Spotlight: Allison Allcorn, SLP, with Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman

In honor of Better Hearing and Speech Month, Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman invites you to meet Allison Allcorn, Speech-Language Pathologist!

Allison originally grew up in Snead, Alabama, where she graduated from Susan Moore High School. She has received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Disorders from Auburn University and her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Faulkner University. Allison has also participated in trainings for Lamp: Words for Life and 1st 50 Words when working with Children. 

In her spare time, she loves spending time with her husband, Noah, and their dog, Oakley. She enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends on the weekends. 

Allison says, “The highlight of my career is when I am able to see my patients grow in their communication skills. It’s amazing to see the progress and excitement when patients are able to use their voice for the first time. As a child who received speech therapy for over five years, my ultimate goal to help patients reach the fullest potential to improve communication skills just like a speech therapist did in my life. I am blessed to be a part of such a wonderful community and work with amazing families while at Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman.”

Happy Better Hearing and Speech Month, Allison! Thank you for the wonderful care you provide to our patients and their families!

Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman
811 2nd Avenue SW
Cullman, Alabama 35055
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Spotlight: Whitney Cole, SLP, with Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman

Olivia Britton is Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman

Spotlight: Rachel Lovell, Speech-Language Pathologist with Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman

Spotlight: Whitney Cole, SLP, with Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman

In honor of Better Hearing and Speech Month, Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman invites you to meet Whitney Cole!

Whitney is a native of Cullman and we are very proud to have her with Encore! She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and her master’s degree from Alabama A&M University. 

Whitney has almost 14 years of experience in the field of Speech-Language Pathology and has provided services in school settings, outpatient clinics, acute care, and skilled nursing facilities. She has received VitalStim certification and has received training to complete FEES (Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing) for the evaluation and treatment of swallowing disorders. She has been with Encore Rehabilitation for almost a year.

Whitney is married to David Cole. Their son, Bennett, attends Cullman Middle School. She has two dogs, Mollie and Annie. Whitney enjoys hiking, mountain biking, reading, and going to concerts.

Thank you, Whitney, for all you do for our patients, their families, and our community! We appreciate you!

Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman
811 2nd Avenue SW

Cullman, Alabama 35055
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Spotlight: Rachel Lovell, Speech-Language Pathologist with Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman

PJ Day Fun at Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman!

Olivia Britton is Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman

Twenty years with Encore Rehab – Thank you, Hazel!

Happy Better Hearing & Speech Month to Hazel!

Hazel is one of our wonderful Pediatric Speech Language Pathologists at Ocean Springs Pediatric Rehab. 

She says, “This year marks TWENTY years with Encore Rehab. I asked my kiddos why they like coming to speech or how I help them.  THIS is why I love my job! I just love their responses!”

Some of the children’s comments include: 

“We love Miss Hazy so much. I make Miss Hazy laugh. We laugh a lot at each other.”

“I come to therapy for speech. Doing speech and talking.”

“You help me with my words and sounds every day.”

“Pop-up Pirate!”

“Because I love to come see you. Can we play Catch the Fox?”

“Cuz I missed you and we do work. We wanna play cards together to match and that’s it.”

“I not know.”

“You always making me say my words. Help me get my words together. Every time I fixin to go, you always give me candy.”

“You my friend. I like you, and your bun in your hair. Help me with flash cards, can do matching, and a lot of stuff.”

“Miss Hazel room! I love you! Play dollhouses?”

Thank you for everything you do, Hazel! We appreciate your dedication to improving the lives of the kids and families in your care. 

Ocean Springs Pediatric Rehab with Encore Rehabilitation
2 Doctors Drive
Ocean Springs, Mississippi 39564
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Happy Better Hearing and Speech Month to Leah Hyche, SLP!

Speech-Language Pathologist Leah Hyche celebrates Better Hearing and Speech Month with #EncoreRehab

Encore Rehabilitation wishes a Happy Better Hearing and Speech Month to Speech-Language Pathologist Leah Hyche !  

Leah LOVES her work and LOVES helping others!
“l love my job! I knew I was in the right field while working with my first patient during a clinical rotation.  The child was non-verbal with minimal ability to functionally communicate.  Building a relationship with the patient and family enabled us as a team to establish a communication system that was effective and efficient. I was able to watch not just the child transform but the whole family.  Watching this transformation take place was life changing as his abilities went from essentially no communication to being able to communicate his wants and needs with his family.

