Channa Beckman, M.A., CCC-SLP, CBIS
Channa, Harbor Speech Pathology's founder and CEO, is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist and a Speech-Language Pathologist that is certified by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association and licensed in multiple states. She received her Master of Arts in Speech- Language Pathology from Florida State University.
Channa is dedicated to improving the lives of brain-injury survivors. She is a competent and versatile speech-language pathologist with more than 34 years experience; twenty-seven of which have been devoted to the treatment of acquired brain injury. Channa founded Harbor Speech Pathology, started the Gig Harbor Brain Injury Networking Group and has served on the board for the Washington State Speech-Language and Hearing Association. She is known as a professional resource for cognitive rehabilitation and brain injury throughout the Puget Sound region.
Channa’s areas of expertise include: brain injury, neurologic disorders, swallowing dysfunction, adult speech and language disorders, LSVT, DriveABLE, and Vital Stim. She is dedicated to advocating and providing quality care for all patients across the life span.
Cassandra L. Cook, M. Ed., CCC-SLP, BCBA
Cassandra, Harbor Speech Pathology's Director and COO, is a board certified behavior analyst as well as a speech-language pathologist that is licensed by the states of Washington and Texas and certified by the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association. She has over 14 years of experience working with children and adults in multiple states with a variety of communication and feeding impairments. Cassandra received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Education in Communication Disorders at Valdosta State University in Georgia and her Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate at the University of North Texas.
Cassandra has received advanced training in social language, play-based therapy, behavior management, classroom management, apraxia of speech, autism, feeding therapy, alternative and augmentative communication, applied behavior analysis, LAMP, the Hanen More Than Words program, VitalStim, DriveAble assessments, and PROMPT.
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Laura Schmidtberger, B.A.
Laura is a Washington State Certified Speech-Language Pathology Assistant that received her Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Language-Hearing from the University of Kansas. She is currently pursuing her graduate degree with a specialty in bilingual speech therapy. Laura completed her practicum experience working with students on the autism spectrum as well as children with articulation errors.
Laura is passionate about pediatric speech development as well as augmentative communication services and frequently pursues additional training in these areas. She currently treats pediatric patients at our Gig Harbor and Port Orchard clinics.
Kira Lowrance, M.S., CCC-SLP
Kira is a speech-language pathologist that is licensed by the state of Washington and certified by the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association. Kira received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at University of Oregon and her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at Pacific University.
Kira has experience working with children and adults with a variety of communication and cognitive impairments and has pursued additional training or experiences in transgender voice modification, the SPEAK OUT! voice program, suicide intervention strategies, teaching English as a foreign language, HIPPA compliance, and autism spectrum disorders. She currently treats clients of all ages at our Gig Harbor clinic.
Carly Johnson, M.S., CCC-SLP
Carly is a speech-language pathologist that is licensed by the state of Washington and certified by the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association. She received her Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology at University of Nevada in Reno and her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.
Carly has pursued additional training or experience in modified barium swallow examination, bedside swallow evaluations, caregiver education and counseling, electronic medical record management, and multidisciplinary collaboration. Carly evaluates and treats patients of all ages with a variety of speech, cognitive, and swallowing impairments at our Gig Harbor clinic.
Teresa Derouin, M.S., CF-SLP
Teresa is a speech-language pathologist that is licensed by the state of Washington and currently completing her fellowship in pursuit of certification by the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Gonzaga University, Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences at University of Washington, and Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Eastern Washington University.
Teresa has pursued additional training or experience in Modified Barium Swallow Study Impairment Profile, BLS Provider training, HIV/AIDS/Bloodborne pathogen prevention, school based-speech therapy, and out-patient rehabilitation. Teresa evaluates and treats patients of all ages at our Port Orchard clinic.
Rebecca Backus, M.S., CF-SLP
Becky is a speech-language pathologist that is licensed by the state of Washington and currently completing her fellowship in pursuit of certification by the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association. She received her Associate of Applied Science as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant in 2014 in Salem, Oregon. After gaining some experience in the field, she went on to achieve her Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences at University of Washington, followed by her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at Nova Southeastern University.
Becky completed several internships at Harbor Speech Pathology during her graduate school clinical training. She has been a valuable part of our team throughout that time, and is even more so since she advanced to the position of SLP. Becky also has experience working in early intervention, the public school setting, and outpatient aphasia rehabilitation. She has pursued additional training or experience in the SPEAK OUT! program for voice disorders, attention processing training, cognitive rehabilitation, and pediatric speech and language therapy. Becky currently evaluates and treats patients of all ages at our Silverdale clinic.
K. Alex Pacl, M.A., CCC-SLP
Alex is a Texas native who completed her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Texas at Austin. She was research coordinator for the Aphasia Research and Treatment Lab, which specializes in behavioral treatment for primary progressive aphasia and also completed an externship with a local outpatient clinic specializing in voice disorders.
After graduating, Alex moved to Idaho in order to complete a clinical fellowship in the medical setting, working at several area SNFs as well as the ICU of a local hospital. Upon completion of her fellowship year, she moved to western Washington to join the Harbor Speech Pathology Team and expand her outpatient skills. Alex has sought out additional training or experience in cognitive communication assessment and treatment, Parkinson's voice treatment, and swallowing disorders. She currently evaluates and treats clients of all ages at our Silverdale clinic.