Asheville Speech Associates is a group of dedicated and licensed speech pathologists providing outpatient services for pediatric and adult clients in our office, their homes, or day care centers. We are established to accept Medicaid, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Crescent, Medcost, Children's Developmental Services, and HealthChoice.

Mission Statement & Goals

Asheville Speech Associates will offer the highest quality speech therapy services to its clients in Buncombe County and surrounding areas by:

  • Establishing and maintaining excellent working relationships with the current and future referring agencies and physicians to demonstrate responsiveness to their needs;
  • Establishing rapport and maintaining excellent working relationships with clients; and
  • Fostering a climate of integrity, trust, cooperation and professional development among all contractor therapists of Asheville Speech Associates

Client Focused

Our philosophy is and will always be to help individuals maximize their functional abilities. This is accomplished by clearly defining goals and objectives and establishing a care plan specific to each client's needs and those of their families.


Asheville Speech Associates supports a variety of settings: outpatient, day care centers, home health and schools. We provide services for Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, Haywood and Transylvania counties in North Carolina. Our therapists will go to the client, if necessary, to provide flexible scheduling for all involved in the treatment program.

janet-bennettJanet Bennett, M.Ed., Speech/Language Pathologist, Owner

Janet is owner of Asheville Speech Associates and President of IJustWantToSleep, Inc.She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Master's Degree in Education and specializes in the treatment of tongue thrust and oral motor dysfunctions.

Janet enjoys supporting the speech pathologists at Asheville Speech Associates and helping them realize and grow in areas of personal interest in the field of speech pathology.

Weight lifting, reading and growing perennial gardens are among her favorite hobbies.

 Whitney HerrickSarah Henry, M.A., CCC-SLP

Sarah earned her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders from Auburn University and her Master of Arts in Speech Pathology from Appalachian State Universityin Boone, NC. She has experience treating language, articulation, and pragmatics. Sarah's hobbies include running, writing, and dance.



Wilma MorrisWilma Morris
Practice Manager


Speech TherapyShannon Rose , M.A., CCC-SLP

Shannon received her Master of Arts in Special Education and Speech-Language Pathology from Northwestern State University in Louisiana. She has 26 years of experience in the schools, private practice, and state programs with children of all ages. She sees children from ages 18 months to 15 years and is interested in Autism, apraxia, hearing impairment, and langauge delay. In her free time, Shannon enjoys gardening, hiking, and kayaking. Shannon speaks Spanish and English.

"I enjoy working with families as a partner in helping their children to improve their communication skills."

Dawn HillDawn Sanderson , M.A., CCC-SLP

Dawn has a Master of Arts in Communication Disorders from Appalachian State University. She has experience in cochlear implants, language disorders, articulation disorders, Autism, Apraxia, Swallowing Disorders, and Oral-Motor skills.


Dawn enjoys spending time with her children, staying fit, reading, and writing. Dawn speaks American Sign Language and English.

"Children are not things to be molded, but persons to be unfolded."


julie-woodJulie Wood, M.A., CCC-SLP

Julie has a Bachelor's Degree and Master of Arts in Communication Disorders from Appalachian State University. She has experience in Articulation/Phonological Disorders, Language Disorders, Apraxia, Autism, and Stuttering. She enjoys working with families to help their children become better communicators.

Julie enjoys cooking, hiking, reading, and spending time with her husband and two daughters.

Mazie & Gracie , Office Kitties Speech Therapy

Mazie and Gracie were adopted through the Animal Compassion Network - a local nonprofit organization placing rescued and abandoned dogs and cat into approved permanent homes. For more information, call 828-258-4820.