    “There are numerous, amazing moments in my career I could share. Playing a role in helping a child form his or her first word or sentence, seeing a child play with a toy or another child appropriately for the first time, and of course, when you hear a parent say their child said ‘I love you, with words or some other form of communication, is amazing!
     “And I love to work with adults, too! I have formed many special relationships over the years. Helping an adult work through speech, language, cognitive tasks, or to improve function of eating/swallowing is one of the most rewarding experiences.
     “My job is about building relationships, caring for my patients, and in turn helping them reach their goals!” ~Leah Hyche, SLP
 Leah is a native of Hamilton, AL.  She attended The University of Alabama and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communicative Disorders and Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology.  She has been a clinician for eleven years and has practiced with Encore Rehabilitation for almost 6 years. Leah is also Vital Stim certified. 
Speech-Language Pathologists evaluate and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication disorders, and swallowing disorders in individuals ranging from birth to geriatric individuals. Speech Therapists work with the individual, families, physicians, and other related therapies to form an individualized treatment plan to maximize the patient’s rehabilitation potential.
If you’d like to ask Leah questions or receive Speech Therapy Services, contact the Encore Rehabilitation clinics in Winfield, Haleyville, and Hamilton. 
Encore Rehabilitation-Winfield
199 Carraway Drive, Suite A1
Winfield, Alabama 35594
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Encore Rehabilitation-Haleyville
42465 Highway 195
Haleyville, Alabama 35565
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Encore Rehabilitation-Hamilton
1261 Military Street S
Hamilton, Alabama 35570
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Celebrating Valentine’s Day with Pediatric Therapy!

Encore Rehabilitation Therapist Christie Wilson with LucasAva makes a Valentine's bag at her therapy session with #EncoreRehab at DeKalb Regional Medical Center
Throwback Thursday to Valentine’s Day!
Speech Therapist Christie Wilson gave Valentines to Lucas and others during a special Valentine’s Day therapy. Also shown here is Ava who made a Valentine’s bag and participated in a Valentine exchange at therapy. Everyone had a good time!
Christie is a Clinician at Encore Rehabilitation at DeKalb Regional Medical Center.
Encore Rehabilitation at DeKalb Regional Medical Center
200 Medical Center Drive
Fort Payne, Alabama 35968
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Meet Speech Language Pathologist Taylor Furline with Encore Rehabilitation-Hartselle!

Speech Language Pathologist Taylor Furline with Encore Rehabilitation-Hartselle #EncoreRehab

Please help Encore Rehabilitation – Hartselle in welcoming our new Speech Language Pathologist, Taylor Furline!

Taylor graduated with honors from The University of Montevallo with a Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology. She has experience working with all ages from birth to 107 with a wide range of abilities in several different settings including elementary schools, preschools, hospitals, skilled nursing/rehab, and outpatient clinics.

Taylor says, “I am excited to be a part of the Encore Rehabilitation team and to serve the clients and patients I work with in a way that allows them to communicate and participate successfully and whatever they set out to do. I feel so blessed to be in a profession that allows me to help others find their voice and use it well. In my spare time, I love to spend time with friends and family, play with my dog, read, serve in my church and community, and anything outside on a sunshiney day!

Welcome, Taylor!

Encore Rehabilitation-Hartselle
615 Mynatt Street, SW
Suite A
Hartselle, Alabama 35640 256-773-0138
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Meet Occupational Therapist Heather Breedlove with Encore Rehabilitation-Athens and Hartselle

Encore Rehabilitation-Hartselle celebrates One Year in New Location!

Dr James Robinson and Encore Rehabilitation President Paul Henderson

Meet Jessica Rea, MA, CCC-SLP

Meet Jessica Rea, MA, CCC-SLP with Encore Rehabilitation-Athens #EncoreRehab

Happy Better Hearing and Speech Month to Encore Rehabilitation Speech Language Pathologist Jessica Rea!

