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.

 

Meghan MatthewsMeghan Matthews M.A., CCC/SLP
School Progam Specialist, Coordinator for Student observers/interns,
Clinical Staff

Meghan's education includes a B.S. from Purdue University and M.A. from Northwestern University. She's treated individuals with autism, Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy. Her clinical experiences have allowed her to lead preschool groups and develop language programs for school aged children. She enjoys collaborating with teachers, parents, and other professionals to meet the needs of her families. An area of interest for Meghan is promoting literacy skills. In her free time, she enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, traveling, and running.

kate ConnollyKate Fallen M.S., CCC/SLP
Intake Coordinator,
School Progam Specialist
Clinical Staff

Kate received her M.S. in Speech Language Pathology from Rush University in Chicago. She enjoys working with children with a variety of disorders and speech and language issues. Her past experience includes working with pediatrics ages 0-18 in a multidisciplinary clinical setting. She has received training in Applied Behavioral Anaysis and Orton Gillingham programs.  Kate has particular interest in pediatric craniofacial anomalies and resonance issues. When not at Wee Speech, Kate enjoys reading, kickboxing, and spoiling nieces and nephews.

 

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.

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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