Mindy Elkan, M.A., CCC-SLP
Executive Director of Greater Atlanta Speech and Language Clinics & 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
Clinic Director of Greater Atlanta Speech and Language Clinics
Michelle Needle, M.Ed.,CCC-SLP is the clinical director at Greater Atlanta Speech and Language Clinics. Michelle graduated with a Master’s Degree from Georgia State University in 2004 and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Georgia in 2002. 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 18 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 and Clinical Director in 2020. Michelle has extensive experience treating children who present with language based learning disabilities, language and/or auditory processing deficits, and executive function deficits. Michelle is certified in iLs (Integrated Listening Systems) and the Interactive Language Program. Michelle also specializes in providing therapy to children with phonological disorders, oral motor deficits, and Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Michelle is level 2 trained in PROMPT (PROMPTS for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) and trained in Nancy Kaufman’s K-SLP (Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol for Childhood Apraxia of Speech). Michelle has received extensive training in orofacial myology and myofunctional (tongue thrust) disorders using the methods of Sandra Holtzman. When not spending time in the clinic, Michelle enjoys podcasts and documentaries as well as watching her three daughters dance and son play soccer.
Jenni Baum, M.Ed., CCC-SLP
Clinical Coordinator & Director of Feeding Therapies
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), the Transdisciplinary Effective Assessment and Treatment (TR-eat®) model integrating oral motor/sensory therapy techniques along with medical and behavioral management for the treatment of complex feeding problems, and The Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding, as well as the Beckman Oral Motor Protocol to remediate and address difficulties with articulation, oral-motor skills, and feeding. Jenni is trained in TalkTools® Oral Placement Therapy that targets specific movements needed for speech and feeding that combines auditory, visual, tactile, and proprioceptive sensory systems to improve speech clarity and feeding.
Kaitlyn Barker, OTR/L
Lead Occupational Therapist
Kaitlyn received her Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from the University of North Georgia and her Master in Occupational Therapy degree from Georgia State University. She is certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy . Kaitlyn has previously worked as a pediatric behavioral aide and also currently volunteers in her church’s ministry for children with special needs. Kaitlyn is trained in the Transdisciplinary Effective Assessment and Treatment (TR-eat®) model integrating oral motor/sensory therapy techniques along with medical and behavioral management for the treatment of complex feeding problems. Kaitlyn is trained in Blomberg Rhythmic Movement Training® for exceptional children. Kaitlyn uses BRMT to improve motor, emotional, and cognitive functions in children, especially those with special needs. These skills are valuable for treating Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADD/ADHD, stress and anxiety, motor deficiencies, cognitive delay and reading challenges. Throughout her experiences, Kaitlyn fell in love with the pediatric population and is passionate about assisting, motivating, and advocating for children to become the best versions of themselves and live life to the fullest every day. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing, reading, spending time outdoors, and traveling the globe with her husband.
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. Additionally, Lisa is level 1 trained in PROMPT (PROMPTS for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets). Lisa is trained in More Than Words® — The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder or Social Communication Difficulties. 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.
Leanne Hymes, M.S., PT
Lead Physical Therapist
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. Leanne is trained in Blomberg Rhythmic Movement Training® for exceptional children. Leanne uses BRMT to improve motor, emotional, and cognitive functions in children, especially those with special needs. These skills are valuable for treating Autism Spectrum Disorder, and ADD/ADHD. stress and anxiety, motor deficiencies, cognitive delay and reading challenges. 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.
Jordan Telehany, M.S.,CCC-SLP
Lead Speech-Language Pathologist (Specialist in Speech Sound Disorders and Early Intervention)
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 certified in the It Takes Two to Talk — The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children with Language Delays to parents of children ages 5 and under as well as More Than Words® — The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder or Social Communication Difficulties. Jordan is trained in the Beckman Oral Motor Protocol to remediate and address difficulties with articulation, oral-motor skills, and feeding. Jordan is trained in TalkTools® Oral Placement Therapy that targets specific movements needed for speech and feeding that combines auditory, visual, tactile, and proprioceptive sensory systems to improve speech clarity and feeding. Additionally, Jordan is level 1 trained in PROMPT (PROMPTS for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets). 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.
