Speech W.I.S.E. Inc., is a speech therapy private practice specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of childhood speech and language disorders. Speech WISE Inc is now offering Occupational therapy services too! All of our speech-language pathologists at Speech W.I.S.E. Inc. hold Master's Degrees, are ASHA certified and are licensed by the State of North Carolina. All of our occupational therapists are NC board of OT certified and hold a National Board Certification in OT.

Veronica Pinch

Roni Pinch-Bazemore, owner and founder of Speech WISE Inc., is a speech-language pathologist specializing in treating Auditory Processing Disorders (APD). Roni has partnered with Dr. Jay Lucker, Audiologist www.ncapd.org. Dr. Lucker specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of Auditory Processing Disorders.


3315 Springbank Lane, Ste 206
Charlotte, NC 28226
Telephone: (704) 847 - 0186
Email: speechwisenc@gmail.com

501 S Sharon Amity Ste. 350
Charlotte, NC 28211
Telephone: (704) 847 - 0186
Email: speechwisenc@gmail.com

Dr. Jay R. Lucker

Dr. Jay R. Lucker is a certified and licensed audiologist and speech-language pathologist specializing in auditory processing and language processing disorders. Dr. Lucker is also a Professor and Director of the Five-Year Accelerated Master's Degree Program in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Howard University in Washington DC.

Dr. Lucker is an internationally known recognized expert in auditory processing disorders having numerous publications of various topics related to auditory processing and its disorders. He is also a world renowned invited speaker at professional conferences for a variety of professionals and specialists.

Dr. Lucker is an associate with Speech W.I.S.E. of Charlotte providing interpretations and written reports for clients undergoing auditory processing evaluations. He also provides consultations on issues related to auditory and language processing.

Speech Therapy Services

Occupational Therapy Services

Physical Therapy Services

Our Staff

  • Veronica Pinch

    Veronica Pinch - M.S. CCC/SLP

    Roni is the owner of Speech W.I.S.E, Inc. and began her company 16 years ago. She has over 21 years of experience in the hospital, nursing home, home heath, as well as the public and private school settings. She is a North Carolina Licensed, ASHA certified speech-language pathologist. She obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology and a Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology graduating Magna Cum Laude from WVU. Roni specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of Auditory Processing Disorders in partnership with Audiologist Dr. Jay Lucker.
    "Roni" enjoys practicing yoga and most importantly spending time with her husband and their children, Emmi, Owen & Finn.
      Veronica Pinch
  • Angela Wall

    Angela Wall - M.S. CCC/SLP

    Angela Wall obtained her B.S. degree in Communicative Disorders from the University of Northern Iowa. She graduated from the University of Alabama with her M.S. degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She has more than 22 years of experience providing speech and language therapy in private practice, private schools and daycare settings. Angela has experience working with all ages 1-20 however specializes in speech and language services for the preschool population.
    Angela has been married to her husband, Stan, for 21 years. They have 3 teenage daughters, a miniature schnauzer, and a labradoodle. Between field hockey games, lacrosse games, and volleyball games, Angela enjoy reading, cross stitching, and time at the beach.
      Angela Wall
  • Jennifer

    Jennifer Fitzgerald COTA/L

    Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Ramapo College in New Jersey. Upon moving to North Carolina she attended Cabarrus College of Health Sciences where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program. She is an NC licensed and NBCOT certified occupational therapy assistant. She has spent 6 years working in the pediatric and school settings with a focus on sensory processing, motor planning, gross motor and fine motor skills, visual perceptual skills, ocular motor skills; with a passion for executive functioning and fluency training. She has received specialty training in the Therapeutic Listening program. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys taking tap dance class, making jam and spending time with her girls.
  • Addy Brotherton

    Addy Brotherton M.S.P. CCC/SLP

    Addy enjoys creating functional and engaging therapy sessions for her pediatric clients. Her professional experience has come in a variety of settings, including schools, daycares, in-home treatment, early intervention, and private practice. She has worked with a variety of populations and treated numerous disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Developmental Delays, Expressive and Receptive Language Disorders, Auditory Processing, Dyslexia, Feeding/Oral Motor Disorders, Articulation & Phonological Disorders. Her interests include crafting, shopping, and spending time with her husband and puppy.
      Addy Brotherton
  • Ali Grimaldi

    Ali Grimaldi, MS, OTR/L

    Ali received her undergraduate and masters degree in occupational therapy from Elizabethtown College in PA. She began her career at a level I trauma hospital in the inpatient neuro rehabilitation unit. She gained extensive experience working with patients who sustained brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and multiple traumas. After 5 years, Ali transitioned full time to pediatrics. She has worked with multiple diagnoses, including autism, sensory processing disorder, feeding difficulties, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, developmental delays, and other neurological disorders. In her free time, Ali enjoys traveling, spending time with family, friends and her puppy, playing field hockey and cheering on the Buffalo Bills.
      Ali Grimaldi
  • Patee Tomsic

