Our Therapists

Chrissy Thompson, MA, CCC-SLP

Founder & Director

“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 am experienced with complex articulation disorders and utilize a variety of treatment methods to help children with articulation errors. Education in our field is continuous. 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.

I am passionate about this field and sharing my knowledge with others.  I enjoy working as a team with other therapists, teachers, and physicians to support families and children. I am thrilled to team up with The Family OT to better support families in our community.

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.

Caroline Baumgartner, CF-SLP

Therapist

Hi! I’m Caroline. I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Appalachian State University with both Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Speech Language Pathology.

I am passionate about building relationships as a great start to successful therapy. I love working with children, as they keep everyday different and I end up laughing each day at their amazing imaginations and endless energy. I am passionate about building relationships with children diagnosed with speech-language disorders and leading them in engaging, evidence-based practices during speech therapy.

I have special interests in articulation disorders and receptive and expressive language disorders and delays. I am highly motivated to empower children and their families by providing functional tools and strategies for communication.

When I’m not with my clients, I enjoy cooking, baking, hiking, or painting a new art project.

Julie Wood, CCC-SLP

Therapist

Hi! I’m Julie Wood. I am excited to be a part of the team at PlayTalk&Grow. I am an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist with a passion for helping children find their voice. I have a love for the mountains and received both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Communication Disorders at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. After moving to the Asheville area in 2002, I spent the first five years of my career working in a local school system. After having my first child, I made a change to the private setting. I love the private setting as it provides a better opportunity to build relationships with not only my clients, but their families.

I have experience working with children in early intervention and school-age with speech-sound disorders, receptive-expressive language delays and disorders, autism, and stuttering/fluency disorders. The field of speech-language pathology is dynamic and I enjoy keeping up with the research to provide evidence based therapy practices that are motivational and functional.

When I’m not at the office, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two daughters, walking with our dog, cooking/baking, and camping. 

Lisa Kayser, CCC-SLP

Therapist

Hello! My name is Lisa Kayser, and I look forward to helping your child become a better communicator.  I am an ASHA Certified Speech Language Pathologist. I received my Bachelor of Education from The University of Toledo and my Master of Arts in Hearing and Speech sciences from Ohio University. I have worked with children with language, articulation, and hearing impairments in private clinics, daycares, schools, and in homes.

My experiences with raising my own children have taught me that incorporating intervention with fun, motivating, real life activities can simultaneously offer an opportunity for children to learn their new speech skills and learn about the world around them. As we work towards each success, your child will build confidence, and also learn life skills that will prepare them for years to come.

In addition to my passion for working with children, I enjoy hiking with my Golden Retriever, mountain biking, enjoying our great outdoors, and playing in my garden.  Let me help your little one reach for the stars!

Elizabeth Burnworth, CCC-SLP

Therapist

Hi! I am Elizabeth Burnworth. From an early age, I had a passion for working with and advocating for individuals with special needs. Prior to completing my master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2002 at the University of South Carolina, I spent years working in exceptional education and with children and adults on the autism spectrum. I have training in Auditory Verbal Therapy and experience working with deaf and hard of hearing individuals. I have experience working with adults with aphasia, cognitive and swallowing concerns as well as training and experience with ADHD, Executive Function Disorder, general speech and language delay, and oral motor and feeding concerns.

I have a holistic and creative approach to therapy. Parenthood has been an important part of my education, bringing more depth, compassion and authenticity to my work with individuals and families. Additionally, both my daughter and I have suffered from concussions, so I have first-hand experience with mild traumatic brain injury and know the impact it can have on an individual and their family. As a certified yoga teacher, I incorporate mindfulness and movement into my sessions.

One of my therapy highlights was discovering a toddler’s severely restricted lingual frenulum that was severely impacting all aspects of speech, language, and feeding. I enjoyed helping a very frustrated child and family access appropriate intervention and therapy.

In addition to my passion for being an SLP, I adore living in these amazing mountains! I love paddle boarding, hiking, and exploring with my family (husband Craig, kids Nina and Beau and two dogs, Yogi and Pixie). I love animals, art (especially painting), music, travel, writing, theatre, and am currently studying hypnotherapy! I recently became a grandmother to a bearded dragon named Mango. It would be my pleasure to be able to help you on your journey to living your best life!

Carole Soucaze, CCC-SLP

Therapist

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