I graduated from Christopher Newport University in 2018 with my B.S. in Biology. I am currently working as a residential counselor at Timber Ridge School while also interning, here, at Shenandoah SOUNDstart. I will, hopefully, be attending graduate school this following year to earn my Masters in Occupational Therapy with a concentration in pediatrics. In my free time, I like to spend time with my friends, hike, and collect/watch movies.
Nicole, Meaglia, M.A., CF-SLP
Speech-Language Pathology Fellow
Allysa is a graduate of Gannon University's five-year accelerated Master's of Science Occupational Therapy (OT) program located in Erie, Pennsylvania. She obtained her National Board Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) in 2015. She currently holds an Occupational Therapy license in the states of Virginia and West Virginia. Allysa is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association (VOTA.)
Following graduation, she moved to Virginia to start a job as a school-based occupational therapist. She has worked in other parts of Virginia and West Virginia working with both the pediatric and adult population.
She has worked in both public school and private school settings servicing children preschool to high school ages. She has experience with in-home therapy for both pediatric and adult patients. In addition, she has assisted at a day center for adults with disabilities providing sensory-behavioral support through weekly consultation.
Allysa loves helping individuals and their families live their lives to their fullest and watching them grow. She is passionate about learning and finding new ways to grow as a therapist. She has special interest in the preschool population and sensory integration. She could not be more ecstatic about her position with Shenandoah SOUNDstart, LLC and the expansion of the practice in the area of occupational therapy. In addition to Shenandoah SOUNDstart, LLC, she works part-time at Grafton Integrated Health Network in Winchester, VA.
Allysa completed her fieldwork in skilled nursing facilities, acute/in-patient hospital, and outpatient center. She has traveled to Quito Ecuador to help at Camp HOPE, a pediatric orphanage, preschool, and clinic. Throughout college she worked in a group home for adults with disabilities. In her free time she enjoys time with her boyfriend and their three dogs. She is originally from a small town in Pennsylvania. She loves traveling and visiting friends and family, reading, crafting, and yoga.
Linda Cimino-Richardson, B.S., PT
Sarah grew up in Northern Virginia which is where she pursed her career working in the medical billing field. She now joins our practice with over 25 years of medical office experience. For the past 15 years she has worked as the billing administrator for a chiropractic office in Fairfax, VA. She is excited to bring her knowledge of billing and insurance to our practice. She recently moved to Augusta, WV with her husband, their two sons and the two family cats. The family is very outdoorsy and is always ready for their next adventure.
Allysa M. Welsh, M.S., OTR/L
Occupational Therapy Supervisor
Alayna Bryant, B.A.
Shenandoah SOUNDstart, LLC
Alysha is an Occupational Therapist who graduated from the University of Florida in 2014. She has worked with the pediatric population since graduation in outpatient clinics, inpatient settings, and even in school-based practice. Alysha also earned her Bachelors in Health Science from the University of Florida and loves watching her Gators play during football season! She is originally from Cocoa Beach, Florida. In her free time, she is playing with her puppy Pixie, practicing yoga, or baking.
Alysha has a strong passion for working with children. She worked and volunteered at Camp Boggy Creek, a camp for children with chronic medical illnesses, throughout her career. She is also a current volunteer for the Make a Wish foundation. Alysha has attended the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Feeding Course, is a Level 1 Handwriting Without Tears Certified Instructor, a Keyboarding Without Tears Certified Instructor, Interactive Metronome Certified, and Integrated Listening Systems Certified. She is also a Certified Clinical Fieldwork Educator and enjoys sharing her passion for OT with the next generation of OTs and COTAs. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Occupational Therapy at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL with a specialty focus in pediatrics.
Nicole grew up in the Sacramento, California area. She attended Biola University in Los Angeles for her undergraduate degree, where she majored in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Following her graduation, she moved to Washington, D.C. to pursue a master's in speech-language pathology at The George Washington University.
At GWU, Nicole particularly enjoyed studying and working with clients with hearing loss, articulation disorders, and voice disorders. She also enjoyed working in the cochlear implant lab on campus. Nicole completed internships at a school for children with hearing loss and the GWU Hospital, where she gained knowledge for treating adults and children with hearing loss, voice disorders, and articulation disorders.
After graduation, Nicole relocated to Winchester, Virginia to complete her clinical fellowship year at Shenandoah Soundstart. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and traveling with her boyfriend, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Alayna Bryant is a 2015 Millbrook High School graduate who resides in Winchester. She just recently graduated from Virginia Tech where she received a Bachelors in Liberal Arts in Human Development and a minor in Psychology. Her career goal is to eventually become an Occupational Therapist and work with pediatrics. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and watching new Netflix shows. She can't wait to meet the families of Shenandoah SOUNDstart!
