Staff

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

Shilpa is the President, co-founder at Austin Speech Labs and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at Dell Medical School. She is licensed by both American Speech Hearing Association and Texas Speech Hearing Association. Shilpa specializes in working with young and elderly clients that have aphasia, apraxia and cognitive impairments due to brain injury. She designs and develops treatment protocols along with her team to improve word finding and reading post stroke. Studies including Intensive Speech Therapy and Phonology to improve single word reading and picture naming post stroke were presented at the International Stroke Conference, American Speech and Hearing conference and Texas Speech and Hearing conference. Shilpa trains and supervises Clinical Fellows and graduate and undergraduate interns.

Shilpa collaborates with stroke experts across the country to advance stroke research. Austin Speech Labs won the RAISE Award 2016 under her guidance for raising awareness about stroke in the community. She won the New Investigator Award in 2006 and the First Author Award by ASHA in 2007. Shilpa believes that language defines humanity and long-term intensive speech therapy promotes language recovery post stroke.

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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, Research Data Assistant

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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Ashley Marnell - M.A., CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist

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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Bri Fairley - M.S., CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist

Bri 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 Rush University in Chicago. Bri holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Her previous work experience includes acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient rehabilitation. She was also a visiting lecturer and clinical supervisor at The University of Guyana in South America during Fall 2017.

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Brieanna Rocha - MT-BC, NMT, Music Therapist, Volunteer Coordinator

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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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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Elle Kemp - M. Ed., Administrative Assistant

Danelle "Elle" Kemp is the administrative assistant. 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 loves being part of an amazing community of adult learners. Elle lives in Round Rock with her husband, Galen, and her two daughters, Audrey and Sarah.

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Shefali Tewari - Accountant

Shefali Tewari joined Austin Speech Labs as an Accountant. She has an MBA in Finance from Texas State University and a Masters in Accounting and Business. She has worked with non-profits for the past 24 years and consults with various companies in Finance and Accounting. She seeks out non-profits as she enjoys working with organizations that make it a mission to primarily serve the community.