Speech Therapy

Kids Therapy Spot Speech Therapy Team

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MELISSA DAVIS, M.S., CCC-SLP

SPEECH THERAPY DEPARTMENT OWNERMelissa

Melissa is one of the owners of Kids Therapy Spot. She is the owner of the Speech Therapy Department (Speech Therapy for Kids, LLC) and oversees this portion of the clinic. She is an SLP at the Kids Therapy Spot Starkville clinic and occasionally provides therapy at the Kids Therapy Spot Columbus clinic and Pediatrust location in Columbus, MS. Melissa received her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Middle Tennessee State University in May of 2000. She then moved to Mississippi and obtained her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Mississippi University for Women in May of 2002. Since this time, she has been treating children between the ages of birth-15 with a variety of complex disorders in both the home and clinic setting. Over the years, Melissa discovered her passion for treating children with feeding difficulties/disorders. She has obtained a large amount of continuing education in this area so she now primarily focuses on treating children with this need. Melissa currently lives in Starkville with her husband, Adam, and their two children.

LEAH ABRAMS, M.S., CCC-SLP
LeahSPEECH THERAPY DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR

Leah Abrams joined the team at Kids Therapy Spot in January 2012 and was promoted to Speech Therapy Director in 2016. She is an SLP at the Kids Therapy Spot Starkville clinic. Leah received her Bachelor of Science in 1996 and her Master of Science in 1999 from Mississippi University for Women. She has worked in a variety of settings since graduation, but her passion has been working with the pediatric population with special interests in treating children with expressive language delays, phonological disorders, and childhood apraxia of speech. Leah is originally from Brooksville, MS and currently lives in Starkville with her husband, Jud, and their three children.

SUSIE UTZ, M.S., CCC-SLP

IMG_1684SENIOR SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST

Susie joined the team at Kids Therapy Spot in July 2014. She is an SLP at the Kids Therapy Spot Starkville clinic. Susie received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees at the University of Southern Mississippi. Susie has been an SLP since 2002 and has worked in a variety of settings providing speech therapy services to children with speech/language delays, along with autism and dyslexia. Susie served as the supervisor and co-developer of the LEAP program, an after-school initiative designed for students ages 5-10 with challenges in reading, spelling and written language. Susie currently lives in Starkville with her two boys.

SAMANTHA WEBB, M.S., CCC-SLP

Sam 2017Samantha Webb joined the team at Kids Therapy Spot in March 2016. She is an SLP at the Kids Therapy Spot Starkville clinic and provides therapy one day a week at the Columbus clinic and Pediatrust location in Columbus, MS. Samantha received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a concentration in Special Education from Mississippi State University in 2010. She received a Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Mississippi University for Women in 2014. She has worked primarily in the medical speech language pathology field since graduation, but her special interests include pediatric expressive language disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and pediatric feeding and dysphagia. Sam is originally from Senatobia, MS. She currently lives in Starkville with her husband, Pete, and their two children.

LESLEY NORRIS, M.S., CCC-SLP

MPEC pic (3)Lesley joined the Kids Therapy Spot team in February 2017. She is the primary SLP at the Meridian Pediatric Extended Care location in Meridian, MS. Lesley received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2006. She received a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2007. Lesley currently lives in Meridian, MS with her husband and their two children. 

 

 

ANNA CATHERINE LACK, M.S., CCC-SLP

AC picAnna Catherine joined the Kids Therapy Spot team in January 2019. She is an SLP at the Kids Therapy Spot Columbus and Starkville clinics, along with the Pediatrust location in Columbus, MS. Anna Catherine received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders from Auburn University in 2012 and her Master of Science degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University in 2014. She completed her Clinical Fellowship Year in Houston, TX with pediatric home health company. After relocating to New Orleans, LA in 2015, Anna Catherine began working in the pediatric department for Ochsner Medical Center- North Shore and later transferred to Ochsner’s Main Campus location in the Pediatric Otolaryngology Department. Anna Catherine is passionate about feeding disorders and expressive language disorders. She currently lives in Starkville with her husband and their son.

ERIN SMITH, M.A., CCC-SLP

Erin jErin Sm.oined the Kids Therapy Spot team in August 2018. She is an SLP at the Kids Therapy Spot Starkville clinic. Erin received a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Mississippi State University in 2008 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Delta State University in 2012. She received a Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Louisiana Tech University in 2015. She currently lives in Starkville with her husband and their son.

TIFFANY BOWMAN, M.S., CCC-SLP

TB picTiffany joined the Kids Therapy Spot team in July 2019. She is an SLP at the Kids Therapy Spot Columbus clinic, along with the Pediatrust location in Columbus, MS. Tiffany received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Alabama in May of 2012 and her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Alabama in December of 2013. Tiffany has worked in a variety of settings providing speech therapy services to both children and adults, primarily pediatrics. She completed her clinical fellowship at a skilled nursing facility,  worked approximately 3 years in pediatric private practice, and 2 years as an instructor and clinical supervisor at the Mississippi University for Women Speech Language Pathology department.  Tiffany’s special interests include autism spectrum disorders and expressive and receptive language disorders.  She currently lives in Columbus, MS with her husband and their son.

JASMINE LONG, M.S., CCC-SLP

Jasmine joined the Kids Therapy Spot team in November 2018. She works for Kids Therapy Spot on a part-time basis at the Kids Therapy Spot Columbus clinic. Jasmine received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences from Misericordia University in 2015 and her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Misericordia University in 2017. She currently lives in Columbus, MS.

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