About Us 2018-05-03T20:32:11+00:00

At Now We’re Talking Pediatric Therapy

How We Came About:
In April of 2003 Kim Sherwin and Michelle Helmes both working with children as speech-language pathologists decided to combine their love and passion for their careers and begin their own company “Now We’re Talking” Pediatric Therapy, Inc in order to provide the best services for the communities in which they live.

Speech Therapists
Occupational Therapists
Physical Therapists

Kim Sherwin, MS CCC-SLP
I earned my Masters of Science degree in communication disorders and am an active member of ASHA (American Speech and Hearing Association) where I hold and maintain my Certificate of Clinical Competence for Speech Language Pathology. I am North Carolina licensed and am a member of the North Carolina Speech, Hearing and Language Association. I have worked as a Speech Language Pathologist for over 15 years, with all my professional experience working with infants, toddlers, preschool and elementary ages with various disabilities and disorders. I have worked in many settings including the home, preschools, daycares, elementary schools as well as a clinic setting. My goal as a provider is to serve children within their most natural environment and provide their caregivers with the knowledge, tools and support to carry through with intervention. The journey to effective communication for young children is attained through fun everyday experiences and routines with the support of a team.

Michelle HelmesMichelle Helmes, MS CCC-SLP Michelle is a Speech and Language Pathologist and co-owner of “Now We’re Talking”Pediatric Therapy, Inc. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in May 1993 from The University of NY at New Paltz in Speech and Hearing. Michelle then received her Master of Science degree in December of 1996 from The College of Saint Rose in Communication Disorders. Along with her Master’s degree she earned her Certificate of Clinical Competence from The American Speech-Language- Hearing Association (ASHA). Michelle has been professionally involved in a speech and language career for 23 years. During this career she has focused on the needs of children who exhibit many varieties of speech, language and feeding concerns. Michelle has provided therapy in many settings which include the following: homes, daycares, clinics, preschools, special needs preschools, and elementary schools. Regardless of a child’s diagnosis, Michelle provides a fun, nurturing environment which allows a child to reach his or her full communication potential.

Our Speech Therapists

Kristen Carman M.ED CCC-SLP Kristen Carmen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from James Madison University in 2010. Before receiving her Master’s degree, she confirmed her passion of the pediatric population by working at the Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters in Virginia providing aide in the therapy department to a variety of developmental disorders. In 2013, Kristen graduated with her Master of Education in Speech Language Pathology from North Carolina Central University.

She has experience working in an assortment of settings including outpatient clinics, schools, daycares, and rehabilitation centers. During her clinical experience, she gained knowledge in the areas of evaluating and treating children with expressive and receptive language disorders, articulation disorders and delays, phonological disorders, and fluency disorders as well as facilitating language development to children with autism. Kristen has gained experience working with a variety of populations including autism spectrum disorder, down syndrome, developmental disorders, behavioral difficulties, and learning disabilities.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing with her dog, running, cooking, crafting, and enjoying the outdoors.

Andrea Behrns-Miller MA CCC-SLP

Andrea Behrns-Miller MA CCC-SLP is an experienced pediatric speech-language pathologist and is highly skilled in evaluating and treating children with all types of communication delays and impairments, including: early intervention, language delays and disorders, autism spectrum disorder, articulation and phonological impairments, fluency disorders, literacy, and hearing impairments. In addition, she has experience working with Dual Language Learners and in using Sign Language and Play-Based therapy to facilitate communication development in young children.

Andrea received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana and went on to earn her Masters of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association and is licensed in the state of North Carolina.

Stacy Davis MS CCC-SLP – I am originally from Dallas, Texas. I attended Indiana University in order to obtain my bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences. I then went to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where I earned my master’s degree in Communication Disorders. When attending the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, I experienced working at a private practice, an elementary, middle, and high school, as well as a skilled nursing facility. Since graduating, I’ve been employed at pediatric private practice therapy companies at which I see kids for evaluations and therapy in order to improve their speech and language skills. I have had experience with children with expressive and receptive language disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, autism spectrum disorder, down syndrome, social and pragmatic difficulties, behavior difficulties, and attention disorders. My favorite part of my job is being able to spend time with kids and seeing their progress! In my free time I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, watching movies, doing zumba, and playing on a kickball team.

