Paula Turner, MS CCC-SLP
Paula Turner is a certified speech-language pathologist and serves as Spokane’s Director of Therapy. Paula has extensive experience with pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders. Prior to joining the Achieve Center, she worked at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital in acute care as well as the outpatient Feeding and Growth Clinic, where she participated in team evaluations, modified barium swallow studies, and served as a team consultant to create plans and recommendations for referring physicians, therapists, and families.
Paula has also served as adjunct faculty at Heritage College and as a supervisor for graduate students at the University Hearing and Speech Clinic. She enjoys working with all pediatric patients and believes that family involvement is key to a child’s success in therapy. She holds a Master's degree in communication disorders from Eastern Washington University and a Bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University.
Meghan Wallblom, MA CCC-SLP
Meghan is a certified speech-language pathologist. Prior to joining the Achieve Center, she worked at the Holy Family Speech and Hearing Clinic in acute care and outpatient setting, serving both adults and children in the areas of cognition, speech, language, fluencey, and swallowing disorders.
Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, camping, and floating the river with her four children and husband. Meghan and her family volunteer with the Missionaries of Charity and Campfire of America.
Meghan holds a Master's and Bachelor's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Washington State University.
Molly Everson, MS CFY-SLP
Molly received a Bachelor of Science degree in speech and hearing sciences from University of Washington and a Master of Science in communication disorders from Eastern Washington University. She has a passion for working with the pediatric population with special interests in the areas of early language intervention for children birth to three and articulation/phonological disorders. She believes in providing the support and motivation necessary to patients and their families to promote successful therapy.
A native from Spokane, Molly enjoys spending summers at the local area lakes with her husband Bobby. She is an avid sports fan and likes to cheer on all the local college teams, especially during football season. Molly also enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.
Kate Schaffer, MS CFY-SLP
Kate Schaffer has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in communication disorders from Eastern Washington University. She was first inspired to become a Speech-Language Pathologist by her mom, who was also an SLP and by hearing about Operation Smile (an organization who travels to third world countries to provide free surgeries to children with cleft lip and palate). Kate loves working with children and their families to help them to improve communication and learning. Her special interests include articulation/phonology, language disorders and autism.
In her free time, Kate enjoys time with friends and family and is obsessed with traveling. She has visited many European countries, as well as studying abroad in England for 6 months. She also enjoys playing the piano, reading and has a passion for dance.
Darci Hill, SLPA
Darci is a certified speech-language pathology assistant. She has a background in early intervention, having served as a bilingual (English-Spanish) developmental specialist to provide in-home parent education on speech and language development. Darci enjoys working with all pediatric patients but has a special interest in articulation and phonological disorders. She loves to share in the excitement a family experiences as a child progresses toward their potential.
Outside of work, Darci enjoys sewing, baking, reading, and shopping. She also loves to spend time outdoors with her husband, Joe. She is actively involved in her church, serving as a youth leader.
Darci holds a bachelor's degree in Communication Disorders with a minor in Spanish from Brigham Young University.
Abby Spencer, SLPA
Abby Spencer is a speech and language pathology assistant who joined the Achieve Center team in 2013. She has 10 years of experience working with young children as a K-3 classroom teacher. Abby enjoys working with all children and believes that early intervention is key to a child's future success. Her experiences with her own daughter receiving therapy services prompted her to change careers. She plans to continue her education in speech and language pathology. Abby holds a Master's and Bachelor's degree in Literacy from Eastern Washington University as well as endorsements in Reading and Early Childhood Education.
Outside of work Abby enjoys being active outdoors, reading, cooking, crafting and most importantly spending time with family and friends. Abby and her husband Nate are the proud parents of two dynamic daughters, Marley and Emrie.
Nick Degroat, OTR/L
Nick graduated in 2008 with a Masters of Occupational Therapy from Eastern Washington University. In 2006, he graduated with a Bachelor degree in Health Science from Brigham Young University-Idaho.
He and his wife have three children and enjoy spending time together outdoors. Nick enjoys working with children of all ages and helping them succeed.
Kari Lenz, MOT, OTR/L
Kari earned a Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Eastern Washington University in 2011. She also earned her Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (concentrations in Psychology and Occupational Therapy) from EWU in 2010. She is passionate about working with children and collaborating with their families to assist kids in reaching their full potential. She enjoys working with children of all ages, but has a special interest in early intervention and birth to three services.
Kari grew up near Portland, Oregon, and has lived in Spokane since marrying her husband, Bob, in 2008. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and friends. Some of her hobbies include quilting, baking, scrapbooking, and reading.
Amber Wagenblast PT, DPT
Amber graduated from Eastern Washington University with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2005. Prior to joining the Achieve Center, she worked at Holy Family Speech and Hearing Center Children’s Rehabilitation Services, Visiting Nurses Association and also currently works at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital. She has a passion for serving the pediatric population, working closely with families to best serve the needs of their children.
Outside of work, Amber enjoys spending time with her husband and four kids camping, hiking, skiing, boating, cooking, helping with church activities, and cheering on the WSU Cougs every football season.