Amber Irvin, MCD, CCC-SLP
Amber is the founder and owner of Chit Chat Therapy and an ASHA certified, Licensed Speech Language Pathologist. She received her undergraduate degree in speech therapy from Columbia College in 2001 and then went on to earn a Masters in Communication Disorders from the University of SC in 2004. She has worked in the public schools as a school therapist, in early intervention with BabyNet of SC, as an independent contractor for schools, and in the private clinic setting. She resides in Rock Hill with her husband and 4 fur babies.
Andrea Smith, MCD, CCC-SLP
Andrea is a licensed and ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist. She received her Masters in Communication Disorders from the University of South Carolina in 2005. She has practiced speech therapy in both the school and clinic settings. Andrea has treated toddlers, children, and adolescents with various communication disorders including Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), articulation and phonological disorders, autism, intellectual and learning disabilities, multiple Impairments (severe to profound), language delays and disorders, hearing impairments, and stuttering. Andrea specializes in Childhood Apraxia of Speech and is a member of Apraxia Kids Speech-Language Pathologist Directory. She has been part of the Chit Chat Team since 2012. Andrea currently lives in Fort Mill, with her husband, children, and fluffy Siberian cat.
Ashton Nelson, DPT
Ashton is a licensed physical therapist. She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Marshall University in 2022. She enjoys treating children of all ages and offers some home visits in the area as well as therapy in the clinic. She is a local and graduated from Nation Ford High School and now lives in Rock Hill with her husband and 3 fur babies.
Ali Worobel, OTR/L
Ali earned her masters degree in Occupational Therapy at Nova Southeastern University in 2008 . She has worked with children for her entire career. She previously began working for Chit Chat Therapy in 2015 and left briefly for her husband's residency in Florida and was welcomed back to us in 2019. She is married and has twin boys that keep her busy.
Dawn Mendoza, OTR/L
Donna Baker, OTR/L
Donna has been a part of the Chit Chat team since 2011. She is a certified and licensed occupational therapist. She received her Bachelors Degree in Occupational Therapy in 1993. Donna retired from Clover School District several years ago and continues to work part time with Chit Chat.
Ashley Shaw, MCD, CCC-SLP
DoctorAshley graduated from the University of SC with a masters in speech language pathology. Prior to going back to school for speech therapy she was a elemetary school for over 10 years. She currently works as a school speech therapist and at Chit Chat in the afternoons and weekends.
Heather Doran Britton, MS, CCC-SLP
Jaclyn Weiss, MA, CCC-SLP
Jaclyn has been a part of the Chit Chat team since 2008. She is an ASHA certified and South Carolina Licensed Speech Language Pathologist. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Disorders from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2000. She received her Master of Arts degree in Communication Disorders from St. John’s University of New York in 2003. Jaclyn has worked as a Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped in the New York City public school system, as an independent contractor for the Rock Hill public school district, in early intervention with BabyNet of South Carolina and in the private clinic setting.
Jennifer Holbrook, MCD, CCC-SLP
Jennifer is a licensed and ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist. She received her Masters in Communication Disorders from the University of S.C. in 2012. She previously has worked for Fort Mill Schools and has been a part of the Chit Chat team since 2019.
Isabelle joined the Chit Chat family in 2020. She received her Bachelors Degree in Occupational Therapy from University of Montreal, Canada in 1993. She has over 30 years of experience, most of which have been spent working with children with a wide variety of diagnoses in early intervention settings, private pediatric clinics, and schools. Isabelle also has previous experience working in outpatient hand clinic and worker’s rehabilitation centers. She is a certified Therapeutic Listening provider and Rhythm Works Integrative Dance Instructor. She speaks French fluently. In her spare time Isabelle enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.
Jennifer Poirier, DPT
Jennifer (Jenn) is a Licensed Physical Therapist and brings with her a vast array of knowledge, education, and experience after working many years in New England. Jenn graduated from Northeastern University with a BS Degree in Rehabilitation Science (Magna Cum Laude). She continued her education at Northeastern, earning her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She most recently worked as a PT performing initial evaluations, re-evaluations, developing POCs, and coordinating care with OTs and SLPs for pediatric patients. Jenn joined the team at Chit Chat in 2015 and lives in Fort Mill with her husband, daughter, and twin boys.
Jessica Hendrix-Varn, MS, CCC-SLP
Jessica is a licensed and ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist. She received her Masters of Speech Language Pathology from the University of South Carolina in 2012. She has been a part of the Chit Chat team since early 2015 and enjoys working with children of all ages. She lives in Fort Mill with her husband and son.
Julie Burt, PT
Julie started with us at Chit Chat in early 2018. She has worked in pediatrics for over 20 years and has previously worked in the Fort Mill Schools. She lives in Fort Mill with her husband and family.
