Pediatric & Neurological Therapy

5301 Providence Rd., Suite 80
Virginia Beach, VA
pediatric-nuerological-therapy Phone: 757.467.1900 Click to call Fax: 757.467.7900 Office Hours: Monday – Thursday : 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
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Southeastern Pediatric and Adult Neurological Services has six convenient locations throughout Chesapeake, Norfolk and Virginia Beach. Physical, occupational and speech therapists provide extensive and innovative therapy to both children and adults, diagnosed with a variety of long term and cogenital disorders and acute orhopedic and neurological dysfunctions. Therapists collaborate with patients, families and physicians, along with a multi-disciplinary team throughout the rehabilitation process to facilitate improved functional outcomes and provide optimal care for patients.

For more information please visit our website: Southeastern Therapy for Kids

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Our Staff

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Beth King,
MS, CCC-SLP, Operations Director – Pediatric Division
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Beth is the director of the Adult neurological and pediatric therapy division, known as Southeastern Therapy for Kids. She is a Speech-language Pathologist and joined Southeastern Physical Therapy in 2004. Beth received her B.S. in speech-language pathology and audiology in 1997, and her M.S. in Speech-language Pathology in 1999 from Old Dominion University.Beth works with patients who have difficulty with speech, language, voice, and cognitive function, as well as, patients who have oral-motor feeding difficulties. She has a wide range of experience with both the pediatric and adult population including those with oral aversion, articulation disorders, and communication disorders resulting from stroke, brain injury, and dementia.

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Janice Barrera
DPT, Clinic Manager
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Janice is a physical therapist who received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology in 2007 and her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy in 2010 from West Virginia University. She is also a registered yoga teacher and has completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training at Atma Bodha Yoga studio. She loves implementing yoga as a therapeutic treatment tool for various diagnosis as a way to increase strength, range of motion, and body awareness. She has been to several continuing education courses on therapeutic yoga for children with developmental disorders as well. She has also taught group therapeutic yoga classes to children. Janice enjoys working with infants as young as a few days old to toddlers and children with developmental delays due to cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, spina bifida, hypotonia, etc. She also is fascinated by the neuro system and likes to treat adults with a spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, etc.

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Ashley Drabik,
MS, OTR/L, Clinic Manager
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Ashley is an Occupational Therapist specializing in pediatrics. She received both her Bachelors of Science (2011) and Masters of Occupational Therapy (2012) from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh In addition to working with a variety of diagnoses within the pediatric population, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, DiGeorges Syndrome, Developmental Coordination Disorder, and feeding difficulties, Ashley has worked in an adult outpatient clinic focusing on hand therapy. She received training in S.O.S. Feeding Therapy, Handwriting Without Tears, and the Interactive Metronome. Ashley is passionate about client-centered care and using a holistic approach in therapy to help children reach their full potential.

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Allison Kennedy,
MOTR/L, Clinic Manager
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Allison is an Occupational therapist who received her Bachelor’s of Health Science with emphasis on rehabilitative services from the University of Florida in 2005. She earned her Masters of Occupational Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Science in 2007. She has worked with patients of all ages, from the assessment and treatment of newborns to adults. She has over eight years of experience specializing in pediatric practice.

Allison’s focus is improving her patients’ quality of life by enhancing their ability to function and giving them greater independence. She is skilled in helping patients with a wide range of disabilities including sensory processing impairments, orthopedic deficits, neurological impairments, and autism. She has extensive experience working with medically fragile children and children with developmental delays, including family involvement and support. Allison has worked in a variety of settings which include outpatient clinics, private schools, prescribed pediatric extended cares as well as skilled nursing facilities. She believes in a multidisciplinary approach to care and is committed to working with each patient’s team to achieve the best possible results.

Allison sees patients at the General Booth location where she is the Clinic Manager for the Pediatric and Neurology Division.

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Shkia Grant,
MA, CCC-SLP, Clinic Manager
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Shkia Grant
Shkia is a Speech-Language Pathologist. She received her BA in Speech-Language Pathology from Elizabeth City State University in 2004 and her M.A. in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from Hampton University in 2008.

