Meet The Team
Sam is a graduate of Kent State University where she received a Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology. She is passionate about providing individualized, relationship-based therapy that includes each patient’s family in the process. She has had a special interest in working with non-speaking, minimally speaking, and unreliably speaking individuals on the Autism Spectrum since undergrad and is a registered Spelling to Communicate (S2C) practitioner. Sam also has years of experience working with preschool-aged children and treating Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). She firmly believes that therapy is not “one size fits all!" She opened Beyond Speech because she saw a need for a practice that truly presumes competence in all patients regardless of their diagnosis!
Emma, originally from Wooster, OH, received her Master of Occupational Therapy from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA and is an S2C Practitioner Emma is passionate about approaching therapy from a holistic, individualized point of view. She provides her patients with client-centered and occupation based interventions to promote their functional independence and participation in desired, age-appropriate tasks. Her professional interests include the following: sensory processing skills, fine and gross motor challenges, deficits associated with torticollis and achieving developmental milestones, visual motor and perceptual skills, self-care skills, feeding difficulties, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and more. Emma is also trained in Therapeutic Listening to further support those who experience difficulties with sensory processing skills. Emma is a practitioner who truly believes in meeting each person where they are [mentally, physically, and emotionally] and helping them grow to achieve their full potential.
Kristine is a licensed Intervention Specialist and a certified Wilson Language Provider. She has been in the special education field for over 25 years in some capacity. She has experience working as a direct care provider, job coach, paraprofessional and lead classroom teacher. Her areas of expertise include: life skills, social skills, and interoception. She has worked a large amount of her career providing strategies to help support Autistic students. Kristine knows the importance of establishing a rapport with all of her students and their families. She believes in open, frequent communication and looks forward to meeting new clients!
Amber is a student at Kent State University majoring in Speech & Language Pathology with minors in Psychology and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Amber's positivity, organizational skills, and eagerness to learn has been a huge help to us!