Meet the staff

Julie Levin, M.S., CCC?SLPJulie Levin M.S., CCC/SLP, C/NDT

Julie is co-owner of Wee Speech, P.C.. She is an NDT certified speech and language pathologist with many years of experience working with babies and young children. Special areas of interest include oral motor, praxis, feeding and developing communication and early speech skills in the neurologically involved child.

Laura DrowerLaura Drower M.S., CCC/SLP, C/NDT

Laura is co-owner of Wee Speech, P.C.. She has over 25 years of pediatric experience. She is NDT certified and has provided speech and language assessment, treatment and staff training in a variety of settings including public and private schools, private clinics and residential facilities. Her interest areas include language disorder, apraxia, motor speech disorder and augmentative communication.

DevinDevin Manning M.S., CCC/SLP
Clinical Staff

Devin earned her B.S. and M.S. from Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal, IL. She has a variety of clinical experiences including, private clinics, schools, and medical in-patient and out-patient settings. Devin previously worked in the public schools servicing high school and elementary school students in a variety of academic programs including multi-needs, supported-education, and general education. Her passion is for working with the pediatric population and their families to ensure that child can communicate to the best of their ability. When not at work, Devin enjoys traveling, baking, and spending time with friends and family.

WhitneyWhitney Klein M.A., CCC/SLP
Clinical Staff

Whitney earned her B.S in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Arizona and her M.A in Speech Language Pathology at the University of Kansas. She has experience working with the pediatric population, both in the schools and the clinic setting. Whitney's experience includes articulation, language, social skills, executive functioning, fluency, and AAC. Whitney is a certified member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed in both Kansas and Illinois. Her passion is working with the pediatric population; being able to make a difference in each child's life. When Whitney is not at work, you will find her trying new restaurants, traveling, and cheering on the Kansas City Royals and Chiefs!

Emily McNeli M.S., CCC/CLP
Clinical Staff

Emily received her B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from University of Iowa and her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Northwestern University. Emily has experience working with the pediatric population in both school and clinic settings, as well as providing in-home therapy for children ages 1-3. Emily has provided individual and group therapy for children with delays or disorders in articulation, phonology, receptive/expressive language, pragmatic language and fluency. Emily is passionate about helping children with individual differences communicate to the best of their ability. During her free time, Emily enjoys exploring Chicago, doing yoga, singing, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Stephanie Marcus M.S., CCC/SLP
Clinical Staff

Stephanie received her B.A. in Communicative Disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her M.S. in Speech Language Pathology from Northwestern University. Stephanie is passionate about working with children to help them become effective communicators. She loves collaborating with families to ensure the best support for each child. Stephanie has evaluated and treated children with a variety of speech and language delays and disorders. Her past experience includes working with the pediatric population through Early Intervention as well as in both public school and private clinic settings. When not at Wee Speech, Stephanie enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with family and friends, and trying new restaurants throughout Chicago.

Manisha Jain, M.A., CCC/SLPManisha Jain M.A., CCC/SLP

Manisha graduated from Ohio State University and decided to move to Chicago to start her career. She is a certified member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed within the State of Illinois. She has worked in various settings including skilled nursing facilities, private and public schools, and clinics. Over the years she has developed interests and received training in augmentative and alternative communication, literacy, and childhood language. She highly enjoys working with children and their families.

MissyMissy Thompson M.S., CCC/SLP

Missy is a native of Chicago who received her B.S. from the University of Illinois Champaign/ Urbana and her M.S. from Purdue University in 2006. She has worked previously for the Chicago Public School System, Resurrection Hospital, and full time at Wee Speech. She is currently working part time for NorthShore University HealthSystems. Missy has interests in a variety of areas, but especially typical and atypical motor speech development and language structure and organization as it pertains to oral and written narrative. When not working, Missy loves spending time with her husband and one year old daughter. 

Meredith BlairMeredith Blair M.S., CCC/SLP

Meredith received her B.S. and M.S. from Illinois State University. She is a certified member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed within the State of Illinois. She has previously worked in a private clinic setting where she provided individual therapy and taught specialized programs focusing on pre-literacy foundational skills, school age literacy skills, and pragmatic language skills for children and adolescents. Meredith has received additional training in areas of hyperlexia, phonological awareness, literacy, executive functioning, pragmatic language, and augmentative and alternative communication. Meredith is very passionate about her career and greatly enjoys working with children.

Inez

Inez Berman M.A., CCC/SLP

Inez S. Berman is a licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist with more than 16 years of experience. She works with ages 0 to 15 with speech articulation disorders, phonological process delays, apraxia, stuttering, pragmatic language weaknesses, receptive and expressive language delays and disorders. Inez is a graduate of the University of Illinois (B.S. 1998) and the University of Iowa (M.A. 2000) Her experience ranges from early intervention home settings, integrated blended preschools, elementary schools, junior high schools and private practice.

Lisa Barich PTLisa Barich PT, C/NDT

Lisa graduated from Indiana University in 1989 She worked in Hinsdale Hospital's Pediatric Rehabilitation Department from 1989 until 1999. While working at Hinsdale she did part-time work at Wee Speech and contract work for the school system in the western suburbs. Following the birth of her daughter in 1999, she decided to start a practice solely at Wee Speech. She was NDT trained in 1994 and has a long list of continuing education Cascade DAFOs, Beverly Cusick's Developmental Orthopedics, Advanced NDT courses, Kinesio Taping in Pediatrics and Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation for Pediatrics.

Adrian DrowerAdrian Drower Office Assistant

Graduated Oakton Community College with the Associate in Arts degree and is currently working at The FIne Line Tile Store in Chicago. He continues to assist at Wee Speech with the Word Wall, the Activities Wall and uses his creative mind to write the monthly stories.  He has two poems published in the book “A Room Of Golden Shells” by Woodbine house publishing company.  When not on the job, he enjoys creative writing, reading and listening to a wide variety of music. 

 

 

 
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