SLP, Owner of CS Therapy
Crystal Smith, SLP, is the owner of Columbia Speaks Therapy. After graduating from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater and Speech, Crystal went on to earn her Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology at South Carolina State University. While being a committed and devoted wife and a mother of three, Crystal is extensively involved within the Midlands community. She helps better everyone around her through her leadership at Columbia Speaks Therapy, her annual participation as a Lexington Kid’s Day partner, being an active Radius Church partner and she is involved in the Lake Murray Young Life Committee.
Crystal best describes her passion and purpose for speech therapy saying, “We were created for community, and community isn’t possible without communication. As SLPs, it’s our job to provide those without a voice a way to communicate. This includes the late talker verbalizing ‘momma’ for the first time or a nonverbal child learning to sign ‘I love you’. Although this is only a snapshot of what we do as SLPs, it shows the beauty of our profession. I can’t think of anything more important than giving someone the opportunity to be a part of what they were ultimately created for, community.”
Abby Fordree joined CS Therapy in 2017 as our office manager. Abby was born in Columbus, OH before relocating to Columbia. She attended Spartanburg Methodist College and completed her Bachelor’s degree at the College of Charleston in 2010. She and her husband, Ben, have two beautiful daughters, Harper and Bekah. Abby’s favorite part about working at CS Therapy is serving and caring for so many wonderful families and children. “It’s truly rewarding to assist in providing care and relief for families looking to help further develop their children,” she stated.
When she is not busy taking care of her teammates at CS Therapy or her family, Abby is a pianist, guitarist, vocalist and enjoys exercising and outdoor activities.
“Children are not distractions from more important work. They are the most important work.”
Kayla Funderburk recently joined Columbia Speaks in 2019 as an Office Administrator. She is a native of Knoxville, TN before moving to Lexington in 2014. She graduated from Liberty University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Healthcare Management. Kayla and her husband have one daughter, Ava Rose. She loves spending time with family, reading, and coffee. She takes absolute joy in being a wife and mother. She is really excited to serve and assist families explore different avenues of therapy to further their future.
Our Occupational Therapists
Tina M Butterfield MSOT, OTR/L is an occupational therapist currently practicing at Columbia Speaks. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois and a Master of Science in occupational therapy from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.
Tina began her career working as a research scientist in the fields of assistive technology, home modifications, and wheelchair seating and mobility. She has been providing therapeutic services to children and adolescents in an outpatient setting since 2005, treating fine motor and visual motor delays as well as sensory system disorders. She also specializes in the treatment of feeding aversions, brain injury & concussion care, poor handwriting skills, incoordination, and attention difficulties. She is also the inventor of ARK’s Butter Grip pencil grip.
In her spare time, Tina enjoys traveling to spend time with her family and friends; spending time outdoors with her dog, Gator, and taking in March Madness basketball.
Angela Evans is our COTA/L at Columbia Speaks and has a Bachelor of Science from Pennsylvania College of Technology. She has been in pediatric therapy since 2006. One of the biggest reasons that Angela decided to go into therapy was witnessing the impact that occupational therapists had in her son’s life growing up. Angela loves working on sensory needs with the children that she treats. The progress, whether big or small, that she sees with her kiddos through therapy is what makes her heart leap, and she loves the lifelong impact that occupational therapy interventions can have for children and families. Angela loves the professionalism and autonomy within practicing at Columbia Speaks. If she isn’t helping kids through therapy, she is likely volunteering with the Palmetto Civitan as she serves on the board as secretary.
Our Speech Therapists
Amy graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health and a minor in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She received her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Western Carolina University. Amy gained experience working with the pediatric population in the school system, community clinics, and private practices while working toward her degree. Before beginning her journey at Columbia Speaks, Amy worked in the public school setting. She has experience working with a vast array of pediatric patients targeting articulation and phonological disorders, expressive/receptive language delays, functional communication, social/pragmatic language, fluency disorders, feeding aversions, and augmentative and alternative communication. In her spare time, Amy enjoys spending time with her husband, Eric, family and friends, and cheering on the Gamecocks.
Ashley B Potter BA, SLPA is a Speech Language Pathology Assistant currently practicing in home speech therapy for Columbia Speaks. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Language Pathology from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC and an Associate’s degree in Commercial Graphics from Midlands Technical College in Columbia, SC. While in college obtaining her Associates degree, Ashley began working as a Personal Care Aid for a child with Autism for a year. She was also an ABA therapist for the South Carolina Autism Project for two years where she realized her passion for helping children with special needs. After working in the graphic design field for a year, she decided to pursue a bigger dream of becoming a pediatric speech therapist. Ashley has been employed with Columbia Speaks since 2012 serving the Gaston, Swansea, and Pelion areas. She specializes in Pediatrics, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Developmental Delays. Ashley enjoys being a part of each child's individual accomplishments big or small and becoming a part of each family she treats.
