KM Pediatric Therapy is a private practice focused on providing skilled speech and language pathology services to children of all ages. Services are provided within the child’s natural environment, which could be their private home, daycare, preschool, etc. Our objectives are to help children reach their highest potential and increase their quality of life. Services are provided under the direction of their attending physician.
Speech-language pathologists are required to hold a master’s degree in speech-language pathology. SLP’s are also required to have state licensure and national certification from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. SLP’s are trained to evaluate, diagnose, and treat disorders of language (including both the understanding and use of), articulation and phonology (how clearly words are spoken), fluency, pragmatics (understanding and use of social language), oral motor skills, and voice.
Many of our SLPs are also trained to provide assessment, diagnosis and treatment of swallowing and feeding disorders. Some of the most common disorders that require speech-language intervention include:
KM Pediatric Therapy provides CBRS, or developmental therapy, to children from ages birth to 3 years who are enrolled in the NC Early Intervention Program through the Children’s Developmental Services Agency (CDSA). Services are provided within the child’s natural environment, which could be their private home, daycare, preschool, etc. Our objectives are to help children reach their highest potential and increase their quality of life. Developmental therapists are required to hold a bachelor’s degree, or higher, within the area of child development, early childhood education, psychology, and/or social work. Therapists must also complete the required number of specialized instruction hours needed to achieve the Infant Toddler Family Certificate. DTs are trained to target delays in cognitive skills, communication skills, social/emotional development, adaptive development (self-help skills) and physical skills (including gross and fine motor) thru the use of play.
By popular demand, KM is in the process of adding this important discipline to our team approach. We are looking for well qualified candidates who are board certified and ready to uphold our high standards of treatment delivery. Please contact Stephanie Molina via our careers page if you would like to learn more.
KM Pediatric Therapy was started by Loraine Allen. Kyle Murphy (KM) is Loraine's nephew. He was born 14 weeks premature in the summer of 1991. Kyle weighed 1.5 pounds. At that time Loraine was at a crossroads in her career. School psychology no longer held her passion. She wanted to change lives! From day 1 Kyle was a fighter! As he grew, various interventions were added to his schedule. One of these wonderful people was a speech language pathologist.
Loraine soon found herself in graduate school for speech language pathology. She loved it! Towards the end of her graduate program, Kyle was diagnosed with cancer and left us. He was 3 1/2 years old. Loraine credits her career choice and the happiness in it to Kyle. So, when she opened her practice, who better to name it after than the angel who guided her?
In the spring of 2017, Loraine moved to MA to pursue new opportunities with her family. I have been with KM Pediatric Therapy since 2004 and was truly honored to take over as owner and team leader. Over the course of my career, I have had the absolute privledge of working with countless children and families who all have a story to tell.
As in-home therapists, we share the ups and downs that our families and clients experience as they navigate their particular diagnoses. Some are mild and others are quite challenging. But at the heart of it all is a child. And just like Kyle, each child deserves the opportunity to be the best they can be. I am proud to lead this team of dedicated therapists.
To me, maintaining Kyle's story and initials in our company name are important. They are a constant reminder of the positive impact we can have on the people's lives with which we work. As long as my team and I stay true to our guiding principles, we will honor our namesake and KM Pediatric Therapy will thrive!
- Stephanie Molina
Stephanie is a native of New Orleans. She graduated from UNC-Greensboro with an MA in Speech-Language Pathology. After a time with geriatrics, Stephanie returned to pediatrics with KM in winter of 2004. Although she has extensive experience treating a variety of diagnoses, such as developmental delays, apraxia, autism, cerebral palsy, and numerous syndromes, her particular passion is treating feeding delays and disorders. Stephanie is a supervising SLP and lead feeding specialist with KM Peds. She has specialized in evaluation and treatment of oral-pharyngeal dysphagia, sensory-based feeding dysfunction, and behavioral issues during meals since 2005. Stephanie has worked extensively with clients with g-tubes to transition them to oral consumption. In her spare time, she enjoys family time with her husband and two young children, completing house projects, and gardening. She is licensed by the board of North Carolina and has her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association.
