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Adrienne Rock, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist

Adrienne is in the process of completing her Doctorate from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She graduated from Minot State University with a B.S. in Communication Disorders, a minor in French, and an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology. Her career began in Long Island, NY, where she worked closely with various clients, including those close to her passion – Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Adrienne moved to Washington and, in 2004, realized her dream of opening her own comprehensive Speech Therapy clinic to serve the Puget Sound region. Over the years, she has been blessed to work with children, teens, and adults in various settings, including hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, educational settings, and a variety of private practices. Through continuing education, Adrienne has honed her expertise in the following evidence-based treatment methods:

 

  • PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) Level 1 trained therapist
  • Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol training
  • RDI (Relationship Development Intervention)
  • DIR Floortime
  • Social Skills/Social Thinking (including coursework by Michelle Garcia Winner)
  • Advanced PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) training
  • Alternative and Augmentative Communication devices
  • Language Acquisition Through Motor Planning (LAMP)
  • In the process of obtaining certification in Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy.
  • Verbal behavior theory and techniques
  • Hanen It Takes Two To Talk certification
  • Wired for Reading
  • Fast ForWord
  • Ages and Stages- Feeding, Speech and Mouth Function Workshop
  • Can Eat Medical, Motor Behavior Approach
  • CAPDOTS trained
  • Fast ForWord Certified Provider

Adrienne is a member of the following organizations: American Speech Language and Hearing Association, Washington Speech Language and Hearing Association, American Academy of Private Practice Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists, and International Association of Orofacial Mylogy.

In her spare time, Adrienne loves to run, do CrossFit, and spend time with her husband and 4 children.

Elvina Kuzmich, M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist

Elvina Kuzmich completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington and her Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from Portland State University. Elvina began her career at Rock Therapeutic Services in July 2019 as a clinical fellow and has since completed her clinical fellowship here. She is a current member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA).

Elvina’s background includes internships in a school-based setting and in a university clinic at Portland State University. She also worked as a behavior technician for a few years, where she worked with children on the autism spectrum. Through her time as a behavior technician and her internships, Elvina had opportunities to work with various populations, including individuals with ASD, Down Syndrome, intellectual disability, language impairment, speech sound disorders, stuttering, and aphasia. Additionally, she has gained experience working with AAC clients and providing teletherapy services during her time at Rock Therapeutic Services. Elvina also enjoys working with bilingual individuals, and speaks Ukrainian and English.

In her spare time, Elvina enjoys hiking all around the PNW, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Elvina has specialized training in the following areas:

  • Language Acquisition Through Motor Planning (LAMP
  • Wired for Reading – Introductory Course
  • PROMPT Trained
  • CAPDOTS trained
  • Fast ForWord Certified Provider
 

Michael Yang, M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist

Michael Yang completed his M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from New York Medical College in 2017. He holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Michael joined Rock Therapy in December 2019. 

He has experience working with culturally and linguistically diverse populations in the public school system, having worked as an SLP in elementary schools, high schools, and transition programs. He also has experience in working with both children and adults in the outpatient setting. His background includes assessing and treating a variety of pediatric and adult concerns, including speech articulation, receptive and expressive language, social communication, feeding and swallowing, voice disorders, cognitive-linguistic difficulties, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), alternative and augmentative communication, and aphasia. Michael enjoys partnering with each client and their family to form a therapy plan that addresses and supports the client’s individualized concerns, goals, and needs. He values the need to constantly learn and research in order to provide the most effective and evidence-based therapy to his clients. 

In his spare time, Michael enjoys going on bike rides, watching the Seahawks, playing video games, and spending time with his wife.  

Michael has received specialized training in the following areas: 

  • Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol training
  • Michelle Garcia Winner trainings on Social Skills/Social Thinking
  • Alternative and Augmentative Communication devices
 
 

Tessa Folkerts, M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist

Tessa Folkerts graduated from Central Michigan University with a B.S. degree in Communication Disorders in 2015.  Shortly after graduating, she moved to Crystal River, FL where she was a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant for almost 3 years.  After completing her M.S. degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Jacksonville University in April 2020, Tessa began her career at Rock Therapeutic Services.  Tessa is thrilled to be able to apply what she has learned from her graduate experience to her clinical fellowship. 

Tessa’s clinical graduate experience includes assessing and treating in a variety of settings with various disorders, including expressive/receptive language, autism spectrum, articulation/phonology, cognitive, intellectual, and fluency.

Tessa enjoys building rapport with her patients and their families and values collaboration to improve communication and overall quality of life.  In her spare time, Tessa enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with family.  

