Speech Therapy


Bright Start has an excellent team of Speech Language Pathologists. All of our therapists hold their Clinical Certificate of Competence (CCC) awarded by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) for completing coursework through masters level and an additional year of a clinical fellowship or are currently completing their Clinical Fellowship Year.

The members of our team have pursued additional training in the areas of feeding, Autism, early childhood language development, PECS (picture exchange communication systems), apraxia, and severe speech sound disorders. One of our Midlands therapists (Megan Jaramillo) is currently completing the certification process for Auditory Verbal Therapy. Our team has also completed two 12 hour trainings including Sarah Rosenfield Johnson CCC-SLP’s Three Part Treatment Plan for Oral Placement Therapy and Lori Overland, M.S., CCC-SLP’s Feeding Therapy: A Sensory Motor Approach to help us better serve the growing population of children with feeding needs. We look forward to helping your family!


  • Midlands: Swansea, Pelion, Batesburg, Wagner, Ridge Spring, Monetta, Gilbert, Lexington, Northeast Columbia, Columbia, Chapin, Irmo, Hopkins, and Blythewood
  • Up-State: Spartanburg, Pickens, Greenville, Simpsonville, Easley, Taylors, Travelers Rest, Mauldin, Liberty, Pickens, and Greer
  • Low Country: Charleston, West Ashley, Mt. Pleasant, North Charleston, Goose Creek, Summerville, Monks Corner, Ravenel, Johns Island, Hollywood, James Island, and Cross.

Kelli Floyd -CCC-SLP, SLP Supervisor, Charleston, SC


18Kelli Floyd has been a Speech- Language Pathologist since 2004. She received her undergraduate degree from Columbia College and her Masters from the University of South Carolina. She worked for the first 5 years in Lexington School District 1 where she gathered experience with the preschool population, and worked the last year at the district with the preschool Autism program. After leaving the school district, Kelli joined the team at Kaufman Therapy Services to serve the birth to three population through BabyNet. She has enjoyed learning more about this age group and getting to work directly with the families of her clients. She moved to Charleston, SC in 2014 to expand the Bright Start speech team in the Low Country and is exited to continue her journey at Bright Start.
In her free time she enjoys spending time with her two children, Jay and Meyer Addison, husband, Lee, and two dogs, Fenway and Dustin having fun around Charleston!

Sarah Myers – CCC-SLP, SLP Supervisor, Columbia, SC

Lead Speech Language Pathologist

18Sarah earned a speech pathology master’s degree from the University of South Carolina in 2010. She has experience working in the public school system and private practice before beginning work with Bright Start in 2012. Sarah’s clinical experience and areas of interest include pediatric language, articulation, fluency, and feeding disorders. She also has experience as an ABA line therapist. Sarah loves working in early intervention with the goal to help families help their children reach their full potential. Sarah lives in Columbia and is married to Matthew Myers.

Lindsay Gantt – CCC-SLP, Charleston, SC

18I currently live in Goose Creek, SC with my husband (Trey), two year old boy (Drew), and a yellow lab named Hooper. We enjoy going to USC football games and spending our summers on the beach. I received my Bachelor’s degree from The University of South Carolina and worked as an Early Interventionist for almost five years. During this time I worked closely with speech-language pathologists and developed a passion for the field. I decided to go back to school and I received my Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University in 2013. I love working with children and their families and I believe in the importance of incorporating caregivers into the therapeutic process. I am excited to be a part of the Bright Start team and to provide speech-language and feeding therapy services to children throughout the low country area.

Kasey Keown – CCC-SLP, Columbia, SC

Speech Language Pathologist

18Kasey graduated from Auburn University in 2014 with a Master’s in Communication Disorders. She chose the field of Speech Language Pathology because of her interest in working with children and a desire to help them reach their potential. She believes communication is a powerful tool and enjoys helping children discover and expand their abilities in this area. During her time as both an undergraduate and graduate student she enjoyed working with children, particularly with the preschool population, and continues to enjoy her work. She moved from Phenix City, AL to Columbia and joined the Bright Start team in August of 2014. Her specific interest in the field include articulation and phonological delays, and childhood apraxia of speech, as well as other expanding interests.

Ashley Winters – CCC-SLP, Charleston, SC

Speech Language Pathologist


I was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama. My husband (David) and I currently live in Charleston with our children, Landon (4) and Averie Ann (2). I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Alabama focusing on Communicative Disorders and with a minor in Psychology. I continued my studies at the University of South Alabama where I completed my Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. It has been ten years since I graduated with my Master’s and I have enjoyed every second of being a Speech Pathologist. It is an extremely rewarding career that allows you to work on many different areas of a child’s development such as: feeding skills, language development, speech delay, articulation as well as social skills to name a few. I feel very blessed to have found such as awesome company to work for! It is very rewarding to work so closely with family members and to give them the opportunity to make a huge difference in their children’s lives. When children achieve milestones, whether big or small, it brings smiles to the whole team!

Dee Huggins – CCC-SLP, Columbia, SC

Speech Language Pathologist


I am very excited to have recently join the Bright Start family as a speech language pathologist. At this time, I am on a PRN status as I journey to complete my sixteenth year serving children in the public school system. This is my second career. Prior to earning my masters degree in Speech Pathology, I previously enjoyed working as a counselor serving hearing impaired high school students, a rehabilitation counselor serving the elderly blind, and a director of a community based program serving adults who wished to pursue higher education. I have worked in a variety of settings including rehabilitation centers and nursing homes, home health, and a private clinic. I look forward to being an active member of this speech pathology team as we serve our Bright Start families.