Allison Green, OTR/L
Allison earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Georgia. She obtained her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Georgia State University and is certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. She has experience working with clients of various ages and a multitude of diagnoses. Throughout her experiences, she worked in numerous settings, including the school system, inpatient rehab, and outpatient hand therapy. Allison enjoys building relationships with her clients and their families. She is passionate about providing fun and engaging therapy sessions while prioritizing clients’ and families’ personal goals. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, listening to podcasts, reading, and playing with her goldendoodle, Daisy.
Anna Leah Hale, M.S.,CCC-SLP
Anna Leah earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Auburn University and her Master’s of Science degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Mississippi.
Anna Leah has experience working in Cobb County School System providing speech-sound, language, fluency, and social communication therapy to pre-k and elementary students with a variety of disorders including Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Autism, expressive/receptive language disorder, and speech-sound disorder. Anna Leah also has experience working with adults in the acute care and outpatient setting. She enjoys working with adults with neurodegenerative diseases and providing dysphagia therapy as well as cognitive therapy. Anna Leah’s main interests include early language intervention, speech-sound, feeding, and cognitive therapy. What she loves most is getting to see the growth and difference made in the lives of her patients and students. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, hanging out with her friends and family, playing with her Cavapoo, and cheering on the Auburn Tigers!
Mary Elizabeth “Emme” Good, M.S., CF-SLP
Mary Elizabeth (Emme) earned a Bachelor of Education degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Georgia and a Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Georgia State University.
Emme has experience in Fulton County School System providing language, speech sound, voice, and fluency therapy to elementary-aged students with Autism, intellectual disabilities, receptive/expressive language disorders, and speech sound disorders. Additionally, Emme has a background working with adolescents and adults with traumatic brain injuries providing language, cognition, voice, and swallowing therapy at Shepherd Center. Emme has been in a similar private practice setting providing language, speech sound, and oral motor therapy to pediatric clients with Autism, Down Syndrome, and other speech/language disorders. Emme also enjoys working with the adult population in the areas of accent modification, aphasia, and acquired apraxia of speech.
Debbie 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. Debbie is trained in Blomberg Rhythmic Movement Training® for exceptional children. Debbie uses BRMT to improve motor, emotional, and cognitive functions in children, especially those with special needs. These skills are valuable for treating Autism Spectrum Disorder, and ADD/ADHD. stress and anxiety, motor deficiencies, cognitive delay and reading challenges. 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.
Sophie Michel, M.S.,CF-SLP
Sophie is passionate about creating fun and functional therapy sessions unique to each individual client and their specific needs. In her spare time, Sophie enjoys spending time with friends and family, cooking, and cheering on the LSU tigers!
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). Jessica enjoys working with kids who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and has evaluated and helped obtain devices for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders and various syndromes. Jessica has experience evaluating and programming with a variety of devices from Tobii Dynavox, Saltillo, and PRC. 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.
Colleen Simon, PT
Colleen Simon, PT, earned a Bachelor’s of Science in PT at University of Florida in 1994. Her family relocated to Atlanta in 2000 from Jacksonville, FL. Colleen has extensive experience with all pediatric diagnoses in the birth through 21 population. Her primary areas of expertise are with Torticollis, Hypotonia, Gross Motor Delay, Cerebral Palsy, Orthopedic conditions, and Neurological disorders. She is also semi-fluent in Spanish. Her favorite part of being an pediatric physical therapist is being part of children taking their first steps. Her other passions are Gator sports, travel, and spending time with her family.
