Me & My Practice
"Breathe".... that's my montra and general "live by" principal. When we take a moment to actually breathe, things calm down and come in to focus. Space is made to accomplish what needs to be done. This perspective has definitely changed the way I move through life and practice.
Water...I love it! Can you tell? Some of my favorite places are pictured throughout my site including the Potomac River, Rehoboth Beach, the Amalfi Coast in Italy, the Danube in Budapest, and our neighborhood pool!
I have 4 children, all boys: Matthew, Jonathan, Timothy, and Christopher. They are 18, 16, 13, and 12. I love being a mom to boys! I feel it's one of my callings to raise good men for the world. Before all those boys came my husband, Mike. We first met when we were 18, isn't that crazy! I've been married over 22 years to a man who becomes the love of my life more and more every day. I am truly blessed with an amazing family. (Not perfect by any means, but none the less amazing).
I volunteer as often as I can in between work and being a mom. I really feel that giving back is essential. A desire to give back and help others is part of who I am at my very core. Maybe that's part of the reason I became a speech therapist. Our family volunteers together at Bethesda Cares. I also teacher a family centered religious education program and volunteer in the classroom.
I love reading and yoga. Most recently I've taken up a meditation practice which I highly recommend! Hence my mantra.
I obtained an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in Religious Studies and Bio-medical Ethics. I LOVED college and I don't regret my major at all. My ethics background influences my practice every day. After working for a DC area contractor for 1 year, I returned to school and received a Masters in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from the George Washington University. Lately I've been doing additional graduate level coursework through LaVerne University.
I started out working for the Montgomery County Infants and Toddlers Program. Later, I formed a very successful company, Sense-Ational Playtime, LLC. I closed up shop though when my 4th son was born. Now I'm just a small company which seems to work well for me and my clients. I'm a mom first, but make no mistake, I do love my job and I give my all. My home office atmosphere is very relaxed. While I am continuing with a small private practice, I also returned to MCPS in August 2014. I'm currently working at Carl Sandburg 2.5 days a week; I'm thrilled to be there.
I have extensive experience in the areas of oral motor development and apraxia. I am PROMPT trained and specialize in articulation therapy for children of any age. I also specialize in early intervention for children birth to 5. In the past I've run classes, social skills groups, and a summer camp for children with multiple special needs. In my latest endeavor, I am developing a series of home practice video clips to describe and model strategies for parents. Please let me know what you think!
I’ve also recently begun to explore animal assisted therapy and am working my dog Ollie to train him as a therapy dog. We may just volunteer together or he may become part of the way I practice some day…time will tell!
Over the past few years, I've expanded my work with the pre-teen and teen population, really focusing on speech and voice development as well as pragmatic language skills and strategies. I still work in early intervention and with elementary school age children as well.
I keep up with the latest research and best practices. That said, each person and family is unique and requires a unique approach. I don't believe one size fits all and I'll try anything I can think of to get results (and I do get results!). I only work off of word of mouth referrals. Which means I only get recommended if I do good work!
My pediatric practice is based on the belief that parents, teachers, therapists, and students should work together to empower each child to achieve his or her personal best. I am absolutely committed to this goal.
I do, on occasion, work with adults in the area of accent reduction, articulation therapy, and voice therapy.
I have tons of references; so if you'd like to talk with any, please ask!
I would welcome the opportunity to work with your family.
I am passionate about giving. I firmly believe if we all do a little, the world would be a truly better place. I am actively involved with A Wider Circle, SOME, and Bethesda Cares.
Our children are the volunteers and leaders of our future. Spark the Wave is a top notch organization that trains our youth for that future. They offer a fantastic summer camp that also provides SSL hours for middle school and high school students. I highly recommend that you check it out!