Beth McIntosh, Ed.D. M.Ed., CCC-SLP
Dr. Beth McIntosh is a Savannah native. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Armstrong State College and received a Master’s in Speech Pathology from the University of Georgia. She received a Doctorate in Educational Administration from Georgia Southern University. Dr. McIntosh has over 43 years of experience working with people of all ages with communication problems. She became Executive Director of SSHC in 1999 after working 23 years on staff as a speech-language pathologist. Dr. McIntosh is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Georgia Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the National Association of Speech and Hearing Centers, and The Rotary Club of Savannah.
Kiersten Baldwin – Speech Referral Specialist
Bianca Baarh – Audiology Referral Specialist
Speech-Language Pathology Department
Dvora Gottlieb, M.M.Sc., CCC-SLP – Program Director
Dvora is a speech-language pathologist, with 30 years’ experience, over half of them at our Center. Because she has worked in several cities, in a variety of medical and educational settings, she has a wide range of clinical skills and works with both children and adults. She has special interests in the areas of autism and language disorders; childhood apraxia; accent modification, stuttering, and voice. She coordinates the Speech Therapy Program at the Center, and sees clients in our Savannah office, in nearby daycares and schools, and at our satellite office in Rincon. Her Master’s degree in communicative Disorders is from Emory University and like all of our SLP’s, she holds the CCC credential of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.
When she is not at work, Dvora is a painter, a mosaicist, and a baker of sugar cookies.
Michelle Lynes, M.Ed., CCC-SLP
Michelle is a speech-language pathologist with 11 years’ experience at our Center. She works primarily off site, at the prominent daycares and schools with which our Center arranges to provide services. She provides screenings, evaluations and therapies during and after the school, which really helps busy families. She coordinates schedules (acrobatically!), to avoid school conflicts and to work around special events.
Michelle works with all types of communication needs, including articulation and apraxia, autism, other language delays and disorders, stuttering and voice. Her Master’s degree is from Armstrong Atlantic State University, and like all of our SLP’s she holds the CCC credential of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.
Catherine Nelson, M.S., CCC-SLP
Cathy is a speech-language pathologist with 40 years’ experience, and joined our Center in 2015. She has worked with children in a number of cities, and settings. She evaluates and treats all types of speech and language delays and disorders, and offers special expertise in childhood apraxia and literacy. Cathy co-directed the Apraxia Clinic at Vanderbilt, and has developed an apraxia intervention system of her own. Cathy also has specific training to work with children who have hearing loss and cochlear implants, and she provides speech therapy to children with hearing loss, who attend our Center’s Sound Start Preschool.
In addition to her work at our Center, Cathy is part of the supervisory staff at the RiteCare Clinic on the Georgia Southern University’s Armstrong Campus. Her Master’s degree is from Phillips University, Enid, OK and like all of our SLP’s she holds the CCC credential of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.
Pamela A. Thompson – M.Ed, CCC-Sp
Pamela received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Speech Pathology from the University of Georgia. She returns to join this talented group of professionals at Savannah Speech and Hearing Center where she began her career in 1982. Pamela has had both adult and pediatric experience in acute and long-term care, home health, outpatient rehabilitation and early intervention.
Having spent 23 years in private practice, Pamela has specific areas of experience in neurogenic communication disorders and augmentative communication. She also currently serves as a clinical instructor at the Rite Care Center supervising graduate students in the Communication Disorders Department at Georgia Southern University. Pamela is licensed in the state of Georgia and is certified by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association.
Sheana Richardson, Au.D. – Program Director – Doctor of Audiology
Dr. Sheana Richardson has been with Savannah Speech and Hearing Center since 2000 and is currently the director of the audiology department. She is a native of Savannah. Dr. Richardson completed her undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University and her Master’s Degree in Audiology at the University of Georgia. She received her Doctorate in Audiology through the University of Florida. Dr. Richardson’s has experience in the evaluation, diagnosis and rehabilitation of pediatric and adult hearing and disorders, including evaluation and fitting of hearing aids and cochlear implants. She is a member of the American Academy of Audiology and the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. She is licensed to practice Audiology and dispense hearing aids by the Georgia State Board of Examiners.
