Speech Language Pathologists:
Stephanie McGowan Fish, 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 is recently married to Robert and has two active boys, Colin and Jackson, two bonus kids, Kylie and Banks and a Border Collie named Fin. She enjoys running, yoga, traveling, being outside on the water 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.
Kara Maye, MA, CCC-SLP
Kaitlan Bryan Wilson, 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.
Autumn Nobles, MA, CCC-SLP
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.
Erica Altamirano, MA, CCC-SLP
Erica is a SLP new to Cabarrus County. Her enthusiasm is contagious and her pediatric patients with LOVE her creative ways of eliciting language. Welcome to Therapy Talk!
Carson Barbie, MA, CFY-SLP
Carson is a new Speech Language Pathologist. She is a recent graduate from UNC-Greensboro. Feeding is a passion for this new SLP, and she will be able to work with feeding disorders in Cabarrus County. As a native from Mt. Pleasant, NC, Therapy Talk is excited to have her come back and work with children in the Cabarrus County area.
Megan Black, MS, CCC-SLP
I was born and raised in Concord where I attended Cabarrus County Schools. I received both my Bachelors and Masters degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Western Carolina University (Go Cats!). My passion for Speech-Language Pathology grew while I worked as the lead teacher for Autism Charlotte from 2014-2015.
My purpose as a Speech-Language Pathologist is to help children produce sounds in words and sentences correctly to improve their intelligbility, understand and express language in all settings, build problem solving and social skills and increasing verbal fluency. My role involves working directly with teachers to provide classroom strategies and interventions, perform screening and evaluations and provide culturally competent and quality therapy.
Ally Waters, MA, CCC-SLP
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.
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.
Gabby Moore, COTA/L
Gabby is a new COTA to Therapy Talk, but not to the therapy world in general. She worked in the mountains as a COTA and is back to serve the kiddos in Cabarrus County.
Allison Lee, COTA/L
Allison is a new COTA to Therapy Talk. She has worked in various settings with adults and pediatrics. We are excited to have Allison join the team!
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.
Shawn Leis, PT
Shawn sees children in Charlotte and is a part time PT for Therapy Talk.
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 over 23 years. 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
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.