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).
Kaitlyn is a North Carolina native as she was born in Asheville and attended UNC- Chapel Hill where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Speech and Hearing Sciences. She went on to receive her Masters degree in Speech Pathology at the University of South Carolina. Following graduation, she returned back to NC where she has served the pediatric population presenting with a wide variety of diagnoses and difficulties in areas of Receptive, Expressive, and Pragmatic Language, Articulation and Phonological Processing, Fluency, as well as those related to a need for Augmentative and Alternative Communication methods. Kaitlyn has experience working in daycare, home, community-based and clinic settings. She is passionate about establishing positive relationships with and attaining meaningful outcomes for patients and their families. Kaitlyn strongly believes in the importance of an engaging, play-based/child-led therapy environment and strengthening functional skills necessary for completion of daily tasks and overall development. She works to empower and support all individuals involved in helping a client reach their full potential - placing importance on collaboration with parents/caregivers, teachers, and other treating professionals.
In her spare time, Kaitlyn enjoys time with her family (which absolutely includes her two pups) and friends, hiking, as well as traveling. Kaitlyn holds her license to practice speech-language pathology in the state of North Carolina alongside her Certification of Clinical Competence in speech language pathology 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 approximately 100 lbs, Murray 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!
More pictures of Murray can be found on his Instagram page at BigFurryMurray!
Tina is a native of Durham, North Carolina. After completing her undergraduate work at North Carolina State University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English, Tina continued on and obtained a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She then went on to earn her Master of Science in Communication Disorders from North Carolina Central University.
Tina is passionate about working with the pediatric population to support their speech, language, and social skills development. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings including daycares, community-based clinics, and the Durham Public School system. She has provided evaluation and treatment for children with diverse backgrounds and diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down syndrome, language and literacy delay, articulation and phonological disorders, intellectual disability, specific language impairment, and fluency disorders. Tina has recently completed training in Level 1 PROMPT (PROMPTS for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) and caregiver coaching and education. As a highly verbal and creative thinker, Tina loves to create engaging, play-based learning activities and interventions that are tailored to the specific child’s speech-language goals and interests.
In her spare time, Tina enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being in nature, reading and writing, and playing the violin. She loves all animals and is the owner of an indoor calico cat named Thumbelina.
Tina is licensed by the state of North Carolina to practice speech language pathology and is a certified member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.
Caty grew up in both Greensboro, NC and Wilmington, NC. She attended North Carolina State University where she double majored in Spanish and Interpersonal and Organizational Communication. After graduation, Caty lived in Queens, NY for one year to take part in a service program where she worked as an after school teacher for K-5th grade. After completing her year of service, she happily returned to NC to attend North Carolina Central University in Durham for her Master’s of Science in Communication Disorders.
Caty has experience working with children with a variety of diagnoses including Autism, Down’s Syndrome, Smith-Magenis Syndrome, intellectual disabilities, sensory processing disorders, global developmental delays, articulation and phonology disorders, and language disorders. Caty also specializes in feeding therapy for children with oral motor delays. Caty’s focuses on working with the culturally and linguistically diverse population, particularly Spanish speaking. Caty is fluent in English and Spanish and is passionate about the Latinx community having access to bilingual speech therapy services. She believes in making therapy fun and natural, while also providing the structure the child needs to be successful. Caty sees that play is the way children learn best and incorporates play into every session. Her ultimate goal is to connect and form a meaningful relationship with the child. Caty has taken courses on DIR 101 Training: An Introduction to DIR and DIRFloortime and TalkTools Feeding Therapy: A Sensory Motor Approach.
In her spare time, Caty enjoys spending time with family/friends, playing with her dog, trying new recipes, exercising, and reading. Caty is licensed by the state board of North Carolina and is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Samantha grew up in Jensen Beach, Florida and recently relocated from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida to the Raleigh area to be closer to family. She earned her Bachelor of Early Childhood Education from Florida Atlantic University in 2017 and went on to receive her Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Central Florida. Samantha has experience with various clinical settings including pediatric outpatient and acute care as well as adult acute care, outpatient, and intensive programs. She has treated a wide variety of pediatric diagnoses including prematurity, neonatal abstinence syndrome, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism spectrum disorders, feeding disorders, dysphagia, developmental delays, and speech and language disorders. In addition, she participated in the Intensive Comprehensive Aphasia Program during her graduate studies and gained invaluable experience performing pediatric modified barium swallow studies. Samantha strives to create a family-centered treatment program that is tailored to fit each child’s unique needs. She is passionate about giving everyone a voice!
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and kitty fur baby (Leo) and exploring the outdoors. She is also a sushi and coffee enthusiast!
Samantha is licensed to practice speech-language pathology in the state of North Carolina and holds a national Certificate of Clinical Competence through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
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!
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