Our Staff

Dedicated to quality of care.

Since 1989, our speech-language pathologists and learning specialists have helped children through young adults with speech, language, learning, social and communication difficulties.

Our experienced Speech-Language Pathologists hold master’s degrees, are nationally certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and hold an Arizona License. Our Speech Pathology Assistants hold an Arizona License and additionally have been through the PSLS Training Program. Special education teachers and reading specialists are also credentialed in their area of expertise. Our staff continually stays ahead of the latest treatment advances by participating in national teaching and training conferences. As PSLS Team Members, these individuals possess outstanding clinical skills and provide developmentally appropriate services in a child-friendly manner.

Our experienced and friendly administrative staff is here to help with our client’s needs. The PSLS office handles insurance, initial scheduling of therapy, billing, answering questions, and a myriad of other tasks. They also provide great support for our therapists by handling cancellations, rescheduling, and other issues that come up. They always have our families’ best interests at heart, because they are the heart of PSLS!

Anita Werner, M.S., CCC-SLP

Owner and Executive Director

Anita's comprehensive experience includes screening, evaluating and working with individuals with a wide range of communication, social and learning challenges. She has experience working with children through young adults in a variety of settings, including schools, outpatient hospital facilities, homes, and private practice. As Director of Pediatric Speech and Language Specialists, she encourages her staff to take pride in tailoring therapy to best fit the learning style of all of their clients.

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Our Specialists

Experienced Speech-Language Specialists

Andrea K.

Andrea K.

Andrea has been a member of the PSLS family since 2009. She received her Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders from Arizona State University. Andrea is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed by the Arizona State Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology. She has worked with clients of all ages and has experience with articulation disorders, phonological disorders, apraxia, fluency, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Executive Function disorders, aphasia, receptive and expressive language disorders, pragmatic disorders, and tongue thrust. She has attended specialized trainings in the areas of social cognitive approaches and executive functioning. Andrea currently works in our Scottsdale office, co-leading our Child to Child groups and conducting evaluations. She lives with her husband, daughters, dog, cat, chickens, and ducks. Andrea enjoys reading, going to concerts, watching New York Yankees baseball, pirates, karaoke, and traveling.

Barrett P.

Barrett P.

Barrett received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences with a minor in Human Development from Washington State University. She then went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University with a Masters of Science degree in Communication Disorders. Barrett has provided speech and language services in several different settings including public schools, pediatric acute care and outpatient hospital settings. Barrett currently works with children diagnosed with receptive and expressive language disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, apraxia of speech, articulation disorders, and social pragmatic disorders. She enjoys working with a variety of ages and diagnoses, but especially enjoys working with young children diagnosed with expressive language disorders. Barrett is passionate about working alongside parents to facilitate their child’s ability to communicate with those that they love and with the world in which they live. When she is not working, Barrett enjoys hiking and being outdoors, volunteering, and watching football.

Carol O.

Carol O.

Carol has been with Pediatric Speech & Language Specialists for seventeen years. She is an Arizona licensed SLPA. Carol has extensive training in multisensory, research-based reading intervention programs, especially those targeting dyslexia. She is a trained practitioner of the research-validated Lindamood-Bell® programs (LiPS, Seeing Stars, Visualizing and Verbalizing, and On Cloud Nine), Wilson Language Reading Program® designed to improve students’ decoding, spelling, language comprehension, memory, and math. She divides her time between the Scottsdale office and a charter school providing speech therapy offsite at the school, where she sees children with articulation, fluency, and receptive/expressive language disorders, and provides reading therapy at our office. Carol also facilitates the Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant programs, a series of computer-based brain training and reading interventions, where she loves to teach parents about how neuroplasticity impacts children’s learning. Carol loves the challenge of figuring out the best way to address each individual child’s specific needs. She also tries to inspire children to develop a lifelong love of reading, as she has. In her free time, Carol can be found reading and spending time with her daughters, grandchildren, friends, and her dogs, Annie and Olive.

Holly S.

Holly S.

Holly joined the PSLS team in 2009. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from the University of Arizona. She then went on to complete her Master of Science degree in Clinical Speech-Language Pathology from Northern Arizona University. She is certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association and is licensed by the Arizona State Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology. Holly enjoys working with clients with receptive and expressive language disorders, apraxia of speech, articulation disorders, pragmatic language delays, Autism spectrum disorders, and fluency disorders. She has also received specialized training in improving executive function skills. For fun, Holly enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter which usually involves going swimming, doing road trips, and eating Mexican food.

