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Speech Therapy


  • Cognitive-Linguistic Disorders – Assess memory, problem solving and sequencing related to linguistic skills, with education on compensatory strategies.
  • Language & Speech Impairment – Assess and treat receptive and expressive language skills related to aphasia, dementia, or other disorders affecting language function.
  • LSVT LOUD – Treatment for patients with Parkinson’s, focused on using a patient’s voice at a more “normal” loudness.
  • Modified Barium Swallow Study – An X-ray procedure used to determine how a patient is currently swallowing and determine if dysphagia or aspiration are present. This provides information for speech therapist to recommend swallow strengthening exercises
  • and/or modify diet as needed.
  • Neurological Conditions – Assess and treat patients with a focus on increasing independence with communication, cognition in activities of daily living for patients with dementia, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, MS, and others.
  • Pediatric Therapy for Expressive and Receptive Language Delays – Facilitate language development and communication skills through cooperative play for children with developmental delays and disorders, genetic disorders, and Autism spectrum disorders.
  • Stuttering – Treatment focused on increasing verbal fluency through development of compensatory strategies.
  • Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia) – Assess and treat swallowing disorders with a focus on determining the safest diet to decrease risk of aspiration, improving strength and coordination, and strategies to encourage a safe swallow.
  • Voice Loss or Disorders – Treatment focused on reducing vocal hyper-function, laryngeal tension and supporting good quality vocal production and habits.


Our Staff

Ashley Lester, MS, CCC-SLP


Ashley Lester earned her Master of Science Degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Nebraska, Omaha, in 2010. She began working at Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center in August 2010.

She enjoys working with adult patients who have swallowing/dysphagia challenges, and voice rehab.

She is Lee Silverman Voice Treatment Certified and has training in Modified Barium Swallows.

Ashley grew up near Dallas, Texas, and moved to Nebraska for college. She lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, with her husband, Brandon, and two children.


Joseph Neri, MS, CCC-SLP


Joe Neri earned his Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Central Oklahoma. He began working for Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center in October 2015.

He works primarily with pediatric patients.

He enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters, running, and being outdoors.




Part-Time Staff

  • Jane Stokebrand, MS, CCC-SLP
  • Brittany Waller, MS, CCC-SLP

Assistants & Aides

  • Mary Hansel
  • Jan Werner

Secretaries & Schedulers

  • Deb Fralin
  • Carol Riens
  • Joleen Wrightsman





4800 Hospital Parkway
Beatrice, NE 68310




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