Speak To Me, Inc. is a pediatric therapy practice providing Speech Therapy & Occupational Therapy services including evaluations, diagnosis, and therapy to infants and children.
We serve Cabarrus, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Catawba, Caldwell, Alexander, and Burke counties in the Charlotte, NC area. For the comfort and convenience of our patients, we provide services in a daycare, at your home, or in our Mooresville clinic.
Opening our doors in 2007, we began our work to meet the growing need for speech therapy in the Charlotte area. Our founder, Leslie Giambrone, had worked solo since 2003 but saw she could help more infants, children, and adults by adding new therapists to the practice and building a team.
Leslie has over 23 years of experience as a Speech-Language Pathologist. She has traveled throughout Asia, Africa, and the Middle East with Operation Smile to help children and adults with cleft lip and/or cleft palate. Currently, she is on a Charlotte cleft palate team under the direction of Dr. Kapitan at Carolinas Center for Oral and Facial Surgery. Born with Tongue Tie herself and then having her son born with the same condition inspired Leslie to take the TOTS class to help others. Because of this specialized training, she can assess whether someone is a candidate for a procedure to improve feeding.
We equip our therapists with the training, mentorship, and continuing education opportunities to ensure we’re providing the best evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment possible. Because we have an extensive knowledge base, we can take on more complex cases and help those who may need higher levels of care. Making a difference is what drives us every day.
Meet our Therapists
Leslie R. Giambrone, Speech-Language Pathologist
Owner and Founder
Leslie is the owner and founder of Speak To Me and helps infants, children, and adults improve their communication and feeding skills for over 25 years.
She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders from North Carolina State University and a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from North Carolina Central University. She is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) with a Certificate of Clinical Competency in Speech Pathology and licensed by the North Carolina Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology.
Leslie is married to Gary and has two children, Evan and Ryder, a boxer named Nayla, and two hermit crabs, Blue and Sandy. She enjoys hiking, camping, and doing Pilates.
Introduction to PROMPT-trained (2013), TOTS (Tethered Oral Tissues Specialty-2017), Orofacial Myology Training (2021)
Alisa Frady, Lead Intake Coordinator/Community Liaison
Alisa Frady attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She then continued her education at Asheville Buncombe Technical College, where she graduated with an Associate’s degree in Applied Science in Radiography. Soon after graduation, Alisa and her husband, Jamie, plus their two children Kylee (23) and Kannon (21), moved to Mooresville, NC, where they’ve been for more than 19 years.
Alisa joined Speak to Me in 2014 and has watched the company grow. Throughout her time on our team, she’s enjoyed helping so many children with a wonderful group of therapists. She finds it such a pleasure to be a small part of changing kid’s lives.
Carly Barnette, Lead Office Administrator
Carly is our lead office administrator at Speak To Me. She is thrilled to be a part of the Speak To Me family and support the staff and patients in our clinic day to day as well as with behind the scenes larger scale initiatives. She spent many years in the NC public schools as an elementary classroom teacher, instructional coach, and most recently, a Partner Success Manager for a large education company. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in performing arts from UNC Charlotte, as well as a Master’s Degree in Executive Leadership studies from Gardner Webb University. Her work experience coupled with her passion for helping others reach goals and grow as individuals, made Speak To Me appealing for her next career move. Carly knows the passion the therapists have at Speak To Me as a mom, and being able to support them is invaluable and a way to give back for the difference they have made in her child’s life. Carly enjoys nothing more than spending time with her two boys and husband and truly believes family should always come first.
Estephanie Chavez, Office Assistant
Kate Purdy, Office Assistant
Caroline Brannon, Lead Speech-Language Pathologist
Caroline graduated from Appalachian State University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders and her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2014. She then earned a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Her clinical experiences include diagnosing and treating preschool and school-age children, adults, and geriatric patients with varying degrees of diagnostic categories, including Dysphagia, Aphasia, Articulation/Phonological Disorders, Cognitive Functioning, Expressive/Receptive Language Disorders, Fluency Disorders, Central Auditory Processing, Apraxia, Dysarthria, Voice Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Hearing Impairments.
Before joining our team, Caroline worked at CMC Northeast Outpatient Rehabilitation and Rowan-Salisbury Schools. So, her passion for helping children has been evident throughout her career. She finds it rewarding to assist children in effectively communicating and working with their families to help them reach their goals.
Caroline also enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs. You can also find Caroline reading, traveling, shopping, and enjoying the lake on a nice day.
Amanda Pirtle, Speech-Language Pathologist
Amanda graduated from Western Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Entrepreneurship. Afterward, she received her Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at Appalachian State University. Since then, she has served in various pediatric settings, including private practice, early intervention, schools, daycares, in-home visits, and telehealth. Amanda has worked with different populations and speech-language disorders, including Articulation and Phonological Disorders, Auditory Processing, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delays, Down Syndrome, Expressive and Receptive Language Delays, Feeding and Oral Motor Disorders, Fluency, and Literacy.
Amanda also enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Heather Tinkham, Lead Occupational Therapist
Heather earned her Masters in Occupational Therapy from New England Institute of Technology, Associates in Occupational Therapy Assistant from Northshore Community College, along w/ her Bachelors in Business/Administration/Fitness from Fitchburg State College. Heather has over 12 years of OT experience with a primary focus in pediatrics. Heather has certifications/Training in S.O.S Approach To Feeding, Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), and Therapeutic Listening. Heather has always had a love for children, helping others, learning, health/wellness, and the arts. Heather’s mission is to bless one kiddo at a time, with no greater joy than seeing a child thrive. In here spare time Heather loves being a Mom to her 2 year old daughter, the beach, dancing, theatre, arts/crafts, and fitness/wellness.
