The largest living organism is a grove of Aspen tress in Utah that was originally thought to be 40,000 individual trees. When studied, it was discovered that it was one massive root system/tree that supported all the individual parts (stems/ trunks). This tree is known as “Pando” and it is one giant root that support all the individual tree branches.
The “Aspen Tree” is our inspiration/emblem because it reminds us that we are a part of an interconnected tree root, and by working together we provide the best support to all the children and families we encounter.
Meet the Team
At Aspen our staff is dedicated to a team approach to all people we serve. We look at each individual child as a unique “tree” that we assist grow with our knowledge, compassion and support.
Lisa Wagner, M.A. CCC-SLP
Founder & CEO
Lisa has been a working SLP for over 20 years and has a true passion for early intervention. Lisa graduated with her master’s degree from the University of Buffalo and relocated to the Raleigh area in 1998. Lisa started Aspen in 2004 and is the creator of the Aspen’s preschool programs. She now leads a wonderful staff in carrying out Aspen’s mission. Lisa’s experiences go beyond preschool to include medical settings such as the ICU and various school systems. Despite working in these amazing settings; Early Intervention continues to be her true love. Lisa’s time and education in Speech Pathology has lead her to become a skillful practitioner for Apraxia, Autism, Sensory Integration, Feeding Issues, and Developmental Delays that effect speech and language. Lisa has been trained in PROMPT therapy and utilizes this approach with many of her clients. Lisa has worked in interdisciplinary teams for years and has gained experience from teachers, occupational and physical therapists to better serve the whole child and family. Lisa is married to her husband Jeff, she has a 13 year old daughter and 2 spoiled dogs!
Our Occupational Therapists
Maggie Harrington, OTR/L
Lead Occupational Therapist
Maggie relocated to Raleigh with her husband and daughter from the Chicago area. She is originally from Kansas and has been living in many parts of the US due to her husband’s career as a professional soccer player. Maggie received her Masters in Occupational Therapy in May 2013 from the University of Kansas Medical Center. She has experience in a variety of settings working with adults and children across the lifespan. Through her experiences, she has developed a love for working with children focusing on learning through play in early intervention, home based, and clinic based environments. Her areas of expertise include sensory related concerns, motor development, and supporting independence with a focus on self care. Maggie is passionate about supporting the unique strengths of each individual child while working toward family goals.
Mary Beth Cole, OTR/L
Mary Beth has been a team member at Aspen going on 2 years and continues to be a wonderful and energetic member of our team. She received her Master’s degree from ECU and has a strong passion for pediatrics. Mary Beth is an advocate for early intervention where children can learn through play in the home, clinic and in the community. Mary Beth serves children with a variety of challenges including sensory processing issues, fine motor delays, motor development & coordination and self care skills. Mary Beth enjoys a multidisciplinary team approach and feels that parents are the biggest team members for a child. Mary Beth lives in Apex with her husband Jacob.
Our Speech-Language Pathologists
Karla Compton~M.Ed., SLP
Karla is from Raleigh and currently lives in Apex with her husband, son and her dog, Lucy. She is a graduate from North Carolina Central University receiving her Masters Degree in Communications Disorders. She graduated specializing in culturally responsive early intervention and assistive technology. Her experience includes: working in a skilled nursing facility, various elementary schools in Wake, Durham, and Wilson counties, as well as working in a preschool specializing in assistive technology for infants and preschoolers. Karla has experience working with children with articulation and phonological delays, expressive and receptive language disorders, apraxia and autism. She also has experience and specific training in PECS and ESL, as well as accent modification. Karla is an empathetic therapist who strives to have fun and engaging sessions that help children reach their full potential.
Kayla Rhodes, CCC/SLP
Kayla received her Masters Degree from Murray State University in her home state of Kentucky. She recently relocated to North Carolina from Memphis, TN. While in Memphis she worked as a SLP in the Shelby County School System. She has worked with children with a variety of disorders including but not limited to: speech sound disorders, language impairments, Down Syndrome, Autism, Fragile X Syndrome and developmental delays. She has a passion for working with young children and their families and feels that early intervention is the place she is meant to work and where she can make a difference in the lives of those she serves. Kayla lives in Chapel Hill with her husband Matt.
Ashley Gyori, MSCCC/SLP
Ashley Gyori earned her masters of science in speech and hearing sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During her time there she focused on the pediatric population with an emphasis on pediatric feeding and the medically complex child. Since graduating she has spent most of her time working in the homes with families, focusing her time on collaborating with the caregiver and empowering them to implement the treatment goals daily. Ashley has assisted many children progress from a feeding tube to oral nutrition. She has a special love for infants and toddlers, medically complex children and parent support and education for pediatric feeding therapy. Ashley loves coaching and educating caregivers as they are the most important team member in a child’s development and provides training programs for parents of newborns. Ashley lives in Cary with her husband and 1 year old son.
Our Developmental Therapists
Jamie Smith ~ITFSC
Developmental Therapist/Early Childhood Education/Psychology
Jamie moved to Raleigh 14 years ago to receive her undergraduate degree and has made Raleigh her home. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Child Development from Meredith College. Jamie has spent the last ten years working with both typical and atypical children in a childcare setting and with developmental therapy in a school and home setting. Jamie has been an Aspen team member since 2017 as a developmental therapy (CBRS), where she provides coaching to families helping them be the advocate for theirs child’s unique development. Jamie also teaches group programs at Aspen for both children and parents. Jamie has a wide variety of experience with developmental delays, sensory integration, ADHD, autism, communication disorders and behavioral issues. Jamie has the ability to build a quick rapport with families and children and her passion for helping families and children shows on her first visit with a family. Jamie lives in Raleigh with her husband Jake and her son Henry!.