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Dr. Varnado completed her Bachelor's (1999) and Master's (2001) degree at Southeastern Louisiana University and her PhD from Louisiana State University (2015) in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has 17 years experience in the treatment of children with developmental disabilities in Livingston Parish Public Schools, at Children's Hospital of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Launch. Her research interests include treatments addressing speech breathing in children with cerebral palsy.
Chantelle B. Varnado, PhD, CCC-SLP
Danielle graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from LSUHSC in 2003. She has exclusively worked with the pediatric population for the past 13 years in both outpatient and home health settings. She has experience serving children with many different diagnosis, including Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Sensory Modulation Disorder, Feeding Disorders, Hydrocephalus, and other neurological impairments. She has also served as a team member of the Infant, Child, and Family Center, which serves children birth to six years old, who have been prenatally exposed to alcohol and/or other drugs.
Cheri earned her undergraduate degree at the Southeastern Louisiana University (1985) and holds a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from Louisiana State University (1988). Cheri brings her 30 year experience working as a Speech Pathologist in the local school system to her current role at LAUNCH. For 15 years Cheri participated on the Child Search team conducting transdisciplinary diagnostic assessments for preschoolers. Her experience in public schools allows her to assist parents during the transition into school programs, assist parents during the IEP process, and to collaborate with the child’s school-based clinician.
Katelyn graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from ULM in 2009. She was a certified elementary educator for grades 1-5 from 2009-2011. She returned to ULM to pursue her associate degree in occupational therapy and graduated May 2012. She practiced in adult inpatient rehabilitation with various diagnoses such as traumatic brain injuries, cerebral vascular accidents, orthopedic injuries, and spinal chord injuries. She has also practiced in outpatient pediatric clinics, pre-schools, and Pat Walker’s Children’s House for Abused and Neglected children while a resident in Fayetteville, AR. She returned to Louisiana to pursue her master’s degree in occupational therapy and was a member of the first graduating class of master’s of occupational therapy from ULM in December 2015.
LAUNCH understands the needs of exceptional children and their families. With a complete staff of professionals and volunteers, we are here to provide support for the children and their caregivers through individual and group therapy services, parent support groups and religious education.
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Rebecca received her bachelor's degree (1998) and master's degree (2000) from Southeastern Louisiana University. She spent the firs six years of her career treating adult and geriatric populations, with a variety of communication, cognitive, and swallowing disorders, in an acute care and inpatient rehabilitation setting. Rebecca has spent the last nine (+) years working with people who have intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities. She enjoys advocating for her patients and helping them have the best quality of life possible.
Tara has held a variety of positions in the medical field including Basic Emergency Medical Technician, Medical Assistant, and Insurance Coordinator. She worked in OB/GYN, ENT, and Pain Management prior to becoming a stay-at-home mom. In the 11 years since her son was born, she has spent much of her time advocating for her own children and their needs. This eventually led her to volunteer at Launch accepting a position as office manager.
Alyssa received her bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University in 2015 and a master’s degree from Southeastern Louisiana in 2017. She has experience serving children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down syndrome, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Fluency disorders, and voice disorders. She brings expertise in serving patients with in group settings. Her clinical experiences include speech, language, swallowing, and augmentative/alternative communication devices. Alyssa’s passion is to serve the pediatric population and she looks forwards to assisting each child to meet their full potential!
LAUNCH provides high-quality evidence-based practices conveniently located for the residents of Livingston Parish and surrounding areas. This enables children to participate in optimal therapy, academic, and family time.
Tina has been in the medical field for over fourteen years. She has worked in chiropractics, family practice and psychiatry. She’s worked with the foster care system for several years to help children achieve permanency in safe and loving homes. During that time she has gained valuable experience in helping children with special needs access medical services. She had a sister with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus who greatly influenced the passion she has for helping children and families. Her extensive insurance and billing knowledge allow her to assist families by helping them get the most of their benefits. She joined the Launch team in May of 2018 as our office manager.
Megan received her bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University (2015) and her Masters of Occupational Therapy from LSU Health Sciences Center-New Orleans (2018). She has experience serving children with autism, genetic conditions, and sensory processing disorders. Her clinical experiences include outpatient pediatrics, NICU, outpatient neuro, and acute care. Megan enjoys helping children gain independence in everyday activities to become active participants in their family and community.
Dominique received her Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana Tech University, graduating in 2009 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Tennessee State University in 2012. Dominique is a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician with training in special needs transportation and is certified in Pediatric KT taping. Dominique has experience in adult and pediatric acute care, outpatient pediatrics, aquatics, adult outpatient, adult inpatient rehab, skilled nursing, and wound care. Dominique is also able to cast for Cascade orthotics.
Dominique Player-Lewis, DPT
Danea received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders (2015) at Louisiana State University and her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology (2018) at Southern University. She has over 3 years of experience in treating ASD and other related developmental disorders as a registered line technician. Her pediatric clinical experiences include assessing and treating children with articulation, fluency, voice, pragmatic, and language disorders within individual, small group, and classroom settings. She is especially interested in helping children with complex communication disorders discover their voice through augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). It is her mission to to help each child discover and use their voice to reach their greatest potential.
Brandi received her degree from Delgado Community College in 2016. She has experience serving children with autism, cerebral palsy, developmental disabilities, sensory processing, and disruptive behaviors. Brandi has two years experience working in pediatric outpatient clinics. She is certified in Interactive Metronome, a program designed to refine a child's cognitive and motor skills. Brandi has a passion for being creative which she loves to incorporate in her work with children.
Lindsey received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (2016) at Louisiana State University and her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology (2018) at University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She has experience serving children and adults with a variety of communication disorders. Her clinical experiences include adult and pediatric outpatient care, as well as adult inpatient care. Lindsey enjoys collaborating with other therapy disciplines, as well as the child’s caregivers, in order to help a child reach success.
Katy received her bachelors degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2016 from Southeastern Louisiana University, and her masters degree in 2019 from Southeastern University. She has clinical experience with medically fragile children, autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, various neurological conditions, feeding and swallowing difficulties, and speech/language delays. Katy has also completed 16 hours of continuing education in the area of pediatric feeding. Katy believes early intervention is the key to success, and is dedicated to helping each child reach his or her greatest potential.