Our Staff

Mindy Elkan, M.A., CCC-SLP

Director of Greater Atlanta Speech and Language Clinics, Director of MDE School

Mindy ElkanMindy 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 NeedleMichelle 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 13 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).


Mary Paige Jones, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Mary Paige JonesMary Paige obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Georgia and her Master’s Degree from the University of Georgia. Mary Paige is a licensed and certified speech language pathologist, who also holds a teaching certificate with the State of Georgia. Mary Paige has experience working with children in the public school and private practice setting and has worked with GASLC since 2005. Mary Paige has worked with children of all ages and with a variety of speech and language disorders. She has experience working with children who present with articulation and phonological processing disorders, autism spectrum disorders, language based learning disabilities, auditory and language processing disorders, Down syndrome, and other developmental language disorders.

Susan Dumbacher, M.S., CCC-SLP

Susan DumbacherSusan earned both her B.A. and her M.S from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She previously served as a speech-language pathologist at a non-profit speech and hearing center in Charlotte, NC for three years. She worked predominately with toddlers and pre-schoolers with speech, language, and other developmental delays at a child development center through a grant, providing both individual therapy and inclusion therapy in the classrooms. Susan moved to Atlanta and joined Greater Atlanta Speech and Language Clinics in December 2010. She has varied interests and experience in many areas of communication, including articulation, language delays, literacy, and cleft palate and craniofacial anomalies. She believes in empowering parents and teachers, and treating each child in a holistic manner to help them reach their full potential. In her free time, she enjoys running, watching football and basketball games, reading, and spending time with family and friends.


Jordan Foster, M.S., SLP

Jordan FosterJordan 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).  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

Debbie GiannottiDeborah 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.


Lindy Udwin, M(Ed)., CCC-SLP

Lindy UdwinLindy 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.

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 Baum.jpegJenni 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.  

Jennifer Goble, M.S., CCC-SLP

Jenn GobleJennifer earned her Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders from Western Kentucky University and has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Kennesaw State University. After spending years working in a variety of business and IT related fields, Jennifer went back to school to kick off a career in Speech Pathology. As a special needs mom herself, Jennifer has a passion for helping children with disabilities maximize their social and functional communication skills through creative play and laughter. Jennifer’s experience in a public school setting allowed her to work in and out of the classroom helping children with autism, learning disabilities, progressive neurological disorders, as well as improving their fluency and articulation.  Jennifer is trained in PROMPT and enjoys working with children with apraxia of speech to maximize their potential.  Jenn is also trained in the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol (K-SLP) for Childhood Apraxia of Speech.


Haley McDonald, PT, DPT

Haley McDonaldHaley has been a pediatric physical therapist in a variety of setttings. She graduated from Emory University and then spent two years working at Children’s of Alabama hospital working in acute care and inpatient rehabilitation. She worked primarily with kids with brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, strokes, and epilepsy. She is a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician and is a board member of two national groups under the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy including the Student and New Professionals Group and the Hospital-based Special Interest Group. She enjoys seeing kids progress with their function and become more independent in their environments.  She is married to William and has an infant son, Hudson.

Kristen Menapace, M.S.-SLP

Kristen 2Kristen graduated Central Michigan University with a B.S. in Communication Disorders, and Wayne State University with an M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology.   Kristen has experience with the pediatric population, including various speech/language diagnoses, feeding impairments, special needs, and medically complex cases.  Kristen is trained in the modified barium swallow impairment profile (MBSImP).  Kristen loves working with children because of their creative outlook on life and their ability to somehow always make her smile! In her free time, Kristen enjoys cooking new recipes, spending time outdoors, and traveling anywhere and everywhere.


Sarah Welsh, M.S., CCC-SLP

Sarah WelshSarah obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from Hofstra University and her Master’s Degree from Baylor University. Sarah Welsh is a licensed and certified Speech and Language Pathologist in Georgia and also holds a teaching certificate with the state of Georgia. Sarah previously served as a Speech-Language Pathologist in a home health setting servicing children 0-3, preschool setting servicing children 3-5, and public school servicing children 5-12. She has experience working with children who present with articulation and phonological processing disorders, autism spectrum disorders, language based learning disabilities, auditory and language processing disorders, Down syndrome, and other developmental language disorders.

Lisa Crosby, M.Ed.,CCC-SLP

Lisa CrosbyLisa 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 also 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. Lisa enjoys spending time with family while playing board games, hiking, and cooking.


Janet Brennan, OTR/L

Janet Brennan 3Janet 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 YeagerJessica 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. 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!


OFFICE ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Angie Monday, Robyn Jacobs, & Cheryl Brambrut

Angie Monday is the insurance and billing manager.  She will answer any financial questions, billing and insurance.  Robyn Jacobs is the assistant insurance biller.  Cheryl Brambrut is the friendly face to greet you at the front desk, will help you schedule or reschedule your appointments, and take your payments.  Feel free to ask the staff any questions you may have, and they will direct you to the right person!
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