Improving quality of life for the differently abled Children & Adults

Speech Therapy

DONNA PETERSON - SPEECH / LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST, Donna.Peterson@laurensaz.org   

Donna is a Canadian who graduated with her Masters in Speech Pathology from Minot State University in North Dakota in 1994.  Enjoying the United States, she stayed to work at a private clinic serving both pediatrics and adults in Iowa.  From there she gained experience in both the medical setting and the schools in the northern U.S., as well as north of the border for several years.

Loving to learn, Donna has extensive continuing education including P.R.O.M.P.T. and PECS. Most recently, Donna stretched her skills with her own part-time private clinic in Saskatchewan, focusing on pediatrics and also served as President of the Speech-Language Pathology licensure board there.  Donna and her family, husband and two daughters, moved here to AZ in the record breaking, hot summer of 2012 to be closer to the aging in-laws in Gold Canyon AZ.

Living in Arizona is a dream, since Donna loves to swim and will swim year round in her backyard pool.  This crazy Canuck enjoys the fun staff here at L.I.F.E. and loves the challenges and rewards of working and playing with the clients.

MEGAN PETRAS - SPEECH / LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST,
Megan.Petras@laurensaz.org

Megan joined the LIFE team in October 2015 and received a master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from Central Michigan University. Her clinical focus has been primarily feeding and swallowing disorders along with alternative and augmentative communication devices. Megan has worked with children with developmental disabilities since high school where she spent an entire summer as a camp counselor.

Born and raised in Michigan, she moved out to Arizona to be closer to her sister. Although Megan misses the amazing beaches and summer nights in Michigan, she enjoys volunteering with Companion Hospice, reading, watching reality TV shows, and staying active in nature with her two dogs, Kodi and Dazey.

MELISSA JOHNSON - SPEECH / LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST,
Melissa.Johnson@laurensaz.org

Melissa loves people and hearing their stories, which is what lead her to study to become a speech-language pathologist! She wanted to help people be able to communicate with others and share their own unique stories, whatever they may be. Everyone deserves a voice! She graduated from Arizona State University with her Master’s degree in Communication Disorders in 2008. Melissa is originally from Arizona, but has spent the last few years in Washington state. While there, she met winter for the first time and even learned to ski (sort-of)!

Melissa loves to work with children and their families and be a part of the team that helps them achieve their communication goals. She is excited to join the L.I.F.E. team. When Melissa isn’t working, she loves to cook healthy food, eat unhealthy desserts, read a good book, and spend time with the people she loves – especially her husband and their three children.

SHERRI JASTER - SPEECH / LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST,
Sherri.Jaster@laurensaz.org

Sherri Jaster, MS, CFY-SLP, received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University in 2006. She was a kindergarten and first grade teacher for six years before deciding to pursue a career in Speech – Language Pathology. Sherri completed her Master of Science in Clinical Speech Language Pathology in 2017 at Northern Arizona University. While working on her Master’s degree Sherri worked for four years as a Speech Language Pathologist Assistant in the Tempe School District.

Sherri has a wide range of experiences working with children and adults. She enjoys engaging children in learning and playing to facilitate speech and language development. Sherri is very excited to be a part of the LIFE family for her Clinical Fellowship Year and make a difference in her clients’ lives. In her spare time, Sherri enjoys traveling, scrap-booking, drinking coffee and spending time with her furry babies (cats), Curly, Riesling and Merlot!

TRACY ESPOSITO - SPEECH / LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST,
Tracy.Esposito@laurensaz.org

Originally from New Jersey, Tracy moved to Arizona to pursue a degree in Speech and Hearing Science. She graduated from Arizona State University in 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Science. While attending ASU, she fell in love with American Sign Language. Prior to working at LIFE, Tracy worked as a Speech Language Pathologist Assistant for 5 years at a school for the deaf and hard of hearing where she continued to develop fluency in ASL. In the school system, Tracy gained experience working with children with developmental delays, social communication needs, hearing loss, articulation, and language needs. LIFE is Tracy’s first experience working with adults with who have functional communication needs and is enjoying working with such a variety of clients. In her free time she loves to dance, relax by the pool, and is always up for a new adventure!

 

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