Magnolia Pediatric Therapy

Helping Children Bloom

Meet our Staff

Our therapists are experienced professionals dedicated to providing quality treatment to the children we serve and valuable information to their parents/caregivers. 

Fort Walton Beach Office

Mary C Nix, MS, CCC-SLP

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

Tade Wolfe, MA, CCC-SLP

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

Rhonda Leake,

MS, CCC-SLP


Maggie Russell,

MS, CCC-SLP


Christine Scott,

BS, SLP-A

Shanna Horn,

BS, SLP-A

Heather Farmer, MS, CCC-SLP

Destin Office

Christina Hammond, MS, CCC-SLP

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

Robin Wray, MS, CCC-SLP

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

Karen Criswell, MS, CCC-SLP

Karen graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and she received her M.S. in Speech Pathology from James Madison University. Karen has more than 18 years of experience as a pediatric speech pathologist. During that time, she has worked in a variety of settings including private practice, developmental preschools, private schools, a public middle school, a preschool for children with hearing impairments, and home visits for early intervention programs. As a former military spouse, Karen has worked in 6 states, as well as S. Korea and Germany! Besides helping kids with their pronunciation and language skills, Karen has particular training and experience in helping kids with childhood apraxia, autism spectrum disorder, high functioning autism, oral-motor and feeding difficulties, and hearing impairment. She also speaks Spanish and has worked with many Spanish speaking families over the years. When she is not working, Karen is probably driving one of her two sons to a sports practice or school activity!

Favorite quote:

“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the full staircase.”—Martin Luther King, Jr.


Crestview Office

Melissa Simmons, MS, CCC-SLP

Melissa, originally from Mississippi, has lived on the emerald coast for over 4 years. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Mississippi University for Women with a degree in Communication Disorders. She graduated with honors from Jackson State University with her Master’s degree in Communication Disorders in 2004. She completed her CFY in a skilled nursing facility focusing on feeding/swallowing and other neurogenic disorders. Melissa worked for Rankin County School District as a Speech-Language Pathologist for 10 years. During that time, she gained extensive experience working with children 3-18 years old with developmental apraxia, auditory processing disorders, oral sensory feeding disorders, pediatric dysphagia, language disorders, phonological and articulation disorders, and adolescent dysfluency/stuttering. She also has experience working with special populations including; children with autism spectrum and behavioral disorders. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Frank and her daughter, Olivia Brooke

Favorite Quote:

"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

Maya Angelou

Panama City Office

Ellen Gordan, MS, CCC-SLP

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