Improving quality of life for the differently abled Children & Adults

Speech Therapy


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.


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!



Lillian Cary, BS, SLP-A, received her Bachelors in Speech and Hearing Science at Arizona State University in 2016. Prior to working at LIFE, Lillian worked as a Speech Language Pathologist Assistance for a year at a private clinic. While working in the clinic, Lillian gained experience working with children and adults with developmental delays, social communication needed, articulation, and language needs. She enjoys working with a variety of ages and engaging children in learning and playing to facilitate speech and language development. She is excited to be a part of the LIFE family to make a difference in her clients’ lives. In her free time she loves to do Pilates, travel, watch movies, and spend time with her husband and her dog Boomer.




Cortney, M.S., CCC-SLP, is an Arizona native.  She received her undergraduate degree from Northern Arizona University and enjoyed living in Flagstaff. She then moved back to Phoenix and received her Master’s degree in clinical speech-language pathology from Arizona State University.  During her studies, she learned that her true specialty resides in working with the special needs population. She has worked in a variety of settings including a private clinic, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and home services.  Cortney has always been drawn to her career because she loves working with special needs and being an advocate for children.  Some of her favorite areas of therapy include AAC devices, social therapy, language intervention and feeding.

When she is not at work, Cortney enjoys volunteering with animals, walking her dog, gardening and doing yoga.  She really loves her family and her rescue dog (Auggie-pictured). Cortney is also involved within her community and loves to be involved in social skills groups and the Special Olympics for adults and teenagers with Down syndrome. One of her long-term goals is to become a certified yoga teacher for children with special needs, as this would be a fun and unique way to share her passions of therapy and exercise.  One of the things Cortney loves about working at Life is the amazing team approach and kindness across campus.


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