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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

Michelle earned both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Communication Disorders at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She has her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). She is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in Colorado, Illinois, and Minnesota.

Following completion of her degree, Michelle began her career in a pediatric private practice in Minnesota where she worked with children ages 2-18 across a variety of delays and disorders. It was here that she fell in love working with children with stuttering and other fluency disorders. In 2003, Michelle moved to Chicago, IL where she first worked in an Early Intervention Multidisciplinary Clinic at the University of Chicago. Following her time in Early Intervention, she was employed at Northwestern University as a Clinical Supervisor and Lecturer. Here she supervised graduate student clinicians and taught graduate level courses in the area of fluency and fluency disorders.

In 2014, Michelle returned to working in a multidisciplinary pediatric private practice in Skokie, IL, where she again worked with children from birth-18, and gained experience working in a setting under the DIR Floortime model.

Michelle moved to Colorado in 2017 and began working for Pediatric Speech Therapy Associates. In this position, she is excited to continue her love for working with children and families, as well as supporting the entire practice.

Michelle enjoys all that Colorado has to offer outdoors, including hiking, biking, and skiing. She also is an avid reader and enjoys curling up with a good book when the weather permits.

Katie Cooper, MS, OTR/L
Senior 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
Senior Speech Language PathologistCushing 18

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
Senior 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

Ashley Hepperle, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

Ashley earned her Bachelor’s degree in Speech Language Pathology at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. She then moved to Arizona where she earned her Master’s degree in Communication Science Disorders from Northern Arizona University. She has her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association and is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in both California and Colorado. During her educational career, Ashley had clinical experience working in a private practice setting with both pediatrics and adults, as well as a school setting. Her previous experience was in a private practice setting working with pediatric clients ranging from the ages of 20 months to 15 years. She has worked with children with Autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, fluency disorders, articulation errors/phonological processes, and expressive/receptive language disorders.

Ashley is originally from California and is excited to be living in beautiful Colorado. In her spare time, she enjoys running outside, spending time with her friends, and watching her favorite hockey, baseball, and football teams (Go Broncos!).

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
Senior 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

Trisha Belanger, MA, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

Trisha acquired her Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology, accredited from the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio. She has a wide variety of experience with pediatrics and geriatrics. In combination with general speech, language and hearing disorders, her experience also encompasses specific familiarity relating to Fluency disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Auditory Processing, Cognitive deficits and Swallowing disorders. Her past clinical experiences have generated a more concentrated focus towards the pediatric population. She enjoys working with children as she sees it as an opportunity to encourage curiosity and inspire personalities.

Along with these experiences, she has pioneered her way into the world of linguistics and is currently working on her second publication.

Trisha grew up in Michigan but has been now living in Colorado for a little over a year. She definitely misses the Great Lakes but has enough wanderlust to keep her busy hiking the mountains with her fiancé. In her free time, she enjoys singing, hiking, reading, and painting.

Melanee Callough, MSP, CCC-SLP
Senior 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

Coming Soon

Kailey Silliman, MA, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

Kailey Silliman received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. From there she went on to get her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado. Kailey spent 1 year in the public school setting, 2 years in the preschool setting and 1 year in the charter school setting; all within the Denver-Metro area. Kailey has gained experience with a wide range of speech and language needs and has a passion for articulation disorders and fluency. She is excited to enter the private setting and looks forward to collaborating with parents and caregivers in order to increase growth and generalization of skills.

Outside of work, Kailey enjoys running half marathons, going on hikes with her boyfriend and Golden Doodle, blogging about health and wellness, exploring the Denver restaurant scene and spending time at Grand Lake.

Kacy Feagan, MS, CF-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

Kacy earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. She has clinical experience working with individuals across the lifespan in inpatient and outpatient settings. Kacy enjoys working with children and their families to help them achieve their goals and be successful in their everyday lives.

During her free time, Kacy enjoys traveling, running, and hiking with her dog Flynn.

Haley Shepard, MS, CF-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

Coming Soon

Janel Golden, MA, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

Janel received her graduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Saint Louis University in 2010. She received her undergraduate degree in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Illinois in 2008. She is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). Janel has seven years of experience working in a variety of settings including private clinics, early intervention birth to three programs, private schools, public schools, hospitals, and center based public school programs. She loves working with all kids with speech and language delays. Janel has 4 years of experience working with children with moderate to profound autism utilizing AAC devices and low tech communication systems.

Janel is originally from Chicago, Illinois. She moved to Colorado in 2016 with her husband – Conor, dog – Porkchop, and cat – Coco. In her spare time, she loves hiking, cooking, trying new restaurants, and traveling.

Kyle Power, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Kyle earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. After undergrad, she spent the next four years living in Lexington, Kentucky, and received her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Kentucky University. During her graduate program she also completed a secondary certificate program in Autism Spectrum Disorders. The interdisciplinary certificate program prepared Kyle to provide communication, social-emotional, behavioral, occupational, educational, and community services to individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. Throughout her educational career, Kyle had clinical experiences working in an adult outpatient clinic at a rehabilitation hospital, and at a private outpatient pediatric clinic. It was during her pediatric clinical rotation that Kyle felt like she had found her niche, as she loves working with children.

Kyle is originally from Michigan, and recently moved out to Colorado in October 2016 looking for a new adventure. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her friends and family. She is excited to be working in a field and setting she loves, as well as exploring all that Denver has to offer!

Emily Brzuzy, MS, OTR/L
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