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, higher-level language skills, and executive function. Meredith focuses her professional development in these areas and has formal training in many customizable treatment approaches, including Lindamood Bell ®, Wired for Reading ®, Handwriting Without Tears ®, Wilson 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 primarily on children who experience auditory processing and literacy challenges. She also has significant experience working with children with receptive and expressive language delays, articulation disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and executive function issues. 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. Her continuing professional education has included Seeing Stars ®, Handwriting Without Tears ®, and advanced training in Wired for Reading ®.  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: advanced training in 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, advanced training in 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, Ed. D, 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 received the title of Doctor of Education in 2014 from Northcentral University; her dissertation research focus was on “Parental goal-setting and special education in the People’s Republic of China.” She has worked at a broad range of school and community-based programs. Her experience with pediatric populations includes working with children on the autism spectrum, with specific language impairments, and with literacy and auditory processing challenges. 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 Writing Matters®, Handwriting Without Tears ®, PROMPT ® Level I, and advanced training in Wired for Reading ®. 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, MS, 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 ® Level I, Wired for Reading ®, PECS ® Basic Training, Visualizing and Verbalizing ®, 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.

Salomi Daftary, MA, CCC-SLP

Salomi DaftarySalomi graduated with a Master’s in Speech Language Pathology from Ohio University in 2006. Salomi has worked with the pediatric population primarily, in schools and private practice settings. Her experience ranges from early intervention services to working with high school students on a wide variety of speech, language and literacy disorders. Salomi has worked extensively with students on the autism spectrum, stuttering, apraxia, alternative/ augmentative communication and learning disabilities. She has developed a particular interest in the areas of auditory processing, phonological awareness and reading. Salomi has received additional training in the following treatment approaches: PROMPT ®, Picture Exchange Communication System ®, Phonological Based Rehabilitation Conference (LIPS), Hanen® – It Takes Two to Talk ®, the Lidcombe Program for childhood stuttering; Handwriting Without Tears ® and advanced training in Wired for Reading ®. Salomi is nationally certified by ASHA and is licensed to practice in the state of Washington. She can be reached at salomi@llaslp.com