Karleigh Grondin, M.S.,CCC-SLP
Karleigh Grondin, M.S. CCC-SLP, earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from West Virginia University and her Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders from Southern Connecticut State University. She has experience working with children and adults across the lifespan in a variety of settings, including acute care, skilled nursing, home health, school, and private practice. Karleigh’s clinical interests include dysphagia, pediatric and adult language disorders, neurocognitive disorders, and social communication. Karleigh is certified in NMES VitalStim Therapy for treatment of dysphagia. She believes in evidence-based, functional approaches to therapy in order to maximize quality of life and communication for all of her clients. Karleigh is passionate about building connections with patients and families to foster a supportive environment in which to learn and grow in communication skills. Outside of work, Karleigh enjoys baking, cheering on the West Virginia Mountaineers, and spending time with friends, family, and her pup.
Erin Reynolds, M.S.,CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist & Feeding Therapist
Erin Reynolds, M.S., CCC-SLP, earned her master’s degree at Georgia State University and her bachelor’s degree at the University of Georgia. Erin has clinical experience in the school system, medical, and pediatric private practice settings. Her specific areas of interest includes pediatric and adult speech, language, neurocognitive disorders, early intervention, and pediatric feeding. Erin is trained in the CAN-EAT approach (a pediatric approach to feeding and swallowing). Erin has experience treating clients of all ages with a wide range of speech, language, fluency, social communication, swallowing and cognitive communication disorders. Erin enjoys making therapy fun, functional, and individualized to meet the communication needs of all her clients. Her favorite part about the field is the opportunity to be a lifelong learner! She enjoys keeping up to date with the research surrounding the field. In her spare time, Erin enjoys traveling, spending time with friends/family, trying new restaurants, and cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs!
Maegan Krifchin, OTR/L
Maegan Krifchin, OTR/L, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Exercise Science from Syracuse University and obtained her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Ithaca College. She is certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. Maegan has experience as an occupational therapist working in a variety of rehabilitation settings in several states and with a variety of age ranges. Maegan has presented on topics such as “Dyslexia and Sensory Integration”. She has volunteered in youth Athletics including organizing and event planning for a Cross Country Race in support of Autism in Kenya. Maegan is excited and eager to help children reach their full potential during therapy, all while working hard and making it fun. In her free time, Maegan enjoys running, especially the Marathon, traveling the world, being outside and of course family time!
Maggie Steranko, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist & Feeding Therapist
Maggie Steranko, M.S., CF-SLP, earned her master’s degree at East Tennessee State University and her bachelor’s degree at Appalachian State University. Maggie has clinical experience with speech, language, and feeding intervention, in the school, medical, and university clinic settings. Her specific areas of interest include pediatric language, social communication, feeding, and AAC use. Maggie has experience treating clients of all ages, across a variety of populations, for a range of speech, language, and feeding disorders. Maggie is trained in the CAN-EAT approach (a pediatric approach to feeding and swallowing). Maggie enjoys making therapy play-based and functional to meet the needs of all client and family interests. She often reviews the research to be sure her intervention choices are the most up to date. Maggie’s favorite part about the field is the connections she makes with clients and their families! In her spare time, Maggie enjoys reading, exercising, getting outdoors, and spending time with friends.
Sarah Snedeker, M.S., CCC-SLP
Sarah earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA, as well as her Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from Towson University in Towson, MD. Sarah holds her certificate of clinical competence (ASHA certification). She has experience working with both children and adults across language, speech, fluency, social communication, cognitive and voice domains in an outpatient private practice setting, as well as in home and daycare settings (in addition to previous field work in both the school setting and hospital setting). Sarah is certified in LSVT LOUD, an effective speech treatment for individuals with Parkinson Disease (PD) and other neurological conditions such as cerebral palsy. She specializes in treating language disorders across the lifespan, as well as voice disorders and dysphagia in both children and adults. Sarah makes sure to prioritize the personal goals of each patient and/or family member, and to strive for overall improvements in the quality of life of each of her patients. Sarah is passionate about helping others through her career and in her personal life. When she is not at work, she enjoys being outdoors, traveling, exercising, and fostering dogs.
