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Speech Therapy


Speech and language therapy treatments focus on the development of receptive and expressive language. Speech therapists improve social and communication skills, which enable children with special needs to express wants and needs more effectively and to develop appropriate social skills.

Does My Child Need Speech Therapy?
Speech therapy  helps to improve a variety of problems and conditions. After an initial consultation, our staff is able to accurately assess if a child will benefit from speech therapy treatments. Children with special needs such as autism, Asperger’s syndrome, ADD, ADHD, Down syndrome, and stuttering issues, as well as those with the following conditions could benefit from speech therapy:

  • Hearing delays associated with cochlear implants
  • Voice and fluency differences
  • Receptive and expressive language deficits
  • Social skill impairments
  • Apraxia
  • Articulation Issues
  • Tongue thrust
  • Auditory processing and comprehension

Our speech-language pathologists can also assist families with the use of augmentative and assistive communication (AAC) devices.




Kelsie Bateman

Speech Therapist

Kelsie Bateman graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She discovered the field of Speech Pathology with the help of a high school career counselor and a job shadow experience at a neighboring elementary school. Kelsie was drawn to speech therapy because of her passion for working with children. In addition to the pediatric therapy outpatient setting, she has experience working with adolescents in the school setting. She has experience working with students and patients with articulation and phonological disorders, learning disabilities, receptive, expressive, and pragmatic language disorders. She has worked with children who use various low-tech and high-tech augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) aids/devices. Kelsie has attended various continuing education workshops in the areas of visual phonics, literacy, AAC, speech sound disorders, and social communication. She enjoys working with patients and their families to make therapy meaningful and relevant to patients’ everyday lives. The most rewarding part of her career is watching patients grow in their ability to communicate with their families.

Stacy Elshire

Speech Language Pathologist

As a military spouse, Stacy Elshire has been blessed to work in a variety of settings across the United States for the past twenty-one years including, rehabilitation and acute care hospitals, public schools, and preschools for children with special needs. She truly enjoys discovering what each child needs to improve his/her communication skills so they can enjoy the best possible relationships with families, friends, and others in their lives. Stacy has experience serving children with receptive and expressive language delays/disorders and articulation impairments due to diagnoses of autism, cerebral palsy, developmental delay, Down syndrome, and traumatic brain injury. Stacy received a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Central Arkansas in 1995. She was a recipient of an Infant-Toddler Grant from the Department of Education where she received extensive training in the evaluation and treatment of children from ages birth to three. The grant focused on arena assessments and co-treatments with physical and occupational therapists; skills she utilizes every day at PTC. The journey that has brought Stacy and her husband to Nebraska has been amazing, but they are very happy to be settled and raising their two sons in Papillion where they all feel at home.


Cheryl Headley

Speech Language Pathologist

Cheryl Headley graduated with a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Cheryl has always loved working with children and became interested in the field of speech language pathology after taking a class in communication disorders while pursuing a degree in elementary education. Cheryl has worked as a speech language pathologist in a school setting, and recently retired from Millard Public Schools. She has worked with Kindergarten through grade 12 students, but has spent the majority of her career in the area of early childhood with the birth to age five population. Cheryl has been a home/community based provider working with children and families, has worked as a speech language pathologist in a preschool classroom, and has provided individual itinerant speech and language services. She has experience working with children with a variety of communication disorders and diagnoses. Cheryl has provided services for children in the following areas: expressive and receptive language disorders, pragmatic/social disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, apraxia, autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, and other developmental disorders. Cheryl has attended numerous conferences and workshops in the area of speech language pathology and has a certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Cheryl enjoys working with children and their families, and finds great satisfaction in helping children improve their communication skills.


Katie Healey

Speech Therapist

Katie Healey graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences. She went on to attend the University of Kansas Medical Center where she received her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. During her time in graduate school, she specialized in the area of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and inclusion. Through the Augmentative and Alternative Communication in the Schools: Leadership and Access (ACTS) grant, she worked to improve the communication and education of students using AAC systems in general education settings. Katie currently works full-time at a high school and transition program in the metropolitan area, where she works primarily with children ages 13-21. She has experience working with children of all ages with a wide-variety of communication needs including expressive and receptive language disorders, pragmatic/social disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, apraxia, autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, and other developmental disorders. She is trained in Verbal Behavior Training, which promotes the development of verbal skills, flexible responding and increased skill acquisition in individuals with autism. Katie has a brother with autism, who inspired her to pursue a career working with children with complex communication needs, especially those with limited verbal language. She loves having a job that allows her to support the inclusion of children who have complex communication needs!

Megan Justice

Speech Therapist

Megan Justice received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Megan currently works full time at an elementary school in the Omaha metropolitan area; however, she also has experience working in a middle school. Megan has experience working with individuals with varying communication needs. She has provided therapy to children with childhood apraxia of speech, articulation, and phonological disorders. She has experience working with receptive, expressive, and pragmatic language disorders; as well as children with fluency disorders and hearing impairments. Megan works with several children on the autism spectrum on language and social skills. Finally, she enjoys working with children that utilize low tech and high tech Augmentative and Assistive Communication (AAC) devices. Megan is passionate about helping children learn to communicate. She has attended several workshops to further her education regarding inclusion, visual phonics, speech sound disorders, and speech-language services for children on the autism spectrum.

Monica Ortiz-Kirby

Speech Language Pathologist

Monica Ortiz-Kirby relocated to Omaha in 2016 and is originally from the Bronx, New York. Monica originally obtained her Associates Degree in Computer Science, and later obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from CUNY-Lehman College after her aunt suffered a stroke in NY. The shortage of bilingual SLPs in NY highlighted a need, which Monica felt fortunate to fill. She went on to earn her Masters of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at New York University. Monica had the opportunity to attend the Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology Institute at Columbia University to obtain her certification as a Bilingual Therapist in the State of NY. Upon graduating, Monica worked as a Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist at United Cerebral Palsy of NY, a special education pre-school program, where she provided therapy and evaluations as part of a multi-disciplinary team of educators and therapists serving children with special needs including Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, autism, and medically fragile diagnoses in children ages 1-4 years. Monica was able to gain valuable skills in evaluations, augmentative communication, oral motor skills, articulation, and early language development while in NY. She took her skills to Massachusetts when her family relocated there to help friends start a new church. While in MA, Monica worked for 8 years in the public school setting, where she worked as the lead SLP in her elementary school serving grades K-3 in two district special education programs designed for students presenting with language and behavioral/emotional impairments providing treatment and evaluation for articulation, language, social pragmatics, and auditory processing. She has enjoyed a career of over 15 years helping families and their children develop optimal communication skills for both the academic and social settings. She looks forward to bringing her valuable experience to the Omaha, NE area and PTC community as she and her husband pursue the ministry opportunities that brought them to NE!


Amanda Ulrich

Speech Language Pathology Assistant

Amanda Ulrich graduated with her Bachelor’s of Science in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has always enjoyed working with children and developed her love for speech language pathology while studying elementary education. Amanda has previous work experience in the school based setting as a speech language technician. She has experience working with articulation and phonological disorders, expressive and receptive language disorders, fluency disorders, and learning disabilities as well as working with children with autism and Down syndrome. Amanda has also worked with several children who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices. She plans to continue her education in Speech-Language Pathology and hopes to receive her master’s degree in this field. Amanda has a passion for working with children and watching them succeed with their everyday goals.