Lauren Tandy, M.S., CCC-SLP
Owner, Speech-Language Pathologist
I am a speech-language pathologist (SLP) who is also a Pacific Northwest native. I live in Post Falls, Idaho with a loving husband, two active sons, and a spitfire daughter.
It is my dream to share the different aspects of communication and feeding in a fun, engaging, and comfortable environment. I have been in private practice since 2016 providing in-home and clinic-based speech, language, and feeding and swallowing services to my clients.
Before starting Tandy Therapy, I worked in a variety of settings serving children and adults, including out-patient hospital clinics, adult rehabilitation programs, long-term acute care hospital therapy, and school district services. I now specialize in areas of speech and language development, caregiver coaching, telepractice, dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), and other related feeding difficulties. I have a unique experience as a mother of three completely individual little human beings. They have taught me much more than a master's in communication sciences and disorders ever could have. But I definitely learned a lot from that, too.
I am an evidence-based clinician that applies the latest research and proven practices to my intervention approach.
My name is Lauren Purcell and I am a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP). I graduated from San Jose State University in California with a Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Disorders and Sciences and a Master of Arts in Education/Speech Pathology. Before I became an SLP, I attended Professional Culinary Institute in California to become a pastry chef right out of high school. I worked at restaurants and bakeries. Even though I decided I did not want to be a pastry chef for the rest of my life, I still love to bake today!
I wanted to become an SLP to help others like I have been helped. Throughout my life, I have struggled with feeding and swallowing difficulties. It is for this reason that feeding and swallowing is my passion and why I wanted to become an SLP. Other interests of mine are early intervention, apraxia, and stuttering. I love working with children and coaching caregivers in making speech, language, feeding, and swallowing possible. When I am not working, I love being with my two dogs, doing yoga, and watching Netflix.
Kristine is a nationally certified and state-licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. She completed a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Idaho State University, as well as a Master of Science degree in Secondary Education. Kristine's experience includes working in public schools, outpatient pediatric therapy, and early intervention services. Prior to becoming a Speech-Language Pathologist, Kristine was a middle school science teacher.
Kristine has had the opportunity to professionally work with children with developmental delays, feeding/oral motor disorders, Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, apraxia, language-based literacy disorders, fluency disorders, medically fragile children, and articulation/phonological disorders.
She has received specialized training in feeding assessment/intervention; autism spectrum disorders; childhood apraxia of speech; Hanen "It Takes Two to Talk" method; Beckman Oral Motor Assessment and Intervention; Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) Level 1; Prompt Method; Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) feeding approach; SOFFI®, Supporting Oral Feeding in Fragile Infants method; and Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing® Program for Reading, Spelling, and Speech (LiPS®). She enjoys working with individuals of all ages and their families.
Kristine lives in Iowa with her husband, Andrew, and children, Amelia and Emmett.