Our Staff      

Kimberly McPhee, M.S., CCC-SLP
Founder and Director

I received my Bachelor of Science degree from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania and continued my education at Nova Southeastern University in Florida, where I was awarded a Master of Science degree. My first job in the field was in private practice and I loved it right from the start. In 2011 I had the opportunity to branch out on my own and founded Washington Speech.

Over the past fourteen years I applied my experience and training to develop and implement individual therapy sessions for pediatric and adult patients. Recently, I shifted my focus to concentrate on supervising and training our clinicians and to managing the business side of Washington Speech. I enjoy supporting our clinicians and sharing my knowledge and expertise with them. I am extremely proud of each and every member of the Washington Speech Team as they translate their passion for their profession to our patients.



Megan Aldrich, M.S., CCC-SLP
Clinical Supervisor

I am originally from Wisconsin. I was awarded a B.S. in Communicative Disorders and an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Go Badgers! Upon graduation, I moved to Phoenix for a couple years before moving to Virginia in 2011 to start working here at Washington Speech.

I owe my interest in speech-language pathology to my aunt. She is only 8 years older than me and has cerebral palsy. As a young child, I would steal her communication device and try to talk with it when she and my Grandma weren’t looking. Luckily for me, I never broke it so they never got mad! Early experiences such as that led me into what can only be described as ‘the best career ever!’

While working at Washington Speech, my interests in AAC and adult fluency have continued to grow through various conferences and continuing education opportunities. I consider it an honor to call myself a speech-language pathologist and am grateful that I am allowed to work with such wonderful kids and families.

 

 

Carly McCarthy, M.A., CCC-SLP

I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Speech and Hearing Handicapped from The State University of New York at Geneseo. I continued my education at The State University of New York at Buffalo and earned my Master of Arts in Communicative Disorders and Sciences.

My interest in speech-language pathology was sparked when one of my family members began receiving speech-language therapy and I saw first-hand the gains made. The most rewarding aspect of this career is seeing the progress patients make and how it positively affects their everyday communication.

Prior to joining Washington Speech I worked with children who presented with a variety of speech and language disorders in a public school. I also have experience working with adults in an outpatient setting. I have completed additional continuing education in Social Thinking by Michelle Garcia Winner, play based therapy, and cognitive assessment and treatment.

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, exploring the D.C. area, traveling, and exercising. I am excited to be a member of the Washington Speech team!

 

Kristen Bernarducci, M.S. CCC-SLP

I am originally from New Jersey, but have spent the last few years in Virginia studying and working in this amazing field. I was awarded both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from James Madison University (go dukes!)

I enjoy working with both children and adults who present with a variety of speech, language, cognitive and feeding disorders. Prior to joining Washington Speech, I acquired experience treating children and adults in the school, hospital, private practice and skilled nursing facility settings. I have a special interest in early intervention, feeding disorders, speech disorders and cognitive therapy. I strongly believe in client-centered intervention and work hard to find a motivator for each and every one of my clients. I am trained in PROMPT therapy and SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding. I have completed additional continuing education in motor speech disorders and Social Thinking by Michelle Garcia Winner. I am excited to be considered part of a team with similarly dedicated professionals at Washington Speech!

Outside of speech-language pathology, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, traveling, trying out new restaurants and going for walks around town. I am always up for an adventure!

 

 

Gina Trobiani, M.Ed., CF-SLP

I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Haverford College prior to pursuing my Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at The University of Virginia. I am currently completing my Clinical Fellowship in Speech-Language Pathology at Washington Speech.

I have experience working with both children and adults with a variety of speech and language disorders, including receptive and expressive language disorders, social-pragmatic communication disorder, articulation and phonological disorders, and aphasia.

I enjoy hiking, singing, trivia nights, and spending time with my family. I am excited to be a part of the Washington Speech team!

 

Nathalie Picayo, M.S., CF-SLP

I was born in Miami, Fl, however, both of my parents were born in Cuba. It’s because of this that I have them to thank for making me fluent in Spanish! I attended the University of Miami for my undergraduate career where “it’s great to be a Miami Hurricane!”. It was there that I received my B.S. in Health Sciences with a minor in Psychology. I then attended Northeastern University in Boston, MA where I received my M.S. in Speech Language Pathology in May of 2018.

My practicum experiences in graduate school ranged from pediatric private practice, a school for the deaf and hard of hearing, an adult and pediatric inpatient and outpatient hospital, and a pediatric clinic. During my time in these settings, I had the opportunity to work with a variety of populations and disorders including but not limited to: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Articulation/Phonological Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Dementia, Dysphagia and Aphasia. I am currently a Clinical Fellow at Washington Speech and am excited for what lies ahead!

I especially enjoy working with minimally speaking and nonspeaking children using Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).

In my free time I love to travel to new places, go to the beach, attend spinning/pilates classes, and go to the movies.

 

 

Shannon Lester, M.A., CCC-SLP

I began my education at William and Mary, earning my Bachelor of Arts degree. I later decided to pursue my Masters in Speech-Language Pathology at Western Michigan University. Being an SLP has turned out to be the most challenging, exciting, and fulfilling career I could ever have imagined.

Before joining Washington Speech, I worked in a variety of school-based settings in Michigan and Virginia; I learned a tremendous amount from both the interdisciplinary teams and the wonderful kids and families I worked with during that time. I especially enjoyed working closely with team members to seek out the best augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) options for building and expanding each child's skills. I received additional training in PECS, PROMPT, play based therapy, and working with children who stutter. A highlight training experience for me was attending Camp Shout Out, a unique camp-based opportunity led by ASHA Board-Certified Fluency Specialists. I believe the clinician-patient relationship is foundational to effective therapy, and I work to make that relationship positive and fun!

I love to spend my free time hiking, camping, kayaking and beachcombing with my family.

 

Savanah Cary, M.S., CCC-SLP

I received my Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Virginia (Wahoowa!) and continued my education at James Madison University where I received my Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. Prior to joining the team at Washington Speech, I gained experience working in the inpatient adult rehab setting, an outpatient children’s hospital and in the public school system.

I enjoy working with children of all ages, but I have a particular interest in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and early intervention. I have attended additional trainings in PECS, Social Thinking by Michele Garcia Winner, and AAC. I think it is important to have an individualized treatment plan for each child that addresses their communication needs and keeps therapy fun!

In my free time, I enjoy reading, baking, yoga, and spending time with my friends and family.

 
 
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