M.S., CCC-SLP, Co-Director
JoAnn Ridge mentors both new and experienced SLPs and SLPAs on our staff and enjoys watching them learn and grow as clinicians, along with continuing to work in the field. JoAnn is a proud ASU Sun Devil having received both her bachelor and master degrees in communication disorders from Arizona State University. Her hobbies include working out, reading, crafting, and binge watching programs, not necessarily in that order.
Ridge Zeller Director
Professional Achievements: CCC-SLP· M.S.
Areas of Interest: Speech Language Pathology
M.S., CCC-SLP, Co-Director
Meghan Zeller has provided speech-language therapy in schools, homes, rehabilitation facilities, and hospital settings since 2001. Meghan received her master’s degree from Southern Connecticut University in 2001 and her undergraduate degree from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Meghan enjoys traveling, yoga, socializing with friends, and watching HGTV.
Ridge Zeller Director
Professional Achievements: CCC-SLP· M.S.
Areas of Interest: Speech Language Pathology
Sarah, B.A., Office Manager
Sarah received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Communications and Human Relations from Western Illinois University. Sarah has worked in business administrative management for more than 15 years across various industries, including healthcare, radio, television, and film. She enjoys photography, biking, yoga, and spending time with her family in her free time. Fun fact, Sarah also works as a voice-over actress for commercials!
Katie, Billing Specialist
Katie enjoys sports, watching football and hockey, and spending time with her family.
Monica, M.A.Ed., Marketing Coordinator
Monica holds a Masters in Education and an Arizona Teacher Certification. She brings advanced communication skills in digital media marketing, content creation and web development. Monica was a classroom teacher for ten years in both elementary and secondary classroom settings. She has spent the last ten years advocating for children's health and education through political advocacy and as the chief operations officer of a nonprofit for children's vision health. Monica brings an in-depth understanding and perspective to the needs of children and families with educational and medical disabilities and remains a passionate advocate for children's health and education.
Her hobbies are traveling, hiking, and cooking. She enjoys spending free time with her husband, two sons, and her Mini-Dachshund Sonny and Chihuahua Teddy.
Marin, B.S., Administrative Assistant
Marin is our "Jack of All Trades" whom we cannot live without! Marin received her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Wellness from Arizona State University in May 2020. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Occupational Therapy through Northern Arizona University. Her hobbies include hiking, working out, watching sports, playing the piano, and spending time with friends and family.
Denae, A.A., Office Assistant
Denae enjoys her work at Ridge Zeller Therapy, she says she especially enjoys seeing all the little children always happy and smiling when they come into the office and how much they love coming in to spend time with the therapists. Denae enjoys painting and crafting in her free time. A fun fact is that she is recently engaged and moved to Arizona from New York. She has a small dog named Dexter who she calls her best friend.
Nicole, Therapy Coordinator
Nicole brings her experience and background in medical office administration to her position as Therapy Coordinator at Ridge Zeller Therapy. Her hobbies include arts and crafts, baking, decor, and fashion. Nicole has two dogs, a Chihuahua named Taco and a German Shepherd Mix named Jade. Nicole also has two cats, named Ziggy and Ozai.
Angela, M.A. Ed., School Psychologist
Angela earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Utah in Psychology in1985 and her Master of Education degree from Ottawa University in 2014. Before becoming a school psychologist, she developed an interest in working with students with learning differences during her time as paraprofessional and substitute teacher, working with students with emotional and learning disabilities as well as gifted students. She strives to assist school teams understand student strengths and needs in order to help students become successful learners. She is originally from Warner Robins, Georgia. She’s been married to her high school sweetheart since 1984 and has two adult children. Angela enjoys watching movies, spending time with family, friends, and her two cats, Mogi and Luci.
Claudia, Ph.D., School Psychologist
Ridge Zeller School Psychologist Therapy Provider
Katie, Ph.D., School Psychologist
Katie, Ph.D., School Psychologist attended both Arizona State University and University of Arizona to complete her school psychology degrees.
She enjoys running, traveling and yoga. She also moved to Hawaii to complete an accredited internship in school psychology!
