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Alison Speich, MAT, MS, CCC-SLP, owner of NOVA Pediatric Therapy, is originally from Alexandria, VA and a graduate of TC Williams High School. Alison received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Master of Arts in Teaching in Early Childhood Special Education from James Madison University. Alison provided special education services for children ages birth to 5 in a variety of settings in New York City including preschools, childcare centers, and homes. After helping numerous children with their language skills, Alison returned to VA to pursue a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Radford University. During graduate school, Alison worked with all ages through her internships in early intervention and outpatient therapy at Carilion Children’s Hospital and adult rehabilitation at Lewis-Gale Hospital. Alison has provided services to preschool and elementary age students through the public school, birth to elementary age in the home setting, and has worked with adults in a skilled nursing facility. Alison is licensed through the VA Department of Education, Commonwealth of VA Board of Health Professions, and is a member of the American Speech-Language- Hearing Association. Alison has pursued numerous professional education opportunities including TOTS: Tethered Oral Tissues Specialty Training ®; Three Part Treatment Plan for Oral Placement Therapy, Functional Assessment of Tethered Oral Tissues; Functional Remediation of Tethered Oral Tissues; Feeding Therapy: A Sensory Motor Approach; Complex Pediatric Feeding Disorders: Treating the Whole Child; Best Practices in Pediatric Feeding, Motor Speech, and Mouth Development; Relationship Development Intervention; Picture Exchange Communication System; Social Thinking; SCERTS: Social Communication, Emotional Regulation, Transactional Support; Diagnosis and Treatment of Children with Apraxia of Speech; Diagnosis and Management of Childhood Apraxia of Speech Using DTTC (Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing); Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol; Using Cognitive Approaches for People who Stutter; and in the areas of orofacial myofunctional therapy and oral habit elimination. Alison received the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Award for Continuing Education in 2016, 2020, 2021, and 2023 for completing more than 70 hours of continuing education per award.

Olivia Co, MS, CCC-SLP, originally from Los Lunas, New Mexico, received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico in Dance. Upon graduation, Olivia attended The Alvin Ailey American Dance School independent study program in New York City. Olivia developed a love for working with children teaching numerous ballet classes at her dance studio. In 2011, Olivia received her Masters of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Howard University in Washington, D.C. After graduating, Olivia began her career with Alexandria City Public Schools working with elementary school-aged children. In 2017, Olivia continued working with ACPS but began providing services to pre-school to first grade children with a variety of needs, including apraxia of speech, articulation, phonology, language, pragmatics/social skills, and fluency. Olivia has a passion for working with children on the autism spectrum and with 2-5-year-olds and their families through play-based, parent/caregiver therapy models. Olivia's professional education opportunities include training in gestalt language processing, echolalia, and natural language acquisition. Olivia is currently licensed with the Commonwealth of VA Board of Health Professions and is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Bridget Hall, MS, CCC-SLP was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina where she graduated from Durham Academy. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. Following graduation, she was accepted into the Communication of Science and Disorders program at James Madison University with a graduate assistantship with the director of the program. During graduate school, Bridget worked in a clinic with children with a variety of speech and language disorders including language, articulation, stuttering, voice and cognitive disorders. Additionally, she worked her last clinical internship in New York City at the Rusk Institute with inpatient pediatrics including children with Cerebral Palsy and Shaken Baby Syndrome. Upon graduation, Bridget moved back to North Carolina, where she worked as a pediatric speech-language pathologist in an outpatient clinic. While working at the clinic, she addressed articulation, apraxia of speech, phonological disorders, language, fluency, and pragmatics/social skills. Bridget has advanced training in gestalt language processing and natural language acquisition. Being a military spouse, Bridget has worked and held licenses in North Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia. Bridget currently lives in Lorton, VA with her husband and three children. She also is a 500 hour yoga instructor who teaches both kids and adults. She is currently licensed with the Commonwealth of VA Board of Health Professions and is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Megan Hubbell, MS, CCC-SLP, was born and raised in Herndon, VA and received her Bachelors in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Bowling Green State University. Megan received her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology from The University of The District of Columbia. Upon graduation, Megan began her career in pediatrics in an outpatient clinic where she gained experience with a wide variety of disorders including articulation, phonology, language, fluency, apraxia of speech, pragmatics, pediatric feeding, and voice disorders. Within her clinical experience she has treated a wide age range of 6 months to 18 years old. Megan has a passion for working with both children and families/caregivers through play-based therapy and parent education. Megan's professional education opportunities include the Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile, Expiratory Muscle Strength training, Functional Assessment of Tethered Oral Tissues, Functional Remediation of Tethered Oral Tissues, and the Three Part Treatment Plan for Oral Placement Therapy. Megan is currently licensed with the Commonwealth of VA Board of Health Professions and is a member of the American Speech- Language-Hearing Association.

Darcy Lurix, MS, CCC-SLP grew up in West Haven, CT and received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Connecticut.  Darcy received her Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.  After graduating, Darcy moved to Virginia, where she began her career with Fairfax County Public Schools working with deaf and hard-of-hearing children aged 2-22.  In 2008, she began working for Alexandria City Public Schools, where she continues to work as a community preschool and elementary speech-language pathologist. She provides services for students age 2-11 with a variety of needs, including articulation, phonology, language, and pragmatics/social skills.  Darcy enjoys working with children of all ages using play-based therapy to build their speech and language skills.  Darcy is currently licensed with the Commonwealth of VA Board of Health Professions and is a member of the American Speech- Language-Hearing Association.

Annalane Owens, MA, CCC-SLP was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering from Louisiana State University. Following graduation, she was accepted into the Teach For America program and experienced firsthand the importance of communication in childhood development. Her time in the classroom led her to pursue a Masters of Arts in Speech and Language Pathology at the University of Maryland. During graduate school, Annalane worked in a hospital, where she focused on child and infant feeding. Additionally, she worked with children in hospital, clinic, and school settings and with adults in a clinical setting. Upon graduation, Annalane moved to Camp Pendleton, California, where she worked as a pediatric speech-language pathologist in an outpatient clinic. While working at the clinic, she addressed articulation, apraxia of speech, feeding, G-tube weaning, language, fluency, and pragmatics/social skills. Annalane returned to Alexandria with her family in 2020 and continues her work with young children in the surrounding areas. Annalane's advanced training includes TOTS: Tethered Oral Tissues Specialty Training ®, Functional Assessment of Tethered Oral Tissues, and Functional Remediation of Tethered Oral Tissues. She is currently licensed with the Commonwealth of VA Board of Health Professions and is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. 

At 4 years old my son previously had several speech therapists and was not able to say more than a handful of words. Alison was able to identify Jack's specific speech needs and give him the tools he needed to start talking! I honestly believe that because of Jack's time working with Alison, he is the chatterbox he is today!
-Courtney
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