Speech Therapy

What is Speech Pathology?

Speech pathology aims to treat patients with communication and swallowing difficulties. Therapies assist patients in regaining verbal skills lost to injury or disease, as well as overcoming speech impediments such as lisping or stuttering.

Individuals suffering from speech difficulties can often times feel embarrassed or frustrated. However many natural impediments, as well as many injury related speech difficulties, can be improved through speech therapy.


  • Swallow Evaluation and Treatment
  • Cognitive Rehabilitation
  • Receptive Language Treatment
  • Expressive Language Treatment

Meet Our Speech Therapist

Richard Shields, MA,C.C.C. Speech Pathologist

He is a Speech, Language and Swallow Consultant. Born and raised in Brockway, PA., Richard received his undergraduate degree in Speech Therapy/Special Education from Edenboro University of Pennsylvania.

Shields completed his Graduate work in Speech Pathology with an emphasis in neurogenics. After a year of clinical fellowship in California, Shields owned and managed a private practice in Warren, Ohio for twenty years.

During that time he initiated Speech Patholgy Acute Care Services in three different hospitals. Since moving to Arizona in 2000, Richard Shields has served Wickenburg and surrounding area patients with Speech/Language and Swallow dysfunction.

Have Questions or Ready to Schedule an Appointment?

Call 928-684-5529 

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