We care deeply about the families we work with and ensure that we have a strong, trusting relationship throughout the whole journey. Often, we come to therapy for one thing, but during the process, we uncover underlying and related issues. Our goal is to approach challenges from the bottom up, and create an individualized plan that includes care coordination with other educational, therapeutic, and medical professionals.
We set clear expectations and celebrate small victories. We use personal interests to engage clients. We will sing, play, share stories, and do therapy all at the same time. Our goal is for you to gain a deep understanding of why we are doing the work, and what each step entails.
I've worked with a variety of clients over the years and learned a lot along the way. My clinical focus over the last few years has been centered around orofacial myofunctional disorders and associated speech sound, feeding, and swallowing challenges. I enjoy learning and am always eager to take continuing education courses to learn more about these areas!
My clinical practice is focused on children because their development feels the most challenging and rewarding to me. Language and communication skills are perhaps the most important part of child development, and there are few things as gratifying as helping a child grow. I work for that moment when I finally get to see a kid play and laugh with their peers after months or years of sitting alone and feeling left out.
And if you're a parent confused about your child's differences and diagnoses, I understand. I am here to help! We can work together to make sense of the assessments, reports, or education plans that you may have been given. Not all children require speech therapy, but when they do, the correct form of early intervention is critical.
I believe every child is unique, so their therapy plan should be too. With the input of both the parents and child, we will create an individualized plan that uses your child's strengths and interests to lift them up. I believe in focusing on small victories to create big, positive outcomes. Together, we can give your child the opportunity of honest communication.
I graduated from the University of Houston with a Master of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in May 2013. My undergraduate degree was completed at the University of Texas at Austin in 2007. I'm a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA), the American Academy of Private Practice Speech Pathologists and Audiologists (AAPPSPA), and serve on the board of the Oregon Speech and Hearing Association (OSHA).
My clinical experience includes work at The Parish School, Specialized Assessment and Consulting, Spring Branch Independent School District, Memorial Hermann Hospital System, the Houston Aphasia Recovery Center (HARC), University of Houston Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic — all located in Houston, Texas. Most recently, I worked as a speech-language pathologist in the Corbett School District in Corbett, Oregon and subsequently as Clinic Director and Lead Speech-Language Pathologist at LanguageCraft, a private clinic in downtown Portland. I have been the Lead Speech-Language Pathologist and Owner of the Portland Speech Clinic since 2016.
Outside of work I enjoy hiking, backpacking, picking and eating fruit, gardening, reading and spending time with friends and family, especially my husband Carson and our new daughter Claire.
I am currently licensed as an SLP in the state of Oregon and Washington.
My journey in becoming a Speech and Language Pathologist started at Central Michigan University. An internship brought me out to the Pacific Northwest where I am now able to pursue my love for the outdoors — backcountry skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking and hiking.
My most recent work experience is in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education Services where we focus on collaborating with other health related professionals and parent training. Most of my work experience has been dedicated to children and families who need support with developmental delays, autism, childhood apraxia of speech, and augmentative alternative communication (AAC).
I have a passion for working with children on becoming the best communicators that they can be and a drive for continuing to learn and educate myself in areas related to speech therapy. I am excited to be on the Portland Speech Clinic team and look forward to learning together.
While some folks may need support for many years, many just need the right type of guidance to be successful. We hope to bring that type of support to you and your family so that you know that we’re walking through this journey together.
If you're a parent confused about your child's differences and diagnoses, we understand. We are here to help! We can work together to make sense of the assessments, reports, or education plans that you may have been given. Not all children or adults require speech, feeding, or language therapy, but when they do, the correct form of intervention is critical.
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We evaluate and treat the following:
A screening is a brief, informal assessment of speech, language, and social skills used to determine if your child's skills are age appropriate, and whether a full speech and language evaluation is warranted. This is a good starting point for those who are concerned about their child's communication development.
A full evaluation conducted by a speech-language pathologist is done using a combination of formal/standardized assessments, informal assessments (observations, language samples), a review of medical and educational records, and an interview with both the client and their family. This evaluation is used to identify strengths and areas of need. Depending on the needs of the individual, an evaluation will take from 1-3 hours to complete. A written report will be provided with an individualized treatment plan and recommendations.
We use an interactive client-based approach in therapy sessions. We will work together to create a treatment plan that fits both our short- and long-term goals. The length and frequency of sessions will vary based on the needs of each individual.
My address is 6516 NE Siskiyou St, Portland, OR 97213. There is free visitor parking available for families.
You can discuss your concerns with your child's pediatrician or your doctor and ask for a referral for service. You can also email me at email@example.com and we can schedule a phone call or initial intake session.
Payment is accepted by cash, check, or credit card. You can pay by credit card at the time of service, or receive an invoice after services are rendered.
Portland Speech Clinic currently accepts Regence – Blue Cross Blue Shield and Moda. We also contract with Kaiser Permanente. We are out-of-network with all other insurance companies. We are able to submit claims as an out-of-network provider to most other insurance companies.