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Speech Therapists

April has been a Speech-Language Pathologist since 2005, providing speech and language services in the public-school system for children ages 2 to 18. She earned her bachelor's degree in Speech and Hearing Science from Arizona State University. April attended Nova Southeastern University and graduated with honors as she received her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

She has extensive experience evaluating and providing speech therapy for children with various types of communication disorders, including those involving articulation, expressive/receptive language, Autism, developmental delays, Down syndrome, traumatic brain injury, fetal alcohol syndrome, cerebral palsy, auditory processing, and emotional disabilities. April is a strong believer in collaborating with parents and in offering suggestions about how to integrate language-rich activities through daily routines.

"Each day in this profession brings a new challenge, and I enjoy the opportunity to use my experience and creativity to tailor therapy to each child's individual needs and personality while keeping it motivating, beneficial, and fun! I truly believe that there is no job more rewarding."

Barb earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 1989 and her Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 1990 both from Illinois State University.  She has experience with both children and adults in a variety of settings.  She enjoys working with children and young adults with expressive and receptive language disorders, articulation, auditory processing disorders, cerebral palsy and down syndrome.  Barb holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence and has been a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association since 1990.  

Most recently, she was a substitute teacher for grades K-8 in Colorado before moving to Mesa, AZ.  She and her husband enjoy going to their 3 kids' activities.  (Derrick at ASU, Mark at UofA, and Maddie, a student at RMHS).  Barb also enjoys taking long walks with her dog and entertaining family and friends when they come to AZ to visit.  

Beth received her Master's degree in Communication Disorders in 1993, from Arizona State University. She has been a Speech Language Pathologist for over 20 years, and has experience with both adults and children in a variety of settings. Beth has extensive experience in the area of feeding, but enjoys working with a diverse clientele. She lives in Gold Canyon with her husband and two teenage daughters, and enjoys yoga and hiking.

Chelsea Brown has been a SLP-A since 2014. She graduated from Arizona State University with her Bachelors of Science in Speech and Hearing with a minor in Small Business, as well as the completion of the Speech Language Pathology Assistant Program in 2014. She has worked as a SLP-A in the clinic, home-based and school settings. She is currently in her final year of the part-time, summers only, graduate program at Northern Arizona University. She is excited to graduate with her Masters of Science in Communication Disorders in May, 2018.

"I love working with children for many reasons. I love to watch their growth and see progress in their communication abilities. I am continuously learning from their perseverance, sweet attitudes and positivity. There are challenges, and every day is an adventure. While I hope to be able to impact their lives, it never ceases to amaze me how much they impact mine."

"I enjoy hiking, traveling, and experiencing new foods, places and cultures. I like to collect rocks, garden and spend time outdoors. I have a sweet German shepherd and a rabbit that I like spending my time with, as well as my family and friends."

Denice was a lifetime member of the Central Virginia community until recently. Denice's work experience is vast and varied. She has served clients of all ages with speech-language-hearing-cognitive-swallowing disorders for over 35 years in private practice, hospitals, skilled nursing homes, outpatient rehabilitation, university, telepractice and home health settings. Denice enjoyed supervising graduate students develop clinical skills in the Department if Communication Sciences and Disorders at Longwood University.

Denice received her Bachelor's of Science degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology in 1974 from Madison College and her Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 1992 from Radford University. Due to her academic achievement, she was inducted into the Phi kappa Phi Honor Society in 1992 and became a lifetime member.

Denice became a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in Virginia in 1992, California and Arizona in 2016. She received her Clinical Certificate if Competence from ASHA in 1993. After receiving her certification in Auditory-Verbal Therapy in 2003 from Auditry-Verbal International, she met the certification requirements for the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language when they became the accrediting institution in 2006 and has continued to maintain her certification via continuing education each year since 2003.

Denice is passionate about helping children experiencing speech-language-hearing disorders reach their maximum potential and empowering their families in ways to help them reach their goals at home. She is constantly inspired by her clients as they work to acheive their communication goals.

Denice enjoys donating her time to organizations who promote concepts near and dear to her heart such as Special Olympics and animal welfare groups. In her spare time, Denice loves to play with her Saint Bernard, Dante, read, practice her Spanish and travel the Americas. Most of all, she strives to live a life full of peace, love and harmony.

Donna is a Canadian born Arizona resident. She received her Master's degree in Communication Disorders in 1994 from Minot State University and has been a Speech Language Pathologist for over 20 years. Donna has experience working with and advocating for clients at all levels from in-person to presidential. Her passion is to work closely to empower clients and families. Donna has extensive experience and training in the area of feeding, but enjoys working with a diverse clientele. She lives in Gilbert with her husband and two teenage daughters, and enjoys yoga and hiking.

Heidi is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Feeding Therapist who received a B.S. in Education, SLP at Baylor University and a Masters Degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Northwestern University. ASHA certified and practicing for over 20 years, she has worked with a diverse clientele with an emphasis on early intervention and feeding. She has been trained in the Sequential Oral Sensory Approach (SOS) to feeding, the Beckman Oral Motor program, and Chain Feeding. The mother of 3, she enjoys traveling with her husband and creating jewelry.


Kim Schulze has been working as a Speech-Language Pathologist since 1998.  She obtained her B.S. in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Tulsa and her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of North Texas.  Kim has worked in various settings throughout Texas, Nevada, and Arizona, including public schools, charter schools, private schools, home health agencies, an outpatient adult rehabilitation center, and specialized programs for children with hearing impairments and children with Down Syndrome.

Currently, Kim works in Gilbert Public Schools and contracts with Horizon Pediatric Therapy after school hours.  She specializes in working with preschool-aged children and children with autism (aged 2-18 years of age).   

