Suzanne McKeever, M.ED, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist, Co-Owner
Suzanne is a Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Feeding Specialist.
She has over 30 years experience working with children who have communication,
oral-motor, and feeding difficulties. Suzanne has expertise working with children
who have Down Syndrome and with those who have Cerebral Palsy. She received
her Neurodevelopmental Treatment certification in 1986. She was an adjunct
professor in the department of Early Childhood Special Education at Virginia
Commonwealth University for 7 years. Suzanne has conducted numerous workshops
on the topics of communication and feeding disorders to professionals and parents
over the past 24 years throughout the states of Virginia and Maryland. She is the
co-author of the book, An Educator’s Guide to Feeding Children with Disabilities.
Suzanne served on the board for the Down Syndrome Association of
Greater Richmond for three years. Outside of work, Suzanne enjoys power walking, vacationing
in the Outer Banks or Disney World, and spending time with her family; especially
her two adorable grandsons and her rescued poodle, Max.
Amy Jaax Carlton, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist, Co-Owner
Amy has 20 years of experience in the field of speech-language pathology. She received a Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Kansas State University. Amy has treated children in schools, children’s hospitals and private practice. She has been in private practice, providing therapy to children of the greater Richmond area for over 15 years. Amy has developed a strong passion for helping children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Amy is also passionate about working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Amy has Certification in Early Intervention and advanced training in the following: SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to feeding, DIR/Floor Time, Talk Tools, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, and the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading. She is married and has two boys. When she is not at Treehouse, she enjoys running, DIY projects, and cuddling with her Basset Hound.
Laurie Lanning, MPH, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist , Co-Owner
Laurie received her degree in occupational therapy from Tufts University, her Master’s in public health from University of North Carolina and has over 25 years of experience in pediatric occupational therapy. She has worked at The Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins, in early intervention for the state of North Carolina, at Lenox Baker Children’s Hospital at Duke University Medical Center, Children’s Hospital in Richmond, and 13 years at Integrated Therapy Services. Laurie has certification or advanced training in the following programs/areas: SIPT (Sensory Integration and Praxis Test) certification, SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach To Feeding, Certification in early intervention, Therapeutic Listening, DIR/Floor Time, The Alert Program For Self-Regulation, The Wilbarger Deep Pressure Protocol, and the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading. Laurie loves working with children and their families and feels fortunate to be working alongside such a talented group of therapists and in a profession that she truly loves. Laurie and her husband have a daughter at James Madison University, two cats, and two dogs.
Marti Flanagan, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist, Co-Owner
Marti received her BS in Rehabilitation Services from VCU, and her MS in Occupational Therapy with a specialization in Pediatrics, from Towson State University. She has over 20 years of experience working with children of all ages. She has worked at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital in Baltimore, MD, in Early Intervention for counties in Maryland and Virginia, and at Integrated Therapy Services. Marti has certification or advanced training in the following areas: SIPT (Sensory Integration and Praxis Test) Certification, Neuro-developmental Treatment of the baby, Certification in Early Intervention, Therapeutic Listening, Talk Tools, The Alert Program for Self Regulation, the Wilbarger Deep Pressure Protocol, DIR/Floortime and Craniosacral Therapy. Marti loves working with children and families, and feels very blessed to have chosen a career that is so fulfilling. When Marti is not playing at the Treehouse, she enjoys gardening, running, dining out with friends, and spending time with her family. Marti has been married for over 20 years to her husband Dan, and they have three grown children, Connor, Jake, and Lindsay.
Ashley Amey Alrich-Altman, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist, Co-Owner
Ashley received a B.S. in Biology from Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina. She received her Master’s in Occupational Therapy and a certificate in autism spectrum disorders from VCU. She is SIPT (Sensory Integration and Praxis Testing) certified. Ashley has experience working for several years in a local school system before transitioning full time to a clinic-based setting. She enjoys participating in philanthropic organizations outside of work to support her clients and her community. When Ashley is not at the Treehouse, her free time is spent with her husband and twin baby boys, playing tennis, sewing, and supporting the Richmond dining scene.
