Our Therapists

SPEECH PATHways is proud to have a dedicated team of certified and highly trained speech-language professionals to offer clients the highest level of support in their pursuit of a brighter future.

Our Associates...

Karie Hadley, M.S., CCC-SLP
B.A., Pennsylvania State University, 1997
M.S., Communication Disorders, West Virginia University, 2000
M.S., Special Education (emph. technology in Special Ed), 2005
CCC, American Speech-Language Hearing Association
MD licensed Speech-Language Pathologist
karie.hadley@speechpathways.net

"Miss Karie" joined SPEECH PATHways in February 2005. Karie is "Level 2" trained in the PROMPT method and is certified in Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention (REI) as well as Interactive Metronome.  She has also completed the Lindamood-Bell Training Program and has a strong interest in the areas of reading and writing development.  She is a certified provider of the Fast ForWord® Programs.  She has a second Master’s Degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Assistive Technology. Karie has completed an 8-hour training course in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention. She is also trained and certified in the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment Program (LSVT).

Karie became a speech-language pathologist because she enjoys working with people and helping them reach their greatest potential. She finds it very rewarding to provide her clients with the necessary communication skills for life and helping people feel better about themselves. In addition to working part-time for SPEECH PATHways, Karie works in the Carroll County Public Schools. She was a Nominee for Outstanding Teacher in Carroll County for 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011!

Karie completes comprehensive testing for SPEECH PATHways and monitors clients on the Fast ForWord® program while pursuing her PhD.

Erica Hamilton, M.S., CCC-SLP
B.A., Towson University, 2004
M.S., Communication Disorders, Loyola College, 2006
CCC, American Speech-Language Hearing Association
MD licensed Speech-Language Pathologist

erica.hamilton@speechpathways.net

"Miss Erica" joined SPEECH PATHways in June 2008. Erica is trained in the PROMPT method and PECS. Erica has a strong background in working with children on the autism spectrum as well as other special needs populations. She works full-time for a special needs non-profit school in Baltimore and part-time for SPEECH PATHways.

Erica became a speech-language pathologist because she wanted to be part of a helping profession. She loves making a difference in the lives of the children and families that she works with.

Julie Kumpar, M.S., CCC-SLP
B.S., Elementary and Early Childhood Education,
Grove City College, 2000
M.S., Speech-Language Pathology, Loyola College, 2009
MD licensed Speech-Language Pathologist
julie.kumpar@speechpathways.net

"Miss Julie" joined the SPEECH PATHways team in May 2010, after completing her Clinical Fellowship Year working in the Carroll County Public Schools system. She was responsible for planning and implementing speech and language therapy services for children age 3 through grade five and developing IEPs. She completed a graduate externship at Speech Pathways in the fall/winter 2008.

Julie grew up in Harford County, MD. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in both Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Grove City College in 2000. She taught kindergarten for four years and first grade for two years in Abingdon, MD. Her first career as a teacher developed her interest in speech-pathology. Julie resigned from teaching in 2006 to pursue a Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. She received her M.S. degree from Loyola University in 2009. Julie is excited about infusing her knowledge and experience from her years in education to her career as a Speech-Language Pathologist.

Julie completed internships and externships at the Loyola Clinical Centers, Speech PATHways, and Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital and acquired a variety of skills and experiences. Beside her six years of experience in the classroom as an elementary teacher, Julie has provided therapy for many children and adults, including those with Apraxia, Down syndrome, Aphasia, brain injury, feeding disorders, deafness, and articulation disorders. She is one of our PROMPT trained therapists.

Julie has a passion for communication, literacy, and music. She loves working with children to help them and their families be successful. She is committed to partnering with parents and other professionals to help improve children's lives.

Julie resides in Westminster with her husband, Matt, daughter, Ellie, and yellow lab, Zoe. She is excited about working with the families at SPEECH PATHways.

Karen Dorbert, M.S., CCC-SLP
B.S., Towson University, 1989
M.S., Towson University, 1991
CCC, American-Speech and Hearing Association
MD licensed Speech-Language Pathologist
karen.dorbert@speechpathways.net

"Miss Karen" joined SPEECH PATHways in October 2010. Karen has worked as a speech-language pathologist for over 18 years. She is currently employed by Carroll County Schools in an elementary school setting. Karen's interests and areas of expertise include providing diagnostics and treatment to children with apraxia, hearing impairments, articulation disorders, specific learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, Down Syndrome, fluency disorders/stuttering, cerebral palsy, and cognitive disabilities. She has received training in the PROMPT technique (2 levels) and Kaufman methods. She enjoys collaborating with other therapists, educators, and family members in order to help develop the highest level of communication skills for children.

