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Speech Therapy


michelleMichelle Smith |  Lead Speech Language Pathologist / Assistant Director

Hi I’m Michelle! I have been working as a Speech Language Pathologist since 2004. I graduated from East Carolina University with a Masters Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders the Spring of 2004. I joined the Pediatric Boulevard in Fall of 2007. Prior to joining the Pediatric Boulevard team, I worked in daycares, schools, Skilled Nursing facilities, and home environments settings. I enjoy working with children and adolescents with Developmental Delays, Autism, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Receptive and Expressive Language Delays, Articulation/Phonological Delays, and Reading/Writing Deficits. I have an amazing husband named Jeremy and a sweet dog named Hannah. I enjoy traveling, spending time with friends and family, music, and being out doors. People would describe me as animated and energetic and that helps me connect and bond with the children I serve. I like to “think out of the box” and provide fun, engaging, and rewarding therapy for children.

RachelRachel Knox  |  Speech Language Pathologist

Hi I’m Rachel! I have been working as a Speech Pathologist since 2000. I graduated from University of Florida in 1998 and completed my Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Nova Southeastern University in 2006. I joined the Pediatric Boulevard team in August of 2011. Prior to joining the Pediatric Boulevard team, I worked in school settings. I currently enjoy working with Spanish speaking children, mostly ages 5 and younger, in their homes and/or preschools. I work mainly with language and speech delayed children. I love children, love to cook and I also teach swimming during the summers. My 2 children and my husband keep me quite busy when I’m not working. We love the beach, snow skiing, family and traveling.

Michelle-ThompsonMichelle Thompson  |  Speech Language Pathologist

Hi I’m Michelle Thompson! I have been working as a Speech Language Pathologist since 1995.   I graduated from Central Missouri State University with a Masters Degree in Speech–Language Pathology in the spring of 1995. I joined Pediatric Boulevard in summer of 2011. Prior to joining the Pediatric Boulevard team, I worked primarily in pediatric rehabilitation in the clinic setting, but have also worked in a post acute brain injury rehab center as well as school and home based settings. I enjoy working with children and adolescents with a wide range of speech/language difficulties secondary to developmental and neurologically based disorders.  I also have special interest in oral motor and feeding and have participated in variety of continuing education courses in that area of specialization.   I enjoy spending time with my husband and two boys ages 14 and 15. Since moving here from Colorado, I have really enjoyed having ‘4’ true seasons and knowing that both the mountains and ocean are just hours away!  Being a mother has been an invaluable tool as I can bring that perspective to my approach when working with kids and their families.

JoannaJoanna Carlton  |  Speech Language Pathologist

Hi I’m Joanna Carlton! I have been working as a Speech Language Pathologist since 2009.  I graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2007 with BA in Linguistics and Communication.  I graduated from Appalachian State University with my masters of Communication Disorders in the spring of 2009. I joined the Pediatric Boulevard in fall of 2011.  Prior to joining the Pediatric Boulevard team, I worked in daycares, schools, and in home environment settings.  I enjoy working with children and adolescents with a variety of communication disorders and delays.  I am PROMPT trained.  In my spare time, I enjoy traveling and finding new adventures! People would describe me as bubbly and outgoing which helps me keep my kids motivated and fosters a positive learning environment.

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Chelsea Perrine | Speech Language Pathologist

Hi I’m Chelsea! I have been working as a Speech Language Pathologist since 2015. I graduated from James Madison University in 2013 and obtained my Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Radford University in 2015. I completed my graduate externship at Pediatric Boulevard during graduate school, and was thrilled to officially join the Pediatric Boulevard team in the winter of 2015. In addition to working in the clinical setting, I have experience working in home environment settings, daycares, and skilled nursing facilities. I enjoy learning about each child as an individual and how to best serve them in my field while creating a fun environment. In my free time I love enjoying the outdoors, whether spending time with my puppy, Milo, playing neighborhood-league sports, or exploring new cities and restaurants. Music is also a passion of mine, both playing and enjoying. People would describe me as compassionate and motivated. This helps in my field by allowing me to both understand the children with whom I work, and be able to support them to best succeed in life.