Shkia has experience in treating and providing skilled intervention to the pediatric population in the areas of articulation, language, fluency, oral-motor and Autism. She also provides skilled intervention amongst the geriatric population in the areas of cognition, speech-language, voice and swallowing disorders. She enjoys working with the pediatric as well as geriatric community and has a passion for helping others.

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Meghan Cyplik,
MS, CCC-SLP, Clinic Manager
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Meghan is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist with over 10 years of experience in both pediatrics and adults. She received her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Radford University in 2005 and her M.S. in Speech Language Pathology from Radford University in 2007. Meghan has a variety of experience providing speech services to public schools, day cares, preschools, private schools, private clinics, as well as home health services. Meghan has expertise in treating and providing skilled intervention to the pediatric, school aged population, and adults. She has proficiency in the areas of articulation, apraxia, auditory processing disorders, language acquisition, receptive and expressive language, pragmatic language, fluency, Autism, and individuals requiring augmentative/alternative communication systems. She also has experience in working in the area of cognition, Aphasia, stroke, and traumatic brain injury. She believes each treatment plan is created based on the personal needs of the individual and that team/family collaboration plays an important role in success and carryover of learned skills.
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Katie Silva,
M.S., CCC-SLP, Clinic Manager
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Katie Silva
Katie is a Speech-Language Pathologist. She received her B.S. in Human Development from Virginia Tech in 2010 and her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from James Madison University in 2013. Katie loves working with children of all ages in a pediatric outpatient setting. She has experience providing treatment in the areas of language, articulation, and fluency, as well as with children diagnosed with Autism and children requiring augmentative/alternative communication systems. Katie has also worked with adults suffering from speech, language, and cognitive impairments resulting from brain injury, stroke, and dementia.

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Meagan Grubbs
MS OTR/L
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Meagan Grubbs
Meagan Grubbs is an Occupational Therapist who graduated with a Masters of Occupational Therapy from the University of South Alabama in 2015. She also received a Bachelor of Science in 2013 from Auburn University. Meagan has experience working with both pediatrics and adults in the outpatient setting. She loves working with children and enjoys the fast-paced nature of pediatric therapy. She is passionate about empowering her patients to be as independent as possible in activities that are meaningful to them.
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Sarah Harsche,
MS, OTR/L
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LeeAnn Robbins,
MS, CCC-SLP
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LeeAnn is a Speech-Language Pathologist who received her Bachelor’s degree in 2006 from the University of Virginia and her Master’s degree in Communication Disorders in 2008 from James Madison University. She has previously worked for Children’s Hospital of Richmond, a private practice for adults with Traumatic Brain Injury, and an acute care hospital. She loves working with the pediatric population the most, but enjoys keeping up her skills with adults. She has experience with swallowing disorders, language disorders, cognitive disorders, Autism, Down Syndrome, hearing loss, articulation, and stuttering. LeeAnn believes that progress occurs when goals are targeted during fun and meaningful activities. She loves the creative atmosphere that SPT offers!

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Amanda Daigle,
MS, CCC-SLP
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Amanda Daigle
Amanda is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist at Southeastern Physical Therapy. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in the area of Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2006 from James Madison University. In 2008, Amanda graduated with a Master’s of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Old Dominion University.
Amanda has extensive experience in outpatient pediatrics; treating children in the areas of articulation, language, fluency, and feeding/swallowing. She specializes in areas of feeding/swallowing and is a trained provider of the Wilson Language/Reading Program. Amanda equally enjoys working with the adult population addressing disorders with swallowing/feeding and oral motor skills and communication disorders following stroke, traumatic brain injury and dementia.
Amanda is committed to working with patients and their families to make therapy not only a meaningful and successful experience, but also an enjoyable one. She is passionate about establishing a partnership with patients and their families to develop an individualized treatment plan to facilitate the most significant and functional communication for each patient.
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Kate Dalman,
MS, CCC-SLP
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Kate Dalman
Kate is a speech-language pathologist that comes to SPT with over 10 years of experience in pediatrics. She received her Bachelor of the Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders as well as English from James Madison University in 2003. Kate graduated with a Master of Science in speech-language pathology from James Madison University in 2005 and relocated to Virginia Beach to begin her career. Kate has extensive experience in outpatient settings and has been a certified early intervention provider. Kate enjoys a multidisciplinary approach and has been a part of several evaluation teams providing in-home services. She transitioned back to an outpatient setting following the birth of her daughter, and enjoys working in a team environment with support from occupational and physical therapists. Kate specializes in language acquisition, early childhood language and articulation development, and enjoys working with different families on a weekly basis. Kate has experiences in feeding disorders, treating children with autism, fluency, and severe phonological process disorders and apraxia.

