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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.

Andrea Pilch

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.

Harriet Hetzel, MED

CCC-SLP Speech
Language Pathologist

Harriet C. Hetzel, MED, CCC, SLP is a Certified Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) with over 30 years of experience in the field. She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) issued by the American Speech and Hearing Association and is a member of the South Carolina Speech and Hearing Association. Harriet is currently an Adjunct Professor at the College of Charleston and supervises special education students in the public school setting. She recently retired as a public school SLP where she was named Dorchester Two School District 2001 Teacher of the Year.

Harriet graduated with a bachelor's degree in Speech Correction from Valdosta State University in Georgia and a master's degree in Education in Speech Language Pathology. She is also licensed by the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Board of Examiners in Speech Language Pathology.

Lisa Baxter, MA

CCC-SLP Speech
Language Pathologist

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

Occupational Therapist

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!

Jennifer Schmidt, MSP, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Jenn Schmidt received her undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina with a major in public health and a minor in communication sciences and disorders. She then received her Master's degree in speech pathology from the University of South Carolina. She has experience working with adults in acute care and outpatient settings, but her passion is working in pediatrics. She has worked in the school system and the private practice setting. Jenn has worked with children with several diagnoses including but not limited to, autism, down syndrome, and cerebral palsy. In her free time, Jenn loves spending time with her family and friends, reading, and watching movies.

Julie Weber, MSP CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

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.

Nicole Chapman, COTA/L

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Nicole Chapman is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. She received her degree at Trident Technical College. She has experience in various settings such as acute care, outpatient, and psych unit. Her hobbies are playing sports such as flag football and basketball, and she loves hanging out with friends and family.

Mattie Elliott, COTA/L

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Mattie is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. Recently graduated from Trident Technical College, she is eager to put her knowledge and skills to use, helping improve the lives of others. Before earning her degree, Mattie was a nanny for 5+ years. She is fond of incorporating arts and crafts into her therapy treatments as well as designing creative ways to make interventions fun and engaging. In her spare time, Mattie enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and golfing.

Jessica Riedy, CCC/SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

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.

Rachel Duncan, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Rachel is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist with almost 20 years of experience. She received her Master’s degree in Communicative Disorders and Sciences from Wichita State University in Kansas. She has worked in multiple settings, including schools, mobile therapy, home visits, private clinics, hospitals, and skilled nursing facilities. She has extensive experience with early intervention, preschool, and school-age children. She is dedicated to providing high quality, evidence-based speech, language, and feeding/swallowing intervention. Rachel and her family moved to Summerville in August of 2020. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three boys.

Speech Therapy

Our pathologists assist patients with fluency disorders, articulation disorders and developmental language delays.

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Occupational Therapy

The therapists at Palmetto SpOT are dedicated to providing therapeutic support to patients throughout their lives.

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Home Health

In special circumstances, our team offers home health services to make it easier for patients to receive the therapy needed.

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New Patients

Palmetto SpOT is always accepting new patients at our Summerville location. Schedule an appointment with us today.

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