Our clinical staff at Speech Pathology Services treats patients at Southeastern Regional Medical Center, The Southeastern Lifestyle Center for Fitness and Rehabilitation, Public Schools of Robeson County, preschool programs, home health agencies, and at our outpatient clinic on Oakridge Boulevard.

Jennifer Stephenson


Jennifer Inman Stephenson is the owner and President of Speech Pathology Services of Robeson, Inc. Jennifer is a native of Fairmont NC and attended East Carolina University where she received her undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders and a Masters in Speech-Language Pathology. Jennifer and her husband Ken bought SPS in 2004 from Linda A. Smith after moving back from Raleigh to be closer to home and family. SPS has been a staple in the medical community for over 33 years.

Along with day to day operations at SPS, Jennifer is also the Director of Clinical Compliance. She oversees documentation as well as compliance with federal and state regulations for speech therapy services.

Jennifer has gained a wealth of knowledge through the years through specialized training in several areas. These include, but are not limited to: Pediatric Feeding/Swallowing and Assessment, Dysphagia and Modified Barium Swallows, Voice, Rythmic Phonetics, Articulation and Language, IEP/CECAS,  Cognitive-Based Therapy, Tracheostomy  Training, Mechanical Ventilation, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Lindamood-Bell Phoneme Sequencing Training (LIPS). Jennifer is a certified VitalStim Therapy Provider as well. Jennifer also conducts speech and language workshops for local pediatricians, daycare providers, preschools, and parent groups for awareness and education on speech and language concerns.

Jennifer has gained experience working with children and adults birth through geriatrics in settings here at SPS. Jen is dedicated to providing personalized therapy programs enabling her patients to achieve communication and swallowing goals through a variety of therapeutic approaches.

Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband Ken and their 3 boys. She is a soccer, surf, scout, as well as a dirt-bike mom. Jennifer is a member of First Presbyterian Church on Chestnut St. in Lumberton. She is also a Past President of the Junior Service League as well as a Sustainer. Jennifer was a past Gala co-chair of the Southeastern Regional Medical Center Gala and has served on that committee for several years. She is an active member of the NC Speech-Language Hearing Association (NCSHLA) and serves on the Professional Affairs Committee.  Jennifer is also an active (ASHA) American Speech-Language Hearing Association member. Jennifer is licensed by the board of NC and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

Brad Bowers

M.S., CCC-SLP Lead Therapist at SPS

Brad Bowers is a speech language pathologist who works at Speech Pathology Services of Robeson. He has been employed at this establishment for one and a half decades.  He grew up in Illinois, went to college in both Illinois and Kentucky, the latter where he earned his Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders. 


He now resides in Lumberton, North Carolina with his partner David Zeitz.  His hobbies include exercising, reading, learning new skills, providing for his two poodles, and completing home projects within and outside his residence. 


His specialties and interests include the pediatric and geriatric populations for disorders ranging from general speech and language development through communicative disorders as they relate to specific disabilities or diseases.  He has gained a broad range of professional expertise within the field of speech pathology and daily uses these skills to provide optimal care to those patients that present with a myriad of communication disorders.  Specifically he has completed formal trainings in school based IEP planning and development, pediatric feeding, adult dysphagia, Lingraphica AAC aphasia device use, and the Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing (LiPS) reading program which also includes Visualizing and Verbalizing.

Allan Gentry

M.S., CCC-SLP Lead Therapist at Southeastern Health

My name is Allan Gentry. I grew up here in Lumberton, NC and currently live in the Fayetteville area. I obtained my bachelor's degree in Communication Disorders from NC State University and my Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from UNC-Greensboro. I currently have the privilege, through SPS, to serve my hometown community as a Speech-Language Pathologist at Southeastern Health. I enjoy working with the adult population in a variety of settings, particularly the hospital. I am married and have three children at home, so when I do have spare time, I like to work out, play golf, cook, and fish.

