Kati Anderson, M.S., CCC-SLP
Owner, Director of Clinical Care
Kathleen Anderson, M.S.,
CCC-SLP is an American Speech-
Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
and Delaware certified speech-language
pathologist. Kati is a 2003 graduate
of Loyola College, where she graduated
Summa Cum Laude and was first in her
class for Speech-Language Pathology.
She went on to receive her Master’s Degree in the Communication Sciences and Disorders department of James Madison University in Virginia.
Kati has extensive professional experience working with children diagnosed with a wide variety of communication and related disorders. In New Jersey, she served as Program Coordinator and Staff Speech Pathologist for Bancroft Neurohealth, serving children with special needs, including those with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Traumatic Brain Injuries, developmental disabilities, behavioral challenges, genetic syndromes, and other impairments. Kati also worked for the Communication Station in New Jersey, serving as Staff Speech Pathologist and Supervisor of Feeding Services. In addition, she served both children and adolescents as the facilitator for social skills development groups run through Interactive Kids. Her areas of expertise include evaluating and treating children with articulation disorders, expressive/receptive language disorders, auditory processing disorders, apraxia of speech, phonological disorders, voice disorders, fluency disorders or “stuttering,” and pragmatic/social skill delays.
Kati has presented nationally on topics in speech pathology, including technology and telecommunications in speech pathology, feeding therapy, HIPAA and health services, and social skills and language, and has published research on those topics. She has trained under supervisors and professors from Johns Hopkins, A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children, and other prominent institutions. Believing strongly in continuing education and “cutting edge” therapy techniques, Kati has received training in Physical Restructuring of Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT), Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), and the Sequential-Oral-Sensory (SOS) program for feeding. Also active in the community, Kati is on the Board of Directors of the Next Generation Committee, Southern Delaware, of the Delaware Community Foundation.
Kati was raised in Delaware, and is honored to achieve her lifelong dream of operating a speech-language clinic in her hometown. She is a proud mother to her son, Ryan and daughter, Ava. Her philosophy in therapy is, “Every child has limitless potential. An excellent therapist is one who provides the foundation, the tools, and the encouragement for each child to achieve his or her personal best."
Jason Anderson, MSA
Jason was a co-owner of
Central Delaware Speech-Language
Pathology with his wife and company
founder, Kathleen Anderson.
Jason’s primary focus was on
marketing efforts and corporate finances.
In his full-time career, Jason served as the Senior Director of Ticket Sales & Operations at Dover International Speedway. Jason played an integral part in our community by being a lead member of the “Autism Day at the Races” planning team. In 2012, the Speedway hosted the first-ever Autism-friendly event in NASCAR history in conjunction with the “FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Families on the spectrum were treated to a day of educational speakers on a variety of topics, food and an exciting NASCAR race. When necessary, families were able to migrate to a dedicated quiet-room away from the track, featuring muted lights and dampened sound.
Jason completed his Master of Sports Administration at Ohio University, was the Treasurer for the Brain Injury Association of Delaware, and was the chair of the Sponsorship Committee for the Delaware Sports Commission.
Jason tragically lost his life in a car accident in January of 2015, in which he saved the life of his wife and 1-year old son. Jason was fully committed to Central Delaware Speech-Language Pathology's mission and to serving children. The Jason Anderson Foundation for Youth Sports was created in his honor to continue his legacy of giving. In loving memory of Jason - his example of living life to the fullest and always giving back will be carried on in all that we do.
Shawna Schmiedlin, M.S., CCC-SLP
Shawna is originally from
West Virginia, where she
earned her Bachelors of
Science in 1997 at West
Virginia University. She
received her Masters of
Science at Indiana University
of Pennsylvania in 1999.
Shawna has had 20+ years experience thus far assisting infants, toddlers, school age children, and adults with special needs, and providing services for the rehabilitation of the adult acquired brain injury population. Shawna moved to Virginia to work for the public school system for two years, providing therapeutic intervention to ages 3 -21 for social, emotional and communication challenges. Shawna then moved to Delaware to work for Nurses ‘n Kids home care and PPEC (Patient Prescribed Exceptional Care) assisting the medical fragile population in a Skilled nursing /daycare facility for infants though school age for almost 10 years. There Shawna embraced her passion for helping children discharged right out of the NICU, working closely with nursing and physical and occupational therapy to meet their developmental milestones to the best of their potential. Shawna was the lead speech pathologist at this facility, heading the development of the policies, procedures and practices of the oral motor and feeding program. Shawna worked extensively with tracheostomy and vent dependent children, facilitating their communication needs with Passy Muir Valves and augmentative communication devices.
Shawna has also worked in Skilled Nursing, assessing and treating neurological diseases, dysphagia, and stroke rehabilitation, further improving her skills and practices and providing skilled dysphagia therapy services, as well as memory impairment training practices and procedures. Shawna earned her Vital Stimulation, NMES certification for dysphagia therapy in 2016.