    Patee Tomsic, OTD, MS, OTR/L

    Patee is a NBCOT certified, licensed occupational therapy practitioner in the states of North Carolina and South Carolina. Patee received her bachelor of arts in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010, her masters of science in occupational therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in 2015, and her clinical doctorate in occupational therapy also from MUSC in 2021. Patee began her career as an occupational therapist working with adults in the acute care setting and with children in their natural environment. She then transitioned to working full-time with children in the outpatient setting, gaining experience with a variety of diagnoses and abilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, sensory processing dysfunction, and executive dysfunction, among others. She has additional training on sensory processing, modulation, and self-regulation dysfunction, and executive dysfunction in the pediatric population. Patee is also an assistant professor at the Lenoir-Rhyne University School of Occupational Therapy.
    Patee loves running, spending time at the beach, and cheering on the UNC Tar Heels. She and her husband Matt have a daughter, Winnie Jane, and a four-legged daughter, Bentleigh.
      Patee Tomsic
  • Amy Canupp

    Amy Canupp M.S. CCC/SLP

    Amy is an ASHA certified and NC licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. She graduated from Appalachian State University with a B.S. in Communication Disorders and from East Carolina University with a masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She has over 20 years of experience working with preschool and school-age children. She serves clients with a variety of needs including articulation/phonological delays, receptive and expressive language disorders, auditory processing, Autism Spectrum disorders, and other developmental delays and disorders. Amy is a Charlotte native who happily resides in her hometown with her husband, son, and daughter. In her free time she enjoys reading thriller novels, crafting, baking and spending quiet time in the beautiful NC mountains.
      Amy Canupp
  • Cheryl Gates

    Cheryl Gates M.S. OTR/L

    Cheryl has a Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation and Counseling Studies and a Master’s of Occupational Therapy degree from East Carolina University. She has experience working with children with a variety of diagnoses including but not limited to: ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Fragile X, fine motor delays, motor planning deficits, Executive Functioning difficulties, Sensory Processing Disorder, and Visual Motor/Perceptual skill deficits. Cheryl has a special interest in treating Sensory Processing Disorder, handwriting difficulties and executive functioning difficulties. Cheryl is also certified in Interactive Metronome, Wilbarger Sensory Processing Brushing Protocol, First Strokes Handwriting Program and the Therapeutic Listening Program. Cheryl loves party planning, traveling and creating new adventures with her husband Brad, and two kiddos, Phoebe (6) and Jace (3).
      Cheryl Gates
  • Gina Brun

    Gina Brun M.S. CCC/SLP

    Gina has been an SLP for over 20 years. She is originally from West Virginia, where she went to WVU and received both her bachelor’s of science and master’s of science degrees. She has treated preschool through high school aged children with a variety of diagnoses in numerous settings. She enjoys finding ways to make her clients feel like their therapy sessions are something they “get to do” and not “have to do”. During her free time, Gina likes reading, making jewelry, and spending time with her husband, Josh, their children, Gia and Santino, and their Samoyed, Nico.
      Gina Brun
  • Brenn Allen

    Brenn Allen COTA/L

    Brenn attended Cabarrus College of Health Sciences Occupational Therapy Assistant program. It all began for Brenn when completing her fieldwork rotation in a pediatric setting including private practice, preschools and homes. Brenn's passion is helping children obtain and gain the everyday skills they need to be successful in life. Helping children to gain confidence, to become adept with their physical skills and embrace their differences while overcoming their challenges is her goal. For fun, Brenn likes to travel as much as possible, play with her dogs, and spend time with family and friends.
      Brenn Allen
  • Kacie Giust

    Kacie Giust, PT, DPT

    Kacie received her undergraduate and graduate degree from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. She began her career in outpatient orthopedics, treating adults with musculoskeletal injuries. When she moved to NC she began treating children full-time. Kacie has experience treating torticollis/plagiocephaly, autism spectrum disorder, toe-walking, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and orthopedic conditions related to growth. When Kacie is not working she enjoys reading, traveling, going out to eat, and spending time with my husband, son and golden retriever.
      Kacie Giust
  • Staci Pennybaker

    Staci Pennybaker M.A. CCC/SLP

    Staci attended the University of Pittsburgh for both her undergraduate and graduate education where she received her M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology. She is ASHA certified and licensed in NC, and has 11 years of experience working in various pediatric settings with a clients ranging in age from birth-18 years. Staci’s amazing son was born profoundly deaf and he has bilateral cochlear implants- this has changed her as a parent and a therapist, and she is passionate about treating and caring for the whole child and family through direct therapy, providing community referrals and connections, and being a listening ear. Staci and her husband have planted roots in Matthews with their two young children and two dogs. She enjoys exploring outside, exercising, reading, and spending time with family and friends
      Staci Pennybaker
  • Celeste Davis

    Celeste Davis B.S. COTA/L

    Celeste has a bachelor's degree in Health Systems Management from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. During college, she took a class on various professions and immediately knew that Occupational Therapy was the field that she wanted to pursue. After college, she attended Cabarrus College of Health Sciences in Concord, NC, where she graduated with her associates degree from the Occupational Therapy Assistant program. Post graduation, Celeste worked with the pediatric population because she knew that was the best setting for her. She has experience working in the school system with kids in the areas of fine motor, gross motor, visual motor and with children of all needs including autism, apraxia, developmental delays, SPD, ADHD, and hemiparesis. Celeste has two children of her own and has learned so much more about developmental milestones by being a mom. In her free time, Celeste enjoys spending time with her husband and children, going to church, traveling, going to amusement parks, trying new restaurants, and exercising!
      Celeste Davis
  • Bethany Kent

