Learn About Our Team
Let the healthcare providers at Palmetto SpOT help find the right solution for you. Our commitment to better communication through speech and occupational therapies is enhanced with our team's dedication to developing strategies based on your needs. A convenient location in Summerville with exceptional services adds to the effectiveness of the care we offer you, your family and loved ones.
The Palmetto SpOT Team
Dr. Kristen Bish
Audiologist / CEO
Dr. Kristen Bish is a board-certified Doctor of Audiology. She received her master's degree in Audiology in 1998 from the University of Buffalo. After practicing for five years, she continued her education and received her AuD. degree in 2005. She had been practicing in a small, private office in Mount Pleasant for four years prior to opening Palmetto Audiology and Speech Therapy, now Palmetto SpOT, in 2006.
Outside the office, Dr. Bish enjoys spending time with her husband, Darin and children, Brianna, Connor and Katherine.
OTR Occupational Therapist
Andrea is a certified occupational therapist and has practiced since 1998. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina where she earned two bachelor's degrees in Biology and Psychology. She gained her master's degree in Health Sciences and Occupational Therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina.
She has worked in multiple settings to include acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, home health, and outpatient care. Andrea enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.
Lisa Baxter, MA
Lisa was born in Baltimore, Maryland and moved to South Carolina in 1990. She attended Loyola University in Maryland and received an undergraduate degree in Speech Pathology. From there, Lisa attended Ohio University for graduate school and obtained her master's in Hearing and Speech Science when dinosaurs roamed the earth! Actually, that was in 1989.
Lisa is ASHA certified and licensed by the state of South Carolina. She has worked in many settings including hospitals, nursing homes, home health, schools and clinics. She has also had experience working with people from 3 months to 105 years old. In her spare time, she enjoys jazz, scuba diving and watching movies.
Emily Brain, MA
Emily received her undergraduate degree from Kent State University in Ohio, with a major in Human Development and Family Studies. After working as an Early Intervention Service Coordinator for three years, Emily returned to school to complete a master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology at The University of Akron. During this time, Emily participated in the Graduate Consortium in Listening and Spoken Language, which focused on auditory-verbal therapy for children and adults who have hearing loss. Upon graduation, Emily moved to Charleston and began her career as a clinical fellow at Palmetto Audiology and Speech Therapy. In her free time, Emily enjoys going to the beach, and she is looking forward to winters with much less snow!!
Stephanie Chappel, MOT, OTR/L
Stephanie Chappel holds a Master's degree in occupational therapy from the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio. She moved to the Charleston area from Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and baby girl in March of 2019. Stephanie has worked with children in both the outpatient and school settings. She has extensive training in sensory processing, Autism, feeding disorders, and developmental delays. Her passion is working with children and families to overcome sensory processing challenges and foster emotional regulation skills. She has worked with several childhood diagnoses, including Autism, ADHD, Rett Syndrome, Sotos Syndrome, Down Syndrome, pediatric stroke, TBI, and brachial plexus injury, to name a few. Stephanie is also trained in the Beckman Oral Motor approach. She strives to collaborate with families to help children to maximize skills for participation in daily life. When she's not working, Stephanie enjoys running and hiking!
Julie Weber, MSP CCC-SLP
Julie was born and raised in Summerville, South Carolina. Julie received both her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and her Master of Speech Pathology with a concentration in auditory-verbal and aural rehabilitation therapy from the University of South Carolina. Since graduation, Julie has worked in the public school setting service students ages three to 2, as well as supervising graduate students from the University of South Carolina and SC State University. Julie holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence and is licensed by the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology. In 2016, Julie returned to the Summerville area with her husband and two children. Julie loves reading, college football, and spending time with her family.
Jessica Riedy, CCC-SLP
Jessica is a certified Speech Language Pathologist with over 14 years of experience. Jessica earned her Master's degree in Communication Disorders at the University of Minnesota. She arrived in the Charleston area with her husband in 2009 and has since welcomed three daughters into her family. In addition to treating children with articulation and phonological impairments, Jessica has experience providing therapy for a wide variety of clinical populations including children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down's syndrome, and other developmental delays. She has facilitated fluency groups for people who stutter and social skills groups for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as contributed clinical evaluations to an interdisciplinary cleft palate and craniofacial treatment team. Jessica enjoys incorporating literacy into therapy and hopes that, with her enthusiasm, each of her clients will love books a little more after working with her.
