SLLC Staff



Speech-Language Pathologists




It is a great JOY to be the owner of The Speech, Language & Learning Center.  When I graduated from Ole Miss with my Master's Degree in Speech Pathology I got my first job working in the public schools, but I had  always dreamed of owning a private practice.  In 1987, I opened my very first Center in Lawrenceburg.  It was upstairs in an old house over a dance studio!  I became interested in the Tennessee State Association of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists and served as the President and served on that Board for several years.  That led me in leadership to chair the Tennessee State Board of Communication Disorders and Sciences.  Being active in state and national boards has been rewarding and has helped this once small business grow beyond my wildest dreams.  But, my most significant service has always been to the children and families with whom we work and to my staff.  God led me into this profession.  I was called to His service and provided with this practice as a means to spread His love.  My husband and I have 5 children and 4 grandchildren!  We are busy people, both personally and professionally,  but it is my goal to always be available to children in need of improved communication and life skills. 

 

Sequential Oral Sensory Feeding Therapy®

Autism Specialist

Pediatric Feeding

Language & Literacy

Interactive Metronome®

AAC-LAMP® Training

Becky is the Co-Director of The Speech, Language and Learning Center.

 

I have enjoyed practicing at The Speech, Language & Learning Center since 2006.  Originally from a small town in northwest Tennessee, I received my M.S. from Murray State University in 2004.  In that same year my husband, Cory, and I moved to Middle Tennessee.  We fell in love with people and scenery here and decided to lay down our roots.  We now have two daughters, who keep us on our toes!  I have worked in a variety of settings which include skilled nursing facilities, hospital, school system, home health, early intervention, and private practice.  I am licensed by the Tennessee Board of Communication Disorders and hold a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). I am also a member of the Tennessee Association of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists (TASSLP).   I absolutely love being a Speech Language Pathologist and am so thankful I am able to work with children and their families in order to improve their feeding and communication skills.

 

 SOS Approach™ (Sequential Oral Sensory) To Feeding: Picky Eaters vs. Problem Feeders®

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Apraxia

Oral-Motor and Speech Disorders

Picture Exchange Communication System™ (PECS)

Orofacial Myology

VitalStim™ therapy for dysphagia (swallowing difficulties)

AAC-LAMP® Training

Interactive Metronome®

My name is Beth Benson. When I was a little girl, I had a severe speech disorder. At that time, speech therapy services in the schools were very rare, so my parents took me to Bill Wilkerson in Nashville for speech therapy several times a month. I always new that I wanted to work with children. I  currently have the best of two worlds:  I am a Speech Pathologist teaching a language based preschool program within the Lawrence County Schools for three and four year old children and I am also fortunate to be able to work at the Lawrenceburg SLLC in the afternoons focusing on direct speech and language intervention.   

 

I received my undergraduate training and degree from Middle Tennessee State University and my Master’s of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Tennessee State University. I have worked at the SLLC since 1992. 

 

I have completed extensive courses in Autism through TRIAD at Vanderbilt University and Nova Southeastern University. I am licensed  by the Tennessee Board of Communication Disorders and I hold a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA)

 

Professional areas of interest include:

Early Intervention

Language disorders 

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Social- Language groups

Augmentative  Communication

Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)®

Beckman Oral Moor Assessment and Intervention®

Meredith Bleiler, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders from Texas State University in 2013, followed by my Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology at Texas State University in 2015. During my education and training, I had the opportunity to participate in the autism cognate, working specifically with children with autism. I also gained experience in a variety of school and clinical settings working with children and adults. The first year of my career was spent working in an elementary school with client’s with a variety of disorders and learning opportunities. I am currently serving pediatric patients at The Speech, Language & Learning Center in Columbia. I have training in the Lively Letters reading program and Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP), an augmentative and alternative communication method. Meredith is licensed by the Tennessee Board of Communication Disorders and Sciences, and she holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). She and her husband live in Spring Hill and have two dogs.

