Meet Our Team.Caroline Skidmore, Stephanie Wilhite, Stephanie Keith and Kris Courtwright

Caroline Skidmore

Caroline Skidmore, M.S. CCC-SLP

Caroline Skidmore is a Speech-Language Pathologist who began her clinical career in 1996. Caroline received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She holds a Masters of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology with an Early Childhood Special Education endorsement from the University of Oregon. She is certified by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association and licensed by the state of Oregon.

Caroline has focused her career exclusively on children. She has participated in a variety of post-graduate training programs including the Hanen Parent Training Program, PROMPT, Relationship Development Intervention, DIR/Floor Time, Pivitol Response Training, and the Social Thinking Curriculum. Caroline serves on the Advisory Board for Central Oregon Disability Support Network and the Grant Review Committee for Adler’s Voice, a non-profit augmentative communication program in Bend, Oregon.

Caroline has operated Skidmore Speech and Language Services, LLC in Bend since 2002. Prior to starting her own practice, Caroline worked for the Hearing and Speech Institute/ Artz Institute at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon and Clackamas County Early Intervention program. Throughout her 20 year career, Caroline has enjoyed working closely with families and other professionals to provide a “whole child” treatment model.

Stephanie Wilhite, M.A. CCC-SLP

Stephanie is an ASHA certified speech language pathologist.  She received her B.S. degree in Psychology from Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California and subsequently her M.A. degree in Communicative Disorders and Sciences from San Jose State University.  Stephanie was the 2005 National NSSLHA Honors Recipient, and earned two bilingual grants during her undergraduate and graduate speech pathology coursework at San Jose State.

Prior to honing her skills to the area of speech language pathology, Stephanie worked as a behavioral therapist for 6 years contracting with a large school district in San Jose, CA.  Before moving to Bend, OR, she worked with Hamaguchi and Associates, a private pediatric speech language pathology clinic in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Stephanie has also worked in home health settings with adults who present with complications from stroke, traumatic brain injury, and degenerative neurologic diseases.

Stephanie has experience working with children with auditory processing disorders, articulation disorders, social thinking/pragmatic language/social skills difficulties (children on the autism spectrum), early childhood language disorders and apraxia.

Kris Courtwright

Kris Courtwright, M.S. CCC-SLP

Kris is an ASHA certified speech language pathologist.  She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from California State University, Sacramento. In spring of 2018, she will hold her Clinical Science Doctorate in Speech Language Pathology from Rocky Mountain University of Healthcare Professionals.

Prior to joining the team at Skidmore Speech and Language Services and moving to Bend, OR, she worked as the Director of Speech Language Pathology at Easter Seals Superior California. In this position she treated children under the age of 3 in the home setting as well as school age children in a variety of settings.

She also worked at California State University, Sacramento as a clinical instructor for graduate speech-language pathology students as well as a part time professor for undergraduate and graduate speech-language pathology courses.
Kris has experience working with children given a wide range of medical and speech-language diagnoses. Areas of specialty include social/pragmatic language, early childhood language disorders, and articulation. Kris enjoys providing parent coaching and education.

Stephanie Keith

Stephanie Keith, M.S. CCC-SLP

Stephanie is an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist excited to have found her way home to central Oregon. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and her masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where she was awarded a scholarship from the Montreal League for the Hard of Hearing.

Stephanie has a special interest in working with deaf and hard of hearing clients. Her experience includes a stint at the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center in Washington, D.C., working with deaf and hard of hearing students at the elementary and secondary levels, and a year spent at the Hearing, Speech & Deafness Center in Seattle.

Stephanie has devoted the majority of her professional time treating childhood speech and language disorders. She enjoys finding activities that motivate children while targeting speech and language goals through play and fun!

Stephanie continues to participate in continuing education workshops and trainings to prepare her to better serve her clients. She has completed trainings in PROMPT, the Social Thinking Curriculum, and Pivotal Response Training.

All of our clinicians are certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.