Angela Rosino, MA, CCC-SLP Angie is originally from upstate New York. In 1995 she attended the University of Central Florida where she earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Communicative Disorders. She completed her clinical fellowship in the Orange County School district and continued to work within the schools for 3 years before starting a private practice in Orlando, in 2003. While a private practitioner she worked extensively with children and adults within a variety of settings including daycares, preschools, homes, workshops, and group homes. Her main focus at that time was within the preschool and early school-age population and providing one-on-one play-based therapy. She has experience working with children and young adults diagnosed with a variety of speech and language delays and disorders. She believes in a nurturing therapy environment to help facilitate speech and language development and always includes parents and caregivers to help with the transition of these skills. Angie is licensed by the North Carolina Board of Examiners and holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Kelly D’Amico, MS CCC-SLP is a Speech-Language Pathologist working with children and families in Clayton and the surrounding areas. She has over 14 years of experience working with the birth-21 population (early intervention being her favorite!) Kelly has worked in various settings and helped numerous children with a variety of needs (including Autism, Downs Syndrome, Developmental Delay) improve their ability to communicate. She also has worked closely with families to help educate them on the important role they play. From a young age Kelly knew she wanted to help children communicate. As a child, she was the only one who could understand her brother who had a severe phonological disorder. Kelly received her BS from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY and her MS from Nova Southeastern in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Kelly is licensed by the N.C. Board of Examiners for Speech Language Pathology and has her national certification from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association. Kelly and her husband recently moved to the Clayton area from South Carolina. They have 3 young children who help Kelly on a daily basis remember the importance of patience, flexibility and compassion!

Ariel Cohen, MA CCC-SLP Ariel received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandeis University where she double majored in Psychology and Educational Studies. She went on to receive her Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Maryland.   Ariel is currently licensed by the N.C. Board of Examiners for Speech Language Pathology and has her national certification from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association.  She has provided diagnostic and therapeutic interventions to children of all ages in a variety of settings including inpatient hospital, outpatient hospital, preschool, daycare, home, and clinic. She has experience treating children with a variety of diagnoses including receptive and expressive language disorders, articulation disorders, feeding disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, and Central Auditory Processing Disorder, In addition, she has received specialized training in feeding/swallowing disorders. Ariel enjoys teaching families how to use their child’s strengths and interests to facilitate improved communication. In her free time, Ariel enjoys spending time with family, friends and her new puppy.

Jena Leigh Bruno, M.S., CF- SLP I am a newly graduated SLP who has a passion for the pediatric population.  I have had an abundant amount of experience and energy for children and thoroughly enjoy working with and watching them grow and reach their goals.  I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences in 2011 and a Master’s of Science degree in Speech- Language Pathology May, 2017 from East Carolina University. I have experience working in a university clinic treating children with language disorders and tongue thrust, acute care and inpatient rehabilitation hospital treating adults with traumatic brain injuries, strokes, and dysphagia, and outpatient hospital with children with language delays, autism, and feeding/swallowing difficulties. During my clinical experience at ECU, I discovered my passion for working with children with a variety of communication impairments including: receptive and expressive language delays, early intervention, and autism spectrum disorder.  I have also found a strong interest in pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders and wanting to provide children with the best means possible to obtain adequate nutrition.  I enjoy spending my free time with my friends and family, riding my horses, playing with my adopted mutt, and cooking.

Alexis Oliver, SLP-A Hi my name is Alexis Oliver. I graduated from Fayetteville Tech Community College in May 2017 with my Associates of Speech Language Pathology Assistant degree. Before completing my speech therapy degree I gained experience in the healthcare field as a CNA in a local hospital and a few living facilities. While in school I completed clinical rounds, which is where I confirmed my passion for working in the pediatric population for speech therapy. During my clinical rounds and since graduating I have gained experience and knowledge treating children with expressive and receptive language disorders, phonological disorders, fluency disorders, and articulation disorders and delays. I have also gained experience through my journey working with a variety of children from different populations including Autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, behavioural difficulties, learning disabilities, and developmental disorders. In my free time, I love spending time with my friends and family. I have two daughters of my own, and one beautiful niece who keeps me busy outside of my career.

Occupational Therapists

Tracy L. Levy, MS OTR/L is a licensed and registered occupational therapist with over 18 years of pediatric experience. She graduated with a combined bachelors/masters degree in occupational therapy from Russell Sage College/Sage Graduate School in Troy, New York. She has worked in daycares, preschools, public and private schools, clinics, as well as in family homes. She has a wide variety of experiences working with fine motor development, sensory integration issues, and orthopedic issues as well as developmental delays.

Anastasia Bowden OTR/L – Anastasia recently relocated from New York to Garner, NC. Anastasia graduated with a Bachelors of Health Science in 2014 and a Masters of Occupational Therapy from Utica College, NY in 2016.

She has experience of working with children in schools, homes, acute care, inpatient/outpatient and daycare settings. She has worked with a variety of populations including children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, developmental delays, Down Syndrome, fine motor delays, learning disabilities, Sensory Processing Disorder, and visual perception impairments.

