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Our Therapists

Wendy Ferrara - M.A., CCC-SLP  

Tonja Recktenwald - M. Ed, CCC-SLP

Kim Phu - M.A., CCC-SLP

Janet Duskey - M.A., CCC-SLP

Wendy graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997 with her undergraduate degree in Communication Science & Disorders and a minor in Psychology.  She attended the University of North Carolina – Greensboro and received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology in the year 2000.  She then worked for Durham Public Schools at the elementary and middle school levels for 5 years.  During that time, she pursued contract work after school with the early intervention population.  In June 2005, Wendy concentrated her efforts solely with early intervention and founded ‘Talk About It’ Speech & Language Therapy Services in October 2006.  Experiences include working with children with autism, cognitive deficits, ‘at risk’ children, cerebral palsy, augmentative communication as well as receptive/expressive language delays and speech sound disorders/delays.  Wendy is especially interested in pragmatic language disorder/social skills deficits, speech & language delays/disorders, and working with ‘at risk’ children, including preemies (especially after having one of her own) and adolescents with language disorders.  

Wendy Ferrara, MA, CCC-SLP

 

Phone: 919.523.2154

Talkaboutit@nc.rr.com

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Kim graduated from Texas Christian University in 1993 with her undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She attended the University of Memphis for graduate school and received her Master's degree in Speech Pathology in 1995. Since then, she has worked with the pediatric population at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, the Fayetteville Developmental Evaluation Center (presently Children's Developmental Services Agency), Arlington Public Schools, and Durham Public Schools. She has worked for Talk About It Speech and Language Services over the past 2 years. Kim has worked with early intervention, preschool-age, and school-age (up through middle school) children. She is a PROMPT-trained therapist and has particular interests in working with children with augmentative and alternative communication needs, apraxia, articulation, and language delays/disorders.

Janet received her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the State University of New York at Geneseo and her Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology from Ohio University in 1982.  Her long career includes work in public schools in New York, West Virginia, and North Carolina.  Janet has spent the last 18 years working with preschool children in private practice, the Durham Public Schools, and the Wake County Schools, where she is a currently employed.  Janet began working with children after the school day through Talk About It in October of 2009.

Janet’s interests in the field have been influenced by her own life experiences.  As a mother of two children and a sister to a person with a disability, she recognizes the importance of family support and input in the therapy process.  Janet specializes in working with children who have phonological disorders, apraxia of speech, language impairments and fluency disorders.

 

Janelle Hall - M.A., CCC-SLP

Janelle graduated from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in 2008 with her undergraduate degree in Audiology and

Speech-Language Pathology and a minor in Exceptionalities. She received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010. During her education, she worked with early intervention, preschool, and school-age children at the Raleigh Children’s Developmental Services Agency, the Aspen Center, and Orange County Schools. She has worked with children with a variety of needs including autism, childhood apraxia of speech, cognitive delays/impairments, language delays/disorders, phonological disorders, and sensory disorders. She is particularly interested in autism, phonological disorders, language delays/disorders, and augmentative and alternative communication needs.

 

 

Tonja received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders with a minor in Psychology from UNC-Greensboro in 1993.  She worked as a preschool teacher for one and a half years before pursuing a Masters of Education in Communication Disorders from North Carolina Central University in 1998.  While obtaining her Masters degree, Tonja worked as a speech therapist in Wake County Public Schools with Preschool through Middle School age children.  She spent 11 years working for Durham Public Schools Exceptional Children’s Preschool Program with children who have Apraxia of speech, developmental delays, speech-language delays, Autism, Down Syndrome, hearing impairment, multiple handicaps, cerebral palsy, and other rare syndromes. She is a member of the Durham Public Schools Assistive Technology Team, performing augmentative communication evaluations, computer access assessments, technical evaluations as well as consultations and set-ups in all areas. She began working with Talk About It in October, 2008.  

Delia Hudson - M. Ed, CCC-SLP

Delia graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005 with an undergraduate degree in Linguistics. She received her Master's of Education in Communication Disorders from North Carolina Central University in 2007. She has experience in the hospital and adult rehabilitation setting working with adult populations, and in the public school system working with pediatric populations.  Delia has enjoyed working with children with developmental delays,  Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, cleft palate, hearing impairments, and visual impairments.  Areas of experience include apraxia of speech, articulation, fluency, literacy, social communication, second language learning, expressive and receptive language delay. As a

mother of two young children, Delia has particular interests with both the functional and academic aspects of communication.

 

 

 

Sara Summers - M.A., CCC-SLP

Sara graduated from Emory University in 1988 with a B.A. in Psychology and Art History and received her M.A. in Education from the University of Georgia in 1991.  She has a varied background and has worked with all ages ranging from pediatrics to adults.  Sara has worked with adult neuro patients including head injury, stroke, and dysphagia in the hospital setting at St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver, CO as well as adults and children with voice disorders including vocal cord dysfunction, chronic cough, and vocal nodules at the National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine.  Since having three children, Sara has focused on working with children ranging from preschool to middle school in the Chapel Hill Public school system as well as in the private sector.  She has a particular interest in working with receptive/expressive language delays, articulation and pragmatic language disorders in a functional manner involving family members whenever possible.