 

Carson Pyatt, M.S. CCC-SLP

Carson completed both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Arizona in Tucson in 2019 and 2021 respectively. She holds a Multicultural and Bilingual Certificate in Speech-Language Pathology from the U of A for completing additional coursework and clinical hours focusing on how to best serve a diverse caseload. She will begin her career at Rock Therapeutic Services as a clinical fellow. She has had experience working with a variety of disorders but particularly enjoys expressive language and feeding therapy. 

Carson is passionate about parent training and providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services to clients. She is excited to be able to take her pediatric clinical and research experience and begin applying it to new clients in a new city. In her spare time, Carson enjoys reading, yoga, hiking, painting, and exploring. She is looking forward to getting to know the PNW better and learning to live in the rain.  

 

Andrea Unger, M.S., CCC-SLP

Andrea received her Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington. Andrea began her career as an SLP with a local school district working with students from 3-21 years of age. With 14 years of experience, she has worked with many individuals with a variety of speech and language disorders. Her particular interests are in speech sound development, neurodiversity, and AAC. She is passionate about seeing her clients succeed and be able to communicate their individual insights and ideas about the world they live in.

When she’s not working, Andrea enjoys spending time with friends and family, as well as walking, kayaking, reading, and creative crafts like watercolor painting and working with miniatures.

 

Shila Morss, M.S., CCC-SLP

 

Kristin Sturdivan, M.S., CF-SLP

Kristin Sturdivan completed her bachelor’s degree in Social Work at Pacific Lutheran University, and continued her education in Emerson College’s program to obtain her Mast of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Kristin first was an intern at Rock Therapeutic Services in the Spring of 2021, and upon graduating, was excited to join the team again! She officially began her career with RTS in January 2022 as a clinical fellow.

Kristin’s background includes internships in a school-based setting, other private practice clinics, and via tele-therapy practice. She is very passionate about working with various populations including individuals with speech articulation concerns, receptive and expressive language impairments, social communication difficulties, cognitive-linguistic difficulties, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and alternative and augmentative communication needs. 

In her spare time, Kristin loves riding horses, cooking, and exploring outside! She is an advocate for equine assisted therapy, and is dedicated to providing personalized therapy for riders of all ages and abilities at her Equine Therapeutic Riding Facility, Young Hearts Therapeutic Riding.

Rachel Leland, B.A, SLPA

Rachel graduated with her BA in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Portland State University in 2014. After moving to Arizona, she worked as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant at an elementary school. There, she learned the Speech-EZ Hand Cues and found just how beneficial it can be to use visual cues when working on articulation disorders and phonological awareness, two of her favorite areas to treat.

Rachel first knew she wanted to work in the speech field when she was a high school volunteer at a school for Deaf children. At that program, her signing skills flourished. She later worked as a paraeducator at Deaf programs in California, Oregon and Arizona. She has also taught American Sign Language to hearing children for several years.

In 2022, she came back to the Pacific Northwest and joined the Rock Therapeutic Services team. When she’s not working, Rachel likes to hike, do aerial yoga, and create videos. She loves going on walks in the rain and playing with her baby niece.

Samuel Onisor, MOT, OTR/L

Samuel Onisor completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Studies at the University of Washington and Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Midwestern University College of Health Sciences (2019). Prior to therapy school, Samuel worked at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital with children by providing hands-on patient care. During therapy school he completed a 12-week Fieldwork in Mesa, Arizona, working in an outpatient pediatrics clinic. Samuel has experience working with children with Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Anxiety, difficulty with social skills and developmental delays. When Samuel isn’t working, he enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, cycling, and spending time with his siblings – he has 7! Samuel has experienced how important family education can be. Samuel’s goal is to provide patient and family centered care. Being bilingual in both English and Romanian, he enjoys the challenges of working with bilingual individuals.

 

Mikayla Woolley, MOT, OTR/L

Mikayla Woolley completed her Master of Occupational Therapy at Eastern Washington University and has a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Minor in Psychology from Eastern Washington University. She has experience working in private practice with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit disorder, sensory processing differences, anxiety, behavioral regulation issues, difficulty with social skills, and developmental delays. Mikayla enjoys working with children and is especially interested in meeting the needs of older children and transition-aged youth. Mikayla actively advocates for increasing access to occupational therapy services and attends “Hike the Hill” to represent occupational therapy in Olympia annually.

Mikayla grew up in Western Washington and enjoys swimming, tending to house plants, and playing with her dog, Jax.

