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wausau speech therapist


I'm Karla Retrum - licensed and certified speech-language pathologist in Wausau, Wisconsin. I am the founder and owner of Central Wisconsin Speech Therapy based in Wausau, WI. As an SLP, I am passionate about helping patient's of all ages especially the pediatric population. I believe that every client is unique and I strive to create a safe and welcoming environment where my clients feel comfortable exploring their communication and feeding challenges.  

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About Karla

Karla strongly believes that the simple things we do on a daily basis – purposeful communication interactions and engaging in routinely conversation and tasks- can make the most impact in a patient’s speech & language development and feeding progression. She recognizes the importance of caregiver/family involvement and honoring family values. Her customized treatment plans are easy to implement into your life.

Karla takes an evidence-based and client/family-centered approach to speech therapy. She believes in collaborating with her clients and families to develop individualized treatment plans that address their unique needs and goals. Karla is dedicated to staying up-to-date with the latest research and techniques in the field of speech therapy. 

She was drawn to opening her own private practice to fulfill her mission of providing speech and language and feeding service to those in more remote areas utilizing teletherapy and also in more natural environments.


  • 8 years of professional experience in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, outpatient clinics, hospitals, and skilled nursing facilities

  • M.S. in Communication Disorders from the University of Stevens Point

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)- current

  • Wisconsin speech-language pathology license

  • Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction license

  • Recipient of ASHA Award for Continuing Education in 2018, recognizing her commitment to furthering professional education

  • Clinical Instructors, Supervisors, and Clinical Fellowship Mentors certification completed 2020

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