Kelsey Thompson, MS, CCC-SLP


Kelsey is an American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certified speech language pathologist who is also licensed by the state of North Carolina. Kelsey earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from Northeastern University in Boston, MA, where she earned awards for academic achievement and research. Kelsey is also certified in PROMPT (PROMPTS for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) therapy and the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding and has training in Floortime, the Social Thinking curriculum, and the Zones of Regulation program. 


Kelsey has worked in pediatric private practice since 2015, first at Playworks, a private practice in Arlington, VA and most recently at Back Bay Speech Therapy in Boston, MA. Through both of these positions, Kelsey has served children birth to 22 in the home, school, daycare, and clinic settings. Kelsey has experience working with a variety of diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Dysarthria, Down Syndrome, expressive/receptive language disorder, fluency, articulation/phonological disorder, as well as a number of genetic and feeding disorders. Notably, Kelsey has specific experience treating children with apraxia and working with middle school and high school age children on higher level language processing, executive functioning skills, and reading.


Kelsey's primary speciality is feeding disorders in young children. In addition to her clinical experience, Kelsey is currently pursuing her PhD at UNC-CH researching pediatric feeding disorder development and treatment.

Kelsey feels passionate about equipping children and their families with the tools necessary to achieve functional skills across settings.  She loves to incorporate play and child interest into therapy to keep learning motivating and engaging.  Working closely with families and caregivers are fundamental to her therapy approach.

Genine Sander Scott, MA, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Genine received her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  While there, she was on the Birth-Three Training Grant and was awarded the Student Achievement Award by the North Carolina Speech-Hearing-Language Association.  She completed her internship at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Hospitals, where she and Dr. Layton co-founded a Speech Therapist position with the pediatric HIV/AIDS team as part of the Infectious Diseases clinic. 


Genine has co-authored two articles and a book chapter about communication and speech disorders in children with HIV/AIDS with Dr. Layton, and has presented both locally and nationally on this topic.  In addition, she has co-taught (with Dr. Layton) a course on phonological disorders at North Carolina Central University.


Genine has experience working with both pre-school and school-aged children with a variety of cognitive and communication disorders, including apraxia, articulation and phonological disorders, language disorders, sensory integration disorder, developmental delay, as well as communication difficulties in medically-fragile children.  Moreover, she has had personal experience generating and implementing treatment plans as a parent of two children with speech and language needs.


In addition to her work with children, Genine’s experience also encompasses neurogenic disorders, voice, and cognitive-linguistic, speech and swallowing rehabilitation with adults.  She has also provided extensive end-of-life counseling in nursing and rehabilitation centers where she has worked. 


Prior to finding the field of Speech-Language Pathology, Genine received a Master’s degree in Music History and Literature from Tulane University in 1989.  She incorporates her continued interest and experience in music in her therapy.


Genine has lived in Chapel Hill since 1989, where she currently resides with her two sons and dog. 

Mika is originally from the Boston area and moved to North Carolina last year. She is an American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certified speech-language pathologist, and holds her state license in North Carolina. Mika received her masters degree from Emerson College, where she completed research on unconventional language in autism spectrum disorder.

Mika has experience working with both children and adults. She has previously worked with adults with a variety of cognitive-communication and motor speech disorders, as well as dysphagia. Mika is excited to spend more time with children of all ages at Thrive. She has experience in schools and private clinic settings, working with children with autism spectrum disorder, expressive/receptive language disorders, and speech sound disorders.

Mika Maeda, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

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