“My passion for helping people improve their speech and language skills began at a young age. I experienced first hand how my uncles would struggle to communicate with others due to an articulation disorder. It was after I graduated with both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Communication Disorders from Middle Tennessee State University and Appalachian State University that I realized my uncles speech disorder was actually Childhood Apraxia of Speech. It just hadn’t been properly treated when they were children. When one of my uncles asked me for help with his articulation, I knew I had chosen the right field.
Since 2004, I have provided diagnostic and therapeutic services at a number of preschools, daycares, an audiology clinic, and private practice to children of all ages. I now have the privilege of serving children and their families from my home-based and tele-therapy practice. Although I successfully treat a variety of speech/language delays and disorders, I have a particular interest and love for treating pediatric speech sound disorders and autistic children. I have completed PROMPT Level I & II training, SCERTS, and DIR Floortime coursework. Education in our field is continuous. There is always more to learn. I operate under the principle ‘when you know better, do better.’ I am constantly researching and learning to adapt as our community grows and changes to learn how to better serve my clients.
In the summer of 2019, I introduced Play Talk & Grow as a way to connect with families and SLPs by offering them real, practical strategies to help them at home and in their practice. I have presented webinars, created video tutorials, and I am a big advocate for play as a key to supporting speech development.
My family and I moved to Asheville from Seattle in 2018 and we love being back in the south raising our 2 daughters near our extended family. When I’m not seeing clients, I love to cook, hike, do yoga, and travel with my family.