 

Reading with TLC/Lively Letters®

AAC-LAMP Training®

Beth Brazier

Speech-Language Pathologist

I’ve always known I wanted to work with children, but becoming a teacher did not interest me. After learning about the field of speech language pathology, I decided to give it a try. After a few classes at MTSU, I knew this is what I wanted to do. I graduated in 2000 with my Bachelor’s Degree and completed my Master’s Degree in 2003 at Tennessee State University.  I currently work full-time for the Lawrence County Schools and hold part-time position with the Speech, Language & Learning Center.  I am able to help children with a variety of speech and language disorders and am able to observe how therapy can make students more successful in the classroom as well as in daily home life. I also enjoy helping parents become an advocate for their child by educating them about the IEP process. My husband and I have two children and stay very busy balancing family life with school, work, and church. Though sometimes hectic, I consider it a blessing to work with these children and their families.

 

PECS®

Apraxia

Parental Rights in Schools/IEP Process

Articulation & Language Disorder

 

I received my undergraduate training and degree from Middle Tennessee State University and my Master's of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Tennessee State University. I have worked at the SLLC since 1992. 

 

I have completed extensive courses in Autism through TRIAD at Vanderbilt University and Nova Southeastern University. I am licensed  by the Tennessee Board of Communication Disorders and I hold a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA)

 

Professional areas of interest include:

Early Intervention

Language disorders 

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Social- Language groups

Augmentative  Communication

Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)®

Beckman Oral Moor Assessment and Intervention®

I have enjoyed practicing at The Speech, Language & Learning Center since 2006.  Originally from a small town in northwest Tennessee, I received my M.S. from Murray State University in 2004.  In that same year my husband, Cory, and I moved to Middle Tennessee.  We fell in love with people and scenery here and decided to lay down our roots.  We now have two daughters, who keep us on our toes!  I have worked in a variety of settings which include skilled nursing facilities, hospital, school system, home health, early intervention, and private practice.  I am licensed by the Tennessee Board of Communication Disorders and hold a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). I am also a member of the Tennessee Association of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists (TASSLP).   I absolutely love being a Speech Language Pathologist and am so thankful I am able to work with children and their families in order to improve their feeding and communication skills.

 

 SOS Approach™ (Sequential Oral Sensory) To Feeding: Picky Eaters vs. Problem Feeders®

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Apraxia

Oral-Motor and Speech Disorders

Picture Exchange Communication System™ (PECS)

Orofacial Myology

VitalStim™ therapy for dysphagia (swallowing difficulties)

AAC-LAMP® Training

Interactive Metronome®


Stephanie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Studies from Middle Tennessee State University in 2010, followed by a Masters of Science degree in speech-language pathology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Knoxville in 2012. During her education and training at both universities, she had the opportunity to gain experience in a variety of clinical settings working with children and adults. The first year of her career was spent working in a school system with a variety of clients and learning opportunities. She is currently serving pediatric patients with the Speech, Language, and Learning Center in Columbia, as well as working with adults at LifeCare in Columbia.  She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is licensed by the Tennessee Board of Communication Disorders and Sciences. She and her husband live in Columbia with tbeir precious baby boy and three dogs.

Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding®

Autism

Language Disorder

Articulation and Apraxia

 

I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri in 2001 and my Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Central Missouri State University in 2003. I am licensed by the Tennessee Board of Communication Disorders and hold a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). Over the years, I have worked in a variety of settings and gained experience in the areas of adult voice and dysphagia, cognitive impairments, speech/language disorders, autism, early intervention, and literacy. My main interests are in articulation, language, and dyslexia. I love learning about and researching dyslexia and how reading, writing and language shape our lives. Over the past year, I have completed continuing education in the area dyslexia and become certified in Interactive Metronome. I feel that I have found the work setting that is a perfect fit for me. The Speech-Language and Learning Center is a Christian organization with therapists who truly enjoy what they do and try everyday to help the children and adults they serve. My husband (who is also a speech-language pathologist) and I have three children. When I can find any spare time, I enjoy cooking, reading, and learning to play the piano.

 

Susan Barton Reading & Spelling System®

Reading with TLC/Lively Letters®

Interactive Metronome®

Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)®

After graduating with my degree in Speech Pathology in Germany and the Netherlands, I moved to the United States and completed my Mater's degree in Speech Pathology at Tennessee State University. I worked for a few years in the school system and completed several internships in nursing homes, hospitals and rehab centers before finding my place at the Speech Language and Learning Center. I have enjoyed working with the large variety of people and areas of need to be found in a small town. I enjoy being involved in the community by coaching soccer and assisting in various other events and activities. My husband and I are raising two active girls, who are the center of our busy lives. I feel very blessed that I am able to influence not only my own children, but also so many other children in this community through my profession.

