About Us


Karin Ernst M.S., CCC-SLP, COM™ has been a speech-language pathologist since 1997 working in a variety of settings to include Early Intervention, schools and private practice. She studied at the University of Cologne, Germany and has a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology as well as in Special Education. Karin has obtained the Certification of Clinical Competence (CCC) by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds a dual-license for Virginia and Maryland. She is the first certified orofacial myologist in Virginia.

Karin works with children of all ages as well with adults with voice and speech problems. She strives to make speech language therapy an enjoyable experience for children and their families.


Karin earned the ASHA Award for Continuing Education (ACE) 4 years in a row, reflecting her concerted, personal effort to continue professional learning beyond an academic degree.  She is trained in PROMPT© an acronym for PROMPTS for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets, a multidimensional approach to speech production disorders.  Other trainings include Beckman Oral Motor techniques, Lori Overland's Sensory-Motor Approach for Feeding, Oral-Myofuntional Therapy,  Functional Method®, a functional voice training by Gisela Rohmert as well as other trainings in the areas of speech, language, feeding and voice therapy.