Karen finds enjoyment providing early intervention services to younger children and watching them grow and develop as effective communicators. She enjoys spending time with her family, four pets, and gardening/landscaping.

Amy McMahon, M.S., CCC-SLP
B.S., University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) 2005
M.S., Speech-Language Pathology, Loyola College 2009
CCC, American Speech-Language Hearing Association
MD licensed Speech-Language Pathologist

amy.mcmahon@speechpathways.net

"Miss Amy" joined SPEECH PATHways in January 2014. Amy acquired a variety of skills and experiences through internships and externships at the Loyola Clinical Centers, Baltimore County Public Schools and Johns Hopkins Hospital. Amy currently works for Baltimore County Public Schools with the adolescent population, grades 6-8. In this setting, Amy has provided therapy for children with autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, traumatic brain injury, cognitive impairment including treatment in the areas of pragmatic-social language, executive function, receptive/expressive language, functional communication (augmentative and assistive communication), apraxia, articulation, and fluency disorders. 

Amy has completed training in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention as well as in augmentative and assistive communication therapies, specifically in using iPad technology to improve functional communication.

Amy has also worked PRN (part-time) as a medical speech-language pathologist in subacute rehabilitation and long-term care with the adult population. Experiences there included diagnosis and treatment of patients with cognitive-linguistic deficits, dysphagia, dysarthria, apraxia of speech, and aphasia. Amy enjoyed working with an interdisciplinary team including occupational therapy, physical therapy, medical staff and patient families in order to improve quality of life and make therapeutic progress.

Amy has a passion for working with both children and adults, and is excited to help clients and their families at SPEECH PATHways. She resides in Baltimore County with her husband, Eric and black lab, Tango.

Ruthanne Scott, M.A., CCC-SLP
B.S., Towson State University 1996
M.S., Towson University 1999
CCC, American Speech-Language Hearing Association
MD licensed Speech-Language Pathologist
ruthanne.scott@speechpathways.net

"Miss Ruthanne" joined SPEECH PATHways in June 2010. After completing her clinical fellowship year as a school-based SLP in 1999, she worked as a medical speech and language pathologist in subacute rehabilitation and long-term care with the adult population. Experiences there included diagnosis and treatment of patients with cognitive-linguistic deficits; dysphagia; dysarthria; apraxia of speech; aphasia and; tracheostomy and ventilator patients. Ruthanne enjoyed being part of a multidisciplinary team (including occupational, respiratory, and physical therapists; dieticians; nurses and doctors) and interdisciplinary planning to achieve the best outcome possible for each individual patient. Also, she was an active participant in developing and implementing restorative dining and staff training programs.

In 2006, Ruthanne returned to the schools. She discovered that her experiences with adult neurological speech and language disorders and swallowing impairments had given her a unique perspective as a speech and language pathologist now working in pediatrics. She has called upon these experiences many times in order to develop the best possible treatment plan for her students. Ruthanne is trained in PROMPT and PECS and looks forward to continue her training in pediatrics. Ruthanne’s professional areas of interest include early intervention, speech fluency disorders in adolescents, and adult dialect modification. Ruthanne works in Baltimore City Public Schools with pre-kindergarten through 8 th grade as well as Head Start and at SPEECH PATHways.

Ruthanne is married with one son, Sammy, who has been the biggest influence on her as a speech and language pathologist to date. In her free time, Ruthanne enjoys working on renovating her historic home in Carroll County.

Anastasia Slovikosky, M.S., CCC-SLP
B.S., Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, Towson State University 1997
M.S., Speech Language Pathology, Towson State University 1999
CCC, American Speech-Language Hearing Association
MD licensed Speech-Language Pathologist
anastasia.slovikosky@speechpathways.net

"Miss Anastasia" joined SPEECH PATHways in September 2011. She received her Master's degree in speech-language pathology from Towson University in 1999, acquiring a variety of skills and experiences by completing internships and externships in Baltimore County Public Schools, Northhampton Manor Health Care Center, and Franklin Square Hospital's Subacute Rehabilitation Center.  Anastasia chose to pursue her career in the school system as she has a desire to work with children and finds great satisfaction in helping them become better communicators, as there is no greater joy than seeing the look of accomplishment on the face a child. 