 

Sequential Oral Sensory Feeding Therapy®
Autism

Fluency

AAC-LAMP Training®

I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders from Middle Tennessee State University in May of 2002 followed by my Master of Science degree from Western Kentucky University in December of 2003. I have worked with adults in skilled nursing and independent and assisted living facilities. I have evaluated and provided therapy for adults with dysphagia, dysarthria, and aphasia originating from numerous medical conditions such as Dementia, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntington's, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Stroke, and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). I have also spent eight years working in the public schools with children varying from the age of three through high school and provided evaluations and therapy for students with a variety of speech and language disorders including English Language Learners (ELL) and children with Autism, Developmental Delay, Specific Learning Disability, Hearing Impairment, Vision Impairment, Cerebral Palsy, TBI, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Down's Syndrome, and Hypophosphatasia. Karen holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). She is also licensed by the Tennessee Board of Communication Disorders and Sciences, as well as the State of Tennessee Department of Education. Karen and her husband live in Thompson's Station and have two sons.

I am very thankful and thrilled to have landed a career as a Speech-Language Pathologist at the Speech, Language and Learning Center.  When I graduated from East Tennessee State University with my Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology I got my first job working with adults in a Skilled Nursing Facility. Although adults are precious and a joy to work with, my heart has always been in the pediatric population. I have dreamed of becoming a mom since I was little as well as working in an environment where I can help other children learn and grow. I not only am thankful that God has provided me with a stable job, but thankful that I ENJOY going to work and seeing my clients and families each and every day. After working with children who suffer from communication difficulties for several years, I realize how easy it is to take these things for granted and how important it is to appreciate the little things in life. My husband and I live in Columbia with our daughter and 2 furry friends. We enjoy spending every minute we have as a family and teaching our daughter the important things in life. 

 

Sequential Oral Sensory Feeding Therapy®

Pediatric Feeding

Pediatric Language

Autism-Certified ADOS-2® Diagnostician

AAC-LAMP® Training

I recently moved to Tennessee in search of my first job as a speech language pathologist. I am from Branson, MO and decided that it would be exciting to move somewhere new and far away. I received my Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Arkansas. I completed my Master's Degree in May of 2015. When I was in college, I had no idea what I wanted my major to be. My mom works at a hospital and occasionally attends meetings with the speech pathologists there. She related some of the information to me about what they do and it sparked my interest. I did some research about the field and decided to take an Introduction to Communication Disorders class to see if it was something I would want to do. It ended up being my favorite class and has led me to where I am now. I am looking forward to gaining more experience at the Speech Language and Learning Center and getting to know your children better!

 

Reading with TLC/Lively Letters®

AAC-LAMP® Training

 

Betsy Reyes

Speech-Language Pathologist

I recently joined the team at The Speech, Language & Learning Center and absolutely love it! I am originally from Pensacola in North Florida, where I grew up. I received my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. I have experience in a variety of settings, including private practice, schools, and skilled nursing facilities, working with adults and children with communication delays and disorders. My husband and I moved from Savannah, Georgia, to Nashville in July. We are enjoying the city, and like to go hiking in our free time. I love what I do as a Speech-Language Pathologist and am excited to work with children and their families at the SLLC!

Hillary Anthony

Clinical Fellow, Speech-Language Pathology

I am originally from Hohenwald, TN and have been living in Spring Hill since 2012 with my husband, Stoney. I received my undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders from Middle Tennessee State University and received my Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Tennessee State University. Through graduate school, I gained experience working with clients of all ages at the Tennessee State University Clinic, Metro Public Schools System, and National HealthCare Corporation. I began my career at the Speech Language and Learning Center in June 2016. I have worked in the medical field since the age of 16 at various nursing homes and home health agencies, where I discovered my passion for speech-language pathology. I have always had the desire to help others and am truly blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of such a wonderful workplace allowing me to do so.