Laurie received her Master’s degree in Communication Disorders in 1993, from Arizona State University.  She has been working as a speech-language pathologist for 20 years, and has experience with both adults and children.  Her specialty areas are feeding disorders, and early intervention. She is also a board certified holistic health consultant.   Laurie has been married for 22 years and has 2 teenage children.  Her passion is healthy, happy living.

Marisa has a B.S. in speech and hearing science from Arizona State University and a M.A. in speech language pathology from University of Minnesota. She has several years of experience working with children with special needs. Marisa provides speech therapy to children of all ages with a variety of diagnoses. She also has experience in feeding therapy.


Melissa graduated from Estrella Community College in 2012 as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant with Phi Theta Kappa honors.  She was introduced to rehabilitation services in 2009 when her granddaughter suffered a brain injury. So, she left her medical career of 20 plus years to pursue a career in rehabilitation and speech.  Melissa studied American Sign Language as her foreign language and has additional course work in deaf studies. She spends her free time with her husband, two sons, and three grandchildren. She enjoys movie nights, playing board games, and late night dramas on TV.

Ryan graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Music Therapy and began working as a Board Certified Music Therapist. He obtained his certification as a Neurologic Music Therapist from Colorado State in 2009. Ryan has also completed his certification as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant through Northern Arizona University. In addition to these roles, Ryan has been in Chinese Kenpo Karate for over a decade through the city of Tempe. He is the choir director at his church, and also gives private trumpet and guitar lessons. He lives in Mesa with his wife and two children.

Sarah has been practicing as a pediatric speech-language pathologist since 1995. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education at The University of Missouri-Columbia, and then received her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from The University of Kansas. 

Sarah has experience treating children of all ages, with a wide variety of diagnoses. Her areas of specialty include Early Intervention and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). She also has a lot of experience treating children with motor speech disorders, such as Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS).

As an AAC Specialist, Sarah has extensive experience training families and teams (therapists, teachers, respite/hab providers, etc) who work with individuals of all ages who use high-tech communication (AAC) devices. In addition, she serves as an evaluator for one of the AAC Evaluation Teams in Arizona. In recent years, she has gained experience working with adults who have ALS (a.k.a. "Lou Gehrig's Disease") who have a need for high-tech eye gaze communication devices.

Sarah has presented nationally, on AAC-related topics, at The Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) National Conference in Chicago (2010), at the Annual International Convention for The Foundation for Microcephaly (2010) and at the National Down Syndrome Congress Convention (2015), and locally for the Down Syndrome Network of Arizona - Early Intervention series of Seminars (2013). She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) AAC Special Interest Group 12.

Sarah currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Down Syndrome Network of Arizona www.dsnetworkaz.org, and helps to lead a national photography community www.photoadvclub.com.

In 1998, Sarah relocated to Tempe, Arizona from the Kansas City area. She loves living in Arizona and does not miss the Midwestern winters! She enjoys being Auntie, spending time with friends & family, travel, photography & hiking.

Shana is an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist who received her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Old Dominion University in Virginia in 2013 and her MS.Ed. in Speech-Language Pathology from ODU in 2015. Shana has experience working with the pediatric population providing treatment in the areas of articulation, receptive/expressive language, Autism, pragmatics, velopharyngeal insufficiency, selective mutism, fluency, and hearing impairments. The summer of 2017 she returned to the desert to enjoy Arizona’s climate, sun, and lifestyle.

Additionally, Shana has worked with the adult population providing treatment for those with aphasia, dysarthria, dysphagia, dementia, cognitive impairments, traumatic brain injuries, and other neurological conditions. The summer of 2017 she returned to the desert to enjoy Arizona’s climate, sun, and lifestyle.

Shana brings enthusiasm and compassion to her patients and makes every attempt to incorporate parents and families in treatment plans to facilitate positive outcomes and success for each patient. In her free time, Shana enjoys spending quality time with her husband, two boys, and dog.

Shannon Stillwell first attended Middlesex County College in Edison, NJ where she studied modern languages. She graduated from MCC in 1999 and began the speech language sciences program at Kean University in Union, NJ. She obtained her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Kean in 2002 and 2004. She began working as a speech pathologist in the Warren County school district in NJ for two years. She moved to AZ in 2006 and worked one year in the Tolleson School District. At the same time, Shannon began per diem work at a small clinic and fell in love with the structure of the clinic setting. She has worked in the clinic setting since 2006. She loves the one-on-one time spent with each individual child and appreciates the constant family contact and communication the clinic provides.

After nine years of being a speech pathologist, Shannon's favorite population to work with is early intervention (children aged 1-3). She has the most experience with children with language, articulation and auditory processing delays. She has also worked with children with oral motor and feeding (sensory and behavioral based) difficulties. She also enjoys consulting with other people involved in a child's care (i.e. occupational, physical therapists, etc...) and giving recommendations and home programs to parents.

When not at work, Shannon enjoys traveling, shopping, and spending time with her husband, a physical therapy technician. They have two dogs and enjoy spending time with family and various outdoor activities.

Background/Education: Tamara earned her Bachelor of Science in 1999 and Master’s Degree in Speech- Language Pathology in 2002 both from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She moved to Phoenix, AZ where she began her career working with children of all ages and a variety of speech/language diagnoses within the pediatricpopulation.

What you love about working with children: Special interests of hers include working with children with apraxia, expressive/receptive language disorders, articulation and phonological disorders and fluency. She loves integrating a playful, fun therapy style to see the kids light up while they learn!

Personal Interest/Hobbies: Personal interests include studying the impact of nutrition and holistic health on early child development. She spends her free time with her husband and son and also enjoys cooking and entertaining visiting friends and family.