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CSTC has been committed to serving children and their families for over 20 years. Our staff of exceptionally talented speech-language pathologists and support professionals are dedicated to helping children of all ages.


The speech-language pathologists at Children's Speech Therapy Center are all State Licensed and have their Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). Each therapist has earned at least a Master's Degree and completed additional post-graduate training. Children's Speech Therapy Center's staff have extensive training and experience working with children, and each therapist completes yearly continuing education classes including: PROMPT, The Greenspan Floortime Approach®, Social Thinking®, Orton Gillingham, and other topics specific to child development.

Meet The Team

Each of our exceptional speech-language pathologists is ASHA and VA certified.

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Alicia McFadden, M.A., CCC-SLP, BCS-CL

Owner,  Speech-Language Pathologist

Alicia is a certified member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed to practice therapy in the states of Virginia and Maryland.  She is one of the less than 100  Board Certified Language Specialists in the country. Alicia received her graduate degree from George Washington University in Speech and Hearing Sciences.  She began her career in Los Angeles, California working in a non-public school setting. specifically designed for children with Autism in Los Angeles, California.  There, she worked with children and adults utilizing augmentative communication devices, implementing a pragmatic language curriculum, and addressing receptive and expressive language skills. She also has experience working with adults in the rehabilitative setting. Alicia enjoys working with children and adults of all ages.  Her special interests are in the area of language and pragmatics.  She has completed the Social Thinking® Clinical Training Program and she has extensive training in Executive Function skills.  Alicia has earned ASHA ACE awards for completing more than 70 hours of continuing education within a three-year period. She is also trained in Orton Gillingham and has completed multiple education courses aimed at improving literacy, articulation and phonological disorders, augmentative communication, and expressive/receptive language disorders.  Alicia has been a guest speaker at preschools, universities, and school districts educating staff and students on early intervention, social skills, and executive function skills.

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Caroline Haynes M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Caroline is a certified member of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) and licensed member of the Virginia Board of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists. She graduated with her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from James Madison University. Caroline also holds a certification through the Infant and Toddler Connected of Virginia and has experience providing Early Intervention services to children ages birth-three. She is trained in Gestalt Language Processing as an NLA trained clinician. Caroline enjoys working with children of all ages with a variety of communication disorders including receptive and expressive language disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, motor speech disorders, fluency disorders and social/pragmatic language disorders. She has completed continuing education courses in the areas of motor speech disorders, fluency, literacy, and alternative communication devices.  

 

In her spare time, Caroline enjoys going on road trips, watching movies, and playing games with friends and family.

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Kristyn Butler M.S., CF-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Kristyn is a licensed member of the Virginia Board of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists. She received her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology at James Madison University.  She received her Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from JMU as well, making her a proud Double Duke! Kristyn has been trained to collaborate with clients across the lifespan and is passionate about working with clients with a variety of communication needs. She has experience working within the areas of receptive and expressive language, articulation and phonology, social pragmatics, early intervention, and motor speech. She loves to celebrate with, learn from, and grow alongside her clients and their family members! In her free time, Kristyn enjoys running, reading, spending time with family and friends, and trips to the beach!

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Debbie Rhodes, M.A., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist 

Debbie is a certified member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed to practice speech therapy in the state of Virginia.  She received her graduate degree from Kent State University in Speech-Language Pathology and her Bachelor of Education Degree in Communication Disorders from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.  Debbie began her career working in the public-school setting in Prince William County, VA and then transitioned to private practice.

 

Debbie has special interests in working with children who have articulation and phonological disorders, receptive and expressive language disorders, fluency disorders, and pragmatic difficulties.  In addition, her experience includes working with children with autism spectrum and sensory integration disorders.  She has completed continuing education courses in the areas of childhood speech and language disorders, fluency, sensory integration and executive functioning disorders as well as DIR Floortime®,

 

During her free time, Debbie enjoys reading, camping, and traveling.

