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.


Jenny Hardesty, M.H.S., SLP

Jenny HardestyJenny earned her Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders from Governors State University in Chicago and a Bachelor’s in Speech, Language, and Hearing from the University of Kansas. She is trained in Applied Behavioral Analysis and has experience working with both pediatric and adult populations and has worked in a variety of settings including home-based, public school, and skilled nursing facilities. Jenny’s special interests include working with all ages with Autism Spectrum Disorders, language and learning disabilities, expressive and receptive language delays, auditory processing disorder, articulation concerns, phonological disorders and limited social skills.  Jenny is trained in the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol (K-SLP) for Childhood Apraxia of Speech.  She enjoys developing a trusting relationship with each of her clients and builds on their interests to make therapy an enjoyable and meaningful experience. Jenny believes that collaboration with family members and other professionals working with her clients is key to their success.

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.

Danielle Copeland, OTR/L

Danielle Copeland

Danielle graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with her Bachelor’s degree in community health. During her time at FGCU, she gained a sense of community through outreach programs working with kids of various abilities. After graduating, she moved to Pennsylvania to peruse her Masters of Occupational Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh. During her time at Pitt, her love of working with children continued to cultivate working at Camp Woodlands with kids who were ventilator dependent. Since graduating Danielle has worked in both adult and pediatric inpatient rehabilitation. She enjoys watching children grow and flourish and becoming their best self. She truly believes that nothing is impossible with determination. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband in the mountains.


Nafees Rahman, M.S., OT/L

Nafees has over 15 years of experience in the field of occupational therapy.  Nafees has worked in a variety of settings including private practice, outpatient facilities, home health, hospitals, and schools.  Nafees enjoys working with both adults and children to improve the quality of life by increasing levels of independence in all environments.  Nafees holds a masters degree in Occupational Therapy from Medical College of Ohio and holds a license to practice in the state of Georgia.  Nafees is trained in Revolutionary Yoga Rehabilitation, DIR/Floortime, and Handwriting without Tears.  Nafees is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and has published work in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy.

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.


Lisa Shaw, PT, C/NDT

Lisa graduated in 1998 with honors with her degree in Physical Therapy from The University of Tennessee, Chattanooga.  She has specialized in pediatrics for 19 years and is certified in NDT (Neuro-Developmental Treatment).   She began her career in Winston-Salem, NC where she worked in pediatric inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation as well as in a Developmental Evaluation Clinic for Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.  Since moving to Atlanta in 2004 with her husband, she has worked in early intervention, acute care and NICU at Scottish Rite, and with private clinics providing clinic and home based care.  She is experienced in a wide variety of diagnoses including developmental delay, toe walking, torticollis, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Down syndrome, and other neurological, genetic, and musculoskeletal issues.  She uses Mary Massery techniques to treat respiratory conditions including inhalation and exhalation difficulties, poor phonation and voicing, as well as diaphragm and ribcage disorders.  She has extensive continuing education in pediatric therapy and specializations including NDT, myofascial release, respiratory function, musculoskeletal deformities and orthopedics, orthotics, sensory integration, adaptive equipment, wound care, and TheraTogs.

Lisa feels so blessed to work in pediatrics and is passionate about helping each child reach his or her potential, with a focus on each family’s individual needs.  She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Physical Therapy Association of Georgia, and the Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association.  Lisa lives in East Cobb with her husband and 3 children who are in elementary and middle school, and enjoys spending time with her family, driving her children all over the place, studying Pilates, and playing the flute.

Maggie Hoffman, M.S., CCC-SLP

Maggie earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the Pennsylvania State University and her Master’s Degree from La Salle University in Philadelphia.  Maggie is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in the state of Georgia as well as in Pennsylvania. She also holds a teaching certification in Pennsylvania. Previously, Maggie worked at The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. She has extensive experience working with the deaf or hard-of-hearing, as well as therapy related to audition via hearing aids and cochlear implants. She is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) and able to provide therapy in ASL alone for clients who utilize ASL as their primary form of communication. Maggie has also worked intensely with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and creating functional communication through spoken language as well as by using Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).  Maggie is trained in the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol (K-SLP) for Childhood Apraxia of Speech. She has worked with a variety of developmental disorders and tries to develop communication systems that are functional for each child. Maggie believes that generalization across multiple settings is the key to success and loves discussing therapy techniques with parents.


Bree Houlihan, M.S., OTR/L

BreeBree received her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth Minnesota and a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology and Health from Iowa State University.  Bree is registered and licensed in the state of Georgia.  Bree enjoys working in the outpatient pediatric setting and is driven to facilitate growth and independence in children of all ages and abilities. Her main priority is developing long-lasting, and positive relationships with her clients and their families.  In her free time, Bree enjoys hiking, painting, reading, and playing with her dog, Luella.


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.

Kaitlin Albritton, M.S., CCC-SLP

Kaitlin obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Mississippi and her Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Alabama. Kaitlin is a licensed, certified Speech Language Pathologist in the state of Georgia and is ASHA certified. She previously worked with students with a variety of speech and language disorders within the Coweta County School District. Kaitlin also has experience working with children and adults in the outpatient clinical setting. She has worked with students with speech sound disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, a variety of genetic disorders, and receptive and expressive language disorders.  Kaitlin is trained in the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol (K-SLP) for Childhood Apraxia of Speech.


Neelam Machiwalla, M.S., OTR/L

Neelam has completed her masters in Occupational Therapy from India. She has more than 9 years of experience working with students in both Cobb and Paulding County school systems.  Neelam also has 14 years of experience working with geriatric patients in a skilled nursing facility.  She enjoys evaluating and treating children with a variety of developmental disabilities, as well as evaluating and treating various orthopedic and neurological patients. She particularly enjoys working with children with Autism, emotional behavior disorders, sensory integration disorders, visual motor impairments, fine and gross motor delays, and self-care deficits. She looks at the child as a whole and provides tools/resources to parents to work with them at home as it is a important part of their progress in her opinion.


 

OFFICE ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Angie Monday, Cheryl Brambrut, & Katie Killian

Angie Monday is the insurance and billing manager.  She will answer any financial questions, billing and insurance.  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.  Katie will verify your insurance benefits for you and help you with insurance questions.  Feel free to ask the staff any questions you may have, and they will direct you to the right person!
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