Speech Therapy

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Ana Delia Cortez –Workman, CCC/SLP
One of the first things you may notice about Ana is her stature.  She is barely 5 feet, but like in the words of a famous musician, “She came with 4’11, but she feels like she’s 6’8.”  She has three main interests/hobbies: traveling, dancing, and giving back to her community.  She has been to 23 countries and plans on visiting many more. She has a passion for dance, especially Latin Dance. She is currently in a dance performance group in Indy. She also volunteers to teach dance to inner city children in the evenings three times a week.  In addition, she is on a Board which main focus is to provide scholarships for low-income college freshmen.  As a daughter of Mexican immigrant parents, Ana did not learn English until she began school at the age of five. Now, she is a trilingual speech-language pathologist (Spanish, English & French) with 11 years of experience.  She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she completed a thesis titled, “Effectiveness of a Thematic Curriculum in a Spanish-English Preschool.” Ana has developed poster presentations for the American Speech-Hearing-Language Association (ASHA) and the Illinois Speech-Hearing-Language Association (ISHA) with topics related to bilingualism (English-Spanish). In the summer of 2008, Ana volunteered to work in an orphanage in central Mexico with children diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. She has worked as an independent contractor in Illinois for the public schools and early intervention. On September 2009, Ana moved to Indianapolis from Chicago, where she currently works for Indianapolis Public Schools, Indiana University (clinical supervisor for bilingual speech-language graduate students), and as a bilingual evaluator for Chicago public schools.  In May of 2009 and March of 2011, Ana received an Award for Continuing Education (ACE award) from ASHA for earning seven ASHA continuing education units in a thirty-six month period. Ana is certified in the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), the DIR Floortime Model, and The Hanen Program. In September 2011, Ana joined Pediatric Specialty Associates, Inc. and is excited for what the future holds as an Indiana First Steps Provider.

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.

 

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!

Patricia Johnson, MA, CCC-SLP

Patricia devotes much of her life to helping children and families in the community both as a licensed speech-language pathologist and a volunteer. Though a recent graduate from Ball State University in 2010 with a Masters of Arts in Speech Pathology, Patricia has already begun her career with a focus on early intervention as a therapist working in the school systems to provide speech and language therapy services to preschool students. Providing therapy in schools systems with very diverse populations, Patricia has gained experience with a variety of diagnoses related to receptive and expressive language, phonology, articulation, childhood apraxia of speech, developmental delay, cognitive impairment, hearing impairment, autism, Down syndrome, and Prader-Willi syndrome. Passionate about improving the communication skills of young children, Patricia has recently joined Pediatric Associates, Inc. in April of 2013 to further develop her expertise in providing early intervention services. Throughout high school and her college career, Patricia chose to spend much of her spare time volunteering at youth centers in Muncie, IN and nonprofit organizations benefiting the communities of Louisville, KY and St. Louis, MO. After college, Patricia has continued to volunteer in the evenings and during summer vacations to tutor children whose families are currently residing in local Indianapolis homeless shelters. When not volunteering or providing therapy, Patricia enjoys developing her fluency in Spanish, traveling the world with her husband, and gardening in their new home.

 

Mallory Krkoska, M.A. CF-SLP

Mallory received her Bachelors degree from Indiana University and her Masters degree from The University of Memphis, both nationally ranked for speech and audiology.  As a child, Mallory received speech and language therapy, so knows the field personally from both sides of the table.  She was drawn to the field of speech language pathology with the desire to make a difference in others lives as her therapist had done for her.  She enjoys the challenge of formulating individualized goals for each client, finding their primary interest and incorporating those into a plan, while forming a relationship with the client and their family.  She has worked extensively in research settings on leading edge programs, and has served clients in multiple settings throughout graduate school and quickly found her passion to be working with children.  She has had experience working with children of all ages, from babies in the NICU through adolescents. Her primary interests are in treating children with language delays and in developing social communication skills. She is very excited to be working for First Steps and to help children continue to grow in their natural environment.  Mallory has had a life of adventure thus far, having lived in Michigan, England, California, Tennessee, and now lives in Zionsville, IN.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, fitness, and reading.

 

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!

Ambry N. Roberson M.S. CF-SLP

Ambry graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders, in addition to a minor in Linguistics. She co-published two research articles focused on infant speech development. Ambry returned to her hometown & furthered her education, earning a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Louisville. Throughout the duration of the program, Ambry served children ages birth to 18 years of age & their families through a variety of pediatric settings including an outpatient clinic, the public school system, a private practice facility, & Kentucky’s First Steps program. She currently resides in Fishers, IN & is further developing her expertise with children by completing her fellowship with Pediatric Specialty Associates, Inc. Ambry has a passion for working with young children & helping them to become better communicators. She looks forward to serving you & your child. In her free time, Ambry enjoys traveling, spending time with family & friends, water/snow skiing, and being outdoors with her fur baby.

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 :)).

Aimee Tannas, 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!

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.