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Mollie Warren | Speech Language Pathologist

Hi I’m Mollie Warren! I have been working as a Speech Language Pathologist since 2012. I graduated from Texas A&M-Kingsville with a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders in the summer of 2012. I joined the Pediatric Boulevard in spring of 2016. Prior to joining the Pediatric Boulevard team, I worked in daycare, home, and school settings. I enjoy working with children and adolescents with language delays. I have two big sweet dogs who I adopted from my local shelter; Their wagging tails are my favorite thing to come home to after a long day. I grew up in northeast Pennsylvania, like baking sweet treats, and enjoy going to spin class. People would describe me as outgoing and easy to talk to. This helps me make my new clients feel comfortable and at home in therapy.

monicaMonica Astroza-McCarthy  |  Speech Language Pathologist

Hi I’m Monica Astroza-McCarthy! I have been working as a bilingual Spanish/English Speech Language Pathologist since 2000. I graduated from New Mexico State University with a Master’s degree in the Spring of 2000. I joined Pediatric Boulevard in September of 2014. Prior to joining the Pediatric Boulevard team, I worked in skilled nursing facilities, private clinics, and in home environment settings in New Mexico, Texas, Maryland, and Virginia. I enjoy working with children and adolescents with all typed of disorders including Autism and Down Syndrome. My parents are from Chile and as a result, Spanish was my first language as a child. Currently, I have 1 sometimes outlandish husband, 2 fascinating children, and 1 sweet dog. I believe in home-cooked meals, eating delicious food, and consistent exercise. I also enjoy traveling the world and being outdoors. Sitting stationary is not my forte so I am constantly on the move, creating and recycling things to make them better or at least more interesting. People would describe me as always busy and active which helps me to be playful and dynamic with the children that I serve. I believe in having fun but being effective so that that my clients may more easily meet their functional goals.

monicaKimberly Lackey, Ph.D., CCC-SLP | Speech Language Pathologist

Hi, I’m Kimberly! I have been working as a speech-language pathologist (SLP) for over 15 years. I graduated from Florida State University with a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology in May of 1999 and subsequently obtained a Doctoral Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in August of 2006, after working as a school-based SLP for 3 years. After completing my Doctorate, I served as the Program Specialist for speech-language impairments at the Florida Department of Education, traveling across the state providing education/training to school-based SLPs. In July of 2007, I joined the faculty at Western Carolina University (WCU) in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. During my time at WCU, I taught courses in language development and disorders, as well as literacy/reading assessment and intervention. I also served a variety of pediatric populations in the on-campus rehabilitation clinic and developed an after-school reading program at one of the community schools. I joined Pediatric Boulevard in May of 2016 after my family relocated to the Charlotte area.

My passion lies in working with school-age children who are struggling with reading and associated language skills, as well as supporting toddlers and preschoolers with speech and language disorders. Additionally, I believe in prevention and how important it is to work with our local communities, providing educational opportunities for families to learn how to nurture communication and early literacy skills in young children before delays or disorders are evident. It is my belief that when professionals, families, and communities work together, we can make a difference in the life of every child!

On a personal note, my husband Bryan and I have two beautiful girls, 2 years and 4 years old, and we enjoy all types of family activities. We’re originally from Florida, so the beach is a favorite spot; we lived in the mountains for several years, though, and we love hiking and playing outdoors. I enjoy reading, baking, and spending time with extended family. People would describe me as thoughtful, compassionate, goal-oriented, and organized – all characteristics that I believe help me in my support of children and families. I look forward to working with your family!

