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) 3 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. Karin is also a certified Fast ForWord© provider. 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.

 

  

Ali Pettit M.S., CCC-SLP earned both, her undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders and her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Central Michigan University. Throughout her career, Ali had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings, including public schools, pediatric outpatient hospital clinics, and private practice.  Experience in each of these settings provides her a unique perspective and allows her to walk with families on their journey, whether it be navigating the school IEP process, advocating for additional services, or finding and implementing the most up-to-date, evidence-based methods to help their child reach their fullest potential and find success at home, at school, and in the community. Regardless of where she's  practicing, the kiddos and families that she has the privilege to work with are what makes her grateful each day of her job.

 

Ali has experience working with, and alongside occupational therapists, physical therapists, Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BSBAs), ABA therapists and teachers, to coordinate service and work together to support the children in meeting their goals. She also participated in extensive continuing education and training to broaden her scope of practice and hone in on evidence-based strategies to provide the most effective and individualized therapy for each child. Ali's career to this point had afforded her the chance to work with children with the broad range of speech and language disorders, from articulation and speech sound disorders to Autism Spectrum Disorders, and everything in between.