Marline, M.ED., School Psychologist
Marline, M.Ed., School Psychologist received her degree from Ottawa University and has been working as a bilingual school psychologist for four years. In addition, Marline was a Developmental Specialist for over seven years, working with children ages birth to three. Although she was born in New York, she was raised in the Dominican Republic, instilling a love of the beach and tropical weather. Marline also enjoys music, singing, dancing, movies, and going for walks with her dog.
Jenny, COTA/L, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, Licensed
Jenny has 41 years’ experience as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. Jenny has specialized in pediatric services with a special interest in the treatment of development delays and autism spectrum disorders. She has worked in a variety of therapy settings to include school, clinic, hospital, mental health and gerontology. She also Jenny enjoys bike riding, swimming, cooking and weaving.
Noelle, B.S., OTR/L, Certified Occupational Therapist/Licensed
Noelle has over 27 years’ experience as a registered and licensed occupational therapist, working in school, behavioral health, home and clinic settings. She loves her job as an OT, focusing on skill building, empowering students, and enabling independence in the school and home settings. In addition, she has developed workshops for educators and professionals about sensory, fine motor and visual perceptual development. Noelle enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, traveling, and volunteering as a parent contact for other parents of children with special needs.
Susan, B.S., OTR/L, Certified Occupational Therapist/Licensed
Susan has practiced as a professional and licensed occupational therapist for twenty-seven years. She enjoys swimming, baking, cooking, crafts, and watching her three daughters play soccer.
Amy, OTD, OTR/L, Doctor of Occupational Therapy
Amy holds her undergraduate degree from Purdue University in Indiana, and her graduate degree from Huntington University in Indiana. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, boating, reading, and hiking. A fun fact about Amy is that she is a Certified Educator of Infant Massage, (CEIM).
Adrienne, M.A., CCC-SLP - Speech-Language Pathologist
Adrienne earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Oklahoma. She is experienced in working in schools ranging from Pre-K through Middle School. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, and going on walks. A fun fact: Adrienne went to a French immersion elementary school.
Alexandra, B.S., SLPA - Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant
Alexandra has experience accent modification, therapy, adult aphasia therapy, and elementary school based therapy services through her internships in the ASU SLPA Certification Program. After graduating college from Arizona State University with a bachelors degree, she gained experience treating K-8th grade students with and without a diagnosis of ASD for speech, language, and communication disorders working as an SLPA in the school setting. Her hobbies include spending time with family, exercising, traveling, following curiosities, and learning new things and new
skills. Interesting facts about Alexandra, she can solve the Rubik's cube, she didn't like cats but has grown to like them but has always been a dog person.
Ali, M.S., CCC-SLP - Speech-Language Pathologist
Ali graduated with a Master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University in 2019. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Arizona State University. She taught pre-school for four years and is passionate about working with children. She enjoys cooking, playing with her puppy, eating at new restaurants, and exercising.
Alicia, M.S., CCC-SLP - Speech-Language Pathologist
Alicia has 18 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist. She graduated from Marquette University and has worked in a variety of settings including preschool, elementary school, high school, home-based, and clinic-based. I've spent the greater part of my career working with children on the Autism Spectrum, and she has extensive experience in pivotal response training, PECS, and other forms of augmentative communication. In her spare time, she enjoys sewing, live music, wine, and spending time with her family.
Alyson, M.S., CCC-SLP - Speech-Language Pathologist
Alyson received her graduate degree in Communication Disorders from Arizona State University in May 2012. She has been part of the RZT team for 8 years. She has worked with both children and adults with a variety of communication disorders. Alyson specializes in speech services for high school-aged children. As a wife and a mother to four little girls, Alyson enjoys spending every free moment with her family.
Amanda, B.S., SLPA - Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Amanda became a speech-language pathology assistant after teaching kindergarten through fourth grade for 15 years. She enjoys traveling, scrapbooking, cake decorating, and spending time with her family.
