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The SCT Team

Meet the team

Lisa Hamblin, M.S., CCC-SLP

Lisa has worked with kids since her days in college coaching gymnastics for children.  Lisa is stimulated by watching children learn and succeed. “Their inner light shines so bright,” she says, and it's this passion that serves as the foundation of SCT's mission to support and enrich the lives of children.

Lisa's therapy focuses on a child's specific needs and personality; a strategy that makes therapy feel more like play and less like work. Her specialties include autism spectrum disorders and advanced training in early speech and language development. Her training and experience with children birth to three years gives her a deep understanding of how to help children at any age. When Lisa founded SCT, she made training in birth to three years a requirement for all therapists as part of her effort to provide the best therapy possible for every child.

At home, Lisa has had the opportunity to guide the development of her own children – ages 24, 22, and 10. She finds relaxation in physical activities like running and rock climbing.

Education: M.S., Speech-Language Pathology: University of Washington

Founded SCT in April of 2006

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Amanda Cosand, M.S., CCC-SLP

For Amanda, the greatest joy as a speech pathologist comes from knowing she is making a positive difference in the lives of the children she works with. Every day she has the opportunity to change how children experience and interact with the world around them and she is passionate about helping them blossom to their highest potential – especially if it means making a big mess with food.

She has been fascinated with children and Child Development for as long as she can remember and is particularly interested in decreasing sensory aversions and increasing limited food repertoire for children with feeding aversions. She also loves having fun with toddlers while she helps them discover new words and experience the joys of the world around them.

Education: M.A., CCC-SLP: Washington State University

Part of the SCT family since: January 2012

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Sita Shankar, M.S., CCC-SLP

Sita was drawn to learn more about child development after becoming a parent for the first time. Her family speaks three languages in their home, so she was fascinated watching her children grow and acquire language in a multilingual environment. This, combined with her early experiences as a Speech Assistant at SCT, motivated Sita to earn her degree in Speech Language Pathology.

Sita's mastery of four languages (English, Hindi, Tamil, and German) uniquely positions her to work with families. Her dedicated, respectful work ethic and approachable, sensitive demeanor make her a valuable member of the SCT team.

At home, Sita enjoys spending time with her family outdoors and cooking.

Education: M.S., CCC-SLP: University of Washington

Part of the SCT family since: March 2014

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Tran Nguyen, M.S., CCC-SLP

Although Tran was always interested in language and how it’s acquired, it was her experience working at an autism center that showed her, firsthand, the amazing impact she could have on a child’s language development. Since deciding to become an SLP, she’s never looked back and continues to be motivated by helping children understand the power of communication.

Tran thoroughly enjoys the creativity that working with children provides, and uses her training in PECS and LAMP-Words for Life to bring fun and engagement to her therapy sessions (hint: She’s a Play-Doh professional!). Tran also enjoys AAC and developing materials for her clients, and has a professional interest in language delays.

Originally from Victoria, BC, Tran lived (and survived!) in Australia for 2.5 years. When she’s not working with patients at SCT, Tran enjoys traveling, hiking, reading books, and spending time with her husband.

Education: M.S. CCC-SLP: University of Queensland

Part of the SCT family since: September 2015 

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McKenzie Desjarlais, M.S., CCC-SLP

For McKenzie, developing a sense of trust with her clients is pivotal to success. The importance of this value was developed through years of working alongside childhood mental health counselors and at camps for underserved populations. McKenzie puts the child at the center of the treatment, using their interests to make therapy functional and fun. She feels it is important not to focus on what is difficult for the child, but rather to utilize their strengths to allow them to grow.

In her free time, McKenzie enjoys playing with her two dogs, honing her golf skills, and has taken up cycling. Of course, she is also dedicated to WSU cougar football through their ups and downs!

Education: M.S., CCC-SLP: Washington State University

Part of the SCT family since: June 2016

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Anna Bohnett, M.S., CCC-SLP

Anna's interest in pediatric speech language pathology was inspired in part by the realization that early intervention can enable unparalleled long term benefits. From her first clinical experiences in university on to her most recent clients, Anna loves working with families to help children reach their communication potential.

