Cherokee Regional Medical Center
300 Sioux Valley Drive
Cherokee, Iowa 51012
(712)225-3368 ext. 202
klundquist @ cherokeermc.org
February 11, 2020 – For Immediate Release!
TAYLER VAN BERKUM, SPEECH/LANGUAGE THERAPIST, JOINS CRMC PHYSICAL MEDICINE AND REHAB
Cherokee Regional Medical Center’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department is pleased to announce that Aurelia native, Tayler Van Berkum, has joined their team as a speech-language pathologist. Van Berkum passed her board exams and started at CRMC in January.
A 2014 graduate of Alta-Aurelia High School, Van Berkum completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Northern Iowa in December 2017, earning Magna Cum Laude honors. She then continued to earn her Master of Arts degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Northern Iowa in December 2019.
During her graduate studies at the University of Northern Iowa, Van Berkum had the opportunity to complete internships at St. Luke Lutheran Home, and the Spencer Hospital Rehabilitation Department in Spencer, Iowa.
“We are very excited to have Tayler join our team to provide these much needed services to Cherokee and the surrounding communities,” said Kayla Koch, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Manager at CRMC. “She has a passion for speech/language therapy and will be a tremendous asset to our department and patients of all ages.”
Van Berkum enjoys working with all ages across the lifespan – infants to geriatrics. Within those groups, she specifically enjoys working with the child population which includes multiple diagnoses such as autism, Down syndrome, feeding difficulties, and/or speech and language developmental delays. She also performs swallow studies in the older population, as well as therapy following a stroke or traumatic brain injury.
“As a speech-language pathologist, it is my number one priority to help patients communicate to the best of their ability by using clinical knowledge and evidence-based practice,” says Van Berkum. “It is my goal to get to know each and every one of my patients, and their specific needs, as communication difficulties are so much more than just not knowing how to talk. It is extremely important to me to get to know each person on an individual basis to provide the best care possible.”
According to Van Berkum it was an easy decision for her and her husband, Jayden, to relocate back to the Cherokee area. “Being born and raised in Aurelia, I love the small town feel and look forward to providing services in hospital where everybody knows everybody,” explains Van Berkum. “It is exciting to practice in a rural community where speech services are in high demand.”
Van Berkum is now accepting appointments and working with patients of all ages. To schedule an appointment or learn more about the speech/language services she has to offer at CRMC, please call 712.225.5101.
Photo- Tayler Van Berkum, M.A., CFY-SLP, recently joined the Physical Medicine and Rehab Department at Cherokee Regional Medical Center. A native of Aurelia, Iowa, Tayler enjoys working with patients of all ages and is excited to provide a variety of speech/language therapy services to the people of Cherokee and the surrounding communities.