Michelle Hardin, CCC-SLP
Michelle has over twenty years of experience working in pediatrics as an ASHA certified and state licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. She has worked both in the early intervention setting and elementary school setting. Michelle earned her Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. After working in Milwaukee for several years and starting her family, Michelle moved to the Summerville area with her husband and three daughters in 2008. Since arriving in the area, Michelle has had the opportunity to work in the public school setting at an elementary school and with Child Find. She loves giving children their voice to express themselves, especially through early language and phonological development. When she is not working, Michelle loves visiting the beach and mountains with her family and watching Marvel movies with her daughters.
Amanda Matsumoto, CCC-SLP
Amanda Matsumoto is a Chicago native and moved to South Carolina to attend Charleston Southern University for college while also playing Division 1 softball. She received her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Louisville in Kentucky. There she completed various adult and pediatric clinical placements while also completing a Master's thesis on hearing loss in children. After graduation, she completed her clinical fellowship in Indiana at a pediatric clinic specializing in autism and developmental disabilities. Amanda is certified nationally by ASHA and the state of South Carolina. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, visiting MLB parks, playing sports, paddle boarding, and coaching baseball for children with special needs.
Danielle Hall, M.A., CCC-SLP
Danielle is an ASHA-certified Speech-Language Pathologist. To add, the SC Board of Examiners licenses her in Speech-Language Pathology. She received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree in Speech Pathology & Audiology from South Carolina State University. Danielle has had the opportunity to work in the public school setting as an elementary SLP. She has various experiences working with children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Autism Spectrum disorder, and those who are developmentally delayed. In speech therapy, Danielle often incorporates literacy-based activities and arts & crafts to share her love of books and creativity with her clients! She enjoys doing DIY Personalized Gifts and arts & crafts, watching new shows/movies, and traveling in her spare time.
Amanda Snyder, MOT, OTR/L
Amanda Snyder is a registered occupational therapist under the National Board of Occupational Therapy and licensed in SC. She received her bachelor's degree in Science of Kinesiology, emphasizing Exercise Science at Georgia Southern University. She continued her education by receiving her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. It has always been a passion of Amanda's to work within the pediatric population and help conquer any difficulties. She has experience working with children of all ages with many diagnoses, including autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, stroke, sensory processing disorder, attention deficit disorder, and many more. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, cooking, and walking the beach with her dog, Eleanor.
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Charlene Moynihan 'Char' is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, graduating from Trident Technical College in 2018. She came down to Charleston from the Philadelphia area to study at the College of Charleston, where she received her Bachelors in Physical Education with a concentration in Health Promotion. Char has experience in multiple settings, including acute care, outpatient, and home health. Outside of work, she enjoys camping with her husband, reading, working out, and spending time with her fur-babies.
Originally from Chicago, Morgan is a northerner turned southern when she received her undergraduate degree from Clemson University and Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Georgia. She has always had an interest in helping others and became a speech pathologist to achieve that goal. Before joining Palmetto Spot, she worked in private practices, schools, and hospitals outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Morgan's passion lies with supporting clients with Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) devices, feeding difficulties, and complex communication needs. However, she has experience in treating both pediatric and adult clients with a variety of diagnoses. Morgan holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence and is licensed by the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology. Morgan is also Beckman Oral Motor Training certified. On her time off, Morgan enjoys trying new recipes in the kitchen, reading, traveling to new cities, and running. She looks forward to meeting and supporting the families at Palmetto Spot to meet their communication and feeding goals!
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Jenna received her Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the College of Charleston in 2018. After graduating, Jenna worked as an Early Interventionist before deciding to go back to school to become a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. Jenna is a South Carolina native and in her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and animals.
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Shahd Ajlani is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant and a South Carolina native. She grew up in Columbia and came to Charleston to attend Trident Technical College in 2020. She has experience in multiple settings, including outpatient, home health, and inpatient rehabilitation. Shahd enjoys spending time outside, painting, visiting friends and family, and relaxing with her cat Roxi on her time off. She looks forward to meeting the families at Palmetto Spot!
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Gina DiPaola is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant who graduated from Jamestown Community College in 2019. She has worked exclusively in outpatient pediatric settings. Originally from Rochester, NY, Gina moved to the Lowcountry in 2019 for the sunshine and ocean. She enjoys spending time outdoors and attending musicals in her free time.