Staff

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Shilpa Shamapant, M.S., M.A., CCC-SLP - President, Co-founder, Speech-Language Pathologist

Shilpa is the President and Co-Founder of Austin Speech Labs. She co-founded Austin Speech Labs in 2008 out of frustration of discharging clients due to lack of insurance or progress being plateaued. She has double masters in computer engineering and speech-language pathology. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-language Hearing Association

Shilpa has over twenty years of work experience as a professional. The first twelve years of her professional experience was in the field of engineering and now she is a speech therapist helping stroke survivors regain their language skills. Shilpa developed unique treatment protocols and home exercises for clients, caregivers to facilitate communication. She manages the office in the morning, trains and supervises intern while providing therapy in the afternoon.

Shilpa conducts and collaborates research with various centers and believes in neuroplasticity and that recovery never stops. She has published articles in Brain and Language, and Aphasia journals as a co-author while at The University of Texas, Austin. Her research interests are in language disorders related to aphasia, auditory processing and focuses on developing an efficient treatment to improve speech, language and cognitive skills for stroke survivors.

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Shelley Adair, M.S., CCC-SLP - Co-founder, Vice-President, Speech-Language Pathologist

Shelley is the co-founder and morning clinical director at Austin Speech Labs. She has worked in the field of speech pathology for twenty-four years. She has an extensive background working in schools, long-term acute care, outpatient rehabilitation, inpatient rehabilitation, acute care, home health, private practice and nursing home settings. Shelley holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-language Hearing Association and has been involved in several research studies across the various settings, and has helped develop treatment protocols for multiple organizations. She has developed training programs for caregivers and medical providers alike. She has spent much of her career training and supervising graduate students, undergraduates and Clinical Fellows. She is in charge of marketing at Austin Speech Labs and is the liaison with the Information Technology consultant. She believes that stroke recovery can be improved with intensive speech therapy.

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Cassandra McGrath, M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist - Assistant Director

Cassandra is a speech therapist at Austin Speech Labs. She joined the team in 2013 to help stroke survivors receive intensive speech therapy. Cassandra has over twenty years of experience as a speech therapist. She has a diverse background working in schools, rehab settings, private practice and outpatient clinics. She worked with children primarily and now is focusing on adults with aphasia, and dysarthria. Cassandra holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-language Hearing Association

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Mayra Carrera - B.S., Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Mayra joined Austin Speech Labs in 2012 as a licensed bilingual speech-language pathology assistant. She received her undergraduate degree from The University of Texas at Austin. She helps run ASL's Caregiver Education Program and uses a holistic approach when when providing treatment for both clients and caregivers. Mayra enjoys watching the Food Network & HGTV, playing volleyball, and spending time with her new husband and cute puppy Kodie.

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Sarah Bennett - M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist

Sarah is a Speech Pathologist at Austin Speech Labs. She received her undergraduate degree from The University of Texas at Austin and her graduate degree from Baylor University. Sarah holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-language Hearing Association. Since 2014 she has worked at Austin Speech Labs with the adult and geriatric population who have aphasia.

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Leah van Hee- M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist

Leah is a Speech Language Pathologist at Austin Speech Labs. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from The University of Texas at Austin. Leah holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-language Hearing Association. She enjoys incorporating activities of daily living and functional skills into therapy.

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Scott Crownover- M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist

Scott received his Master of Science in Communications Disorders from The University of Texas at Dallas. He graduated in 2014. He is a musician and uses this skill in individual and group therapy sessions. Scott holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-language Hearing Association.

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Ashley Marnell - M.A., Clinical Fellow / Research Assistant

Ashley became Austin Speech Lab's Clinical Fellow in 2016. She started volunteering during the summer of 2013 and began working January 2014 as a research assistant. She received her undergraduate and graduate degree from The University of Texas at Austin with a focus in neurodegenerative disorders.

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Brieanna Rocha - MT-BC, NMT

Brieanna is a Board Certified Music Therapist, and credentialed Neurologic Music Therapist. She received her Bachelor’s of Music from Berklee College of Music in 2012. Brieanna has experience working with stroke, traumatic brain injury, and spinal cord injury survivors, and has been serving various populations in the greater Austin area since 2013.

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Elise Boutin - B.S., Speech-Language Pathology Assistant / Research Assistant

Elise is a speech-language pathology assistant and research assistant at Austin Speech Labs. She began volunteering in the fall of 2014 and began working there in January 2016. She received her undergraduate degree from The University of Texas at Austin and enjoys working with adults. Her favorite pastime is playing with her dog, Bert.

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Susan Kirby - M.U.P.P., Grant Writer

Susan recently joined Austin Speech Labs team as the Grant Writer. Her masters in urban planning and policy is from The University of Illinois in Chicago, conferred in 1985. She worked for 25 years at the City of Austin, where grant writing was part of her responsibility for most of her tenure. In addition, she has experience writing grants for various non-profits where she has worked for the past seven years.

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Komal Sharma - B.S., Research Assistant

Komal recently joined the Austin Speech Labs team as a research assistant. She graduated with a bachelor's of science in biology with a minor in business administration. She is taking a gap year while applying to medical school and works for Austin Speech Labs and Seton Hays hospital as the Site Coordinator for scribes. In the future she hopes to be an Emergency Medicine Physician and eventually become the Emergency Department Director. In her spare time, she enjoys playing golf, being creative, and spending time with family and friends.

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Elle Kemp - M. Ed., Administrative Assistant

Danelle "Elle" Kemp became the newest member of Austin Speech Labs, joining as an administrative assistant in 2017. She graduated with a Masters in Special Education from The University of Texas at Austin. Elle has worked as an elementary educator for 10 years. Now, she is excited to be a part of an amazing community of adult learners. She lives in Round Rock with her husband, Galen, and her two daughters, Audrey and Sarah. She enjoys being in nature, yoga, and cooking.

Beth Rindfuss, CPA - Accountant

Beth joined Austin Speech Labs in 2011 as an Accountant/Book Keeper. She has spent much of her career helping organizations manage their accounts and taxes. Beth comes with many years of experience and is passionate about helping stroke survivors. She has experience working with nonprofit organizations.

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  • 7800 Shoal Creek Blvd
  • Suite 136 - S
  • Austin, TX 78757