Meet the Staff

Alice Cellino, Au.D., CCC-A

Alice Cellino, Au.D., CCC-A

Executive Director

Dr. Alice Cellino received an undergraduate degree in business administration from Columbus State University and a clinical doctorate in audiology at Auburn University. After externships with the United States Army at Ft. Benning and at Pediatric Ear, Nose and Throat of Atlanta, Dr. Cellino joined the staff of Columbus Speech & Hearing Center. In 2006 at Auburn University, she helped pioneer a way to obtain normative data on oto-acoustic emissions in puppies. This is very important in the training of police dogs, search and rescue dogs, protection and service dogs. The findings were published by the American Academy of Veterinary Research. She is trained and certified in Vestibular Evaluation and Treatment. She is also a pediatric diagnostic specialist and Director of Audiology for The Medical Center NICU. Dr.Cellino is a clinical supervisor for Auburn University Doctoral students as well as past president of the Georgia Academy of Audiology and often lectures at the request of various organizations, such as retirement homes or parent groups. She has held certification in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for the Clinical Practice of Audiology since 2008.

Away from work, Dr. Cellino and her husband, Rich, stay busy as volunteers for civic groups here in Columbus. She is an active member of the Rotary of Columbus. Rich is the chair of the Board of Directors for Columbus Young Life, and both have been Young Life leaders for many years. Dr. Cellino spends most weekends working on her father's fleet of tractors, bulldozers, and ATVs. She will most likely be found elbow-deep in grease or diesel fuel in a hay-field when not at the office. The Cellinos have two beautiful sons and their perfect day is just being together!

Susie Ford, Ph.D., CCC-S

Susie Ford, Ph.D., CCC-S

Speech-Language Pathologist

Dr. Ford is the founder and President of Columbus Speech & Hearing Center and has practiced professionally since 1965. After earning a Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Tennessee and teaching at Auburn University for several years, she entered private practice in Columbus, Georgia. She is a past treasurer and president of the Georgia Speech and Hearing Association and past member and chair of the Georgia Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, issued by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Her specialized training includes the Lindamood-Bell Reading Program, Orton Gillingham Reading Program, Electrical Stimulation for Dysphagia Patients, Speech Easy Device for Treatment of Fluency Disorders, Vocal Cord Dysfunction, Esophageal Speech - Mayo Clinic, Compton Accent Reduction Training, Melodic Intonation Training for Stroke Patients, and Interactive Metronome Certification.

Dr. Ford is active in community projects, as the co-founder of the Achievement Academy, a local private school for children with learning disabilities. The school operated in Columbus for more than 20 years. She is a past board member of the House of Mercy and the United Way. Outside of work, she particularly enjoys time with her two grandsons, Ford and Sam. She married her best friend, Chuck, in 1967- both raised in Edison, Georgia. He is a former farmer, industrial engineer, and now practicing corporate and tax attorney. They have one daughter, Dr. Alice Cellino (husband Rich), who heads the center's Audiology Department. Dr. Ford loves spending time on the family farm, bush hogging, reading and attending "Donkey Pennings" near her hometown (ask her about it!). The two families also enjoy and share a beloved German Shepherd named Molley.

Speech Language Pathologists   |   Audiologists   |  Administrative Staff

Speech Language Pathologists

Gary Waters, MSC, CCC-S

Gary Waters, MSC, CCC-S

Director of Speech-Language Pathology/Chief Operating Officer

After completing his undergraduate studies, Gary obtained his Master's degree in Speech Communication from Auburn University. In practice since 1976, Gary has been with Columbus Speech & Hearing Center since 1981 and serves as the Director of Speech-Language Pathology. A member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, he holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the organization. In his spare time, Gary is involved in ministry through his church, playing guitar with the youth praise band and also participating in weekly jail outreach ministry. He also enjoys recording music, singing and is a member of a world-wide online photography group. He and wife, Carol, have three grown children, two additional children, and two grandchildren who are the subjects of his recent photo shoots. 

April McFarland, MCD, CCC-S

April McFarland, MCD, CCC-S

Speech Language Pathologist

April received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, with highest honors, from Dartmouth College. She then earned a Master's degree in Speech Communication from Auburn University. April is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is certified in Speech-Language Pathology. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence through Georgia Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology. She has also received training in the Orton Gillingham Reading Program and in the Linda Mood-Bell Reading Program. She has been with Columbus Speech & Hearing Center since 1996. When she is away from the office, she enjoys reading and spending time with son, Ian, who is the light of her life! They like to stay busy by working in the yard and garden. Ian is a thriving preschool homeschooler who keeps April busy as they explore and learn together. 

