Our Staff

Matthew Brady


Matthew Brady joined the staff of Mountain Region Speech and Hearing Center in July 2016. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati with an Audiology Doctorate in April 2016 and completed his externship at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center in Mountain Home, Tennessee.

Prior to pursuing a career in Audiology, Matthew earned a Master of Arts in English from Murray State University in 2008 and taught English as a Second Language in South Korea for several years. During his academic career at the University of Cincinnati, his clinical placements included St. Rita’s School for the Deaf (Cincinnati, OH), the Dayton VA Medical Center (Dayton, OH), and St. Elizabeth’s Hospital (Edgewood, KY). He was also awarded the 2014 Julie Kelly Memorial Scholarship for academic excellence and community service.

Matthew’s professional interests span the scope of Audiology, including audiological and vestibular assessment and rehabilitation for children and adults as well as tinnitus management, electrophysiology, and auditory processing disorder.

Rachel Trent


Rachel has been a certified Speech Language Pathologist since 2013. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Language Pathology as well as a Masters degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

During her time at UT, Rachel worked at the Pediatric Language Clinic which provided early intervention services for children who showed signs or were diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She also worked at the university clinic, Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center, and Clinton City Schools. Prior to coming to MRSHC, Rachel worked in the school system and gained valuable knowledge in working with children with articulation/phonological disorders, language disorders, pragmatic issues, Autism Spectrum disorder, and Down Syndrome. Rachel is passionate about working with children and helping them to find their voice in whatever way is most functional for them.

Rachel lives in Kingsport with her husband Taylor. In her free time, she enjoys cheering on the Tennessee Volunteers, spending time with friends and family, and traveling.

Courtney Davis


Courtney Davis graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services with a minor in communication disorders with Suma Cum Laude honors from East Tennessee State University. Courtney received her Masters of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from East Tennessee State University. From 2010-2012 she was a member of the Softball team at Walters State Community college where she received NJCAA Academic All-American honors. During my academic career, I provided speech and language services both children and adults in a variety of settings which include ETSU’s school-aged clinic, Johnson City Community Health Center, Mountain Home VA hospital, Quillen Rehabilitation Center, and Carter County School system. Courtney completed research in the field of pediatric developmental stuttering and adult communication disorders. Courtney has a passion for early intervention language development and language disorders secondary to Autism.

In her spare time Courtney enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys any outdoor activity. Some of her favorites are hiking, biking, playing softball, boating, and cheering on the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on Saturdays!

Dallas Maas


Dallas is a graduate of East Tennessee State University with a Master’s degree in Communication Disorders, class of 2005. She graduated Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Nursing in 1990. She has extensive experience with over 25 years in health care in a variety of settings. She has been at MRSHC since 2012 and enjoys assisting her patients reach their goals.

Dallas primarily focuses on adult populations and isneuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES/Vital-stim) certified to assist with dysphagia treatment and facial weakness. She is certified in: Lee Silverman Voice Training (LSVT), which is a treatment protocol for individuals with Parkinson’s disease; Spaced Retrieval to help memory impaired patients learn new information and maintain safety in their environments. Dallas is passionate about learning and has attended many continuing education courses including: Voice, Language Development in Children, Scottish Rite Conference in Denver for Literacy and Dyslexia, Kaufmann Speech to Language, Beckman Oral Motor, Myofacial Release, and Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES). She has been awarded the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) Award for Continuing Education (ACE). The ACE is a formal recognition of professionals who have demonstrated their commitment to lifelong learning by earning 7.0 ASHA CEUs (70 contact hours) within a 36-month period.

Dallas works with children with phonological, articulation, apraxia and language disorders. She loves assisting and working with others to meet their goals with language, swallowing, voice, memory and dysarthria. Dallas works with clients that have Vocal Cord Dysfunction (Paroxysmal Vocal Cord Dysfunction.

When not working at MRSHC, some of her hobbies include: yoga (both as student and instructor), tai chi, dream work, reading, poetry, painting, walking her dog, and traveling with her husband of 26 plus years.

Paula Payne


Paula has been a certified Speech-Language Pathologist since 2000. She graduated Suma Cum Laude from State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Education: Speech and Hearing Handicapped. Paula was offered a graduate assistantship at SUNY Fredonia, and continued her education there, receiving her Master of Science in Speech Pathology in 2000. Paula was very interested in Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) and in stuttering/cluttering during her academic career.

Paula has provided speech pathology services in K-12 public schools and in skilled nursing facilities. She has experience screening, evaluating, and treating both children and adults presenting with a variety of speech, language, voice, fluency, and cognitive-linguistic impairments. Paula is also experienced in treating adults with dysphagia, and has been certified in neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES/Vital Stim) since 2010.

Paula’s greatest joy in her career as a Speech-Language Pathologist is in seeing her patients progress in their therapy goals and in sharing in their joy as they are able to use their new and/or rehabilitated skills on their own.