Charlotte Martin


Charlotte Martin is a Speech-Language Pathologist at Speech Pathology Services, Inc. She provides skilled services at Southeastern Lifestyle Center for Fitness and Rehabilitation, Southeastern Health, and Woodhaven. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with major in Communication Studies, a second major in Psychology, and a minor in History. She earned her Masters degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from East Carolina University. Charlotte first came to Speech Pathology Services of Robeson as a graduate clinician in 2015. She quickly fell in love with the area as well as the SPS family and happily accepted a position at SPS following her graduation from East Carolina University. She is originally from Elizabethtown, NC and currently lives in the Bladenboro, NC with her husband, Bridger. Charlotte holds certifications in LSVT LOUD ® (a voice rehabilitation program for individuals with Parkinson’s disease), MBSImP (Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile), and FEES (fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing). Charlotte has a special interest in treating adults with acquired language and swallowing disorders. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading, singing, and playing hand bells.

Ashley Glenn


My name is Ashley Glenn. I was born and raised in Fayetteville, NC. I received my Bachelor’s in Speech and Theatre from Fayetteville State University and Master's in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I have recently moved from Charlotte, NC where I have been practicing for almost 10 years in public schools, daycares, and home health.  I began with SPS-R as PRN, and I loved it so much that I decided to come on board full-time. I specialize in the assessment and treatment of preschool/school-age articulation, fluency, and language disorders. I have a special interest in the assessment and treatment of bilingual children with communication disorders. I am married to an awesome husband, and we have an active little boy. In my free-time, I enjoy spending quality time with my family, playing with our fur baby, binge watching television shows, and shopping on-line. I love being an SLP, and my goal is to always collaborate with families, teachers, and other professionals to help my clients reach their fullest potential.

Taravia McLawhorn


My name is Tara McLawhorn. I was born in Oklahoma, however, I grew up in Greenville, NC. I received my Bachelor’s degree from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Speech Pathology and Audiology and earned my Master’s from North Carolina Central University in Communication Sciences and Disorders. I have experience working in the school, private-practice, and hospital settings with a wide variety of patient populations and disorders in medically-complex patients in acute care, dysphagia treatment, and treating language disorders. I enjoy working with patients and clients across the lifespan; with a special interest in Dysphagia. I have an active 4-year old who keeps me young and thriving. I enjoy hula-hooping, cooking, and spending time with the ones that mean the most to me!

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Robbie Bridgeman

Robbie Bridgeman lives in Lumberton, NC and has all her life. She has been employed with Speech Pathology Services since 2002. She has 2 beautiful daughters, Shannon and Heather, both of which still live in Lumberton and are considered her best friends. She also has 2 dogs that she enjoys spending time with. During her free time, she likes going to the beach, cooking out, and working in her yard.

Robbie feels that working in the front office gives her an opportunity to get to know the patients and their families on an individual basis. She really enjoys the people that she works with and considers SPS her extended family.

Katie Grissom

SLP Assistant

My name is Katie Grissom.  I am from Lumberton, North Carolina.  I attended The University of North Carolina at Pembroke and received a bachelor degree in psychology and an Associated degree in Speech Assistant from Fayetteville Tech.  Currently I hold a position at Speech Pathology Services of Robeson as a Speech Pathology Assistant for children birth-school age  I work with children  birth-three years of age on their cognitive, fine and gross motor skills.  In my down time I enjoy reading novels, going to the beach, shopping and hanging out with friends and family.

Christa Edwards

SLP Assistant

Christa Edwards is a speech language pathology assistant at Speech Pathology Services in Lumberton, NC. Christa has 6 years experience working with children in this field. She was born and raised in Fayetteville, NC and received her associates degree from Fayetteville Technical Community College. She provides speech therapy for receptive and expressive language disorders and delays, articulation therapy, and fluency therapy. Christa enjoys continuing to help children of all ages communicate effectively.

Tango Loclear

SLP Assistant

My name is Tango Locklear, I currently live in Pembroke NC.  I am married and have an eleven year old son. I currently work for Speech Pathology Services of Robeson as a Speech Language-Pathology Assistant. I enjoy working with children, spending time with my family, and going to church. I feel that being able to give back to the community is the greatest gift of all.

Elizabeth Cody

Office Manager

Elizabeth Cody is the Office Manager at Speech Pathology Services of Robeson and has been with SPS for 23 years. She is a native of Lumberton, NC where she attended Lumberton Senior High School and Robeson Community College. She is the proud mother of a 12 year old daughter MacKenzie. She also enjoys spending time with her dog Lexie, going to the beach, shopping, and spending time with family and friends.