Maddie O’hara, Occupational Therapist
Suzanne Jenkins, Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant
Suzanne graduated from Western Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education. She was an Exceptional Children’s teacher for the Rowan-Salisbury schools, where she worked with children (PK-5) with varying disabilities, delays and disorders. She is trained in Orton-Gillingham and Reading foundations. She holds a current NC teaching license in Learning Disabled K-12. She graduated with an Associate degree from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program and is a newly licensed Occupational Therapy Practitioner. She has a true passion for working with children with developmental delays and they bring such great joy to her life! Suzanne is married to Ryan (her Catamount sweetheart), and they live in Salisbury. They have one son, Carter (21) and one daughter, Parker (18). Suzanne enjoys traveling to tropical destinations with her family, spending time with her friends, shopping for shoes, and making fun activities for her kiddos that she works with. She loves to teach kids skills that will help them flourish.
Deirdre O’Malley, Occupational Therapist
Deirdre O’Malley is from New York just outside of NYC and moved to North Carolina in 2021. She graduated from Sacred Heart University in CT with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science with a minor in Psychology in 2018 and her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 2021. Deirdre has always enjoyed working with kids, from her time as a coach, camp counselor and now occupational therapist. She loves seeing kids become more confident, engaged and independent in activities that are meaningful and important to them and their families!
When not at work, Deirdre loves finding new parts of North Carolina to explore, exercising on the Peloton, listening to music, going for walks, finding any excuse to get coffee, going out to eat and spending time with family and friends. She is very excited to join the Speak to Me team very soon!
Mindy Grieb, Speech Language Pathologist
Mindy graduated from New Mexico State University in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders, followed by a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Iowa in 2010. A recent transplant to the Mooresville area, her previous experience includes working with babies aged birth to three through the early intervention program in New Mexico, the school setting, and her own private practice with a focus on children ages 3-12. She has experience diagnosing and treating children with a variety of delays and disorders, including Articulation/Phonology, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Receptive and Expressive Language, Fluency, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Mindy particularly enjoys working with families. This allows her to better understand each child within the unique cultural and family dynamics that make them who they are. This also allows her to empower parents to support their child’s progress towards communication goals within the home.
In her spare time, Mindy can be found sailing, falling off her paddleboard on Lake Norman, and enjoying time with her husband and three children.
Kristine White, Speech Language Pathology Assistant
Kristine has been with Speak To Me since August 2020 and has two children. However, she didn’t start her career in the speech world. Before joining our team, Kristine spent six years in the NC Air National Guard based at the 145th Airlift wing in Charlotte, NC. She also graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice in 2016, and her goal was to work in forensics. But when Kristine had her son that same year, her plans changed. Her interest in communication grew during his journey through speech therapy. She was amazed at his growth in such a short period, and it encouraged her to research the field further. He helped her find her calling, and now, it’s her passion to help little ones learn to communicate better and more effectively. In her role, she can give back to the community and assist other children in finding their voice like her son!
When she’s not working with little ones, Kristine enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, hiking, kayaking, or going on any other outdoor adventure. She loves finding new experiences and trying cultural foods.
Yuliya Orlandini, Lead Speech Language Pathology Assistant
Yuliya began her career in massage therapy. However, early on, she knew she wanted to do more. She’s always loved kids and wanted to do something that would change the world for the better and make an impact. At Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, Yuliya discovered she wanted to become a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant. And when she graduated in 2017, she joined our team. She immediately fell in love with the speech and communication world, enjoys working with children, and has since addressed various communication disorders. She finds it very rewarding to see these kids succeed in their communication skills and know she played a part in positively impacting their lives.
In her spare time, she plays pickleball, watches Netflix, and cares for her two fur babies – Nala and Keke, both cats. Yuliya is originally from Ukraine and moved to the United States at seven years old. She has a huge tight-knit family who loves eating traditional Ukrainian dinners together with foods like – Borscht, Plov, and Olivie. For vacation, she enjoys traveling and exploring new places with her husband, Jayson.
Kelly Crowther, Speech Language Pathology Assistant
Kelly Crowther was raised in the suburbs of Chicago before moving to North Carolina in 2018. She graduated from the University of Alabama in May of 2022 with a degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders and became a certified Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant. Growing up, she has worked in various settings with children and has been fascinated by their development and has always known she wanted to work with kids as an adult. She is passionate about helping children to learn and grow and providing them with services to enrich their lives. Kelly is perusing her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology.
When Kelly isn’t working with kiddos, she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her boyfriend who is in the US Air Force. Some of her hobbies include making craft coffee (she used to be a barista!), attending yoga regularly, cooking and baking, as well as boating and swimming on Lake Norman.
Stephanie Monterroso, Speech Language Pathology Assistant
Stephanie has been with Speak To Me since July 2023 and was a student at Speak To Me since October 2022, while she was completing her degree in SLP-Assistant at Caldwell Community College. She also graduated with a degree in Multidisciplinary Anthropology and Spanish from Appalachian State University in 2019. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Speech and Language Pathology. Her interest in communication grew during her time at Appalachian State University when she started taking ASL classes. Growing up, she has worked with pediatrics in various settings (behavior, education, etc.). It is such a great joy for Stephanie to work with little ones and help them learn how to communicate better. When Stephanie is not working at Speak To Me, she enjoys traveling, going to the mountains, trying new foods, and spending time with her friends, family and boyfriend.
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1. Contact us.
Complete the online form or call us at (980) 317-0985.
2. Make an Appointment.
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3. Work With Us.
Work with an experienced therapist to evaluate your child and create a treatment plan to fit your needs if your child qualifies for services.