The therapists at Wasatch Speech and Language Center are state licensed and hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association. Each therapist has a Masters Degree and post graduate training in specific areas.
Maria Gurrister, M.S. CCC-SLP
Maria has been a practicing speech language pathologists for 23 years. She received her Masters degree from the University of Utah and received post graduate training in fluency disorders at the University of Iowa. Her primary area of interest is neurogenic communication disorders in children and adults. She practiced for 11 years at the University of Utah Medical Center with a focus in swallowing disorders, acquired speech and language disorders (stroke, traumatic brain injury) within the acute care setting of the hospital. She was an integral part of the neurology and neurosurgery team, as well as the development of the acute care speech pathology service. She left to join Wasatch Speech and Language Center in 2001 to bring her clinical skills to the pediatric population.
She specializes and enjoys working with non-verbal children, children with motor speech disorders, including the treatment of the disordered 'r' sound in children, as well as language and auditory processing disorders. She co-developed the social communication programs that Wasatch Speech and Language Center offers in the summer months. Maria also co-founded the Wasatch Children's Stuttering Management Program in 2006. An intensive therapy program conducted within a summer camp format. She is the founder of the Apraxia Support Group for Parents. In addition, Maria sits on the Board of Directors for the Elizabeth Academy. The Elizabeth Academy is an exclusive Montessori school which Maria was involved in creating. Maria has been invited to speak at the Oxford Dysfluency Conference, Oxford University, England.
Maria's experience in the medical setting offers a unique perspective in the treatment of childhood speech and language disorders with neurological origins. Maria is the codirector of the Wasatch Children's Stuttering Management Program.
Tom Gurrister, M.S. CCC-SLP, BRFS
Tom is the founder of Wasatch Speech and Language Center. He received his Masters degree from the University of Utah and has been in practice for over 25 years. He received post graduate training in the evaluation and treatment of stuttering disorders at Northwestern University. He has been board certified in fluency disorders/ stuttering since 2002. Tom has been invited to speak at the International Fluency Association in Denmark, the Oxford Dysfluency Conference, Oxford University, England, the National Stuttering Association and at the American Speech and Hearing Association conferences. His work and contributions to the treatment of childhood and adult stuttering have been recognized by researchers in the field of fluency disorders. He was the director of the University of Utah Successful Stuttering Management Program for seven years.
Tom co-founded the Wasatch Children's Stuttering Management Program in 2006. An intensive therapy program conducted within a summer camp format.
Tom works with children and adults in a variety of areas including autism, language disorders, voice and articulation.
"As the Executive Director of the National Stuttering Association, I have had the opportunity to work with Tom Gurrister on numerous occasions as he served our organization in various cadres. Tom has been a strong force behind our Salt Lake City support group for people who stutter and currently is a member of our national family programs committee. Tom's ability to work with people of all ages who stutter is one of his strongest assets. The insight and experience he brings to his patients and their families is invaluable."
-Anne Bradbury, Former Executive Director, National Stuttering Association
Julie Frost, M.A. CCC-SLP
Julie graduated from Utah State University in 2015 with her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She enjoys working with a wide range of clients, including young children with communication disorders, school-age children, as well as adolescents and adults who have various diagnoses. Julie also has graduate training in working with individuals with fluency disorders, and participated in the Wasatch Summer Stuttering Program in 2014.
Julie has extensive graduate training in the field of Listening and Spoken Language. She is passionate about working with children who have hearing loss and their families, in order to facilitate an optimal spoken language outcome.