Cindy Falk, MCD, CCC-S

Cindy Falk, MCD, CCC-S

Speech-Language Pathologist

A graduate of Auburn University, Cindy brings years of experience to our team. She has served at Columbus Speech & Hearing Center for over 10 years. She is provisionally certified as an Early Intervention Specialist and has spent her entire career working with pediatric patients with a special interest in Autism in the toddler population. Cindy is committed to staying on the cutting-edge of the latest advancements in the field of speech and language pathology and maintains her membership in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. When not working, Cindy enjoys spending time with daughter, Chelsea, who recently graduated college. Her hobbies include reading and fishing but her passion is helping families of children with special needs. 

Rita O'Bryan, MCD, CCC-S

Rita O'Bryan, MCD, CCC-S

Speech-Language Pathologist

Rita has been practicing Speech-Language Pathology since 1991. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and her Master's in Communications Disorders degree from Columbus State University. Rita is married with two children. She spends her free time playing tennis, reading and riding bikes.

Becky Speer, SLP, CCC

Becky Speer, SLP, CCC

Speech-Language Pathologist

A University of Alabama alumna, Becky earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Therapy in 1975. She then completed a Master’s degree in Education, Speech Language Pathology in 1985 from Columbus State University. To stay current with the latest techniques and technologies, Becky maintains membership with the American Speech and Hearing Association. Becky has been happily married for 42 years to her husband, Jerry. They have two children, Jerison Speer and Louise Robershaw, and four granddaughters. When she’s not working at Columbus Speech & Hearing Center, Becky works in the Women’s Ministry at Northside Baptist Church.

Rebecca H. Sigman, MED, CCC-SLP

Rebecca H. Sigman, MED, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Rebecca received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders and her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Georgia. After graduate school, she married and moved to Richmond, Virginia, where she worked with adults in rehabilitation centers and nursing homes. After five years, she and her husband moved back to Columbus where they were both born and raised. They started a family, so Rebecca took time off from work until her girls were in nursery school. She then began working with children at Columbus Speech & Hearing Center for two years until her own children began demanding more time from her. Rebecca returned to CSHC in 2013 and began working with both adults and children. When Rebecca isn’t busy with her two daughters, she loves to take exercise classes, travel, and read.

Emily Whiteside

Emily Whiteside, Ed.S.,CCC-Sp

Speech-Language Pathologist

Emily obtained a Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology from Auburn University, a Master of Education in Speech Pathology from Columbus State University, and an Education Specialist degree in Instructional Technology from Valdosta State. Emily has been practicing for 31 years, and the majority of that time, she has enjoyed working with deaf and hard of hearing children from birth to 21 years of age. 

A public speaker, Emily has made presentations at professional conferences regarding her work with deaf children and technology. She has spoken at the Georgia Educational Technology Conference (GaETC), the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), and the Georgia Association of Instructional Technology (GAIT). Also, her presentation and paper for the 2010 International Symposium on Technology and Deaf Education at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf are published on RIT’s website.

Emily holds national certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, of which she is also a participating member. Emily is a Columbus native with two adult children. In her free time, she enjoys riding her bicycle with friends on the Riverwalk or the Fall Line Trace trails, gardening, video editing, and participating in her local book club.

Leah Miller

Leah Miller, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

In practice since 2014, Leah is a graduate of Ball State University with both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree. While living in Indiana, she completed her internships in a skilled nursing facility and in an elementary school. Leah is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Her special interests include reading, running, and spending time with her family and friends. Leah is married and has a dog named Pepper. She relocated from Indiana to Columbus in the summer of 2016 for her husband’s work.

Lauren Sprouse

Lauren Sprouse, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Lauren received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Middle Tennessee State University in 2011 and her Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Tennessee State University in 2014. Lauren holds her current American Speech-Language-Hearing Associaton certification. She worked at a pediatric private practice in North Alabama for 3 years prior to moving to the Columbus area. Lauren shows special interest in the early intervention population. She enjoys working out and spending time with her husband and their 2 dogs, Cash and Xena.


Chandria Person, MA, CF-SLP

Chandria received her undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Georgia.  She wrote her Master’s thesis on identifying dyslexia in the classrooms. Chandria completed internships at WellStar West Georgia Medical Center, Coweta County Public Schools, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Fayette. Currently, she is in the process of obtaining her clinical fellowship. Two years ago, Chandria observed our CSHC staff in action and decided that this was the place where she wanted to start her career.

Chandria comes from a military family. She enjoys traveling, spending time with family, trying new foods, and watching reality television.


Laura Cromer, MS, CF-SLP

Laura received her bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech and her master's degree in speech-language pathology from James Madison University. Through her graduate program, she gained experience in the school system, skilled nursing facility, private practice, and outpatient hospital settings. She is currently working to complete her clinical fellowship.