 

Kristin Dedge, M.O.T, OTR/L

Kristin Dedge completed her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Eastern Washington University (2020), an associate degree in occupational therapy from Pima Medical Institute (2016), and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Puget Sound (2013). She has experience working in private practice with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit disorder, sensory processing differences, anxiety, behavioral regulation issues, difficulty with social skills, and developmental delays. Kristin loves working directly with families to provide holistic care and optimize function. 

Kristin grew up in the Buckley/Bonney Lake area and is excited to be able to further serve her community. Kristin enjoys spending her time watching TV, trying to learn Spanish, doing yoga, traveling, going to Bible study, and being with her family and two cats. A strong believer in evidence-based practice, Kristin has pursued continuing education in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding, Integrated Listening Systems (ILS), trauma-informed care, and the impact of postural control on function. 

Kim Hulser, COTA/L

Kim began her journey as an Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) after graduating from Bates Technical College in 2017. Pursuing her second career in occupational therapy, she has worked in the pediatric field in a private clinic with experience in emotional regulation, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), sensory processing disorder, social skills development, and developmental delays. Since then, training and experience has led Kim to specialize in Sensory Integration, mental health and emotional regulation, anxiety, and social skills instruction.  

Kim has also pursued continuing education in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding, non-medication approaches to challenging behaviors, and the impact of postural control on function. All of this with the goal of helping children and families to be as independent as possible.

Prior to Kim developing her passion as an OTA, Kim earned a Bachelor of Art Degree from Washington State University (1989). Her first career was as a Juvenile Probation Counselor for King County Superior Court that gave her vast experience in working with youth of all ages in the criminal justice system.  

Rafael Corporal, COTA

Raf graduated from Green River College with an A.A.S degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant in 2021. He has experience in private practice working with children of various ages with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit disorder, sensory processing differences, anxiety, behavioral regulation issues, difficulty with social skills, gross motor deficits and developmental delays. Raf’s background also includes internships at a trauma hospital but it wasn’t until he interned at a private pediatrics clinic where he found passion in helping children from all backgrounds become their best selves.

In his spare time, Raf enjoys being active exploring the outdoors, going to the gym, practicing martial arts, spending time with family and playing with his Husky/Shepherd mix, Korra.

 

Ione Causing, Maple Valley Office Manager

Ione Causing completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Language Literature from Central Washington University. Ione began her career at Rock Therapeutic Services in January 2022 as RTS’s Office Manager.

She has experience with overseeing a large university Filipino-American organization, as well as planning major events over the course of her university career. Ione has a passion for helping her community and making sure that Rock Therapeutic Services runs smoothly. Ione hopes to use her skills for the better and to improve the lives of not only my own but those around me. Ione loves to make deep connections within her community and find a sense of belonging. When Ione isn’t busy reading you can find her binge-watching Netflix shows, playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons or spending time with her family.

 

Alisa Cordell

Alisa started her career working as a Certified Medical Assistant for a busy pediatric office. She went on to teach medical assisting and later became the Medical Assisting Department Chair, in charge of maintaining accreditation and developing curriculum. She left that job with the premature birth of her twins. Having a micro-preemie opened her eyes to the value of both occupational and speech therapy. She spent the last 6 ½ years working as the office manager in a sensory based pediatric therapy clinic.

As a mom with personal experience, she can help others navigate the therapy road. Her background in billing and insurance helps to answer questions and obtain authorizations.

Family is extremely important to her, she spends her free time with her husband, daughter and mother. She loves the beach and is an avid reader. She enjoys decorating and baking as well as doing crafts. Alisa is excited to join this team.

 

Brandi Goellner, Billing Coordinator

Brandi is the Billing Coordinator for Rock Therapeutic Services. She has more than 20 years of billing experience. She is passionate about helping Rock Therapeutic Services with billing so that the therapists can focus on caring for our clients’ needs.

 

Symone Keel

Symone Keel graduated from Western Washington University with a B.A. in Communication Science and Disorders. She is currently working towards getting her Speech-Language Pathology Assistant license and has spent some time observing the SLPs at Rock Therapy. While waiting for her license, she will be working and helping out at our Bonney Lake location. In her spare time, Symone likes to spend time in the mountains with friends or hanging out with her family.

She is excited for the opportunity to be a part of Rock Therapy’s team.

 

 

Employment Opportunities:

Opportunities at Rock Therapeutic Services

Rock Therapeutic Services is a private clinic providing assessment and intervention for children with speech/ language difficulties. If you are interested in speaking to us regarding a position with Rock Therapeutic Services please contact Adrienne Rock at (425) 358.4885 or email us at [email protected]

As we expand and grow, we are constantly looking for enthusiastic team players so feel free to inquire about current employment needs or send us a cover letter and resume.