Ana, B.S., SLPA - Speech-language Pathology Assistant
Ana has over ten years experience working alongside medical SLPs. Ana enjoys crafting, painting, and going to farmers markets. She is an Arizona native, born and raised. She is married and has two sons and one daughter
Angie, M.S., CCC-SLP - Speech-Language Pathologist
Angie received her Bachelor of Science degrees in Family and Human Development and Speech and Hearing Sciences from Arizona State University in 2014. She graduated Cum Laude from ASU and began working as a home-health and clinic-based speech-language pathologist assistant (SLP-A) her final year as an undergraduate student, in 2013. She continued to work as an SLP-A in a variety of settings, expanding to school-based work in 2016, as she pursued her Master’s degree in Clinical Speech-Language Pathology from Northern Arizona University. She graduated magna cum laude from Northern Arizona University in 2019. With Ridge Zeller, she completed one year of school-based intervention services as an SLP-A and then, continued through her Certified First Year, as an SLP and received her ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence for Speech-Language Pathologists (CCC-SLP), internationally recognized credential in 2020.
Angie has many interests including language and literacy, complex communication modalities, and bilingual evaluations and treatments. Angie prides herself as an advocate for clients and their families. She works hard to provide teams with strategies and resources to optimize the success of her clients across a variety of settings.
In her spare time, Angie enjoys a good book, going for walks, playing games, and spending time with her family.
Candice, M.S., CCC-SLP - Speech-Language Pathologist
Candice graduated from Northern Arizona University with her Master’s Degree in Clinical Speech-Language Pathology. Prior to Candice completing her graduate degree she was a Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant for 8 years. She has experience in different school settings including elementary (K-8th grade), high school, and behavioral schools. In these settings, she has focused on articulation, voice, fluency, pragmatic development, language development, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), traumatic brain injuries, dysphagia, and executive functioning. Candice has a certificate for completion of telepractice training for all ages, stages, and disciplines and is in the process of completing Modified Barium Swallowing (MBS) certification. Candice is passionate about helping, supporting, and collaborating with different professionals to provide the best patient-centered care. In Candice’s spare time she enjoys hanging out with her two rescue dogs, spending time outdoors, hiking, working out, doing DIY home renovations, and hanging out with family.
Cass, M.S., CCC-SLP - Speech-Language Pathologist
Cassidy graduated with a Master’s degree from Minot State University this year, 2020. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Minot State University as well. She has experience in school clinics, private practices, nursing homes, and preschool settings. She loves to adventure outdoors by hiking, camping, and fishing. She also enjoys ice hockey and played collegiately.
Christina, M.S.,CF-SLP - Speech-Language Pathologist
Courtney, M.S., CF-SLP - Speech-Language Pathologist
Courtney earned her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and her Masters Degree at Elmhurst University. Courtney's experience ranges from working with High School students to young adults to build vocation and independent living skills necessary to transitioning into adult life. Courtney enjoys hanging out with her dogs and finding recipes online. She is happy to have moved across the country to escape the cold weather of the Midwest. A fun facct about Courtney is that she is red-green colorblind!
Erin, M.A., CCC-SLP - Speech-Language Pathologist
Erin graduated from the University of Kansas with her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2018. While in graduate school, she was a scholar for the Augmentative and Alternative Communication in the Schools: Leadership and Access (ACTS-KS) project, which provided augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) access and support to students with complex communication needs in rural school districts. Erin currently works with students with a variety of communication needs in the secondary school setting, and she has worked with clients in private clinics, home health, and rehabilitation centers. Erin is passionate about providing effective, evidence-based intervention to help her clients and students become empowered to achieve their goals. In her free time, Erin enjoys good books and good tea. She loves rooting for all the Kansas City sports teams and enjoying time outside in the beautiful Arizona desert, including hiking, running, and camping.
Hayley, M.S., CCC-SLP - Speech-Language Pathologist
Hayley graduated with a Master’s degree from Northern Arizona University. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences in 2018 from the University of Arizona. Alongside her amazing colleagues, she has seen a variety of clients including those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dyslexia, expressive language disorders, articulation impairments, stuttering, and much more. She enjoys hiking, playing volleyball, and playing with her two dogs in her free time.