Jenna T.

Jenna T.

Jenna has worked with individuals with exceptional needs since 2006. She received both her Bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education and her Master’s degree in Special Education with an endorsement in Assistive Technology from Northern Arizona University. She was a special education teacher for several years before returning to the University of Arizona for her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She is certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association and is licensed by the Arizona State Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology. Jenna enjoys working with clients with receptive and expressive language disorders, apraxia of speech, articulation disorders, pragmatic language delays, Autism spectrum disorders, and fluency disorders. Jenna has extensive experience working with augmentative and alternative communication, as well as a strong background in developmental disorders and literacy. In her free time she enjoys exercising at Orangetheory and spending time with her husband, son, and silly French bulldog.

Jill V.

Jill V.

She received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan and her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Montclair State University. She is licensed by the Arizona State Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and is in the process of obtaining certification by the American Speech Language Hearing Association. Jill recently moved to Arizona from New Jersey, where she worked extensively with school-age children in both public and private schools, with a focus on children with Autism and other developmental disabilities. She has a passion for working with clients with receptive and expressive language disorders, articulation disorders, Autism spectrum disorders, and fluency disorders. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, hiking, and spending time with her family.

Judy S.

Judy S.

Judy joined Pediatric Speech and Language Specialists in 2007. She is certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association and is licensed by the Arizona State Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology. She has worked in a variety of settings as a Speech Pathologist initially starting with a pediatric setting. She has also gained experience with head injured and neurologically impaired adults. It was her love of pediatrics that brought her back to working with children after taking off some time to raise her three children. She has worked with clients of all ages and has experience with articulation disorders, phonological disorders, apraxia, fluency, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Executive Function disorders, aphasia, receptive and expressive language disorders, and pragmatic disorders. She loves the work environment at PSLS, her clients, their families, as well as her amazing colleagues! She is a member of two Book Clubs, visits her granddaughter, son and daughter-in-law in Nashville and her son and daughter in Los Angeles. She also loves to travel with her husband of 35 years Sergio.

Michelle S.

Michelle S.

Michelle has been working at PSLS for over fifteen years. She graduated from Ball State University with a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. In 2016, she became a Certified Orofacial Myologist. She is certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association and is licensed by the Arizona State Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology. Michelle has worked in a variety of settings including, hospital-based settings, rehabilitation, nursing homes, schools, and in private practice. Michelle enjoys working with adults, teens, and children of all ages. She treats a variety of speech and language disorders- articulation disorders, phonological disorders, apraxia, fluency, Autism Spectrum Disorders, receptive and expressive language disorders, and pragmatic disorders. Michelle has a particular interest in treating feeding, swallowing, and orofacial myofunctional disorders. Of course with this interest, Michelle is also a member of our Feeding Team. When not working, you can find Michelle scrapbooking, horseback riding, traveling, and spending time with her husband, daughter and two cats!

Mindy M.

Mindy M.

Mindy received her Bachelors of Science degree in Speech-Language Sciences with a minor in Linguistics at New Mexico State University. She could not get enough of the Land of Enchantment, so she remained at New Mexico State University to earn her Masters of Arts degree is Speech-Language Pathology. She is certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association and is licensed by the Arizona State Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology. Prior to moving to the Phoenix area, Mindy worked at a private practice in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Mindy currently works with children diagnosed with apraxia of speech, receptive and expressive language disorders, Autism, executive function disorder, and many more! Mindy enjoys working with children of all ages and abilities, but specifically enjoys working with children with early expressive and receptive language difficulties. She is passionate about feeding and is working toward becoming part of our feeding team. In addition to her work, Mindy enjoys hiking, volunteering, and spending time with her family.

Pamela P.

Pamela P.

Pam earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Audiology and Speech- Language Pathology as well as a Master of Arts Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Northern Colorado. She holds an Arizona Speech-Language Pathologist License and the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Her love of children brought her back to speech therapy after moving from Colorado four years ago. Playing a part in a child’s progress, and celebrating that progress with both the child and their family, is especially gratifying to Pam. She has been with PSLS for only a short time but has over 25 years of experience working with children of all ages diagnosed with apraxia of speech, receptive and expressive language, fluency, voice, articulation, and social communication disorders. Pam loves her team here at PSLS and enjoys the children and their families. She has three grown children and two dogs. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, doing outdoor activities, cooking, and traveling.

