KM Pediatric Therapy is a private practice focused on providing skilled speech and language pathology services to children of all ages. Services are provided within the child’s natural environment, which could be their private home, daycare, preschool, etc. Our objectives are to help children reach their highest potential and increase their quality of life. Services are provided under the direction of their attending physician.
Speech-language pathologists are required to hold a master’s degree in speech-language pathology. SLP’s are also required to have state licensure and national certification from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. SLP’s are trained to evaluate, diagnose, and treat disorders of language (including both the understanding and use of), articulation and phonology (how clearly words are spoken), fluency, pragmatics (understanding and use of social language), oral motor skills, and voice.
Many of our SLPs are also trained to provide assessment, diagnosis and treatment of swallowing and feeding disorders. Some of the most common disorders that require speech-language intervention include:
KM Pediatric Therapy provides CBRS, or developmental therapy, to children from ages birth to 3 years who are enrolled in the NC Early Intervention Program through the Children’s Developmental Services Agency (CDSA). Services are provided within the child’s natural environment, which could be their private home, daycare, preschool, etc. Our objectives are to help children reach their highest potential and increase their quality of life. Developmental therapists are required to hold a bachelor’s degree, or higher, within the area of child development, early childhood education, psychology, and/or social work. Therapists must also complete the required number of specialized instruction hours needed to achieve the Infant Toddler Family Certificate. DTs are trained to target delays in cognitive skills, communication skills, social/emotional development, adaptive development (self-help skills) and physical skills (including gross and fine motor) thru the use of play.
By popular demand, KM is in the process of adding this important discipline to our team approach. We are looking for well qualified candidates who are board certified and ready to uphold our high standards of treatment delivery. Please contact Stephanie Molina via our careers page if you would like to learn more.
KM Pediatric Therapy was started by Loraine Allen. Kyle Murphy (KM) is Loraine's nephew. He was born 14 weeks premature in the summer of 1991. Kyle weighed 1.5 pounds. At that time Loraine was at a crossroads in her career. School psychology no longer held her passion. She wanted to change lives! From day 1 Kyle was a fighter! As he grew, various interventions were added to his schedule. One of these wonderful people was a speech language pathologist.
Loraine soon found herself in graduate school for speech language pathology. She loved it! Towards the end of her graduate program, Kyle was diagnosed with cancer and left us. He was 3 1/2 years old. Loraine credits her career choice and the happiness in it to Kyle. So, when she opened her practice, who better to name it after than the angel who guided her?
In the spring of 2017, Loraine moved to MA to pursue new opportunities with her family. I have been with KM Pediatric Therapy since 2004 and was truly honored to take over as owner and team leader. Over the course of my career, I have had the absolute privledge of working with countless children and families who all have a story to tell.
As in-home therapists, we share the ups and downs that our families and clients experience as they navigate their particular diagnoses. Some are mild and others are quite challenging. But at the heart of it all is a child. And just like Kyle, each child deserves the opportunity to be the best they can be. I am proud to lead this team of dedicated therapists.
To me, maintaining Kyle's story and initials in our company name are important. They are a constant reminder of the positive impact we can have on the people's lives with which we work. As long as my team and I stay true to our guiding principles, we will honor our namesake and KM Pediatric Therapy will thrive!
- Stephanie Molina
Stephanie is a native of New Orleans. She graduated from UNC-Greensboro with an MA in Speech-Language Pathology. After a time with geriatrics, Stephanie returned to pediatrics with KM in winter of 2004. Although she has extensive experience treating a variety of diagnoses, such as developmental delays, apraxia, autism, cerebral palsy, and numerous syndromes, her particular passion is treating feeding delays and disorders. Stephanie is a supervising SLP and lead feeding specialist with KM Peds. She has specialized in evaluation and treatment of oral-pharyngeal dysphagia, sensory-based feeding dysfunction, and behavioral issues during meals since 2005. Stephanie has worked extensively with clients with g-tubes to transition them to oral consumption. In her spare time, she enjoys family time with her husband and two young children, completing house projects, and gardening. She is licensed by the board of North Carolina and has her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association.
