Our Staff

Matthew Brady

Matthew Brady

AuD, CCC-AuD

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 Trent

MS, CCC-SLP

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.

Brianna Scanlan

Brianna Scanlan

MS, CCC-SLP

Brianna has been a Speech Language Pathologist since 2018. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English with a Concentration in Teacher Education with a Minor in Social Work from North Carolina State University and a Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from East Carolina University. She joined the Mountain Region Speech and Hearing Center team in October of 2019.

Brianna has experience and interest in both pediatric and adult therapy, but specializes in feeding and early intervention. During her clinical training, Brianna served at the UNC Center for Rehabilitation Services, UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, and UNC Nash Healthcare in Rocky Mount including time in Nash’s Special Care Nursery. Prior to coming to Mountain Region Speech and Hearing, Brianna worked as a Knoxville based traveling speech therapist serving as the only in-home feeding therapist for East Tennessee visiting schools, daycares, and homes. Her patients there included speech, language and feeding patients aged from 2 months to 18 years. Additional training includes pediatric feeding and swallowing continuing education and the Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile (MBSImP) training.

Brianna lives in Johnson City with her husband David. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family. Her hobbies include running, hiking, biking, and canoeing

Glenda O’Neal

MA, CCC-SLP

As a new graduate from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 1990, Mountain Region Speech and Hearing Center was my first choice of where I wished to work. As a life- long resident of Kingsport, I wanted to work with children in my own community, and Mountain Region seemed to fit this bill. Thankfully, I was offered the opportunity to join this great team.

As I found myself working for this organization, I came to know the mission of Mountain Region Speech and Hearing Center of serving all who come in need of our services. This mission blended well with how I try to live my life, both professionally and in other service areas. I worked for many years with MRSHC, before venturing out to explore other work settings- making another brief appearance at the Center in 2014-2015. As of October 2020, I am so thankful to be back - continuing my mission as a pediatric speech-language pathologist, and helping Mountain Region fulfill its mission of serving all those in need.

When I am not at work, I enjoy teaching and practicing yoga, cooking, working in my gardens, and spending time in nature.

Robin Wetherington

Robin Wetherington

MS, CCC-SLP

Robin has been a certified Speech Language Pathologist since 2014. She received a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Florida and a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of South Florida. She joined the Mountain Region Speech and Hearing Center team in February of 2019.

After receiving her undergraduate degree, Robin became a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant within the school district while she earned her Master’s degree and then became the lead Speech-Language Pathologist for her area. She worked with children in the public school setting for a total of 8 years. She then moved to private practice, where she was able to work with families closely to improve their loved ones quality of life overall, regarding communication. During that time she worked with children and adults with a variety of communication and swallowing disorders within various settings including: school, home, a rehabilitation center and within small groups in the community before relocating to Tennessee. She has a passion for learning new things and is always improving her therapy skills for her patients. She has currently completed specialized training in the Beckman Oral Motor Approach and has worked closely with local lactation specialists and midwives for breastfeeding newborns/infants.

Robin is married the her husband, James and they have three children. She loves to explore the outdoors, sew, cook and enjoys farming with her family.

Bekah Lucas Duncan

Bekah Lucas Duncan

MS, CCC-SLP

Bekah Lucas Duncan joined the Mountain Region Speech and Hearing Center team in August of 2018. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Radford University with a Bachelors in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor in American Sign Language. She continued her graduate education at Radford University, receiving her Masters of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

During her undergraduate experience at Radford, Bekah volunteered as an emergency medical technician at the basic level (EMT-B) with the university’s emergency medical services. She also volunteered as an ambassador for her college, Waldron College of Health and Human Services, and at Radford University Speech-Language -Hearing Clinic (RUSLHC) as a clinical assistant. During her graduate career, Bekah worked in a variety of settings to provide services for children and adults alike. These placements included a year at the RUSLHC, the Preschool Language Lab at Radford University, Carilion Giles Community Hospital, and Pediatric Therapy Services. Although Bekah likes working with clients of all ages to gain experience and help provide everyone a voice, she most enjoys working with early childhood language disorders.

Bekah lives in Kingsport with her husband Clint. During her down time away from work, Bekah’s hobbies include reading, spending time with friends and family, exploring new restaurants, and sleeping.

Paula Payne

Paula Payne

MS, CCC-SLP

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 Rushing

Brittany Rushing

MS, CCC-SLP

Brittany Rushing has been a certified Speech-Language Pathologist since 2008. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Tennessee Knoxville and earned a Master’s Degree in Communicative Disorders from East Tennessee State University.

Brittany has 13 years of experience working with both the pediatric and adult populations, specializing in the treatment of dysphagia and adult speech-language and cognitive disorders. Brittany began her career as an SLP here at MRSHC in 2008 as a clinical fellow. Additionally, Brittany’s work experience includes providing speech-language and swallowing services to patients at the Mountain Home VA, Ballad Health, and Select Specialty Hospital. She has served as an adjunct professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders at East Tennessee State University, teaching the Adult Language Disorders course. Brittany is a certified McNeill Dysphagia Therapy Program (MDTP) provider. She is an endoscopist in training for FEES (Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing).

Brittany lives in Jonesborough, TN with her husband and three children. Brittany’s hobbies include traveling, being outdoors, reading, and fitness/nutrition.

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

  • Karen Dale - Executive Director
  • Brenda Dishner - Administrative Assistant
  • Terri McLemore - Audiologist Scheduling Specialist
  • Alexis Garrett - Speech Scheduling Specialist
  • Rebecca Vincent - Insurance Coordinator/Collections
  • Patti Garrett - Grants/Special Events Manager