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Carol Ray, M.A., CCC-SLP, Owner/Director
Carol graduated from Rollins College with a B.A. in Psychology and the University of Central Florida with an M.A. in Communication Disorders. Since 1993 she has been fortunate to work with children and families in a variety of settings including an adult/adolescent outpatient neurological rehabilitation facility, an early intervention center, and private practices serving children ages birth-18. She oversees intake, supervision, management and administration for all three PSLT locations.
Carol has particular interest in, and experience with, children who have motor speech disorders (apraxia/articulation disorders), Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), early onset fluency challenges, sensory integration disorders, early-literacy issues, and social-pragmatic difficulties. She is a Level II trained PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) therapist, and has been for several years. Recent continuing education has included coursework on RDI, Auditory Processing Disorders, Sensory Integration, and DIR/Floortime and other approaches to ASD, including the Burns course for experienced clinicians. Carol is a Certified Parent-Education Facilitator: for parents of children with language delay and for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Carol has also been a member of ASHA's special interest division for fluency disorders, as well as the supervision/management division.
When not at work, Carol can typically be found exploring the Pacific Northwest where she enjoys just about any physical activity that can get her outdoors. Traveling is another favorite activity, and she enjoys anything from a small weekend getaway to a long trip to a far away region. An avid animal rights advocate, you may also find her spending time engaged in activities to support and advocate for the welfare of all animals we have the pleasure of sharing the earth with. Otherwise, time is spent relaxing and enjoying the company of friends and family, with her husband, Eric, and their dogs, Jack and Juno.
Barriann Gram, M.S., CCC-SLP
Barriann graduated from Florida State University with an M.S. in Speech Language Pathology. She has specialized solely in pediatrics while providing communication and feeding therapy in a sub-acute pediatric rehabilitation hospital, in early intervention centers, and in private practice settings. Barriann sees children in the PSLT Bellevue office.
Barriann is a Level II trained PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) therapist as she has a special interest in the treatment of motor speech delays. Another area of clinical interest is Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). She has extensive training and clinical experience in assessment and intervention strategies for children with ASD. Barriann is proficient in the use of the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and various visual strategies to provide an augmentative means of communication. Barriann has workshop and clinical training in assessment and practical intervention strategies for pediatric feeding/swallowing disorders and in the implementation of sensory integration and neurodevelopmental principles and their impact on communication, feeding, motor and self-regulation skills of young children. She is also a certified instructor in the Hanen program, "It Takes Two to Talk." Barriann has particular interest in sensory based feeding issues and enjoys facilitating small group feeding treatment for kids with these challenges.
During her leisure time, Barriann enjoys traveling and engaging in outdoor activities such as running road races and hiking. She also cherishes spending time with friends and family.
Courtney Rebich, M.A., CCC-SLP
Courtney graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in Communication Science and Disorders and a M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology. Upon graduating, Courtney and her now husband moved across the country and decided that the PNW felt like home. After a brief move to San Diego, Courtney is excited to be back in Seattle.
Courtney has experience in a variety of settings including outpatient clinics, inpatient/outpatient hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, schools, and home intervention. She enjoys working in a team setting where the family is at the core. She also has experience working with children with a variety of diagnoses and communication disorders, including, but not limited to ASD, sensory processing disorder, traumatic brain injury, developmental and cognitive delay, feeding and swallowing, Down’s Syndrome, pragmatic difficulty, motor speech, receptive and expressive language delay, articulation and phonological disorders, augmentative and alternative communication,
and hearing loss.
Courtney is trained in Beckman Oral Motor invention, which uses assessment and intervention techniques to address weakness or high tone of the oro-facial muscles.
When she is not working, Courtney enjoys travelling and exploring the PNW with her husband. She also enjoys getting outside, doing yoga and playing volleyball.
Erin Lovelace, M.S., CCC-SLP
Erin graduated from the University of Nevada with a B.S and M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology. She then moved from Reno's snow to Florida's beaches, where she treated a wide variety of pediatric and adult clients. She headed back west and settled in Seattle in 2013. Erin provides intervention in the West Seattle and Wallingford clinics.
