Our Therapists: 

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 30 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,  MNRI (Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration), 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 an adult daughter, 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 toddler boys, playing tennis, sewing, and supporting the Richmond dining scene.

Marie Marant, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Marie has over 25 years of experience in the field of speech-language pathology.  After graduating from James Madison University in 1988 with a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology, she completed her clinical fellowship year at Easter Seals working with underprivileged children.  Since that time, Marie has worked in a variety of settings including: hospitals, outpatient clinics, rehabilitation, home health, public schools, and private practice, all focusing on her love of helping children.  Prior to joining Treehouse, Marie served as the speech-language pathologist at St. Edward-Epiphany School for 9 years. 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

Speech-Language Pathologist

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

Occupational Therapist

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

Occupational Therapist

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 has three grown children and a rescued Beagle puppy named Sawyer.  Janet enjoys gardening, reading, and all kinds of needlework.  She loves juried craft shows and garage sales!

Julia Marzec, M.Ed., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist

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. 

Kendra Clerkin-Males, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
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 in 2003.  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 birth to 22 years.  Kendra has certification or advanced training in the following programs/areas: SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding, Talk Tools, Certification in Early Intervention, PROMPT (PROMPTs for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets), Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Auditory Processing, 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 spending time at the beach, watching her boys surf, and fostering dogs who are waiting for adoption.

Ashley Dunbar, MOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

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. 

Tyler Vick, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Tyler is very excited to join Treehouse’s knowledgeable staff to provide speech therapy services to the greater Richmond community! She graduated from James Madison University in 2011 with a B.S. and Longwood University in 2014 with a M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has experience working with pediatric, young adult, and geriatric populations. Tyler previously worked in Skilled Nursing Facilities and currently works full time in schools. Tyler enjoys collaborating with families and teaching students pragmatic (social) language skills and using Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). She was nominated for the Christie Award, which recognizes a member of the Exceptional Education team whose contribution to HCPS has been exemplary in service of children and their families.Tyler received her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and maintains a Speech Language Pathology license through the Virginia Board of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology. She is also certified as an Early Intervention Professional. In her free time, Tyler loves to explore the outdoors, listen to live music, and play with her adopted basset mix, Ellie.

Kathleen Ferguson, MS, CCC-SLP

Infant Feeding/ Speech-Language Pathologist

Kathleen Ferguson has more than 30 years of experience as a Speech Language Pathologist with an expertise in feeding and swallowing therapy.  Kathleen received her undergraduate degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from James Madison University and her Master's Degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Virginia. She received her certification in Neurodevelopmental Treatment in 1987 while working at the Richmond Cerebral Palsy Center. She has worked at Henrico Doctor's Hospital since 1991. She taught the graduate course in Infant Feeding and Swallowing for several years at JMU and UVA and has presented at many state and national conferences. For many years Kathleen served the infant to geriatric populations in the acute care setting.   She has done countless Modified Barium Swallow studies for both adults and children and is a specialist in Cervical Auscultation. Kathleen specializes in infant feeding difficulties like breast/bottle feeding, reflux, tongue tie, cleft palate, Beckwith, complex medical issues, failure to thrive, food texture issues and food refusal. Outside of work she serves as a Spiritual Director and author (Meal Stories: The Gospel of Our Lives, Sabbath Presence), retreat facilitator and teacher of the Enneagram. She now boasts her favorite job is the role of Gigi to her two grandsons.

Allie Hayes

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.