About Us

Our mission is to help children reach their full potential by serving our patients and their families with respect, dedication, and compassion in an evidenced based, family and child centered environment.

Founded in 2003, Midlands Therapy Services is a therapist owned company providing speech therapy, physical therapy and occupational therapy to children ages birth to five. We are dedicated to providing superior services to children with developmental and neurological disabilities. Our primary focus is teaching the whole family the skills they need to better help their child. We utilize feedback from the family to create an individualized treatment program. We believe in child-centered approach to therapy, focusing on results and family education. We strive to help our patients meet their goals and to teach families and caregivers how to create teachable moments for their children on a daily basis within the child’s routine and most natural environment – which is normally their home or daycare.

Midlands Therapy Services has been a BabyNet contracted provider for over 14 years. We work closely with pediatricians, early interventionists and other professionals to deliver quality care to our little patients and their families.


Dawn Kearney, MA, CCC-SLP Co-Owner • Speech-Language Pathologist • 20 years pediatric experience

Dawn graduated Magna Cum Laude from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia with a BS in Education – Speech Language Pathology in 1997. While working in a preschool program in the schools as a speech therapist, she received her Master's degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from South Carolina State University in 2000.

Dawn obtained the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) certification of clinical competence (CCC-SLP) in 2001, and is licensed in the state of South Carolina and Georgia to practice Speech-Language Pathology. She also holds the South Carolina Part C Credential through BabyNet. Dawn began providing speech and language therapy to infants and toddlers in 2001 through the BabyNet system after the premature birth of her oldest son. She has extensive experience in many early childhood diagnoses and delays and is passionate about making a difference in her patients and their family's lives.

Dawn is a native of Savannah, Georgia and resides in Lexington, South Carolina, where she lives with her husband and two sons.


Laurie Yates, MA, CCC-SLP Co-Owner • Speech-Language Pathologist • 20 years pediatric experience

Laurie graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BS in Psychology in 1993. She continued her studies at Armstrong Atlantic State University where she received teacher certification in Speech Therapy in 1997. While working in Lexington School District Three as the preschool children with disabilities lead SLP, she continued her education at South Carolina State University where she received her MA degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology in 2001.

Laurie has extensive experience with various areas of speech and language disorders such as articulation, apraxia, developmental delays and neurogenic disorders. Her special interests include treating children in the early intervention settings who exhibit expressive and receptive language delays, feeding difficulties and phonological disorders. She believes in early detection and has a great deal of knowledge and expertise in early intervention.

Laurie 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.

Midlands Therapy Services is a Baby Net Provider in South Carolina.

BabyNet is South Carolina's interagency early intervention system for infants and toddlers under three years of age with developmental delays, or who have conditions associated with developmental delays.



South Carolina Counties

Lexington County, SC
Richland County, SC
Saluda County, SC

Newberry County, SC
Greenwood County, SC
Laurens County, SC

KershawCounty, SC
York County, SC
Lancaster County, SC