Julie Miller, M.S. CCC-SLP
Julie is a licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist. Julie joined the team at Chit Chat in 2015 has over 20 years of experience as a pathologist, clinician, and researcher in the areas of autism, receptive and expressive language delays, articulation, dysfluency, pragmatics, and others. A graduate of Wingate University, with a B.A. in Communications, the University of Wyoming, with an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology; Julie also has her ASHA-CCC and both NC and SC Licenses for Speech-Language Pathology. Prior to joining Chit Chat, Julie has worked in school systems, private practice, outpatient clinics, and in home-based environments. In her free time, Julie enjoys spending time with her two sons and doing triathlons!
Karla Mahonski, OTR/L
Kendall Lahr Martin, OTR/L
Kelly Polzien, MS, CCC-SLP
Kelly is an ASHA certified and SC/NC licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Literature in 2007 from The University of South Carolina and her Masters degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, also from USC, in 2009. Before coming to Chit Chat, Kelly worked in the Rock Hill School District for 5 years and as an early interventionist in Charlotte, NC. When she is not working, Kelly enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, and playing with her dog. Kelly currently resides in Rock Hill with her husband.
Kerry Barth, MS, CCC-SLP
Kerry graduated from St. Xavier University Chicago in 1997 with an MS in Speech-language pathology. Previously, she worked in Chicago Public schools, Hamilton Southeastern schools in Indiana, and for the Fort Mill School district. Kerry has been part of the Chit Chat team since 2011 treating the 0-3 population and servicing children with articulation disorders, language delay, and Autism. She enjoys working with families to ensure the best outcome for their children. Kerry is blessed to live in Lancaster, SC with her husband and 7 children.
Kristie Fountain, MS, CCC-SLP
Kristie is a graduate of Radford University where she received her Bachelor's and Master's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2010. Kristie is a licensed and ASHA certified speech-language pathologist who has worked with patients across the lifespan. When not working at Chit Chat, Kristie also works at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill and Fort Mill. Kristie has extensive experience in the acute care setting, and has also worked in various nursing homes, schools, home health and outpatient settings in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. When not working, Kristie enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters, and goldendoodle Annie. Kristie especially enjoys spending time on the lake with her family and friends. Kristie resides in Tega Cay, SC.
Maria Wilson, PT
Maria has been a licensed Physical Therapist in the state of SC for over 20 years; most of which have been spent in pediatric therapy settings. She has served in various settings for pediatric care including hospital inpatient and outpatient, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, private outpatient, and the school setting. She joined Chit Chat in 2011. Maria received her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Converse College in 1994. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the Medical University of SC in 1996. Maria has been trained in neuro-developmental treatment for children with cerebral palsy. She has also been trained in the application of kinesiotaping. She resides in Fort Mill with her husband and two children.
Melanie Hall, MA, CCC-SLP
Ms Mel is a Pennsylvania native, who has spent the past 10 years living in the Carolinas. She attended Bloomsburg University & Old Dominion University where she earned her Master's degree in speech-language pathology. She has worked in early intervention, outpatient clinics & school settings. She is passionate about helping children become more confident communicators and has a special interest in the areas of articulation/phonological disorders and Childhood Apraxia of Speech. In her free time she enjoys lifting weights, crafting with her Cricut & spending time with her husband & three year old daughter!
Rachel Fite, OTR/L
Rachel received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of South Carolina and her Master’s degree in occupational therapy from Lenoir-Rhyne University. She has enjoyed practicing occupational therapy in the clinic-based setting for several years, treating children from babies to adolescents with various diagnoses including but not limited to: Autism, Developmental Delay, ADHD, Developmental Coordination Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, TBI, and burns. Rachel emphasizes the value of learning and encouraging development through play and meaningful activities. She enjoys working with both children and their families and communities to increase independence and engagement in everyday life. She currently lives in Clover with her husband, son, and dog.
Samantha Simmons, MS, CCC-SLP
Samantha is a licensed and ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist. She began working at Chit Chat in 2020 following her graduation from New York University where she earned her Master’s in Communicative Sciences and Disorders. Samantha has experience working with toddlers and children with a wide range of communicative needs related to phonology, articulation, expressive/receptive language, and pragmatics. She frequently works with the early intervention population (birth-3), incorporating parent coaching and a multimodal language approach into her practice. Outside of work, Samantha enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Theresa Schaedig, MS, CCC-SLP
Theresa Schaedig is an ASHA certified Speech and Language Pathologist who recently retired from Clover School District and continues to provide therapy at Chit Chat part time. She received her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Communication Disorders from Northern Michigan University.