The Chatter Box is currently directed by a team of speech language pathologists. We currently serve children in the home, daycare and center through the First Steps program or private pay as applicable. Our speech therapists provide quality diagnostic and therapy services related to expressive and receptive language, oral motor and feeding, speech sound production, and augmentative/alternative communication.

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.

Kelsey Schuhmann

M.S., CCC-SLP

Kelsey Schuhmann

M.S., CCC-SLP

Kelsey graduated from the University of Louisville in 2012 with a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. She spent 6 years providing speech therapy services to children birth to 21 years of age within Jefferson County Public Schools. She worked primarily in a preschool setting and has a passion for helping young children develop the power of communication. She worked with a variety of diagnoses such as Autism, Down Syndrome, Apraxia of Speech, receptive-expressive language disorders, articulation disorder and fluency disorders. Kelsey also previously worked as an Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) instructor with children with Autism.

Kelsey is married and has 3 young children. She enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, and playing basketball.

Mary Beth Avery

M.S., CCC-SLP

Mary Beth Avery

M.S., CCC-SLP

Mary Beth graduated from the University of Louisville in 2009 with her Master’s of Science in Speech Language Pathology. She has been a First Steps provider for over 5 years in the area. Her father was in the Air Force so she lived all over the country. This experience has given her the opportunity to interact with many different people from many backgrounds. Mary Beth enjoys working with families to improve communication of their children and sees families as an invaluable member of the treatment team. Mary Beth has a special interest in serving bilingual families or families that speak a language other than English at home.

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.

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.

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.

Jenna Compton

M.S., CF-SLP

Jenna Compton

M.S., CF-SLP

Jenna graduated from the University of Louisville in 2020 with her Master of Science in Communicative Disorders-Speech Language Pathology. She has had the opportunity to work with birth to 3 year olds through First Steps and with school aged children in the public school system. Jenna is passionate about working with pediatric populations and their families to promote the growth of their children’s communication abilities. In her spare time, Jenna enjoys working out, hiking, spending time with her family and dogs.

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.

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!

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. CCC-SLP

Lauren Fineman

M.S. CCC-SLP

Lauren Fineman is a Speech-Language Pathologist 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.

Amelia Little

M.S., CF-SLP

Amelia Little

M.S., CF-SLP

Amelia received her Master of Science degree in Communicative Disorders from the University of Louisville in May 2020. During her graduate studies, she had an internship at the Chatter Box. Amelia has clinical experience in evaluating and treating children with developmental delays, articulation disorders, expressive and receptive language disorders, and fluency disorders. She is passionate about early intervention and childhood development. Amelia loves working with children and getting to know their families.

Hailey Coffey

M.S., CF-SLP

Hailey Coffey

M.S., CF-SLP

Hailey received her Master of Science degree in Communicative Disorders from the University of Louisville in May 2020. She has had the opportunity to serve the First- Steps (birth-3) and pediatric population through her practicum experience. Her clinical experience involves working with a variety of diagnoses including Down Syndrome, Autism, articulation and phonological disorders and developmental delays. Hailey is excited to make a positive impact on the lives of her clients and their families. In her free time, Hailey enjoys spending time with family and friends, working on her family’s farm, being outdoors, and loving on any animal big or small!

Mary-Jo Baubkus

M.S. CCC-SLP

Mary-Jo Baubkus

M.S. CCC-SLP

Mary Jo has a Master of Science degree in Communicative Disorders from the University of Louisville. She has had the opportunity to serve the pediatric population with a variety of diagnoses including Down Syndrome, Autism, medically fragile conditions, developmental delays, articulation and phonological disorders and feeding difficulties. She has a passion for working with the pediatric population and enjoys seeing the growth in the children’s communication abilities. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her dog, Wrigley.

Krista Rice

M.A., CCC-SLP

Krista Rice

M.A., CCC-SLP

Krista began her career as a Speech-Language Pathologist working part-time for a local school district in Central Florida while completing her master’s degree. Since 2006, Krista has worked with preschool through high school aged children within the public school setting. She has gained a variety of experience working with students who have varying diagnoses, including autism, developmental delays, Down syndrome, receptive-expressive language disorders, articulation disorders and fluency disorders. She also enjoys working with assistive technology to aid in communication.

Krista graduated with her Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Central Florida in 2008. She and her husband live in Louisville and together they have 5 children and a Yorkie. In her free time, Krista enjoys being outdoors, reading and visiting her family in Florida.

Emma Wunderlin

M.S., CCC-SLP

Emma Wunderlin

M.S., CCC-SLP

Emma joined The Chatter Box team in the Fall 2019. She began her career in Speech-Language Pathology working at an adult day center for individuals with developmental disabilities. Emma has been working with children since 2016 in an outpatient clinic serving children ages birth to 21 and at a middle school. She has gained a variety of experiences in treating articulation, language and fluency disorders. She has also received training in PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets), Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and has experience using a variety of augmentative and alternative communication systems.

Emma graduated from the University of Louisville with a Master of Science in Communication Disorders in 2014. She lives in Louisville with her husband , two cats and dog.

Sarah Crady

M.S., CCC-SLP

Sarah Crady

M.S., CCC-SLP

Sarah has experience with Early Intervention therapy as well as school aged children. She loves articulation therapy as well as play based language therapy. Sarah has worked with children who have articulation, language, feeding, social skills and fluency delays. She loves working with children and families!