Mindy Elkan, M.A., CCC-SLP
Director of Greater Atlanta Speech and Language Clinics, Director of MDE School
Mindy joined Joan Aronson as a partner in GASLC in 1991. Mindy earned a Bachelor’s degree in early childhood/elementary education at Oswego State University in New York, and a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at New York’s Hofstra University. Active in the field since 1978, Mindy served on the Board of Cooperative Educational Services in New York with the Autistic and Communication Disorders Program. In addition, she directed her own private practice in New York, including services for a nine-office neurology team. Mindy has served on the Cobb/Douglas Early Childhood Interagency Council since 1991, and is a past chairperson. She is a member of the Autism Society of America (ASA) and received ASA’s 1998 Award for Supporting Professional. Mindy is the founder and director of the MDE school which started in August 2009.
Michelle Needle, M.Ed., CCC-SLP
Assistant Director of Greater Atlanta Speech and Language Clinics
Michelle Needle, M.Ed.,CCC-SLP is the assistant director at Greater Atlanta Speech and Language Clinics. Michelle has a Master’s Degree from Georgia State University and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Georgia. Michelle is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist with her certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association. Michelle has previously worked in the Cobb and Cherokee school systems and has over 15 years of experience working with children in the private practice setting. Michelle has been at Greater Atlanta Speech and Language Clinics since 2001 and became the Assistant Director in 2014. Michelle enjoys working with both children and adults with a wide range of communication disorders. Michelle has extensive experience treating children who present with language based learning disabilities, language and/or auditory processing deficits, and executive function deficits. Michelle also specializes in providing therapy to children with phonological disorders, oral motor deficits, and Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Michelle is trained in PROMPT (PROMPTS for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets), Nancy Kaufman’s K-SLP (Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol for Childhood Apraxia of Speech), and iLs (Integrated Listening Systems).
Lisa Crosby, M.Ed., CCC-SLP
Lead Speech-Language Pathologist
Lisa earned both a B.S. in Education and a M.Ed. in Speech Language Pathology from Valdosta State University. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from ASHA and is licensed as a Speech Language Pathologist in the state of Georgia. Lisa has extensive experience with the birth to three pediatric population while working with early intervention programs in Indiana, Kentucky, and Georgia for six years. Lisa is trained in the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol (K-SLP) for Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Her experiences and interests are varied in many areas of communication, including articulation, language, and other developmental disorders. Lisa has experience evaluating children for AAC devices, as well as programming and educating about the devices. Lisa has served as a missionary among the people of Bangladesh and Thailand teaching English and volunteering as a speech-language pathologist at an international school. Lisa has supervised Communication Sciences and Disorders student clinicians at the Valdosta State University Speech and Hearing Clinic, as well as supervising SLP graduate students from Georgia State University off campus. Lisa enjoys spending time with family while playing board games, hiking, and cooking.
Tasha Hines, M.S., OTR/L
Tasha obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Sports Science with a minor in Biology from North Carolina University in 2008 and a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from Towson University in 2012. Tasha has previously worked as a Behavioral Specialist and a Habilitation Technician, providing intensive individual support, respite care, and therapeutic services to children and young adults with Autism and other disabilities from 2005-2012. Tasha also worked as an OT at the VA Medical Center in Baltimore, MD providing Occupational Therapy and mental health services to veterans suffering from severe and persistent mental illness. Tasha has experience in outpatient pediatrics in Georgia and inpatient acute care at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital in Baltimore, MD. Tasha has extensive experience working with the Pediatric population treating patients with a range of diagnosis including Autism, Down Syndrome, developmental delays, and chromosomal abnormalities. In 2015, Tasha received certification in The Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding and in 2017, received certification in Handwriting Without Tears. Tasha loves helping children meet their goals and becoming increasingly independent, as well as making therapy fun, creative, and engaging. Her greatest passion is watching the moment when “the light bulb goes off” and a child understands what the solution is.
Jordan Foster, M.S., SLP
Jordan earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from Auburn University at Montgomery, and her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Montevallo. Jordan has experience with the pediatric population including childhood apraxia of speech, autism spectrum disorder, articulation/phonological disorders, receptive/expressive language disorders, fluency disorders, and oral and pharyngeal phase dysphagia. Jordan is trained in the Modified Barium Swallowing Impairment Profile (MBSImP). Jordan is trained in the Beckman Oral Motor Protocol to remediate and address difficulties with articulation, oral-motor skills, and feeding. She believes in the importance of developing excellent rapport with her clients, while providing fun and motivating therapy. In her free time, Jordan enjoys running, reading, and spending quality time with her family and friends.
Deborah Giannotti, PT
Deborah graduated Cum Laude from New York University with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. During her 23 years of experience, she has worked with children of all ages with a variety of diagnosis and levels of function in many different setting. Additional certifications include 8-week NDT certification, level II Hippotherapy training, and Infant Massage. She loves watching children move, figure things out and explore the world in their own way. She believes that her role as a therapist is to help them to do these things as independently as they can.