 

Occupational Therapists

 

 

My interest in health and wellness and the desire to help others led me to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy and I received a BS in OT from Florida International University in Miami in December, 1992.  The career path I chose has allowed me to worked  in a variety of settings including outpatient, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home care, and schools.  I have even been fortunate enough to work as a traveling therapist in Vermont and Ireland.   I enjoy utilizing a holistic approach during therapy sessions and incorporate a variety of therapeutic techniques.   My passion for helping families/children reach their highest level of functional independence continues to drive me to learn new skills and expand my knowledge base.  I have attended numerous sensory integration courses and have been board certified with The National Certification Board of Occupational Therapy since 1992.  When I am not working, I enjoy running, yoga,  learning about nutrition and health, and spending time with my 2 children and husband.  

 

Therapeutic Listening®

Interactive Metronome®

Handwriting Without Tears®

Cassie Kleinfelder, OTR

Occupational Therapist

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I received My Master’s in Occupational Therapy from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2010. I have worked in a variety of pediatric settings including home health, outpatient clinics, and private schools. I am a certified handwriting specialist with Handwriting Without Tears, and have been trained in Therapeutic Listening and the SOS Approach to Feeding. My husband and I live in Spring Hill with our 2 daughters. I love to cooking and baking,  photography, and college football (Go Gators!). 

 

Handwriting Without Tears®

 

Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding®

Lauren McDonald, COTA

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

 

I am excited to join the staff at Speech, Language, and Learning Center to pursue my career in Occupational therapy.  In 2016, I graduated from Nashville State Community College with an Occupational Therapy Assistant degree.  I completed a clinical rotation as a student with the Speech, Language, and Learning Center and then had the opportunity to join the staff in Lawrenceburg and Columbia.  My professional areas of interests and passions are sensory integration, Autism spectrum disorders, and helping children learn to play and function in society and in a school setting.  I live with my husband and two children in Lawrenceburg, TN.  I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and the many adventures my children bring to my life.

 

Administration

 

I am the Office Manager of the SLLC Columbia location. My responsibilities include managing the office, new referrals and patients, and assisting in any way that I can. I also translate for our Spanish-speaking families in our practice. I am originally from Mexico, but have called Columbia my home for the past 16 years. I am currently working on a Special Education degree at Middle Tennessee State University. My husband, Zach, our daughter Annabelle and I enjoy the outdoors and are very active in our church and community.

I began working at The Speech language & Learning Center eighteen years ago! At that time I was a stay at home mom with two children. Prior to that, I  had worked at First Farmers & Merchants Bank for 11 years. I am currently the Office Manager for the Lawrenceburg office and also Billing Manager for both the Lawrenceburg and Columbia Offices. My duties include billing and filing insurance claims, accounts receivables and accounts payables, collections and other management jobs. I have enjoyed working here and have also benefited from meeting all of the families that have passed through our doors during all these years. I live in Lawrenceburg with my husband and my 2 children who are in college.

I was granted the opportunity to become an administrative assistant of the Speech, Language, and Learning Center in Lawrenceburg in January of 2015. Prior to joining the practice, I had similar administrative duties at a dental office. Between jobs, I took some time off to be a stay-at-home-mom while each of my two children were little. Now, I am happy to work at the SLLC in this part-time position. On the job, I am in charge of obtaining doctor's orders and referrals, posting payments, filing insurance claims, managing patients' data and files, and other clerical duties. If you have a need to call our Lawrenceburg office, it will more than likely be me that you will hear answering the phone, happy to be at your service. I have really enjoyed the opportunity to watch all of our sweet patients as they progress. I live in Leoma with my husband and two children. 

Becky Lively

Administrative Assistant, Columbia Office

I began my position as Administrative Assistant in the Columbia Speech, Language and Learning Center in August, 2016. I have returned to the work force after a number of years as a stay at home mom. I was excited to join the SLLC family as a part time employee so I can continue to devote time to my many community and church activities. I have a Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education from The Ohio State University. Although I grew up in Central Ohio, Columbia, Tennessee, has been my home for over twenty years where I reside with my daughter.  My responsibilities in the Columbia SLLC office include new referrals, managing patients' files, clerical work, assisting patients and their families and supporting the staff whenever necessary.