Remarkable Woman Meaghan Arnold is transforming lives through neurological rehabilitation

TYLER, Texas (KETK) – “It is our job as a medical community to provide comprehensive care, and that is not happening,” Speech, Swallowing and Neurological Rehabilitation, Speech-language Pathologist, Meaghan Arnold said.

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She’s the owner of the only stand-alone Speech Therapy Outpatient Rehabilitation Center in East Texas, specializing in adult geriatrics.

“I worked in home health for a long time, about six and a half years, and covered a pretty extensive area,” Arnold said.

With a significant gap in care for adults needing a patient-centered rehabilitation, Arnold said she understands the complexities of neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson’s or the mental fatigue of long-COVID.

​”When we have a degenerative diagnosis, we don’t have that time. That time matters. We can make a difference,” Arnold said. “We can implement safety strategies in the home. We can talk about pain management from a communication standpoint and a medication management standpoint.”

Her commitment to East Texas is nothing short of inspiring. Arnold’s service delivery covers 9 areas including speech production, cognition, feeding, and swallowing. All while keeping her focus set on producing results.

“We talk about the continuum of care. If we’re sick, we go to the hospital, then we go to rehab, then we go to home health,” Arnold said. “And there’s not a lot of options for when we’re healthy enough to not need home health services, not need a nurse, but we’re not better.”

Rehabilitation is not just about recovery, but restoring dignity, independence and a sense of belonging. Arnold executes that by treating her patients like her own family.

“We’re not wasting someone’s time, you know, We want to treat everybody like they’re our mom, right? And I love my mom. So, what kind of care would you want your mom to have? Let’s do that,” Arnold said.

Arnold said she works to ensure her patients never feel isolated or misunderstood, focusing quite a bit on community outreach and education.

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“We’ve worked so hard; we get to a place in our life where we’re supposed to enjoy it,” Arnold said. “We’re supposed to, you know, go travel and have a fun time and live and do what we want.”

Throughout her achievements, Arnold remains humble and accredits her success to the collective strength of other women.

“I spend 90% of my time with remarkable women who lead with their heart, and they do the right thing and they’re out in the world trying to make a difference. So, I have been blessed with truly incredible humans,” Arnold said.

Her biggest support team cheering her on along the way… her family.

“My mom is absolutely number one. She is a kind, generous, and genuine woman. I love that my kids get to watch what a supportive husband and partner looks like,” Arnold said. “I love that my kids get to see their mom work and certainly be fulfilled by something outside of the home.”

Arnold’s care extends beyond the clinic walls. Arnold has been a speaker at eight different dementia and caregiver support groups all over Smith County. She’s even taken the time to create two monthly support groups for those battling the isolating journey of ALS and Parkinson’s.

“You can do a lot of stuff, but you can’t outdo hard work. So, if we can do something with our heart and do it well because we worked hard to get there, I believe in those values,” Arnold said. “If you’re good and kind, you can do anything.”

That is what makes Meaghan Arnold a truly remarkable woman.

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