Dr. Richardson is married with 5 daughters. When she is not at work, she enjoys reading, baking, and spending time with her family.
Caroline Zuck, Au.D. – Doctor of Audiology
Caroline Zuck has been with Savannah Speech and Hearing Center since 2007. Dr. Zuck grew up in Savannah and attended the University of Georgia. At UGA, she obtained her undergraduate degree then went on to the University of Florida to obtain her doctorate degree in Audiology. Dr. Zuck enjoys seeing patients of all age levels. She has experience with hearing aids, cochlear implants, and hearing conservation. She is a member of the American Academy of Audiology and the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. Dr. Zuck is licensed to practice Audiology and dispense hearing aids by the Georgia State Board of Examiners.
While not at work, Dr. Zuck spends time with her husband and three children. She and her family stay busy enjoying all Savannah has to offer.
Leigh Ann Burke, BC-HIS – Hearing Aid Dispenser
Leigh Ann Burke is our Hearing Aid Dispenser and has been with Savannah Speech and Hearing Center since 2012. Leigh Ann was born and raised in Savannah graduating from St. Vincent’s Academy and Georgia Southern University. She became a Licensed Hearing Aid Dispenser in the State of Georgia in 1999 and gained Board Certification in 2003. She is a member of the International Hearing Society and The National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences.
Leigh Ann is married with 1 daughter. She is very active at her Church and her daughter’s school. She also enjoys reading, the beach and St. Patrick’s Day.
Lauren Alvarado – Audiology Assistant
Lauren Alvarado joined Savannah Speech and Hearing Center in 2014. With her years here, combined with her prior experience, she now has a total of over ten years working with hearing aids and in the hearing health community. She is originally from Jacksonville, Florida, but has lived in Savannah since 2008.
Lauren is mother of two boys and also a lover of coffee, traveling, music, and sunflowers.
Wendy Bath – OTR/L
Wendy joins the SSHC rehabilitation team with focus on pediatrics and interdisciplinary treatment of the child and their family. She received her Bachelor of Science from The Medical University of South Carolina in 1988 and has focused exclusively on the pediatric field the past 25 years. Although born in Indiana, she has become a southerner at heart since her move south over 35 years ago. Wendy’s experience encompasses acute and long-term care adult rehabilitation, home health, clinical management of OT teams and interdisciplinary teams, clinical education, and pediatric rehabilitation with additional focus in pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders. She has provided lectures in clinical, collegiate, and community settings on pediatric feeding and swallowing dysfunction as well as sensory feeding disorders.
Wendy’s specialties include pediatric neurology, feeding, sensorimotor dysfunction, and developmental disorders. She is also a member of AMBUCS and serves as a clinical evaluator for adaptive tricycles.
Jamie Mott – Clinical Administrative Assistant
Carrie Lancaster – Bookkeeper/Biller
Ann Curry-Volunteer Coordinator
An Auditory/Oral School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children (2 years through 6 years of age)
Tracy Edenfield, M.Ed. – Teacher
Mallory King, M.A – Teacher
Mallory King has been with Savannah Speech and Hearing Center since 2016 and is a Savannah native. She attended Georgia College and State University, where she received her undergraduate degree in Psychology. Afterwards, she went back to obtain a post-baccalaureate certificate in Communication Sciences and Disorders. At Valdosta State University, she received her Master of Art in teaching, with an emphasis on Deaf Education. She has been with the Sound Start program for over 4 years and specially trained to work with deaf and hard of hearing students in the classroom.
Mallory loves working with the children and the families of the Sound Start program as she works to guide and assist them on their journey to use and understand spoken language.
Photos by Darla Clarkson at Phoenix Photography