Marianne Umphlett, owner and primary provider at LKN Speech-Language Pathology, employs supporting licensed speech-language pathologists on a part-time basis. She invites you to meet them below.

Diane Drakulic

Diane Drakulic

With a Masters of Communication Disorders in Speech Pathology from the University of Akron, Ohio and Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Miami University of Ohio, Diane joined our team in 2013. She currently works as a speech-language pathologist for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, providing augmentative communication evaluations and treatment to non-verbal preschool and school-age students.

Diane formerly worked as a speech-language pathologist at Charlotte Institute of Rehabilitation with specialty in head trauma, stroke, feeding and swallowing disorders, fluency, voice and language. She also served as a communication specialist for St. Mark’s Inc. of Charlotte and as a speech-language pathologist for Perry Local Schools in Ohio. Her professional affiliations include the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and North Carolina Augmentative Communication Association (NCACA).


 

Amy Gossett Elder

Amy Gossett Elder

Amy has over 15 years experience in the assessment and treatment of children with speech and language disorders. She has worked extensively with a variety of diagnoses, including apraxia, dysarthria, cognitive-language impairments, and social/pragmatic impairments. She is recognized for her work in early intervention for children with developmental delays as well as children with medical diagnoses including cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and autism.

Prior to joining our team in 2016, Amy served as lead therapist at Child and Family Development in Charlotte, NC. She received her Bachelors Degree in Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences in 2004 and her Masters of Arts in Speech Language Pathology in 2006 from Ohio University.

Amy is passionate about helping children improve their communication skills so they are able to be successful both academically and socially. She enjoys including parents and caregivers in the therapy process to make the most difference for the children.


 

Marissa Deddens LarkinMarissa Deddens Larkin

Marissa is passionate about helping people achieve their full potential to communicate and connect with the world around them. She has worked in a variety of pediatric settings, including public schools, multidisciplinary clinics and private practice. Marissa joined the LKN Speech Language Pathology team in September of 2021.

She has worked extensively with preschool age clients targeting articulation and language skills as well as high school students to develop their social language skills, fluency and functional communication using augmentative and alternative communication. In addition, she has helped pediatric clients to improve literacy through enrichment programs for at-risk students in classroom settings. Marissa is experienced in providing therapy for a variety of diagnoses including articulation, language, fluency, literacy, pragmatics, and functional communication.


 

Kaitlyn KimreyKaitlyn Kimrey Miller

Kaitlyn joined LKN Speech-Language Pathology in 2014 as a speech-language pathologist. Prior to earning her Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders from East Carolina University, Kaitlyn graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science degree, receiving the honors of summa cum laude and valedictorian of Communication Disorders. A certified elementary and exceptional children’s teacher for grades K-6, she speaks fluent Spanish.

Skilled at working with patients of all ages, Kaitlyn completed her internships at Avante Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Wilkesboro, NC; Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital in Elkin, NC, Bridges School in State Road, NC; and Therapy Source in Hickory, NC. She is CPR-certified through the American Heart Association.


 

Jennifer PatelJennifer Patel

Jennifer is the newest member of our team! She earned her Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders from Arizona State University, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. In addition, she has a dual teaching certification for Childhood Education and Students with Disabilities.

Before joining LKN-SLP, Jennifer worked with Mission Health System providing developmental assessment of newborns and infants in a clinical setting. She also has worked extensively with school-age children, providing school-based services as well as in-home therapy.

Jennifer is certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA).