Nicole Ammons, MS, CCC-SLP
Nicole received her Bachelor’s degree from Ball State University and her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Western Kentucky University. She has worked in various settings including early intervention, schools with grades PK-12, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) clinics, and skilled nursing facilities. She began working with Pediatric Specialty Associates in 2017 and enjoys working with the 0-3 population and their families. She is currently working full-time at an Autism Therapy Center in addition to seeing a few First Step clients each week. She is LAMP certified and loves working with AAC. She has special interests in the areas of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), motor speech disorders, language disorders, and AAC.
Kati Barrett, MS, CCC- SLP
Kati received her Bachelor’s in Speech-Language Pathology from Indiana University. She received her Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO. Kati provides early intervention services in central Indiana. Kati has experience working with children of varying ages, but is especially passionate about working with young children and helping them learn to communicate more effectively. She enjoys incorporating play into therapy and educating families on the importance of play. In her free time Kati enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, riding her bike, and traveling.
Kelley Davis, MA, CCC- SLP
After working as a pediatric speech therapist at St Vincent Hospital for 13 years, Kelley joined the PSA team in January 2020. She has enjoyed every moment since her transition and would be honored to work with you and your little one! Kelley earned her Masters in speech-language pathology at Ball State University. During her time as a medical pediatric SLP, Kelley gained expertise in the evaluation and treatment of various language and speech production disorders (including articulation, phonology and apraxia). She had the opportunity to work in the Level IIIC NICU at St Vincent, performing swallow studies, FEES, and bedside assessment of infant feeding difficulties. In addition to her extensive work in pediatric feeding, Kelley served on the Craniofacial Team at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital for 9 years, developing a true passion and expertise in the evaluation and treatment of speech and feeding disorders specific to cleft palate. Kelley has combined this professional passion with her love of travel, having served on surgical teams to Ecuador through Medical Missions for Children. In her free time, Kelley enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and salsa dancing!
Megan Dubree, MS, CCC-SLP
Meg graduated from Rockhurst University in Kansas City with a Masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders. In Missouri, she served the pediatric population in several settings, including school district early childhood programs, a therapeutic preschool, and Missouri’s First Steps program.
Meg is passionate about early childhood development and exposure to literacy in the birth-3 population. Her favorite part of working in early intervention is empowering families by giving them the tools to create an optimal environment for their child to grow, learn, and thrive at home.
Meg lives on the west of Hendricks County with her husband, Adam, and daughters Sadie Grace and Emma Jean. Together, they love spending time outdoors and spend most of their free weekends hiking and camping.
Sarah Giacobbe, MS, CCC- SLP
Sarah, an Ohio native, received her Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of South Carolina in 2007. Since then, she has had the privilege of assessing and treating speech, language and swallowing disorders across the lifespan, in a variety of therapeutic settings. After having children of her own, Sarah’s passion became early intervention, where she has exclusively focused her practice since 2013. Sarah loves to share in watching the magic of communication unfold with her clients and their families; and believes in taking a child-centered, total communication approach to early intervention services. Sarah lives in Greenwood with her husband, two children and poodle, Lacey.
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. 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. Since becoming a mom to 3 young boys, she has gained a whole new perspective on her role as an early intervention specialist. She strives to provide the most effective, research-based treatment to the children on her caseload that she would want for her own children, as well as to educate and empower parents to carryover strategies outside of therapy sessions! Erin has worked in the public schools as well as skilled nursing settings, but early intervention is by far her favorite! She has been with PSA since August 2015 and continues to be so thankful for the opportunity to do what she loves and form relationships with the families on her caseload. 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 (including, but not limited to): receptive and expressive language disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, dysarthria, autism, cognitive impairment, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, cleft palate, and feeding difficulties. Erin has received her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. When she is not working, Erin enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 boys! She continues to be a devoted Fighting Illini fan despite living in a land of Hoosiers and Boilermakers 🙂
Hillary Lupo, MS, CCC-SLP
My name is Hillary Lupo. I graduated from Indiana University in 2014 with a Masters in Speech and Hearing Sciences. I then continued my education at the University of South Carolina where I completed my Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. I moved back to Indianapolis in 2017 and started working for Pediatric Specialty Associates. I have worked with PSA for 3 years. I specialize in childhood speech and language development and work with kiddos ages birth to three. I am passionate about helping families learn how to communicate with their kiddos and love to help create an in- home environment for children to thrive and expand language skills. I married my husband Max in November of 2019 and we adopted our dog baby (Louis) in March 2020.
Lauren McKinney, MA, CCC- SLP
Lauren has always had an immense passion for children since she began working in early childhood education in high school and throughout her undergraduate and graduate school studies. Lauren graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Indiana University. She obtained a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Cincinnati. Lauren began her career as a Speech Pathologist in Chicago Public Schools, which fueled her passion for supporting and providing services to children with Autism, social emotional needs, and children in underserved communities. She moved to San Jose, CA and served children of all ages with Autism in a private clinic setting and gained skills in AAC, behavioral management, and sensory integration and regulation as it relates to speech and language. Lauren moved back home to Indianapolis to be closer to family, and is currently working part time in the early intervention setting engaging with caregivers and families and treating toddlers with various communication disorders, delays, and needs. Lauren is a full time therapist at Riley Hospital for Children. She is a life longer learner who enjoys growing and learning in various settings within the field of speech language pathology. In her free time, Lauren enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, trying new restaurants, watching movies, and working out.