Physical Therapy

TiaTia Webb  |  Lead Physical Therapist

Hi, I’m Tia! I joined the staff of Pediatric Boulevard in August 2011 after relocating from Texas. I am originally from North Carolina and I love being back home! I received my Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University in May 2009. Prior to that, I obtained a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Winston-Salem State University.  I have primarily worked with kids and I love it because if allows me to be my playful, down-to-earth self!  My treatments at are primarily focused on play-oriented activities. I have a wide experience in the use of assistive/adaptive equipment, as well as lower extremity orthotics.  As needed, I use NDT techniques, taping, electrical stimulation, and aquatic therapy to assist my patients in reaching their optimal goals.  When I’m not working, I enjoy taking naps! I also love hanging out with my family and close friends.

Looking forward to meeting you and your child soon!

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AngieAngie Outen  |  Physical Therapy Assistant

Hi I’m Angie Outen! I have been working as a PTA since 1994. I graduated from Martin Community College with an Associates Degree in the Spring of 1994. I joined the Pediatric Boulevard in Summer of 2011. Prior to joining the Pediatric Boulevard team, I worked in Home Health, Outpatient Clinics, Acute Care, and a Rehab Hospital. I enjoy working with children and adolescents with: Autism, Down Syndrome, Developmental Delays, Orthopedic Issues, Spina Bifida, and Coordination Issues. I have a 10 year old daughter who is a competitive dancer. I have recently started camping and really like it. I enjoy hiking in the mountains. The beach is my favorite vacation environment (not limited to local beaches). I love working in a team based environment. People would describe me as energetic and goal driven! This helps me keep up with the kids I treat.

KassiKassi Simpson  |  Physical Therapist

Hi I’m Kassi! I have been working as a physical therapist since 2012.  I graduated from East Carolina University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in the spring of 2012 and I joined the Pediatric Boulevard in the summer of 2012. Prior to joining the Pediatric Boulevard team, I worked in outpatient neurological/orthopedic, inpatient and pediatric outpatient settings on my clinic internships I enjoy working with children and adolescents with: cerebral palsy; torticollis; musculoskeletal pain, injury, or weakness; developmental delays; developmental coordination disorder; and post-traumatic injury or surgery. I live in the Indian Trail area with my husband and maltese Lucy. I also love being creative and refurbishing old furniture! People would describe me as compassionate and that helps me treat my children with an appreciation for their weaknesses while still challenging them to achieve their best.

Lauren GilbertLauren Gilbert  |  Physical Therapist

Hi I’m Lauren Gilbert! I have been working as a Physical Therapist since 2014. I graduated from West Virginia University with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in the spring of 2014. I joined the Pediatric Boulevard in the winter for 2017. Prior to joining the Pediatric Boulevard team, I worked home environments, hospitals, outpatient clinics and skilled nursing facilities across the country as a traveling physical therapist. I enjoy working with children and adolescents with any and all orthopedic and neurological pathologies as well as children and adolescents with developmental delays and coordination disorders. I recently relocated to Monroe, NC with my wonderful husband, Jason, who is also a physical therapist and our two playful shih tzus, Macho Man and Zoey. We love sports and fitness and we enjoy traveling, especially to the beach or back to WV to visit our families. People would describe me as personable, hard-working, and compassionate and that helps me develop fun and effective treatments to improve the quality of life for the kiddos that I treat and their families.

Occupational Therapy

AlishaAlisha McCanney  |  Lead Occupational Therapist

Hi I’m Alisha McCanney! I have been working as an occupational therapist since 2011.  I graduated from Utica College with a Master’s degree in health sciences in the spring of  2011. I joined the Pediatric Boulevard team in fall of 2012. Prior to joining the Pediatric Boulevard team, I worked in daycares and school settings.  I enjoy working with children and adolescents with: cerebral palsy, autism, down syndrome, and writing difficulties, just to name a few. I moved to North Carolina almost 4 years age from upstate New York and love it here. I have 2 dogs that are very spoiled and I like to travel, even if just to the mountains or the beach for the weekend. People would describe me as patient and that helps me get to know the children I treat and understand what ideas or treatments can help them be more successful throughout their daily lives.

