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Speech Therapists



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.  



Barbara is a native Arizonian. She graduated from Arizona State University with a BS & MS in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology and teaching certificate (certified K-12); a Ph.D. from University of Kansas, Lawrence Kansas in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology and a Post-doctoral in Special Education from the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. She has Emeritus standing with the American Speech Language and hearing Association, a Certificate of Clinical Competence and has been a clinician for 45 years.

While living in Canada, she served as president of the Ontario Speech and Hearing Association and was associated with the Group Health Centre as Clinical Director of the Department of Communication Disorders and with the Sault Ste. Marie Board of Education as a consultant.

Barbara specializes in work with person diagnosed as autistic and those with cognitive disorders. She loves working with families and her caseload is generally with older children and young adults.

Barbara has duel citizenship with Canada and the U.S. and is married to a Canadian. They have three children, eight grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren and live in Gilbert, AZ



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.



Cathy holds a Master of Science degree from Eastern New Mexico University and has been treating children of all ages since 1992.  She worked for several years in the public school system and in Early Childhood and Preschool programs, both home and center-based.  She also worked for several years on an Infant and Preschool Evaluation team, gaining valuable information regarding early development from multiple disciplines in the process.

Recognizing a need for practitioners in the area of Behavioral Feeding (food refusal), Cathy obtained specialized training specific to this issue in 2004 and has been practicing, with great success since.



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.

 



Jenae received her bachelor's degree in Linguistics from Brigham Young University, and she graduated with her master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Northwestern University in 2010.  Since graduation, her work has focused on evaluating and treating a variety of diagnoses within the pediatric population.  She completed her clinical fellowship at a multidisciplinary clinic in Chicago, and she spent several years working in the early intervention systems in both Chicago and Boston.  Jenae is the mother of two little boys, and she enjoys baking, hiking, reading, and yoga.




Jessica received a BS and MA in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Northern Colorado. Prior to that, she completed a BS in Business Management at Colorado State University. She began her career as an SLP in 2013. Jessica enjoys working with all ages and diagnoses, but has a particular interest in fluency disorders. She completed an internship at a clinic in Denver for people who stutter in 2013 where she discovered her love and passion for working with those who stutter. When she is not spending time with her amazing clients, Jessica enjoys running, baking, and spending time with her husband and two dogs, Fiona and Penelope.



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).   



Kristen is originally from a suburb of Chicago and moved to Arizona in July 2016 to get away from the cold winter weather. She attended Indiana University for her undergraduate degree and then went on to the University of Kansas to earn her Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology in 2014. Kristen enjoys working with all ages and diagnoses, but has a lot of experience working with children who use a variety of communication devices to meet their wants and needs. When she is not working as a speech therapist, you might find her teaching Jazzercise, cooking or baking, spending time outside hiking, and exploring everything Arizona has to offer!!



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.

Melissa 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.



Rachel graduated from The University of Arizona in 2014 with a B.S. in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and recently completed her M.S. in Communication Disorders at Arizona State University. There, she worked with a wide range of clients but discovered her passion in working with infants, children, and young adults with a variety of communication abilities. She is especially interested in feeding therapy, early intervention, preschool age, and children with Cleft Lip/Palate, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Down syndrome. She enjoys photography, working out, hiking, camping, dancing, baking, crafting, and spending time with her friends and family (especially her adorable niece and nephew). She is ecstatic to join the Horizon team!.



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, piano 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.



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.



Stephanie is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Feeding Therapist who received a B.S. in Speech and Hearing Science in 2013 and a M.S. in Communication Disorders in 2015 from Arizona State University. She enjoys working with clients of all ages and disorders but has a special interest in feeding therapy and early intervention. She enjoys playing board games, hiking, dancing and spending time with her family and friends.