Lori is the owner of Dogwood Pediatric Therapy. As a practicing speech language pathologist, she has experience working with the pediatric population in a variety of settings, including clinical, schools, and in-home. Lori graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2004 with a BA in Elementary Education and concentration in Spanish. She taught briefly before deciding to pursue a graduate degree for Speech-Language Pathology, eager to work in a more personalized manner with children with special needs. Lori graduated from East Carolina University with her Master’s Degree in 2008, where she was awarded the Berbecker Fellowship for accomplishment, commitment, and skill in the allied health sciences. She has been working with children with speech and language needs ever since.
Lori is nationally certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and also holds North Carolina state licensure to practice speech pathology. Her areas of interest and expertise include working with children with developmental delays, articulation/phonological delays and disorders, and pragmatic/social communication disorders. She has vast experience working with children on all ranges of the autism spectrum and greatly enjoys working with this population. Another passion for Lori is working with families who speak Spanish, and she truly loves providing bilingual speech therapy services to Spanish speaking children.
In her free time, Lori can't get enough of her husband and two children. She enjoys camping, hiking, and kayaking, and can be found cheering on the New Zealand rugby team, the All Blacks, and the Pittsburgh Steelers!
Talisha graduated from Capella University with her Master’s degree in Psychology: Child and Adolescent Development in July 2015. In December 2016, she received her certification in ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis). Talisha has embraced her passion to work with children by teaching in child care facilities, including the Mariposa School and a Cary located Headstart, from 2006 to present. As a Lead Teacher, she has taught children from 3 months to five years old. Talisha has experience working with children and adults with various developmental disabilities in home and clinical settings. Talisha has a strong background in providing age appropriate activities to assist children in their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. She also has experience conducting workshops for parents, in which she provided different activities that can be utilized at home and in the community to assist their children in learning different concepts. Talisha truly enjoys working with children and helping them reach their goals, and is looking forward to the opportunity to help your child realize their full potential.
Kathryn is a Raleigh native and a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, with a BA in English and Psychology. She then went on to receive her Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from East Carolina University. She has experience in the public school system, hospital, clinic, home, and daycare settings, serving people across the lifespan who have diagnoses including autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, aphasia, traumatic brain injury, childhood apraxia of speech, learning disabilities, and hearing impairment. She especially enjoys working with young children who have articulation/phonological disorders or language disorders.
Kathryn is licensed by the state of North Carolina to practice speech language pathology and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in speech language pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is passionate about evidence based treatment and family involvement, supporting each child to make the most progress. Hearing families comment about a child’s improvement in communication is the best part of her job!
Natalia was born in Peru, South America and moved to the United States when she was six years old. She is fluent in English and Spanish. Natalia has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Disorders from North Carolina State University, and a Master of Science degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Natalia has thoroughly enjoyed working with the pediatric population for nine years in a variety of settings, including home-health and public schools.
Natalia is licensed by the state of North Carolina to practice speech language pathology. She also maintains a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Natalia’s areas of interest and expertise include working with Spanish-speaking families, children with Down Syndrome, children with developmental delays, articulation and phonological disorders, and English as a Second Language (ESL) learners.
Caroline is originally from Austin, TX and went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Auburn University and her Master’s degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas. She has experience in private practice and school settings, serving children from birth through high school age in previous positions in Brookline and Cambridge, MA. Caroline has worked with children with a variety of speech and language disorders, including autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, genetic disorders, articulation disorder, hearing impairment, stuttering, childhood apraxia of speech, and language delay.
While she is passionate about improving speech and language skills for all children, Caroline specializes in developing communication in children with autism spectrum disorder. She enjoys creating individualized treatment plans and strategies for each child, and believes that working with parents and caregivers is key for creating meaningful progress in her clients. Caroline strives to make each therapy session productive and engaging, focusing on developing positive, trusting relationships with each child. She is trained in behavioral and play-based treatment strategies, as well as augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) treatment including PECS and high-tech voice output devices. Caroline holds licenses to practice speech-language pathology from the state board of North Carolina and the American Speech-Hearing Language Association. In her spare time, she enjoys baking and spending time outside with her dog, Dallas.
Sarah has served children aged 1-18 with a variety of communication disorders. She grew up here in Raleigh, and became interested in speech and language therapy when her younger brother benefited greatly from treatment to address the speech and language issues caused by genetic disorders and autism. Sarah went on to earn her MS in Speech and Hearing Sciences from UNC-CH in 1998.
Sarah began her career working in a WCPSS elementary school, where she implemented a speech-language treatment program which served two preschool classrooms, two self-contained classes serving autistic children, one cross-categorical classroom, as well as the mainstreamed population. Since the birth of her own two children, Sarah chose to continue her therapy career working with children in home and community based environments. She specializes in highly individualized treatment, partnering with clients and their families to facilitate communication across settings. Sarah is licensed by the State of North Carolina and holds a national Certificate of Clinical Competence through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
Emily is a Long Island native who recently relocated to Raleigh with her husband and two young boys. During high school and college breaks, Emily worked as a Teacher’s Assistant at a local preschool for children with developmental disabilities which sparked her interest in speech and language therapy. Emily graduated from Loyola University in Maryland with a B.A. in Speech-Language Pathology and went on to receive her Master’s Degree from Queens College, City University of New York.
Prior to her move, Emily worked for nearly 11 years within a hospital based inpatient and outpatient rehab team, servicing a wide variety of pediatric patients ranging from infancy to adolescence. She has experience working with children with developmental language delays, articulation and phonological disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, fluency disorders, as well as speech and language deficits resulting from various neurological and genetic based disorders. She has also worked extensively with children with various oral motor, sensory, and behavioral feeding issues, and is passionate about neonatal and infant feeding development. Emily believes in a family-centered therapeutic approach, and providing families with education and strategies to maximize progress inside and outside of the therapeutic environment.
Emily is licensed by the state board of North Carolina and is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Maria is a speech-language pathologist with a passion for working with children. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders, and received her Master’s degree in speech-language pathology in 2012, both from Appalachian State University. Maria has experience serving a variety of populations from infancy to age 18, and works with a wide array of disorders, including articulation and phonological processing disorders; receptive, expressive, and written language delays and disorders; dysphagia and other feeding difficulties; stuttering, cluttering, and other fluency difficulties; childhood apraxia of speech; and speech and language difficulties secondary to traumatic brain injury, autism spectrum disorders, and genetic syndromes. Maria also has experience working in different therapeutic settings, including the home environment, in classrooms and daycares, and in private clinics. She has a particular interest in serving families of children diagnosed with childhood apraxia of speech.
Maria is licensed to practice in the state of North Carolina and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. In her free time, Maria enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and enjoying the outdoors. She currently resides in Wake Forest with her husband, two children, her golden retriever, and two cats.
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