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PediaSpeech Clinical Staff

Our experienced Speech-Language Pathologists are committed to helping clients and families by creating and providing the most effective individualized treatment plans. All of our Speech-Language therapists are fully accredited by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and licensed by Georgia State Professional Licensing Board.

Our clinical staff includes: Jennifer McCullough, Carly Davis, Kayla BatesLauren Schichl, Sydney Hanks, Julia Conley, Julia Marvil, and Maria O'Farrell.





Jennifer McCullough, M.S. CCC-SLP

Jennifer-5879CC2Jennifer received her Bachelor’s degree in Child Psychology at The University of Western Ontario, followed by a Master’s of Science in Communication Disorders from Massachusetts Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA. Jennifer has over 20 years of experience as a pediatric speech and feeding specialist. Prior to starting PediaSpeech, Jennifer worked as a supervising speech therapist at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.  Jennifer is P.R.O.M.P.T., Beckman, Kauffman and Sara Rosenfield-Johnson trained for Apraxia and oral motor disorders.

Jennifer also has specialized training in Orton-Gillingham as a reading specialist. She is a trained orofacial myofunctional therapist and works closely with local orthodontists to treat reverse swallow patterns and tongue thrust. Jennifer is married and has two teenagers that keep her busy! Jennifer resides in Decatur and enjoys traveling with her family, Pilates, playing tennis and reading.


Carly Davis, M.Ed. CCC-SLP


Carly received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. She continued her education at Valdosta State University where she obtained a Masters of Education in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Carly joined PediaSpeech as a Speech-Language Pathologist because of her absolute love of children and to help parents in a one-on-one setting get kids to their fullest potential with communication. Before joining the PediaSpeech team, Carly worked in a variety of different settings, including pediatric clinics, preschools, elementary schools, and hospitals.

As a practicing clinician, Carly has treated a variety of speech and language disorders and symptoms including autism, Down Syndrome, childhood apraxia of speech, developmental delay, brain injury, sensory and behavioral feeding disorders and medically-based feeding disorders. Carly is trained in P.R.O.M.P.T., Beckman Oral Motor, and SOS (Sequential-Oral-Sensory) feeding program. Carly is specifically passionate about early language development associated with different diagnoses such as apraxia that result in expressive language delays in young children. Carly is also a trained feeding therapist with experience with newborns and young children with oral motor and sensory-based feeding difficulties.

Carly enjoys exercising, traveling, and attending sporting events such as Atlanta United, Falcons and Auburn Tigers. Carly is originally from Valdosta, Georgia and currently resides in Buckhead with her boyfriend and dog, “Matty Ice”.


Kayla Bates, M.C.D. CCC-SLP


Received her Bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders at The University of Alabama, followed by a Master’s of Communication Disorders in Speech-Language Pathology from Auburn University. During graduate school, Kayla completed her internship at United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham in Birmingham, Alabama, and was able to implement therapy with a wide range of pediatric clients, including those with speech, language, and feeding disorders. Before joining the team at PediaSpeech, Kayla worked in a number different settings, including outpatient clinics, preschools, and rehabilitation hospitals. Kayla has a heart for children of all ages and finds joy in in helping them reach their fullest potential.

Kayla enjoys traveling with family and friends, running, spending time outdoors, and watching Alabama football. Kayla grew up in Tuscaloosa, AL, and now resides in Atlanta.


Lauren Rulon, M.A. CCC-SLP

Lauren SchichlLauren attended Central Michigan University where she received both her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders and her Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology. Her past experiences include working for elementary and middle schools, as well as a pediatric private practice setting. Lauren has treated a variety of speech and language disorders including, articulation/phonological disorders, language disorders, Apraxia of Speech, fluency disorders, and developmental delays. She has a special interest in stuttering/fluency, augmentative communication, and early language development.

Lauren grew up in Michigan and moved to Florida in 2012. She recently relocated to the Atlanta area. In her free time, Lauren enjoys going to the beach, watching sports, staying active, and spending time with her soon-to-be husband and two dogs.