Jackie grew up in the mountains of NC before moving to Raleigh to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Disorders and a minor in Linguistics from North Carolina State University. She completed the master’s degree program for speech-language pathology at East Carolina University. She has been a SLP for KM Peds. since June 2010. Jackie is a supervising SLP and also a pediatric feeding specialist. She has extensive experience with a variety of pediatric speech and language deficits and feeding issues including, but not limited to, developmental delays, phonological delays, autism, numerous syndromes, verbal apraxia, fluency disorders, attention deficit/learning disorders, and prematurity. Jackie enjoys observing her clients excel and reaching their full potential through integrative, motivated familial support. During her spare time, Jackie enjoys hiking, art projects, reading, and collecting vinyl records. Jackie is licensed by the board of North Carolina and has her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association.
Christy is responsible for employee payroll and benefits, bookkeeping, insurance billing and patient invoicing for KM Pediatric Therapy, Inc. Christy was born in North Carolina then moved all over the United States with her family, as her father served in the Army. From Georgia to New York, Alaska to California, and many places in between, she has experienced life in may different states. She returned to North Carolina in 2004 with her husband to raise their two children. Christy has a B.A. in Speech Communications, Certificate for Teaching English as a Second Language and has taken many classes in American Sign Language. After working for AT&T Wireless for many years, Christy enjoys working for a local business supporting the local community. Passions and pastimes include volunteering as treasurer with her children's high school marching band, traveling to and working with orphans in Cambodia and enjoying new experiences.
Laura is originally from Massachusetts. She received her Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from East Carolina University. Laura began with KM Peds in the fall of 2007. Laura's main interest in therapy is language disorders, with a particular passion for working with children with Autism. She enjoys working with children and their families to help them reach their full potential. She has experience with articulation and phonological delays, language delays, autism, pragmatics, apraxia, fluency, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and feeding disorders. She has worked with nonverbal communicators using several different types of AAC devices. In her spare time, Laura enjoys spending time with family, shopping, movies, photography, scrapbooking, and the beach. She is licensed by the board of North Carolina and has her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association.
Elizabeth is from Raleigh, NC and has been in the early intervention field for over 15 years. She has been with KM Peds for 5 years. Elizabeth holds a Master's Degree in Child Development. She has a passion for birth to 3 year old children and has served in several roles in the early intervention system in both Wake and Durham Counties. Throughout her service she has worked with children with global developmental delays, Down Syndrome, Premature Birth, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, and more. When not working, Elizabeth enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends. She holds certification in Infant, Toddler, and Family Services.
Dana Boyer grew up in Eastern Pennsylvania before attending The Pennsylvania State University for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. In 2009, Dana earned her master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Upon graduation, she accepted employment with an educational agency in Central Pennsylvania where she enjoyed providing speech therapy services to preschool-aged children (ages 3-6). In 2010, Dana completed the requirements for her Certification of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association and attained her license within the State of Pennsylvania. Within the six years working with the preschool population, Dana gained experience in providing services to children with articulation delays, phonological disorders, expressive and receptive language delays, Apraxia, Autism, Cerebral Palsy and developmental delays. In 2015, Dana and her husband, along with two young boys and chocolate lab, moved to Raleigh, North Carolina. At that time, she obtained licensure from the Board of North Carolina. Personally, Dana appreciates that all families have their unique knowledge regarding their family structure and delights in learning from families' experiences. Also, she enjoys teaching families various strategies and techniques to help their children enhance their strengths and improve their areas of need.
Caitlin grew up in Eastern North Carolina before attending Appalachian State University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders and a minor in Spanish. She then returned to East Carolina University, receiving her Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Caitlin has worked in the home, daycare, and school settings. Her clinical experience includes articulation and phonological delays, apraxia, fluency disorders, developmental delays, language disorders, autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, tongue thrust and feeding delays. She has a particular passion for treating children with feeding delays and disorders and in working with bilingual children. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors, audiobooks, coaching volleyball, and running with her golden retriever, Lucy. She is licensed by the board of North Carolina and has her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association.
