The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at the George Washington University Hospital offers a comprehensive program of evaluation and treatment for individuals who have developed speech, language, swallowing or cognitive deficits following an injury or illness.

To contact the Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, please call 202-715-5655.


  • AAC/SGD evaluation and treatment
  • Aphasia therapy
    • Difficulty with receptive language (listening and reading)
    • Difficulty with expressive language (speaking and writing)
  • Dysarthria therapy (speech production)
  • Preoperative counseling and postoperative treatment
  • Voice therapy
  • Stuttering therapy
  • Cognitive therapy (memory, problem solving, reasoning, attention, executive functions)
  • Clinical swallow assessment
  • Modified barium swallow studies
  • Dysphagia therapy (difficulty swallowing)
  • Patient/family education

Program Goals

  • Restore functional cognitive and communication skills
  • Promote safe oral feeding/swallowing
  • Educate patient and family on compensatory strategies and home programs

Podcast: The Inside Story on Outpatient Rehab

Daniel Finn, PT, DPT, OCS, MBA, discusses the outpatient rehabilitation services offered by the George Washington University Hospital, including physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech language pathology.

Listen to the podcast

Speech and Language Pathologists

Jennifer AppleJennifer Apple, MS, CCC-SLP
Education: Arizona State University, 2019
Certifications: Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT – LOUD)
Clinical Interests: Acquired neurological communication and cognitive disorders, dysphagia, motor speech disorders, laryngectomy rehabilitation, voice

Rebecca BoersmaRebecca Boersma, MA, CCC-SLP
Education: University of Minnesota, 2018
Certifications: Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT – LOUD)
Clinical Interests: Dysphagia, acquired neurological communication and cognitive disorders, motor speech disorders, clinical research

Rebecca focuses on person-centered, functional approaches for neurogenic disorders and treats patients with stroke, traumatic brain injury, concussion, long COVID, mild cognitive impairment, dementia, and neuromuscular diseases. Rebecca also works with individuals with head and neck cancer, primarily with those undergoing radiation treatment. She recently received the Distinguished Early Career Professional Certificate from the American Speech and Hearing Association for the advancement of long COVID management in her field. She leads the Long COVID Rehabilitation Clinic at The George Washington University Hospital and regularly presents to SLPs across the nation on long COVID management.

Jennifer SchottlerJennifer Schottler, MS, CCC-SLP, Clinical Specialist
Education: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2003
Certifications: Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallow (FEES), Alaryngeal Voice Restoration
Clinical Interests: Dysphagia, head and neck cancer rehabilitation, alaryngeal voice restoration

Over the course of her 20 year career, Jen has specialized in disorders of swallowing, voice and upper airway. She is trained in voice restoration following total laryngectomy and serves as a mentor to clinicians developing this skill. Jen provides evaluation of swallowing using Modified Barium Swallow Study and Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing. She treats swallowing disorders using evidenced based therapeutic intervention. She also strives to provide comprehensive rehabilitation following patients’ treatment for head and neck cancer.