Laura relocated to Columbus from Virginia in the spring of 2018 for her husband's work. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, traveling with her husband, Craig, and running with her dog, Josie. She is so excited to be a member of the community in Columbus and a part of the team at CSHC!

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Kimberly Barnes, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Kimberly joined Columbus Speech and Hearing Center in November 2018. She received her bachelor's degree in 2006 and her master's degree in 2008 from Valdosta State University. She has been in practice for 10 years. She is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

Kimberly enjoys spending time with her daughter and husband and her extended family, and she enjoys reading, crocheting and yoga.


Sarah Carlton

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Special Education from Mercer University and a Master’s degree in Communication Disorders from Auburn University.

I completed my externship at Auburn at ALL for Kids in Auburn, a center for language learning where we specialized in children who struggled in reading. I am a certified Orton Gillingham instructor. I am a member of ASHA – the American Speech Language and Hearing Association.

I was living in Auburn at the time and my husband was driving over to Columbus each day. I applied for a job at CSHC and gladly accepted! It just made sense for us to make the transition to Columbus. It was a super easy transition and we have loved our time here!

I am an exercise and food science nerd, although I never would have majored in it for fear of losing interest. I love being outside and running and love learning about how different foods fuel my body. I am happily married to my husband of 7 years, Cameron. We have two children, Norah (5) and Nolan (2). They keep me busy! But we love traveling to the beach and being outside. Watching children grow keeps us both busy… who really has time for special interests and hobbies?

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Stefanie Kight, MS, CF-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Stefanie Kight earned her bachelor’s degree from Clemson University and her master’s degree in speech pathology from South Carolina State University. She is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. After spending five years as a speech-language pathologist in the public school system, she recently relocated to Columbus for her husband’s job. Stefanie loves spending time with her family, including husband, Preston, and their two young sons, Keller and Calden. She enjoys time at the beach, watching Clemson football games, and taking care of her two pups.


Andrea Webster, Au.D., CCC-A

Andrea Webster, Au.D., CCC-A

Director of Audiology Services

Dr. Andrea Webster obtained her Bachelor of Science and Master of Communication Disorders degrees from Auburn University before receiving her clinical doctorate from Pennsylvania College of Optometry, School of Audiology. She has a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She also is licensed by six state boards including the Georgia State Board of Examiners for Speech Pathology and Audiology. Dr. Webster's special interest is in hearing aid evaluations and fittings. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

Ashley H. Clements, AuD, CCC-A

Ashley H. Clements, AuD, CCC-A


Dr. Ashley Clements earned her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2000 and her Master’s degree in Audiology in 2002, both from the University of Georgia. She then received her Clinical Doctorate of Audiology in 2008 from A.T. Still University. A Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, Dr. Clements is certified by the ASHA. Prior to joining Columbus Speech & Hearing Center in 2015, she was an audiologist at The ENT Center of Central Georgia in Macon and Warner Robins. In her personal life, Dr. Clements is married to her wonderful husband, Brad. They have two children, a son, Hobbs, and a daughter, Mallory. Dr. Clements enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and following UGA football. Go Dawgs!

Sheree Bowen

Sheree Bowen

Audiology Assistant

Sheree has been employed with Columbus Speech & Hearing Center since 2011. She graduated from Columbus Technical College in 2009 and NOVA Southwestern in 2015. Sheree serves as the center's audiology assistant and her duties include the fitting and maintenance of hearing aids along with many other tasks associated with excellent audiology service. She is married and has a son and a daughter. She actively volunteers at her church and she enjoys spending time with family and friends and watching football.

Rachael Pennock

Rachael Pennock, Au.D., CCC-A


Rachael Pennock earned her undergraduate degrees (a B.S. in psychology and a B.A. in communication science & disorders) from the University of Pittsburgh. She completed her doctorate in audiology at the University of South Florida. Dr. Pennock’s externship was completed at Columbus Speech & Hearing Center. During the year-long placement, she worked with adults and pediatric patients for audiological evaluations, hearing aid fittings and adjustments, auditory processing evaluations, and automated brainstem responses. She is very passionate about working in private practice audiology, where she can collaborate with other allied health professionals. Dr. Pennock loves the fact that Columbus Speech & Hearing Center is like a family where providers are so kind and welcoming. Dr. Pennock is a member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), American Doctors of Audiology (ADA), and American Academy of Audiology. She holds her certificate of clinical competency in audiology from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. Outside the office, Dr. Pennock enjoys playing with her dog, spending time with her friends and family, cooking and baking, playing board games, and reading.