Jessica Rea,MA, CCC-SLP, graduated from the University of Mississippi with a B.A. in Communicative Disorders and then received her Master’s degree in Speech Pathology from the University of Memphis. She chose the field of Speech Pathology after witnessing her grandfather receive rehabilitation after a large stroke when she was in high school. She always knew she wanted to be in the healthcare profession and Speech Pathology seemed like a perfect fit! Jessica has been a Clinician with Encore Rehabilitation-Athens since 2012.

Thank you for all you do, Jessica!

Encore Rehabilitation-Athens
22423 US Highway 72 East, Suite B
Athens, Alababma 35613
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Cade Abernathy – Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Athens

Career Opportunities with Encore Rehabilitation, Inc.

Cole Wales is Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Athens

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

Info graphic entitled the Hearing Bone's connected to the What? depicting the connection of hearing loss with heart disease, alzheimer's, dementia, diabetes, depression, falling, kidney sides, hospitalization, and deathDid you know that Hearing Loss may affect your health in other ways besides a loss of hearing? May is Better Hearing and Speech Month. At Encore Rehabilitation, our team of Speech-Language Pathologists and therapists are committed to helping those with hearing loss or hearing disorders achieve their best quality of living. Contact us for more information on hearing loss and your health.

Speech Language Services with Encore Rehabilitation
Ocean Springs, Mississippi  228-818-1207
Athens, Alabama 256-232-1221
Bay Minette, Alabama 251-239-5395
Bessemer, Alabama  205-481-7125
Decatur, Alabama 256-350-6331
Falkville, Alabama 256-7846197
Foley, Alabama 251-270-2505
Haleyville, Alabama 205-486-2753
Hartselle, Alabama 256-773-0138
Mobile, Alabama 251-459-8402
Mobile, Alabama 251-415-1670


10 Things You Should Know About Hearing Loss & Your Health**

(1)  Hearing loss is tied to depression. Research shows that hearing loss is associated with an increased risk of depression in adults of all ages, but is most pronounced in 18 to 69 year olds. Research also shows that the use of hearing aids reduces depressive symptoms.

(2)   Hearing loss and dementia are linked. Research not only shows a connection between hearing loss and dementia, but a Johns Hopkins study of older adults found that hearing loss actually accelerates brain function decline. Some experts believe that interventions, like hearing aids, could potentially delay or prevent dementia. Research is ongoing.

(3)   Hearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes. Studies show that people with diabetes are twice as likely to have hearing loss. When broken down by age, one study showed that those 60 and younger are at greater risk.

(4)   Your hearing may say something about your heart. Cardiovascular and hearing health are linked. Some experts say the inner ear is so sensitive to blood flow that it’s possible that abnormalities in the cardiovascular system could be noted here earlier than in other less sensitive parts of the body.

(5)   Staying fit may also help your hearing. Research on women’s health shows that a higher level of physical activity is associated with a lower risk of hearing loss. Conversely, a higher body mass index (BMI) and larger waist circumference in women are each associated with a higher risk of hearing loss.

(6)   Hearing loss may put you at greater risk of falling. A Johns Hopkins study showed that people in middle age (40 to 69) with even just mild hearing loss were nearly three times more likely to have a history of falling.

(7)   Hospitalization may be more likely for those with hearing loss. Another Johns Hopkins study showed that hospitalization is more likely for older adults with hearing loss.

(8)   The risk of dying may be higher for older men with hearing loss. A groundbreaking study found that men with hearing loss had an increased risk of mortality, but hearing aids made a difference. Men and women with hearing loss who used hearing aids—although older and with more severe hearing loss—had a significantly lower mortality risk than those with hearing loss who did not use hearing aids.

(9)   Hearing loss is tied to common pain relievers. One study found that the regular use of aspirin, NSAIDs, or acetaminophen increases the risk of hearing loss in men, and the impact is larger on younger individuals. A separate study found that ibuprofen and acetaminophen are associated with an increased risk of hearing loss in women, with the link even stronger among women younger than 50.

(10)   Moderate chronic kidney disease is linked to hearing loss. Research has shown moderate chronic kidney disease to be associated with an increased risk of hearing loss

** This information is from an article published by the Better Hearing Institute. More information can be found on their website by clicking here.