Pediatric Therapy Center
Linda has been practicing Physical Therapy for over 35 years. Born and raised in New York City, she attended St. Louis University where she received her BS in Physical therapy. She currently holds licenses to practice in NY, NJ and VA and is a member of the APTA. She is excited to have moved to Virginia and continue her career at Shenandoah SOUNDstart.
Linda is a pediatric PT who has experience working with children age birth to 21 years in a variety of settings. For several years following graduation, she was employed at an acute care hospital where she gained experience in the medical aspect of disease. She went on to work in Schneider Children’s Hospital of Long Island with rotations through NICU, PICU, and outpatient clinics for arthritis, cystic fibrosis, orthopedics and bracing. She gained experience working with medically fragile and technology dependent children, and worked extensively with children following orthopedic and neurological surgeries. She was part of the post Rhizotomy care team.
Upon leaving the hospital setting, Linda went on to become the supervising therapist overseeing a team of ten OT’s and PT’s at The Queens’s Center for Multiply Handicapped Children in Queens, NY. She headed both the equipment and bracing clinics. Most recently, Linda had a private practice on Long Island where she provided services to children and families in their homes, the community, private and public schools, and with the Early Intervention Program of Nassau County.
Linda loves turning therapy treatments into play times where children and families can enjoy learning to move and explore.
In her free time, Linda practices yoga and Pilates. She enjoys walking, hiking, theatre, travel and spending time with her three adult children.
Morgan is a graduate of Milligan College Master’s of Occupational Therapy program, located in Tennessee. She obtained her National Board Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) in March of 2018. She currently holds Occupational Therapy licenses in Virginia, Alabama, and Oklahoma.
Following graduation, Morgan decided to pursue travel therapy, working in outpatient pediatrics as well as acute care, working with adults.
Morgan loves working with children and families and is passionate about helping children and their families live their best lives. She has special interest in early intervention and sensory integration. She is very excited about joining the Shenandoah SOUNDstart, LLC family.
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Alysha Stoner, MOT, OTR/L
Jamie Jones, M.S., CCC-SLP
Carrie E. Smith, M.A., CCC-SLP,
LSLS Cert. AVT
Owner, Speech-Language Pathologist,
Carrie has been practicing as a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist serving children with speech and language disorders and their families for over 13 years. She is the owner of Shenandoah SOUNDstart, LLC and has extensive experience working in a variety of settings including schools, adult and pediatric hospitals, rehabilitation centers, voice clinics and outpatient therapy centers.
Carrie is a pediatric speech pathologist who specializes in working with infants and children with speech and language disorders due to a variety of etiologies. She has a special interest in working with children with hearing loss from infancy throughout their school-aged years and is a Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist. She has served on three cochlear implant teams and has experience working with teenagers and adults with hearing loss as well. Carrie served as the lead voice clinician at the University of California Irvine (UCI) Voice and Swallowing Clinic in Orange, CA and was the lead speech pathologist on the UCI Cochlear implant team.
Carrie attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville for her undergraduate degree and the University of Iowa in Iowa City for her masters. She completed her clinical fellowship year (CFY) at Rancho los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, California working primarily with stroke and gerontology patients. She completed the FIRST YEARS certificate course through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and went on to complete training, mentorship, and certification as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist in Auditory-Verbal Therapy through AG Bell.
Carrie is currently licensed by the state boards of Speech-Language Pathology in the states of Virginia and West Virginia and has previously held state licenses in Arkansas and California. She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and is a member of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell). Carrie has presented at various conferences and workshops around the nation. She holds the DIRFloortime® Certificate of Proficiency (DIR-Proficient), is trained in Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT), and Hanen. She served on the Arkansas Hands and Voices board until moving to Virginia with her family.
Carrie is fluent in both English and Spanish and conducts evaluations and therapy in both languages. She is passionate about providing quality, research-based intervention for every child in need.
Jamie is originally from Martinsburg, WV. She attended West Virginia University for her undergraduate degree and James Madison University for her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Jamie completed her Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY) at Winchester Rehabilitation Center working with both adults and children. After her CFY was complete, she went on to become a travel speech-language pathologist working in skilled nursing facilities and home health agencies in Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida. Jamie returned back to West Virginia in 2017 to work for Berkeley County Schools, where she worked with pre-school and school-age children. She is now returning to the outpatient setting with Shenandoah SOUNDstart, LLC and could not be happier to start this new journey.Jamie is licensed by the state boards of Speech-Language Pathology in the states of Virginia and West Virginia and has previously held state licenses in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Florida. She also holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA).Outside of the clinic, Jamie enjoys attending WVU football games, hiking and camping with her boyfriend and their two dogs Malu and Bailey. She also enjoys traveling across the United States and finding new mountains to hike.
Morgan Gillum, M.S., OTR/L
Genesis Utz, B.S.