Shelby Hooks

Shelby Hooks, Au.D., CCC-A


Shelby Hooks earned her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Florida State University and her Doctorate of Audiology from Auburn University. She completed her fourth year externship at Columbus Speech and Hearing Center where she saw adult and pediatric populations for audiological evaluations, hearing aid fittings, automated brainstem response testing, and vestibular (balance) testing. Dr. Hooks also regularly visited the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to complete hearing screenings on babies at a high risk of developing hearing loss. She has been seeing patients at Columbus Speech and Hearing Center since May 2019.

Dr. Hooks is a member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and American Academy of Audiology (AAA). She holds her certificate of clinical competency in audiology from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. She enjoys going to the beach as often as possible, cooking, taking her dog Moose for walks/hikes, and watching football in the fall!

Occupational Therapy


Caitlyn Barfield

I received my Bachelor’s degree in Health Science at Columbus State University in 2014. I then went on to receive my Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy from Brenau University in Gainesville, GA and graduated in 2018.

Administrative Staff


Richard J. Cellino, Jr.

Chief Operating Officer

Joined Columbus Speech and Hearing on May 1st 2019 as the Chief Operating Officer. Previously, Rich spent 25 years working at Synovus Financial while serving in various capacities which include: Commercial Underwriter, Commercial Credit Officer, Commercial Lender, and most recently held the position of Director of Credit Administration. Away from work, Rich enjoys distance running and almost any activity that gets him outdoors. Rich loves Young Life and has volunteered with the organization for over 20 years. Rich has also served on the boards of the Valley Rescue Mission, Junior Achievement and Christ Community Church. Rich is married to Dr. Alice Cellino and they have two loving, caring, hardworking boys named Ford and Sam.

Certifications and/or degrees:

  • BBA _ Finance Georgia Southern
  • Masters of Science Columbus State University
  • Graduate School of Banking LSU

Brandon Glover, BBA

Brandon Glover, BBA

Office Manager

After receiving his Associate in Science degree from Chattahoochee Valley Community College in 2000, Brandon graduated from Troy University two years later with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Business Administration. As the office manager, he oversees the front office and billing departments. He enjoys spending time with his children, Jaxson and Addison, coaching their sports teams, boating, swimming, going to the gym and DIY projects. He also enjoys karaoke!

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Chris Weik

Front Office Supervisor

Most recently joined Columbus Speech & Hearing Center in January 2019 as the Front Office Supervisor. He received his Bachelor's degree in communications from Columbus State University in 2013.

Outside of work I spend all of my time with my wife and our 3 year old son. We enjoy taking him to the park, to the beach and plan on signing him up for tee ball in the near future. I am an avid Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Falcons fan and I enjoy watching the games with my son.

My dad was in the Army for almost 30 years which afforded us the opportunity to see the world. When I was in the 8th grade we moved to Vicenza, Italy where we lived for about 5 years. I am grateful for the fact that I have been able to visit places like Italy, Germany, France and England with my family.


Martha West

Billing/Accounts Receivable

Martha has been employed with Columbus Speech & Hearing Center since 1996. Her duties include billing, acquiring insurance authorizations and payments. Outside of the office, Martha enjoys reading all kinds of books. She loves to watch old classic black & white movies. She is a back-up singer with her husband and worship team at church. She loves all animals and has a collection of pets at home that includes two beautiful sheltie dogs, Evie and Shiloh, three fish, two rainbow finches and a canary.

Madelein "Maddie" Seniours

Madelein "Maddie" Seniours

Lead Scheduler and Receptionist

Maddie holds certification with the National Healthcareer Association. She went back to college in 2012 and graduated in 2014 in the Top 10 of her class. She has been with Columbus Speech & Hearing Center since 2014. When she’s not at work, Maddie enjoys baking, shopping, traveling, going to church, fishing, and hunting. In fact, she is a member of the National Rifle Association! She loves spending time with her family, which includes her two handsome adult sons, and she is “Nana” to one granddaughter and two grandsons.


Krystal Sizemore


I joined CSHC in January 2018. I graduated from Shaw High school in 2008 and I have worked in the medical field for the past seven years and love being able to help others. I have three children, two daughters, Brooklyn and Emerson, and one son, Nolin. I love to hang out with my children and take them to the park and play. They are my whole world and defiantly keep me very busy when not at work. I grew up playing soccer and participating in gymnastics for 10 years. In my free time I enjoy running and visiting with my friends. I love spending time with my family and my nieces and nephews. I also love watching Auburn University football. War Eagle!


Samantha Vitale

I joined Columbus Speech and Hearing Center in May 2019. I'm from a small town, northeast of Atlanta, called Monroe. I graduated from Grayson High School in Loganville, GA in 2015 and recently graduated from Columbus State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in May 2019 with hopes of becoming a Speech Therapist, because I've always had a passion for helping others. When I'm not at work I enjoy watching Netflix, hiking, traveling, being with friends whenever I get the chance, and exploring Columbus.

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