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About Us | Pediatric Speech Therapy Associates

Jessica Larkin Shepherd, MS, CCC-SLP
Director and Owner of Pediatric Speech Therapy Associates

Jessica has extensive academic and hands-on knowledge from her years of experience working with children. Jessica earned Bachelor’s degrees in both Psychology and Speech Pathology at the University of Nebraska. She completed her Master’s of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Arizona State University. Jessica has her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. She is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in Colorado and California.

Jessica has worked in a variety of clinical settings including: an Inpatient and Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, and a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where she specialized in Pediatric feeding/swallowing disorders, utilizing Toomey’s SOS feeding approach. Her experiences also include working as a member of a Special Education Team in the Denver area, evaluating and providing therapy for children with a variety of speech/language difficulties. Throughout the years, Jessica has worked with children with Autism, cerebral palsy, cleft palates, traumatic brain injuries, Down syndrome, stuttering difficulties and hearing impairments. As a Hanen and PROMPT certified Speech Pathologist, Jessica specializes in providing home-based early intervention for infants and toddlers with receptive/expressive language delays, articulation impairments and/or feeding difficulties.

Jessica enjoys spending time with her husband Bryan and their young daughter. When not working, she enjoys reading, traveling and exploring the outdoors, running and hiking with her family around colorful Colorado!

Learn more about Jessica’s areas of expertise:

-Comprehensive Assessment and Intervention Using the DIR/Floortime Model
-The Power of Play: Effective Play-Based Therapy and Early Intervention
Introduction to PROMPT: Technique
-Suspected Apraxia and Early Intervention
-Developmental Speech Disorders: A Neurological Perspective
It Takes Two to Talk: Hanen Certification Workshop
-23rd Annual Metro Speech-Language Network Language Symposium
-The Roots of Literacy: Play and Language
-Catherine Shaker Pediatric Swallowing and Feeding Course
-Diagnostic Based Treatment for the Infant with Feeding Disorders
-The SOS Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding from Toomey & Associates
-Pediatric Swallowing/Feeding: The Essentials from Catherine Shaker

Michelle Jones, MA, CCC-SLP
Clinic Lead / Senior Speech Language Pathologist

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Katie Cooper, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist Lead

Katie Cooper earned her Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Science and Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. After graduation, Katie spent several years working with adults with traumatic brain injuries and strokes in hospital and outpatient settings in Maryland. In 2012, Katie moved to Germany for her husband’s job and worked at a German therapy clinic that treated American children from the US military base. This experience reminded her of her love for working with children and their families. She has experience working with a variety of diagnoses including Autism, ADHD/ADD, Sensory Processing Disorder, Cerebral Palsy and developmental delays. Katie moved to Colorado in September and is happy to be back in the United States and to be working with the PSTA team.

Katie is originally from New Jersey and is excited to explore all that Colorado has to offer. In her spare time, Katie enjoys spending time with her husband and 4 month old daughter, skiing, cooking and quilting.

Angie Morgan, MA, CCC-SLP 
Senior Speech Language Pathologist

Angie earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Arts Degree in Speech Pathology from the University of Tennessee. Angie has her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. She also holds a Colorado License in Speech Pathology and a certificate through the Hanen Centre. Angie’s professional experience has focused on the pediatric population. As a school-based Speech Pathologist, she was part of a Special Education Team diagnosing and providing services for school-aged children requiring speech/language support services. She also has experience with early intervention providing outreach and home-based speech/language services for children 4 and under. She has worked with a variety of children including those who have a diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, Autism, hearing impairment, and learning disabilities. As a PROMPT trained therapist, Angie specialize in providing intervention for those children who have a receptive and/or expressive language delays, including articulation needs.

Personally, Angie is married to Glenn, and they have two boys. As a family they enjoy playing games, regular movie nights, biking, camping, and visiting the many attractions that Colorado has to offer! Angie feels blessed by the relationships she shares with other friends. She enjoys taking time to read a good book, preserve family photos and soak up the beautiful Colorado scenery!

Learn more about Angie’s areas of expertise:

-The Power of Play; Effective Play-Based Therapy and Intervention
-Suspected Apraxia and Early Intervention
Introduction to PROMPT: Technique
It Takes Two to Talk- Hanen Program for Parents

Renée Hardy, MS, CCC-SLP
Senior Speech Language Pathologist

Renée earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Speech Pathology from Baylor University in Texas. She has worked with children of various ages in public schools, private practice, and Early Intervention in Texas and Colorado. Renee has worked as a member of an interdisciplinary team, evaluating and treating children under 3. She has experience working with children with Autism, Down Syndrome, Cleft palate, Cerebral Palsy, and infants born prematurely. Renée is a Hanen Certified Speech-Language Pathologist, and has attended trainings in the areas of pediatric feeding disorders, Autism, and stuttering. Renée has her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association and currently specializes in speech, language, and feeding disorders in infants and toddlers, as well as parent education.

