Feeding Therapy Team
Emily Donoghue, MS CCC-SLP

Emily received her BS at the University of Central Florida and her MS in Speech-Language Pathology from Jacksonville University. she has experience working in pediatrics in the areas of language delays, Alternative and Augmentative Communication, feeding/swallowing disorders, and social/pragmatic difficulties. Emily has attended trainings for Language Acquisitions through Motor Planning (LAMP) and Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). She also received specialized training in Food Chaining and SOS Steps to Eating. Additionally, Emily was a teacher in The Preschool at High Hopes before attending graduate school and joining the therapy team.

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Beth Horton, MS CCC-SLP

Beth received her BA from the University of Washington and her MS from Tennessee State University. She has clinical expertise in the outpatient treatment and evaluation of speech and language delays, language difficulties specific to Autism, social/pragmatic delays, and the use of treatment of feeding and swallowing disorders, specifically in sensory/oral motor feeding difficulties. She has received specialized training in Food Chaining, The Hanen-More Than Words Program, social thinking, and Gestalt language learning.

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Sarah Poligone, MS CCC-SLP

Sarah received her BS at the University of Tennessee Knoxville and MS in Speech Language Pathology at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. She is a Certified Lactation Counselor and has previously worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in relation to infant feeding and development. Sarah has clinical expertise in the outpatient treatment and evaluation of feeding and swallowing disorders in medically fragile infant/children as well as generalized sensory/oral motor feeding difficulties. She additionally has experience as a speech language pathologist working with children with speech language delay and autism. 

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Marcela Soares Beals, MS CCC-SLP

Marcela received her MS in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Tennessee State University in 2017. Her clinical expertise includes assessment and treatment of language delays in early intervention, Autism, speech sound disorders, alternative and augmentative communication, and feeding/swallowing disorders. She has received specialty training in Natural Language Acquisition for Gestalt language learners, SOS Approach to Feeding, Food Chaining, Beckman Oral Motor Approach, and is licensed to practice Lactation Counseling.  

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Kristen Speltz, OTR/L

Kristen received her MSOT from Western Michigan University in 2013. She has a background in trauma informed intervention and is a certified children's yoga instructor. Kristen specializes in sensory integration treatment, feeding intervention, fine motor development, and play skills. Kristen is certified in Therapeutic Listening, SOS approach to feeding, Interactive Metronome and is a DIRFloortime Provider. 

Lori Scott, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC

Lori received her BS at the University of Georgia and her MS in Hearing/Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University.  She is certified to practice Lacation Counseling.  Lori previously worked at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center as a leader of the feeding team.  She has expertise in the evaluation and treatment of feeding/swallowing disorders in medically fragile infants and children with enteral feeding tubes. Lori has received specialty training in the SOS Approach to Feeding, Food Chaining and Baby Treatment via NDT. Lori has educated colleagues and graduate students on the assessment and treatment of pediatric feeding/swallowing disorders.

Linda Tyson, MA, CCC-SLP

Linda received her MA in Communication Disorders at Saint Louis University. She is on the Advisory Board for the Down Syndrome Foundation’s primary program, the Learning Program, and has clinical expertise in the areas of feeding and swallowing disorders with medically fragile infants and children with enteral feeding tubes. Linda has received specialty training in NDT, Pediatric Massage, Myofascial Release, the Beckman Oral Motor Approach, the SOS Approach to Feeding, Food Chaining and the TR-eat Model. She has educated colleagues and graduate students in the areas of pediatric feeding/swallowing disorders and cleft lip and palate and craniofacial anomalies.