Churness Kim

Kim Churness, MS, CCC-SLP

Commitment to Patient-Centered Care

“My idea of a successful care plan is to enable active patient engagement for shaping and achieving functional health goals and supporting patients and families in working towards those goals.”

Clinical Expertise

Kim is a Speech-Language Pathologist at Hennepin County Medical Center. She practices in the acute care setting providing diagnostic, treatment and educational services to patients in the areas of dysphagia, speech and language disorders, cognition, trach/ventilator dependency, and augmentative/alternative communication. She also helps patients with brain injuries to gain functional outcomes for returning to work, school, and other activities of daily living. Kim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Disorders from Minnesota State University, Mankato and her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She completed her Clinical Fellowship training at the South Texas Veterans Hospital in San Antonio and carries a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association


  • Certificate of Clinical Competence, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Basic Life Support Certification, American Heart Association


“In my free time I enjoy running, sand volleyball, biking, hiking, camping, reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.”