Speech and Language Pathologists

Theresa Barrett

Theresa has been a speech and language pathologist for 32 years and was born in Dublin, Georgia. She moved to Athens, Georgia where she went to the University of Georgia and received her B.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology and then her Masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
She wants all children to be able to share their wants and needs to those around them. It is her passion to make it so all children to have a “voice” in their world

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Meredith Pharr

Meredith Pharr is a speech therapist in the Clermont office. She is originally from Marietta, GA. She attended Berry College in Rome, GA and went on to obtain a masters degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Georgia.  She is a GA State licensed clinician and holds her certificate of clinical competence from ASHA. She has resided in Hall county for 10 years. Prior to that, she lived in Lexington, VA for eight years.  She has been married for 21 years and has four boys. Over the last 20 years as an SLP, she has worked in the school system, both inpatient and outpatient rehab, nursing homes, and early intervention. Meredith is excited and honored to be a part of the Ability team.  It is her desire to serve children and work closely with their families. She believes that when given the opportunity every child can achieve the ability to express him or herself. The joy of seeing her patients achieve, and often surpass, others’ expectations is what drives her passion to serve children and their families here at Ability.


Kathryn Kelly

Kathryn Kelly is our full time speech therapist in the Cornelia office. She is originally from Chattanooga, TN. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Disorders and continued to receive Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology both from University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. She is a GA State licensed clinician and holds her certificate of clinical competence from ASHA. She has resided in Habersham for 10 years, married to her high school sweet heart for 20 years and has 3 children. Over the last 20 years, she has worked in clinics, rehabilitation services, and the school system. In the recent past, due to her drive to serve children she has been led to work in the outpatient setting, making a difference in the lives of children and their families by providing speech therapy services.  She has always loved working with children and believes that communication opens opportunities which help with their development and aids families with their care.


Monica Parker

Monica Parker is a speech therapist in our Cornelia office. She was born and raised in Habersham County and graduated from Habersham Central in 1992. She furthered her education by graduating from the University of Georgia in 1997 with her Bachelors Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She then received her Masters Degree in Communication Disorders from Appalachian State University in 1999. She is ASHA certified and GA licensed with 20 years in the field of Speech Language Pathology. She has been married to her high school sweetheart since 1997 they have three sons (Clay, Carson, and Cole).  Her passion for Speech Language Pathology began as an undergraduate student, when she saw the incredible, positive impact it had on a family member recovering from a stroke. She had always wanted to work with children in some capacity, and was convinced this was her field when she realized she could help children as an SLP.  She has loved being part of helping children learn to communicate for 20 years now, and sees it as a calling and a privilege to be part of the lives of so many children and their families.


Jodi Palmer

Jodi is a speech and language pathologist in the Clermont office. After graduating from Union County High school, she attended North Georgia College before transferring to the University of Georgia. She holds a certificate of linical competence through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is a Georgia state licensced clinician. Jodi has over 25 years of experience as an SLP within the public school setting. She is very excited for the opportunity to work with clients in a private setting at Ability and be a part of the team. She lives in Cleveland, GA and is married with two young adult children. She loves watching children grow in their ability to communicate effectively with others and finds her job very rewarding.


Aly Groover

Aly is a speech-language pathologist in the Cornelia and Gainesville offices. Aly is originally from Gainesville, GA. She received her B.S.Ed. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Georgia in May of 2019. She then received her Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Valdosta State University in December of 2020. She is a GA state licensed clinician and is currently completing her clinical fellowship in order to earn her certificate of clinical competence from ASHA. Aly is active in her church community and enjoys singing, playing tennis, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends. Aly has always loved children and is so excited to help them develop the communication skills they need to thrive.


Cheryl Danner

Cheryl has been a speech and language pathologist for 25 years and was born in Tifton, Ga.  She moved to Valdosta, Ga and received a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders and Masters of Education in Speech Language Pathology. She has been married for 26 years and has two daughters. Cheryl has worked in schools, rehab facilities, early intervention and private practice. 
Children has always been her passion. She feels every child deserves a voice and loves being a part of that journey! Cheryl is excited to be part of the Ability Team!


Stephanie Nicholson

Stephanie, originally from St. Pauls, North Carolina, moved to Franklin Springs, Georgia in 2011 where she met her husband and completed her B. A. in Psychology at Emmanuel College. She has lived in Habersham County since 2016 and completed her M. S. in Speech-Language Pathology through Western Kentucky University in May of 2020. She is a GA licensed speech-language pathologist in her Clinical Fellowship working towards her ASHA certification. She works part-time for Ability at the Cornelia office, full-time for the Habersham County Schools, and is a community swim coach for Tallulah Falls School. She loves seeing children meet their goals and believes that everyone has the right to communicate their needs and desires.