Kayla is native of Olathe, Kansas. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders in 2013 from the University of Central Missouri (UCM). She went on to receive her Masters of Science in Speech Language Pathology at UCM in 2015. While at UCM she was a four year member of the Jennies Soccer Program and stayed on staff as a Graduate Assistant while obtaining her Masters degree.
Kayla obtained her Certificate of Clinical Competence as a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) in 2016, and remains an active member. She has been a part of Special Interest Group 12, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Kayla has a variety of clinical experience with both pediatrics and adults. Since graduation, she has primarily worked with pediatrics in the school setting presenting with a wide variety of communication needs (e.g., articulation/phonology, expressive/receptive/pragmatic language, and minimally verbal) and diagnoses (e.g., speech/language delays, Autism, Williams Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, etc.). While in the school setting, Kayla had the opportunity to work in Structured Language Learning Center-Based Classrooms specifically tailored for students with multiple/severe disabilities, Autism, and students requiring more intensive specialized instruction in order to meet their communication/language needs. Through these Center-Based Classrooms, Kayla has gained experience with AAC.
Kayla loves working as a Speech-Language Pathologist. She enjoys establishing relationships with co-workers and patients, and cherishes the opportunity to make a positive impact in the life of another. Kayla strongly believes in evidence-based practice and always strives to grow her education and knowledge-base.
Kayla moved to Emporia with her husband, Seth, and their dog, Mabel. In her free time Kayla enjoys reading, hanging out with friends, family, and her dog, watching Emporia State baseball (her husband is the coach!) and enjoying the occasional Netflix binge.