Ashley's greatest accomplishment is being a mother to her two boys, ages 5 and 8. She enjoys outdoor activities with her family such as camping, hunting, fishing, watching her boys play baseball, taking care of her chickens, playing with her 3 dogs and enjoying Gamecock Athletics!
Catherine Troup MCD, CCC-SLP is a speech language pathologist who holds a Master’s degree in Communication Science and Disorders from the University of South Carolina. From a young age, Catherine knew she wanted to be a speech therapist. She wanted to help people communicate effectively after her grandmother had a stroke and was unable to communicate. While completing her Master’s degree, Catherine worked in a daycare and decided then that she wanted work with children to help them communicate better. Early language therapy, articulation and feeding therapy are her favorite aspects of therapy with the children she treats. Outside of therapy, Catherine loves spending time with her husband, Andrew, and son, AJ, and taking care of all their animals: two dogs, four chickens and one cat!
Genia Dillon BA, SLPA graduated from Columbia College with a degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Within the field of speech therapy, Genia enjoys working on early intervention for language-delayed children and play therapy. She loves the role that she gets to play in the lives of the children she treats, and she has so much fun laughing and playing with kids. One of the many reasons Genia loves working with kids as a speech therapist is that they always keep her on her toes. They are constantly learning and taking in the world, and she enjoys being a part of that with the kids. When she is not working, Genia enjoys baking new recipes, reading a good book and spending time outside with her husband and son. Another fun fact about Genia is that she is a thrift store hunter!
Jill received her BA in Speech and Language Pathology from Columbia College. Jill graduated with a specialization in Early Childhood Education. During her professional career, Jill has had the opportunity to work with a variety of populations and disorders. She also has gained experience working in a variety of settings including private schools, daycares, and homes. Jill has clinical experience in providing services to individuals from infancy through teenage years and treating individuals with a variety of disorders. Jill is especially passionate about following a family-centered approach. She enjoys working with the pediatric population and collaborating with caregivers and other professionals to ensure a successful outcome in therapy. Jill has been happily married to Brandon, a Lexington County Firefighter, for over 18 years and they have two daughters Selena, who is a High School student at the River Bluff High School and Sophia, who is fourth grader at Meadow Glenn Elementary. She enjoys family time, church and traveling!
Kennyatta Gilchrist B.A., SLPA is a speech therapist assistant currently practicing at Columbia Speaks. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Language Pathology from Columbia College in Columbia, South Carolina. Kennyatta is currently completing her Master of Art degree in Speech Language Pathology at South Carolina State University. Kennyatta has been providing home-health services for almost four years and specifically as a home-health SLPA for two years. She specializes in autism, articulation and language therapy. Kennyatta’s favorite thing about therapy is planning holiday activities and seeing her kids smiling and laughing. Outside of therapy, Kennyatta enjoys attending concerts, spending time with her friends and eating out.
Lindsay B. Resnick MSP CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist with Columbia Speaks. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Columbia College and a Masters in Speech Pathology from the University of South Carolina. Lindsay has been working for the school district since 2007, specifically focusing on the preschool population. Lindsay was lucky enough to have several amazing practicum students through Columbia College to work with me at the school district. After graduating they became SLPA's with Columbia Speaks, and she was able to continue mentoring them as a supervisor. “It has been a wonderful experience helping to mentor our SLPA's and watch many of them move on into master's degree programs,” Lindsay said about this experience. Her specific areas of interest are phonological and language delays in preschoolers.
Lindsay is newly married, so in her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her husband and spending time on Lake Murray. They are both avid Carolina fans, so they also enjoy heading to Columbia to watch the Gamecocks play as often as possible.
Speech Language Pathology-Assistant
Marley Chrisley is a licensed Speech Language Pathology-Assistant. She gained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Language Pathology from Columbia College in 2014. Marley has experience in private practice and public school settings and has served children, adolescents, and young adults with a variety of communication disorders. Marley’s specific professional experience includes (but is not limited to) the following: Autism-Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Angelman Syndrome, Mitochondrial Syndrome, Phelan McDermid Syndrome, Di George Syndrome, and Apraxia/Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Marley also has experience treating cleft lip and palate differences, social pragmatic challenges, articulation, phonology, language, and fluency disorders. Marley has a specific passion for serving children and their families as a collective unit and values the power of communication and parent/caregiver education. She strives to help every client reach their full functional communication potential through parent education, family support and sharing of resources, and implements a multi-modal communication approach including verbal approximations, sign language, gestures, picture symbols, and functional use of an individualized and appropriate Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC) device. Marley’s favorite professional quote is “If all my possessions were taken from me with one exception, I would choose to keep the power of communication, for by it I would soon regain all the rest” (Daniel Webster).
