Our Therapists

SPEECH PATHways is proud to have a dedicated team of certified and highly trained speech-language professionals to offer clients the highest level of support in their pursuit of a brighter future.

Our Associates...

Jocelyn Davey, M.A. (Certified Reading Specialist)
B.S., Russell Sage College, New York 1986
M.S., Reading Instruction, McDaniel College, 1998

"Miss Jocelyn" joined SPEECH PATHways in September 2005. Jocelyn is certified by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) in Special Education and in Reading Instruction. Jocelyn offers complete reading assessment (Woodcock Reading Mastery Test) as well as individual and group tutoring. Jocelyn utilizes multi-sensory methods for reading instruction including Lindamood-Bell, Phono-Graphix, Wilson, Orton-Gillingham, MORE Program and others.

Jocelyn is a proud homeschooling mom of three children. Jocelyn enjoys teaching children to read and seeing the joy on their faces when things connect for the first time. She takes pride in the self-confidence that comes along when a child learns to read. Jocelyn’s infinite patience, perseverance and kind nature make her a one-of-a-kind teacher!

Megan Dell M.S., CCC-SLP
B.Ed., Indiana University of Pennsylvania 2012
M.S., Speech-Language Pathology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania 2014
CCC, American Speech-Language Hearing Association
MD Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist


 “Miss Megan” joined SPEECH PATHways in September 2016.  Megan works for Carroll County Public Schools in the elementary and preschool settings. Megan has experience working with children age 2-11 with a variety of
language delays, articulation and phonological disorders, Cerebral Palsy, and Downs Syndrome.  Megan’s passion is working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  She has additional training in PROMPT, Advanced PODD, Teaching Movements for Communication, and Social Thinking.

Megan was born and raised in Carroll County and currently lives in Manchester.  She enjoys working and helping those in the community that she grew up in.  Upon graduating from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Megan returned home in 2014 to start her career as a speech-language
Pathologist.  She is excited to start working with children and their families at SPEECH PATHways.

Karen Dorbert, M.S., CCC-SLP
B.S., Towson University, 1989
M.S., Towson University, 1991
CCC, American-Speech and Hearing Association
MD licensed Speech-Language Pathologist

"Miss Karen" joined SPEECH PATHways in October 2010. Karen has worked as a speech-language pathologist for over 18 years. She is currently employed by Carroll County Schools in an elementary school setting. Karen's interests and areas of expertise include providing diagnostics and treatment to children with apraxia, hearing impairments, articulation disorders, specific learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, Down Syndrome, fluency disorders/stuttering, cerebral palsy, and cognitive disabilities. She has received training in the PROMPT technique (2 levels) and Kaufman methods. She enjoys collaborating with other therapists, educators, and family members in order to help develop the highest level of communication skills for children.

Karen finds enjoyment providing early intervention services to younger children and watching them grow and develop as effective communicators. She enjoys spending time with her family, four pets, and gardening/landscaping.

Lauren Fraser, M.S., CCC-SLP
B.S., Towson University, 2008
M.S., Towson University, 2010
CCC, American-Speech and Hearing Association
MD licensed Speech-Language Pathologist


"Miss Lauren" joined SPEECH PATHways in June 2016. Lauren comes to SPEECH PATHways from Carroll County Public Schools where she has spent the last 4 years working as an SLP in an upper elementary school setting (grades 3-5). For 2 years prior to that, she worked in both a middle and elementary school servicing students in preschool through 8th grade. Lauren has experience working with students with a variety of communication based disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Downs Syndrome, and Auditory Processing Disorder. Lauren has additional training in PROMPT (level 2), a variety of assistive technology devices and modes of communication, and has attended many workshops including: PODD, Social Thinking, Cycles Phonological Approach, and Diagnosing and Treating Fluency Disorders in Schools.

Lauren grew up in Carroll County and currently lives in Sykesville. She has been active in the speech therapy world since she was 17, when she completed a high school internship observing an SLP in the education setting. She graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. Her journey continued at Towson University, where she earned a Master’s of Science Degree in Speech Language Pathology in 2010.
Lauren is passionate about helping children build their communication and literacy skills in order to flourish in every aspect of their life. She loves learning new techniques and implementing new technologies to facilitate the needs of each individual client. She believes it is truly a team effort and is committed to working closely with parents and other professionals to promote the highest level of progress in each child.

Lauren loves spending time outdoors with her husband, Matt, son Elliott, and yellow lab mix, Bailey. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, running, yoga, hiking, and traveling.
Lauren is very excited about building relationships with families at SPEECH PATHways.

