February 25, 2015



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

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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.   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

Kaitlan is originally from Austin, Texas and has lived in the Charlotte area for 17 years. She received a Bachelors degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2011, and she received a Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Appalachian State University in 2014. Kaitlan has always enjoyed working with children and been drawn to pediatric therapy. In her spare time she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends and her dog 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 fiancé have a sweet white lab named Dixie. Some of her favorite hobbies and interests include camping, music, and traveling.

Kristen Bragg, MS, CCC-SLP


Charli Moore, MA, CCC-SLP


Autumn Nobles, MA, CCC-SLP (anticipated June 2018)

Autumn is originally from Boynton Beach, Florida. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor in Health Services Administration in 2015. She continued at UCF and obtained her Master’s Degree in 2017. Autumn moved from the Sunshine State to Charlotte and joined Therapy Talk in Summer 2018. Autumn enjoys baton twirling, attending country concerts, traveling, working out, and watching college football – Go Knights!

Andrea Larson, MS, CCC-SLP

Andrea is originally from Pennsylvania, though she spent ages 2-11 in Alberta, Canada. She graduated in 2009 from Misericordia University in PA with a masters in speech-language pathology. Andrea has had experience in a variety of settings including the NICU, schools, and skilled nursing facilities, and has found that her heart lies in working with children and their families and watching them thrive as they learn and master communication skills. When she’s not working, Andrea enjoys spending time with her husband and their 3 children, as well as reading and learning new culinary skills.

Occupational Therapists:

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!


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.

Rebekah Riddle, COTA/L

Rebekah graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA where she obtained her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health Science with a concentration in Health Studies and a Minor in Family Studies.  She continued her education at South University in Richmond, VA and graduated with an Associate’s degree of Applied Science as an Occupational Therapy Assistant.  Rebekah is licensed through the National Board of Certification of Occupational Therapy. She completed two fieldwork assignments in pediatric settings and has been working with children/adolescents for four years.  Her other fieldwork assignments included inpatient rehab and home health.  She has experience working with children with diagnoses that include: Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, developmental delay, depression, eating disorders, Sensory Processing Dysfunction, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder.  Rebekah recently moved to the Charlotte area and loves exploring everything the city has to offer!

Jeannie Burgess, OTR/L

Jeannie works with Therapy Talk on a part time basis as she wears many hats.  She works in a skilled nursing facility as well is an instructor at the Rowan Cabarrus COTA program up in Rowan County.  She is another bright spot on the Therapy Talk team in our OT department.



Courtney Leonard, OTR/L


Courtney graduated from Cabarrus College of Health Sciences with an Associate’s Degree in Science as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. She has experience working in a variety of settings including outpatient rehab, skilled nursing, as well as private outpatient pediatric clinics but found her love for working with children within their homes, daycares and schools. She has specialized training in Beckman Oral, Handwriting Without Tears, DIR Floortime as well as Sensory integration. She has expertise with working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Opposition Defiance Order, ADHD, Brachial Plexus Injury, as well as Cerebral Palsy. She and her fiancé Dale recently moved to Concord with their 3 year old son, Jayden, and their Mini Yorkie Hank. She enjoys cooking, hiking, and spending time with her family.



Rachel Muolo COTA/L

Rachel graduated from Cabarrus College of Health Sciences in May of 2018 and received her license to practice in June of 2018 through the North Carolina Board of Occupational Therapy. In her time in school she completed and gained valuable fieldwork experience in multiple pediatric settings as well as adult inpatient and geriatrics settings. Through these experiences Rachel has treated an array of diagnoses including Autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, Muscular Dystrophy, Down Syndrome, Developmental Delay, eating disorders, visual deficits and more. She has facilitated treatments in vision therapy and feeding therapy from an OT perspective gaining valuable knowledge in the process. Rachel has a passion and heart for the pediatric field and is very proud to be a part of the Therapy Talk team. Rachel has lived in Harrisburg/Concord area for close to 20 years now and loves to call this area home. Outside of work Rachel enjoys riding horses, kayaking, camping, playing volleyball and spending time with friends and family.


Megan Wilhelm, COTA/L

Megan graduated from Cabarrus College of Health Sciences in 2018 as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. She completed Level 1 and Level 2 Fieldwork rotations in Pediatrics with experience in schools and home health, and completed Level 2 Fieldwork in a Rehabilitative Facility with adults. During her time at school she attained several certifications, including an Educator of Infant Massage Certification. She has experience working with Autism, ADHD, Developmental Disabilities, Down Syndrome. Megan has always been enthusiastic about working in Pediatrics. Outside of work she enjoys spending time outdoors and exploring what the world has to offer.

Physical Therapists:


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.


Kristin Taylor, LPT:

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


Hello, my name is Bennice Tipton.  I am a Licensed PTA in the state of NC; I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1994 and Caldwell Community College 1995. I have been a PTA for 23 years and counting.  I have worked in all areas of Physical Therapy over the years and truly love being a therapist.  I have been married for 18 years to an amazing man and we have two teenage boys. My oldest son was born profoundly deaf and our family has been learning sign language for 16 years now.  I have found that my experience as a mother with a special needs child helps me to better relate with my families and have found that sign language a is very useful tool when working with children of all ages and diagnoses.


Lily Hurt, LPTA



Office Manager

Gail Johnson

Gail is the mom of two amazing older boys and is Steph’s right hand woman!  Therapy Talk could not survive without Gail’s attention to all issues regarding billing and insurance and Patient services.  She is an essential part of the the Therapy Talk team with her positivity and laughter.