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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 3 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 19, 17, and 5. She finds relaxation in physical activities like running and rock climbing.

Education: M.S., CCC-SLP: 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 approach 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., CF-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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Rebecca Kneepkins, M.S., CCC-SLP

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Elizabeth Idomskaya, M.S., CF-SLP

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Caitlin Lavey, B.S., SLP-A

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Isabel Hsien, High School Helper

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