After hiking the Te Araroa trail (1,800 miles through New Zealand!), Anna moved to Seattle from her home town of Memphis, TN. She is now busy exploring the Pacific Northwest with her husband. The energy she gains from spending time in nature is passed on to the children and families she sees.

Education: M.S., CCC-SLP: University of Central Arkansas

Part of the SCT family since: July 2016

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Caitlin Lavey, B.A., SLPA

While Caitlin’s passion for helping kids grow and learn has been a part of her for as long as she can remember, her interest in pediatric speech pathology stems from witnessing firsthand the success and confidence her younger brother gained from attending speech therapy. After beginning her journey as a special needs pre-school teacher in Seattle, Caitlin joined Sammamish Children’s Therapy. Caitlin loves to help kids explore their own potential and finds joy in their success.

In her free time, Caitlin likes going to concerts and spends time relaxing outside. She often returns to Portland, OR to visit her family.

Education: B.A., Communication Disorders & Sciences: University of Oregon

Part of the SCT family since: October 2018

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Elizabeth Idomskaya, M.S., CCC-SLP

While Elizabeth’s interest in child development sparked when she volunteered as a counselor during middle school, she has experienced the importance of language development from a much earlier age. Learning English as a second language, Elizabeth knows the power that communication holds and the barriers it can create. Her personal experience motivates her to give children the ability to rise above their own communication barriers. Elizabeth’s transparency, honesty, and emphasis on collaboration makes her therapy both motivating and effective.

Elizabeth has significant research and clinical experience in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorder and has received the CAPCSD Plural Publishing Research Award. Elizabeth is fluent in Russian and English.

While passionate about her work, Elizabeth also finds joy in cooking and traveling. She has traveled to over ten countries, learning new recipes along the way.

Education: M.S., Speech-Language Pathology: Portland State University

Joining the SCT family in: September 2019

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Camille Hopp, M.S., CCC-SLP

Camille’s favorite part of therapy is seeing a child happy and proud of their success. Coming from a background in psychology and behavior, Camille chose to pursue a career as a Speech-Language Pathologist after watching a non-verbal four year old she was nannying transition into a talkative seven year old with the help of speech therapy. Armed with endless patience and an inquisitive nature, Camille works hard to sort out what is challenging for a child and arrive at meaningful goals. With clear goals in mind, Camille loves to bring her creativity to each therapy session while keeping her kids engaged and motivated.

In her free time, Camille loves to be active and outdoors. Whether it be barre/yoga, golfing, or using her Seahawks season tickets, Camille is always finding fun and engaging ways to spend her time. While not a master of any martial arts, we do note that Camille is an organizational ninja.

Education: M.S., CCC-SLP: Pacific University

Part of the SCT family since: August 2019

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Anthony Roy, M.S., CF-SLP

Anthony strives to help his community and positively change the lives of those who live in it. This passion is reflected not only in the education he has pursued, degrees in both Special Education and Speech-Language Pathology, but the way he spends his time. Anthony has a background in Applied Behavior Analysis working as a Behavior Technician and as a Respite Care Provider caring for in-need children. He has found that as children strengthen their communication abilities, their confidence and social interactions with others improve as well. Currently, Anthony gives back through his work at Sammamish Children’s Therapy as well as his position as an Infantry 1st Lieutenant in the Army National Guard.

In his limited free time between helping kids and the National Guard, Anthony enjoys almost any outdoor activity from camping to golfing. As an avid Seahawk fan and a Zag basketball fan, Anthony always tries to set time aside to cheer his teams on. 

Education: M.S., CF-SLP: Eastern Washington University

Part of the SCT family since: January 2020

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Angela Choi, High School Helper

What started out as an idea of giving valuable experience to high schoolers, has resulted in a position that is vital to the clinic. The students of Issaquah High have proven time and time again to make themselves indispensable members of the SCT family. Angela is our current high school helper. With an impressive GPA, countless hours spent volunteering in the community, and an artistic talent in calligraphy, Angela is more than well-suited to work with our SCT family supporting the therapists and children both. You will find her assisting in Social Groups, making therapy materials, keeping our toys clean, and answering the phones.

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Quinn Lathe, B.A., English

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