Speech Therapy | Telepractice Services | Voice and Swallowing Center | Waldo County General Hospital

Meet Our Telepractice Team!!

Erica R. James

Erica R. James, M.A., CCC-SLP is the Manager of the Speech and Language Pathology Department. She has completed research in voice and fluency disorders and presented her findings at national conferences. She has advanced training in laryngeal stroboscopic voice assessment, with expertise in both the Estill and Verdolini Lessac Madsen Voice Training techniques. Erica was an invited presenter at the annual Vocal Cord Dysfunction Conference at National Jewish Hospital Medical Center in Denver, Colo. and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association annual convention. She is nationally certified in the LSVT (and eLoud), a scientific treatment for voice disorders in Parkinson's disease. Erica is the past President of The Maine Speech Language Hearing Association. She provides telepractice for children as well as adults.

Erica is a pioneer in telepractice and provided the first speech telepractice in Maine, successfully working with a teacher with Parkinson's disease.

Nathan CurtisNathan Curtis, M.A., CCC-SLP: Nathan is the Clinical Coordinator for SLP and OT Tele Services at WCGH. Nathan has more than forty years experience working with preschool and school-aged children using a family-systems approach. He has worked extensively with adolescents with language learning disabilities. He is skilled in applying technology in his work with children and families.

Nathan coordinates telepractice services at several sites and provides on-site coaching. He creates and teaches how to use authentic digital materials in telepractice. Nathan provides speech telepractice services to preschool and school-aged children using a team approach.

Nathan presents at national conferences on topics of coaching teachers, working with high-risk preschoolers in telepractice, and integrating speech therapy services into school curricula. He has also written articles in professional publications on the use of technology, programs and "apps."

He has provided telepractice curriculum training/consultation to university faculty at major universities and helped develop the curriculum for the first in the country graduate telepractice training course.

Amy C. Reid, M.A., CCC-SLP

Amy C Reid, M.A., CCC-SLP: Amy provides speech telepractice services to school-aged students. She has strong diagnostic skills and is our lead online clinician to provide assessment. Amy spends her clinical day doing full time teletherapy throughout Maine school settings. She is well known for developing highly engaging materials to use with her students.

Amy has mentored graduate students and faculty within several trainings. Amy is a regular presenter at national conferences on the topics of teaming, telepractice competencies, building literacy routines, online coaching, and developing authentic materials.

Jennifer Whitcomb, M.A., CCC-SLP

Jennifer Whitcomb, M.A., CCC-SLP  Jenn has extensive experience and expertise working with children and families. She served as a primary language/literacy consultant in one of America's premier Early Reading First projects. She uses these experiences to provide real-time coaching within telepractice. Jenn has expertise in coaching teachers and families.

Jenn provides preschool and school-aged telepractice services.

LaNae MolineLaNae Moline, M.A., CCC-SLP/A:  LaNae has extensive experience in a variety of specialized settings. LaNae has expertise in augmentative communication devices and specialized intervention for children with autism. She is a Level III certification candidate in the DIR/Floortime method for children.

LaNae provides telepractice sessions to work with children in remote locations using high tech speech devices. She coaches parents in DIR/Floortime activities right in their homes. LaNae is well known for her use of creative, authentic materials within sessions fully engaging her clients and provides speech telepractice internationally. LaNae is licensed in New York and Maine.

Jean Ashland, Ph.D.
Jean Ashland, Ph.D., CCC-SLP:
Dr. Ashland provides consultation, evaluation and treatment of feeding and swallowing disorders and anchors The Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Center of Maine team. She previously worked at Massachusetts General Hospital and was a member of the pediatric feeding/swallowing and craniofacial teams. Dr. Ashland is a well-known expert in her field having written book chapters and journal articles about pediatric swallowing. She also provides direct speech therapy services with children for both in-person and telepractice delivery

Jessica Austin, M.A., CCC-SLP

Jessica Austin, M.A., CCC-SLP:
Jessie provides speech telepractice to school-aged children. She has presented at ASHA national conference on topics of coaching teachers and effective practices in telepractice. Jessie is well known and regarded as one of the best at providing speech telepractice according to our parent and eHelper surveys. Jessie also has excellent expertise working with students having dysfluency and stuttering.

