Leading the Virtual Revolution in Speech Therapy

A female sitting with a laptop on her knees providing virtual speech therapy for toddlers to a little girl on the other side of the screen.

Behind the success of Virtual Speech Therapy LLC is a team of passionate and dedicated professionals. Get to know the people that drive our commitment to excellence in speech therapy.

Joyce Richardson, PhD, has over 45 years of expertise as a speech-language pathologist across clinical settings, rehabilitation departments in skilled nursing facilities, universities, and hospitals.

Dr. Richardson earned her Ph.D. in speech-language pathology at Ohio State University where her dedication to education and research set her on a path to make a lasting difference in the lives of thousands. 

As a clinician, Dr. Richardson’s passion for helping others has resulted in countless success stories for her clients, and as an educator, Dr. Richardson has mentored and inspired generations of speech-language students on their journeys to becoming future leaders within the profession.

Dr. Richardson is a trusted expert in the field of speech and language pathology making her an outstanding guide for those in search of virtual speech therapy  for toddlers, kids and adults, and we are proud to have her on our team. 

Meet Joyce Richardson

 Expertise:

  • Over 45 years of experience across clinical settings, universities, hospitals, and rehabilitation departments.
  • 15 years specializing in adult stroke, swallowing disorders, and dementia.
  • 5 years as a school speech therapist.

 

Scholarly Contributions and Educational Impact:

  • Has published numerous works and presented at national and international conferences.
  • Professor of speech pathology at multiple universities 
  • Served as Chair of the Department of Communications Sciences Disorders
  • Pioneer in innovative programming and research, setting new standards in speech-language pathology

William Richardson is a highly skilled Speech Language Pathologist with a heart as big as his expertise!  

He has dedicated his career to helping patients improve their communication skills, including those in the geriatric population.

He brings to the table extensive experience in treating a variety of speech and language disorders including dysphasia, articulation/phonology, voice disorders, adult psychiatric conditions, and auditory processing language disorders, and he has also worked with patients who have been diagnosed with MD/ED which requires specialized attention and treatment.

He started his speech-language pathology journey at Alabama A&M University, where he earned his Master’s of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology after receiving a Bachelor’s in Fitness and Wellness from Oakwood College, also in Huntsville, Alabama.

William’s commitment to his patients and ongoing professional development make him a valuable asset to our team. His expertise and compassionate approach greatly benefit his patients.

Meet William Richardson

 Expertise:

  • Over 10 years dedicated to geriatric and adult speech and language disorders.
  • Expert in treating dysphasia, articulation/phonology, voice disorders, adult psychiatric conditions, and auditory processing language disorders.

 

Noteworthy Achievements and Professional Honors:

  • Licensed by the Ohio State Board of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology.
  • Trained in the LSVT LOUD Program for Parkinson’s disease and other neurological conditions.
  • Recipient of the National Student Speech Hearing and Language Association Continuing Education Service Mention (2003).
  • Worthy Student Scholarship awardee (2000-2002).
  • Volunteer Appreciation Award recipient (2001).

Deborah Garner brings over a decade of invaluable experience to our team as a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. Since beginning her career in 2012, Deborah has been committed to enhancing the communication abilities of individuals at every stage of life—ranging from young children to the elderly.

Deborah embarked on her journey in the field after earning her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders from Middle Tennessee State University, followed by a Master’s degree from Tennessee State University. Her diverse experience across settings like early intervention programs, public schools, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, private practice, and telehealth, has equipped her with a broad skill set. She specializes in pediatric speech and language development, dysphagia, aphasia, and telehealth, always prioritizing empathy, innovation, and customized care plans to meet each client’s unique needs.

Deborah’s dedication not only enriches her clients’ lives but also contributes significantly to our collective mission of providing the highest standard of speech therapy services.

Meet Deborah Garner

Expertise:

  • Over 10 years of diverse experience in pediatrics, adults, and geriatrics.
  • Specializes in pediatrics, dysphagia, aphasia, telehealth, diagnostics and consulting.

 

Noteworthy Achievements and Professional Honors:

  • Certified member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) with a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC).
  • Licensed as a Speech-Language Pathologist in multiple states.
  • McNeil Dysphagia Therapy Program Provider.
  • Certified VitalStim Provider for treating dysphagia.
  • Interactive Metronome for Pediatrics and Adults Provider.

Meet Our Founder

Q&A with Henry Richardson

Growing up in a family of speech therapists, I had early exposure to the transformative power of speech therapy. Later, through my journey as a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician, I was able to see the critical role speech therapists play in holistic patient care. Those experiences, combined with the emerging importance of virtual health services during the pandemic, are what drove me to create a company that offers speech therapy that is accessible to all.

Our goal is to bridge the gap in care, offering convenient and effective virtual  speech therapy for toddlers, kids and adults,, while upholding the highest standards of treatment and therapists.

One specific childhood memory left a lasting impact on me. There was a young boy that my mother treated who I saw years later in high school, and he was unrecognizable. Seeing him transform into a confident, well-spoken man was a powerful testament to the efficacy of speech therapy.

There are so many benefits to using technology in speech therapy. Things like increased accessibility and flexible scheduling are just the beginning. It also allows for things like customized learning tools and real-time feedback thanks to data tracking and analysis. It really opens the door to more opportunities compared to traditional therapy sessions.

We stay current through continuous education and workshops to learn about new techniques and advancements. We also attend conferences and collaborate with our community academic institutions and organizations to raise awareness about the importance of speech therapy in a virtual setting for all ages, including toddlers, kids and adults.

Our philosophy for speech therapy centers around individualized, patient-centric care. We believe that each client is unique, with distinct needs and backgrounds, which calls for a tailored approach to therapy. Effective communication is at the core of human interaction and personal development, so we prioritize building strong, empathetic relationships with clients to foster trust and encourage progress.