The Speech and Language Center

Where Therapy Turns Into Fun!

Our Staff

Please meet the amazing individuals who make up our team!  We could not serve our community without them!

Ashlee Wingerter 

Hello all! My name is Ashlee Wingerter and I am a Speech-Language Pathologist who holds a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Associate and is licensed to practice in the state of Missouri. I graduated with my Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Southeast Missouri State University and have since been working for the Speech and Language Center. I work with a variety of clients in the areas of cognition, articulation, voice and fluency, language disorders, and feeding. I especially enjoy working with children who have developmental delays and pediatric speech and language disorders. My favorite thing about my job is seeing the joy of a child and their family as we learn and grow together! 

Kalyn T

I graduated from the University of Missouri with my Master's of Occupational Therapy in May 2017. I have always had a passion for working with kids and I'm thankful for the opportunity to pursue this passion through the Speech and Language Center. I spent 3 months completing a fieldwork placement at Children's Therapy Center so I have experience with pediatric outpatient OT. I believe in taking a holistic approach to therapy and will work with parents and children to attain the goals we're working towards together. When I'm not working, I'm playing with my niece and nephew, teaching baton, volunteering at church, or spending time outdoors.

Abby Anderson

My name is Abby Anderson! I received my bachelor’s degree in music therapy from Drury University, completed a 6 month internship, and am board certified. I am ecstatic to be part of the Speech and Language Center team! Growing up, music was a major part of my life. I was involved in voice lessons, piano lessons, guitar, theatre, dance, and so much more. I have always been passionate about helping others and music therapy seemed like the perfect fit for me (and it has been)! In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, hiking, riding my horse, being outside, giving guitar and voice lessons ,and playing music just for fun.

Nikki Raithel

My name is Nikki Raithel, and I am one of the Speech Language Pathologists at the Speech and Language Center. I am originally from O'Fallon, Missouri and travelled to Kirksville, Missouri to pursue my degrees at Truman State University. From there, I  graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders and a minor in Spanish in 2012. I also received my Masters degree in Communication Disorders from Truman State University in 2014. My husband and I got married in 2015 and moved to Jefferson City in order to be close to his family. I started working at the Speech and Language Center in 2016 and am so thankful to have found a job I truly love. What I enjoy most about my position is building relationships with clients and their families, celebrating together when we meet our goals, and having a great support system of professionals to collaborate with when needed. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, being in the outdoors, running, and cheering on the Saint Louis Cardinals!

Heather Koch

Heather Koch has been an occupational therapist for over 15 years.  She graduated from Maryville University in St. Louis with a bachelor's in OT, and went on to acquire her master's in OT from San Jose State University through a post professional online program.  Heather has worked in mental health, acute rehabilitation, acute care, skilled nursing facility, the NICU, and now is happy to be starting her second year with the speech and language preschool center.  Heather has served on a number of committees including the stroke and orthopedic committees for an SSM based hospital in St. Louis, and has served two years on the Missouri OT licensure board.  Heather has been a member of the Missouri Occupational Therapy Association for 10 years, and a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association for 18 years.  Heather had her first publication come out two years ago in Occupational Therapy with Aging Adults, and has taught OT students at Saint Louis University and Mizzou.  Heather and her husband Jim have been settled in Columbia for six years now, and are happily raising their two boys, John and Joe.  

Megan Alphin 

Megan received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Missouri in 2012. She has been practicing in pediatrics since 2012. Megan has experience in clinic, school, and home settings. She has worked with a variety of children including but not limited to children with Developmental Delay, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Hydrocephalus, Autism, Charcot-Marie-Tooth, Muscular Dystrophy, Cardiovascular Anomalies, Hearing and Vision Loss, Spina Bifida, and other neuromuscular and genetic conditions. Megan enjoys working with children, especially ages 0-5, and she looks forward to working with your family!

Claire Goodson

Claire is currently completing her Clinical Fellowship Year as a Speech-Language Pathologist at the Speech and Language Preschool. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Fitness. After deciding to make a career change, she graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Communication Disorders.

As a recent graduate, Claire is looking forward to applying what she has learned in school and on clinicals as well as continuing to learn more about this amazing profession. She holds a license to practice speech-language pathology in the state of Missouri and is excited to begin working with the pediatric population and their parents/families in the Mid Missouri area!

Megan Martin

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Susan Craig

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Carrie Beucke

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Caitlyn Davis

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Jacqulyn Thomas

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Elizabeth Kent

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Amber Minton

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Jill Greening

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Valerie Kurowski 

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