Alice Cellino, Au.D., CCC-A
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 Amercian 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 the 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 and Hearing Association for the Clinical Practice of Audiology since 2008.
Away from work, Dr. Cellino and husband, Rich, stay busy as volunteers for civic groups here in Columbus. She is an active member of the Junior League of Columbus since 2006. 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
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 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 has 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
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 one granddaughter who is the subject of his recent photo shoots.
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 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 that keeps April busy as they explore and learn together.
Cindy Falk, MCD, CCC-S
A graduate of Auburn University, Cindy brings years of experience to our team. She has served at Columbus Speech & Hearing Center since 1993. 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 and lives in Gainsville, Georgia. Her hobbies include reading and fishing but her passion is helping families of children with special needs.
Meredith Martin, MCD, CCC-S
Meredith attended Vanderbilt University, where she received her undergraduate degree before receiving her graduate degree from Auburn University. She also completed an externship and internship at Dean Road Elementary School in Auburn, Alabama. Meredith is active in her community where she is a member of the Junior League of Lee County, Alabama, volunteering with at the food bank to assist with the League's signature backpack program which provides weekend meals for children. She also enjoys volunteering in the community through her church. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and son. The family dog thinks he is one of the children! When time allows, she enjoys reading, gardening, and running.
Rita O'Bryan, MCD, CCC-S
Rita has been practicing Speech-Language Pathology since 1991. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and her Master's of Communications Disorders degree from Columbus State University. Rita is married with two children. She spends her free time playing tennis, reading and riding bikes.
Nicole Hatcher, MA, CCC-S
Nicole completed her undergraduate studies at Washington State University and received a Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Western Washington University. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the organization. Nicole has been practicing since 2006. She and her husband have two daughters, Shelby and Dylan, and a dog named Bella. They moved to Georgia in 2011 when her husband was stationed at Ft. Benning. After he retired from the Army, they decided to make Columbus home. In her free time, she enjoys running, cooking, yoga, and reading.
Sarah Carlton, MCD, CCC- SLP
Sarah earned her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Special Education from Mercer University. She then went on to get a Master’s in Communications Disorders from Auburn University, where she graduated in 2013. A member of the American Speech and Hearing Association, she has been at Columbus Speech & Hearing Center for three years. Sarah has been married to her husband, Cameron, for four years. They have one daughter, Norah (2), and will be adding a second child to the family in January 2017. They have two dogs that they love to take care of. They are currently in the middle of remodeling a home and will be building a house soon! In her spare time, Sarah loves being outside with her family! She enjoys swimming, walking/jogging, planting in her garden, and doing yard work.
Lori Morgan, MCD, CCC-SLP
Lori earned both her bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Auburn University. Practicing since 2010, she is certified with both the American Speech Language Association as well as with the Georgia Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Lori is also certified in VitalStim Therapy (neuromuscular electrical stimulation) for the treatment of dysphagia (swallowing difficulties). Away from the office, Lori enjoys cooking, reading, being outdoors, and Auburn Football! She is happily married, and they have one daughter and a chocolate Labrador named June.
Mary Beth Pate, MS, CCC-SLP
Mary Beth received a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences/Disorders from the University of South Florida in Tampa. She also obtained a Master’s degree in Speech/Language Pathology from USF in 2011. While earning her degree, she completed two externships. She learned from experienced clinicians at the Tampa General Hospital Rehabilitation Center while working with the adult population as well as with children at United Cerebral Palsy. In practice for five years, Mary Beth has been blessed by the Army with opportunities to gain experience in three different states working in private clinics, schools, and preschools. She has been “home” at Columbus Speech & Hearing Center for over three years. She is also a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association. Mary Beth is the proud wife of an Army Ranger and a mother to a sweet baby boy. Her little family is complete with an 8-year-old “fur baby,” a 115-lb. Alaskan Malamute, who enjoys the winters here in Georgia. In her free time, Mary Beth enjoys spending time with family, being outdoors, hiking, traveling, and being involved at church.
Becky Speer, SLP, CCC
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 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 got 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, Ed.S.,CCC-Sp
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 and 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, MA, CCC-SLP
In practice since 2014, Leah is a graduate of Ball State University with both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. She completed her internships while living in Indiana in a skilled nursing facility and in an elementary school. Leah is certified through, and a member of, ASHA. 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.
Rachel Evans, MCD, CF-SLP
Rachel earned both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Auburn University and has been in practice since 2016. She comes with prior experience working in the public school setting and has completed an internship working with adults in a skilled nursing facility. Rachel relocated to Columbus for her husband's work in the summer of 2016. They have two cats named Samson and Sophie. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, cooking, serving in her local church, and spending time with family and friends.
Shelley Kauffman, MSC, CF-SLP
Originally from Australia, Shelley received her Master’s degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from New York University. She has experience working with adults in a rehabilitative hospital and in a school for children with special needs, both in New York. Shelley relocated to the Columbus area in 2016 for her fiancée to attend graduate school in Auburn. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, hiking, and photography.
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
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 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 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.
Brandon Glover, BBA
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 gym and DIY projects. He also enjoys karaoke!
Sharon studied at the University of Arkansas and Southern Arkansas University majoring in Business Management and Special Education. She has received various certificates from continuing education classes in finance and customer service. Most of her career has been directed to sales, customer service & compliance, and office administration. She spent a large portion of her career enjoying international sales. She is a member of Rotary International and loves volunteering for special needs groups. Sharon is an Arkansas native who relocated to Georgia in 2013 to be near her daughter, Katy; son-in-law, David; and her five grandchildren. She enjoys gardening and being outdoors, traveling, going to the mountains and the beach, concerts, and visiting with friends. Sharon adores spending time her grandchildren and being part of their lives. She also enjoys spending time with her dog, Olive aka “Ollie”, who likes to fish and chase squirrels. Sharon is an avid Razorback fan and enjoys watching SEC football.
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.
Holly has been with Columbus Speech & Hearing Center since 2012. She earned her Associates Degree from Columbus Technical College. She is married and has a daughter and son. In her free time, Holly loves being outdoors, hunting and fishing. She loves spending time with her family and friends. She is proud to be an avid Alabama football fan! Roll-Tide!
Megan has studied Cosmetology and Business Management. She loves her job as the Pediatric Check-In Receptionist at Columbus Speech & Hearing Center where she gets to meet each patient and parent! In her personal life, Megan is engaged and has two boys. They are her world! Her oldest son plays Little League baseball and is the first baseman. He also plays travel ball, which Megan loves, and it keeps her really busy. She enjoys being outdoors, playing with her sons, baseball, softball, and swimming. Megan is currently taking classes to refresh her Spanish. She also loves going to church.
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.
Front Office Supervisor
Miranda Hardy joined CSHC in December, 2016. She comes to us with an extensive background within the medical field. She is married and has three children. Outside of work, Miranda enjoys spending time with her family, photography, traveling, and baseball!