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Kristen Dorsey Jones, M.A., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Kristen is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed to practice speech therapy in the state of Virginia.  She received her graduate degree from George Washington University in Speech and Hearing Sciences.  She received her undergraduate degree from Lafayette College.  Kristen enjoys working with children of all ages and has experience working with children who have apraxia of speech, fluency disorders, speech sound disorders, receptive and expressive language disorders, learning disabilities, and reading disabilities.  Kristen is PROMPT trained (level 1) and has continuing education in Social Thinking and the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol. Kristen has a passion for reading and is trained in Lively Letters, the Orton Gillingham Approach, and is a Tier I Certified Structured Literacy Teacher through the Center for Effective Reading Instruction. Kristen was an adjust professor at GWU, teaching a Literacy course in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences.

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Melissa Mitchell, M.A., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Melissa is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

(ASHA) and a licensed member of the Virginia Board of Speech-Language Pathologists

and Audiologists. She received her graduate degree from George Washington

University in Speech and Hearing Sciences. She received her undergraduate degree

from Brigham Young University in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. Melissa

began her career working in Fairfax County Public Schools where she provided therapy

for preschool through middle school students in various settings, including preschool

autism classrooms, preschool special education classrooms, and moderate-severe

disabilities classrooms. When her family moved to Mexico City, Mexico for over five

years, she had the opportunity to continue her work with English-speaking children

addressing their speech and language needs. Melissa enjoys working with children of

all ages and has experience working with children who have speech sound disorders,

motor speech disorders, receptive and expressive language disorders, voice disorders,

fluency disorders, and social/pragmatic language disorders. She has completed

continuing education courses in the areas of articulation and phonological disorders,

childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), expressive/receptive language disorders, and early

intervention including late talkers and early autism.

 

In her free time, Melissa enjoys reading, walking, hiking, jigsaw puzzles, traveling, and

hanging out with her husband and three children.

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Leah Sullivan M.A., CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Leah is a certified member of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) and a licensed member of the Virginia Board of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists. She graduated with her master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from George Washington University (Raise High!) and her bachelor's degree in Elementary and Special Education from Mount St. Mary's University. Leah began her career working in the public school system with children aged 3 through 12 before making the switch to private practice. She loves working with children of all ages, especially the littles, and has experience with a variety of diagnoses including expressive and receptive language disorders, speech sound disorders, social/pragmatic language disorders, and children who are nonverbal and/or access language via an AAC device. Leah has completed continuing education courses in the areas of speech sound disorders, alternative and augmentative communication, feeding, Autism Spectrum Disorder, language, and literacy.  

 

In her spare time, Leah enjoys crocheting, staying active, trying out new recipes, and spending time with her husband and family. 

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Valarie Dargan

Practice Manager

Valarie has over 12 years of Healthcare management experience that includes serving as Practice Administrator for a cardiovascular organization with multiple offices, Practice Manager for a holistic physician's office that treated autistic children and Front Desk Manager for a MRI center.  Valarie possesses extensive administrative experience combined with excellent interpersonal skills and organizational ability. Her experience includes Accounting, Human Resources, Marketing, and Credentialing.  Valarie is a proud graduate of Townson University in Maryland.  

 

In her free time, she enjoys spending time traveling with her husband. Valarie is an avid reader and enjoys cooking big Sunday meals for her 2 adult children. Valarie is a Baltimore Ravens fan!

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Sarah Looney

Practice Scheduler

Sarah is a native of Alabama and brings over 10 years of administrative experience.  She has an Executive Bachelor of Business Administration from Faulkner University.  As a mother of a special needs child, Sarah feels a strong connection to other parents seeking services for their children. 

 

In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband and son.  They love to watch University of Alabama football games in the fall and Atlanta Braves games in the spring / summer.

Meet the Team
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Join Our Team

CSTC Therapies is currently seeking a full-time Speech-Language Pathologist. Please email us if you are interested!

CSTC would like to talk to you about future opportunities at our center if you are a Speech Language Pathologist who has a passion for helping children succeed and would enjoy:

  • Full or Part-Time Work

  • Flexible Hours

  • Lower Case Loads

  • Providing Individual Therapy

  • Being Treated as a Professional

  • Opportunity to be Creative

CSTC offers:

  • Competitive Compensation

  • Health Insurance

  • Relaxed Work Environment

  • Assistance with Professional Development

 

  📫 Resumes can be sent to info@childrens-speech.com.

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