Kim Moreno M.A., CCC- SLP
Kim attended Indiana University where she completed her bachelor’s degree for Speech and Hearing Disorders in 1996 and continued her career at Indiana University where she received her master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology in 1998. Kim has been working within the field of pediatric speech language pathology for 10+ years, with a special interest in working with children with motor planning speech disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and sensory processing disorders. She holds an ACE award with the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (2020) as well as being recognized by First Steps for a 2020 Excellence in Service Award. Kim approaches each little one with looking at the world through a child’s eyes. She meets each child developmentally where he/she is, using a child’s strengths and interest to support development. In her free time, Kim enjoys art, reading, and hiking with her family.
Beth Moore, MA, CCC-SLP
Hello amazing parents and caregivers! My name is Beth Moore. I have been a speech therapist for a little over 12 years now. I absolutely love my job, and consider it my calling to helping little ones and their families through my role as a speech therapist. A little about myself:
I became a speech therapist because I wanted to make a difference in someone else’s life. I have an older sister who I watched throughout her life struggle with Dyslexia and learning disabilities. My mother worked hard to find her support and services throughout her years in school to assist with her being successful. My mother never gave up fighting for my sister, and I’m proud to say that my sister is a thriving, independent, successful adult. I learned quickly that I wanted to assist individuals in overcoming adversity. I find joy in providing tools, services and support to families and little ones to help them thrive in their own environment.
I have little ones myself (a five year old, three year old and 8 month old), and know how stressful life can be when we are searching for answers to help our little ones succeed. I am always so grateful to know that through my occupation, I can be apart of the team that fosters your little one’s growth and development. As always, I’m looking forward to working with your child and consider it a privilege.
Ryane Nolting, MA, CCC-SLP
Ryane joined Pediatric Specialty Associates in 2019 and is a Speech- Language Pathologist serving Marion and Johnson counties. She graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Indianapolis in 2009. After working as an Early Childhood Educator for six years, she decided to pursue her passion for helping children with speech and language delays. Ryane graduated with her Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from University of Cincinnati in 2019. She is enthusiastic about helping families learn and utilize strategies to help their children further develop speech and language skills. She has interest and experience working with children with receptive and expressive language delays, developmental delays, articulation/phonological disorders, and autism spectrum disorder. Ryane grew up on the southside of Indianapolis. She currently lives in Needham with her husband, Josh. In her free time, she loves traveling, biking, spending time with her family, and taking her dogs on walks.
Stephanie Odaffer, M.A., CCC- SLP
I received my Masters of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from Ball State University in 2008. I began providing early intervention services through Pediatric Specialty Associates, Inc in the First Steps system in June 2014. I have experience working with children who have developmental delays, speech and language delays, Autism Spectrum Disorder, childhood apraxia of speech, and oral motor/feeding/swallow difficulties. As a mother to four children, I have experienced the ups and downs of parenting, and I believe that parents and caregivers play an integral role in speech and language development. I incorporate basic sign language, parent coaching, picture communication, sensory integration, and other communication modalities to find a system of communication that works best for each child. I look forward to working with you and your family!
Erin Richard, MS, CCC-SLP
Hello and hola! My name is Erin Richard, and I’m a Speech/Language Pathologist specializing in early childhood communication and bilingualism. Born and raised in northern Indiana, I returned to the Hoosier State after receiving a Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. I am currently employed part-time as a Speech Therapist with PSA. I am also employed by the First Steps assessment team. I have experience providing evaluations and therapy in Spanish, as I had the opportunity to work with a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in rural Guatemala during my graduate school career. I also lived in Mexico and taught English and accent modification. Outside of work, I love to spend time with my nieces, travel, read, watch movies, and learn new things!
Rachel Rusnak, MA, CCC SLP
Raised in a family of healthcare providers, Rachel always knew she wanted a career providing care to others. A career pediatric speech therapist, Rachel found her niche in First Steps in 2017 after working in schools. This combined experience allows her to help families understand what comes next when transitioning out of First Steps and with communication development beyond age 3. Rachel has primary experience with receptive and expressive language delays with a special interest in feeding disorders. A family-centric person herself, she understands the value of sharing a meal together or having the ability to effectively communicate and the bonding that occurs when a family is able to better support and enjoy one another as progress is made. Rachel prides herself on her bubbly, warm nature and focus to help ensure all families feel comfortable, empowered, and heard as they progress through the First Steps program. When not playing on the floor or facilitating feeds with adorable toddlers, you can find Rachel trying new recipes in the kitchen, doing home projects, or traveling in her free time.
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! She has worked in a variety of pediatric settings including schools, early intervention/First Steps, and private therapy clinics. 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, feeding delays/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 and Passy Muir valves. 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 son, Oliver, into the world in 2014 and their daughter, Nora, in 2017. They have 4 family pets as well including two dogs, a fish, and a snake! Amy enjoys spending time with family and friends, listening to great music, and boating at the lake in the summer!
Emilee Sherrow, MA, CCC-SLP
My name is Emilee Sherrow and I am going on 4 years with PSA as a Speech & Language Pathologist! I grew up on the south side of Indianapolis and moved back here after I received my Master’s degree from Saint Mary’s College. I currently work full time in Perry township schools, which is where I went to school, and work part time for PSA. I love working with children of all ages but children 0-3 years is my favorite! In my free time, I enjoy going to concerts, playing volleyball, cheering on the Colts and Pacers, and hanging out with my nieces.