Erin's clinical skills are diverse. She has worked in private practice clinics, has provided home treatment for children ages birth-three, and has treated students in preschools, elementary schools, and middle schools. Erin has experience working with receptive and expressive language deficits, articulation and phonology deficits, adult and childhood stuttering, apraxia of speech, autism spectrum disorders, swallowing and sensory feeding difficulty, and voice disorders. She has participated in Hanen Parent Training sessions and has a range of continuing education experiences, including trainings related to pediatric feeding, Aspergers Syndrome, childhood apraxia of speech, management of challenging behavior, and much more. Additionally, she has taken several other courses related to motor speech disorders including the Kaufman Approach, and PROMPT. She enjoys collaborating with parents and other professionals, including Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, ABA therapists, and teachers, to provide the most effective intervention experience. Erin's favorite aspects of therapy are watching the happiness that children and families encounter when they can communicate more effectively or how a child's eyes light up the first time he enjoys a new food.
In her free time, Erin enjoys exploring all that Seattle has to offer. Trying new restaurants, checking out museums and live music, going for a hike, and enjoying the beach during the Seattle summer are a few faves. She also stays active by running, hitting the gym, and walking her two pups. Quality time with friends and travels to visit family round out her list of preferences.
Ginny Shayne, M.S., CCC-SLP
Ginny graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. in Education and Communicative Disorders, and with a M.S. in Communicative Disorders, Speech-Language Pathology. Over 26+ years, she has worked with pediatric clients within preschool, clinic and public school settings. Originally from the Midwest, Ginny has enjoyed living and working in North Carolina, the Kansas City area, Montana and Seattle.
Ginny has extensive training and experience in working with children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. Before moving back to Seattle in Fall 2015, she designed and supervised a comprehensive program of services for students with ASD in a Montana school district. This included creating and selecting appropriate curriculum, supervising and training paraprofessionals who supported students in a variety of learning environments within the schools, and providing intervention to develop student competencies in communication, play & social interaction, emotional regulation, early reading and math, and self-help/independence. She is also experienced with and passionate about early literacy and language development. She has experience working with children who have language/learning disabilities, and children who struggle with motor speech disorders. Ginny has completed Level 1 training in PROMPT, and has taken a course on the Kaufman Speech-to-Language approach. Ginny is skilled at facilitating augmentative communication (including PECS, early sign language, and use of speech-generating devices).
Ginny is also mom to a teenager preparing to leave the “nest”. In her free time, Ginny enjoys exploring parks, kayaking, attending festivals and other cultural events, and eating out at new places!
Julie Sadoff, M.Ed, CCC-SLP
Julie earned an M.Ed. in Speech Communication Disorders from the University of Virginia, a B.S. in Communicative Disorders from Utah State University, and a double B.A. in Spanish and International Relations from the University of California, Davis.
Julie has experience working with clients of all ages and in a variety of clinical settings, including inpatient acute care, sub-acute rehabilitation, and elementary, middle, and high schools. She has experience working with children who have variety of communication disorders and diagnoses, including articulation, receptive/expressive, fluency, and pragmatic language disorders. She has a special interest in working with clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and those who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices.
Before dedicating herself to the field of Speech-Language Pathology, Julie taught preschool and worked in a summer camp setting for several years. Whenever possible, she uses this background to emphasize the child-directed and play-based models in her therapy sessions.
Originally from San Diego, California, Julie has had the opportunity to live in many different places including Madrid, Washington D.C., Chicago, Minneapolis, Central Virginia, and San Francisco. Julie recently relocated to the Seattle area with her fiancée and is thrilled to be in the Pacific Northwest. In her spare time, she enjoys biking, traveling, baking, Zumba, and learning new languages.
Kaitlyn Hill, Administrative Assistant
Kaitlyn graduated with a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology and a B.A. in German Studies from Transylvania University. She is the administrative assistant for all three of our locations. Previously, she has worked as an Admissions Ambassador at Transylvania University, a social work intern in Fuerstenfeldbruck, Germany, and a school counseling intern in her hometown of Lexington, Kentucky. Most recently, she worked at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
Kaitlyn recently moved to Seattle from the East coast with her boyfriend and is so excited to experience the Pacific Northwest. In her free time, she enjoys writing, reading, hiking, traveling, and watching Disney movies.
M. Katheryn “Kat” Bark, M.S., CCC-SLP
Kat graduated with a B.A in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Western Washington University and earned a M.S from Idaho State University in Meridian, Idaho. Kat works in the PLST Wallingford and Bellevue Locations.
