With a desire to be able to meet the needs of as many families as we can, we are proud to have a team of skilled and certified therapists with a wide variety of specialities and deep passions for what they do.
Emilie Straka McLeod, MS CCC-SLP
Emilie S. McLeod opened Straka Speech Castle Rock in 2014. She received her B.S. from CU-Boulder and her M.S. from Towson University in Maryland. Emilie has received specialized training in P.R.O.M.P.T; Beckman Oral Motor Therapy; DIR/Floortime; Hanen “It Takes Two to Talk”; SOS Approach to Feeding; Sensory-Motor Feeding Therapy; and Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cuing; as well as the incalculable knowledge she’s gained working alongside many other fabulous speech language pathologists, occupational therapists and early childhood special educators. Emilie’s therapy style is motivating and fun, and she loves to hear she’s made therapy a positive experience for her patients. Emilie lives in Castle Rock with her husband, Tripp, their new baby, Bode, and a sweet and wild wheaten terrier named Finley. It is a true joy in her life to make speech and occupational therapy an easy, happy experience for Straka Speech families.
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Amber Rea, MA CCC-SLP
Amber Rea has been with Straka Speech Castle Rock since 2015. She earned her B.S. and M.A. degrees from the University of Northern Colorado. Amber has experience working with children with Autism, Down syndrome, hearing impairments, stuttering difficulties, receptive/expressive language disorders, articulation impairments and social communication delays. She also enjoys providing early intervention for infants and toddlers with receptive/expressive language delays. Amber has developed a passion for working with children and adults who stutter, and has co-presented at several conferences on topics related to assessment and treatment of preschool and school-age stuttering. In her free time, Amber loves curling up with a good book and a cup of coffee, exploring colorful Colorado with her fiancé, Dalton, friends and family, and traveling.
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Elena Fichera, MA CCC-SLP
Elena holds a Bachelor’s degree and Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from New Mexico State University. Elena completed her graduate program with a concentration in English as a Second Language assessment and intervention issues. She has had experience working with infants, toddlers, school-age children, and adults in clinical, school and community-based settings providing services for both individual and group therapy. Her experience with clients from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds has helped shape her family-centered approach to intervention. She finds her greatest interest in working with children and their families to promote lasting positive outcomes both in and outside the therapy room. While she aspires to positively impact their lives, it never ceases to amaze her how much they impact hers. Elena lives in Castle Rock, where she enjoys town festivals, spending time with family and friends, playing tennis, biking and finding new trails to hike in the beautiful state of Colorado!
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Tarah Thomas, MS CCC-SLP
Tarah holds a bachelor’s degree from The College of New Jersey and a master of science degree in speech-language pathology from Monmouth University. She has experience working with preschool and school-aged students with a variety of diagnoses in the school and community settings. She particularly enjoys working closely with children and their families in the areas of expressive/receptive language, pragmatic language, AAC, and articulation/phonology to help promote carryover of learned skills. While not at work, Tarah loves cooking and being outdoors with her fiancé and Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Ranger.
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Melissa Fletcher, MA CF-SLP
Melissa Fletcher earned her Bachelor of Science degree at California Baptist University and continued on to earn her Master of Arts degree at the University of Northern Colorado. Melissa has experience in a variety of clinical settings with both children and adults; including private practice, public schools, in-home, and outpatient rehabilitation. She has also had international experience in China, while working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and head and neck cancer. Melissa is thrilled to have the opportunity to move back to her hometown of Castle Rock and serve the families at Straka Speech. In her spare time, Melissa loves to travel around and out of beautiful Colorado and spend time with her many siblings and nieces.
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Margaret Anderson Fry, OTR/L
Margaret Anderson Fry received her Bachelor of Arts from Harding University and her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe, Louisiana. Margaret began her career in pediatrics right out of school, specializing in early intervention services. She has received specialized trainings including: Therapeutic Listening, Advanced Therapeutic Listening, Beckman Oral Motor Therapy, Is it Sensory or is it Behavior, Pediatric Vestibular Rehabilitation, Astronaut Training, and Handwriting Without Tears. She has worked alongside many disciplines including speech therapists, developmental therapists, psychologists, and physical therapists who helped her gain a wide variety of knowledge. Margaret is a true southern girl. You will hear her often say “ya’ll” and “bless your heart” and “Go Arkansas Razorbacks!”. She moved to Colorado last year with her two children, Victoria (who attends college in Arkansas) and her son Zachary, who is a Sophomore in high school. Her hobbies include exercising, lifting weights, and cooking. Margaret truly loves working with kids and is very excited to be a part of the Straka Speech Therapy team.
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Jennifer Hunsinger, OTR/L
Jenny received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Human Performance from the University of Montana and a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University. Jenny has been an occupational therapist for over 16 years—she originally began in the medical setting, transitioned to pediatrics and has never looked back! She believes in using a holistic, multi-sensory approach to help children integrate isolated skills into daily functional outcomes. She spends her free time raising her two beautiful children, Ellie and Alden, walking their Great Dane, Apollo, their cattle dog, Hank, and snuggling with their cat, Gnocchi. She enjoys playing on Colorado’s vast outdoor playground: snowboarding, skiing, running, hiking and camping. She looks forward to assisting Straka Speech families in any way that she can to reach the unreachable.
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Carrie Butsch, COTA
Carrie graduated in 1990 and has over 27 years of experience in occupational therapy. Working with children is her passion and she has spent the majority of her career in pediatrics, both in public and private schools. She loves all sports, especially the ones her daughters play. Her family moved to Colorado 10 years ago and when she is not working, you can find her enjoying the outdoors with her family and their two adorable Labrador retrievers.
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Kristen Walker, ECSE/DI
Kristen Walker earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education at Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL, and a Master of Arts degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Regis University. Kristen has worked with young children for 19 years in early childhood programs, including early intervention. She holds a current teaching license in Florida, Texas and Colorado.
She utilizes child-centered, play-based learning strategies and has found her passion in supporting even the youngest learners and their families. In her free time, Kristen enjoys spending time with her husband, Trevor, her children, Ellis and Cache, as well as being involved in her children’s sports.
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Think this is a team you want to be a part of?
We are always on the look-out for enthusiastic, certified licensed speech pathologists. Pediatric experience is required. Availability for after schools hours is a must. Strong CFY candidates will be considered.
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