Speech/Language Pathologists

Kelly Fairris, MS, CCC/SLP pursued her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Indiana University in 2004, after receiving her bachelor’s degree in 2002. In 2005, she earned a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Kelly has experience working with children who have a variety of speech/language-feeding difficulties, including, but not limited to, autism spectrum disorder, aphasia, apraxia, articulation/phonology disorders, developmental delay, sensory processing disorder and feeding difficulties. She has attended numerous continuing education seminars relating to sensory integration and sensory processing disorder, social communication and interaction, neurodevelopmental treatment, and oral motor feeding skills. Kelly is play-based and incorporates sensory-based intervention techniques into her therapy sessions. In addition to individual therapy, she also runs our “Wee Sprouts” social skills group. She encourages family involvement, empowering you to help your child. Kelly makes learning fun!

Rachel Lieske, MA, CCC/SLP is a licensed speech/language pathologist who graduated from Northwestern University with a Master of Arts degree in speech pathology. She subsequently earned a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-hearing Association in 2008. She is certified in the Interactive Metronome and CPR. Rachel has many years of experience from training and direct application of therapeutic techniques in sensory-based feeding disorders, sensory processing challenges, apraxia, developmental delays, phonological disorders, language processing disorders, autism and executive functioning challenges. She is a First Steps Assessment Team member. She provides services for children in their homes, at Wee Care Therapy, and a couple of private schools. In addition to individual therapy, she also runs our “Wee Sprouts,” “Pea Pods” and Bean Stalks” social skills groups. Rachel loves empowering families to help their children succeed with “family-centric” techniques. She recognizes the need to specialize treatment plans at a moment’s notice. She is married to her high school sweetheart and they have two beautiful children. She looks forward to meeting your family!       

JoLynn Luevano, MA, CCC/SLP received a Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2010 from Ohio University after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences from Purdue University in 2008. She earned her Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2011. JoLynn is CPR certified. She has experience working with children with a variety of communication disorders including expressive and receptive language delays, articulation and phonological disorders, dysfluency, autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, sensory processing disorder and children with hearing impairments who use hearing aids or cochlear implants. JoLynn is particularly interested in augmentative communication devices and working with children with hearing impairments. She has advanced training in sensory processing, feeding and social communication. In addition to individual therapy, she also runs some of our social skills groups. She looks forward to working with you and your family to improve your child’s ability to communicate effectively!

Alexis (Lexi) McMahon, MS, CCC-SLP received a Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from Saint Xavier University in 2017 after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders from Indiana University in 2015. She earned her Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2018. Lexi has professional experience working with children with a variety of communication disorders including traumatic brain injury, auditory processing disorder, expressive and receptive language delays, articulation and phonologic disorders, autism, sensory processing disorder, cerebral palsy, dysfluency, dysarthria, apraxia and aphasia. Her experience stems from clinic, school and hospital settings. Lexi also has personal experience helping child family members with cerebral palsy. She has been active in the community including volunteering for Wee Care Therapy and Girls on the Run, and fund raising for a neonatal intensive care unit trough the Indiana University Dance Marathon. She is CPR certified. Lexi is passionate and sensitive in her approach to working with children and looks forward to helping you and your child!

Christina Molenstra, MS, CCC/SLP earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders (2011) and Master of Science in speech-language pathology (2013) degrees from St. Xavier University. In 2011, she received the outstanding Communication Sciences and Disorders Student Award. She has worked in pediatrics in the schools since graduation and has some experience with adults. Her training also includes hospital and rehabilitation settings. She earned a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2014. Christina has worked with children with a variety of diagnoses including autism, expressive and receptive language delays, central auditory processing disorder, articulation, phonological disorders, fluency problems and other developmental and chromosomal disorders. She has attended continuing education on feeding/swallowing, articulation, phonation, assistive technology and sensory processing. Christina uses a play-based approach to therapy and eagerly awaits helping you and your child!

Mandy Nutley, MHS, CCC/SLP has been a licensed speech/language pathologist since 1985, earning her Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association shortly thereafter. She strongly believes in family involvement, and that functional skills are best learned in a play-based, fun environment. Mandy is the recipient of the 2011 Autism Association of Northwest Indiana’s Shining Star Award, which honors people who have provided outstanding service to individuals with autism. Her areas of expertise include autistic spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder, prematurity, oral-motor difficulties (both feeding and speech) and general communicative/interactive delay. She has attended numerous continuing education seminars on sensory integration and sensory processing, neurodevelopmental treatment and oral motor/feeding techniques. She has presented internationally on sensory-processing, engagement and feeding. She is CPR certified. Mandy feels it is crucial to acknowledge that interactive skills underlie quality communicative development!

Hannah Opat, MS, CF/SLP earned a Bachelor of Science in Audiology and Speech from Purdue University in 2016 and Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from West Virginia University in 2019. She worked in the Autism and Alternative and Augmentative Communication Research Lab at Purdue University which enhanced her learning and passion for pediatrics. Her graduate education provided her with the clinical experience with children and adults with speech and language, cognitive, and swallowing deficits in daycare, school, university clinic and hospital. Prior to that, she received a registered behavioral technician certificate in 2017 which gave her experience in applied behavioral analysis for children with autism. Hannah participated in an intensive four-day summer camp, Camp GIZMO, that provided multidisciplinary therapy services to a child with complicated special needs. Hannah is in her clinical fellowship year and supervised by Kelly Fairris. She is certified in CPR certified. She has experience working with children with aphasia, autism, Rett syndrome, articulation/phonology disorders, cerebral palsy, cortical vision impairment, developmental delay, Down syndrome and feeding difficulties. Hannah uses a play-based approach and is eagerly looking forward to working alongside you to help your little one reach their full potential!

Crystal Renzi, MS, CCC/SLP earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Hearing from Indiana University in 2007 and a Master of Science degree from St. Xavier University in 2013. Prior to joining us, she had experience as a speech/language assistant in the schools. She earned a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2014. She is CPR certified. Crystal has worked with children with a variety of communication disorders including expressive and receptive language delays, central auditory processing disorder, articulation and phonological disorders, fluency, autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder, and other disorders of social impairment. She has experience in clinic and early intervention (natural environment) settings. She has attended continuing education in the areas of feeding, sensory processing, therapeutic adaptations, torticollis and treatment perspectives. Crystal involves you in your child’s treatment and brings a fresh perspective to her approach of working with you and your child!

Elaine Reyna, MS, CCC/SLP is a graduate of Purdue University (Bachelor of Science, 2004) and New York Medical College (Master of Science, 2006), and has been a practicing speech/language pathologist since receiving her degree. She received her Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association in 2007. She is CPR certified. Elaine has had the pleasure of working at some highly respected hospitals on the east coast and in Chicago during her career as a speech/language pathologist. Each experience and co-worker have helped shape her into the clinician and teacher she is today. She currently carries a small caseload of First Steps (early intervention) clients through Wee Care Therapy. In addition, she is a full-time faculty member at Governors State University where she teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses, as well as provides clinical supervision for graduate students. She is passionate about young children with complex medical needs, pediatric feeding and swallowing, early language development, characteristics of autism, caregiver and family education, and sharing knowledge to help shape the future speech/language pathologists of the world. Elaine looks forward to meeting you and your family!