Jackie grew up in the mountains of NC before moving to Raleigh to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Disorders and a minor in Linguistics from North Carolina State University. She completed the master’s degree program for speech-language pathology at East Carolina University. She has been a SLP for KM Peds. since June 2010. Jackie is a supervising SLP and also a pediatric feeding specialist. She has extensive experience with a variety of pediatric speech and language deficits and feeding issues including, but not limited to, developmental delays, phonological delays, autism, numerous syndromes, verbal apraxia, fluency disorders, attention deficit/learning disorders, and prematurity. Jackie enjoys observing her clients excel and reaching their full potential through integrative, motivated familial support. During her spare time, Jackie enjoys hiking, art projects, reading, and collecting vinyl records. Jackie is licensed by the board of North Carolina and has her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association.
Beth is responsible for employee payroll and benefits, bookkeeping, insurance billing and patient invoicing for KM Pediatric Therapy, Inc. Beth was born in Ohio and moved to Apex, North Carolina as a child. She graduated from Appalachian State University with a Finance degree and has worked in medical settings most of her career as an accountant. Beth is married and has two children. Passions and pastimes include spending time with her family, attending App State football games and reading.
Kilbi is responsible for referral intake, medical charting, data entry, and other office duties for KM Pediatric Therapy. Kilbi is from Greensboro, NC and moved to the Raleigh area from Columbia, SC four years ago. She attended Appalachian State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications, Public Relations and Sociology. Post college, she landed in the hospitality field where she spent most of her career working for corporate Marriott and other hotel franchise partners, in both sales and operations. After having children, Kilbi owned and operated Kilbi Branch Designs for six years. In her spare time, Kilbi has a passion for all things sports, traveling, exercise, design and decorating, reading and spending time with her husband and 3 children.
Caitlin grew up in Eastern North Carolina before attending Appalachian State University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders and a minor in Spanish. She then returned to East Carolina University, receiving her Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Caitlin has worked in the home, daycare, and school settings. Her clinical experience includes articulation and phonological delays, apraxia, fluency disorders, developmental delays, language disorders, autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, tongue thrust and feeding delays. She has a particular passion for treating children with feeding delays and disorders and in working with bilingual children. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors, audiobooks, coaching volleyball, and running with her golden retriever, Lucy. She is licensed by the board of North Carolina and has her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association.
Anne is from North Carolina, and received her Masters in Speech Language Pathology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She recently joined KM after working for several years in Wake County Public Schools. Prior to her career with the public schools, she worked with preschool children in homes, preschools, daycare centers, and early learning centers for children with special needs. Anne has a special interest in treating young children with language delays, and enjoys working with families to develop strategies to help their children at home. She has experience with receptive and expressive language delays/disorders; articulation and phonological delays; pragmatics; fluency; developmentally delayed; cognitive delays; Down syndrome; apraxia; and autism. In her spare time, she enjoys walking, spending time with family and friends, singing with Flash Chorus, reading, travel, and yoga. Anne is licensed by the N.C board of examiners, and has her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association.
Brittany Simmons grew up in Connecticut before relocating to Holly Springs, NC. Shortly after moving to North Carolina, she attended East Carolina University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences. She then attended North Carolina Central University where she received her Master of Science in Communication Disorders. Brittany has experience working in children’s natural environments including homes, daycares, and preschools. She has clinical experience working with children with expressive and receptive language delays, articulation and phonological disorders, Down syndrome, autism, fluency, apraxia, and dysphagia. Brittany believes in building strong foundations and connections with families in their natural environments to ensure that therapy is fun, engaging, and that goals are met effectively. In her free time, Brittany enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking and baking, and cheering on her favorite sports teams. She currently lives in Fuquay-Varina. Brittany is licensed by the N.C. Board of Examiners, and has her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association.
