Danielle Marino, MS, CCC-SLP

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 Hilts, MS, CCC-SLP

Lori Hare, MS, CCC-SLP

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!   

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).

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. 

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. 

Emily Batt,  MA, CCC-SLP

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. 

​Maria Evans, MS, CCC-SLP

Kim has been working with a diverse pediatric population for 18 years, primarily in the public school setting. She understands how important it is for family involvement and open communication to ensure child success and trust. Kim's specialties and interests include articulation, phonological disorders, social/emotional learning, pragmatic language (understanding and use of social skills), parent education, and phonemic/phonological awareness. She attended Florida State University’s College of Communication (Go Noles!), earning a Bachelor of Science in Speech Language Pathology in 1999 and a Master of Science in Communication Sciences & Disorders in 2002. Kim is licensed by the State of North Carolina and holds a national Certificate of Clinical Competence through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). When not working or spending time with her nine and twelve year old, Kim enjoys hiking, running, and traveling. She also enjoys attending classic car and motorcycle shows. Kim is very excited to be a part of the Dogwood Pediatric Therapy team and looks forward to working with your child! 

Kim Chase, MS, CCC-SLP

Ashley hamlett, MA, CCC-SLP

​Murray, certified therapy dog

Stacey Pendry, MA, CCC-SLP

Ashley graduated Cum Laude from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders and a Minor in Psychology.  She has a Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from Appalachian State University.  Ashley has experience in the evaluation and treatment of children with a variety of diagnoses, such as autism spectrum disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, Down syndrome, developmental delay, specific language impairment, articulation/phonological disorders, cleft lip and palate, feeding disorders, fluency disorders, written language disorders, learning disabilities, and oral motor impairments.  She is also skilled in utilizing augmentative communication devices.   Ashley has worked in private practice, home health, public schools, preschools, inpatient hospital, skilled nursing, and outpatient clinics.  She has training in “PECS” (The Picture Exchange Communication System), Visualizing and Verbalizing, and PROMPT (PROMPTS for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) and other areas of development, such as early literacy skills and feeding disorders, and enjoys collaborating with other disciplines to maximize her patient's abilities.  Ashley is passionate about making a difference in the lives of young children, and looks forward to the opportunity to build strong relationships with her clients and their families, while providing education and home strategies to help each child fulfill their potential!

Ashley 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.

Murray is a half Saint Bernard, half Standard Poodle cross, also known as a Saint Berdoodle.  He is originally from Tennessee, but moved to Raleigh at 8 weeks old to join his family.  Murray has attended Petsmart at Brier Creek for his undergraduate studies (Puppy, Intermediate, Advanced training), and there received his Canine Good Citizen certification.  He then pursued his graduate studies at Teamworks Dog Training, where he became a certified therapy dog by passing his Animal Assisted Therapy course, and graduated in the top tier (Advanced).  Currently weighing 100 lbs, Murray still has a little growing to do, but is very gentle, especially with children.  Murray and his teammate, Lori Hare, are a fully certified Animal Assisted Therapy team, and are excited to help the Dogwood team, on occasion, in working with your child and helping them meet their speech and language goals!  

In his spare time, Murray enjoys sleeping, short walks, and playing with his human siblings in the backyard.  He loves meeting new friends, both two-legged and four-legged, and is always ready to say hello!  Murray looks forward to meeting you, too! 

Caroline Crockett, MS, CCC-SLP

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. 

Natalia cordova, Ms, ccc-slp

Stacey is a native North Carolinian and lives in Durham with her husband and two children. She attended Appalachian State University, receiving a B.A. in Communication Disorders with a minor in Psychology in 2008 and a M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology in 2010. Stacey has worked with adults and pediatrics in a variety of settings, but is especially passionate about helping children! She believes therapy should be individualized, positive, and engaging. She strives to build a strong rapport with clients and their families, and offers practical ideas to help clients meet their communication goals. Stacey has experience working with children with articulation/phonological disorders, receptive-expressive language disorders, developmental delays, fluency disorders, auditory processing disorders and autism spectrum disorder. She also has training and experience with augmentative and alternative communication and speech generating devices. Stacey is licensed by the state of NC and is certified by the American-SpeechLanguage-Hearing Association (ASHA)

​Talisha Parker, Developmental Therapist

Danielle was born and raised in New York, where she attended State University of New York at Cortland to receive her BS in Communication Disorders. She then moved to North Carolina to complete her Master’s degree in Communication Disorders at North Carolina Central University. Danielle has worked with diverse populations and disorders, including language disorders, fluency, articulation disorders, apraxia, auditory processing disorder, and Autism, within a variety of  settings, including schools, daycares, skilled nursing facilities and clients’ homes. Having a strong desire to impact children within all ranges of communication abilities, Danielle has attended various workshops to expand her skills, including Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) workshops. Danielle’s interests within this vast field pertain to providing children and their families support to establish successful communication while fulfilling their optimum potential. Having a family member with a communication disorder of Aphasia, she understands the need and importance of collaboration from all members of a team to achieve the best possible outcome. She feels that, together as a team of  the child, family, speech-language pathologist, and any other additional professionals, they can create treatment plans and strategies to generalize throughout the child’s daily life and social interactions. Danielle particularly enjoys providing therapy and researching social communication and pragmatic disorders, and hopes to instill strength and confidence within all of the children she serves.

Danielle is licensed to practice in North Carolina issued by the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists and is a certified member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association.