Speech Language Pathologists:
Stephanie McGowan Kirila, MA, CCC-SLP:
Steph is originally from Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 1995 with her Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She worked in a variety of settings over the years from schools and in-patient rehab centers to skilled nursing facilities and in home health. She found her love with the home health setting and the tremendous impact it has on the children she treats. Therapy Talk was founded in 2007 with Steph as the only Speech Language Pathologist. As more clients found Therapy Talk, Steph realized the business needed to grow in order to serve more children in all areas of development. Consequently, the other disciplines of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy were added to The Therapy Talk family. Pediatric feeding/swallowing and apraxia of speech are two areas she loves to focus on, but she has treated all types of receptive and expressive language disorder, fluency disorders, pragmatic disorders and has worked with a wide variety of children with special needs. Steph has two active boys, Colin and Jackson, and a Border Collie named Fin. She enjoys running, yoga, traveling, being outside and spending time with family and friends.
Bridget Rae Maloney Zapolnik, MA, CCC-SLP:
Bridget knew she wanted to be a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP), in 2007 when she was teaching Special Education and working alongside her students’ SLP. In 2011, she received her Masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has been with Therapy Talk ever since! In addition to teaching children speech and language skills, Bridget enjoys teaching yoga to her patients in her sessions as well as to others. Some of her additional favorite things include: her hubby, walking her dogs and eating nachos and spending time with Zoe and new baby Winnie. Bridget is not only a SLP, but an amazing Yoga instructor in Charlotte.
Christine S. Lovelace, MA, CCC-SLP:
Christine graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2006 and finished graduate school for speech-language pathology at UNC-Greensboro in 2009. She loves working closely with children and their families, and really enjoys seeing children’s personalities develop as their communication skills improve. Christine is originally from Concord, and is happy to be back living in Concord again with her husband Nick, son Simon, and their cat Smoky.
Mary Nelson, MA, CCC-SLP, IBCLC:
Mary Nelson received her Bachelor of Arts degree with honors and dual majors in Psychology & Spanish from Samford University, and her Master of Arts degree from San Diego State University with Bilingual Certification. She completed Bachelors and Masters theses, each involving research in the fields of bilingualism and language/phonological development. She has had extensive medical/swallowing experience, having worked at a stroke-certified and level 2 trauma center/hospital for 4 years. Mary also received her board certification to practice as a licensed Lactation Consultant and has had experience serving clients with latch/breastfeeding issues and tongue ties. She is proficient in Spanish and enjoys serving the Spanish-speaking population in addition to her monolingual clients. Outside of work, Mary enjoys reading, listening to music, cooking, and spending time outdoors kayaking/walking/white-water rafting and traveling with her husband and labrador puppy, Tie.
Kaitlan Bryan, MS, CCC-SLP:
I am originally from Austin, TX but now live in Concord, North Carolina. I have a Bachelors Degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Masters Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Appalachian State University. I have always enjoyed working with children and been drawn to pediatric speech therapy. I love animals and have a Black Lab mix named Payton.
Holly Lamb, MS, CCC-SLP
Holly is originally from Morehead City located in the southern Outer Banks of NC. She has received a Bachelor of Science from Appalachian State University and a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Western Carolina University. During her course of study at Western Carolina University, Holly participated as a Grant Trainee for “Improving Speech-Language Pathology Services to Children with Severe Disabilities through Pre-professional and Professional Training.” Through this awarded grant, Holly took six additional graduate courses in CSD, physical therapy and special education, and completed 50 clinic hours providing assessment and intervention for children with complex communication needs. Professionals with expertise as providers and researchers offered specific instruction on legal and public policy issues related to treating individuals with severe disabilities, use of community resources, critical and evidence-based methodologies useful in communication and other instruction, and collaboration with family members and other professionals. She has attended seminars featuring national experts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Kansas at Lawrence on cutting-edge assessment and intervention-based research findings and clinical applications. Holly and her boyfriend have a sweet white lab named Dixie. Some of her favorite hobbies and interests include camping, music, and traveling.
Theresa Loflin, MS, CCC-SLP
Theresa has been working as a Speech Language Pathologist since 2012 and graduated from Western Carolina University with a Masters Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders the spring of 2012. She joined Therapy Talk in the spring of 2017. Prior to joining the Therapy Talk team, she worked in daycares, schools, private practice, and home environment settings. Her passion lies in working with school-age children who are struggling with reading and associated language skills, as well as supporting toddlers and preschoolers with speech and language disorders. On a personal note, she loves traveling, hiking, biking, tennis, and anything in the great outdoors, preferably with her pup in tow.
Claudia C. Hunter, OTR/L
Claudia graduated from Medical University of SC and holds a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. She has experience working in outpatient rehab, skilled nursing facilities and private practice pediatrics, but her heart has always pointed to pediatrics! She has had additional training and experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Sensory Processing Disorder, fine motor and visual motor delays, genetic disorders, dyspraxia, sensory feeding disorders, and developmental delays. She has continued to study and has experience with childhood anxiety, behavioral management programming, and neurodevelopmental reflexes. She has extensive training in visual therapy and vestibular dysfunction with children. She enjoys working with infants as well as older children. Outside of work life, she enjoys loving on her furbabies, fitting as much yoga in as possible, and laughing with her husband.
Alicia Matthews, OTR/L
Alicia graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Masters of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. She has experience working in outpatient/inpatient rehab, private practice and has a love for pediatrics! She has experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Dysfunction, Down syndrome, ADHD, dyspraxia, dysgraphia, and developmental delay. She is a Therapeutic Listening provider, and has specialized training in the assessment and treatment of vestibular processing related to primary movement patterns, oculomotor function, visual efficiency and visual information processing impacting daily function. Alicia is a self-proclaimed foodie, an avid coffee drinker, and loves to travel!
Andrea Smith, COTA/L
Nicole Blackwell, COTA/L
Nicole graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and then received her Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant from Cabarrus College of Health Sciences. She has experience in many types of settings but has always had a passion for Pediatrics. She loves working with children and their families to accomplish their goals. She lives in Concord with her husband Jeremy and 2 young children, Ellie Kate and Hutson . Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, traveling and spending time with her family.
Daniela Beauvais, LPT
Registered PT in the state of NC; graduated from the University of New England in Maine in 1989. I have been working as a PT for almost 26 years now. I have had the privilege to work in all area of Physical Therapy. I have been married for 25 years to a wonderful husband, and I have 2 grown children. My daughter graduated college and works as an occupational therapy assistant and my son is in college as an art major. I thoroughly enjoy my work with the children at Therapy Talk. It is such a privilege to work with so many wonderful children and families. Our Physical Therapy program at Therapy Talk offers intensive in home therapy including developmental training, education/training with family, assessment of durable medical equipment needs, bracing/orthotics, home modification for handicap accessibility, gross motor and sensory stimulation and progressive exercise training. We individualize the program based on each child’s needs ranging from birth to 21 years of age.
I am Kristin Taylor! I have been married for almost 19 years and have 3 great kids (and 2 furry kids!) I graduated Physical Therapy school in 1996 from Daemen College in Buffalo, NY. Shortly after graduating college, we moved to NC from Buffalo, NY and love it here!! I have worked in various areas of Physical Therapy but have always had a passion for Pediatrics! There is nothing more rewarding than helping children and their families accomplish their goals!!!
Bennice Tipton, LPTA
Lily Hurt, LPTA