Speech-Language Pathologist, Therapy and Assistive Technology Clinic
Kelly discovered her passion for speech/language pathology in high school through volunteering at a day camp for special needs children. There, she was introduced to a little boy who was nonverbal and it ignited a deep desire to discover a way to motivate him to communicate. Kelly began her career in the public school system in Denver, Colorado working with children spanning early childhood through high school. After five years of public school service, she decided to pursue home health full-time. She considers herself very blessed to have had the opportunity to be welcomed into the homes of persons affected by communication disorders. During the summer before transitioning to home health full-time, Kelly was a part of Adam’s Camp, a recreational therapy camp nestled in the Rocky Mountains for children with special needs. She was immersed in an environment with talented, dedicated therapists as part of an interprofessional team. More recently, Kelly was part of an interdisciplinary team with Creighton University where, in addition to working with children and families at the clinic, she taught Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy students about the importance of collaboration. She also got the opportunity to travel to the Domincan Republic and mentor students working with children at an autism treatment center. Throughout her career, she has worked diligently with children affected by a multitude of diagnoses including autism, apraxia, cognitive delays/disorders, and has extensive experience working with persons who require augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Kelly has been trained in principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, is PROMPT certified, and is a certified instructor in the Hanen Centre’s “It Takes Two to Talk” program and “More Than Words” program. Last year, she received an ACE award from the American Speech Language Hearing Association for outstanding achievements with continuing education.
I grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and moved to Seattle two years ago but have lived in three other major US cities including Denver, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis. I am taking courses to complete prerequisite requirements to apply for a master’s in nutrition program in a few years so that I can continue to provide holistic health care services to persons with special needs.
When I'm not at work, people can find me:
...exploring the great outdoors with my loyal pup, Zoey, or traveling the world. I enjoy photography, running, yoga, reading, and cooking delicious meals.
Fun fact about me:
I created a “Bucket List” four years ago and have been working my way through life adventures and adding new ones along the way.