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.

Welcome to Asheville Speech Associates.

Janet- Bennett Speech TherapistI am Janet Bennett, the owner and a licensed/certified speech/language pathologist. I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Master’s Degree and specialize in the treatment of tongue thrust, oral motor dysfunctions and voice disorders. I enjoy working with all ages.  Adults who experience hoarseness, chronic coughing/throat clearing, and swallowing difficulties can benefit greatly from my experience. Both children and adults who have a lisp can quickly learn how to improve their speech. I have learned, after more than 30 years of being a speech therapist, that one can suffer from a multitude of problems that can be directly linked to the way they breathe and the way they swallow. I can help you.

If you need a speech therapist or if you aren’t sure if you need a speech therapist, call our office and I will help guide you in the right direction. If you like, I will call your insurance company and find out as much as possible about the chances of you or your child’s speech therapy being covered by your insurance. I can never guarantee any of their information because they won’t guarantee me! We file for most insurance companies. If they deny the claim, and we feel that the service meets the requirements of your insurance policy, then we will gladly help with an appeal.

Please continue reading about the other speech pathologists who work with Asheville Speech Associates. They are all very experienced and kind.  


amy-harterAmy Harter, M.A., CCC-SLP

Amy received her BA and Masters of Art  in Communication Disorders from Appalachian State University. She is experienced in working with adults and children with delays in language and articulation, fluency, pragmatics and dysphagia.

Her hobbies are running, lifting weights and reading. She lives with her husband and three young children.


 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.

 

 


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Kristina Kelly, M.S., CCC-SLP

Hi. My name is Kristina Kelly. I am an ASHA certified, state licensed Speech/Language Pathologist who has been practicing for 25 years. I enjoy helping my clients find their voice so they can confidently express their unique individual selves as they interact with the world.

I work with a variety of clients both children and adults. My strong knowledge of neurology and the way the brain processes information, combined with my years of experience in a variety of disorders, allow me to tailor my intervention strategies to work with my client’s strengths and preferred ways of learning. I am a firm believer in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and know that trust and security are the foundation to learning speech and language. For my autistic population, this means easing anxiety through a variety of methods to promote self- regulation so they are willing to accept the invitation to join the “neuro-typical" world. All behavior is communication so it is my job to help parents interpret intended meaning and to provide more effective ways to get that message across.

In addition to spectrum disorders, I also work with adults and children who struggle with communication as a result of Central Auditory Processing Disorder, Aphasia, Apraxia, Cleft Palate, Voice Disorders, Stuttering, Hearing Disorders/Cochlear Implants, Language Based Reading Disorders and ESL. I specialize in the motor training of correct production of /r/ to help children’s speech match their age and cognitive maturity. Feel free to call me and we can discuss your concerns and options. I look forward to being a communication partner with you or your loved one.


Misty-Matthews

Misty Matthews, M.S., CCC-SLP 

Misty attended Western Carolina University, where she earned a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders.  She has experience with a variety of ages and needs, including articulation, language, and pragmatics, among other things in the field.

In her spare time, Misty enjoys a good book, a good movie, or time and travel with her family. She appreciates the variety of activity that the seasons of Western North Carolina have to offer.  Misty grew up in Weaverville and still lives there with her husband and daughter.



Speech Therapy
Shannon 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."

 


Cassandra ThomasCassandra Thomas, M.A., CCC-SLP

Cassandra has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in Communication Disorders from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. She has experience in Autism, Articulation, Behavior Management, Fluency, and Language Disorders, to name a few specialties. In her spare time, Cassandra enjoys reading, exercise, family time, and being outdoors.

"I love working with children. They teach me so much and every day. I so enjoy being a part of that!"


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 – Amazing Grace! Our office kitties are so sweet and can’t wait to meet you when you come to visit. Don’t be concerned if you have allergies. We can accommodate you too!

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.