Meet Our Clinicians

Our therapists have received Master's degrees in Speech-Language Therapy and the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Certificate of Clinical Competence for Speech-Language Pathologists (CCC-SLP). This is the internationally recognized credential for speech-language pathologists. The demanding journey to achieve this professional certification (which includes undergoing a rigorous academic program and supervised clinical experience, passing a national exam, and completing an internship) helps ensure that professionals who provide clinical services in speech-language pathology receive the highest quality preparation and training and engage in continuous education in professional development activities to stay current in the field.

Molly Beck

Clinic Director

Molly has been working as a Speech-Language Pathologist since 2002.  She received her Bachelor's degree from Minot State University and her Master's degree from Idaho State.  After graduation, she spent five years working in the Mission Valley of Western Montana.  She worked with patients of all ages, in a variety of settings, including home health, outpatient clinics, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers. In 2007, she and her family relocated to Great Falls.  She worked for both Benefis Health System and the Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorders Clinic.  In 2017, she became the director of the Scottish Rite clinic.  She is passionate about providing early intervention for speech, language and feeding disorders.  Molly and her husband are enjoying raising their two children in Central Montana. 

Laurell Hodges

Clinician

Laurell is a licensed speech/language pathologist with experience in the public school and clinic settings.  She has provided services in several of the surrounding area rural school districts.  She is happy to be continuing her career at the Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorders Clinic, where she has practiced since 2017.  Laurell graduated with her B.A. and M.S. from the University of Montana, Missoula.  She has her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA).  She is a member of ASHA and the Montana Speech Language Hearing Association (MSHA).  Laurell grew up on a ranch in Valier, Montana, but has resided in Great Falls the past three years.  During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, reading, and traveling.

Gwen Nowak

Clinician

Gwen is a licensed speech/language pathologist with 30 years of experience in public school and clinic settings.  She has provided speech therapy services in several of the Great Falls Public Schools.  In her most recent school experience, she worked primarily with preschool children with special needs.  She is excited to be continuing her career in early intervention services at the Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorders Clinic where she has worked for the past three years.  Gwen earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion.  She holds the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence and is a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association and the Montana Speech Language Hearing Association.  Gwen is a longtime resident of Great Falls.  She enjoys family activities with her husband Craig and two adult children; and appreciates the variety of experiences Montana has to offer.

Susan Sanford

Clinician

Susan Sanford loves to play with toys so thankfully she is a licensed speech/language pathologist and gets to work with preschoolers at the Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorders Clinic.  Susan earned her B.S. degree at Montana State University and M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Montana.  She maintains the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence and is a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association and the Montana Speech Language Hearing Association.  Susan has also worked in the Great Falls Public School District.

Susan was born and raised in Great Falls.  She and her husband Scott have three nearly grown children and a yellow lab named Pete.  They love outdoor winter sports such as skiing and snowshoeing and spending time at their family cabin in the Seely Swan Area.