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Brittany Mowfy,
MS.Ed. CF-SLP
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Brittany Mowfy
Brittany is a Speech-Language Pathologist. She received her M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2016 from Old Dominion University. Brittany has experience with adult and pediatric patients. She has worked with adult patients who are experiencing communication difficulties resulting from a stroke, head injury, or neurological disease. In addition to these areas, Brittany also has experience treating adult and pediatric voice and swallowing difficulties. She is experienced in treating preschool and school age children speech articulation, stuttering, and language delays and has a strong skills set treating individuals with autism who require language intervention.

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Kimmy Eller,
MS/CCC-SLP
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Kimmy is a Speech-Language Pathologist at Southeastern Physical Therapy. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from Hampton University School of Science in 2002. In 2005, Kimmy graduated with a Master’s of Science degree in Communicative Sciences & Disorders from East Carolina University’s College of Allied Health Sciences. Kimmy has extensive experience in outpatient pediatrics, early intervention, and in “designer” schools (i.e.: private schools for emotionally/psychologically challenged children and a school for children with Autism). Kimmy enjoys working with all populations and is enthusiastic about treating children and adults with speech and language concerns. Kimmy implements an individualized approach in order to enhance the most meaningful and functional communication for her patients.

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Natalie West
MS, CCC-SLP
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Jennifer Williams,
MS, CF-SLP
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Jennifer Williams
Jennifer is a Speech- Language Pathologist. She received her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from Old Dominion University in 2014.
Jennifer enjoys working with the pediatric, school-aged, and adult population. She has experience in treating and providing skilled intervention to the pediatric population in the area of language, articulation, voice, and fluency. She has experience working with children and adults diagnosed with Autism who require augmentative/alternative communication systems. Jennifer has also worked with adults suffering from voice, speech, language, and cognitive impairments resulting from traumatic brain injuries or stroke.

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Wendy Harris
MS, CCC-SLP
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Wendy comes to SPT as a veteran speech-language pathologist who currently specializes in evaluation and treatment for Literacy and provides skilled training using the Wilson Reading System. She obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in the areas of Communication Sciences and Disorders in 1983 from Old Dominion University. While working in a local school system, she provided services for children receiving early intervention and early childhood special education. During this time, she became actively involved with Operation Smile. She served on two separate medical missions as a speech pathologist in the Philippines and then Africa providing pre and post op care to patients and their families with cleft lip and palate. In 1991, Wendy graduated with a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Old Dominion University. Shortly thereafter, she worked for a local children’s hospital both in the inpatient and outpatient settings. Wendy obtained extensive experience during her twenty-three years working with children with a variety of communication disorders including: oral-motor feeding, oral-motor articulation, language, as well as voice and fluency. Within the past five years, Wendy has obtained extensive training, evaluating and treating reading and spelling disorders, which has become her current passion. She enjoys working with the adult population providing services for disorders including: swallowing/feeding, oral motor skills and communication disorders following a stroke, dementia and traumatic brain injury. Wendy is committed to her patients and families. She remains passionate in developing and providing functional services for individual needs.

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Shana Seal,
MS, CCC-SLP
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Shana is a Speech-Language Pathologist who received her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Old Dominion University in 2013 and her M.S.Ed. in Speech-Language Pathology from ODU in 2015. Shana has experience working with the pediatric population providing treatment in the areas of articulation, language, Autism, fluency, and hearing impairments. Additionally, Shana has worked with the adult population providing treatment for those with aphasia, dysarthria, dysphagia, dementia, cognitive impairments, traumatic brain injuries, and other neurological conditions.

