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 manages both 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. Carol is also an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. Otherwise, her time is spent relaxing and enjoying the company of friends and family, with her husband, Eric, and their dog, Juno.
Aimee Fertman, M.A., CCC-SLP
Aimee has a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Rush University in Chicago and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Washington. During her professional career, Aimee has focused on working in private practice settings, and has had the opportunity to work with a variety of populations and disorders including children diagnosed with receptive, expressive and pragmatic language disorders, articulation and/or phonological processing disorders, and oral motor/swallowing disorders. Additionally, she has cultivated a professional focus and special interest in working with children who have voice disorders and stuttering/fluency disorders. She is a Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) LOUD Certified therapist. Aimee works in our Wallingford clinic.
Outside of work, Aimee lives on her 53 foot sailboat with her husband, Danny, and their dog, Charlie. For fun she enjoys hiking, sailing, and creating art.
Amber Michaelis, M.A., CCC-SLP
Amber graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Master of Arts in Speech and Language Therapy. She has experience working in a variety of settings including private practice, hospital inpatient and outpatient clinics, and preschool. She works in our Wallingford office.
Amber enjoys working with children of all ages, and has particular interest in working with children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), language disorders, executive functioning deficits, and feeding disorders. She is also PROMPT trained.
When not at the office, Amber spends her time rock climbing, hiking, surfing, and simply appreciating all the beautiful Northwest has to offer!
Barrett Porter, M.S., CCC-SLP
Barrett received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences with a minor in Human Development from Washington State University. She then went on to graduate from Arizona State University with a Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders. Barrett has provided speech and language services in several different settings including private practices, public schools, pediatric acute care and outpatient hospital settings. Barrett works with a variety of children including but not limited to those diagnosed with receptive and expressive language disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, apraxia of speech, articulation and phonological disorders, and social pragmatic disorders. She enjoys working with a variety of ages and diagnoses, but especially enjoys working with young children diagnosed with expressive language disorders. Barrett is passionate about working alongside parents and caregivers to facilitate a child’s ability to communicate with those that they love and with the world in which they live.
Barrett works in our Wallingford location.
When she is not working, Barrett enjoys hiking and being outdoors, volunteering, and watching football.
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 clinic.
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 hikes, 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 an M.S. in Communicative Disorders, Speech-Language Pathology. Since 1989, she has evaluated and worked with pediatric clients 1- to 14-years of age in early intervention, public school, and clinic settings.
Ginny has extensive training and experience in working with children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders, including augmentative and alternative communication. In addition, she designed and supervised a comprehensive program of services for students with ASD in a Montana public school district. Within this program, Ginny trained and supervised paraprofessionals in delivering individualized instruction in the areas of reading, math, fine motor/handwriting, and self-help/independence skills.
Ginny is passionate about oral language, literacy and written language development for children with language/learning disabilities. Additionally, Ginny has completed Level II PROMPT training as well as coursework in the Kaufman Speech-to-Language approach to meet the needs of children with motor speech disorders.
Ginny is now an empty-nester with a daughter in college. She loves being outdoors on urban walks and bike rides, hiking, and kayaking. Ginny also enjoys attending musical and dance performances, live theater, and museums in the Seattle area.
Launa Fuhrman, M.S., CCC-SLP
Launa graduated from Missouri State University with a BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor in Mathematics. She also attended the Medical University of South Carolina, where she earned her masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has almost a decade of experience providing speech-language pathology services to children from preschool ages all the way up through high school. She now provides speech and language therapy in our Wallingford location.
Launa enjoys working with children of all ages, and their families. She loves the variety of working with children with a wide range of speech and language disorders. She is especially passionate about early intervention, fluency/stuttering, and severe speech disorders (i.e. apraxia, severe articulation/phonology disorders, etc.) where she can use her PROMPT training, and children who exhibit challenging behaviors.
In her spare time, Launa enjoys exploring the beautiful outdoors of the Pacific Northwest, cooking, dancing, and playing games with her friends.
Melissa Stark, 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. Melissa is PROMPT Level II trained and has a special interest in motor speech disorders. She has taken several other courses related to motor speech disorders including the Kaufman Approach and she 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).
Melissa is a Seattle native who enjoys getting outdoors, playing soccer, dinners with family and friends, and showing her children all that the beautiful PNW has to offer!
Sheridan Wenzel, M.S., CCC-SLP
Sheridan is a graduate of Appalachian State University where she obtained an undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders with a minor in Special Education. She later completed her master's degree in Speech Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University including a graduate certification in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Sheridan has worked with children of all ages in public schools as well as private clinical settings. She has experience working with children with a variety of needs including articulation disorders, expressive and receptive language disorders, ASD, stuttering/fluency disorders, augmentative and alternative communication devices, and swallowing disorders.
Sheridan is new to the Pacific Northwest and in her spare time enjoys exploring all that the area has to offer, as well as running, reading, and trying new restaurants!
Tad Miller, M.A., CCC-SLP
Terrylandrea, known as "Tad", graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelors degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders, and History. She also received her Masters in Communication Sciences & Disorders at WWU. Tad has experience working in a variety of settings including the public schools, private clinics, and preschools, and with a wide age range of children. She currently works in our Wallingford office.
One of Tad's areas of expertise is working with children who have hearing loss, either as a primary challenge or in conjunction with other disorders. She also has experience and very much enjoys working with children who have general speech and language delays, and in particular children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and children who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices. She is formally trained in PROMPT and Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). She has also completed a variety of Hanen parent coaching programs.
Outside of work Tad enjoys reading, yoga, and chipping away at her quest to find the best dessert in Seattle!
Robin Rineman, Administrative Assistant
Robin graduated with a B.S. in Sociology from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon. There, she most enjoyed studying Japanese, Printmaking and Sociology of Islam. She is the administrative assistant for both of our locations. Previously, she worked in the hospitality industry, most recently as the general manager of a boutique movie theater and event venue in Belltown called the Big Picture. She was there for nearly six years, running facilities, staffing and managing high profile events.
Robin moved from Ashland, Oregon to Seattle with her then girlfriend, Wendy in 2010. In 2015, they were married on a white sand beach on the Big Island of Hawaii. Passionate about travel, she has been to places such as Japan and Peru and hopes to explore more of the world in years to come. She enjoys hanging out with her dogs Wiley & Kona, hiking all over the PNW, skiing, biking, camping (pretty much anything outdoors). When she goes back to Southern Oregon to visit, she loves spending time with family and rafting the Rogue River.