Magan McDaniel

SLP-Assistant and Compliance Manager

Samantha Jacobs


My name is Samantha Jacobs, I was born and raised in Fayetteville which is where I reside. I graduated as a SLP-Assistant in 2011 and worked part time in Robeson and Cumberland Counties. I enjoyed working with with the Robeson County community so much that in 2014 I decided to join Speech Pathology Services so that I could work in  the Lumberton area full time. Working with children of all ages as well as varying diagnosis has always been a true passion of mine. When I'm not at work I enjoy spending time with my husband and three children at ball games and dance. 

Jennifer Sealy


I originally grew up in Lumberton, NC and moved back to begin my Clinical Fellowship Year as a Speech Language Pathologist. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences from East Carolina University. I earned by Masters of Education in Communication Disorders from North Carolina Central University. I enjoy working with a variety of age groups and in many different settings. I have a 4 year-old daughter, Abby, who will begin Kindergarten next year. I enjoy spending time with my family and traveling.

Melody Park

B.S., SLP-Assistant

Melody Park is a native of Robeson County and works as an SLP-Assistant mainly in the public school setting serving children's needs for articulation, fluency and receptive and expressive language delays. She also services children at daycares and in the home setting. Melody received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Communication Studies with a concentration in Speech and Hearing Sciences. She is the mother of 3 children who keep her busy outside of work. When not running them from place to place, she enjoys hot yoga, cooking and quality time with family and friends. Melody hopes to pursue her Master’s degree in Communication Disorders one day, but that may have to wait until the children are in college. Melody is a member at Hyde Park Baptist Church. She is also a member of the Beta Pi chapter of Alpha Pi Omega Sorority.

Brittany Meekins


My name is Brittney Meekins. I currently reside in Dillon, SC, where I was born and raised. I earned my Bachelor's degree from Columbia College in Speech-Language Pathology and my Master’s degree in Communication Disorders from The University of South Carolina.I am licensed by the board of SC and have a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. I have previous experience working in the school and hospital settings. I enjoy working with all ages of children and adults. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Garrett, and our two children, Jase and Emslee.  

Taylor Safstrom


My name is Taylor Safstrom. I grew up in Wisconsin and currently live in Red Springs, NC. I obtained my bachelors degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire in 2015. My husband then joined the Army where we were stationed in Kansas. While in Kansas, I earned my Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Fort Hays State University.  I enjoy working with patients of all ages in a variety of settings. I have a one-year-old son and 2 fur babies. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, hiking, trips to the beach and shopping. 

Trey Locklear


My name is Trey Locklear. I was born and raised in Pembroke, NC. I graduated from Fayetteville Technical Community College in 2020 with an Associates degree and I am looking forward to working here at Speech Pathology Services. Working with children has always been a passion of mine, and I am glad that I can help patients improve their articulation and language deficits. When I’m not at work, I like to spend time with my family and friends and going to the beach for vacation.

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Our goal is to ensure that all of our clients receive the best possible treatment in a friendly, professional, and caring environment.

Staff Directory

          Jennifer I. Stephenson, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologists:
          Brad Bowers, M.S., CCC-SLP  Lead Therapist at SPS
          Allan Gentry, M.S., CCC-SLP Lead Therapist at Southeastern Health
          Charlotte Martin, M.S., CCC-SLP

          Krishna Sharma, M.S, CF-SLP

          Jennifer Sealy, M.Ed, CCC-SLP

          Brittany Meekins, M.Ed, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathology Assistants:
          Christa Edwards, SLP-Assistant
          Tango Locklear, SLP-Assistant
          Melody Park, B.S., SLP-Assistant

          Samantha Jacobs, SLP-Assistant

          Kelsey-Anne Fann, SLP-Assistant

          Katie Grissmon, SLP-Assistant

CBRS Play Therapist: 

Office Manager:
         Elizabeth Cody

Administrative Assistant:
         Robbie Bridgemann

Director of Corporate Compliance:
         Jennifer I. Stephenson, M.S., CCC-SLP

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