Rachel Gurecki M.S.,CCC-SLP
B.S. Interpersonal Communications, Salisbury University 2008
B.S. Speech Pathology and Audiology, Towson University 2010
M.S. Speech Pathology, Towson University 2012
CCC, American Speech-Language Hearing Association
MD and PA licensed Speech-Language Pathologist


“Miss” Rachel joined SPEECH PATHways in October 2017. After graduate school in 2012, Rachel completed her clinical fellowship year in Coos Bay, Oregon working for a private practice that offered acute care, skilled nursing, home health, and pediatric and adult outpatient services. Upon returning home to the east coast in 2013, Rachel joined Hanover Hospital’s Pediatric Specialty Therapy team where she enjoyed working with children aged 1 year to 15 years old addressing articulation, receptive/expressive language, social skills, voice, and cognition. While at Hanover Hospital, she also worked with adult outpatients, treating a variety of needs including voice and swallowing following head and neck cancer.

Rachel later transitioned to a medical focus, working full time in the acute care hospital, treating critically ill patients and performing modified barium swallow studies. Following the birth of her son, Rachel worked on an “as needed” basis for Hanover Hospital in Pennsylvania and for Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie. She is certified in Interactive Metronome and is currently pursing certification in pediatric feeding therapy.

Rachel was born and raised in Carroll County. While unaware of her future career, speech therapy and working with children have always been a part of Rachel’s personal life. With a family member on the autism spectrum, she remembers attending speech therapy sessions as a child and learning strategies to use at home. Rachel’s first job was a piano teacher and later, she was nominated and served as assistant camp director and camp director for Carroll County’s 4-H summer camp at Camp Hashawha. In her free time, Rachel enjoys spending time with her family and her Dachshund, Dexter, camping, running, and learning new vegan recipes.

Karie Hadley, M.S., CCC-SLP
B.A., Pennsylvania State University, 1997
M.S., Communication Disorders, West Virginia University, 2000
M.S., Special Education (emph. technology in Special Ed), 2005
CCC, American Speech-Language Hearing Association
MD licensed Speech-Language Pathologist

"Miss Karie" joined SPEECH PATHways in February 2005. Karie is "Level 2" trained in the PROMPT method and is certified in Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention (REI) as well as Interactive Metronome.  She has also completed the Lindamood-Bell Training Program and has a strong interest in the areas of reading and writing development.  She is a certified provider of the Fast ForWord® Programs.  She has a second Master’s Degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Assistive Technology. Karie has completed an 8-hour training course in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention. She is also trained and certified in the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment Program (LSVT).

Karie became a speech-language pathologist because she enjoys working with people and helping them reach their greatest potential. She finds it very rewarding to provide her clients with the necessary communication skills for life and helping people feel better about themselves. In addition to working part-time for SPEECH PATHways, Karie works in the Carroll County Public Schools. She was a Nominee for Outstanding Teacher in Carroll County for 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011!

Karie completes comprehensive testing for SPEECH PATHways and monitors clients on the Fast ForWord® program while pursuing her PhD.

Erica Hamilton, M.S., CCC-SLP
B.A., Towson University, 2004
M.S., Communication Disorders, Loyola College, 2006
CCC, American Speech-Language Hearing Association
MD licensed Speech-Language Pathologist


"Miss Erica" joined SPEECH PATHways in June 2008. Erica is trained in the PROMPT method and PECS. Erica has a strong background in working with children on the autism spectrum as well as other special needs populations. She works full-time for a special needs non-profit school in Baltimore and part-time for SPEECH PATHways.

Erica became a speech-language pathologist because she wanted to be part of a helping profession. She loves making a difference in the lives of the children and families that she works with.

Julie Kumpar, M.S., CCC-SLP
B.S., Elementary and Early Childhood Education,
Grove City College, 2000
M.S., Speech-Language Pathology, Loyola College, 2009
MD licensed Speech-Language Pathologist

"Miss Julie" joined the SPEECH PATHways team in May 2010, after completing her Clinical Fellowship Year working in the Carroll County Public Schools system. She was responsible for planning and implementing speech and language therapy services for children age 3 through grade five and developing IEPs. She completed a graduate externship at Speech Pathways in the fall/winter 2008.

Julie grew up in Harford County, MD. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in both Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Grove City College in 2000. She taught kindergarten for four years and first grade for two years in Abingdon, MD. Her first career as a teacher developed her interest in speech-pathology. Julie resigned from teaching in 2006 to pursue a Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. She received her M.S. degree from Loyola University in 2009. Julie is excited about infusing her knowledge and experience from her years in education to her career as a Speech-Language Pathologist.

