Nicole Ammons, M.S. CF-SLP
Nicole was raised in Northwest Indiana. She graduated from Ball State University in 2013 with her Bachelors degree in Speech-Language Pathology and a minor in Deaf education. In 2017, she completed her Masters degree at Western Kentucky University.
Nicole has worked with individuals of all ages in various settings including First Steps, outpatient clinics, elementary schools, long-term care centers, and nursing homes. While she has enjoyed each of these experiences, she truly enjoys the 0-3 population. Nicole currently resides in Fishers, IN. Aside from pursuing a career that she loves, Nicole enjoys spending time with friends and family, running, and traveling.
Megan Dubree, M.S. CCC-SLP
Meg was born and raised in the Chicago area and graduated from St. Xavier University in 2009 with a Bachelors degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders. She then moved to Kansas City where she earned her Masters at Rockhurst University in 2011. During her time at Rockhurst, Meg completed a Capstone Project centered on Childhood Apraxia of Speech, which continues to be one of her main areas of interest, along with other speech sound disorders.
In Kansas City, Meg served children and their families in a variety of pediatric settings including the public school system, a private therapeutic preschool, and Missouri’s First Steps program. Having had the opportunity to work in a variety of setting has reinforced for Meg that children thrive best in their natural environment with the support of family and caregivers. She truly believes that the relationships created while providing family-centered services have a lasting impact on the child as well as the entire family.
In addition to having a career as an SLP, Meg’s passion for working with children allowed her to pursue a volunteer role with Make-A-Wish as a wish granter. She also played a role in founding the Make-A-Wish Kansas City Young Professionals group and spend several years with the group as Vice President of Wish Education. In 2017, Meg, her husband, and their two young daughters moved from Kansas City to Indianapolis to be closer to their families. When she isn’t at work, Meg enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering, boating, and paddleboarding.
Aimee Fessenden, MA, CCC/SLP
Aimee has been a practicing speech-language pathologist for 7 years following completion of her Bachelor’s degree from Ball State University and Master’s degree from Indiana University. In addition to her Indiana Public Licensing Agency certificate, she maintains a State of Indiana Teacher’s License and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence as a current member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Although Aimee has enjoyed working with preschool through high school children in the school setting, she is most passionate about working with young children. She works part time with Johnson County Schools as the speech pathologist working on their preschool evaluation team. She enjoys working with a wide variety of disabilities and communication disorders. She is especially interested in augmentative-alternative communication using signs and/or pictures to facilitate functional communication. Aimee recently moved to the north suburban side of Indianapolis from the south to be closer to her family which includes niece and nephews ages 2, 5, and 7. Aimee is a music and garden enthusiast and loves to spend time outdoors!
Erin Jackson, MS, CCC-SLP
Erin completed her Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Science with a minor in Informatics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2010. She graduated with her Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Western Carolina University in 2013. After graduating, Erin and her husband moved to Atlanta, Georgia where she completed her clinical fellowship in the public schools. Despite loving Atlanta, Erin and her husband missed the midwest (minus the winters) and decided to head back up north and settle in Noblesville in 2014. In June of 2015, she gained a whole new perspective on her role as an early intervention specialist when she became a mom herself. She strives to provide the most effective, research-based treatment to the children on her caseload that she would want for her own son, as well as to educate and empower parents to carryover strategies outside of therapy sessions. Erin’s special interests include suspected childhood apraxia of speech in the birth-three population, as well as children at risk for a diagnosis of autism. She has experience working with children with receptive and expressive language disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, autism, cognitive impairment, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, cleft palate, feeding difficulties, and mitochondrial disease. Erin has received her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. When she is not working, Erin enjoys cheering on the Chicago Cubs and Blackhawks and spending time with her husband, son, and furry baby, Lucky!
Stephanie Odaffer, M.A., CCC/SLP
Stephanie has been a practicing Speech Language Pathologist for 6 years after receiving both her Bachelor and Master’s degrees from Ball State University. She has worked primarily in an adult rehabilitation hospital with individuals who have experienced a brain injury. Stephanie has always had a passion for working with young children and is looking forward to taking the foundational skills and tools used in a rehab setting and sharing them with the pediatric population. Stephanie is a mother of two young children and understands the importance of therapy sessions being enjoyable for the children and making therapy family and child centered. Stephanie currently resides in Zionsville, Indiana and enjoys spending time with her family when she is not working.
James Reading, Ph.D., CCC/SLP
James brings a great variety of experiences to your child and your family. He has taught at Marquette University and he has been the director of a speech and hearing clinic. He has supervised many students and practicing clinicians and presents regularly at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association annual convention. Most importantly, though, he brings 25 years of clinical experience with preschool children. He has worked with children who have receptive and expressive communication delays, a diagnosis of PDD/autism, Down syndrome, articulation delays, cleft lip and palate, sensory processing problems, and apraxia. James has a commitment to help children become better communicators. He believes that communication is a human right as well as important for healthy and happy children and families. He is a compassionate clinician who looks forward to working with your child. Families he has worked with have made the following comments about James: “absolutely wonderful,” “astonishingly effective,” “most remarkable teacher,” and “works miracles.” James has a Master’s degree from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, both in speech and hearing. He is a nationally certified speech-language pathologist by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, licensed by the state of Indiana, and certified by First Steps. He and his wife, also a speech-language pathologist, have five children.
Jennifer Reuter, MA, CCC/SLP
Jennifer began her career as a speech pathologist in an adult rehabilitation center. There she worked extensively with feeding and swallowing problems in medically fragile patients. In 2009 Jennifer began working for First Steps and thoroughly enjoy the personal connection she can build with families. She also has the benefit of applying the foundational principles gained in the rehab setting to the pediatric population. Jennifer is a Beckman Oral Motor trained therapist as well as Vital Stim certified. She has experience with a variety of diagnoses including trach/vent dependence, feeding/swallowing problems, Down syndrome, prematurity, cleft palate, autism, and speech-language delay. Jennifer has three children, two of which have special needs. Both of her children have benefited from involvement in the First Steps system. Jennifer looks forward to serving you and your child.