Marie Marant, MS, CCC-SLP
Marie has 20 years of experience in the field of speech-language pathology. After graduating from James Madison University in 1988, she completed her clinical fellowship year at Easter Seals working with underprivileged children. Following the fellowship year, Marie accepted a position at Cumberland Hospital for Children and Adolescents and later at the Medical College of Virginia before getting married and moving to Northern Virginia. While there, she headed the speech department at Learning Services, a rehabilitation facility for children and adolescents before exploring private practice. When children came along, Marie and her husband returned to Richmond so she could focus on the family. In 2006, Marie returned to the working world via St. Edward-Epiphany School. She provided services to children with speech and language needs arising from learning disabilities, developmental delays, auditory processing disorders, phonological delays/disorders, and social skill deficits. A social skills group was developed and led by Marie for several years while at the school. Her specific interests are in the areas of language development, pragmatic language (social skills) and speech articulation. When she is not working, Marie enjoys walking with her friends, traveling, and family movie night with her rescue dog Scout in her lap.
Suzie Spiller, MS, CCC-SLP
Suzie received both her Bachelor and Master degrees in Communication Science & Disorders from James Madison University, where she was also on the track and cross country teams. She has 13 years of experience in the field of Speech-Language Pathology across various settings. She has worked at Children's Hospital, early Intervention, adult inpatient rehabilitation and in multiple school settings. Suzie has advanced training in The Lidcombe Fluency Program, evaluation/treatment of swallowing disorders (Logemann), and is VitalStim certified. Suzie is married and has four children (two sets of twins). She enjoys spending time with family, running, and playing tennis.
Michelle Allen, OT/L
Michelle is a licensed occupational therapist with over 20 years of pediatric experience in school-based, early intervention, and private practice settings. Michelle has advanced training in play development, sensory processing, self-regulation, developmental hand skills, assistive technology/augmentative communication, Interactive Metronome, and executive functioning skills. She also has attended an international study group on preschool education in Reggio Emilia, Italy. A passionate promoter of inclusion, Michelle is particularly skilled at consulting and collaborating with teams to help improve the fit between the child and his/her environment.
Janet Williams, OTR/L
Janet Williams received her B.S. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She subsequently worked on an interdisciplinary team in the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Ft. Worth, Texas treating a wide variety of physical disabilities with an emphasis on traumatic hand injuries. Janet is SIPT (Sensory Integration and Praxis Testing) certified, and has a Handwriting Without Tears Level 01 Certification. Janet has just recently returned to practice after working overseas for 27 years with a large humanitarian aid organization. During that time, she homeschooled her three children for 12 years, teaching grades K-7, and served as an unofficial mentor/coach to younger families trying to homeschool by organizing field trips, special art activities, music and field days for the homeschool community. She loves helping children explore their interests. Janet and her husband, Tom, have three grown children and a rescued Beagle, named Luke. Janet enjoys gardening, reading, and all kinds of needlework. She loves juried craft shows and garage sales!
Grace Baillie, MS, CCC-SLP
Grace feels so blessed to be a part of the Treehouse family! Grace found her passion for therapy while volunteering at a summer camp for children with special needs, where she has returned as a camp counselor every summer for the past 10 years. Grace received both a B.A. in Communications Sciences and Disorders and a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from James Madison University. While studying at JMU, she worked in the Neural Basis of Communication and Swallowing Laboratory. She completed a pilot study entitled Neuroplasticity in Singers and was invited to present her research at the National Conference of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, where it received a Meritorious Presentation prize. Grace then completed clinical rotations in hospital and public school settings before completing her clinical fellowship in public schools. She currently works full-time in the public schools and particularly enjoys collaborating with the Assistive Technology Team to find AAC solutions for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. When she’s not at school or Treehouse, Grace enjoys running, hiking, listening to live music, and trying new restaurants in RVA.
Julia Marzec, M.Ed., CCC-SLP
Julia graduated from the University of Virginia in 2013 where she double majored in Communication Disorders and Psychology. She then went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders from the University of Georgia in 2015. She has experience assessing, diagnosing, and providing treatment for children with speech sound disorders, apraxia/motor-speech disorders, expressive and receptive language disorders, social skills/pragmatics, and fluency disorders. Julia has previously provided speech-language therapy in outpatient rehabilitation, private practice, elementary school, and middle school settings. Julia received her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, holds a professional license in Speech-Language Pathology in the state of Virginia, and is certified as an Early Intervention Professional. Julia loves working with children and their families and feels very blessed to be working alongside such talented and experienced therapists here at Treehouse. In her free time, Julia enjoys calligraphy, cooking, exploring Richmond, and spending time with her family in Virginia Beach.