Jamie, M.S., CCC-SLP - Speech-Language Pathologist
Jamie has eleven years of experience as a Speech-Language Pathologist and had worked in schools with students ranging from preschool to high school. She enjoys photography and roller skating. Fun Fact: She appeared on Sesame Street when she was a child!
Jana, M.S., CCC-SLP - Speech-Language Pathologist
Jana provides speech and language therapy in school-based and clinic-based settings to clients with a wide range of communication impairments including autism, specific learning disabilities, intellectual impairments, stuttering, traumatic brain injury, articulation impairments, and those who use augmentative and alternative communication. Jana’s passion is augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Currently, she is the AAC specialist for Ridge Zeller Therapy. Her goal is to provide an accessible AAC program to each individual through awareness, staff and family training, technology support, and evidence-based practice.
Jess, A.A.S., SLPA - Speech-Language Pathologyist Assistant
Jessica, M.S., CF-SLP - Speech-Language Pathologist
Jessica, graduated from Molloy College's Speech-Language Pathology program out on Long Island, New York. Jessica's specialties include Adult Therapy, Apraxia of Speech, Articulation, Attention Issues, Auditory Processing Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Early Intervention, Speech Therapy, Stuttering, Swallowing Therapy/Dysphagia, and Teletherapy.
Her interests include anything outdoors really. She enjoys hiking, camping, working out and (randomly) crocheting. Fun fact about Jessica, is that she's related to Pablo Picasso!
Jenn, M.S., CCC-SLP - Speech-Language Pathologist
Jenn earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Minot State University. After completing both her graduate externship and Clinical Fellowship Year with Ridge Zeller Therapy. Jenn returned to Canada for a year where she worked as a public health SLP. Jenn has since rejoined our staff. Jenn enjoys working in schools and coaching families of young children. She is a certified instructor of It Takes Two to Talk® — The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children with Language Delays. In her spare time, Jenn enjoys exploring Arizona through hiking, paddling, backpacking, and camping with her dog Walter.
Kristina, B.S., SLPA - Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant
Kristina graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2016 with a BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences. Kristina has worked with students of all ages as well as adults, and she loves interacting with people. Her hobbies include painting, hiking, and cooking, and she is also an animal lover. Kristina is a 200 hour certified yoga teacher. She loves to use her background by incorporating mindfulness into her therapy sessions. We are delighted to have Kristina on the RZT team!
Kristina, M.S., CCC-SLP - Speech-Language Pathologist
Kristina is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University, and has earned her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Kristina has nine years of experience in the speech and language field in both the school and clinic settings. Kristina enjoys traveling, reading, exploring new restaurants, and live music events. A fun fact about Kristina is that she is left handed.
Lauren, M.S., CCC-SLP - Speech-Language Pathologist
Lauren received her Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Pathology from Eastern Michigan University. Lauren loves the variety in workplace environments in the field of speech-language pathology. She has experience in many different settings including skilled nursing, acute care, inpatient pediatric, schools, and home health. She enjoys working with populations from early intervention to adults. Lauren is a certified instructor of the Hanen Program It Takes Two to Talk ®, a parent-training program that supports parents in promoting their child’s communication skills. Lauren is passionate about providing patient-centered care, and believes that coaching and empowering parents to be facilitators in their child’s communication growth is a vital component of patient-centered care.
When she is not working, Lauren enjoys getting out into nature and off the grid. Since moving to Arizona, she has discovered a love of backpacking, hiking, trail running, and rock climbing. She also enjoys writing and playing her guitar as creative outlets.
Lauren, B.S., CCC-SLP - Speech-Language Pathologist
Lauren attended the University of Arizona where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences as well as her SLPA certificate. She has been working with Ridge Zeller Therapy since 2016 where she has provided speech and language therapy in school-based, clinic-based, and home-based settings. She is dedicated to providing her clients with creative, fun, and meaningful speech therapy services. Lauren enjoys cooking, yoga, spending time outdoors, and all things interior design!
Logann, M.Ed., SLPA- Special Education Teacher/ Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant
Logann is an SLPA and a certified special education teacher.