Shawna is now back to pursing her passion for serving the pediatric population - to help them find their voice, facilitate the stepping stones to recovery, and facilitate their ability to meet their social, communication and feeding developmental milestones.
Shawna ‘s philosophy is that all people deserve a voice, a way to be heard and everyone deserves, love, compassion and kindness. Helping others, treating others they way you want to be treated and paying it forward.
“We have two hands, one for helping ourselves and one for helping others. I alone cannot change the world. But I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
Allison Gruwell, M.S., CCC-SLP
Allison is an American
Speech-Language Hearing Association
certified and Delaware licensed
therapist. She is originally from
Dover, Delaware, she attended the
University of Delaware, where she
graduated with a Bachelor of Science
degree in Cognitive Science with a
concentration in Speech-Language
Pathology in 2015. From there, she attended Towson University, where she graduated with a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology in May, 2017.
Allison's experience includes internships in both educational and medical settings, with a wide variety of patients and clients. During graduate school, she interned at the St. Elizabeth School and Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, both in Baltimore, Maryland, as a speech-language pathology student. She previously worked with the John S. Charlton School summer program. Allison is thrilled to establish her career with CDSLP, and offer her expertise in the field of pediatric speech and language. Her passion for the field is driven by her belief that everyone needs, and deserves, a way to communicate.
Nik has been a support
paraprofessional for the past 3 years
in the Capital School District. Nik's
goal is to help students achieve their learning goals. Nik is currently enrolled at Wilmington University, pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education. Nik is projected to graduate within the next 2 years.
Victoria DeMar is originally from Odenton, Maryland. She went to Towson University for undergrad, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology in 2018. From then she went to Loyola University Maryland to receive her Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology in May 2020.
Victoria’s previous experience includes treating a variety of disorders and age groups in both the educational and medical settings. She has held previous internships at the Harbour School in Annapolis, MD and Howard County General Hospital in Columbia, MD. Victoria originally became interested in the field of Speech Language Pathology when her younger brother received services for a speech impediment when they were young. She looks forward to continuing helping others with speech-language difficulties to communicate more effectively in their daily lives.
Eric resides in Milford, Delaware.
Eric has been an employee at
CDSLP since 2016. His job skills
include various custodial related tasks, maintaining and protecting CDSLP. Eric participates in Autism Delaware's POW&R Program, which stands for productive opportunities for work and recreation. He is assisted at his job by his Direct Support Professional (DSP), who is designated by POW&R, as well as natural support from CDSLP. Eric is a valued member of the CDSLP Family. Eric is very hardworking and motivated with a keen eye for detail. We are lucky to have him on our team and look forward to many more years working beside him!
Eric enjoys being active and exercising. He is a Special Olympic Delaware Athlete. He participates in numerous sports, but his favorites are long distance running and aquatics.
Our work speaks for itself.
Christine Stang, M.S., CCC-SLP
Owner/Director of Patient Services
Christine is an ASHA certified
Speech Language Pathologist with over 25
years’ experience working with children in
schools, early intervention and private
practice. Christine partnered with
Kati and Donna in 2017 to provide the best
speech and language therapy, and
communication development, for children.
Christine completed her Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology at Loyola University Maryland in 1986 and stayed on to complete her Master of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology at Loyola University Maryland in 1988. She has passion for helping all children with significant communication disorders, including childhood Apraxia of Speech and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Evidenced based practice including natural routine, family centered strategies of engagement, movement, play, and visual supports are used in all aspects of therapy so that therapy is fun and rewarding to the child. She has a passion for literature and strong background in language and literacy development.
A mother of four, Christine understands family dynamics play a large role in child development and seeks to empower families with knowledge and skills to support their children. Continually seeking a better understanding of child development and knowledge of intervention strategies, Christine completed her 90 hour Professional Concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorders, University of California UC Davis, in 2014. She became Hanen Certified in 2015 and is planning to offer Hanen More Than Words Workshops for families of young children with suspected Autism Spectrum Disorder and social communication disorders. (Please visit Hanen.org to learn more.) Christine completed the ADOS-2 (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule Second Edition) training including the toddler module . Christine is also an S.O.S certified feeding therapist (Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding). Recently, Christine has been recognized by Apraxiakids.org, as an expert in apraxia of speech evaluation and treatment.
Christine and her husband, Mike, have lived in Dover for 22 years where they have raised four children and are actively involved in numerous community organizations and events.
Christine’s philosophy on Speech therapy is:
“Children learn best through joyful interactions which are self-rewarding and meaningful to the child’s
Donna Ortelli, M.S., CCC-SLP
Owner/Director of Therapeutic Services
Donna is a native to Delaware, having
grown up in the Dover area, and graduating
from Dover High School and Delaware
State University. She moved to
Massachusetts shortly after college where
she raised her two children. While teaching
high school marketing, Donna decided to
pursue a graduate degree in
Communication Disorders. She graduated
in 2000 from Worcester State University in
Massachusetts with a Master’s of Science degree in Communication Disorders.