Alisha Cerel, MS, OTR/L
Alisha received her Bachelor degree from the University of Richmond where she majored in Healthcare & Society and minored in Biology. She attended graduate school in her home state of Massachusetts and obtained her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University. She completed one Level II Fieldwork with Boston Children's Hospital and the other with You Inc. in Worcester, MA, a community-based mental health agency. Alisha is passionate about providing family-centered care with a focus on mental health. She has attended workshops on mindfulness-based stress reduction and the importance of play in trauma-informed care. Alisha also works at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children. She enjoys hiking, kickboxing, reading, dancing, and spending time with family and friends.
Kendra Clerkin-Males, M.S., CCC-SLP
Kendra received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders with a minor in Psychology from California State University, Fresno and Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from California State University, Sacramento. She has 15 years of experience in the field of Speech-Language Pathology working with individuals across the age span. While in California she worked with preschool, elementary, and high school students prior to working at the California Department of Education- Diagnostic Center of Central California. Since moving to the Richmond area with her husband and two boys, Kendra has worked with children ages birth to 22 years as well as with children in private schools. She specializes in teaching children diagnosed with Autism. Kendra has certification or advanced training in the following programs/areas: SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding, Certification in Early Intervention, PROMPT (PROMPTs for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets), Childhood Apraxia of Speech, CBT Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Social Competency (Trainings by Social Thinking/Michelle Garcia Winner, Social Stories/Carol Gray, Tony Attwood, RDI-Relationship Development Intervention, SCERTS). Kendra is particularly skilled at evaluations and is trained in the ADOS. In her free time, she enjoys time with her family at the pool or the beach.
Michelle Norris, MS, OTR/L
Michelle received her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia. She has always had a passion for pediatrics, leading her to work with children across a wide range of settings, from Camp Easter Seals UCP to schools to providing respite care services for families. Michelle went on to earn her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has experience providing occupational therapy services in private practice, early intervention, and residential mental health facilities. She has also had Fieldwork experience working with adults in acute and outpatient settings, as well as with adults with acquired brain injuries in a community/residential-based setting. Michelle has a special interest in working with children with differences in sensory processing and their families to find the most effective tools and strategies to fit their needs. During her graduate career, she worked as a research assistant on two studies examining the effectiveness of a variety of sensory-based strategies involving movement and deep pressure. She is very grateful and excited to be joining the wonderful children, families, and therapists at Treehouse and is dedicated to helping children lead happy and independent lives full of learning and fun! You may find her exploring restaurants in town, hiking along the James and other local parks with her dog, or enjoying the many outdoor events, concerts, and yoga classes that the Richmond community has to offer.
Ashley Dunbar, MOT, OTR/L
Ashley graduated from West Virginia University in 2014 where she received her Bachelor of Arts- Human Performance and Health degree and minored in communication studies. She then continued at West Virginia University to receive her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 2015. Ashley has years of experience working in the pediatric clinic-based setting, prior to moving to the Richmond area. She has experience working with children of various diagnosis and ages and has a great interest in sensory processing. She is trained in MNRI- Tactile integration and Beckman Oral Motor Protocol. Ashley is certified as an Early Intervention Professional. Ashley loves working closely with kids and their families, and feels very blessed to be a part of their lives. She is very excited to be a part of the Treehouse team. In her free time she enjoys exploring her new city with her husband, reading, and going on adventures with their labradoodle, who they hope to complete Therapy Dog Training with in the near future.
Treehouse Office Assistant
Allie is thrilled to be a part of the Treehouse team! She is a graduate of Monacan High School and participated in the Project Search Program at St. Francis Hospital. Allie spends her spare time reading, doing word searches, swimming and writing cards of encouragement. She loves going out for Mexican food and spending time with her two brothers, sister in law, and two adorable nephews.