 

Caitlin Burke - M.S., CCC-SLP

Caitlin graduated from Michigan State University in 2012 with an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor in Spanish Education. She attended the University of North Carolina for graduate school and earned her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. While studying, she was able to focus on Spanish-speaking populations, literacy-based interventions, autism spectrum disorders, and augmentative and alternative communication. She was a member of the Occupational Therapy/Speech-Language Pathology Multicultural Master's Grant and participated in a service learning trip to Guatemala in the summer of 2013. Caitlin started working for Talk About It in July of 2015. Caitlin's areas of expertise include working with culturally and linguistically diverse clients, phonological disorders, autism spectrum disorders, language and literacy disorders, and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). With regard to AAC, Caitlin has experience implementing Pragmatic Organization Dynamic Display (PODD), aided language stimulation, core vocabulary approaches, light-tech voice output devices (e.g., QuickTalker), high-tech devices (e.g., Tobii/Dynavox), and Unity Language. Caitlin is especially interested in working with individuals with multiple disabilities who rely on alternative access methods.

 

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Alicia B. Nathison - M.A. CCC-SLP

Alicia has been working in the field since 2006, with her focus being in the pediatric population.  She began her career in a private practice setting, working with children ages birth to 5 with a variety of communication needs.  Alicia then transitioned to working solely with the early intervention program completing only evaluations.  Currently, Alicia works for a local school system, where her job duties have included serving as a member of a Preschool Referral Team, complete evaluations for children turning age 3.  Alicia is licensed through the Department of Public Instruction, North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathologist and Audiologists, and American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  Alicia feels strongly that establishing a good rapport with the child, as well as the whole family, is critical to overall success.   Alicia is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and lives in Raleigh.  

 

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Jennifer LeGardeur - M.S. CCC-SLP

Jennifer graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Saint Mary’s College of California and with her Masters of Science from the University of the Pacific in Speech-Language Pathology in 2005. Jennifer has been working in the field since 2005, with a focus on the pediatric population. She began working in elementary schools, but has spent the past 9 years working with the preschool population. During that time, she has worked with students with autism, apraxia, articulation disorders, selective mutism, receptive language delays, and expressive language delays. She also has conducted multidisciplinary team evaluations, co-treated with a clinical psychologist during social language groups, and assisted in an extended learning autism program. She lived in San Francisco before moving to North Carolina.

 

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Brooke Dalsimer - M.A. CCC-SLP

Brooke grew up in the Green Mountain State of Vermont. She has worked with children with special needs since junior high school. Brooke received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of North Carolina- Greensboro . After completing her masters in 2010 she worked in the Asheville schools for 2 years. She was also employed part time at a long term care facility. When Brooke began working as a community based clinician in 2012 she found her niche working with young children and their families. She enjoys building a strong rapport with caregivers and providing therapy in the child’s natural environment for the most effective outcome. She has a particular interest in early intervention and children with unintelligible speech and apraxia. Her experience includes treatment of articulation and phonological disorders, fluency disorders, apraxia, receptive and expressive language delays, autism spectrum disorders, cognitive impairments, and children with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and use of augmentative communication systems. Brooke joined Talk About It in 2016.

 

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Kirstin Zakary - M.S. CCC-SLP

Kirstin received her Bachelor’s from the University of NC at Chapel Hill in 1995 & her Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Western Carolina University in 1998 with a 4.0/4.0 GPA. She is licensed through the Department of Public Instruction, NC and NM Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists, and American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  She worked for over a decade as part of a multidisciplinary team in NM, where she provided bi-lingual services through an interpreter, to children and families. She worked with animal-assisted therapy to unlock communication barriers. She also served as a grant writer for pre-literacy services for preschool students. Kirstin volunteered overseas at Operation Smile, providing medical services in Kenya. In 2013, she moved back to NC and worked for Durham Public Schools providing services for children ages 3 and up. She uses a total language approach, involving the support of teachers and families. Kirstin’s expertise includes receptive and expressive language delays, articulation and phonological disorders, stuttering, hearing and visual impairments, social language, swallowing and feeding disorders, simple sign language and low-tech visual support, and developmental disabilities (Down Syndrome, Autism and other mental disabilities.)

 

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Callan Burzynski - M.C.D. CCC-SLP

Callan graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2009 with her undergraduate degree in Spanish. She attended Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans and received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology in the year 2014. She then worked for Jefferson Parish Public School System in Louisiana before returning to her home state of North Carolina. In addition to her after-school work with ‘Talk About It’ Speech & Language Therapy Services, she currently works for Durham Public Schools at the elementary level. Experiences include working with children with phonemic awareness deficits, cognitive deficits, Autism Spectrum Disorder, fluency impairment, as well as receptive/expressive language delays and speech sound disorders/delays. Callan is especially interested in speech delays/disorders, phonemic awareness deficits, and school-age language deficits.

 

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