P (208) 898-0988
F (208) 898-9022
68 S. Baltic Place
Meridian, ID 83642
P (208) 587-8255
F (208) 587-4475
245 N. 3rd E.
Mountain Home, ID 83647

Our Healthcare Professionals

Rachelle Ruffing

Rachelle Ruffing
Owner, MS CCC-SLP

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Rachelle is the owner of Advanced Therapy Care and has operated this practice since 2003. She earned her Master's Degree in Speech Pathology in 1997 and a Masters of Education in Human Exceptionality in 1998. Rachelle has practiced in the field of speech pathology for 16 years. Her areas of expertise are Adult and Pediatric Dysphagia, as well as Infant and Toddler communication delays. Rachelle lives in Mountain Home with her husband and four children. She enjoys scrapbooking, camping and spending time with friends and family.

Heather Ybarlucea

Heather Ybarlucea
MS, CF-SLP

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Heather received her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Idaho State University in 2015. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Idaho. She enjoys treating clients of all ages, but especially enjoys working with the preschool and school age populations. She is pursuing specialized training in pediatric feeding. A lifelong Idahoan, Heather has been able to participate in many of the amazing activities Idaho has to offer including skiing, camping, and whitewater rafting. She spends her free time with her husband and two children doing projects around the house and exploring the Treasure Valley.

Brei Reiley

Brei Reiley
Office Staff, Mountain Home

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Brei was born and raised in Mountain Home, Idaho. She has worked for Advanced Therapy Care since 2008. She went to school at BYU-Idaho for a year. She ended up marrying her high school sweet heart and moved back to Mountain Home, where they are now raising their family. She enjoys snowboarding, watching football, riding 4 wheelers and dirt bikes, and spending time with her husband, 2 boys, and dog at her family’s cabin.

Karissa Rutten

Karissa Rutten
CCC-SLP

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Karissa Rutten is a Speech-Language Pathologist CF at both our Meridian & Mountain Home offices. She has worked for Advanced Therapy Care for one year. She primarily works with pediatric clients through the Infant Toddler Program, preschool and school age children in the clinics, and adolescent boys with language and pragmatic delays at a local facility. She was born and raised in Orange County, CA and moved to Pocatello, ID where she was recruited to play volleyball for Idaho State University. While a student-athlete at ISU, she completed her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2012 and her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology in 2014. She met her husband while attending ISU and they were recently married in May 2015 Karissa’s younger sister has autism, which is a big motivating factor for her to pursue a career where she can help others with communication disorders/delays. She enjoys working with the pediatric population and is excited to continue to learn and expand her clinical experiences!

Cheri Owsley

Cheri Owsley
Office Staff, Mountain Home

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Cheri was born and raised in Southern Idaho and currently lives in Mountain Home. She has three grown children and a handsome 4 year old grandson which she spends as much time with as possible. She has been in the office administrative field for almost 20 years and enjoys her position with Advanced Therapy Care where she does bookkeeping, payroll and scheduling for the Mountain Home office. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, outdoor activities with family and friends and motorcycle trips with her boyfriend.

Rebecca L. Daniel

Rebecca L. Daniel
MS, CCC-SLP

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Becky received her Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Idaho State University in 2005. She treats patients of all ages with a variety of needs but particularly enjoys working with the pediatric population. She also enjoys treating adults in the Home Health setting and is a Certified e-Stim Therapist for treating swallowing disorders. Becky's undergraduate training was in Child Psychology and she utilized that degree as a Child Life Counselor with terminally ill children. She enjoys camping in the summer and spending time with family and friends.

Taunya Bos

Taunya Bos
MS, CCC-SLP

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Taunya received her Bachelor's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Northwest Nazarene University and her Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Idaho State University in 2008. She has enjoyed working for Advanced Therapy Care for the past 3 years. She treats patients of all ages with a variety of needs, but particularly enjoys working with the preschool and elementary age students. When she is not working, she enjoys time with her family, playing volleyball, working on home improvement projects, and shopping.

Gale Estes-Waddell

Gale Estes-Waddell
MS, CCC-SLP

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Gale has over 25 years of experience working with adults and pediatrics in the acute/rehabilitation hospital, outpatient and home health settings. Gale had developed, consulted, and managed several interdisciplinary dysphagia programs throughout the United States. She is trained in e-Stim treatment for adults and has served on the Board of Directors for the Neurodevelopmental Treatment Association. Gale has presented nationally on topics of dysphagia and Neurodevelopmental Therapy. Prior to moving to Idaho, Gale was an Adjunct Professor at Miami University, Ohio teaching graduate courses in dysphagia. She is presently a member of the Advisory Board for SpeechPathology.com. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family.

Courtney Bull

Courtney Bull
MS, CCC-SLP

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Courtney received her Master's of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Idaho State University in 2014 and has recently completed her clinical fellowship year with Advanced Therapy Care. She enjoys treating children of all ages with a variety of needs in both the Meridian and Mountain Home clinics. Courtney primarily works with children in the clinic, at the Idaho Educational School for the Deaf and Blind Preschool, and adolescents through the Mountain Home Academy for Sequel Youth. She finds fulfillment in the challenges and many joys that come through treating patients with speech and language disorders. In her spare time, Courtney enjoys summer weather and activities, traveling, reading a good book, and spending time with loved ones.

Ashley Hansen

Ashley Hansen
MS, CCC-SLP

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Ashley received her Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2014 from Idaho State University. She is currently completing her clinical fellowship with Advanced Therapy Care. Prior to entering the field, she spent three years overseas as an English language teacher working with students from preschool through adult. She continues to enjoy working with individuals of all ages. She has clinical experience in settings ranging from preschool to intensive care and is currently working in our Meridian and Mountain Home clinics as well as with the Idaho Infant Toddler Program. Ashley has a passion for utilizing interventions to facilitate functional changes in the lives of those she works with.

Melissa Bendixsen

Melissa Bendixsen
MS, CCC-SLP

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Melissa received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Mexico. She expanded her horizons on the plains of Oklahoma, where she received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Oklahoma State University. Melissa has received experience conducting therapy in a variety of settings including an inclusion-based preschool, ST/OT based clinics, schools, and a rehabilitation hospital. Before she received her degrees, she worked with children with disabilities in summer camps and after school programs, and provided care for adults with disabilities throughout the day and during art-based day-hab programs. Melissa enjoys working with clients across a variety of ages and disorders. Her hobbies include: playing soccer, hiking, running, biking, snowboarding, doing crafts, playing the guitar, spending time with her husband, and walking her dog ‘Koda’ bear.

Wendi Rock

Wendi Rock
Occupational Therapist

Wendi graduated from the University of Utah in 2016 with a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. She chose to focus on pediatrics throughout her clinical fieldwork experiences, and had the opportunity to work with children in a variety of settings, including outpatient clinics, schools, and in homes. She believes that with the right support, every child has the ability to overcome obstacles and succeed. In her spare time, Wendi enjoys playing volleyball, cooking, photography, and spending time with friends and family. She is excited to be a part of the ATC team!