Deana joined the Let’s Communicate family in August 2019. She earned her Associate of Science degree with a concentration in pre-pharmacy from Georgia Perimeter College in 2012. Deana then went on to the University of Georgia, where she obtained her Bachelor of Education degree, majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders and minoring in Human Growth and Family Development. After graduating from UGA, Deana worked in the school system as a speech-language pathology assistant for two school terms before being accepted into the graduate program at Valdosta State University. She graduated from VSU in 2019 after earning her Master’s of Education in Communication Disorders.
Deana is certified in the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment, a research-based approach for the treatment of voice disorders associated with Parkinson’s disease, Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy. She has been Feed the Peds-trained to provide evidence-based assessment and therapy for oral motor feeding disorders and deficits. She has completed continuing education for Childhood Apraxia of Speech, including the Kaufman Apraxia Therapy Approach. Deana is also Lindamood-Bell trained and has worked with children demonstrating hyperlexia and dyslexia. She has worked in the school setting grades pre-kindergarten through eighth grade with both general education students and in self-contained classrooms. In the private clinic, she works with children from birth to 21 years of age with varying skills and needs.
Deana strives to provide her families with valuable tools to foster skills that will improve their relationships with their children by elevating their understanding of their children’s communication strengths and weaknesses.
In her spare time, she enjoys time with her family and dog, listening to music, traveling, and SCUBA diving. She and her husband, Kevin, can often be found planning their next cruise (even sometimes while still on a cruise). Her motto: Eat the sandwich. Plan the next adventure!