Kat has experience working with toddlers, pre-school, and school age children with a variety of communication needs, including autism spectrum disorders, expressive and receptive language disorders, apraxia of speech, social/pragmatic difficulties, articulation and phonological disorders, and children who use augmentative and alterative communication (AAC). Kat enjoys working with children of all ages with a wide range of disorders and diagnoses in private clinic setting.
Kat is trained in Beckman’s Oral Motor and has also taken a course in Rona Alexander’s assessment and treatment of children with Oral Motor, feeding/swallowing and respiratory function. She also enjoys providing feeding therapy.
Kat recently moved to Seattle with her golden retriever, Ollie, from Bozeman, Montana. She enjoys the beauty of the outdoors, fly fishing, snowboarding, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.
Melissa DeFaccio, M.A., CCC-SLP
Melissa graduated from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington, with a B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She has worked in a hospital pediatric outpatient clinic, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), as well as in a private pediatric speech therapy clinic.
Melissa has experience working with pre-school and school-age children with a variety of communication disorders, including receptive and expressive language disorders, motor speech disorders, autism spectrum disorder and augmentative and alternative communication. Melissa is passionate about working with children who have complex communication needs. Melissa works part-time in PSLT’s West Seattle location and part-time in the Wallingford location.
Melissa is trained in the Speech-EZ Apraxia Program, a structured therapy program designed to work with children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech and severe phonological disorders. Speech-EZ is a multi-sensory approach that incorporates visual, auditory, proprioceptive, gestural and tactile input in order to teach children the correct movement sequences for speech. Additionally, she has taken several other courses related to motor speech disorders including the Kaufman Approach, PROMPT (Level I trained) and recently attended the CASANA (The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of America) conference. Melissa is also a certified instructor in Hanen "It Takes Two to Talk". She has experience with a variety of AAC devices, and also enjoys providing feeding therapy in an individual or small group setting. She has attended continuing education courses/training (e.g., Affective Strategies to Address Pediatric Feeding Issues).
During her free time, Melissa enjoys running, playing soccer and spending time with friends and family all around Seattle!
Rebecca Hartness, M.S., CCC-SLP
Rebecca earned her M.S. in Communication Disorders and Sciences from the University of Oregon and her B.A. in Communications-Visual Journalism, Minor in Music from California State University, Fullerton. Rebecca has experience working with clients in a variety of clinical settings, including NICU, PICU, inpatient/outpatient hospitals, multi-disciplinary clinics, preschools, elementary schools, life skills classrooms, and home-based therapy. She has experience working with children who have variety of communication disorders and diagnoses, including (but not limited to): rare genetic syndromes, feeding and swallowing disorders, global developmental delays, motor speech disorders, stuttering, autism, hearing loss, craniofacial disorders, and cortical visual impairment. Rebecca is Level 1- PROMPT trained (PROMPTS for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) and has attended intermediate-level courses in feeding/swallowing therapy. In addition, Rebecca is experienced serving clients and families from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
Rebecca has special interest in craniofacial disorders, fluency, dysphagia, motor speech disorders, and early intervention. She enjoys working on a team and collaborating with caregivers, teachers, therapists and other healthcare specialists. Whenever possible, Rebecca loves to integrate her background and love for the arts with her work as a speech-language pathologist by incorporating music and creativity into her therapy practices. In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys running, rock climbing, yoga, photography, art, music, traveling, and studying new languages.
Stacy Buinevic, M. A. CCC-SLP
Stacy graduated from West Chester University of Pennsylvania with a M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology. Originally from Philadelphia, Stacy worked for many years in a Child & Career Development Center with pediatric patients of all ages. After her time in Philadelphia, Stacy moved to Austin and then worked within the Austin Independent School District. She recently then located to Seattle and joined PSLT.
Stacy has experience with children with autism, emotional disturbance, chromosomal abnormalities, functional communication/life skills, PECS, expressive/receptive language delays, apraxia, social/pragmatic difficulties, articulation/phonological disorders and AAC. Stacy is trained in PROMPT and Essentials of Daily Living.
Stacy is a well experienced traveler, she has visited 5 of 7 continents and backpacked through Europe twice! When not working, Stacy enjoys playing with her puppy Moose and adventuring with her partner Mike. Stacy and Mike were recently engaged in Mexico in February of 2016. Stacy also enjoys camping, hiking, yoga, photography and enjoying the Seattle area with friends and family.