Lora, M.A. Ed, M.S., CCC-SLP - Speech-Language Pathologist
She began her career as a Special Education Resource Teacher in 2002 before transitioning into the world of Speech-Language Pathology as a Speech-Language Technician in 2005. Lora received her second Master’s Degree from Northern Arizona University after working with children in the school setting for more than 10 years. Lora was born and raised in Niagra Falls, New York and has lived in the Phoenix area since 2003.
Mikayla, M.S., CCC-SLP - Speech-Language Pathologist
Mikayla graduated from Arizona State University in May 2020 and is in her Clinical Fellowship year. She has a variety of experiences providing speech-language therapy in both the clinic and school settings. Mikayla also has extensive experience as a behavior technician for children with autism in clinics and homes. Mikayla enjoys hiking, going to the theater and live music events, and singing.
Megan, M.S., CF-SLP - Speech-Language Pathologist
Megan holds her BS from the University of Oklahoma, and received her Masters Degree at Arizona State University. During graduate school she provided speech and language services to a toddler playgroup, adults with aphasia and fluency disorders, and an elementary-age literacy summer program. Additionally, she completed internships with a pediatric private practice and at a preschool and middle school in the Tempe Elementary School District. Megan enjoys watching TV, reading and cooking.
Mollie, M.S., CCC-SLP - Speech-Language Pathologist
Nikki, M.A., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist, Natural Setting Advisor & CF Trainer
Nikki received her Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders from Truman State University. Nikki has worked at an early intervention program in Missouri while she was in graduate school. She also studied abroad in England and ran theater seminars for British students who needed to learn an “American accent” for their acting roles. Nikki is also the Natural Setting Advisor and Clinical Fellowship Trainer at Ridge Zeller Therapy.
Paige, M.S., CCC-SLP - Speech-Language Pathologist
Paige earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Northern Arizona University in 2012 and her Master of Science degree in Clinical Speech-Language Pathology also from Northern Arizona University in 2014. When she first began her program she wished to work with the adult population. However, once she began her program she discovered her love of working with the pediatric population. Upon graduation, she moved to Orange County, California where she worked part-time at a private clinic and part-time at a Non-Public School specializing in working with children with Autism with behavioral challenges. After five years in California, she returned to her home state of Arizona. She now provides services to students with a variety of communication needs in the secondary school setting. During school breaks and in her free time, she enjoys traveling, going to the movies, game nights, Disneyland, and brunch!
Rachel, M.S., CCC-SLP- Speech-Language Pathologist
Rachel is certified in the SPEAK OUT!® Parkinson's voice therapy.
Sarah, M.S., CCC-SLP - Speech-Language Pathologist
Sophie, M.S., CF-SLP - Speech-Language Pathologist
Stefanie, M.S., CF-SLP - Speech-Language Pathologist
Stefanie earned her Bachelor Degree from the University of Redlands and her Masters Degree at Baylor University. Stefanie's experience includes ABA therapy as a registered behavior technician for a year, and completed speech therapy clinical practicums in an elementary school, middle school and early intervention clinic/tele-therapy. Her specialties include Applied Behavior Analysis, Articulation, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Early Intervention, and Speech Therapy. Her hobbies include Swimming, crafting, hanging out with friends, indoor cycling and going to the beach back home in Huntington Beach, CA. A fun fact about Stefanie is that she was a swimmer for 15 years, a water polo player for 9 years and a German dancer for 16 years
Tess, M.S., CCC-SLP - Speech-Language Pathologist
Tess received her Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders from Arizona State University. She was also a respite and rehabilitation provider for children and a literacy coach for adults learning English as a second language.
T.J., B.S., SLPA - Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant
T.J. is a Valley of the Sun native, with Bachelor of Science degrees from Arizona State University in Speech and Hearing Science and Psychology. T.J. passionately works to implement emerging and novel technologies into therapy to engage students. In his spare time, he enjoys tinkering with computers and game consoles, cycling, rowing, reading, and traveling with his wife Megan and their dogs Diego and Henry.