Shawna received her Master of Science degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, with special emphasis on child language disorders, including Autism. Shawna’s research and clinical work focused on families from both English-speaking and Spanish-speaking backgrounds. In addition, she received the Outstanding Graduate Student award from the Medical School and was awarded the Herz Gold Medal as the top student in her graduating class (when visiting the UNR campus you can find her name engraved on a pillar in the honor court). Shawna is trained in the Lindamood-Bell Phoneme Sequencing Program (LiPS) to help children with reading/spelling skills. Additionally, she has participated in courses related to Social Thinking and the Incredible Flexible You program. In 2017, Shawna completed a year-long Leadership Development Program that was provided by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. She enjoys the variety of winter/summer activities that the Reno/Lake Tahoe area has to offer (snow skiing, water skiing, boating) in addition to spending time with her husband and sons.
Annelise Boge M.S., OTR/L
Annelise received her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University (Fort Collins), and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Linfield College (McMinnville, OR). Prior to returning to school to study occupational therapy, she worked in the day treatment program at Children’s Behavioral Services (CBS) treating preschoolers with severe emotional and behavioral problems and as a Developmental Specialist at Nevada Early Intervention Services (NEIS). She has experience with the evaluation and treatment of children with autism, feeding issues, Down Syndrome, developmental delays, behavioral problems, ADHD, sensory processing difficulties, fine and gross motor delays and cognitive disabilities. Annelise firmly believes that through a partnership between child, family and therapist, every child has the potential to succeed.
Julia Cabal M.S., CCC-SLP
Julia received both her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from the University of Nevada, Reno. She completed her externships in the Washoe County School District and here at Sierra Therapy Group where she used her focused passion and rigorous discipline to evaluate and treat a variety of speech and language disorders. She believes that every situation provides a unique learning opportunity, and that by capitalizing on every teachable moment, she can give clients the tools to be successful every step of the way. She enjoys running, hiking, meditating, reading, and writing.
Amanda Casey M.S., CCC-SLP
Amanda earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota. Following graduation, she worked as a behavior therapist using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy working with children with Autism. Amanda later moved back to her hometown of Reno, Nevada to pursue her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Nevada, Reno. She has experience working in pediatric and acute medical settings evaluating and determining treatment plans for individuals with speech/language disorders, intellectual disabilities, Down Syndrome, Autism, swallowing disorders, aphasia, and voice disorders. Amanda's interests include reading, playing tennis, and spending time with her family, friends, and her dog.
Hannah Kenyon, M.S., CF-SLP
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Kaitlin Thompson, M.A., CCC-SLP
Owner, Compass Therapy
A Bay Area native, Kaitlin earned her Bachelor and Master of Art degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders from California State University, Chico, as well as earned a Minor in Child Development. Kaitlin has worked in public and private school settings, private practice, and skilled nursing facility settings in California. Her diverse training has allowed her to expand her skills in working with all types of clients. She is well-versed in the Social Thinking®methodology, Zones of Regulation®, The PEERS® curriculum, and associated programs (Movie Time Social Learning®, Whole Body Listening®, Incredible Flexible You®). Kaitlin enjoys working with children because she understands they are navigating and discovering their world every day, and her passion is to help guide their innate curiosity. Working closely with families is one of Kaitlin’s specialties, providing functional and effective therapy that can be generalized to settings outside the clinic. In her free time, Kaitlin likes to hike, camp, try new restaurants, and spend time with her family and friends.
Barbie Maher, Administrative Assistant/Billing
Barbie has 20 years of retail and management experience including marketing, administration, and inventory audit. She has also been a Sound Reading Solutions Literacy Volunteer for Communities in Schools. Her dedication and tremendous work ethic are a great asset to the SSLG team. She is energetic, caring, patient, and fun loving. Barbie has a sincere passion for children and a desire to make a positive difference in their lives. Barbie is married and the proud mother of two. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing softball, snow skiing, playing the piano, parent volunteer and baking for various fund raising events including The Children’s Miracle Network.