    Bethany Kent M.A. CCC/SLP

    Bethany graduated from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois with a Bachelor's degree in Speech-Language Pathology and completed her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at The University of Kansas. She also holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and her North Carolina license. Bethany has over 20 years of experience serving children of all ages while working in early intervention, private practice, public schools, private schools, preschools, daycares, and on a multidisciplinary evaluation team. She has developed and led a school based preschool drive-in speech program and created a language based curriculum designed to serve preschoolers with speech and language delays. She has experience evaluating and treating a variety of communication disorders but has a special interest and expertise in speech sound disorders. When she is not working, Bethany enjoys all things health and wellness including cardio dance, pickleball, and all forms of exercise, dog walks with her daughters, listening to podcasts, and trying new recipes.
      Bethany Kent
  • Shelley Storc

    Shelley Storc - Director of Business OperationsManager

    Shelley has 25 years of extensive experience in the healthcare industry as both a business professional and a physical therapist. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from West Virginia University where she received her Masters Degree in Physical Therapy. She served as a medical device consultant in Charlotte, where she became Director of Medical Education and Training. Shelley is skilled in marketing and sales, building and maintaining key relationships, physician consulting and engagement, staff training and development, onboarding and LMS implementation, hiring, retention, and strong human resources. She also has 14 years of previous physical therapy practice, where she worked with a variety of populations and conditions, including private practice, skilled nursing, pediatrics, and outpatient. Shelley loves spending time with her husband, family, and friends. She also enjoys traveling, yoga, decorating her home, relaxing by her pool, and cheering on the WVU Mountaineers and Pittsburgh Steelers.
      Shelley Storc
  • Taylor Placek

    Taylor Placek M.Ed. CCC/SLP

    Taylor is an ASHA certified and North Carolina licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor’s in Communication Disorders and from North Carolina Central University with a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She has over 15 years of experience working with clients of all ages. She serves clients with a variety of needs in articulation and phonological delays, receptive and expressive language disorders, auditory processing, Autism spectrum disorders and other development delays and disorders. Taylor has a special interest in total language development. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her daughter, traveling, and practicing yoga.
      Taylor Placek
  • Katey Esposito

    Katelin "Katey" Esposito, OTR/L

    Katey obtained her OT masters degree from Lenoir-Rhyne University in SC. She is licensed in both NC and SC. Katey has worked as a special education teacher assistant, personal care assistant for children with disabilities, and she began her OT career in a pediatric home health setting (families' homes, preschools, daycares, and community settings). Katey also has extensive experience with ASD, early intervention, primitive reflexes, and sensory integration. She enjoys connecting and building relationships with families to promote success
    Katey's BA degree is in Psychology from Monmouth University and her MS in Occupational Therapy is from Lenoir-Rhyne University. Her professional journey is enriched by extensive experience in diverse educational and caregiving roles, including personalized support/assistance for children with disabilities, completing several years as a certified teacher assistant in NY state, and of course pediatric OT. She began her OT career within the home health setting focusing primarily in early intervention, while also growing her leadership role. She is certified in Primitive Reflexes and Childhood Development from utero to age 5 and has extensive experience in fine & gross motor, visual processing & sensory/self-regulation. Katey values a client and family-centered approach, ensuring that each child's unique path to independence and success is nurtured in a supportive, understanding environment. Katye loves reading, spending time with family and her mini aussie, Albus, as well as being a huge Swiftie!
      Katey Esposito
  • Jessica Tucker

    Jessika Tucker M.S. CCC/SLP

    Jessika is a Charlotte native who has a passion for building strong, meaningful connections with her clients by making treatment individualized and fun. She earned her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Appalachian State University and her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from East Tennessee State University. Her primary professional experiences are with preschool and school age children with diagnoses ranging from Articulation/Speech Sound disorders, Phonological disorders, Receptive/Expressive language disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delay, Social/Pragmatic Disorders, Fluency Disorders & treating Auditory Processing. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outside, being with friends and family, or playing with one of her (many) pets. She is excited to make a positive impact on your child's communication skills!
      Jessica Tucker
  • Murphy


    Murphy is the only four-legged member of the Speech W.I.S.E. team! Murphy's strengths include a calm personality, serious fetching skills, and an ability to make every therapy session fun and unique! Murphy loves to play games with his friends, chow down on treats, and go on long walks! Our Speech W.I.S.E. clients love Murphy's slobbery kisses and goofy personality!

Our Facility

Contact Us


3315 Springbank Lane Ste. 206
Charlotte NC 28226
Belle Grove Office Park


501 S Sharon Amity Ste. 350
Charlotte NC 28211


Telephone: (704) 847-0186
Fax: (704) 496-2201
Email: speechwisenc@gmail.com
To schedule an appointment contact Debbie Pruitt.