Tori Dyer, M.S., OTR/L
Tori received her bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and Family Science from the University of Georgia. She graduated with a Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy from Brenau University and is certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. Tori completed her level II clinical fieldwork at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Scottish Rite, where she gained experience working with children with various conditions, including sensory processing disorder, developmental delay, Autism, ADD/ADHD, Down Syndrome, fine motor impairments, seizure disorders, and cerebral palsy. Previously, Tori worked with Gateway Domestic Violence Center as a Children’s Group Facilitator where she led weekly supports groups for children and adolescents. Tori has a passion for working with children and families to develop goals that are unique to the needs of each child. She enjoys making therapy fun while also using children’s strengths to increase their confidence and motivation to participate in daily activities.
Artem Djouraev, OTR/L
Artem graduated with a Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy from Brenau University and is certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. He has experience working as an OTR/L with both pediatric and geriatric populations. Before joining GASLC, he worked in different settings including, schools, home health, and in private practice. Artem has an affinity to work with children with a variety of challenges such as, feeding disorders, developmental disorders, sensory processing disorders, learning disabilities, conduct disorders, muscular dystrophy disorders, and autism spectrum disorder. He also has experience using the Astronaut Program, Therapeutic Listening, and Sensory Integration. He is currently working towards becoming formally certified in these areas as well. He has taken courses in Handwriting Without Tears and plans on becoming certified as a Handwriting Without Tears Specialist this summer. In his spare time Artem enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife.
Jennifer Baum, M.Ed.,CCC-SLP
Jenni obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Georgia and her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of West Georgia. Jenni is a licensed, certified Speech Language Pathologist in the state of Georgia and is ASHA certified. She previously worked in the Special Education PreK in the Gwinnett County school system serving children ages 3-5, as well as with children of all ages in the home health setting. She has experience working with children with dysphagia/feeding aversions, severe receptive/expressive language delays, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Apraxia of Speech, Articulation Disorders, Cleft Lip and Palate, and co-morbid medically complex disorders. Jenni has focused her work on the pediatric population, and has a true passion for pediatric feeding therapy. She is trained in the CAN-EAT approach (a pediatric approach to feeding and swallowing), as well as the Beckman Oral Motor Protocol to remediate and address difficulties with articulation, oral-motor skills, and feeding.
Gillat Sternberg, M.S., CCC-SLP
After practicing as a Speech Language Pathologist in Massachusetts for the past ten years, Gillat is excited to return to her home state of Georgia. Even more, Gillat is thrilled to once again be a part of the GASLC team where she previously gained experience prior to attending graduate school.
Gillat earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Georgia and a Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, Massachusetts.
Gillat’s experience with the birth-to-three population, and in a variety of public school settings, has allowed her to support children diagnosed with developmental delays, fluency and articulation disorders, language-based learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, progressive neurological disorders, Down Syndrome, and rare genetic disorders. Through her experience, Gillat has developed a passion for creating individualized and engaging lesson plans to address a variety of goal areas. Gillat has experience and a passion for evaluating individuals for AAC devices, as well as programming and educating about the devices.
Gillat holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from ASHA and is licensed in the state of Georgia.
Leanne Hymes, M.S., PT
Leanne earned her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University in 2006. She has experience working with children in the public school setting as well as in community based clinics. In 2016 she earned her clinical specialist certification in neurology. Her experience includes working with children with cerebral palsy, developmental delay, torticollis, brain injuries, visual impairments and autism. She lives in Marietta with her husband, 2 year old son and 2 rescue dogs. When not practicing physical therapy, she enjoys spending time with her family, running, baking and reading.
Kristen Menapace, M.S.-SLP
Janet Brennan, OTR/L
Janet has over 35 years of experience providing occupational therapy to the pediatric population. Janet worked for 13 years in a residential facility for children with multiple cognitive and physical disabilities. She has spent 20 years serving children in Atlanta Public School system. Janet also has enjoyed treating the birth to three population in private practice with Babies Can’t Wait. Janet joined the GASLC team in 2013 and has extensive experience working with children with sensory processing disorders, Autism, feeding disorders, fine and gross motor delays, and self-care deficits.
Jessica Yeager, M.S.,CCC-SLP
Jessica earned her Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Oklahoma State University, and her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Jessica is a licensed, certified Speech Language Pathologist in the state of Georgia and is ASHA certified. She has experience working with the pediatric population in various elementary schools, as well as an early intervention program, and the pediatric clinic setting. Her experience includes working with children with severe receptive/expressive language delays, articulation/phonological disorders, as well as Apraxia of Speech, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down syndrome, traumatic brain injury, and voice/fluency disorders. Jessica is trained in PROMPT (PROMPTS for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets). Although her focus has primarily been pediatrics, she has also enjoyed working with adults with aphasia in various acute/clinic settings. She enjoys working with kids and watching them make progress! In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends/family, cooking, and reading!
Lindy Udwin, M.Ed.,CCC-SLP
Lindy holds a B.A. (Honors) Degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and a Masters Degree from Georgia State University. She has been a certified and licensed Speech and Language Pathologist for over thirty years, and has worked in private practice in South Africa, as well as in hospital settings at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in London, England and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta. Lindy has been a member of the Greater Atlanta Speech and Language Clinic team since 1995.
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