Christine was born and raised in New Jersey. She currently resides in Virginia where she takes a special interest in homeschooling. When not working for Shenandoah SOUNDstart, LLC, she spends her time educating homeschooling students within a virtual program with Speak Life Productions, LLC. In her free time, Christine has enjoyed being a playwright for two theatrical performances, “Why Not Me?” and “The Dream.” In addition, she enjoys singing, songwriting, acting, and caring for her family.
Recently “retired” after 17 years as supervising OTR, clinical lead, and operational manager at a pediatric outpatient therapy clinic in central Wisconsin, Terri is excited to share her experience and knowledge with children and families in Virginia via teletherapy. The philosophy that drives her therapy sessions is that children learn best through play! She strives to empower parents to become their child’s best advocate. She believes that through play and collaboration, OT and parents can help create a path for learning and achievement that will last throughout a child’s lifespan.
Terri enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, arts and crafts, travel, and time with her family. Fun fact: Although she has spent most of her life in Wisconsin, she was born in Virginia!
Terri Grasser, B.S., OTR/L
Christine has been practicing Speech Pathology for over 15 years. She attended Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia where she received both a Bachelor and Master of Arts degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders. She has primarily worked with the preschool and school-age population in a variety of settings to include outpatient clinics and schools. Her experience lends itself to working with children with autism, ADHD, hearing impairment, learning disabilities, and other health impairments. Christine has also worked with the geriatric population within a long-term care facility.
Christine is currently licensed by the Virginia State Board of Speech Language Pathology. She also holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA).
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.
Sierra attended James Madison University, earning her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2016 and her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2018. She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in Virginia.
Alayna Bryant, B.A.
Medical Billing Specialist/ Reception Manager
Erica is enthusiastic and committed to improving the communication and feeding skills necessary for her patients to function successfully and independently across all walks of life. She loves working with pediatrics, delivering speech therapy in fun and exciting ways, and basing her clinical practice on evidence in the literature as well as patient values.
Beyond her passion for all things speech-language pathology, Erica enjoys quality time with friends and family, reading motivational books, traveling, and working out. She is extremely excited to be a part of the team here at Shenandoah SOUNDstart!
Erica Parker, M.S., CF-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist Clinical Fellow
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.
Claire Speranza, M.S., OTR/L
Terri is a Registered Occupational Therapist who has been practicing for more than 35 years as an OTR. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BS in Occupational Therapy. Her experience has been primarily in pediatrics (Early Intervention, Birth to Three, school-based, outpatient therapy clinics, and private home-based) but she also has experience in acute and rehabilitation hospital therapy clinics, home health, skilled nursing facilities, and traumatic brain injury inpatient facility. Terri currently holds state licenses for OT in both Wisconsin and Virginia. She has maintained National Board Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) for 38 years.
Sierra Stevens, M.S., CCC-SLP
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Christine Cooper, M.A., CCC-SLP
Samantha enjoys the therapeutic process of building rapport with both her patients and their families. She believes that trust and empathy are the key components to every patient’s plan of care. She loves being creative and making her therapy sessions fun and exciting.
Outside of the therapy world, Samantha loves spending quality time with her friends and family, making people laugh, hiking, and working out. She is so excited to be a part of the team at Shenandoah SOUNDstart and can’t wait to call Winchester her new home.
Taylor McClanahan lives in Winchester with her fiancé, Brandon, and dog, Zeus. She graduated from Millbrook High School in 2011 and in August 2020 graduated from Penn Foster with a Career Diploma in Medical Billing and Coding. She has a nephew with down syndrome and is so excited to meet all the amazing children and families! She loves to read, craft, watch crime shows and spend time with her family and friends in her spare time. She is looking to further her education in the medical field in the near future!
Allysa started her journey at Shenandoah SOUNDstart, LLC in 2017 helping with the expansion of the practice in the area of occupational therapy. She is a graduate of Gannon University's five-year accelerated Master's of Science Occupational Therapy (MS, OT) program located in Erie, Pennsylvania.
She obtained her National Board Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) in 2015 and currently holds a license in the states of Virginia and West Virginia. Allysa is also member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association (VOTA.)
Allysa is passionate about learning and finding new ways to grow as a therapist. She loves working with children and their families and watching them grow to the fullest potential. She has worked in both public school and private school settings. 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.
She has special interest in the preschool population, sensory integration, behavior, and feeding therapy. She attended the SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) feeding course in 2019 to grow her knowledge in the area of feeding.
In her free time, she loves spending time with her husband and their three dogs. She loves traveling, visiting friends and family, going to the park with her dogs, working out at home, and crafting for her upcoming wedding celebration with their family and friends next fall.