Nicole Hold has been a speech therapist at Columbia Speaks for ten years, and she has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Language Pathology from Columbia College. Before working at CS Therapy, Nicole worked in the Newberry County School district after graduating college. Nicole knew at an early age that she wanted to help people with their communication as she grew up with a sister with special needs. Her sister has been an inspiration to her as she works with children to help them find their abilities to communicate. Nicole loves being able to work in the one-on-one setting that clinical therapy provides. She also adores her clients and their families and being able to see the progress that they can make together as a team. “I have treasured every moment of the past 10 years getting to be a part of the CS Therapy team and blessing the children of the midlands to the best of our ability!” Nicole said about working at Columbia Speaks. Nicole enjoys spending time with her husband, Mike, and daughter, Hudsen, traveling to the beach and the mountains. As a family, they love spending time at the barn with Hudsen and the horses, as that is Hudsen’s love.
Rachel Vaughn, MCD, CCC-SLP holds a Bachelor of Art in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s in Communication Disorders from the University of South Carolina. After working as a kindergarten teacher, Rachel desired working in a field that she could work one-on-one with a child to help meet their individual goals. In therapy, she enjoys working on early-language learning, articulation, receptive and expressive language, food aversion and reading skills. As part of working as a speech therapist, Rachel finds that training the parents and caregivers is also very important for the success and progress of the child. She loves seeing the confidence boost in her kiddos when they meet new goals and gain new skills. Rachel enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, and she is welcoming a baby boy into the family soon! One could find Rachel reading, swimming at the beach, dancing, and always laughing outside of therapy.
Rebecca Bonnette MS, CCC-SLP has her Master’s degree from South Carolina State University, and she has been treating as a Speech Language Pathologist for twelve years. Rebecca began her career working in the public school setting and has since transitioned into working in private therapy. Rebecca specializes in working with children with Autism and using sign language with kids. One thing that Rebecca loves about working as a speech therapist is when she sees improvement in children’s communication skills and abilities. When she is not in therapy, Rebecca enjoys boating and horseback riding.
Rhonda S. Riley MSP, CCC-SLP is a Speech Language Therapist currently practicing at Columbia Speaks, a pediatric clinic in South Carolina. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Columbia College and a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of South Carolina. Rhonda began her career working as a Speech Therapist in Lexington School District 1 in Lexington, South Carolina in 1994. After working in the elementary school setting, Rhonda began working with mentally-handicapped adults with the Babcock and Burton Centers. She currently homeschools her two daughters and works with special needs children on a part-time basis. When Rhonda is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and helping her husband with his home-based business, Just Koi Water Gardens.
Sharon Moore MA, CCC-SLP has her Master’s degree from South Carolina State University in Speech Pathology and Audiology. As a speech therapist, Sharon loves being able to work one-on-one with patients as they strengthen and develop their speech and language skills. She also loves helping children to accomplish their goals and make a difference in their life. Sharon particularly enjoys working on articulation and speech sounds with her kiddos and being able to see the progress that they make is the best thing about working with kids. When Sharon is not helping kids, she enjoys spending time with her family and reading romance novels. If she’s not in therapy, you can likely find her decorating or shopping!
Suzanne Gould MCD, CCC-SLP began working for Columbia Speaks as an SLPA supervisor but has since joined our team full-time. With a degree in Early Childhood Education from Columbia College, Suzanne worked in public schools as a teacher before pursuing her Master’s in Communications Disorders from the University of South Carolina. After teaching for ten years, Suzanne worked as an SLP in the schools for six years, as she wanted to work with children in a more individualized setting. Throughout this time, Suzanne has gained knowledge and skills in the areas of oral motor and feeding therapy, specifically. “I have grown to love everything about not only the job I do, but also how the company really strives to do the best for its patients and their families, its employees and our families and even the communities we are all working in!” Suzanne said about working for Columbia Speaks. Outside of therapy, Suzanne loves to spend time with her husband and her teenagers at the beach, watching superhero movies and cheering on the Clemson Tigers.
Taylor Foy MS, CCC-SLP is a speech language pathologist at Columbia Speaks. She holds a Master’s degree from the University of South Carolina in Speech Language Pathology. Taylor decided to go into speech therapy because of her heart for children and wanting to help them grow and communicate effectively. She has specific interests in phonology and language development. Taylor has loved working with families to assist in improving communication in children and decreasing frustration. What she loves the most is seeing the joy and excitement the children have when they experience something new and attain a goal that they have. Taylor enjoys working at Columbia Speaks because she is able to work with children in a one-on-one environment and she is able to work closely with the families to build more functional communication skills. When Taylor is not working, she enjoys reading and traveling!
Hannah graduated from South Carolina State University with a M.A. in Speech Pathology and Audiology. She has experience working with children with a variety of diagnoses, including articulation/phonological impairments, language delays, developmental delays, and autism spectrum disorder. Hannah loves working with kids and helping them reach their full potential as communicators. Her favorite part about working with children is that there is never a dull moment. She feels that there is nothing more rewarding than seeing a child make progress and master communication skills. She truly enjoys getting to know not only her clients, but also their families. When she isn’t working, Hannah enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing golf, and cheering on the Tar Heels.