ChristinaChristina Smith  |  Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant

Hi I’m Christina! I have been working as an Occupational Therapist Assistant since 2007. I graduated from Cabarrus College of Health Sciences with a Associates degree in the spring of 2007. I joined the Pediatric Boulevard team in the spring of 2009. I have worked in the school system, home environment, and clinical settings. I am often described as being incredibly patient, and I think that is the best way to describe my personality in interactions with my kiddos.  I love working with children and adolescents with all diagnoses, including Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delays, and accidental injuries, just to name a few. When I’m not working, I enjoy vacationing at the beach and spending time with my two mischievous cats. I look forward to meeting you and your child soon!

BrittneyBrittany Gardner  |  Occupational Therapist

Hi I’m Brittany! I have been working as an occupational therapist since 2011. I graduated from East Carolina University with a Master’s of Science in the summer of 2010. I joined Pediatric Boulevard in the fall of 2013. Prior to joining the Pediatric Boulevard team, I worked in a pediatric private clinic, and home based pediatric services. I enjoy working with children and adolescents with developmental delays, fine motor coordination challenges, and children with sensory processing challenges. I have 1 very sweet dog and enjoy walking on trails and riding bicycles. I love snow (even though we rarely see it in Charlotte) and enjoy spending time with my family in mountains of Virginia. People describe me as sweet, caring, and compassionate and that helps me understand some of the challenges our families face and motivates me to help others.

KarenKaren Puopolo  |  Occupational Therapist

Hi I’m Karen! I have been working as an Occupational Therapist since 2015. I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Master of Occupational Therapy degree in the summer of 2015. I earned my undergraduate degree from Villanova University with a Bachelor’s degree in Comprehensive Science. I joined Pediatric Boulevard in the winter of 2017 after moving to Charlotte from PA. Prior to joining the Pediatric Boulevard team, I worked in the Pennsylvania schools and an acute care therapy hospital in Pittsburgh. I enjoy working with children and adolescents with all diagnoses particularly developmental delays, fine motor delays, down syndrome, sensory processing difficulties and autism.

I have 3 children and a vast amount of experience with moving due to my husband’s previous career as a Naval Officer! I love the going to the beach, traveling, playing games, exercising, spending time with my family and learning as much as I can about many different topics. People would describe me as caring, adaptable and patient which helps me view each child as a unique individual. My experience as a mother helps me understand the challenges families face and motivates me to design treatments that can be fun and have an impact on their daily lives.

Day Care

LorriLorri Anderson  | Day Care Director

I am Lorri Anderson also known as “Ms. Lorri”. I have worked as Administrator at Gray Fox Childrens’ Care for 4 years.

Education

I graduated from King’s College with a degree in business and graduated from SPCC with two certifications – Early Childhood Administration Certificate and the Early Childhood Preschool Certificate. I continued my education and also graduated from SPCC with an Associate in Applied Science Degree. I look forward to continuing my education and learning even more about the development of young children.

Experience

I have served children and families for over 20 years and I absolutely love what I do. Children bring me so much joy and I’m always inspired to know I can play a vital role in their overall growth and development. I have worked with all ages and all abilities –from infants to school age. I have owned/operated my very own state licensed child care program and have served as site administrator for the public school after school program. My education along with my years of experience have given me the hands on skills, knowledge and expertise to model and provide quality care for young children.

Personal

When I am away from work I enjoy spending time with my husband and 4 boys. We are a busy family but we have lots of fun together. I enjoy going to church, reading, dancing, baking and shopping (when I have time).

AshleyAshley Miller  |  Day Care Assistant

My name is Ashley Miller and I have worked as lead teacher at Gray Fox Childrens’ Care for 3 ½ years.

Education

I have completed a certification at SPCC in Early Childhood Education and received my Early Childhood Credentials Certificate. I have completed over 15 hours of In-service training hours in Early Childhood Development and continue to meet this requirement annually. I have enrolled at SPCC and look forward to continuing my education to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Development.

