Speech/Language Therapy

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Elizabeth (Liz) Chorich, MS, CCC/SLP

Liz received a Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from Syracuse University in 2013 after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from Purdue University in 2011. She earned a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2014. Liz has experience working with children with a variety of communication disorders including: expressive and receptive language delays, articulation and phonologic disorders, autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing disorder,  cerebral palsy, dysfluency, apraxia, and feeding disorders. She has worked in clinic, school, and early intervention (natural environment) settings. She has attended continuing education in the areas of sensory processing, feeding and swallowing disorders, social communication, and torticollis. She is CPR certified. She loves working with children and is looking forward to meeting and helping you!

Kelly Fairris, MS, CCC/SLP

After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in 2002, Kelly pursued her Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Indiana University in 2004. 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/interaction, neurodevelopmental treatment, and oral motor feeding skills. Kelly is play-based and incorporates sensory-based intervention techniques into her therapy sessions. She encourages family involvement, empowering you to help your child. Kelly makes learning fun!

Rachel Lieske, MA, CCC/SLP

Rachel is a licensed speech/language pathologist who graduated from Northwestern University, and subsequently earned a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-hearing Association in 2008. She absolutely loves working with children and has experience with ages ranging from birth to early elementary with a  variety of diagnoses including: autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, expressive and receptive language disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, sensory-processing disorder, and feeding/swallowing disorders. Rachel has attended numerous seminars on feeding, social communication, and sensory processing. In addition to individual therapy, she also runs our “Wee Sprouts” toddler social skills group. She is CPR certified and certified n the Interactive Metronome. She is on the Assessment Team for First Steps in Porter County, and provides services in some schools. She recognizes the importance of family involvement in play-based therapy to further your child’s success. She looks forward to meeting you and your family!

JoLynn Luevano, MA, CCC/SLP

JoLynn 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 a 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 several of our social skills groups. She looks forward to working with you and your family to improve your child’s ability to communicate effectively!

Mandy Nutley, MHS, CCC/SLP

Mandy 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 National Autism Association of Northwest Indiana’s Shining Star Award, which honors people who have provided outstanding service to individuals with autism. Her particular areas of interest 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, therapeutic listening, and oral motor/feeding techniques. She is CPR certified. Mandy feels it is crucial to acknowledge that interactive skills underlie quality communicative development!

Crystal Renzi, MS, CCC/SLP

Crystal 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, Crystal 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

Elaine is the clinical manager of Wee Care Therapy. She earned her Bachelors in Audiology and Speech Pathology from Purdue University in 2004, and her Masters in Speech/Language Pathology from New York Medical College in 2006. While in graduate school, she was also chosen to be in Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and  Related Disabilities (LEND) – an interdisciplinary leadership training program, which focused on promoting innovative practices to enhance cultural competency, family centered care, and interdisciplinary partnerships. Elaine received her Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association in 2007, and is CPR certified. She enjoys working with children with all ability levels to achieve functional communication. Her special interests include infants and children with multiple disabilities, complex medical needs, airway anomalies (e.g. tracheotomies),  and feeding/swallowing disorders. She loves to collaborate with her colleagues, problem solve, and continue to learn from her children and families. She looks forward to meeting you!