Renée worked in Dallas area schools and Early Intervention after graduating. She moved back home to Colorado with her husband in 2009 when she joined Pediatric Speech Therapy Associates.

Learn more about Renee’s areas of expertise:

-Comprehensive Assessment and Intervention Using the DIR/Floortime Model
-The Power of Play: Effective Play-Based Therapy and Early Intervention
-Suspected Apraxia and Early Intervention
-Developmental Speech Disorders: A Neurological Perspective
It Takes Two to Talk: Hanen Certification Workshop
-Stuttering Therapy: It’s like riding a Bicycle

Stacy Cushing, MA, CCC-SLP
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Stacy earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders at Colorado State University and her Master’s degree in Speech Pathology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC), from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. Her experience includes providing speech and language services in the Douglas County elementary schools, leading a multidisciplinary Special Education Team, and facilitating and supporting the language development of toddlers and young children. She loves language development and helping kids communicate more successfully! Stacy is PROMPT trained and specializes in articulation, apraxia, language development, and literacy/phonemic awareness. She has taken courses on social communication for young children with Autism including the DIR/Floortime model of assessment and intervention. She was also trained in the Phonographic Method of Reading Instruction.

Stacy and her husband, Jonathan, have two children, a boy and a girl. Both red heads! As a family they love to take walks through their neighborhood, play board games and go to the family cabin.

Learn more about Stacy’s areas of expertise:

-Comprehensive Assessment and Intervention Using the DIR/Floortime Model
-Social Communication Intervention for Young Children with ASD
-Emergent Language and Literacy Skills for Preschools
-Milestone Ordering in Language Development for Children
-The Case for the Narrowing View of Reading
-The Roots of Literacy: Play and Language
Introduction to PROMPT: Technique
-Suspected Apraxia and Early Intervention
-Developmental Speech Disorders: A Neurological Perspective

Lexie Cole, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

Lexie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of the District of Columbia. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. Before joining Pediatric Speech Therapy Associates, Lexie spent her career providing speech and language services in public schools—most recently in Early Childhood Education, serving 3-5 year olds. As a school-based Speech Pathologist, she enjoyed collaborating with families and other professionals to help children reach communication and academic success. Currently, Lexie is a Hanen Certified Speech-Language Pathologist working with young children with varied communication needs. She has developed a passion for fostering successful language development, articulation skills, and literacy skills in the earliest of learners. She believes in empowering parents to be their child’s first teacher.

Lexie and her husband, Andrew, have four young children. As a family, they love being active in the outdoors of beautiful Colorado, including going on walks, bike rides, camping and playing sports.

Learn more about Lexie’s areas of expertise:

-Kaufman Apraxia Protocol Training
-Dyslexia, Language and Working Memory
-Language and Literacy in Preschool Children
It Takes Two to Talk Hanen Certification Workshop
-Childhood Apraxia of Speech
-Phonemic Awareness and Reading Comprehension Strategies
-Comprehensive training in the Orton-Gillingham language-based, multi-sensory approach
-The Power of Play: Effective Play-Based Therapy and Early Intervention
-Introduction to PROMPT: Technique
-Anxiety in Early Childhood: A Root Cause of Behavioral and Emotional Issues
-Autism in Early Intervention

Sarah Lydon, MA, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

Sarah Lydon received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders from Central Michigan University. From there she went on to get her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from Kent State University. Sarah spent three years working in a public school system in Milwaukee, WI. In addition to her full-time school job, she spent many weekends working at both a rehabilitation hospital and a skilled nursing facility. Because of the variety of settings she has worked in, Sarah has gained experience with a wide variety of speech and language needs. As an SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding) trained SLP, Sarah enjoys working with children who have feeding difficulties. Additionally, Sarah has a passion for working with children with a wide range of speech and language difficulties, from articulation errors to alternative augmentative communication (AAC).

Sarah and her husband met in Colorado and have always loved the mountains, so they finally decided to make the move to Denver in the summer of 2016. She is excited to spend her free time hiking, snowboarding, and enjoying all of the restaurants and entertainment that Denver has to offer!

Maureen Murphy, MS, CCC-SLP
Senior Speech Language Pathologist

Maureen earned her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Speech Pathology at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. She has her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC), from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. In addition, she holds an elementary teaching endorsement from Metro State College in Denver. Maureen’s experience includes providing speech and language services in the school system, teaching first and third grades, and providing reading and speech/language services in pediatric private practice settings. Maureen currently specializes in articulation/phonological disorders, dyslexia, written language, auditory processing and receptive/expressive language development.

