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About Speech And Language Services

Speech-language pathologists address typical and atypical communication in the following areas: speech sound production, voice, fluency, language (comprehension and expression), and feeding and swallowing. The professional roles and activities in speech-language pathology include clinical/educational services (diagnosis, assessment, planning, and treatment), prevention and advocacy, education, administration, and research.

Meet the Speech-Language Pathologists

My name is Michelle Sassman.  I completed my undergraduate degree at Texas State University in 2010 and received my master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology at Eastern New Mexico University. I am very excited to be a part of Russellville’s amazing team!

Hi! My name is Kerry Shumate I am a speech-language pathologist (SLP). I am from Paris, Arkansas. I attended the University of Central Arkansas from 1990 to 1996 where I received a bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology in 1994, and a master’s degree in speech-language pathology in 1996. After graduation, I worked for Total Pediatric Therapy in Little Rock, where I served children from birth to 18 years old. I moved to Russellville in the summer of 1997. I worked in long-term care facilities in the area for several years. I began my career in the public school system in November of 2002. I worked for the Paris School District from November 2002 through the end of the 2013-2014 school year. I was the sole SLP for the entire district, serving kindergarten through 12th grades. I worked for the Alma School District from the fall of 2014 until the end of the 2015-2016 school year, serving kindergarten through second grade. I began my career with the Russellville School District in August of 2016, working with the wonderful staff at Oakland Heights Elementary. I enjoy helping my students improve their communication and social skills so they can flourish in the classroom setting and develop lasting relationships with their teachers and peers.