Magnolia

Pediatric Therapy

MEET OUR TEAM

Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP)

Mary Nix, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist and Clinic Director

Location: Fort Walton Beach

Mary is a native of Fort Walton Beach, and graduated from Florida State University with her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2002. Her clinical experience includes working at Silver Sands School for children with severe to profound disabilities and in private practice for the past 9 years. She has experience with Augmentative Alternative Communication systems to include DynaVox and other low-tech devices. She has had training in the Beckman Oral Motor Program, Social Thinking Curriculum, and various other pragmatic/social programs. She started a social skills group for patients with social/pragmatic difficulties approximately six years ago, and has seen great improvement in their overall self-regulation and peer relationships. When she is not working, she enjoys shopping, gardening, and spending time with family & friends.

Favorite Quote:

"I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do." -Hellen Keller

Christina Hammond, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Location: Destin

Christina grew up in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, and graduated from Florida State University in 2009 with her Bachelors of Science degree in Communication Science and Disorders. She received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2011 from FSU as well. Her clinical experience includes working in a hospital setting in both the inpatient and outpatient facilities, as well as one year in the school system. In her down time, Christina enjoys a variety of sporting activities, spending time with her friends and family, reading, and playing with her Australian shepherd mix, Maui.

Favorite Quote:

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” -Mother Teresa

Tade Wolfe, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Locations: Eglin CDC & Fort Walton Beach

Tade graduated from the University of Alabama with a B.A. in Communicative Disorders in 1989. After graduation, she attended the University of Memphis where she received her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 1991. Tade and her husband, Scott, have two boys, Will and Owen. They have been in the Fort Walton Beach area off and on since 1994. Tade has worked in the public schools, private practice clinics, and in long-term care. Tade enjoys spending time with her family, boating, and Alabama football.

Favorite Quote:

"We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone."-Ronald Reagan

Robin Wray, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Location: Niceville (ECAC)

Robin is an Oklahoma native and graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech and Hearing from the University of Oklahoma in 1978 and received her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from North Texas State University in 1979. After receiving her Master’s, she and her husband, Chris, moved from Oklahoma to Louisiana. Robin’s clinical experiences include working at Bossier School for Exceptional Children with children demonstrating severe and profound disabilities. In 1981, she and Chris returned to Oklahoma where she began working at Oklahoma Teaching Hospitals on the campus of Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center. There, she was Special instructor for the Department of Otorhinolaryngology (ORL), Affiliate Staff Appointment to O’ Donoghue Rehabilitation Institute (ORI), Cleft Palate Team Member at Oklahoma Children’s Memorial Hospital (OCMH), Neurology Team Member at ORI and participated with one of the first programs to implement Trachea-Esophageal Puncture (TEP) for the a-laryngeal patient at Oklahoma Memorial Hospital (OMH). Robin developed the Speech-Language Department at Jackson County Memorial Hospital, Altus, Oklahoma, where she was Department Head for 8 years. During that time, she developed and implemented the swallow study program for the dysphasic patient. She holds dual licensure from the Oklahoma Board of Examiners of Speech Pathology and Audiology and the Florida Board of Examiners of Speech Pathology and Audiology.

Robin made her dream a reality when she and Chris moved to Destin, Florida and soon began working at Magnolia Pediatric Center. They have two children, Christopher and Kelsey, both newly married. Chris and Robin hope to continue living the dream with fingers crossed for many grandchildren in the future!

When she’s not working, Robin loves spending time with friends and family, sitting on “The Dock of The Wray” and Netflix-ing her favorite “FRIENDS “episodes.

Favorite Quote:

“Keep your head in the game” – Hoyt Shadid, Dad

Heather Farmer, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Location: 

Bio coming soon!

Maggie Russell, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Location: 

Maggie is a native of Louisville, KY (Go Cards!). In 2005, she graduated from Georgetown College Summa Cum Laude with undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Sociology. After a few years in the work field, Maggie realized there might be a better career path for her and decided to pursue her mom's field of Speech-Language Pathology. She graduated from Western Kentucky University with her Master's of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2015. By this time, Maggie had moved to the Panhandle of Florida and she completed her CFY at a local autism center, where she gained a considerable amount of experience in working with this population. Maggie joined the Magnolia Pediatric Therapy team in 2018 and has loved working with pediatric clients all throughout our area since then! Maggie is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and has her Certificate of Clinical Competence. She is also a certified SLP in the State of Florida. When she's not working with her clients on language, articulation, feeding/swallowing, or pragmatics, you can find her enjoying time with her husband and her husky, Koda. Maggie loves being on the water/spending time outdoors in our beautiful part of Florida but can also often be found with her nose in a good book. She also loves traveling, hiking, watching college basketball, and gets back to her old Kentucky home to visit family as often as she can. If she could take care of all the abandoned dogs, she happily would!

Favorite Quote:

"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." -Abraham Lincoln

Christine Scott, MS, CF-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Location: Fort Walton Beach

Bio coming soon!