Tyanna Waddell is from Raleigh, North Carolina. She received a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she majored in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She later received a Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from North Carolina Central University. Ty’s pediatric experience includes working with clients in the home, preschool, Head Start and K-12 school settings. Ty has clinical experience working with children from linguistic and culturally diverse backgrounds with a variety of communication needs including expressive/ receptive language impairments, articulation/phonological disorders, fluency disorders, augmented and alternative communication needs, autism spectrum disorders, developmental delays and childhood apraxia of speech. Ty is passionate about utilizing family-centered approaches with early intervention to improve communicatio. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, reading, trying out the newest RDU restaurants and learning about other cultures through travel. Ty is license to practice by the state of North Carolina.
Emily graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelors in Experimental Psychology. After graduation, she practiced as an Applied Behavioral Analyst in the Charleston, SC area. Emily returned to the University of South Carolina and completed a Masters degree in Speech Pathology. During graduate school, she specialized in aural habilitation treatment for children with hearing loss. Emily has also worked extensively with children on the Autism Spectrum and enjoys eliciting language skills with the use of AAC devices. She has worked in an Intensive Special Needs program to provide a therapeutic space for preschool children to learn, as well as home health settings serving birth to three- year-olds. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three dogs, traveling, and reading. Emily is licensed by the board of North Carolina and has her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association.
Caitlin is originally from Jacksonville, NC. She received her Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences from East Carolina University with a minor in Child Development and Family Relations and her Masters of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Appalachian State University. Caitlin’s pediatric experience includes public school, private practice, daycares, and university clinic. Caitlin has experience in working with and treating children with expressive/receptive language delays, articulation/phonological delays/disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC), fluency disorders, and developmental delays. Caitlin has a passion for working with the early intervention age and enjoys making connections with new people and watching her clients make connections and gain the skills to communicate effectively with their loved ones. Caitlin is excited to be a part of the KM Pediatric team and grow as a clinician to help children and their families collectively reach their goals! She believes in family-centered approaches and recognizes that each child is unique requiring that the plan of care and approach to therapy needs to be narrowly tailored to each child. In her free time, Caitlin enjoys spending time with her friends and family, going to the beach and spending time on the water, reading books about anything, exploring Raleigh, and enjoying the new Disney Plus streaming network.
Courtney moved to Wake Forest after growing up in Illinois. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences from the University of Minnesota. Following undergraduate studies, she worked as a paraprofessional in an elementary school special education classroom. She went on to receive a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois. Throughout and following graduate school, Courtney gained experience working with a variety of ages, including preschool, elementary age, and young adults aged 18-21. Courtney has clinical experience working with students who are deaf/hard of hearing, have expressive and receptive language delays/disorders, autism spectrum disorder, apraxia, various syndromes, developmental delays, articulation, and social skills. Courtney uses evidence-based practice while working closely with families, she believes family involvement and working as a team are key to a child’s success. In her free time, Courtney enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling to the beach and places she can ski, playing board games, and exploring her new home in North Carolina. She is licensed to practice by the North Carolina Board of Examiners and holds the Clinical Certificate of Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association.
Hannah recently moved to the Apex area from High Point, NC, after falling in love with the Raleigh/Durham area when attending Duke University in her undergraduate years. She received her Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and began her career serving the geriatric population. Hannah transitioned to pediatric service delivery after becoming a mother and finding a passion for creating linguistically-rich environments for her two children. Her clinical experience includes receptive and expressive language delays/disorders, articulation and phonological delays, fluency, cognitive/developmental delays, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, apraxia, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Hannah has a special interest in treating young children with language and articulation delays, and believes that employing fun, engaging, family-centered strategies are key to help children communicate effectively with those they love the most. In her spare time, Hannah enjoys walking outdoors with her family, cultivating indoor plants, journaling, and traveling. Hannah is licensed by the board of North Carolina and has her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association.
If you are interested in learning more about these exciting opportunities, please contact Stephanie Molina. We look forward to learning more about you!