Rachel B.

Rachel B.

Originally from Washington State, Rachel received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Gonzaga University. She received her Master’s Degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at Washington State University. She is certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association and is licensed by the Arizona State Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology. Rachel has provided speech and language services to both adults and children in schools, private clinics, and outpatient rehabilitation hospitals. She has clinical experience providing auditory and language therapy to children at The HOPE School (Hearing Oral Program of Excellence) located in Spokane, WA. Prior to attending graduate school, Rachel spent time at the American School for the Deaf located in West Hartford, Connecticut working with deaf and hard of hearing children. Rachel enjoys working with people of various ages from toddlers to teenagers to adults. She has worked with a variety of disorders including pragmatic disorders, speech sound disorders, receptive and expressive language disorders, stuttering, and Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Rachel enjoys playing tennis, running, biking, singing, and spending time with her family and friends in her free time.

Sandy S.

Sandy S.

Sandy received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders with a minor in music from Michigan State University and then settled down to raise her two children in Arizona. After having been a preschool teacher, Sandy returned to the field of Speech and Language and received her Master’s degree from Arizona State University. In 2003, she joined Pediatric Speech and Language Specialists. Sandy enjoys the environment of PSLS as she loves teaching parents, grandparents, and caregivers about speech and language disorders. Sandy’s experiences include working with children of all ages diagnosed with apraxia of speech, receptive/expressive language, fluency, feeding, voice, articulation, executive function and social communication disorders. Sandy is also a member of our Feeding Team, bringing specialized oral motor and sensory feeding therapy to PSLS. She holds an Arizona Speech-Language Pathologist License and Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech- Language Hearing Association. Sandy became interested in speech pathology when she was searching for a major in her undergrad program. She knew she liked working with children and was interested in music. When Sandy saw how music could be integrated into speech-language therapy, she was hooked! Not only can Sandy be creative during therapy, but she continues to use music in many of her sessions. In her spare time, Sandy enjoys theater, art fairs, and dancing with family and friends.

Sondi W.

Sondi W.

Sondi joined Pediatric Speech and Language Specialists in 2013 as a Social Cognitive Specialist and Licensed SLPA. She has received extensive training in social cognition and currently works with social groups ranging in age from three to seventeen years. Sondi is also trained and has completed workshops in executive function skills, stuttering, early speech and language development, apraxia of speech, and narrative skills. Sondi currently provides a wide range of services which includes working with children of all ages diagnosed with apraxia of speech, Autism, receptive/expressive language, fluency, pragmatic, and/or articulation disorders. Sondi enjoys the environment and camaraderie at PSLS and considers herself privileged to work with such an amazing clientele and their families. In her free time she enjoys exercising, volunteering, and spending time with her friends and family.

Our Office Staff

Heidi L.

Heidi L.

Heidi has been with Pediatric Speech and Language Specialists since March of 2006 as an Administrative Assistant & Receptionist. She is usually the first friendly face that families see when they come through our door! Heidi does a variety of things for PSLS from answering phones, booking appointments, answering questions regarding billing and insurance and so many more office tasks. She is an Arizona native who loves to spend time with her husband and their dog, Hudson. She also likes to travel, go antiquing, and attend car shows.

Justine R.

Justine R.

Justine has been a member of the PSLS family since 2000. As our Office Manager, she wears many hats including Human Resources Coordinator and Insurance & Billing Specialist. When she is not working at PSLS, she works with her daughter in her seasonal lighting/decorating business. Justine also enjoys reading and gardening.

Lori L.

Lori L.

Lori has been with Pediatric Speech & Language Specialists since 2010. She works in our front office as an administrative assistant and is an integral part of coordinating our special programs such as our Social Communication groups and Kamp Talkalot. On a daily basis, Lori is also in charge of coordinating the schedules of the therapists, assisting on report writing as well as many other front office tasks. In her free time, Lori enjoys working on researching her ancestry, restoring photos, videos, and DVDs to new technology and baking. She loves to travel, spend time with her husband, kids, and many pets!

Martha L.

Martha L.

Martha joined PSLS in February of 2018. She works in our front office as an Administrative Assistant, and has worked in this field for over 12 years. She provides a variety of services to our PSLS families including answering phones, scheduling appointments, assisting clients with their billing, answering insurance questions, and many other office needs. In her free time, she loves to spend it with her wonderful husband and amazing 4 children and grandson. Martha also loves going to the movies.