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Helping Children Improve Their Speech and Language

Who We Are

At Emerald Coast Speech Services in Niceville, Florida, we provide personal, friendly speech therapy services in a fun and caring environment for children of all ages. All of our Speech Language Pathologists are certified through the American Speech Hearing Association (ASHA) and are licensed through the state of Florida.

Our services include evaluation and treatment of speech, language, and swallowing disorders.

Company Background

A Message From Kristen, Company Owner 

“We opened Emerald Coast Speech Services in 2010 in order to serve the pediatric population in my hometown—Niceville. This is a large military town, and we serve many military families. I grew up here and love this area.

"We evaluate and treat children with speech, language, and swallowing disorders. I have two children of my own who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and one of my children had difficulty learning to read. He came here to ECSS and worked with one of our SLPs and learned to read and write here.

"We work on all areas of communication, including these areas. Once a child is evaluated, we develop an individual plan to meet their specific needs. We involve families as we carry out the child’s individual plan of care. The children we serve range in age from as young as infants who have dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) up to high school aged students.”

Biographies of the Owner and Staff


Kristen is the owner and director of Emerald Coast Speech Services. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida State University where she earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees in communication sciences and disorders.

Kristen has more than a decade of experience in the areas of language, speech, articulation, voice, fluency, cognition, and swallowing. She has practiced in several settings, including private practice, school, hospital, and inpatient and outpatient care facilities working with pediatrics, adults, and geriatrics.

Kristen enjoys helping people improve their communication skills and quality of life. In 2010, she followed her dream of opening Emerald Coast Speech Services to serve the pediatric population of her hometown!

Kristen has two sons both born on St. Patrick's Day 5 years apart. It is completely unplanned as they were preemies, a special kind of luck!


Kelsey graduated from the University of Florida with her bachelor’s and master’s degree in speech-language pathology. During her time in college, Kelsey focused her studies on pediatric populations gaining experience with language development, speech articulation, feeding, and swallowing. She has also worked with children who have hearing loss and cochlear implants.

Kelsey returned to the Gulf Coast and began her career helping children at Emerald Coast Speech Services in 2014!

Kelsey was born and raised on the Gulf Coast in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. During her free time, she loves to cheer on the Gators and paddle board at the beach!


Jennifer received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of South Alabama. She has been a 

Speech-Language Pathologist for over 30 years. Jennifer has enjoyed working with pediatric, adult and geriatric populations

 in a variety of settings including outpatient clinics, public schools, nursing homes, a CORF, an outpatient brain injury clinic, 

and a hospital. She has always found it rewarding to help patient’s achieve their goals and to improve their communication and swallowing abilities. Jennifer has served clients here at Emerald Coast Speech Services since 2015.

In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys spending as much time as possible outdoors-gardening, hiking and doing walk/runs. 


Tayler graduated with her bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing sciences from Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. She graduated with her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Minot State University in Minot, North Dakota. Upon graduation, she decided to move back down south and start her career in her favorite vacation spot—the Emerald Coast of Florida.

Tayler has done practicums in a variety of settings including the public school system, acute care hospital, rehabilitation hospital, and early intervention. Although she enjoys working with clients across the life span, her passion lies with the pediatric population and she has always worked with children in one capacity or another. She has special interests in dysphagia, fluency, AAC, social language, and early language therapy.

Tayler ran cross-country collegiately, and in her spare time, she still enjoys distance running. An avid runner, she is always looking forward to

her next race. Her favorite person to be around is her dog Ellie. She enjoys relaxing at the beach with her family and enjoys water sports

with friends on the bay.


Karen is our friendly office coordinator. She will be the one answering your call, and she has knowledge of insurances as well as the processes that take place here at Emerald Coast Speech Services.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide quality speech, language, and swallowing/feeding therapy services in order to improve communication and feeding skills to optimal functioning. We accomplish this by identifying impairments through specialized evaluations and development of individualized goals to meet the needs of the child and family.

Vision Statement

Our vision is to inspire children with speech, language, and swallowing impairments to spread their wings, becoming more independent communicators and feeders, and to improve their skills for success in their everyday lives.

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