Rhonda Leake, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Location: Fort Walton Beach

Rhonda is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders from Western Kentucky University. She completed her Masters of Science degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Louisville. Rhonda has a diverse career of serving her patients for over 30 years in many settings, with children and adults. Rhonda enjoys time with her daughters, family, friends, walking the beach, fishing, music, sporting events, and serving others through volunteering in the community, through her Church.

Favorite Quote:

"The mind may be confused, and the lips can't speak, but the heart always knows. It's a universal language for all people, all ages." - Author Unknown

Heidi Banks, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Location: Niceville (ECAC)

Heidi is a 1990 graduate of Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in General Studies. In 1994 she earned a master’s degree in Education from Southeastern Louisiana University. Following graduate school, Heidi completed the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Speech-Language Pathology at the Greenery Neurological Rehabilitation Center of the Gulf Coast. She is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is actively licensed to practice Speech-Language Pathology in the states of Florida and California. Heidi has received (6) Awards for Continuing Education (ACE) from ASHA. In her 26+ years of practice, she has been blessed with opportunities to passionately serve patients of all ages in 7 different states. When she’s not in the clinic, you can often find Heidi teaching Yoga to students of all ages and abilities. Namaste!

Favorite Quote: 

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” -Gandhi

Arianna Reyher, MA, CF-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Locations: Panama City & Destin

Arianna Reyher graduated with her Bachelors in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas and her Masters in Communication Disorders from The University of Central Florida. During her time at UCF, Arianna participated in several research projects that centered around the language development of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Special interests include reading, dyslexia, and language development of children with ASD. Being a native Spanish-speaker, Arianna’s other interests also include accent reduction and bilingualism. During her free time, Arianna enjoys singing, songwriting, playing the guitar, and helping lead worship at her local church.

Favorite Quote:

The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it. 

- J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)

Speech-Language Pathology Assistants (SLP-A)

Garrett Outland, BS, SLP-A

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Location: Fort Walton Beach

Garrett obtained his BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders in May of 2019 from the University of Central Florida and is currently working toward his Master's degree (MA) in the same program at UCF (Expected Graduation: May 2021). He is also in a Graduate Certificate program in Autism Studies through Project ASD, a collaboration between Exceptional Student Education and Communication Sciences and Disorders. Garrett’s professional interests include: Early Intervention, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing. In his free time, he enjoys walks along the Emerald Coast and volunteering at his local church in the nursery and children's ministry.

Favorite Quote:

“The things that make me different are the things that make me, me.” - Piglet (Winnie the Pooh)

Valerie Camacho, BA, SLP-A

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Location: Fort Walton Beach

Valerie was born and raised in South Texas, AKA "The Rio Grande Valley". She is a proud military spouse of 12+ years, and recently moved to the Emerald Coast in 2020 due to her husband's orders. She graduated with her BA in Communication Disorders in 2013, and completed her MBA-Data Analytics in 2019. Valerie worked in one of the largest Early Childhood Intervention programs in the US for about 7 years. She has experience providing therapy as an SLPA, and as an Early Intervention Specialist where she worked on outcomes developed by Occupational, Physical therapists, and Licensed Professional Counselors. Her favorite hobbies include: fishing, volleyball, and crafting. She holds an active SLPA license in Texas and Florida.

Favorite quote: 

"The Flower That Blooms In Adversity Is The Most Rare And Beautiful Of All." - Mulan

Administrative Staff

Jennifer Gicker

Administrative Assistant

Location: Fort Walton Beach

Bio coming soon!

Daisy White

Office Manager

Location: Panama City

Daisy PCS'd to TAFB with her husband, James and two sons, Joshua & Jacob and two fur babies on Nov. 1996. She was born, raised and married into the United States Air Force. (I told my mama one day, as a teenager, that I wanted to meet a man in uniform & handsome just like my daddy. Not long after that statement that is exactly what happened.) She quickly fell in love with the area, beautiful beaches and the home she was building for her family in Panama City, FL. She became a volunteer at her sons school, then over time became a full-time employee for Bay Districts School. Her career as a military spouse and 10 years as a BDS employee set her up for this wonderful job she has had since May '09 as an Office Manager with MPT. She LOVES what she does and all the wonderful families and their babies that come through our door. 

When she's not working at the office she SO enjoys her family, two beautiful grand babies, Maggie & Connor, playing in her garden, home decorating (thanks to hurricane Michael), swimming, motorcycle riding with her husband and going to the beach. She considers herself very blessed and truly grateful to be where she is today.

Favorite Quote:

"We must let go of the life we planned in order to accept the life that is waiting for us." - Unknown

Kristy Porter

Billing Specialist

Location: Fort Walton Beach

Kristy is a native of Mobile, Alabama and graduated from the University of West Florida in 2009. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies with a minor in Pre-Law. She worked for over 10 years in the legal field throughout Okaloosa County, before taking a position at Magnolia Pediatric Therapy. Kristy moved to the Fort Walton Beach area in 2001 from Boston, MA. She enjoys traveling, music, and gardening.

Favorite Quote:

"I would not miss it for the world. But if something else came up I would definitely not go." - Michael Scott {Steve Carell}

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