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Kelley Yates,
MS, OTR/L
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Kelley is an Occupational Therapist from Virginia Beach. She received a Bachelor of Science in Human Development from Virginia Tech and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University-Medical College of Virginia. She worked in an adult inpatient rehab facility for 2 years in Richmond, VA before deciding to become a travel OT for 3 years. Through her travels, Kelley gained experience in home health, skilled nursing, school therapy, and early intervention. Prior to coming back home, Kelley worked in a pediatric outpatient clinic in Fayetteville, NC.

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Kelli Weatherhold,
MS, CFY-SLP
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Kasie Healey

Kasie Healey,
MS, CF-SLP
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Kasie is a Speech-Language Pathologist. She received her B.S. in Speech Language Pathology in 2014 and her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology in 2016 from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Kasie enjoys working with both pediatric and adult populations. She has experience in evaluating and providing skilled intervention to the pediatric populations in the areas of language, articulation, voice, fluency, swallowing, and feeding. Kasie enjoys working with pediatric populations to facilitate early language skills as well as feeding therapy to children of all ages. Kasie has experience in evaluating and providing skilled intervention to the adult populations in outpatient setting with speech, language, voice, swallowing, and cognitive impairments as a result from traumatic brain injury, stroke, and dementia. Kasie has a passion for developing individualized treatment plans with the incorporation of parents and families to facilitate positive outcomes and success for each patient.
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Melissa Stapleford,
MS, OTR/L
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Melissa received her Bachelors of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of Delaware and attended Nova Southeastern University in South Florida to obtain a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy. She spent time at various well-renowned rehabilitation hospitals during her education, including the Alfred I. duPont Children’s Hospital in Wilmington, DE, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, FL, and MossRehab in Philadelphia, PA. Her specialties include sensorimotor-based approaches, sensory integration therapy, executive functioning and social skills groups, play-based therapy, training in the SIPT and Handwriting Without Tears. She also has experience in neurological, orthopedic and hand rehabilitation, is a Certified Kinesiotaping Practitioner and is a fieldwork educator for OT students. Melissa joined Southeastern Physical Therapy after relocating to Virginia Beach from Maryland, where she worked treating children in a private, outpatient clinic in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. When she is not creating fun and functional treatments to improve the lives of her patients, she enjoys the beach life, travel and nature photography. Melissa brings enthusiasm, creativity, and compassion to her patients and their families to help them build a bright, promising future and to lead a fulfilling life.

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Laura Grizzard,
MA, CCC-SLP
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Laura is a Speech-Language Pathologist. She received her BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2004 from Radford University and her MA in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2008 from Hampton University.
Laura has experience with the pediatric population providing treatment in the areas of articulation, language, fluency and Autism. She also provides therapy to the geriatric population in the areas of cognition, swallowing, stroke, dementia and traumatic brain injuries. Laura enjoys working with both the pediatric and geriatric population.

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Krystal Skelton,
CCC-SLP
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Megan Newcomb

Megan Newcomb,
MS, OTR/L
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Megan Newcomb
Megan is an occupational therapist who received her Bachelors of Science degree in Health Sciences from James Madison University in 2011 and Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy degree from Jefferson College of Health Sciences in 2015. Megan allows evidence based practice to guide her treatments and employs a client centered approach to each therapy session. She is passionate about helping patients of all ages increase their independence and improve their overall quality of life.

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Dana Taylor-Oliviera,
MS, CCC-SLP
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Dana is a Speech-Language Pathologist at the First Colonial location. She received her M.S. in Speech Language Pathology from Old Dominion University in 2005 and her B.A. in Speech Communication from George Mason University in 1998.Dana specializes in infant feeding and dysphagia in the pediatric population. She has had training in neonatal and infant feeding, sensory feeding aversion, and pediatric dysphagia with extensive experience in a children’s hospital and pediatric outpatient clinics. She has a wide range of experience working with infants and children including those with communication disorders, articulation disorders, and feeding difficulties resulting from prematurity, stroke, epilepsy, brain tumors, and brain injuries. She has a passion for working with infants and children of all ages to assist them in all aspects of their growth and development.

