About

Meredith Atkins, MS, CCC-SLP

Meredith AtkinsMeredith received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology from Northwestern University in 1995 and her Master’s in Speech Pathology from University of Washington in 1997. Since that time, she has worked in school districts, hospitals, and private clinics doing everything from direct service delivery and consulting to coordinating the administration of therapy programs for large regional treatment centers. Her broad range of experience with both children and adults has led her to an emphasis on language processing, particularly as it relates to literacy and higher-level language skills. Meredith focuses her professional development in these areas and has formal training in many customizable treatment approaches, including Lindamood Bell ®, Wired for Reading ®, and PROMPT ®. She is nationally certified by ASHA, and licensed to practice in the state of Washington. She can be reached at meredith@llaslp.com

Stacy Deffner, MA, CCC-SLP

Stacy DeffnerStacy received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Washington State University in 2001 and her Master’s degree from Washington State University in 2003. Stacy has worked in both private practice and in the school setting. Stacy’s focus has been working primarily with the pediatric population, including children on the autism spectrum and children with auditory processing and literacy challenges. She also has significant experience working with children with receptive and expressive language delays, articulation disorders, and pervasive developmental delays. Stacy is Level I PROMPT trained, has attended PECS Basic and Advanced Training courses, and she also has behavioral training, including training in DIR/Floortime. She has participated in training for the Wired for Reading ® and Seeing Stars ® programs.  She is nationally certified by ASHA, licensed to practice in the state of Washington, and maintains current ESA certification for Washington public schools. She can be reached at stacy@llaslp.com

Tami Gardner, MA, CCC-SLP

Tami GardnerTami received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology from the University of Washington in 1997 and her Master’s in Speech Pathology from Washington State University in 2000.  Tami has worked in pediatric and adult hospitals with both inpatient and outpatient clients with a specific focus on children on the autism spectrum; language disorders and effects on behavior in children with behavioral/emotional diagnoses; traumatic brain injury in both children and adults; early language development and literacy.  Some of Tami’s recent formal training includes: Wired for Reading ®, Level I PROMPT ®, and administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule.  Tami has frequently been asked to speak to parent groups about early child language development and stimulation.  She is nationally certified by ASHA, licensed to practice in the state of Washington and holds a provisional ESA certificate for the Washington public schools. She can be reached at tami@llaslp.com

Kristen Marshall, MS, CCC-SLP

Tami GardnerKristen graduated with her Master’s in Communication Disorders from the University of New Hampshire in 1996.  She has worked extensively with children in public and private schools and clinics all over the country.  Her experience ranges from early intervention through high school and adult clients.  She has continued her training in many areas, including Lindamood Bell ® programs, Orton-Gillingham methodology, Story Grammar Marker ® for writing, PROMPT ® Level I, Wired for Reading ®, and social skills programs by Michelle Garcia Winner.  She has developed a passionate interest in the areas of literacy, auditory processing, and executive function.  She is nationally certified by ASHA, licensed to practice in the state of Washington, and maintains current ESA certification for WA public schools.  She can be reached at kristen@llaslp.com.

Rachel Chao, MS, CCC-SLP

Rachel ChaoRachel received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences in 2000 and her Master’s in Speech Language Pathology in 2003, both from the University of Arizona. She has worked at a broad range of school and community-based programs, including in an inclusive preschool in China. Her experience with pediatric populations includes working with children on the autism spectrum, with specific language impairments, and with literacy. Much of her work with adults has focused on the use of alternative communication systems, literacy, and higher order thinking skills with clients who have suffered traumatic brain injury. Rachel's recent continuing education includes Wired for Reading ® and PROMPT ® Level 1 training; she is currently working on a doctoral dissertation in the area of disability advocacy and family support in international school systems. She is nationally certified by ASHA and licensed to practice in the state of Washington. She can be reached directly at rachel@llaslp.com.

Patricia VedBrat, MS, CCC-SLP

Patricia VedBrat Patricia received her B.S in 1997 and M.S. in 1999 from Purdue University. Since then, she has worked in both public schools and private practice. Areas of particular interest include language disorders and their influence on literacy development and written language, along with phonemic awareness and reading development in school-aged children. Relevant continuing education has focused on the remediation of reading and auditory processing.  Patricia is certified by ASHA and is licensed by Washington state. She can be reached at patricia@llaslp.com

SuAn M. Barnhart, M.A., CCC-SLP

Patricia VedBratSuAn received her Bachelor's degree in Communication Disorders from Eastern Washington University in 1997 and her Master's degree in Communication Disorders from Eastern Washington University in 1999. SuAn has worked in school, hospital, clinical and home health settings with pediatric through adult populations. She has continued her training in many areas, including PROMPT (r) Level I, Wired for Reading (r), PECS (r) Basic Training, and social skills programs by Michelle Garcia Winner. She has significant experience in the treatment of acquired and developmental speech and language disorders as well as attention, auditory processing and executive function. She has developed a special interest in the remediation of literacy, reading and spelling. She is nationally certified by ASHA, licensed to practice in the state of Washington, and maintains current ESA certification for WA public schools. She can be reached at suan@llaslp.com.