Amy currently works for the Scottsdale Unified School District, working with preschool children with communication disorders and delays. She has a contract position with Horizon Pediatric Therapy, treating school-aged children with communication disorders. Amy obtained her master's degree in speech-language pathology from The University of Northern Colorado in 2008 and a master's degree in elementary education from Northern Arizona University in 2003. She enjoys keeping current with speech and language evidenced-based practices while working with a variety of children with communication disorders. She has a special interest in Literacy and Language Development as well as Autism.
My name is Ashley Phalen, I graduated from the University of Arizona with my BS in Speech Pathology. I spent a year and a half in Wisconsin working with birth to three-year-old's at an early intervention program. After one Wisconsin winter I decided to come home to my family and the sunshine. Now I am back in Arizona as a licensed SLP-A and a graduate student at Northern Arizona University earning my masters in Speech Pathology. Outside of speech and language I love being active, running local races and practicing yoga are two of my favorite activities- besides being able to work with kiddos everyday!
Clarcie comes to Arizona after working in the Iowa schools for over 30 years. She holds a MA degree from the University of Iowa in Speech Pathology. Clarcie has experience working with infants through young adults with a diverse range of speech and language needs. Her experience includes therapy for children with autism, multiple disabilities, deaf and hard of hearing, learning disabled, physically disabled, articulation and language disabilities. Clarcie finds her work doing in home therapy rewarding and loves the opportunity to serve children and families in the Yuma area.
Cristie L. O’Toole, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a speech and language pathologist for Horizon Pediatric Therapy in Mesa, AZ. Cristie has a Master of Science degree in Communication and Sciences Disorders from the MGH Instititute of Health Professions in Boston, MA, a BA in Communications and a BA in Music from Edinboro University in Edinboro, PA.
Cristie has 7 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist working with preschool and elementary-aged children as well as adults. Cristie has experience working with a wide range of clients including, but not limited to, children and adults with: mild-severe expressive and receptive language delays, articulation disorders, apraxia, phonological disorders, mild-severe pragmatic difficulties, autism, fluency, epilepsy, executive functioning disorders, auditory processing disorders, reading and writing disorders, cerebral palsy, downs syndrome, TBI, dysphasia and aphasia.
Cristie was educated at the MGH Institute of Health Professions, in a program where the relationship between spoken and written language were greatly emphasized. The institute had a state-of-the-art Literacy Center located on campus working with children and adults with communication and reading difficulties.
Before working for Horizon, Cristie worked primarily as a speech and language pathologist in the school systems of Boston and Chicago. In the school system, Cristie was able to use her knowledge of written language to work with teachers in the classroom of students who were at risk for reading difficulties. She enjoyed watching the excitement from children as finally began to read and succeed. She also used her knowledge and skills in literacy to work in a private practice in Chicago treating both children and adults.
She has also used her expertise by serving as a clinical supervisor to graduate students from local universities. Cristie believes in the importance of sharing her knowledge with clinicians new to the field.
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.
Kristin Wallace studied Speech-Language Pathology at The University of Arizona and completed her Master's degree at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL in 2006. She has worked in the schools, hospitals, in-home, and in-clinic. As a result, she has a diverse experience with pediatric speech, language, feeding, and swallowing disorders. As a native Arizonan, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling to cooler locations.
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.
Meagan Topmiller is a veteran speech-language pathologist with more than 9 years of experience serving children from infancy and beyond. Meagan has worked in a variety of pediatric clinic settings to help children with a wide range of communication disorders meet their goals. Her varied experiences have helped Meagan develop insights and expertise that benefit her entire caseload. In addition, she specializes in the care and treatment of children on the spectrum.
My name is Nicole and I graduated in 2008 from Arizona State University with a BS in Speech Language Pathology. I have been working with pediatrics for almost 3 years now in the clinical setting as well as in the home. I have experience in pediatric language, speech and feeding. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my husband and 2 year old daughter.
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 just 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 young 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 varied ages and with a wide variety of diagnoses. Her areas of specialty include Early Intervention (working with children birth - 3 years old) and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). She is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) AAC Special Interest group. In 2010, she presented on "Implementing High-Tech AAC for Young Children with Multiple Disabilities" at The Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) National Conference in Chicago, as well as at the annual International Convention for The Foundation for Microcephaly. Sarah also has a lot of experience treating children with motor speech disorders, such as Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS).
In 1998, Sarah relocated to Tempe, Arizona from the Kansas City area. She loves living in Arizona and does not miss the Midwestern winters! In her free time, Sarah has the best time being Auntie to her nephew and two nieces, spending time with friends and family, playing outside and exploring Arizona. She loves to travel, is a bit of a technogeek and really enjoys photography - especially portraits, landscapes and travel photography.