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Carmen Goetz,


Speech Language Pathologist

Carmen Goetz, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a graduate of Minot State University's Speech Language Pathology Master's program in 1990 and currently holds a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She received her Bachelor's degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the Minot State University, in Minot North Dakota. She has been practicing for 26 years. She is passionate about providing speech therapy to the geriatric community, with experience in treating a variety of communication, swallowing and cognitive-linguistic impairments. She is a dedicated Speech Language Pathologist working in all settings and is excited to be a part of the Live Your Life team to offer services that truly impact people in their communities. When providing skilled speech therapy, it is her goal to focus on functional and real world outcomes that better the lives of her patients/clients.


Rachel Wieneke,


Speech Language Pathologist

Rachel Wieneke, M.A., CCC-SLP, graduated from the University of South Dakota in 2012 with a Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology and currently holds a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She has experience in providing speech therapy to adolescents and adults, with increased focus in providing intervention for a receptive-expressive language, swallowing and cognition. Rachel is also certified in VitalStim Therapy which allows her to utilize neuromuscular electrical stimulation with her swallowing therapy.

As a therapist, Rachel values a patient centered approach and involves both the caregiver and patient when creating goals for intervention, as well as during her treatment sessions. She appreciates the relationships she builds with her patients and their families, as well as generalizing therapy to the home setting. Rachel believes that these aspects are vital in helping her patients succeed.

Rachel enjoys being outside with her husband and exploring the Twin Cities on their road bikes. She also enjoys spending time with both of their families, traveling, running and yoga.


Amy Ruskusky


Speech Language Pathologist

Amy Ruskusky graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa and with a Master of Science Degree in Communicative Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas in Dallas, Texas. She currently holds a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. She is also certified in Vital Stim, which involves neuromuscular electric stimulation in the treatment of swallowing.

Clinically, Amy has always enjoyed working with the adult population in the areas of speech and language, cognition and swallowing.

In her spare time, Amy enjoys spending time with her husband, dog, and family in Iowa. She also enjoys traveling, sewing, reading, and being outdoors.

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