Anastasia worked as a full time speech-language pathologist for Frederick County Public Schools for six years, developing an interest in autism spectrum disorders.  She was named Speech Pathologist of the Year in 2000 for Frederick County Public Schools and recognized by the director of special education in 2002 for "Giving the Best to Education."  After taking some time off to raise her three daughters, she returned to work, with Soliant Healthcare, as a contract speech pathologist for Carroll County Public Schools, which included time in two regional special education schools.  During this time, she gained a wealth of expertise providing diagnostics and treatment to children with apraxia, expressive/receptive language disorders, hearing impairments,  articulation disorders, specific learning disabilities, autism spectrum  disorders, Down Syndrome, fluency disorders/stuttering, cerebral palsy,  and cognitive disabilities. Additionally, Anastasia has completed training in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention as well as in Pragmatic Organizational Dynamic Display communication books.  Anastasia is excited to be part of  SPEECH PATHways and brings with her a strong background in school-based services and vast experience  working with children who are elementary and middle school aged. 

Anastasia resides in Taneytown with her husband and three daughters; they are awaiting the arrival of their newly adopted son.

Nicole Smith, M.A., CCC-SLP
M.A. Speech-Language Pathology, Loyola University Maryland, 2010
CCC, American Speech-Language Hearing Association
MD licensed Speech-Language Pathologist

nicole.smith@speechpathways.net

Miss Nicole joined SPEECH PATHways in December 2011. She received her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Loyola University Maryland in 2010, and completed externships in the Carroll County Public Schools and at Glade Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

She decided to leave the business world behind and chose a career as a SLP in order to help people of all ages to communicate. Nicole is currently in her second year as a Speech-Language Pathologist for Carroll County Public Schools. She has experience in providing treatment to children with Down syndrome, expressive/receptive language delays,
fluency disorders, articulation disorders, specific learning
disabilities, and autism spectrum disorders. Additionally, Nicole has completed training for the PROMPT method, Crisis Prevention Intervention, and Pragmatic Organizational Dynamic Display communication books.

Nicole spends her free time with her husband, daughter, son, and beagle!

Maureen Lapsa, M.S., CCC-SLP
B.S., University of Maryland 1978
M.S., Loyola University Maryland 2011
maureen.lapsa@speechpathways.net

Miss Maureen joined SPEECH PATHWAYS in June 2011. She completed a graduate externship at SPEECH PATHways in the winter/spring 2011.

In her previous career, Maureen earned her BS degree in nursing from the University of Maryland. As a registered nurse she has worked on the cardiac unit at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, DC, as an adjunct professor in the nursing program at Frederick Community College and a nurse coordinator in an ophthalmology private practice. She also served on the Board of Education of Frederick County as both a board member and as Vice President of the Board.

Maureen’s love of children and their language development led her to pursue studies for a MS degree in Speech Language Pathology at Loyola University Maryland. She earned this degree in 2011. Her clinical experiences include internships at the Loyola Clinical Centers and externships at Frederick Memorial Hospital, Oakdale Middle School (Frederick County) and SPEECH PATHways. Maureen has provided therapy for both children and adults with apraxia, articulation and phonological disorders, aphasia, autism, Down syndrome, dysarthria, traumatic brain injury, swallowing disorders and voice disorders.

Although Maureen is fascinated by all dimensions of speech and language, she is extremely interested in apraxia, cognitive development and executive function skills, post-concussion syndrome, and literacy.

Maureen lives in Adamstown, Maryland with her husband Tom. She is the mother of three adult children. In addition to spending time with her family, Maureen enjoys gardening, hiking and playing tennis.

Jocelyn Davey, M.A. (Certified Reading Specialist)
B.S., Russell Sage College, New York 1986
M.S., Reading Instruction, McDaniel College, 1998
jocelyn.davey@speechpathways.net

"Miss Jocelyn" joined SPEECH PATHways in September 2005. Jocelyn is certified by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) in Special Education and in Reading Instruction. Jocelyn offers complete reading assessment (Woodcock Reading Mastery Test) as well as individual and group tutoring. Jocelyn utilizes multi-sensory methods for reading instruction including Lindamood-Bell, Phono-Graphix, Wilson, Orton-Gillingham, MORE Program and others.

Jocelyn is a proud homeschooling mom of three children. Jocelyn enjoys teaching children to read and seeing the joy on their faces when things connect for the first time. She takes pride in the self-confidence that comes along when a child learns to read. Jocelyn’s infinite patience, perseverance and kind nature make her a one-of-a-kind teacher!

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