Brianne Lay, MA, CCC-SLP

Brianne (Bri) founded Denver Speech and Language in 2010. She spent five years with D.L. Teter and Associates, a private practice specializing in hearing and speech, and was excited for the opportunity to focus solely on her passion for speech and language therapy. She received a Bachelors Degree from the University of Colorado, and a Master of Arts in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Northern Colorado. Ms. Lay maintains a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association, and a license to practice Speech Language Pathology in the state of Colorado. She is an active member, and previously served on the board of directors, for the Colorado Speech-Language and Hearing Association (CSHA). Prior to working in private practice, Ms. Lay worked in a severe needs pre-school classroom treating children with impairments such as Autism and Fragile X Syndrome. She also spent time working in a rehabilitation center focusing on adult cognitive therapy. In 2009, Ms. Lay became a certified Pet Partner with The Delta Society and is trained to use a therapy dog to assist with meeting therapy goals. Ms. Lay’s professional areas of specialty include neurologically based speech and language disorders with patients of all ages, tongue thrust, vocal cord dysfunction, and voice disorders.

In her free time she enjoys golfing, skiing, hiking, traveling, photography, and spending time with her friends, family and her dogs Gertie and Mabel.

Ms. Lay has additional specialized training in the following areas/programs:

• Kaufman Early Intervention Program: Children with Apraxia of Speech
• Voice Disorders
• Vocal Cord Dysfunction
• Myofascial Release (MFR) for Voice and Swallowing
• Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (Tongue Thrust)
• Neuro-Developmental Disorders
• Traumatic Brain Injury
• Sensory Integration Disorders
• Adult Rehabilitation (Stroke)
• Accent Reduction
• Professional Speaking

 

Mallory O’Mahoney, M.S., CCC-SLP

Mallory received a Bachelors Degree from St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue, NY, and a Master of Sciences in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. She maintains a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed to practice speech language pathology in both New York and Colorado.

Mallory’s experience prior to joining the Denver Speech and Language team lies heavily in a variety of short and long-term rehabilitation facilities with adults with neurogenic communication and swallowing disorders. She is looking forward to returning to working with children and adolescents, and continuing to work with adults with a variety of disorders. Mallory strives to establish strong relationships with her patients and their families in order to create a well rounded plan of care with a functional approach to intervention. She is excited to be a part of Denver Speech and Language and continue to grow as a clinician.

You can find Mallory camping or hiking in her spare time. Anything outdoors, Mallory is there! She enjoys yoga, traveling and going kayaking. She loves taking her pup for walks with her husband, and spending time with friends and family.

Ms. O’Mahoney has additional specialized training in the following areas/programs:

• Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy
• Adult Rehabilitation
• Traumatic Brain Injury
• Apraxia of Speech
• Motor Speech Disorders
• Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
• Dysphagia (Impaired Swallowing) and Feeding Tubes
• VitalStim
• Tracheostomy care and procedures
• Passy-Muir Swallowing and Speaking Valves
• Voice
• Parkinson’s Disease

Cassandra Schneider, M.A., Bilingual CCC-SLP

Cassandra joined Denver Speech & Language in May of 2018 after working for five and one-half years providing pediatric bilingual and monolingual therapy at a private practice and through Early Intervention.  She acquired thirteen years of experience in pediatrics in various settings after providing cognitive, speech and language, and swallowing therapy for three years in a hospital. She earned her Master of Arts degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology in 2002 after working for nearly 10 years as a translator, Spanish teacher, French instructor, and assistant editor for a major publishing company. She maintains a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and holds a license to practice speech-language pathology in the state of Colorado.

Cassandra’s passions include serving bilingual children and their families with various diagnoses including, but not limited to, apraxia of speech, autism spectrum disorder, articulation/speech delay, and language disorders and delays.

In her free time, she enjoys attending her children’s sporting events, hiking, and traveling.

Ms. Schneider has additional specialized training in the following areas/programs:

• Early Intervention
• Bilingual evaluation and therapy
• Autism Spectrum Disorder
• Hanen: It Takes Two To Talk
• Play-Based Intervention and Treatment
• Kaufman Early Intervention Program: Children with Apraxia of Speech
• Sensory Integration Disorders
• Co-treatment with OT, EI, PT, and Sensory Integration Disorders

Hollis Laverty, M.A., CCC-SLP

Hollis joined Denver Speech and Language in February 2018. Hollis has over 15 years of experience as a speech pathologist in the public-school setting.  Prior experience also includes working with children and families in Head Start Early Intervention programs. She is excited for the opportunity to join Denver Speech and Language to expand on her knowledge base.  Mrs. Laverty  graduated from the Nazareth College in her home town of Rochester, New York with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Communicative Disorders and then continued on to earn a Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from University of Northern Colorado. She maintains a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association and holds a license to practice Speech Language Pathology in the state of Colorado.

Hollis’s passions include early intervention, articulation delay, play based therapy and assessment, and using creative projects to address communication delays . She is currently working on training her family pup Penni to become a certified therapy dog.

During her free time, Hollis enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters and puppy. She enjoys hiking, running, skiing, cooking, gardening, travel, and coffee!

Ms. Laverty has additional specialized training in the following areas/programs:

• Play-Based Assessment in early-childhood
• Play-Based Therapy
• Academic speech and language development
• Integration of creative and artistic therapies
• Articulation Disorders
• Early Expressive and Receptive Language delays and disorders
• Functional Communication
• Visual cues to aide in communication development including; cued speech, picture schedules and sign-language
• Co-treatment with other specialists

 

Shelby Snyder, M.A., CCC-SLP

Shelby joined the practice in July 2018 heading up the Littleton office. Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Shelby studied at the University of Kansas where she earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences as well as her Master’s of Arts in Speech and Language Pathology.  Shelby has experience working with children from infancy to school-age with a variety of special needs, which include developmental delays, autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, traumatic brain injury, Spina Bifida, vision impairment, and Cerebral Palsy. Shelby’s favorite part about being a speech pathologist is connecting with children and their families and empowering both to achieve their goals.

In her free time, Shelby enjoys the Colorado outdoors by hiking, skiing, playing tennis and kickball, and exploring the Denver area with her dogs.  She also loves spending time with her family and friends, traveling, taking photos, listening to live music, and cheering on her Jayhawks!

Ms. Synder has additional specialized training in the following areas/programs:

• Expressive and Receptive Language Disorders
• Feeding Disorders
• Articulation and Phonological Processing Disorders
• Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
• Literacy
• Aphasia
• Cognitive Communication
• Pragmatic Language Skills