Anastasia is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and believes incorporating evidence based practice with a fun environment is the best way to help children reach their goals. She is delighted in seeing her clients succeed, grow and reach their goals. In her spare time, Anastasia enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, running, cooking new recipes, exploring new cities and restaurants.

Courtney Privette COTA/L – Courtney earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation Services and minored in Psychology from East Carolina University in 2013. She discovered a passion for children with special needs during her spring internship at a local pediatric therapy clinic, where she spent 16 weeks observing a wide variety of diagnoses and assisted with developing and facilitating treatment plans. She relocated to Wilmington, NC to earn her Associate of Applied Science as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. She completed several clinical rotations in a variety of settings which included: daycares, a private pediatric clinic, a senior center, and skilled nursing facilities. Her clinical rotations reiterated her love for the pediatric population and the impact she could make in the children’s lives as well as their families. She has experience working with children with a variety of disorders including: developmental delays, autism, sensory processing disorder, and Down syndrome. She has been exposed to programs such as Handwriting Without Tears, Wilbarger Brushing Protocol, How Does Your Engine Run?, Picture Exchange Communication System, and Interactive Metronome.  Courtney is licensed by the North Carolina Board of Occupational Therapy and certified by the National Board of Occupational Therapy.

In her free time Courtney enjoys spending time with her husband and son, doing arts and crafts projects off Pinterest, and trying out new recipes!

Annabel Delacruz, OTR/L Hi! My name is Annabel Delacruz. I’m a bilingual (English/Spanish) occupational therapist who is extremely passionate about this profession and the pediatric population. I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and Family Relations with a concentration in early intervention from East Carolina University. I obtained my Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Winston Salem State University. During my graduate studies, I completed my first fieldwork rotation at Wake Med Hospital in the spinal cord injury unit where I worked with adults with varying diagnoses. My second fieldwork experience was full-time at Lennox Baker Children’s Hospital at Duke for three months. I became knowledgeable in various different diagnoses and treatments including (but not limited to) Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, hemiplegia, sensory processing disorders, feeding difficulties, autism spectrum disorder, down syndrome, developmental delays, fine motor delays, and gross motor delays. I became skilled in administering, scoring, and interpreting/analyzing various different assessments often used with the pediatric population. I worked closely with patients to define their individual goals, evaluated their progress, and ensured proper documentation was completed in a timely manner. I undoubtedly enjoyed every minute of working with individuals, families, and other professionals to help improve the lives of patients. Outside of work and school, I enjoy spending time with my family and 15-month-old nephew, traveling, and watching movies!

Physical Therapists

Physical Therapist Garner NC

Amanda Griffin MPT – Amanda Griffin graduated from Springfield College in Springfield Massachusetts where she received a Master’s degree in physical therapy. She has spent the last 16 years working with children of all ages and just recently relocated from Maine. She loves working with children and their families and getting the opportunity to be a part of helping children learn how to independently explore their environment. She strongly believes that teamwork is the best way to help a child succeed and works hard to involve family, caregivers and other providers in fostering a child’s success. She loves spending time with her husband, two young sons and gardening.

Jennifer Rizzardi, MPT – Jennifer Rizzardi is a Physical Therapist who earned her Masters of Physical Therapy degree from the The University of Michigan in 1998. Her experience includes working with children in the home, clinic and daycare settings. Jennifer has worked with a variety of diagnoses, some of which include Cerebral Palsy, Hydrocephaly, Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental delay, prematurity, Down’s Syndrome, Torticollis and high or low muscle tone. She truly enjoys working with children and their families as a team, to ensure successful outcomes. Jennifer loves the opportunity to allow children to feel the joy of independent, functional movement while progressing toward their goals. She is happily married with two daughters who are 9 and 6 and loves spending time with her family. Jennifer also enjoys reading, exercising, gardening, cooking, and baking.

Claudia Huntanar, PTA – Hi, my name is Claudia and I am a Physical Therapist Assistant.  I am from Peru so I am fully bilingual. I am married and I have two amazing boys that I love so much, 5 years and 6 months old.   After being an engineer for 3 years I chose to change career paths and become a therapist as a result of my nephew’s experience of needing intense physical therapy at 6 months of age. I became more interested and passionate about kids and therapy. I studied at Mercer CCC in New Jersey and saw multiple cases in all age ranges. I moved to NC in 2015 and started to work in home care and early intervention.   I’ve had a lot of experience with neurological and orthopedic cases. In my free time, we are a fit family and love running, biking, hiking with my kids and husband.

Camp Leaders

Dana Buccos Dana is an AU1 teacher in Wake County. She has been living in the Raleigh area for two years after moving from New York. In her free time, Dana likes to paint, read, cook and spend time with her dog and friends. She is excited to come back to Now We’re Talking for another fun year of summer camp!

Jennie Horne – More on me soon!