About The Chatter Box

The Chatter Box provides speech and occupational therapy, as well as developmental intervention, preschool, and tutoring services to children in Oldham County and the surrounding areas.

We provide educational services to young children, beginning at age 2. Groups will be small and led by a certified teacher specializing in early intervention. We also have preschool for 3 to 5 year olds that need a smaller group setting to meet their identified needs. Children without disabilities are also a vital part of our programs as they provide peer models for children in need of developing social and communication skills.

The Chatter Box will support the needs of children and families in Oldham and surrounding counties by providing resources across all areas of development, as well as family outreach activities, support groups and training opportunities for parents and other professionals. We love serving our children, our families, and our community.

It is also our goal to provide educational services to young children, beginning at the age of two. Groups will be small and led by a certified teacher specializing in early intervention and/or a speech language pathologist. As the demand and our resources grow we hope to add programs for three and four year olds that need smaller group settings to meet their identified needs. Children without disabilities will also be a vital part of this program as they provide peer models for children in need of developing social and communication skills.

The Chatter Box will support the needs of children and families in Oldham and surrounding counties by providing resources across all areas of development, as well as family outreach activities, support groups and training opportunities for parents and other professionals. We look forward to be becoming a fixture in the community.

Mission Statement:

To provide quality diagnostic, therapeutic and early education services to children with and without disabilities and their families within a natural learning environment.

MEET OUR STAFF

Administrative Team

Julie Murray

M.S.-CCC-SLP

Julie Murray

M.S.-CCC-SLP

Julie W. Murray is a Speech Language Pathologist and Executive Director of The Chatter box. The Chatter Box was created due to her experiences with her special needs son Jacob. Julie has experienced therapy services as a professional and a parent. She is passionate about having therapists that can teach families and encourage them in the therapeutic process. Julie began her career in the Jefferson County Public schools in 1998. She made the transition to First Steps in 2004 as a speech pathologist and a primary level evaluator. In 2007, The Chatter Box opened its doors to provide First Steps services, playgroup and private based therapy. Julie continues to do primary level evaluations with the First Steps program. She specializes in feeding disorders and Dyslexia. Julie has experience with tongue and lip ties, food chaining, mealtime management, feeding groups and behavioral approaches to feeding. She is passionate about Dyslexia and helping students learn to read and write. She uses an Orton-Gillingham approach in treatment and has been trained as a dyslexia specialist. Julie has four children and loves to play golf with her family.

Kristie Lindemier

M.S., CCC-SLP, Director of Therapeutic Services

Kristie Lindemier

M.S., CCC-SLP, Director of Therapeutic Services

Kristie has been in the field of speech pathology for nearly twenty years, all in the pediatric arena.  She has been with the Chatter Box since its opening in 2007.  Kristie has experience working with children with a wide variety of communication needs, including developmental delay, motor planning concerns, hearing loss, speech intelligibility, and higher level language/executive function concerns.  She uses strategies such as sign language, the Kaufman Praxis series, oral motor techniques, visual cues and prompts, and speech sound production cues to increase children’s communication skills.  Kristie enjoys working with families and educational teams to develop appropriate programming in all of the child’s natural environments.  She is also a Primary Level Evaluator for the First Steps program, helping to determine when and if children needs services in the early years of birth to three.

Sandra Emberton

Office Manager

Sandra Emberton

Office Manager

Speech Therapy Team

Emily Meyers

M.S. CCC-SLP

Emily Meyers

M.S. CCC-SLP

Emily received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Butler University and her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Louisville. She enjoys providing early intervention services with First Steps for children aged birth to three as well as serving school-aged children with articulation and language delays. She has experience in a wide variety of diagnoses such as developmental delay, autism, articulation, down syndrome, apraxia, behavior, medically fragile conditions, traumatic brain injury, lip/tongue tie, feeding/swallowing disorders, and much more. Emily is enthusiastic about the importance of play as it pertains to speech, language, and cognitive development. She enjoys the naturalistic family-centered model of First Steps therapy, and strives to empower families with strategies they can use at home with their children to best meet their developmental needs. Emily is proud to be a part of the Chatter Box family.

Tatum Holder

M.A. of Ed, CCC-SLP

Tatum Holder

M.A. of Ed, CCC-SLP

Tatum is so excited to be a part of the Chatter Box team. She is passionate about speech language pathology and loves working with children. Her areas of interest include early intervention, language, autism, and literacy. Tatum graduated with her Master's Degree from Eastern Ky University where she gained a lot of clinical experience and worked with children of all ages.

