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 specializes in pediatric feeding disorders and is experienced in pediatric speech-language therapy. She 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 has a true passion for: children with autism, non-verbal - minimally verbal children, use of AAC devices, feeding therapy and children with childhood apraxia of speech. Jessi has completed the following specialized trainings: the "Medical Motor Behavioral Approach to Feeding Therapy", "Evaluating Feeding and Swallowing Disorders in Infants and Children", "Feeding Therapy; It’s Not Just About Swallowing", "Advanced Pediatric Dysphagia", "No More Meltdowns", "The Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol", "Oral Placement Therapy for Speech Clarity & Feeding Skills Development", "Tongue Ties for SLPs: What is our role?", "Management of Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing", "Beckman Oral Motor Approach", "Natural Language Acquisition in Autism: Echolalia to Self-Generated Language", and may more. She is trained in the "P.R.O.M.P.T" technique, L.A.M.P, and Color me Fluent for individuals who stutter.
Outside of the immense satisfaction she receives from helping her patients, Jessi adores spending time with her husband and young son, painting, traveling, creating mosaics, and exploring nature.