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Meet our Team

Providing Comprehensive Care-Our team includes highly experienced and specialty certified staff that provides speech therapy to a variety of neurological and physical conditions.  It is our goal to help patients achieve their highest level of functioning in communication and swallowing.  Common diagnoses we treat include:
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic of non-traumatic brain injury
  • Mild brain injury (concussion)
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Hearing loss
  • Dementia
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Vocal pathologies
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Neuromuscular diseases

April Balsley, M.A., CCC-SLP

I received my bachelor’s degree in Communication and Nonprofit Leadership from William Jewell College. I received my master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Iowa. I currently work primarily with adults in the areas of voice, swallowing, speech, language, cognition, and aural rehabilitation following cochlear implantation. 


Carly Kraft, M.S., CF-SLP

Location: Sanford Medical Center

I graduated from the University of North Dakota. Here at Sanford, I work with adults, specifically those with neurological, swallowing, and/or voice impairments.


Karmen Steffan, M.S., CCC-SLP

LSVT, VitalStim Certified

I graduated with my Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Minnesota State University Moorhead in May 2010.  At this time, I work with the adult and geriatric population in the inpatient and outpatient setting.  

Marjorie Johnson, MS, CCC-SLP

Sanford Bismarck Hospital and Home Health

VitalStim Certified


Kristen Urlacher, M.S. CCC-SLP, Rehabilitation

I work with pediatrics and adults in the outpatient/acute care setting.

LSVT Certified


Renee B. Ward, MA CCC-SLP

Sanford Medical Center, Bismarck

Renee is a graduate of University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio.  She has many years of experience working with adult population in both acute hospital and outpatient settings.  Special interest areas of treatment include addressing swallowing problems/dysphagia as well as working with patients to improve vocal quality.  Certifications include first provider in state of ND to include NMES (neuromuscular electrical stimulation) as part of treatment for symptoms of dysphagia as well as LSVT certification to provide treatment in the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment, which is most often used with patients who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.