Erin Berg

M.S. CCC-SLP

Erin Berg

M.S. CCC-SLP

Erin has been a practicing speech-language pathologist since graduating with a masters degree from Western Kentucky University in 2010. She has experience in working with adults, particularly those who have experienced a traumatic brain injury, as well as children. She currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky and specializes in working with children aged 3 and under through Kentucky's First Steps program. She considers it a joy to use her gifts to help children as well as their families and caregivers through this early intervention program. Her favorite job is being a wife to her husband Michael and mom to her son Caleb!

Erin Williams

M.S. CCC-SLP

Erin Williams

M.S. CCC-SLP

Erin Williams is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, as well as the University of Louisville. She has worked for the Jefferson County Public Schools since 2007. Erin has 3 young sons at home who keep her very busy. She wouldn't trade her time with them for anything!

Ann Wilson Phalen

M.S. CCC-SLP

Ann Wilson Phalen

M.S. CCC-SLP

Ann Wilson has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Kentucky. She attended Marshall University where she completed her Masters of Arts in Speech Language Pathology.  She holds her national certification from American Speech Language Hearing Association as well as a license to practice Speech Language Pathology in the state of Kentucky
During her professional career She has had the opportunity to work with children (infancy through five years of age) with a variety of disorders including but not limited to: developmental delays, down syndrome, hearing impairments, cochlear implants, autism, apraxia, articulation and phonological disorders.  She has worked in schools, daycares and children's homes.
Ann Wilson has a special interest in early intervention where she learned the importance of teaching in the child's natural environment and building relationships with parents, siblings and caregivers. She believes in a family
centered approach to therapy where  therapy can fun and embedded into every day routines.
She has intermediate signing skills ( SEE) and has completed training in evaluation and treatment for children with dyslexia. She lives in her hometown of Shelbyville, Kentucky with her husband and three children. She enjoys working in her community where she grew up.

Lindsay Hartmann

M.A. CCC-SLP

Lindsay Hartmann

M.A. CCC-SLP

Lindsay is a full-time Speech Language Pathologist who joined The Chatter Box staff in the spring of 2013. She earned her Master’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University. Lindsay provides speech and language services for children in Northern Kentucky. Lindsay has wanted to be a Speech Language Pathologist since she was young and has always been very passionate about helping children with special needs. Lindsay began providing First Steps services the summer of 2013, and has experience with children with speech and language delays and autism spectrum disorder. Lindsay enjoys working with families in the home and works to incorporate all family members in early intervention services.

Katie Entrican

M.S., CCC-SLP

Katie Entrican

M.S., CCC-SLP

Katie graduated from the University of Louisville in 2015 with a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. Before joining the Chatter box team in July of 2016, Katie spent a year working in a private practice in Elizabethtown, Kentucky where she served children from birth to 21 years of age with a wide range of diagnoses including Autism and Down Syndrome. Katie is experienced in treating articulation, language, and fluency disorders. Katie is also trained in picture exchange communications systems.

Beth Schickel

M.A., CCC-SLP

Beth Schickel

M.A., CCC-SLP

Beth has over 25 years of experience as a Speech-Language Pathologist in a variety of settings, including inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient clinics, long-term care, home health, early intervention and private practice.  During this time she has enjoyed serving both adults and children with a range of diagnoses.

Beth currently works full-time for The Chatter Box primarily with preschool and school-aged children.  In addition to articulation and language, she has received additional training to become a Dyslexia Specialist.

Beth graduated from St. Louis University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders and a Master of Arts in Speech Pathology. She lives in the Louisville area and is the mother of two daughters.

Ashleigh Schneider

MS, CCC-SLP

Ashleigh Schneider

MS, CCC-SLP

Ashleigh provides First Steps services to children in northern KY, specifically Boone and Kenton counties. Ashleigh specializes in pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders. She received her Masters degree from Purdue University, and gained valuable medical experience working at Peyton Manning Children's Hospital in Indianapolis, IN. Ashleigh has been on the Chatterbox staff since 2009.

Courtney Richardson-Young

Courtney Richardson-Young

Adrienne Patterson

M.S., CCC-SLP

Adrienne Patterson

M.S., CCC-SLP

Adrienne Patterson joined The Chatter Box team in May 2014 after working at the Kentucky School for the Blind. She has served children with cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorder, cognitive delay, hearing loss, apraxia, Down syndrome, and articulation and language delays. She is passionate about American Sign Language and believes it should be accessible for everyone to learn. She created an online video class teaching 300 basic signs for beginners. Adrienne also films Youtube videos to demonstrate simple speech strategies to help toddlers talk more. Her videos can be found at LearnWithAdrienne.com. Adrienne graduated from Western Kentucky University with her Masters in Communication Disorders.

