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 the 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 who is a Senior 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

Speech-Language Pathologist

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

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 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!