OUR APPROACH AND MISSION
PLAY. LEARN. CREATE. CONNECT. GROW.
At Lakeview Speech and Language Clinic, building relationships with our clients is at the forefront of our work. Strong rapport has a significant and positive impact on therapy progress, and our goal is to deliver evidence-based therapy that affects meaningful and lasting growth.
We also understand the power of using fun and creativity to provide rewarding speech and language therapy. We skillfully incorporate “play-based” therapy and gamification into all of our sessions, whether we are working with young children, older kids, teens, or adults!
We believe that communication is a human right and we follow a relationship-based model of therapy that is centered on respect, dignity, and bodily autonomy. Our clinicians presume competence in all of our clients; this begins with the mindset that everyone has the capacity and desire to think, learn, and communicate even if they need support.
In our effort to be the allies and advocates that our clients deserve, we listen to the perspectives of autistic and differently abled people, and embrace the neurodiversity movement.
Christina, a licensed speech-language pathologist, earned her Master of Science in Communication Disorders at The University of Texas at Dallas. Christina has worked with clients ages 2 to 80 years old in school, clinic, and hospital settings. Her mission is to bring creativity, collaborative learning, rapport, and evidence-based techniques into her therapy sessions. Christina is determined to be an ally to her clients and their families. She is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and holds a current State of Illinois license. In her free time, Christina enjoys exercising, cooking, traveling with her family, and having fun with her two nieces.
Erica is a Speech-Language Pathologist holding a Master of Science in Speech, Language, and Learning from Northwestern University. She has worked with children of various ages in clinical, hospital, and early childhood settings. Erica believes that children learn best through play, and strives to provide personalized, functional activities that are fun and motivating for her clients. While obtaining her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, she completed an honors thesis in the Bilingual Language & Literacy lab which focused on bilingual children's acquisition of syntax. She is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and holds a current State of Illinois license. In her free time, Erica likes to read, cook, travel or spend time with her husband and cat, Frodo.
Holly, a licensed speech-language pathologist, earned her Master of Health Science in Communication Disorders from Governors State University in University Park, IL in 2015. Holly has experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults in the school setting. Holly is dedicated to forming respectful, trusting relationships with clients and their families. She believes in providing therapy services that are individualized, motivating, and collaborative. In her free time, Holly enjoys walking her dog Daisy, reading sci-fi/fantasy novels, exploring the outdoors, and tinkering with home improvement projects.
Owner, Tracy, studied at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where she earned her Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She has provided speech and language therapy to children since 2007 and is passionate about using play and movement to connect with all her clients. Tracy is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and holds a current State of Illinois license. She enjoys being outside and cooking but spends most of her free time chauffeuring her 3 kids around.
EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT TEAM
Carmen is a retired head preschool teacher at a private school in Chicago. Since retiring from teaching, she has enjoyed working with several families as a childcare provider. Her passion has always been early childhood education. Carmen embraces everyone's different learning style, and has learned to adapt her teaching style according to her students and their specific needs. She believes in experiential, "hands-on" learning and encourages her students to be active participants in their education. Carmen is bilingual (Spanish-English); she was born and raised in Ecuador, but has spent most of her life in Illinois. She enjoys painting, drawing, coloring, sewing, photography, board games, and music.
Tammy graduated Cum Laude from DePaul University with a degree in Human Development. During her time as an undergraduate student, she mentored students through Chicago Public Schools, tutored students through the Boys and Girls Club ages 5-14, and worked closely with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital to raise awareness for children suffering from chronic illnesses. She has also worked at a multidisciplinary clinic with an Early-Denver Start model. Tammy strives to make each activity enjoyable by focusing on and adapting to the learning style of each child. Tammy is a speech-language pathology graduate student at Northwestern University who speaks both English and Vietnamese.
Helen is currently working towards her Master's Degree in Speech, Language, and Learning at Northwestern University. She also earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern, studying cognitive science and communication disorders. Helen has experience providing academic support in elementary and middle school subjects, and has extensive personal experience working with students of all ages and grades. She is bilingual in English and Korean and committed to serving a diverse clientele with compassion and expertise. Originally from sunny Los Angeles, she loves running on the beach, her rescue dog, and basketball.