Experience

I have always enjoyed working with children and have 10 + years of experience in childcare. I started out babysitting when I was in high school and because I enjoyed children so much I decided to volunteer at a license child care center. After volunteering for a while, I was offered a teacher assistant position and then later promoted to lead teacher. After the child care center closed, I was then hired to work at Gray Fox Childrens’ Care and I love it. I have learned so much these past three years and look forward to working with many more children and families.

Personal

I am happily married and we have one child “Jaylah”. She is my heart and was actually in my classroom for three years until she transitioned to elementary school. I enjoy my family and we enjoy spending quality time together. I also enjoy shopping, traveling, singing, cooking and doing arts & crafts.

MarieMarie Buffalo | Daycare Assistant

My name is Marie Buffalo. I am a Co-lead teacher at Gray Fox Childrens’ Care and I love my job.

Education

I have completed a certification at SPCC in Early Childhood Education and received my Early Childhood Credentials Certificate. I am in the process of completing my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Development. I have numerous hours of trainings and certificates in Early Childhood Development.

Experience

I have worked with children for over 20 years and I continue to enjoy serving young children. Throughout my years of experience, I have worked with children of all ages/abilities- birth to school age. My years of experience also include working as Administrative Assistant.

Personal

My husband and I always wanted a big family and we were blessed to have 6 children ranging from age 28 – 11. I also have 4 adorable grandchildren. After the death of my husband, I managed to raise my children and I am so proud of their accomplishments. During my spare time I enjoy spending time with my children and grands, shopping, reading and going to church. I currently have 3 children in college so when we are all together it’s a really special time.

Administration

CathyCathy Williams  |  Medical Records / Billing / Insurance

Hi, my name is Cathy and I work in the Medical Records Department in charge of Billing and Insurance for Pediatric Boulevard. I have an Associates Degree in Business Administration. I worked 10 years in the IT Department of Vytra Health Plans, a medical insurance company in Melville, NY. Prior to that I worked for Local One, Amalgamated Lithographers of America, in NYC, in their Pension Department – auditing pensions and in their IT Department supporting their medical, pension and membership departments.

An important aspect of my life is family – my husband and son (who keeps us very busy with Boy Scouts, Piano lessons and Soccer), and of course our dog Polo.

AnaAna L. Montoya  |  Interpreter/Receptionist

Hello my name is Ana. I am an interpreter and receptionist at Pediatric Boulevard I integrated the team in October 2011; I have worked in the customer service area. Although it is the first time working as an interpreter, I have always like to work with children and to help people who do not know the language to communicate with others … I love my job and I enjoy working with the Pediatric Boulevard team. I have three lovely boys that keep me very busy. I love spending time with them; they are the ones that keep me steady.

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Toinette Laguerre-Director | Speech Language Pathologist

I am a Speech-Language Pathologist and the Director of Pediatric Boulevard. In 2006, I was the director of Spoken Precision, which was solely a traveling speech language pathology practice. After growing the practice to include 25 therapists, speech, occupational, and physical therapy services, I wanted a new name and home for our awesome multidisciplinary staff. Pediatric Boulevard’s outpatient therapy clinic was born in June of 2011. Now, our services include 15 licensed professionals that can address the “whole child” under one roof!

I graduated from Gallaudet University with a MS in Speech Language Pathology with a focus on Deaf children. I am fluent in sign language and when I practiced as a SLP, I enjoyed working with the Deaf population. I love vacationing, scuba diving, and spending time with my husband and two children.

As the director, I love overseeing such a dynamic group of individuals who all have the same passion for working with children. I take pride in seeing the smiling faces of the children and parents that we work with on a daily basis. I greatly admire all of the parents that take time out of their schedules to bring the children in for the services that will help them succeed in everyday life. Second to being a mom/wife, this is one of the most honorable and rewarding positions that I could ask for.

Brenda

Brenda Hernandez – Administrative Assistant

Hi I’m Brenda! I have been working as a receptionist since 2016. I joined Pediatric Boulevard in winter of 2016.  I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, cooking, and learning new things. People would describe me as caring because I enjoy helping others!

Silvia

Silvia Martinez – Administrative Assistant

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