Brittany K. Collins


Brittany joined Mountain Region Speech and Hearing Center in August 2016. She received a Bachelor‘s of Science in Early Childhood Education, with a Minor in Communicative Disorders as well as her Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from East Tennessee State University. She currently holds a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is a licensed to practice in the state of Tennessee.

During her academic career, Brittany provided speech-language therapy at ETSU’s Nave Center, Elizabethton City Schools, ETSU Social Thinking Clinic, ETSU Voice Clinic, and HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Southwest Virginia. Prior to joining the MRSHC team, Brittany was an SLP in the school system for two years and gained experience working with children with language delays, language disorders, middle school students with social deficits, auditory processing disorders, and articulation/ phonological disorders.

Brittany is married and resides in Morristown, TN with her husband Ryan, and cat, Lola. In her free time, she enjoys cheering on the Alabama Crimson Tide, shopping, and watching Ryan coach high school boys’ basketball.

Brittany Rushing


Brittany Rushing has been a certified Speech-Language Pathologist since 2008. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Tennessee Knoxville and a Masters of Science in Communicative Disorders from East Tennessee State University. Brittany is passionate about working with individuals with receptive/expressive communication impairments and swallowing disorders across the lifespan. During her time at ETSU, Brittany served as a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Communication Disorders, assisting in research and providing therapy to individuals with voice disorders.

Brittany’s clinical experience includes treating children diagnosed with language delays, childhood apraxia of speech, auditory processing disorders, pragmatic language disorders, and articulation/phonological disorders. Also, she has experience in completing evaluations and providing treatment to adults with dysphagia, speech-language impairments, cognitive-linguistic impairments, and voice disorders. In addition to providing outpatient services at Mountain Region Speech and Hearing Center, she works through the Center to evaluate and treat patients at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center. Brittany recently completed Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) training in Nashville, TN.

Brittany is passionate about her career and is thankful for the many rewarding benefits obtained by helping individuals with speech-language and swallowing deficits. She has been blessed with a wonderful husband and children and loves spending time with family. Brittany has an interest in graphic design, baking, serving with the special needs population at church, reading, traveling, and being outdoors.

Jessi Kristine Treasure

M.S., CCC-SLP, Director of Speech Pathology Services

Jessi is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders. She continued her education at East Carolina University, where she received her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology in 2010. Jessi believes in a total communication approach; utilizing any and all strategies that work for each individual and encouraging the entire family to become part of the process to actualize potential.

She is experienced in working with children with toddler language delays, childhood apraxia of speech, language disorders, stuttering, feeding disorders, social deficits, auditory processing disorders, and articulation / phonological disorders. She has a true passion for: children with autism, non-verbal – minimally verbal children, children with apraxia of speech, children who stutter and individuals with cognitive impairments. Jessi has specialized training in “PECS”, (the Picture Exchange Communication System). She is trained in the “PROMPT” technique for speech treatment. She has also completed the following workshops: the “Medical Motor Behavioral Approach to feeding therapy”, “No More Meltdowns”, “The Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol”, “Oral Placement Therapy for Speech Clarity & Feeding Skills Development”, “Tongue Tie 101 for SLPs: What is our role?”, “Management of Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing”, “Natural Language Acquisition in Autism: Echolalia to Self-Generated Language”, and the “Color Me Fluent” program for individuals who stutter.

Outside of the immense satisfaction she receives from helping her clients, Jessi enjoys spending time with family, painting, creating mosaic art, traveling, cooking new recipes and exploring nature.

Brad Jenkins

Executive Director

Brad was born in Bristol, Tennessee. He graduated from Tennessee High School in 1986, Graduated from Carson Newman College in 1991 with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Medical Services Management, Graduated from Tusculum College in 1999 with a MAOM in Organizational Business Management. He has been married to Kara Heatherly Jenkins since July 1992 and they have two children.

Brad worked in long term healthcare as a nursing home administrator for 18 years. 10 years as the Executive Vice President of Asbury Place at Kingsport which consist of Baysmont and Steadman Hill. In 2007 He opened Christian Care Center of Johnson City, an 84 bed skilled and ICF nursing facility in Johnson City. The last 7 years have been spent as the Executive Director of The Associated General Contractors of Tennessee Tri-Cities Branch. AGC is a trade membership organization for commercial General Contractors, Commercial Subcontractors and Commercial Supplier/Service Providers.

While working in the healthcare field, Brad served on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Health Care Association as the East Tennessee District President for two years and served on the Board of Directors as the state wide Not for Profit Council Vice President for one year. He has served as the President of the Civitan Club of Jonesborough and served as the Lt. Governor for Region 4 Civitan. He is also a prior member of Kiwanis Club of Kingsport and recently I joined the Sertoma Club of Kingsport.

  • Brenda Dishner, Administrative Assistant
  • Karen Dale - Financial Manager
  • Ronda Keffer - Billing
  • Rebecca Vincent - Clerical