Rachel Wachtel, M.S., OTR/L
Rachel earned her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Georgia State University and her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Central Florida. She has completed her fieldwork in outpatient settings and acute care. Rachel has experience working with clients of all ages, multiple populations, and within a variety of settings. Rachel’s specific interest is in sensory integration and processing. She is a very creative person who enjoys planning therapy sessions that are fun and unique but individualized to each client. In her free time, Rachel enjoys training for different workout competitions and races, playing with her dogs, hiking, spending time with family and friends, and anything else outdoors.
Angelica Shaner, M.S., CCC-SLP
Angelica graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Montevallo and with a master’s degree from Valdosta State University. Angelica is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Speech-Language Pathology from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She previously worked in the Birmingham City School system serving children ages 4-13, as well as children of all ages in home bound setting. She has experience working with children and adults with Aphasia, Apraxia of Speech, Articulation Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Voice Disorders, ADD/ADHD, reading challenges, and receptive/expressive language delays. She enjoys making therapy fun and functional to meet the client needs. When she is not at work she enjoys being outdoors, exercising, traveling, and playing with her two cats, Pudge and Mally.
Maya “MJ” Burton, M.Ed., CCC-SLP
MJ Burton, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, earned both her master’s degree and bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia. Go dawgs! She has experience in the public schools, pediatric inpatient rehabilitation, pediatric private practice, and adult acute care. In a pediatric hospital, she has worked with medically-fragile children treating dysphagia, cognitive-communication disorders, voice disorders, and language disorders. MJ also has experience with evaluating/ treating speech sound, fluency, and social communication disorders and implementing AAC. Across all settings, she’s had the opportunity to work with bilingual children. She is passionate about working with English language learners, specifically Spanish-speaking children. Other areas of clinical interest include feeding/swallowing disorders and early intervention. MJ’s favorite part about the field is being a listening ear to both children and adults and providing support to families. When she’s not working, MJ enjoys re-watching her favorite TV shows, spending time with loved ones (including her Siamese cat), eating tacos, and exercising!
Carrie Punger, OTR/L
Carrie earned her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at New England Institute of Technology in Rhode Island. Carrie comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Carrie has practiced in school-based settings, private practice, and in an Autism Clinic. Carrie specializes in working with children to address sensory integration, reflex integration, and vision challenges. Carrie is trained in Brain Gym, Visual Rehabilitation for Pediatrics, and Primitive Reflexes. Carrie is a certified level 1 specialist in Handwriting without Tears and is trained in Bal-a-vis-X (a rhythm program that addresses visual tracking deficiencies and auditory imprecision, impulsivity, balance and anxiety issues). Additionally, Carrie has trained in RISE (Reflex Integration to Support Education. Carrie is additionally trained in Therapeutic Listening a program designed to impact the nervous system to increase attention, balance, body awareness and control, communication, social engagement and organization of sensory input and Astronaut Training, a protocol designed to provide precise input to all vestibular receptors, this protocol assists in integrating the vestibular-auditory-visual triad. Carrie has previously worked as a COTA and vision therapist. Carrie takes pride in creating a unique, personalized treatment experience for her patients. When not working and learning, Carrie enjoys time with her family and friends, spending time outdoors hiking and kayaking, learning to play the guitar, reading, journaling, and crafting of all types.
Sammi Nozick, M.Ed.,CF-SLP
Sammi Nozick earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences at Indiana University and a Master of Education degree in Speech Language Pathology at The University of West Georgia. Sammi has experience working with pediatric clients in both the private practice and school settings. She has served children with a variety of disorders including Autism, Developmental Delays, Childhood of Apraxia, Fluency disorders, Learning and Intellectual disabilities, Down Syndrome, Hearing Impairments, Expressive/Receptive Language Impairments, Articulation/Phonological Disorders, Feeding and Swallowing disorders, AACs, and Motor Speech disorders. Sammi has a passion for working with young children and has a particular interest in early intervention for treatment of language delays and articulation/phonology disorders. She is passionate about creating interactive and functional therapy sessions that are special to each individual child and their specific needs. In her free time, Sammi likes working out, spending time with friends and family, and exploring new restaurants around Atlanta. Sammi is thrilled to be a part of the experienced and dedicated GASLC team!
Alexis Howell, OTR/L
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