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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, fun loving son, 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.

Lindsay Morrow | Speech Language Pathologist

 

Hi I’m Lindsay! I have been working as an SLP since 2014.  I graduated from Appalachian State University with a Masters of Science in the summer of 2014. I joined the Pediatric Boulevard in fall of 2017. Prior to joining the Pediatric Boulevard team, I worked both in homes and clinics.  Most recently I worked at an Autism treatment centre.  I enjoy working with children and adolescents with ASD and doing early language therapy.  I am originally from Canada, and I love travelling there as well as through the United States. People would describe me as analytical and that helps me see the big picture of the impact of speech and language difficulties on a child’s growth and well-being.

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!

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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.

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Alyssa Coan | Speech Language Pathologist

Hi, I’m Alyssa! I have been working as a Speech-Language Pathologist at Pediatric Boulevard since June 2018. I graduated from Appalachian State University with a Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology in the Spring of 2018. I have experience working with children and adults in the home/daycare environment, as well as in a skilled nursing facility.

I enjoy working with children and adolescents with expressive/receptive language delays, articulation/phonological delays, and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I love working collaboratively with other therapists in a team-based environment and using engaging and motivating activities with my clients in therapy. I enjoy reading, playing with my dog, Kai, and hiking in my spare time. People would describe me as passionate about this field, which helps me when working with children with a wide variety of abilities towards becoming effective and successful communicators.

Physical Therapy

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 Rose  |  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 moved to the Charlotte area when I began working at Pediatric Boulevard and love experiencing everything Charlotte has to offer!. 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.

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Kirstin Catalano | Physical Therapist

“Hi I’m Kirstin! I have been working as a Physical Therapist since 2009. I graduated from Seton Hall University with a DPT in the spring of2009. I joined the Pediatric Boulevard in the fall of 2018. Prior to joining the Pediatric Boulevard team, I worked in pediatric hospital, school-based, and outpatient clinic settings, as well as adult outpatient orthopedics. I enjoy working with children and adolescents with Cerebral Palsy, Torticollis, Down syndrome, Developmental delays, and those with complex medical needs. I have a wonderful husband, a sweet and friendly son, and a cuddly cat named Lola. On the weekends I love to read, sew, bake, or just spend time with my family. People would describe me as playful and that helps me to connect with young children and engage them in therapy activities.”

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 an amazing husband and a cute dog that is very spoiled.  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.

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Charlotte Webster | Occupational Therapist

“Hi I’m Charlotte Webster! I have been working as an occupational therapist since 2018. I graduated from West Virginia University with a Master’s degree in occupational therapy in the spring of 2018. I joined the Pediatric Boulevard team in the summer of 2018. Prior to joining the Pediatric Boulevard team, I completed my internships in schools and inpatient settings. I enjoy working with children and adolescents with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, sensory processing disorder, developmental delay, visual perceptual, and fine motor difficulties. I moved to the Charlotte, North Carolina area from West Virginia just before beginning my journey at Pediatric Boulevard. Whether I’m hiking, biking, swimming or camping, I love being outdoors! People would describe me and energetic and compassionate and that helps me to create and plan fun, yet challenging and beneficial activities for the children I treat so they are able to grow and become more independent and successful in their everyday lives.”

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Stephanie Donovan – Occupational Therapist

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Kristen Naples | Occupational Therapist

Hi I’m Kristen! I have been working as an occupational therapist since 2015. I graduated from Misericordia University with a master’s in occupational therapy, and a bachelor’s degree in health sciences, in the spring of 2015. I joined the Pediatric Boulevard team in the fall of 2018. Prior to joining the Pediatric Boulevard team, I worked in hospitals and the home health care setting. I also volunteered at a local school district, providing occupational therapy services in a school setting. I enjoy working with children and adolescents with autism, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and developmental delays, just to name a few. I recently moved to the Charlotte area, from northeast Pennsylvania, to pursue my passion of working with children. I have a golden retriever, who is very sweet and spoiled. I enjoy spending time with friends and family, DIY crafts, music, and reading. People would describe me as compassionate and patient. These qualities help me better understand the children I work with in order to help them develop and maintain the functional skills they need to enhance their overall quality of life.

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.

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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Dionne Joseph – Occupational Therapist

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Jessica Rodriguez – Administrative Assistant

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Silvia Martinez – Administrative Assistant

Maria Gutierrez| Administrative Assistant

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