Our Staff

Mindy Elkan, M.A., CCC-SLP

Executive Director of Greater Atlanta Speech and Language Clinics & 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

Clinic Director of Greater Atlanta Speech and Language Clinics

IMG_3440Michelle 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 1 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.

michelle.needle@gaslctherapy.com


Lisa Crosby, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Lead Speech-Language Pathologist

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.  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.

lisa.crosby@gaslctherapy.com

Tori Dyer, OTR/L

Lead Occupational Therapist

Tori received her Bachelor’s 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 has received certification and training in the Learn-Play-Thrive Strengths Based Approach to Autism. She is certified by the state of Georgia to implement Physical Agent Modalities. In addition to working with GASLC, Tori works in a pediatric inpatient rehab setting. Tori has experience working with children with various disorders, including sensory processing disorder, developmental delay, Autism, ADD/ADHD, Down Syndrome, fine motor impairments, seizure disorders, and cerebral palsy.  Tori is trained in Blomberg Rhythmic Movement Training® for exceptional children.  Tori 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.  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. In her free time, Tori enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and goldendoodle, Maple.

tori.dyer@gaslctherapy.com


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.baum@gaslctherapy.com

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. 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.

deborah.giannotti@gaslctherapy.com


Jordan Telehany, M.S.,CCC-SLP

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.  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.

jordan.telehany@gaslctherapy.com

Kaitlyn Barker, OTR/L

KaitlynKaitlyn 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.  Tori 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. 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.

kaitlyn.barker@gaslctherapy.com


Julia Dupree, M.H.S., OTR/L

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Julia earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Science from the University of Georgia and then graduated from Augusta University with a Masters of Health Sciences in Occupational Therapy. She is certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. She previously worked at Archbold Medical Center and LeBonheur Children’s Hospital & Outpatient services. These experiences allowed Julia to gain experience in working with various diagnoses including Autism, Cerebral Palsy, fine motor delays, visual motor delays, and brachial plexus injuries. Julia is trained in Blomberg Rhythmic Movement Training® for exceptional children.  Julia 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. Previously, Julia has volunteered with mentoring programs for underserved communities as well as a ballet class which promoted inclusion of all children with disabilities to participate in dance programs. She has also worked as a preschool teacher, ballet teacher, and provided respite care for parents of children with special needs. Julia loves working with kids and their families to best serve their needs, and her favorite moment in therapy is when she sees the joy of a child accomplishing a new goal.

julia.dupree@gaslctherapy.com

Mary Elizabeth “Emme” Good, M.S., CF-SLP

EmmeMary 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.

 maryelizabeth.good@gaslctherapy.com


Leanne Hymes, M.S., PT

Leanne HymesLeanne 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.

leanne.hymes@gaslctherapy.com

Blair Englebert, M.C.D.,CCC-SLP

Blair received her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Communication Disorders from Auburn University. She has worked in both the private practice and public school setting with children ages three to nineteen years old. Blair has experience working with children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech, autism spectrum disorder, articulation/phonological disorders, expressive/receptive language disorders, fluency disorders and social pragmatic langauge disorders. Blair is trained in the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol (K-SLP) for Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Lindamood-Bell Visualizing and Verbalizing for Language Comprehension, and the SCERTS Model for working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families.  She has worked with Augmentative and Alternative Communication devices, specifically Language Acquisition through Motor Program (LAMP) and has experience evaluating and programming AAC devices. Blair is passionate about creating fun and engaging sessions to meet each client’s specific needs. Blair enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends and cheering on the Auburn Tigers!

blair.englebert@gaslctherapy.com


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.   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!

jessica.yeager@gaslctherapy.com

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.

lindy.udwin@gaslctherapy.com


Colleen Simon, PT

ColleenColleen 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.

colleen.simon@gaslctherapy.com

Emily Hohl, M.S.,CCC-SLP

GASLC HeadshotEmily earned her Master’s Degree at Saint Louis University and her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Georgia. Emily has completed fieldwork in the school system, medical setting, and early intervention programs. She enjoys working with children of all ages as well as adult clients. Her specific areas of interest include pediatric and adult swallowing as well as voice disorders.  Emily has experience treating clients with a wide range of speech, language, social communication, swallowing, cognitive communication, and voice disorders along with medically complex clients. Emily believes in making therapy fun and functional for each client allowing them to carry over progress to all settings. She also believes in utilizing evidence based practice for her clients and always continuing to gain knowledge in all areas of speech language pathology! In her spare time, Emily enjoys exercising, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.

emily.hohl@gaslctherapy.com


Erin Reynolds, M.Ed.,CF-SLP

Erin ReynoldsErin Reynolds, M.S., CF-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 area of interest includes pediatric and adult speech, language, neurocognitive disorders, and AAC.  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!

erin.reynolds@gaslctherapy.com

Maegan Krifchin, OTR/L

MaeganMaegan 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!

maegan.krifchin@gaslctherapy.com


Maggie Steranko, M.S., CF-SLP

Maggie SterankoMaggie 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 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.

maggie.steranko@gaslctherapy.com

Sarah Snedeker, M.S., CCC-SLP

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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.

sarah.snedeker@gaslctherapy.com


OFFICE ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Angie Monday (Business Manager) – angie.monday@gaslctherapy.com

Robyn Jacobs (Insurance Specialist), Sandy Donnenwerth (Medicaid and CMO Specialist), Gail Chanin (Insurance Coordinator) & Michelle Holt (Patient Care Coordinator)

Feel free to ask the staff any questions you may have, and they will direct you to the right person!