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.

 

 

 

Sara Murphy, M.S., CCC-SLP is a licensed speech-language pathologist. Her connection to speech therapy goes all the way back to grade school in South Caroling when she had speech therapy to correct a distorted /s/! Sara attended Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Health Science and a Maters of Speech Language Pathology. She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and has worked in a variety of settings across several states in her nearly 20 year career. 

 

Sara has experience and expertise in working with children with hearing impairment utilizing listening and spoken language. She is also very experienced with children with language delay and disorder, articulation and speech sound disorder, as well as fluency disorders.

 

One of her most important learning experiences came as a mother when her son was diagnosed with a severe speech sound disorder at 2 years old.

Sara has taken many classes over the years to stay current in the field of Speech Language Pathology. Viewing speech therapy from the parent's role however, has given her unique insight that you could never get form a class.

Sara is passionate about developing literacy skills in all children and outside of her work as a Speech Language Pathologist. She is running the book fair and other school-based activities at her children's elementary school. Sara is looking forward to work you you and your children.