Rachel Koch

M.S. CCC-SLP

Rachel Koch

M.S. CCC-SLP

Being able to partner with children and their families as a pediatric speech pathologist is both a great privilege and responsibility. Rachel graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2007 and has worked exclusively with pediatrics since that time. In addition to over 5 years’ experience as a clinician working with First Steps, she has served families as a primary preschool therapist and at a hospital pediatric outpatient clinic. Rachel has experience with a variety of conditions and populations including treatment with developmental delay, feeding, Autism, and much more. She's always open to learning new approaches to best treat each child individually. For Rachel, it is a joy to work with families and children!

Erica Hayes

M.A. CCC-SLP

Erica Hayes

M.A. CCC-SLP

Erica  has been a practicing speech-language pathologist since 1999.  She attended the University of Kansas for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees.  Her graduate studies included a minor in Autism Spectrum Disorders.  She has served children in First Steps through elementary school with the most experience in working with preschool age children.

Erica is married and has two children.  She loves to read, travel and spend time with her family.

Claudia Foulkes

M.S., CCC/SLP

Claudia Foulkes

M.S., CCC/SLP

Claudia has worked for JCPS for many years and recently took early retirement to pursue new adventures. She has also worked with children and their families through the First Steps program. She is so happy to be joining Chatter Box and continuing to provide speech therapy to children. She has had the honor of working with many children over the years, having differing skill sets, diagnoses, and uniqueness. Toward the end of her time in the schools she was included in a program designed for students with Dyslexia. She has since become fascinated with the literature and has become aware of the huge need for children to receive early intervention. Claudia is so excited to continue working with children and watching them grow and learn.

Mary Love Peters

M.S., CCC-SLP

Mary Love Peters

M.S., CCC-SLP

Mary has over 15 years of experience as a pediatric speech-language pathologist in a variety of settings, including early intervention, private practice, outpatient clinics, and pediatric long-term care. During this time she has enjoyed serving children with a range of diagnoses, such as speech/language delay, hearing loss, cerebral palsy traumatic brain injury, feeding difficulty, multiple disabilities, and medically fragile. Mary especially enjoys partnering with families to improve their children’s communication skills; she has concentrated her continuing education efforts in the areas of feeding, auditory training, tracheostomy speaking valves, augmentative & alternative communication, and advocacy in the IEP process.

Mary graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Science in Child Development/Linguistics and Master of Science in Hearing and Speech Sciences. She lives in the Louisville area with her husband and three daughters.

Danielle Krinsky

M.S., CCC-SLP

Danielle Krinsky

M.S., CCC-SLP

Danielle Krinsky is a Speech-Language Pathologist who graduated from the University of South Florida in 2011. She recently moved to Louisville, KY from Ft. Lauderdale with her family. She has experience working in a public school, private practice and outpatient clinics. Danielle specializes in working with children with developmental delays, apraxia of speech and learning disabilities.

Lauren Fineman

M.S. CF-SLP

Lauren Fineman

M.S. CF-SLP

Lauren Fineman is a Speech-Language Pathologist (Clinical Fellow) who graduated from the University of Louisville. She has clinical experience with First Steps, public and private schools and acute care. She enjoys riding horses, painting, ceramics and volunteering with her therapy dog, Uno.

Uno Fineman

Therapy Dog

Uno Fineman

Therapy Dog

Uno Fineman is a dalmatian owned by Lauren Fineman, Speech-Language Pathologist. Uno is a therapy dog at The Chatter Box who loves to spend time with children and adults. He enjoys being petted, doing tricks and sleeping. Uro loves going to work with his mom and spending time with the children.

Occupational Therapy Team

Emily Moscoe

OTR/L

Emily Moscoe

OTR/L

I have experience working with pediatric clients in a variety of settings, including outpatient and school-based. I have completed continuing education in feeding disorders, neurodevelopment treatment, sensory integration and processing, and self regulation, including the zones of regulation program. I am also an integrated listening system certified provider. I love working closely with families and the entire treatment team to help my clients! I also love riding horses, and have enjoyed incorporating hippo therapy into my treatment repertoire. I also enjoy hiking with my 2 dogs, practicing yoga and being outdoors! I am excited and passionate about continuing my occupational therapy career in pediatrics and helping kids and their families.

Jenna Dreher

M.S. OTR/L

Jenna Dreher

M.S. OTR/L

Jenna is a full time Occupational Therapist with experience providing services in an outpatient pediatric therapy clinic for the last 4 years. She graduated with her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Spalding University in 2014. Jenna has completed additional specialty certification courses and is recognized as a Certified Therapeutic Listening Provider of The Listening Program by Advanced Brain Technologies and has her Deep Physical Agent Modalities certification through the Kentucky Board of Licensure for Occupational Therapy. She has a passion for working with children and their families to help them grow, develop, and maximize their potential in all areas of life.

