Speech Languagepathology

Speech-language pathologists help kids with all types of language, communication, and feeding issues.


Meet Our SLP's


Melissa Reamer

Melissa Reamer is a SLP who received her master's degree in Communication Disorders and Deaf Education from Utah State University.  She earned an emphasis in Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) through additional coursework to support children who are deaf and hard of hearing (DHH). 


Melissa has over 12 years of experience working with children from birth to age 18 in clinical, school and home settings.  She feels passionately about early intervention and its benefits to children and families. 


She has a family-centered approach and believes that primary caregivers are the most valuable asset to a child's growth and development.  Her belief is that behaviors are communication, and she strives to support children in obtaining healthy relationships and strong communication skills to achieve their highest quality of life. 


Melissa stays current in her field through professional development and related coursework to support the whole child and the families who love them.

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Lauren Strout

Lauren is an SLP who was born and raised in Walla Walla, WA. She received her Bachelor's degree in psychology from Whitworth University with an emphasis on counseling before completing her Master's degree in communication sciences and disorders at Eastern Washington University.


Lauren is passionate about using both of these degrees to come alongside families and look at the whole child while empowering families to support speech and language development at home.


Lauren has experience in early intervention and inpatient and outpatient pediatric speech therapy. Lauren feels strongly about the importance of incorporating play into therapy and in helping families to use play to foster stronger social connections and build foundational skills in speech and language.


Lauren is certified to administer the STAT Assessment, an empirically derived, interactive measure developed to screen for autism in children between 24 and 36 months of age. She is also trained in the SOS approach to feeding.


Lauren loves living in the PNW and enjoys cooking, skiing, spending time at the lake and exploring new restaurants or farmer’s markets with her family and friends. She also loves dogs and loves finding any opportunity to incorporate her dog, Eevee, into therapy sessions. 


Carissa Thiele

Carissa is a SLP who graduated with her master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from Illinois State University and bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders from the University of Illinois.


She has 8 years of experience working with children (birth to 18) in clinical, school, and home settings. Carissa is especially passionate about working with the birth to 3 population, as it allows her to closely partner with a child’s family and aid in early communication development.


She also has an interest in feeding, and has been trained in the SOS Approach to Feeding. Carissa is an Illinois native, but made Washington her home two years ago. Outside of work, Carissa enjoys being active and exploring the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two young boys.


Amanda Padgett

Amanda is a long time resident of Spokane Valley. She earned both her Bachelor of Art and Master of Science degrees in Communication Sciences & Disorders from Eastern Washington University.


Amanda has experience working with children and families in schools and in clinical and home settings. She believes in a child-centered approach that supports positive language as well as social and emotional outcomes. Amanda is especially interested in addressing the language and social communication needs of children with autism and social language challenges. She is also interested in helping children develop the pre-language skills needed in early childhood to become successful lifelong communicators. Amanda prioritizes creating a secure, nurturing and supportive environment when providing therapy. She is a strong advocate for kids and families and believes in partnering with parents and caregivers to optimize child success. 


Amanda enjoys learning about topics related to speech and language therapy and has recently received positive behavior support training, and training in play based therapy for young children. When not working with kids, Amanda enjoys music, art, traveling and spending time with her three kids and her pets.