In addition to Shenandoah SOUNDstart, LLC, she currently works part-time at Grafton Integrated Health Network in Winchester, VA providing school-based occupational therapy services.
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!
Allysa M. Turel, M.S., OTR/L
Occupational Therapy Supervisor
Pediatric Therapy Center
Shenandoah SOUNDstart, LLC
Samantha Hall is a 2018 graduate from the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program at Abilene Christian University located in Abilene, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Old Dominion University in 2015. She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed to practice as a Speech-Language Pathologist in Virginia.
Before she attended graduate school, she became certified as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT), and worked under the supervision of Board Certified Behavioral Analysts (BCBA’s) to assist in providing services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. During graduate school, she gained her experience working in a variety of settings including, a voice center, pediatric outpatient clinic, and an acute care hospital. After graduation, she has worked at a Skilled Nursing Facility with the adult population and a pediatric outpatient clinic working with clients aging from birth-21. She currently resides in Marshall, VA but has plans to move to Winchester in the near future.
Samantha Hall, M.S., CCC-SLP
Andrea Abdul-Haqq, PT, DPT
Andrea Abdul-Haqq was born and raised in Maryland where she received her Bachelors of Science degree in general biology at UMD College Park. After obtaining experience as a vision therapist assistant, Andrea pursued her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from UMD School of Medicine in Baltimore. She then moved to Charleston, SC and became a pediatric physical therapist for rural and underserved families.
After two years, Andrea returned to the DMV to be close to family and began working as a geriatric Physical therapist in DC and VA. She is currently working toward certification in Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT) BIG for Parkinson’s disease. Andrea has plans to move into the Winchester area in 2021 and is looking forward to returning to pediatrics with Shenandoah SOUNDStart.
Kathleen Wilcox, B.S., NREMT-P
Kat Wilcox is the newest member to the Shenandoah SOUNDstart team in reception and billing. She is a 2014 graduate from Longwood University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Sociology, as well as a 2017 graduate from Lord Fairfax Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Paramedicine. She currently resides in Winchester with her daughter, Weylyn. Kat grew up in Richmond VA and moved to Winchester in 2014. She has many deaf friends and family members in Brentwood, TN, which is where she learned to be fluent in American Sign Language. Kat spends her time at the clinic and also works full time for Frederick County Fire and Rescue as a Firefighter/Paramedic on “C” shift. When not at work, she enjoys baking cookies, photography, and quilting.
Erica Parker is a 2020 graduate from the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program at Seton Hall University in Nutley, New Jersey. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at Towson University. She resides in Frederick, MD and is currently completing her Clinical Fellowship Year here at Shenandoah SOUNDstart.
Before graduate school, Erica spent a year working at Kennedy Krieger Institute alongside SLPs and occupational therapists to provide therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. During graduate school, she gained experience in diverse settings including a public elementary school, a specialized school, and an acute care hospital. She worked with pediatric and adult populations with a variety of acquired and developmental speech, language, cognitive, and feeding disorders across the lifespan including infants in the NICU, children with complex medical disabilities and genetic syndromes, and adults with neurogenic communication and swallowing disorders.
Carrie E. Smith, M.A., CCC-SLP,
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 14 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 held the certificate as an Auditory-Verbal Therapist (AVT) for five years. 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), Beckman Oral Motor, SOS Approach to Feeding, 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. In her free time, she loves knitting, jiu-jitsu, hiking, back-packing, and canoeing with her family.
During graduate school, Sierra had the opportunity of working with the pediatric population in the school and clinic settings, and with the adult population at a skilled nursing facility. After graduation, she worked with the pediatric population, aging from infants to teenagers, in her hometown of Stafford, VA. She has recently moved to the Winchester area and is excited to continue working with this population.
Sierra enjoys building personal connections with all of her clients and families. She is dedicated to creating individualized and engaging treatments to help unlock their full potential. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family and scrap-booking.
Claire recently started her career as an Occupational Therapist after earning her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree from Shenandoah University in 2020. She obtained her National Board Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) in 2021 and is actively licensed in the states of Virgnia and West Virginia.
As a newly licensed therapist, Claire is interested in expanding her knowledge and providing therapeutic services to the pediatric population. Throughout graduate school, she had the opportunity to gain experience with the pediatric and adolescent population through fieldwork experiences at outpatient and hippotherapy facilities. She is passionate about helping children fully participate in their daily lives through creative and fun interventions. She is dedicated to tailoring each therapy session to be meaningful to the child and their needs.
In her free time, Claire enjoys hiking, kayaking, traveling, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.