Sydney Hanks, M.S. CF-SLP

Sydney attended Florida State University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Family and Child Sciences, then continued her studies at the University of South Alabama where she received a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. During her graduate studies, she gained experience in a variety of settings, such as outpatient clinics, preschools, elementary schools, adult rehabilitation centers, and hospitals. She has performed therapy with a range of pediatric clients, such as those with speech, language, and feeding disorders. Sydney joined the team as a Speech-Language Pathologist because of her passion for helping children of all ages grow and strengthen their communication abilities and find their voice.

In her free time, Sydney loves to travel, exercise, spend time with family and friends, attend sporting events, and cheer on the Florida State Seminoles! Sydney grew up in South Florida and now lives in Atlanta.


Julia Conley, M.S. CCC-SLP

Julia received her bachelor’s degree in Early Elementary Education from the University of Louisville, she taught in the Jefferson County Schools in the metro area of Louisville, Kentucky. During this time, she completed a master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from Western Kentucky University.  During her internship at Western, she assisted students with a variety of disabilities in a clinical setting as well as at a day camp. While working part-time at PediaSpeech, Julia also works as a full-time school speech therapist with students (Kindergarten- 8th grade) who possess a wide variety of speech and language disorders.  Julia enjoys observing the growth of a child and celebrating each win, big or small, that comes with being a Speech Therapist.

In her free time, Julia enjoys spending time with her family and her cat, Louie, attending sporting events with friends, shopping, traveling, and drinking coffee.  On the weekends you can find her on the Beltline or cheering on the Louisville Cardinals! Julia is originally from Kentucky but currently resides in Old Fourth Ward in Atlanta, where she has lived since 2018.


Vanessa Volz, M.S. CCC-SLP

Vanessa received her Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education at Georgia College and State University, and then received her Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Georgia Southern University in Savannah. Her past experiences include working with children in the elementary school setting, as well as her graduate program’s outpatient clinic. Vanessa has implemented speech therapy practices with children with Significant Developmental Delay, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, ADD/ADHD, Articulation/Phonological Disorder, Language Disorder, Fluency Disorder, Mild Intellectual Disability, and Specific Learning Disability. Vanessa believes in patient/family-centered care and enjoys working with children and their families/guardian(s) to help them accomplish their communication goals and feel empowered.

Vanessa grew up in Peachtree City, Georgia. She lived in Milledgeville and Savannah while she attended college, and now has recently moved to the Atlanta area to start a new adventure. In her free time, Vanessa likes to read a good book/listen to an audiobook, work out, play games/board games, kayak, hike, go to concerts, spend time with family and friends, go on fun dates with her boyfriend, be outdoors and draw.


Julia Marvil, OTD, OTR/L

Julia received her bachelor’s degree in psychology & linguistics from Emory University, and her doctorate degree in occupational therapy from MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA. Julia has focused her professional experiences around working with children of all ages and skills within outpatient clinics, home health, and acute inpatient settings. She has experience with developmental and learning disorders, feeding disorders, sensory integration, and mental health. Julia is particularly passionate about family-centered care and helping children gain the tools and the confidence to live their best lives. Julia is Feed the Peds certified and trained in SOS (Sequential-Oral-Sensory) feeding program. Julia grew up in New York and moved back down to Atlanta in 2020. In her free time, Julia enjoys cooking, hiking, exploring the city, and spending time with her friends, and family.


Maria O'Farrell, M.S. OTR/L

Maria received her Bachelor of Health Science degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. After working in customer service, Maria continued her education and received her Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy degree from Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida. She relocated to Atlanta to be closer to family and joined the PediaSpeech team to pursue her passion of working with children with special needs as part of an interdisciplinary team.

Maria has several years of experience working with special needs children from working as a swim coach, a nanny and volunteering with community organizations. She has experience treating children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Developmental Coordination Disorder, ADHD, Arthrogryposis, Ataxia, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, and Developmental Delay. As a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, she is able to keep up with the most recent treatment guidelines and research.

In her free time, Maria enjoys watching college football (go gators!), being outside, and spending time with friends and family.


Also, please meet our Administrative Team Members