Jenni Huckabee, MA, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

Jenni Huckabee earned both her Bachelor’s and Master of Arts degrees in Communication Disorders from New Mexico State University. Jenni holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) since 1992. She held a license in Speech Therapy in New Mexico from 1993-2014. Since 2014 she has been licensed for Speech Therapy in Colorado. Jenni completed her clinical fellowship year (CFY) at the New Mexico Rehabilitation Center in Roswell, NM focusing on adult onset communication disorders such as traumatic brain injuries and strokes. After receiving her Certificate of Clinical Competence, Jenni moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico where she worked with adult onset communication disorders in the hospital, outpatient, and home health settings from 1994-2001. Jenni gained experience with aphasia, dysphagia, dysarthria, and cognitive deficits. Among her duties, Jenni enjoyed working with the therapy team, supervising speech therapy practicum students and completing Modified Barium Swallow Studies (MBSS). After the birth of her second daughter, Jenni began working with the pediatric population. She worked at Tresco TOTS, a non-profit early invention agency from 2001-2013. In addition to completing developmental assessments, hearing screenings, and direct speech therapy; Jenni chaired the public relations committee, supervised speech therapy practicum students and trained and supervised the Speech Therapy Assistants. Jenni has experience working with birth to 3 year olds who have difficulty with feeding, language and speech development, Down Syndrome, and premature infants.

In 2014 Jenni and her family moved to Denver and Jenni began working for Pediatric Speech Therapy Associates where she could continue her passion for working in early intervention with families in the home environment. She enjoys educating parents about communication delays to help their own children.

Jenni enjoys spending time with her husband and 4 daughters as they explore Denver, the outdoors and SNOW!

Learn more about Jenni’s areas of expertise:

– Power of Play – by Cari Ebert
– Taking Theory to the Floor- by Laura Mize
– Talk Tools-Oral Placement Therapy – by Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson
– Pediatric Feeding – by K Shaker and T Gager
– Transdisciplinary Play-based Assessment – Toni Linder

Rhonda Safdi, MA, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

Rhonda earned her Bachelor’s degree in Child Development from Tufts University and her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from Indiana University. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Before joining Pediatric Speech Therapy Associates, Rhonda spent 6 years in the public schools across the country (Maryland, Colorado, and Virginia) working with a wide variety of students at the elementary level. Following her experience working in the public schools, Rhonda is looking forward to gaining a new perspective working with private clients. She believes in empowering parents to help students generalize skills at home and is always working to improve students’ self-monitoring skills.

Rhonda and her husband have 2 young children – a 3 year old boy and a 1 year old girl. They recently moved from outside of Washington DC back to Colorado this summer (her husband was previously stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs). When she’s not in Denver, you can probably find her in Telluride skiing and hiking.

Learn more about Rhonda’s areas of expertise:

The Mandt System® Training
Capturing Kids’ Hearts from the Flippen Group
Introduction to PROMPT: Technique

Melanee Callough, MSP, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

Melanee earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of South Carolina. She has her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed by the state of Colorado. Melanee also received a Specialty Certificate in Traumatic Brain Injuries.

Melanee’s passion is providing early intervention services in the child’s home and providing family training. Melanee has worked in a variety of pediatric settings to include inpatient hospital, outpatient clinics, educational settings, and home health. She has experience with children who have Autism, Down Syndrome, articulation errors, phonological impairments, receptive and expressive language delays, feeding issues, developmental delays, sensory issues, and neurocognitive delays.

Melanee has also authored, co-authored, and edited numerous educational products for children. She has played an integral part in developing assessments for children, as well as provided continuing education courses and training for therapists.

Melanee enjoys spending time with her husband and son. Together they love to hike, camp, ride bikes, ski, sled, and snowshoe. In her spare time, Melanee enjoys reading, photography, decorating her home, and spending time with friends.

Janette Doran, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

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Kacy Feagan, MS, CF-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

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Maggie Dolan, SLP-A
Speech Language Pathologist Assistant

Maggie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Neuropsychology, leveling certificate in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences and completed the Speech Language Pathology Assistant certification program at Metropolitan State University of Denver . She gained experience working with children in a therapy setting as an in-home behavior interventionist for children with developmental disorders while completing her education. Maggie plans to pursue a Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology in the future after working for a couple years. She is passionate about development and improving the abilities of children of all ages and backgrounds.

Maggie has been in Denver for 10 years and is excited to be working with children in the field she loves. When she is not at work, Maggie enjoys being outdoors or in the kitchen with her boyfriend. She also loves reading, music and movies.

