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Our Practice

Start Bright therapists want you to have a say in your child's therapy. It is important to us that our schedule leaves time for your questions, and that you do not feel rushed. We offer therapy in a natural setting and family is encouraged to observe and at times participate. We believe that the best practice is to integrate therapy skills with family life. Nearly all of the speech and language therapy and ABA therapy we do is play based, since play is the occupation of childhood. We also will work in collaboration with other professionals that may be involved in your child's development

Our Therapists
Lindsey Halpin, M.S., CCC-SLP

Lindsey has more than 15 years of clinical experience with both pediatric and adult populations. She has worked in a variety of settings as both supervisor and clinician. Lindsey also has a strong background with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Lindsey has two children, a dog named Toaster and enjoys hiking. 

Nicole Martin, M.A., CCC-SLP

Nicole has over 10 years experience working with children as a teacher and speech language pathologist. She has worked in both the school and clinical settings with a variety of communication disorders. Nicole enjoys spending time on the lake with her husband and daughter.

Monica Marciniak, M.A., CCC-SLP

Monica has a master’s degree in communicative sciences and disorders from Michigan State University. She has always loved working with the pediatric population. Monica has experience working with children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech, as well as children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Monica has been in the audience of the Ellen DeGeneres show twice.

Rileigh Freeman, M.A.,CCC-SLP

Rileigh received her master's degree in communication sciences and disorders from Eastern Michigan University. She has worked both in the schools and in private practice where she serviced children with a wide variety of communication needs and disorders. She has two small dogs named Finley and Trixie and in her free time enjoys playing video games and kayaking.

Kayte Nickel, BCBA

Kayte has a Master’s degree in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis from Penn State University. She has been in the field of ABA since 2016 and has been working as a clinician since 2020. She has worked with clients between the ages of 2 to 18 years old. She enjoys implementing play-based therapy, and school readiness programs and is very experienced in potty training. She has three dogs, lives for football season, loves golfing and going up north, and spends most weekends working on her house.

Cynthia Castro-Lopez, M.A, RBT
Cynthia has a Master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) with an emphasis in autism from Ball State University. She has been in the ABA field for 5 years. She has worked in the home and clinic setting with clients who range from the ages of 2 to 6 years old. Cynthia enjoys spending time with her husband and puppy. She also enjoys cooking, traveling, and going on adventures. 
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