Our Team

Dawn Kearney and Laurie Yates created Midlands Therapy Services in 2003 focusing primarily on children ages birth to three after realizing the need for specialized therapy in the pediatric communities of South Carolina. Ten years later, Midlands Therapy Services is one of the largest and most experienced therapy companies in the Midlands. With over 40 years of combined experience, Dawn and Laurie not only continue to provide speech therapy to patients, but they also provide ongoing guidance, advice and training to their contracting therapists to ensure continued quality of care to all of the patients and their families.

Our therapists have experience with an extensive number of diagnoses and concerns including but not limited to:

Down Syndrome
Autism spectrum Disorder
Cerebral palsy
Failure to thrive
Chromosomal abnormalities
Microcephaly
Schizencephaly
Hearing impairments
CHARGE
AAC Devices

Auditory Verbal Therapy
Apraxia
Developmental delay
Feeding/swallowing concerns
Torticolis
Hydrocephaly
Williams Syndrome
Prader-Willi
Angelman Syndrome

PEDIATRIC THERAPISTS

Neely Westbrook, MSP, CCC-SLP • Speech-Language Pathologist • 11 years pediatric experience

Neely graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelors of Science in Communication Disorders and then earned her Masters in Speech Pathology from the University of South Carolina.

Neely has worked with Midlands Therapy Services since 2006 and is experienced in a variety of Pediatric speech/language disorders and delays including those with articulation challenges, Autism spectrum disorder, Down Syndrome, expressive/receptive language delays and feeding delays.

Julie Porth Smith, MCD, CCC-SLP, ATP • Speech-Language Pathologist • 18 years pediatric experience

Julie earned her BA in Speech Pathology from Columbia College in 1998 and Masters in Communication Sciences & Disorders from the University of South Carolina in 2003.

Julie has worked with Midlands Therapy Services since 2010. She has served children ages 0 -21 in both public & private schools over the past 14 years.

Christine McLoone, MA, CCC-SLP • Speech-Language Pathologist • 10 years pediatric experience

Christie graduated from Florida State University with her Bachelors of Science in Communication Disorders in 2005 and graduated from the University of Tennessee with her Masters in Speech Pathology in 2008.

Christie has worked for Midlands Therapy Services since 2008. Her clinical experience includes; feeding and oral desensitization in NICU patients, suspected Apraxia and other motor planning disorders, Autism, motor feeding disorders, Down's Syndrome, auditory first language approach in infants and toddlers with hearing impairment, Phonological process disorders, articulation disorders and expressive/recessive language delays.

Kate Denton, MSP, CCC-SLP • Speech-Language Pathologist • Over 11 years pediatric experience 

Kate Denton received her Bachelors of Science from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia with a major in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor in Special Education. She received her Masters Degree from the University of South Carolina in Speech Language Pathology. Kate has been working with the early intervention population for over eight years, and has experience with a wide variety of clients. Kate is passionate about the specific needs of the clients and families of the early intervention population.

In addition to practicing speech language pathology, Kate is a certified yoga instructor. She live in downtown Columbia.

Sarah Disasa, MA, CCC-SLP • Speech-Language Pathologist • 11 years pediatric experience

Sarah graduated from Presbyterian College with a BA in English in 2001, and from Appalachian State University with an MA in Speech Pathology in 2005.

Sarah has worked for Midlands Therapy Services since 2010. She has served children in South Carolina since 2006. She is a member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC).

Misty Taylor, MSP, CCC-SLP • Speech-Language Pathologist  

Shannon Medlin, MSP, CCC-SLP • Speech-Language Pathologist • 17 years pediatric experience

Shannon is a graduate of Laurens High School. She then went on to attend Columbia College where she earned her BA in Speech-Language Pathology. After graduation she attended the University of South Carolina where she earned a MSP in Speech-Language Pathology.

Shannon has worked for Midlands therapy Services for 3 years. She has served children in the pediatric community for the last 9 years.

Julie Tworzyanski, MSP, CCC-SLP • Speech-Language Pathologist

Jamie Gordon, MSP, CCC-SLP • Speech-Language Pathologist • 31 years pediatric experience

Jamie received her BS in Speech Pathology and Audiology from West Virginia University and her Master's in Speech Pathology from the University of South Carolina.

Jamie has worked for Midlands Therapy for 3 years. Jamie is licensed by the Board of South Carolina in Speech-Language Pathology and holds her Certification of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. She also holds state certification in the area of Speech and Language therapy South Carolina State Department of Education.

Sarah Weatherly, MSP, CCC-SLP • Speech-Language Pathologist • 8 years pediatric experience

Sarah graduated from Clemson University with a degree with in Public Health Science in 2008 and from the University of South Carolina with a Masters in Speech-Language Pathology in 2010.

She has worked for Midlands Therapy Services since 2012. Sarah is a member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds a Certification of Clinical Competence (CCC). She has experience with preschool and middle school aged children in the home, school and private practice settings.

Stephanie Ellis, MSP, CCC-SLP • Speech-Language Pathologist • Over 9 years pediatric experience

Stephanie graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelors in Psychology in 1996 and then earned her Masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of South Carolina in 2000.

Stephanie has worked for Midlands Therapy Services since 2010. Her clinical experience includes: feeding and oral desensitization in pediatrics, suspected Apraxia of Speech, Autism, Down's Syndrome, Phonological Process Disorders, articulation disorders and expressive/receptive language delays.

Caitlin Sund, MHS/OTR/L • Occupational Therapist • 15 years pediatric experience

Caitlin graduated from the University of Florida with her Bachelor's in Occupational Therapy in 2003. She then went on to complete her Master's in Occupational Therapy also at the University of Florida.

Caitlin has worked with Midlands Therapy since 2013. Prior to that she worked in both private out patient clinics as well as early intervention settings. Her work focused on treating children with Sensory Processing Disorder, Sensory Based Feeding Aversions, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delays, Handwriting Difficulties, Neurological Deficits and Visual Motor Delays. In addition, Caitin gained skills in Therapeutic Listening, Handwriring Without Tears and the Interactive Metronome. She enjoys incorporating her therapeutic activities into the Family routines and makeing sure parents feel involved in their child's treatment.

OFFICE STAFF

Kara Hartzog • Office Administrator

Kara Hartzog graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science. She spent the next 3 years as the Director for Children's Programs at AGC Plus in Orangeburg, SC, where she loved being involved in various health and wellness programs.

After some time away from work to start a family, Kara began working for Site Development Engineering as Office Manager, in Lexington, SC, prior to coming on board with Midlands Therapy Services, Inc. in 2010. Kara works with therapist and office personnel to help maintain quality, stress free services for our patients and families.

Kara currently resides in Lexington with her husband and 2 children. She continues to enjoy teaching health and wellness classes in her spare time and relaxing with her family and friends.
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