is key for the development of communication including expression, auditory comprehension, and social skills. It is exciting to watch their progress. Whether it's the expression of child's first word, understanding directions given, or completing a social greeting, all are exciting goals to achieve."
What to expect:
- Evaluations are done on-site
- Evaluations are approximately 45 minutes
- Families are provided with written recommendations at the conclusion of the evaluation
- Treatment recommendations are provided and follow-up therapy is scheduled as well as explaining activities that can be done at home
- Referrals to other professionals might include: occupational therapist, physical therapist, dietician as well as behavior modification specialists outside our facility
- Our team collaborates with your school district to ensure the success of the child in all environments
Referral Process: Patients must be referred by a physician, and the majority of the referrals tend to be from a primary care physician. Referrals are also received from other medical and dental professionals, including neonatologists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, gastroenterologists, plastic surgeons, oral surgeons, orthodontists, dentists, psychologists and psychiatrists. Although the public school does not refer to us directly, we collaborate with the school to benefit each child.
Megan resides on a farm outside of Wakefield, KS with husband Jared and son, Chase, who will be three years old in January.