Sadie Travis

Therapy Dog

Sadie Travis

Therapy Dog

Sadie Travis is a Goldendoodle, owned by Katelyn Travis, OT who is The Chatter Box's therapy dog.  She loves chasing tennis balls, popping bubbles, and showing off her tricks.  Sadie looks forward to going to work with mom and enjoys playing with kids

Katelyn Travis

M.S. OTR/L

Katelyn Travis

M.S. OTR/L

Katelyn is a full-time Occupational Therapist who joined The Chatter Box staff in the Fall of 2016. She earned her Master's degree from Spalding University. She has experience in providing services for children from Cincinnati Public Schools and through coaching swimming with children ranging from ages 4 to 18. Katelyn enjoys working with children and their families, and is looking forward to working in the home and outpatient settings.

Gina Miller

M.S. OTR/L

Gina Miller

M.S. OTR/L

Gina graduated from Spalding University in 2013 with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy and has four years experience working at an outpatient pediatric clinic. She has three children which have taught her the importance of meeting families where they are at to help create an environment that facilitates success for the child with family-centered outcomes. Gina has completed continuing education in feeding disorders, sensory integration and processing, behavioral strategies, handwriting and self-regulation. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and being outdoors. Gina is excited about being a part of The Chatter Box team and continuing her Occupational Therapy career in pediatrics.

Developmental Intervention Team

Mallory Turner

DI, M.A. of Ed - Preschool Teacher

Mallory Turner

DI, M.A. of Ed - Preschool Teacher

Mallory has been working with the Chatter Box and First Steps since 2008. She loves working with children with many types of delays/diagnosis's, and her specialty runs with play, behavior, and social concerns. Along with seeing First Steps clients in home, she also teaches playgroup and preschool at The Chatter Box, and tutor children with dyslexia.  She sees First Steps clients primarily in the afternoon due to teaching preschool half day.

Liz Williams

DI Developmental Interventionist

Liz Williams

DI Developmental Interventionist

Liz has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders from Western Kentucky University (2014) and a Master’s degree in IECE from the University of Louisville (2016).  She lives in Eastern Jefferson County with her husband and their Golden Retriever, Clyde.

Angela Smith

DI Developmental Interventionist

Angela Smith

DI Developmental Interventionist

Angela Smith, Developmental Interventionist. She is from Murray KY, Angela went to Murray State University and University of Louisville.  She has been with the Chatter Box since 2009, and works with children in-home and in our playgroup.

Shannon Pawul

M.A., Ed. Developmental Interventionist

Shannon Pawul

M.A., Ed. Developmental Interventionist

Shannon taught for Jefferson County Public Schools for one year and has been a Developmental Interventionist with First Steps for 5 ½ years. She completed undergraduate in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education, birth through 5 years. She completed her Masters of Arts in Education with reading and writing speciality at University of Cumberlands. She completed trainings from Laura Mize, SLP of Teach Me to Talk. Shannon has three children, one of which has gone through the First Steps program for sensory needs as well as high anxiety.

Preschool Team

Mallory Turner

DI, M.A. of Ed - Preschool Teacher

Mallory Turner

DI, M.A. of Ed - Preschool Teacher

Mallory has been working with the Chatter Box and First Steps since 2008. She loves working with children with many types of delays/diagnosis's, and her specialty runs with play, behavior, and social concerns. Along with seeing First Steps clients in home, she also teaches playgroup and preschool at The Chatter Box, and tutor children with dyslexia.  She sees First Steps clients primarily in the afternoon due to teaching preschool half day.

Kristie Lindemier

M.S., CCC-SLP, Director of Therapeutic Services

Kristie Lindemier

M.S., CCC-SLP, Director of Therapeutic Services

Kristie has been in the field of speech pathology for nearly twenty years, all in the pediatric arena.  She has been with the Chatter Box since its opening in 2007.  Kristie has experience working with children with a wide variety of communication needs, including developmental delay, motor planning concerns, hearing loss, speech intelligibility, and higher level language/executive function concerns.  She uses strategies such as sign language, the Kaufman Praxis series, oral motor techniques, visual cues and prompts, and speech sound production cues to increase children’s communication skills.  Kristie enjoys working with families and educational teams to develop appropriate programming in all of the child’s natural environments.  She is also a Primary Level Evaluator for the First Steps program, helping to determine when and if children needs services in the early years of birth to three.

Interested in joining our team? We're always looking to add to our family of teachers & therapists!