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Elizabeth Graziani
MS, CCC-SLP
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Tracey Scott
MA, CCC-SLP
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Tracey received her BA in Biology in 1988, and her M.A. in Communication Science and Disorders in 1999 both from Hampton University.Tracey is a Speech-Language Pathologist at Southeastern Physical Therapy where she specializes in pediatric Speech Therapy. She is also a full time-school based Speech Pathologist. Tracey has experience with treating articulation, oral-motor, language, and fluency disorders, as well as, providing treatment to autistic and severely impaired patients in need of assistive and/or alternative communication systems.

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Kathy Stiles,
MS, CCC-SLP
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Kathy Stiles
Kathy Stiles is a Speech-Language Pathologist. She received her M.S. Ed. in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from Old Dominion University in 1999.
Kathy enjoys working in pediatrics with all ages. She has experience working with infant intervention programs in the Tidewater area as well as several local preschools. Kathy provides skilled speech-language treatment for articulation, language, and fluency. She also has experience working with young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders using the Floor Time approach to learning. Kathy’s passion is helping young children to learn through purposeful “play.”
“Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning.” – Diane Ackerman

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Tamika Traynham,
MA, CCC-SLP
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Tamika is a Speech-Language Pathologist. She received her BS in Speech-Language Pathology from Old Dominion University in 2008 and her M.S. in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from Hampton University in 2008. Tamika is a Speech-Language Pathologist at Southeastern Physical Therapy and is also a full time-school based Speech Pathologist. Tamika has experience in treating and providing skilled intervention to the pediatric and school aged population in the areas of articulation, language, fluency, Autism, and children requiring augmentative/alternative communication systems. She also provides skilled intervention to the geriatric population in the areas of cognition, traumatic brain injuries, and swallowing disorders.

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Yolanda Vazquez Pedroza,
MS, CCC-SLP
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Yolanda Vazquez Pedroza
Yolanda is a bilingual speech-language pathologist. She received her B.S. degree in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1994 and her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Saint Xavier University in 1996.Yolanda is trained in facilitating language development at the infant/toddler and early childhood level. She specializes in treatment in the areas of articulation, receptive and expressive language, and voice, for the early childhood and elementary school-age population. She has had success co-leading the 12-week Hanen Program for Parents, supporting and training parents as language facilitators. Yolanda also has extensive experience providing evaluation and treatment in elementary school settings with multi-cultural and bilingual (Spanish) populations in Illinois and California. Yolanda’s child-centered approach is focused on creating positive learning environments and experiences for children.

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Randy Wanttaja
MA, CCC-SLP
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Randy is a Speech-Language Pathologist at our Kempsville clinic in Virginia Beach. He received a Masters in Speech-Language Pathology in 2004 from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and is certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Randy has over 10 years experience treating both adult and pediatric patients.Randy has worked with adult patients who are experiencing difficulties with aphasia, speech, language, comprehension, and memory, resulting from stroke, head injury, Parkinson’s and other neurological diseases. Randy also has experience treating patients experiencing voice problems due to overuse, as well as those with swallowing difficulties. He has experience evaluating and treating non-verbal patients requiring speech-generating electronic devices (Augmentative-Assistive Communication) to communicate. Randy also enjoys treating pre-school and school-age children requiring therapy for speech articulation and intelligibility, stuttering, language delays, autism, and social language disorders.

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Kayla Kane,
MS, OTR/L
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Kayla Kane grew up in Charlotte, NC. In her undergraduate years at East Carolina University, she became interested in the field of occupational therapy, because she felt it embodies the philosophies and traits that she values, such as viewing the individual holistically – as an integrative unit with psychological, emotional, social, and physical needs. Kayla worked as a rehab technician on a pediatric inpatient rehab unit at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC where she developed a love for working with pediatrics. Thus, Kayla pursued and received her Master’s of Occupational Therapy in December 2015 from East Carolina College of Allied Health Sciences. Including her fieldworks at Vidant Medical Center and Charlotte’s Medical Center, where she gained valuable hands-on experience working with a variety of ages and conditions including neurological disorders, traumatic injuries, as well as Sensory Processing and Integration disorders and Autism. Kayla has over 3 years of pediatric work and volunteer experiences with a wide variety of diagnoses ages, and settings. Kayla is trained and certified in the Handwriting Without Tears (HWOT) curriculum and strives to address her clients holistically through building strong therapeutic rapport, client-centered functional interventions, and facilitates collaboration with other professional disciplines and family members.