Shay Copple is a licensed Speech/Language Pathologist who has been practicing speech therapy in the Salem/Keizer area since 2007. She holds Master of Science in Communication Disorders from Eastern Washington University. Prior to her opportunity with Creating Pathways, Shay spent 10 years working with children in life skills and regular education classrooms. Shay has extensive experience working with children who are impacted with communication disorders such as autism, apraxia, cleft lip and palate, receptive/expressive language disorder, and articulation/phonology disorders to name a few. She prides herself on the lasting relationships she builds with children and their families. Shay loves chocolate and enjoys boating and spending quality family time with her husband and four young boys.
Emily Mattson has worked with children in multiple settings for over 10 years. She worked as an aide in a pediatric outpatient clinic where she fell in love with the profession and decided to go to school to become an certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. Emily graduated from Linn-Benton Community College with an Associate's of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially if that time is spent outdoors hiking, camping, or exploring new places.
Merissa Zielinski is a Licensed Speech/Language Pathologist who holds a Master of Science from NOVA Southeastern Florida University. Merissa began working with children in public, private, and alternative schools in 2010. Passionate about supporting children and their families, the move to Creating Pathways was a natural fit. She enjoys empowering parents to support their child's communication whether it be in the area of speech, phonology, fluency, language, or alternative/augmentative communication. In her free time Merissa enjoys chasing after her two young girls and helping her husband on their 3rd generation family farm and vineyard.
Kecia Speck is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. She graduated from Linn-Benton Community College with an Associate's of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy. She has worked with children, in a variety of capacities, throughout the span of her career. Kecia is a dynamic therapist who is passionate about providing evidence based practice. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, riding horses, and tending to her mini farm.