Julie completed internships and externships at the Loyola Clinical Centers, Speech PATHways, and Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital and acquired a variety of skills and experiences. Beside her six years of experience in the classroom as an elementary teacher, Julie has provided therapy for many children and adults, including those with Apraxia, Down syndrome, Aphasia, brain injury, feeding disorders, deafness, and articulation disorders. She is one of our PROMPT trained therapists.

Julie has a passion for communication, literacy, and music. She loves working with children to help them and their families be successful. She is committed to partnering with parents and other professionals to help improve children's lives.

Julie resides in Westminster with her husband, Matt, daughter, Ellie, and yellow lab, Zoe. She is excited about working with the families at SPEECH PATHways.

Brianne Lavelle, M.S., CCC-SLP
B.S. and M.S., Misericordia University, 2012

“Miss Brianne” joined SPEECH PATHways in February 2017.  Brianne works for Baltimore City Public Schools with students in preschool through high school.  Brianne has experience working with children ages 3-21 with a variety of communication based disorders including articulation and phonological disorders, receptive and expressive language disorders, and fluency disorders.  She has experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down syndrome, and cognitive disabilities.  Brianne has been trained in PECs and PROMPT. 

Brianne is originally from Bergen County, New Jersey.  She attended Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania for both her undergraduate and graduate studies.  After graduating in 2012, Brianne returned home to New Jersey and worked in a local public school for two years.  Brianne relocated to Maryland in 2014 and began working for Baltimore City Public Schools.  She moved to Westminster in 2015.  When not working, Brianne enjoys spending time with her labradoodle, exploring Carroll County with friends, and visiting family in New Jersey.  

Kristen Ostrom, M.Ed.
B.S., Special Education 1984
M.Ed., Loyola College, 1990

Kristen Ostrom is dedicated to help children learn. She earned her undergraduate degree in Special Education from the University of Maryland in 1984. She continued her education and earned her master’s degree as a Reading Specialist from Loyola College in Baltimore in 1990.  Kristen continues her training and is currently certified by the state of Maryland as a Special Education teacher, Reading Specialist, English Language Learner Teacher and Pupil Personal Worker.

During her 29 years of teaching as a reading specialist and special education teacher, Kristen earned certifications in the Orton-Gillingham Reading Method, Linda-Mood Bell Visualizing and Verbalizing and On Cloud Nine, Wilson Language System, Soar to Success Reading Program, and Project Read. She has worked with students of all ages; from early childhood to high school as well as a variety of disabilities. Kristen has experience with a variety of assistive technology systems as well as attending Pragmatic Organizational Dynamic Display training. Kristen is a mother of three children.

Lori A Palmieri, M.S., CCC-SLP
B.S., Towson State University, 1986
M.S., Towson State University, 1990
CCC, American-Speech and Hearing Association
MD licensed Speech-Language Pathologist


"Miss Lori" joined SPEECH PATHways in June 2015. Lori has worked as a speech-language pathologist for over 20 years. She is currently employed by EBS, working in Baltimore County Schools Private and Parochial Program with PK through 8th grade students. Prior to that, she spent 4 years working as an SLP in Baltimore City Schools in various elementary schools. Lori's interests and areas of expertise include providing diagnostics and treatment to children with articulation delays/disorders, receptive/expressive language delays/disorders, and specific learning disabilities as well as to adults providing foreign accent reduction.

Over the years, she has worked with children and adults with the above as well as traumatic brain injury, cerebrovascular accident, cognitive impairment, pragmatic-social language, executive function, functional communication, apraxia, and fluency disorders.  She has received training in CPR, Compton P-ESL for pronunciation of English as a second language, and is Maryland certified as a Reading Teacher, and Spanish/Italian Teacher. She has also taught college level Developmental Reading/Writing, Italian, and Pronunciation courses. Lori enjoyed working for 11 years PRN (part-time) at Kernan Rehabilitation Hospital as a medical speech-language pathologist in subacute rehabilitation with the adult population. Experiences there included diagnosis and treatment of patients with cognitive-linguistic deficits, dysphagia, dysarthria, apraxia, and aphasia. She enjoys spending time with her family, including her husband Giacomo, her parents, and friends she grew up with in the Randallstown/Reisterstown area. Lori also loves to sing with her dance/wedding band, take classes in cooking, music and many other areas of interest.

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