Emily Cecire, M.A., CCC-SLP

Emily Cecire, M.A., CCC-SLP: Emily provides teletherapy services to preschool and school-aged children. She has a strong interest and experience with online assessment. She has presented at ASHA national conventions. Emily has excellent skills in building partnerships and teaming with her tele sites.

Hannah Richards, M.A., CCC-SLP

Hannah Richards, M.A., CCC-SLP: Hannah provides speech telepractice to preschool and school-aged children. Hannah has expertise in using American Sign Language and has worked with children who are hearing impaired and use hearing aids or cochlear implants. She enjoys working closely with families. Hannah completed training with the Hanen Parent Training Program.

Zoe Kennedy, CCC-SLP

Zoe Kennedy, M.A., CCC-SLP: Zoe provides telepractice services to preschool and school-aged children. Zoe's academic background includes working as a research assistant piloting an online telehealth communication group for stroke patients and also revised the university's telepractice website. Zoe was invited to present at the American Speech Language Hearing Association and Canadian Society of Zoologists. Zoe also spent a year abroad, working as a language assistant in Paris, France. At WCGH, Zoe also works with adults utilizing our innovative digital approach to speech treatment.

Megan E. Khammang, M.A., CCC-SLP
Megan E. Khammang, M.A., CCC-SLP: Megan provides telepractice services to school-aged students. She has an extensive background in working closely with teachers and providing services via push-in model when providing in-person services. She enjoys building authentic materials to use with her students in telepractice sessions. She provides SLPA supervision. Megan has presented at ASHA on co-creating materials. 

Kayla Labrie, M.A., CCC-SLP

Kayla LaBrie, M.A., CCC-SLP: Kayla is a graduate of the University of Maine. She provides telepractice sessions for preschool and school-aged students. She has a strong background in working with preschool students. Kayla enjoys building engaging materials to use with her students. She has presented at ASHA on co-creating materials.

Melissa Smith, M.A., CCC-SLP

Melissa Smith, M.A., CCC-SLP: Melissa provides teletherapy services to school-aged children. She has a strong background in behavior management and assessment of children with language disorders.

Kaitlyn Bluford, M.A., CCC-SLP

Kaitlyn Bluford, M.A., CCC-SLP: Kaitlyn provides teletherapy services to school-aged children.

Danielle Fossa, M.S., CCC-SLP

Danielle Fossa, M.S., CCC-SLP Danielle provides tele speech services for preschool and school-aged students. She is our clinical lead speech pathologist for the pediatric swallowing team.

Sara Palazzo, M.A., CCC-SLP
Sara Palazzo, M.A., CCC-SLP: Sara is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Monroe. She previously worked for CDS with preschoolers but also has experience with elder care at skilled facilities. Sara moved to Maine with her husband to raise their two girls.

Sara enjoys working with teachers and parents. She provides telepractice services for preschool and school-aged students.

Beth Owen-Mishou, M.A., CCC-SLP

Beth Owen-Mishou, M.A., CCC-SLP: Beth is a graduate of the University of Maine and has over thirty years of clinical experience. She has advanced training in working with students with autism. Beth has specialty areas including working with students with complex speech disorders as well as supporting reading as it relates to communication disorders. She has worked as an adjunct professor at the University of Saint Joseph in their education and special education departments. Beth provides telepractice services in schools.

Jon Forbes, M.A., CF-SLPJon Forbes, M.A., CF-SLP: Jon provides in-person and teletherapy services for school-aged students. A graduate of the University of Maine, he has a strong interest in building partnerships with his sites and collaborating with teachers and other educators. He has been trained in the Visualizing and Verbalizing language and comprehension program. Prior to becoming an SLP, he worked as an education technician with children, adolescents and young adults in a variety of settings.