Over the past 20+ years, Donna has worked in both public and private schools, in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Florida and Delaware, with both pre-school and school age speech and language delayed children. Her areas of experience include: articulation, apraxia, auditory processing, receptive-expressive language, fluency, and pragmatic disorders. She has worked with a wide range of disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorders, developmental disabilities, genetic syndromes and other impairments. After relocating to Delaware in 2009, Donna worked in the public schools, first for Lake Forest School District, and then Smyrna School District. She became part of the CDSLP team in 2011, originally as a part-time clinician, and then after retiring from the public schools, going to full time.
Donna has received two ACE awards from ASHA for her demonstrated commitment to lifelong learning through continuing education. She has a Certificate of Completion in Lindamood-Bell Phoneme Sequencing (LIPS), PROMPTS for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT), S.O.S. Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding (S.O.S), Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), and Barton Screening for Dyslexia.
Donna is active in her community, volunteering her time in both the Delaware Speech-Language and Hearing Association (DSHA) and serving as a Town Council member for her local community, Leipsic. Free time pleasures include working in her flower garden and being at the beach. She absolutely loves being “Mimi” to her two grandchildren!!! On working with kids, Donna simply says: “I love working with children, as I feel they help to keep me young!”
As of 2017 Donna partnered with Kati and Christine to continue to offer exceptional speech and language therapy in our communities!
Donna’s philosophy of care:
"A child is like a flower in your garden. Plant the seed, allow its roots to grasp and grow. Provide it with sustenance and nourishment. Tend to it daily. Keep the weeds from strangling out its ability to grow straight and strong and you will be delighted at how magnificent it will blossom and shine!"
Philip L. Concors, M.Sc.Ed., BCBA
Philip is the Clinical Director of ABC
Consultants. He is a doctoral candidate
(Ph.D. ABD) in Lehigh University’s
Pediatric School Psychology program,
has earned a Masters of Science in
Education (M.Sc.Ed.) in Applied
Behavior Analysis from Temple University, and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). He began his work as a Special Education Teacher and has over eighteen years of experience providing clinical and educational support to special needs children, adolescents, and young adults. Mr. Concors specializes in students with significant Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, Asperger’s Syndrome, and children with pediatric feeding disorders. Class-Wide Positive Behavior Support and academic assessment /intervention are his areas of expertise, with emphasis on school-based consultation and research. He has presented at regional and national conferences and has other current research interests focusing on Behavioral Medicine, including the promotion of healthy behaviors, treatment adherence, and assessment of physiological influences on student behavior. Philip is a Master-Level Crisis Prevention/Intervention trainer and provides frequent district-level training for non-classroom and classroom-behavior management, de-escalation and safety techniques for disruptive and aggressive students, as well as safe and positive approaches to school violence. Philip is currently an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Rowan University.
Krista joined CDSLP in August of 2017.
Krista is originally from Connecticut and
moved to Delaware in early 2017. Krista
loves to travel, spend time with family and friends, playing with her beloved dog, and in the summer, kayaking. She is currently studying towards her Bachelors in Psychology, focusing in Pediatric and Adolescent Psychology, with hopes to start a career as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
She brings knowledge and previous experience in marketing, and is excited to continue to participate in CDSLP's growth. Krista also has a large experience in volunteer work, specifically for an organization previously known as KidPacks of America, Inc. The organization specialized in emergency relief efforts for the victims of hurricane Katrina, yearly back to school backpacks, Christmas gifts for underprivileged families, and gathering household essentials for those in need. Krista's outgoing personality allows her to form relationships with our patients and their families.
Thelma "Lou" Staten
Medical Billing Specialist
Lou is originally from Maryland,
and moved to Delaware in the
early 1980's. Lou joined CDSLP
in June of 2019, bringing 36 years of medical office billing and 15 years of medical office management experience. Lou loves spending time with family and friends, and traveling. In her short time at CDSLP thus far, Lou has assisted in streamlining the company's billing process, as well as perfecting the tracking of claims and A/R.
Lou always has a smile on her face and welcomes patients to the office with open arms. She is a very passionate person and cares about our patients, their families, and fellow staff member's as if they are her own.
Project STRIVE Student
Shakeema is student with the
Kent County Community School
STRIVE Program. In the school
setting, Shakeema learns
fundamental skills to obtain a successful career. Shakeema enjoys learning new things and meeting new people.
At Central Delaware Speech-Language, Shakeema participates in various job skills such as filing, shredding, inventory, and cleaning. Shakeema's favorite task is walking to the mailbox to check incoming mail as well as process outgoing mail. Shakeema would like to obtain a career in an office setting once she is completed in school.
Shakeema has a bright, vibrant personality. She is very knowledgeable and attentive. Shakeema is always willing to take on new tasks and shows a drive to learn. CDSLP is very fortunate to have a talented, goal-driven volunteer like Shakeema!