Kyle Power, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

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Amanda Hoffman, MOT, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist


Amanda completed her Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Science and Master’s of Occupational Therapy at the University of Missouri Columbia. While earning her degree, she worked with children with autism as a camp counselor at Camp Giant Steps in St. Louis and had clinical experiences in adult stroke rehab and pediatric neurological rehab. She began her career in Illinois, working in a small rural school district and pediatric outpatient clinic. She moved to Colorado in January 2015 and began working full time at Aurora Public Schools. Her passion for working closely with families in a clinic setting led her to join PSTA team part time after school. Amanda has worked with a wide variety of populations including children with autism, down syndrome, physical disabilities, behavior needs, TBI, and sensory processing disorder.

Amanda enjoys spending time outdoors in her free time. She loves being able hike, bike, and snowboard in beautiful Colorado.

Kim Wilson, MS, OTR/L, SCLV
Occupational Therapist

Kim Wilson earned her Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 2005 from Boston University. In 2011 Kim received her Low Vision Certificate from the University of Alabama. She continued on, and received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy also from the University of Alabama. In 2013, she received her Specialty Certification in Low Vision (SCLV) from the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Kim began her career at Craig Hospital working with individuals who had sustained a brain injury and/or spinal cord injury. During her time at Craig Hospital, she received extensive training in visual rehabilitation following neurological injury, as well as Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) to increase function. After three and a half fruitful years, her husband’s military career took them to Honolulu, Hawaii. Here, Kim continued her career at Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific. As the only rehabilitation hospital in the state of Hawaii, Kim continued specializing in spinal cord and brain injury rehabilitation, but also broadened her knowledge in orthopedic and degenerative disease rehabilitation. At this hospital, Kim initiated and established a vision clinic, for the screening and treatment of visual impairments. Once again, a military move transitioned them back to their home state of Colorado. At this time, Kim took the opportunity to broaden her career across the lifespan, and began working in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital (formally Memorial Hospital) in Colorado Springs. Here, she received training in identifying and treating feeding dysfunction through the SOS approach to feeding. She also broadened her knowledge in the impact of sensory processing and fine motor impairment on daily function in children. During this time, Kim also worked in early intervention for 4 years. She provided an educational outreach program for more than 40 early intervention providers in Colorado Springs on the screening of visual impairment in children and appropriate referral for services.

Kim enjoys spending time with her husband and five children. Their favorite activities are camping, hiking, and spending time in the outdoors.

Emily Brzuzy, MS, OTR/L, SCLV
Occupational Therapist


Emily earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology & Exercise Science with a minor in Spanish from Austin College, located in Sherman, Texas. Directly after undergraduate work, she moved to Indiana and received her Masters of Science degree at Indiana State University. During her educational career, Emily had clinical experiences working in an adult stroke rehab facility and at and outpatient pediatric clinic in Anchorage, Alaska. Though Emily enjoyed both of her clinical experiences, she truly loves working with children and enjoys aiding them in accomplishing their goals and gaining independence in their daily lives.

Outside of work, Emily enjoys spending time with her husband, her friends and enjoying all the outdoor activities that Colorado has to offer.

Mallory McCarthy, COTA
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

Mallory earned her Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition Science from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. A few years later, she received her Associates degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant from Cabarrus College of Health Sciences in Concord, NC. During her educational career, she gained experience in outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation services for clients across the lifespan. During her time in her pediatric clinical rotation, she discovered her passion for working with children and began her career at a Sensory Integration Clinic. She has experience working with a wide variety of disorders including Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, and Down Syndrome as well as children with emotional regulation difficulties. It is her passion to work with children with special needs and sensory processing difficulties and their families in order to help each child become as successful in their daily lives as possible.

She lived in North Carolina for 16 years and has recently moved to Colorado. She definitely misses the beach, but loves exploring the mountains of Colorado. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, traveling and snowboarding.

Rachel Stultz, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist

Rachel earned her Bachelor’s degree in Health and Exercise Science from Colorado State University, with an emphasis in Sports Medicine. She then earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Regis University in Denver. Through her doctorate education, she completed clinical rotations in a variety of settings including outpatient orthopedic, pediatric, and home health, working with clients across the lifespan. She also participated in an international clinical rotation opportunity, working closely with physiotherapists at Black Lion Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Rachel completed her doctorate education at Regis with research on the effect of postural perturbation training for kids with cerebral palsy.

Throughout college, Rachel worked as a child care specialist at a facility for children with special needs, where she first fell in love with this population. She has worked with children of all ages, and has experience with a variety of diagnoses including Cerebral Palsy, Autism, and developmental delays as well as experience working with kids with orthopedic challenges. Rachel is also a Certified Kinesiotape Practictioner and loves to incorporate taping techniques whenever appropriate.

Rachel spends her free time with her husband and 2 year old daughter, enjoying all that Colorado has to offer!

Brittanie Chambers
Practice Manager

Dianne Forry
Centennial Office Manager