Anne is from North Carolina, and received her Masters in Speech Language Pathology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She recently joined KM after working for several years in Wake County Public Schools. Prior to her career with the public schools, she worked with preschool children in homes, preschools, daycare centers, and early learning centers for children with special needs. Anne has a special interest in treating young children with language delays, and enjoys working with families to develop strategies to help their children at home. She has experience with receptive and expressive language delays/disorders; articulation and phonological delays; pragmatics; fluency; developmentally delayed; cognitive delays; Down syndrome; apraxia; and autism. In her spare time, she enjoys walking, spending time with family and friends, singing with Flash Chorus, reading, travel, and yoga. Anne is licensed by the N.C board of examiners, and has her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association.
Brittany Simmons grew up in Connecticut before relocating to Holly Springs, North Carolina in 2007 with her family. She attended East Carolina University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences. She then attended North Carolina Central University where she received her Master of Science in Communication Disorders. Brittany has experience working in homes, daycares, preschools, and public schools. She has clinical experiences working with articulation and phonological delays, apraxia, language delays, Autism, Down syndrome, dysphagia, cognitive impairments, pragmatics and social communication, and fluency. Brittany is passionate and excited to join the clinical team of KM Pediatric Therapy, Inc. She believes in establishing a strong foundation and connection with clients and their families to ensure that their goals are met. In her spare time, Brittany enjoys spending time with friends and family, going to the beach, watching movies, cooking and baking, and traveling. Brittany is licensed by the board of North Carolina.
Samantha grew up in Jamestown, North Carolina before earning a double major in Psychology and English at UNC-Chapel Hill. After graduating, Samantha moved to Marianna, Arkansas where she began a career as a teacher. As a teacher, she developed a passion for working collaboratively with children and their caregivers to achieve growth. After 8 years in the classroom in Arkansas and North Carolina, she returned to graduate school at North Carolina Central University where she earned her Masters of Science in Communication Disorder. Samantha’s clinical experiences include working in homes, daycares, preschools, public schools and skilled nursing facilities. While in these settings, Samantha has worked with articulation and phonological delays, expressive and receptive language delays, apraxia, Children with Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, dysphagia, pragmatics and social communication, fluency, cognitive impairments and aphasia. Samantha has a passion for working with children that started when she coached swim team at age 15 and has continued throughout her career. She believes in working with caregivers in a child’s natural environment to help a child reach their full potential. In her spare time, Samantha enjoys spending time with her husband and French bulldog, Parker, reading a good book, watching movies and relaxing at the beach. She is licensed by the board of North Carolina and looks forward to working with you and your child!
Rebecca grew up in Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania. She received her Master’s in Speech Language Pathology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she also completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with minors in Italian and Speech and Hearing Sciences. Rebecca has extensive experience working with children on the autism spectrum in addition to working in homes, daycares, preschool, K-12 and hospital settings. Her clinical experience includes dysphagia, expressive and receptive language delays, autism spectrum disorder, Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Injury, apraxia of speech, phonological processing disorders, fluency, pragmatic delays and cognitive impairment. She is most passionate about pediatric feeding and swallowing. Rebecca has working fluency in Spanish, Italian and American Sign Language (mid-Atlantic dialect). Rebecca is an avid reader and, in her spare time, enjoys hot yoga, spending time with friends and family and traveling. She has a toy poodle named Duke and an orange tabby cat named Crash. Rebecca is licensed by the board of North Carolina.
Sidney McElroy is from Huntsville, Alabama. She received her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of South Alabama, where she worked as a graduate research assistant in the Speech and Hearing Center. She previously received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communicative Disorders with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Alabama. Sidney has pediatric experience in home, daycare, preschool, private practice, and K-12 school settings in the areas of receptive and expressive language disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, fluency, voice and resonance disorders, pragmatics, dysphagia, and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). She has a passion and significant clinical experience in working with special populations, including autism spectrum disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, cleft lip and palate, traumatic brain injury, seizure disorders, cognitive impairment, and developmental delay. Sidney believes that working in the child’s home, daycare, or preschool setting is an effective and fun way to meet goals while also building close relationships with the family and caregivers of her patients. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, trying new restaurants, biking, reading, and listening to podcasts. Sidney is licensed by the board of North Carolina.
If you are interested in learning more about these exciting opportunities, please contact Stephanie Molina. We look forward to learning more about you!