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Rebecca Iwanczyk M.A., CCC-SLP

Co-Owner; Speech-Language Pathologist

Rebecca began working at The Speech Language Reading Center in July 2005 after moving from Orlando, Florida where she attended and graduated from the University of Central Florida. She became co-owner of the SLR Center in January 2015. She is passionate about helping children of all ages reach their full potential. She is a certified NeuroNet provider and is trained in the Lindamood Bell programs to improve comprehension in all areas of learning.

Rebecca lives in Ooltewah with her husband Tony and her two boys. She loves reading, music, and spending time in nature.

Rob Burroughs M.S., CCC-SLP

Co-Owner; Speech-Language Pathologist

In 2006, Rob founded The Speech Language Reading Center, along with then partner, Ellen Stowell. Rob retired from active practice in June 2017, after 35 years of service to individuals in schools, hospitals, nursing homes and home health.  He especially enjoyed working with individuals who stutter and with children struggling to learn to read. Currently, he is co-owner and a practice consultant of SLR Center.

Rob and his wife live in Hixson, where he enjoys spending time with their grandchildren, sharing his musical abilities in the community, reading, hiking and camping.

Joan Clark M.A., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Joan began working for SLR Center in 2010. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology from Penn State and her Master’s degree from the University of Houston in Communication Disorders. Most of Joan’s 30-year career has been in public schools. During that time, she wrote two children’s novels about a boy with Asperger Syndrome, was part of an Autism Team, and honed her skills in the area of high functioning autism as she worked on the team. She has worked Carol Gray and is highly skilled in writing social stories. Her expertise in the area of social communication disorders is highly respected.

Joan is married with two adult children. She enjoys hiking, traveling, and above all, family gatherings. 

Molly Connolly, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Molly began working for SLRC in August of 2019. She received her Bachelor's degree in Speech Pathology from the University of Tennessee Knoxville and her Master’s degree from East Tennessee State University in Communicative Disorders. Molly works in the private clinic and school setting with pediatric patients of all ages.

Molly lives in Chattanooga with her husband, two children, and their dog. She enjoys spending time outside at the pool or on the lake, and watching football.

Kimberly Green, M.A., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Kimberly returned to The Speech Language Reading Center in 2019 after several years of working part-time and home-educating her 2 children. Primarily, she has worked in the public schools with both elementary and secondary students and in private practice. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas in 1993 and her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1995. She has a passion for helping children learn to read and write and overcome communication challenges.

Kimberly is married and has two teen children. She enjoys reading, hiking, and painting with watercolors.

Christian Irwin M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Christian has worked at SLRC since 2004. She earned her Master's in Speech-Language Pathology from Murray State....Go Racers!! Christian works in both the school and clinical setting. She currently serves as the SLP at an elementary and middle school. She loves working with kids in PK- 8th grade.

Christian moved to Chattanooga after visiting when she was a camp counselor at Camp Skyline. She has always loved the mountains and knew that she had to move here to enjoy all that Chattanooga has to offer. Christian LOVES cheering on the Kentucky wildcats and Pittsburgh Steelers!! 

Nicola Johnson M.A., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Nikki began working for SLRC in June of 2021. She received her Bachelor's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Andrews University in Southwest Michigan, and her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Western Michigan University. Always a proud Michigander, she has lived in the Chattanooga area since 2007. She has over 20 years' experience working with children preschool through high school in  Headstarts, day cares, outpatient clinics, private and public school settings with a variety of communication needs.

When not working, Nikki enjoys hiking, outdoor cafes, reading, musicals, and volunteering for her local public library. 

Gray Mercury, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Gray joined the SLR Center in November 2020. She received her Bachelor's from Wellesley College in 2015 and her Master's in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a concentration in reading from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in 2018. While she has experience in multiple settings with children and adults, Gray primarily provides assessment and therapeutic services for individuals ages 3 to 21 who have a variety of communication and learning needs.

Gray currently lives in Chattanooga, where she was raised, with her husband, their rambunctious cat, and their lazy dog. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time outdoors as an Eco Urban park steward for the Chattanooga Parks removing invasive plant species and learning about ecology.

Lynesha Pittman

Billing Specialist

Nesha joined The SLR Center in April 2021. She has extensive experience with billing and insurance claims. She has worked for one of the top insurance companies in the world. Nesha is also a paralegal for multiple attorneys around the downtown Chattanooga area. 

She is a devoted mother and she enjoys traveling, hiking, biking, and kayaking.

Susan Sasse

M.Ed. Certified Psychological Examiner

Susan has been working with special education students for over 30 years. She gained her Master's degree from Georgia State University in Family Therapy. Influenced by her work with children with Autism and Behavior disorders, she went on to get her certification as a School Psychologist and Licensed Psychological Examiner. Susan has worked with Lee University, Chattanooga Christian School, and Hamilton County Schools.

She and her husband, Jim, have two grown children who are adopted from Asia. They live on Signal Mountain and have almost a zoo worth of animals! They attend Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church.

Cheryl Slack

Office Manager

Cheryl joined the SLR Center team in May 2017. She is experienced in office management having worked in a number of businesses and non-profit organizations in the Chattanooga area for over 25 years.

When not busy at the office, Cheryl enjoys cooking, reading, and long weekend visits to see her children and grandchildren in North and South Carolina. 

Tanya Wilkinson M.A., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Tanya has worked for SLR Center since 2005. After earning her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Loma Linda University in 2000, she began her professional career in the public elementary school setting in Riverside, California. Tanya has always loved the Chattanooga area, having attended Southern Adventist University, so when the opportunity to move back presented itself in 2005, she jumped at the chance! Tanya currently works in both school and clinic settings, partnering with teachers and families to improve her clients’ speech, language, and reading skills.

When not working, Tanya spends time with her two children and enjoys outdoor activities, such as horseback riding and hiking. 

Becky Winkler M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Becky began working for the SLR Center in October 2017. She moved here from Boston after earning her Master's degree from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions with a concentration in reading. Prior to becoming a speech therapist, she was a teacher for six years, which sparked her love of helping children improve their literacy skills. She also enjoys working with children of all ages to improve their articulation and language skills. She speaks fluent Spanish.

She lives in Chattanooga with her husband, daughter, and their cat, Smitty. When she's not working with kids, you'll often find her cooking, working on freelance food photography projects, or developing healthy recipes for her website, A Calculated Whisk.

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