Regina Dwyer-Urban, M.A. CCC-SLP
Gina Dwyer-Urban received her M.A. in Speech Pathology from the University of Iowa and an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Montclair State University, New Jersey. She holds a Certification of Clinical Competence in Speech/Language from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and a Virginia State License in Speech Pathology. Over the years she has worked in hospital, infant services, home, preschool and public school settings.
At the Language Center she provides services for children and their families in both individual and group settings. She has a particular interest in providing diagnostic and therapy services for preschoolers through adolescents who stutter and works to stay current on the research regarding assessment, current clinical practices and treatment in this area. She also has experience in the areas of phonology, apraxia, language disorders, auditory processing disorders, language related literacy skills and social language. She is inspired by the challenges the children present and excited when a child is able to integrate newly learned skills into his or her home and school setting.
Heidi Chew, M.S. CCC-SLP
Heidi Chew received her Masters degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from James Madison University. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech/Language Pathology from the American Speech, Language, Hearing Association (ASHA) and a Virginia state license. Heidi is a three time ACE award winner through ASHA for continuing education. She worked in the public schools before joining the staff at the Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center in 2002. Heidi enjoys working with children of all ages to improve their communication skills and she has a special interest in working with children who stutter. She also has over 15 years of experience with young children and adolescents with articulation delays, apraxia, phonological deficits, receptive and expressive language disorders, and auditory processing disorders. As our primary diagnostician, Heidi provides a thorough assessment of communication needs and she enjoys working with families and helping them to determine how to interact and communicate more effectively with one another.
Laurie A. Clifton, Au.D. CCC-A, FAAA
Laurie A. Clifton, Au.D., CCC-A/FAAA is licensed as an Audiologist by the Commonwealth of Virginia, is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and maintains memberships with the American Academy of Audiology, ASHA, and the Speech and Hearing Association of Virginia. Laurie has been awarded the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts degree in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology from Michigan State University; Master of Arts degree in Audiology from Wayne State University; and Audiology Doctorate degree from the University of Florida. Laurie has been practicing audiology since 1984. Laurie was hired by the Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center to establish audiology services in 1995. Since that time, Laurie has provided: community educational presentations about hearing and listening skills; hearing screening services to preschools and elementary schools in the greater Richmond area; hearing evaluations; (Central) Auditory Processing Disorder evaluations; and assessments of auditory and visual attention skills in school age children.
Kathleen Edwards, M.A. CCC-SLP
Kathy Edwards received her Masters degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Iowa. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech/Language Pathology from the American Speech, Language, Hearing Association (ASHA) and a Virginia state license. She worked in the public schools and for a home healthcare agency before joining the staff at the Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center in 1994. Kathy enjoys working with children of all ages to improve their communication skills, but especially enjoys working with children with phonological disorders and apraxia and celebrating their successes as they become more intelligible. In addition, she has over 30 years of experience with young children and adolescents with receptive and expressive language disorders, Downs syndrome, Autism and Aspergers syndrome, and auditory processing disorders. Kathy also enjoys working with small groups of children and adolescents to improve their social language skills.
Marilyn Tonkin-Stickler, M.A. CCC-SLP
Marilyn Tonkin-Stickler received her undergraduate education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she earned a B.S. Degree in Education/Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. She subsequently earned an M.A. in Speech Pathology from the College of New Jersey. She is a Virginia state-licensed, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certified speech/language pathologist who has worked in special education/residential, private practice, home health, public school and preschool settings. She has been working at the Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center since 1998, specializing in providing services to children with pragmatic language/social skill issues and language and literacy disorders. She is especially passionate about the Read with Me! Program and her weekly Language and Literacy Stimulation Program implemented at a local preschool for at-risk children. She has presented on many occasions including at the VAECE and Shining Stars conferences.
Kathleen Lobdell joined the Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center in January 2003. She has over 30 years of medical office experience working in various positions such as Office Manager, Account Specialist, Receptionist and Billing Manager. Kathleen manages day to day front office operations at the Center with responsibilities which include extensive patient and family interaction, appointment scheduling, medical insurance and patient billing, accounts receivable/payments and collections, as well as maintaining our donor data base. As the first point of contact for the Center, Kathleen is very upbeat and knowledgeable in her position. She enjoys working with families from the beginning of their journey with the Center throughout their time with us.