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Gwen Fowler-Berken

Licensed Speech/Language Pathologist MS, CCC-SLP

Gwen is a nationally certified Speech and Language Pathologist and holds licensure in North Carolina and Georgia. She completed her Master’s degree at the University of Texas – Dallas in 1998.  She has worked as a Rehab Manager and Clinical Speech and Language Pathologist.  She has enjoyed working in multiple settings including acute hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, outpatient clinics, long term care settings, and public schools.
She specializes in expressive and receptive communication delays and disorders, speech delays and disorders, cognitive deficits, swallowing disorders, voice and fluency disorders. She has several years’ experience in working with neurogenic, pathological and psychogenic disorders as well as developmental disorders.  She enjoys treating people with communication, cognitive and/or swallowing difficulties to increase their ability to communicate their wants, needs and ideas; assure the highest level of cognitive abilities which increases safety awareness/memory in their activities and extends their independence in daily tasks; and to assure people are on the least restrictive diet via treatment and diet analysis which reduces the risk of pneumonia and dehydration. She is LSVT and Vital Stim certified.  Specific areas of expertise include Stroke, Parkinson’s Disease and other progressive diseases, Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, Vocal Diseases and Disorders and children with speech and language developmental delays or disorders such as cleft palate, apraxia and autism.


Melissa Curtis

Licensed Speech/Language Pathologist MS, CCC-SLP

Melissa is a nationally certified Speech-Language Pathologist and attended Western Carolina University for both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees. Melissa has been a Speech-Language Pathologist for 33 years and has spent most of that time working in the School System. Melissa also has experience in private practice, home health, adult day services, and nursing homes. Melissa has served on the program advisory board for WCU's Communication Sciences and Disorders program, the board of directors for Macon Tracs, as a member of the Autism Coaching and Autism Diagnostics teams in Macon County Schools. Melissa has extensive training in services for children diagnosed with Autism, as well as, PECS training. Melissa has lived in Franklin for 30 years, and has been married to her husband Joey for 29 years. Melissa has two children who also live in Franklin and beloved grand-dogs. Melissa enjoys camping, going to the Beach, and engaging in Summer activities. 


Caitlyn White

Licensed Speech/Language Pathologist MS, CF-SLP

Caitlyn is a Clinical Fellow Speech-Language Pathologist, and recent graduate from Western Carolina University. She received both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees at Western Carolina University. Caitlyn also has a Bachelor's degree in Spanish, and studied the language in Spain during the Summer of 2019. Caitlyn has interned in many different settings during her graduate career, including private clinics, university clinics, school systems, and hospitals. She has also assisted in research and data management regarding bilingual language development in sibling pairs through the university. Additionally, Caitlyn is Beckman Oral Motor Protocol Certified. Caitlyn enjoys advancing her knowledge about bilingual language development, as well as working with culturally and linguistically diverse populations. In her free time, Caitlyn enjoys hiking and exploring with her dog, Sam.


Celia Dudley

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant 

Celia is our Speech-Language Pathology Assistant. Celia received her Bachelor's of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Western Carolina University. Originally, Celia is from Fayetteville, NC; however, she has called Cullowhee, NC her home for over four years now. Celia has experience working with school-aged populations, articulation, and individuals utilizing AAC. Additionally, Celia completed her clinical hours for her SLPA Certification at Pediatric Developmental Therapy. Celia enjoys skiing, watching movies, drinking coffee, and spending time with friends and family. 


Nicole Rogers 

Nicole is our Office Manager and obtained her Associate's of Health Information Technology from Southwestern Community College. Nicole has many years of experience working with the public and has the expertise to ensure a great visit to our office for our clients each and every time. Nicole also has the necessary communication and listening skills to guarantee that each client’s needs are met effectively. In her free time, Nicole enjoys being with her two children, hiking, reading, and baking. 

Office Manager/ Receptionist 

Alyssa Rowe

Alyssa is our Office Assistant/Intern and a current undergraduate at Western Carolina University. Alyssa is Senior studying Communication Sciences in Disorders with hopes to apply to to graduate school to become a Speech-Language Pathologist. Alyssa is involved in the WCU community by being a Brinson Honors Scholar, volunteering, and maintaining two leadership positions in different clubs. In her free time, Alyssa likes to read, workout, and spend time with her friends and family. 

Office Assistant/Intern

Christen Zimmerman

Billing Specialist 

Christen is our Billing Specialist and handles all things billing related. Ms. Christen is originally from Franklin, NC and has lived here all her life. She has three beautiful children and two dogs.
Ms. Christen attended Southwestern Community College and received certificates in Phlebotomy, Medical Billing, Medical Coding, and Health Information. Additionally, Ms. Christen completed Associate of Arts degrees in Medical Office Admin. In Ms. Christen's free time, she enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with her children.


At Gwen’s Speech Therapy, we believe in the future of speech and language therapy! We partner with Western Carolina University's Graduate Program and New York University's Online Graduate program to help train and utilize graduate students.  These students have classroom and clinical training from the universities and are one step away from becoming competent therapists.  WCU and NYU students are under supervision from our licensed therapists. The licensed therapist supervises and approves each individual client’s session, supervises documentation of measurable goals and overall session details.  It is a great opportunity for the students to have experience with private practice, as well as, for the clients to be exposed to different therapists. 

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