Kelsey is originally a New Englander who received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Speech-Language Pathology through a rigorous accelerated program at Northeastern University in Boston, MA in 2015. Kelsey is licensed by the state of North Carolina and is certified by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association.

Kelsey has worked in pediatric private practice since 2015, first at a private practice outside of Washington, D.C, and most recently in Boston. Through both of these positions, Kelsey has served children birth to 22 in the home, school, daycare, and clinic settings. Kelsey has experience working with a variety of diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Dysarthria, Down Syndrome, expressive/receptive language disorder, fluency, articulation/phonological disorder, as well as a number of genetic and feeding disorders. Notably, Kelsey is trained in PROMPT for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT), Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding and Floortime, and has specific experience treating infants and toddlers with feeding difficulties, young children with apraxia, and school age children working on higher level language processing and reading.

Kelsey feels passionate about equipping children and their families with the tools necessary to achieve functional skills across settings.  She loves to incorporate play and child interest into therapy to keep learning motivating and engaging.  Working closely with families and caregivers are fundamental to her therapy approach.

Kelsey Thompson, ms, ccc-slp

​​Jillian nyswonger, MS, CCC-slp

Jillian graduated from East Carolina University in 2012 with a BS in English Education and English before finding her passion for the field of speech-language pathology. Continuing on as a Pirate, she then graduated with her Master’s degree in 2015. As a pediatric speech-language pathologist, Jillian has experience working with children with speech and language and feeding/swallowing disorders in both the inpatient and outpatient hospital settings. Jillian completed her clinical fellowship working with children with cleft palate, genetic syndromes, and complex communication disorders in Atlanta, where she served on the largest craniofacial team in the Southeast and gained an abundance of knowledge and experience. 

Jillian is licensed by the State of North Carolina and holds the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence. Her primary areas of interest and expertise include working with children with complex medical issues, cleft palate/velopharyngeal dysfunction, feeding/swallowing disorders, articulation disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, and acquired cognitive-communication disorders. Jillian has a passion for working with the pediatric population, and she finds such joy in watching her clients’ growth.  Jillian provides evidence-based, individualized treatment with a focus on caregiver training and collaboration to facilitate each child’s progress. 

Natalia Roberts, Ms, ccc-slp

Rebecca received her B.S. Degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from the University of Alabama and then continued on to receive her Gifted/Talented Endorsement from the University of Georgia. She taught preschool, kindergarten, and first grade for fourteen years and has since embraced her passion for working with the younger population by providing developmental therapy.  

After spending time at home with her young sons, Rebecca felt compelled to continue her work with young children and was motivated to begin providing developmental therapy.  She is passionate about working with children, and has thoroughly enjoyed the transition into working with families within their homes, helping children improve their overall emotional, cognitive, receptive and expressive language, social, and physical abilities.  Using daily activities to strengthen each child’s foundation in the different developmental domains is a joy for her.  Through her classroom practice and continuing education in the field of childhood development and education, Rebecca is able to provide an appropriate and nurturing learning experience for all children.  She values the unique nature of each child and family dynamic.  Rebecca truly believes there is nothing more satisfying than seeing a child growing towards his or her 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. 

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!

​Rebecca Barry, Developmental Therapist 

​kathryn Schmidt, ms, CCc-slp

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).

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!   

​Talisha Parker, Developmental Therapist

Sarah Hilts, MS, CCC-SLP