Speech and Language therapy works...
and lasts a lifetime.

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Our Team


- Executive Team -




Chandelle Micklich, MS, CCC-SLP
Director of Programs / Speech Language Pathologist

Chandelle’s smile has been lighting up the Early Life Speech & Language Spokane clinic since September 2011. She is delighted to be able to work with families in a fun, friendly environment where parents and caregivers are directly involved in therapy. Chandelle holds a master’s degree in communication disorders from Eastern Washington University. E-mail Chandelle at cmicklich@earlylifespeech.org.


- Speech Language Pathologists -



Kerri Baldwin, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist, Spokane

Kerri joined Early Life Speech & Language in 2006, after working as a therapist at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital. Every day, she is thankful for the chance to work with so many bright children—and their dedicated parents—who can receive the support they need to learn to communicate at home, in school and for life, at no cost to families. Kerri earned her master’s degree in speech and hearing science from Eastern Washington University. She is a devoted Mariners fan. E-mail Kerri at kbaldwin@earlylifespeech.org.




Alice Hollopeter, MA, CCC-SLP
Clinic Manager / Speech Language Pathologist, Walla Walla

Alice joined Early Life Speech & Language as Walla Walla Clinic Manager and Speech Language Pathologist in February 2017. Prior to joining the team, Alice worked as a K-12 Teletherapist, as a public school SLP, and for a non-profit clinic. She received her undergraduate degree from Minot State University and Master's degree from U of M, Duluth. Alice grew up in Saskatchewan, Canada. She says the best part of working at Early Life Speech & Language is helping children reach their potential and providing families with the opportunity to be part of their child’s success. Email Alice at ahollopeter@earlylifespeech.org.







Beth Novak, M.S., CCC-SLP
Clinic Manager / Speech Language Pathologist, Bremerton

Beth joined Early Life Speech & Language as the Bremerton Clinic Manager and Speech Language Pathologist in August 2018. She spent the last 10 years working in pediatrics in the medical setting, most recently at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Beth served in the Peace Corps in Tonga, where she met the King, and has traveled to over 30 countries. She graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Speech and Hearing Sciences and then went on to receive her MS in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Washington. Beth says the best thing about working with kids at Early Life Speech & Language is helping each child reach their fullest potential without the worry of speech holding them back. Email Beth at bnovak@earlylifespeech.org.




Asha Pence, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist, Spokane

Asha joined Early Life Speech & Language in 2016, after working at the Center for Pediatric Therapy. She graduated from Eastern Washington University in 2014 with her Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders. EWU might be her alma mater, but she cheers on the WSU Cougar football team with her “forever-Coug” husband. She finds time to play softball in-between taking care of her three dogs and preparing to be a new mom. Asha is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of such a close community of staff, therapists, and families, and is excited to be a part of each child’s and families’ journey to successful communication. Email Asha at apence@earlylifespeech.org.


- Administrative Support -



Alana Willmann
Office Manager, Spokane

Alana joined Early Life Speech & Language in Spokane as office manager in October 1996. She is a “never-say-no” administrator who adeptly manages correspondence, client files, fiscal accounting and so much more. It makes Alana happy to see a transition in the children who come to Early Life Speech & Language for services: “I love watching the kids change from being shy and timid when they start therapy to confident and ready to conquer the world when they graduate.” E-mail Alana at awillmann@earlylifespeech.org.



The prevalence of speech sound disorder in young children is 8 to 9 percent. By the first grade, roughly 5 percent of children have noticeable speech disorders; the majority of these speech disorders have no known cause.

SOURCE: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.