An ASHA-certified, NC-licensed speech-language pathologist, Marianne Umphlett earned her Masters of Speech Pathology from the University of South Carolina and Bachelor of Science of Communication Disorders from Appalachian State University. Marianne has helped children and adults throughout Charlotte and the Lake Norman region and specializes in all types of speech and language therapy including: auditory processing, neurological impairment, speech and voice disorders, expressive and receptive language disorders, apraxia of speech, and swallowing disorders. In addition, she has worked with schools and medical centers including acute care, outpatient and home health settings.
Graduating in 1986, Marianne initially served as a therapist in a nursing home and retirement setting with a focus on swallowing disorders, communication and cognitive disorders related to Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. She then worked in hospitals, particularly with stroke, head injury, and head and neck cancer patients in acute and outpatient rehabilitation settings, plus developed inpatient and outpatient satellite programs. In addition, Marianne worked as a regional manager for large contract rehabilitation companies overseeing occupational, physical and speech-language therapists. She later became a clinical consultant ensuring compliance, continuing education and program development.
After marrying her husband Kevin and starting a family, Marianne continued to offer speech therapy on a limited basis so she could enjoy her young children and volunteerism. In 2006, she launched her private practice, providing in-home visits and networking with area speech and language clinicians. She also exceeds ASHA NC licensing board and continuing education requirements. With two children of her own, Marianne personally understands the communication issues of children, as well as the challenges families face. While she respects each child as an individual, she also works closely with parents to develop a collaborative treatment plan that helps children achieve success in the shortest amount of time.