Katie Harrison – CFY-SLP, Columbia, SC

Speech Language Pathologist


Born and raised in Florida, I moved to Columbia in 2013 where I received my Master of Speech Pathology degree from the University of South Carolina. My younger brother, Jay, was diagnosed with a speech and language disorder at a young age. Because of this I was able to see first hand the benefits of having a Speech-Language Pathologist in the home environment. While I was only 10 at the time, my passion of helping others communicate effectively began developing. I started working with children during my teen years teaching dance classes and tutoring. From that point on, I knew pediatrics was a population I was passionate about and enjoyed working with. My areas of interest include working with children with hearing loss, feeding disorders, and language disorders. I feel very blessed to be a part of such an awesome team at Bright Start!

Rupal Patel – Speech and Language Intake Coordinator , Columbia, SC


I graduated from Devry University with a Bachelor’s degree in Operations Management with a focus in Logistics. I worked for a little while at Boise Cascade as an Operations Assistant before moving to TN where I joined the Walgreens team as a Store Operations Manager. Three years later, my husband was promoted and we moved to New Jersey. While living in New Jersey, I was fortunate to have the option to stay at home and enjoy our little girl grow up. After four years in NJ, we asked to be moved back to the south because we decided that the cold weather and fast life were not for us. This move brought us here to Lexington, SC. We loved it the minute we moved, and have decided we are going to retire here. As time passed by, our little girl was growing so fast and started school, which left me trying to find things for myself to do. I decided that I would start to work part time. As I began looking for a job, I ran into Beth Bunge, one of the owners of Bright Start, who also happens to be my neighbor. She offered me the opportunity to come and work for her a couple of hours a week, and gladly accepted the position. Little did I know that Bright Start would be growing and that I would be part of a great team. Since starting with Bright Start in the Speech Department, we have grown from one Speech Therapist to nine Speech Therapists, and have expanded to other locations besides Columbia and Greenville. Over the years I have learned so much about ways and resources to help families who may not know where to go or where to start for services. I enjoy working for Bright Start, where everyone makes a difference in a family’s life. When I get a call from a family who is very grateful for our services because their child has made such great progress, I can say that I played a very small part in helping that family reach their success.

Rachel Walker – CCC-SLP Spartanburg, SC

Speech Language Pathologist


When I started at Anderson University, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to major in, but I knew I wanted to work with children. During college, I tutored at a local elementary school and became connected with the speech therapist who worked there. Through shadowing her and learning more about the profession, I knew this was what I wanted to do. After graduation, I went on to Western Carolina University where I earned my Master’s degree in speech therapy in 2012. While there, I took part in a grant funded by the US Dept. of Education through which I was able to specialize in working with children who have severe disabilities and autism. I am passionate about serving these children and their families, so when I was able to join Bright Start in July 2013 I was excited to have the opportunity to do just that.

Mary Beth Campbell – CCC-SLP Greenville, SC

Speech Language Pathologist


I grew up in the Upstate and am so excited to return to my home town. My other favorite city, Charleston, is were I received my bachelors in Elementary Education. I left College of Charleston and went straight to University of South Carolina to begin my masters program in speech and language pathology. I graduated from USC in 2005 and have worked in many different settings, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, schools and the natural environment. I began seeing mainly pediatrics in 2009 and love working with my “kiddos” and their families! My husband, Perry, is also from the upstate and we have two awesome kids!

Paolina Szemra – CCC-SLP Greenville, SC

Speech Language Pathologist


I earned my Master’s of Speech Language Pathology from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania in 2012. Ready for a change, and some warmer weather, I completed my clinical rotations and accepted my first job in the south! After working with the geriatric population, I realized how much I enjoyed and missed working within the early intervention realm. I joined Bright Start in January of 2014 and have loved every minute of it. I am proud to be part of such a great team! My areas of interest include pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders and social pragmatic language development. I am married to Brandon, and we live in Greenville with our four-legged 86 pound German Shorthaired Pointer, Derks!

Michelle Flynn – CCC-SLP Columbia, SC

Speech Language Pathologist


Michelle Flynn has been an SLP for over 20 years. She received her Master of Science in Communication Science and Disorders from James Madison University, Va in 1993. Michelle worked for the Health Department in Va, Johns Hopkins in Maryland, and Early Intervention Programs in Washington DC, VA and MD. Michelle ran a private practice while on diplomatic mission in South America from 2007-2012 and in New Orleans from 2013-2015. Michelle’s husband, Mike, retired from the Marine Corps in 2015 and they relocated, with their 2 children, to Lexington, South Carolina. In the summer of 2015 Michelle began working for Bright Start.


Bright Start is now accepting resumes for full-time speech language pathologists in the South Carolina Upstate area. Please submit resumes to employment@brightstartsc.com


Send referrals to:

    • 720 Gracern Road, Suite 450 Columbia, SC 29210
    • Fax: (803) 929-1418
    • or call Rupal Patel at (803) 227-3757


Bright Start Seeking ST

Bright Start is a private provider of Early Intervention services throughout South Carolina. We are currently seeking a full time Speech Therapist and a PRN position for Greenville and Spartanburg counties to serve children birth to five. We offer…

  • Competitive salary
  • Medical Insurance
  • Travel Reimbursement
  • 3 weeks of Paid Time Off
  • Continuing Education
  • 401(k)

Minimum requirements: Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology, SC Speech-Language Pathology License, and a year experience working with the birth to three population preferred. Please submit your resume to employment@brightstart.us or contact Kelli Floyd, Speech Therapy Supervisor, at 803.413.3701.

Primary referral sources, including hospitals, physicians health care providers, social services agencies, day care providers, therapists, etc., are required to refer a child, birth to three years of age who may benefit from early intervention services, to BabyNet within two working days after identification (34 CFR Sec.303.321). Once referred, BabyNet wil ask the parent(s)/ guardian for consent before determining eligibility.
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