Erin Richard, M.S., CCC-SLP
Hello! Born and raised in northern Indiana, Erin has returned to the Hoosier State after living in Washington DC and both North and South Carolina. Erin has a Master’s Degree in Developmental Psychology from George Mason University and a Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Now, Erin works part-time as a Speech-Language Pathologist for First Steps. She is also employed by the Early Childhood Assessment Team at Southside Special Services of Marion County. Erin has provided speech therapy services in preschool programs, Head Start, and Early Intervention home-based services. Erin has experience providing evaluations and therapy in Spanish, as she had the opportunity to work with a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in rural Guatemala. Outside of work, she loves to travel, read, watch movies, and learn new things!
Amy Shaff, M.S.,CCC-SLP
Amy has been a practicing Speech Language Pathologist since graduating with her Masters from Indiana State University in 2011. She attended Indiana University for her undergraduate degree, and continues to love and support the Hoosiers! Following graduation from ISU, she moved to Nashville, TN with her husband where she worked for two years as a SLP in the public school system. She has worked in a variety of pediatric settings including schools, early intervention/First Steps, and a private therapy clinic. She has had experience with a variety of delays and disorders including, but not limited to, speech impairments (articulation, phonology, childhood apraxia of speech), language impairments, fluency disorders, intellectual disabilities, developmental delays, Down Syndrome, and Autism Spectrum Disorder (including collaboration at an ABA-Applied Behavioral Analysis- clinic), as well as use of augmentative/alternative communication. Amy believes in play-based therapy with a strong emphasis on family involvement when providing early intervention speech and language therapy. Amy and her husband, Aaron, are both originally from Columbus, IN, and now reside in Indianapolis. They welcomed their first son, Oliver, into the world in September 2014! Amy enjoys spending time with family and friends, listening to great music, and boating at the lake in the summer!
Carolyn Meyers Snyder, M.S., CCC-SLP
Carolyn completed her Master’s degree at the University of South Carolina in 1986. She has worked as a Speech Language Pathologist in a variety of roles and settings. Carolyn has worked with children in First Steps since 1999. During that time she also worked at a residential facility for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and worked as a clinical supervisor at Purdue University’s speech and hearing preschool. Carolyn enjoys working with children and their families to maximize speech and language in every day routines in the child’s environment. Carolyn has received many Awards for Continuing Education (ACE) from the American Speech Language and Hearing association. Continuing education has been in the areas of ASD, apraxia, augmentative and alternative communication, literacy and early literacy, swallowing and feeding, as well as early intervention in the child’s natural environment. When not working, Carolyn and her husband enjoy a variety of sporting events with their twins.
Susan Stahly, MS, CCC-SLP
Susan is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and received her bachelor’s degree from Purdue University. Since completing her master’s degree at California State University, Northridge in 2002, Susan has been working as a Speech-Language Pathologist in various settings: hospitals, sub-acute facility/ventilator and tracheostomy unit, NICUs, skilled nursing facilities, private consulting, and early intervention/First Steps.
Susan joined Pediatric Specialty Associates in 2014 and truly enjoys working with the 0-3 year old population and their families. She is very dedicated and passionate as a therapist, continually seeking to expand her knowledge base and skills by participating in various seminars relating to her current work and is active in American Speech-Langauge-Hearing Association’s special interest groups relating to pediatric speech, language, communication, feeding and swallowing.
Susan, her husband, and three children recently moved from the Los Angeles area to IN to be closer to family. She loves hiking, biking, service opportunities with her kids, experiencing new cultures, and getting her children out of the house to enjoy the outdoors (except when it is 20 degree below zero! Ahhh, IN winters :)).
Cindy Teller, CCC/SLP
Cindy graduated with her bachelors and masters degrees from Indiana University and started her career working as a public school speech pathologist. After starting her family and while homeschooling her four (now grown young adults), she began working in the First Steps program. All of Cindy’s professional work and much of her volunteer work through the years have been with children. She has directed preschool and elementary programs in her church and taught sign language courses in home school groups. Having completed continuing education on the impact of diet/nutrition on health and cognition, she has a desire to resource parents with effective ways to impact their child’s development with good nutrition and with providers who think about getting to the root of health issues rather than treating symptoms. She has experience with articulation and language disorders, developmental delays, auditory processing disorders, apraxia, oral motor weakness, muscular dystrophy, autism spectrum, sensory processing issues, down syndrome, feeding/swallowing, trach patients, seizure patients and more. She has significant training in oral motor therapy and is Beckman certified in oral motor techniques. Cindy would love to serve your family.
Kia Thatch, M.S. CF-SLP
Kia received her Bachelors degree in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences from Purdue University in 2014 and her Masters in Communications Sciences and Disorders from North Carolina Central University in 2017. Kia’s interest in Speech Pathology began with a love for sign language and the simple passion to help others. Working at a early childhood education center sparked her desire to work in an early intervention setting. The opportunity to be apart of the early developmental process for each child was a major reason why she thought PSA and First Steps was right for her. Kia has had the opportunity to work with individuals across the lifespan from toddlers to the geriatric population. Her primary interests include American Sign Language, fluency, and Autism. Through her multiple clinical experiences, Kia has come to love individualizing each clients therapy session to benefit them the most and applying each clients goals in a functional way. In her free time Kia enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and enjoying all forms of art. Kia looks forward to building rapport with each family and working closely with each child to equip them with the functional skills they need.