Building confidence through communication.

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Personalized Speech and Language Therapy tailored to your child's unique needs

The Speech Path of Central Oregon offers a range of speech and language services, tailored to meet the unique needs of children from birth up to 21 years of age. Our services, delivered by highly qualified and passionate Speech-Language Pathologists, include comprehensive evaluations and individualized therapy plans.

Our therapists are experienced in working with children across a range of diagnoses including: receptive or expressive language impairment, social communication disorder, fluency/stuttering, hearing impairment, and speech sound disorders including – articulation, phonological impairment, and childhood apraxia of speech. Our therapists are capable of providing services for children with complex communication needs such as children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and children who require Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).

We deliver our therapies in a variety of settings: in the comfort of your home, in a community-based learning environment, or via telehealth for families in Oregon and California. Recognizing the value of collaboration, we are happy to coordinate with other specialists your child may be receiving support from, whether that be school-based or other private therapies, and actively involve parents in the therapy process. Currently operating on a private-pay basis, we provide necessary documentation for families seeking insurance reimbursement. Our mission is to foster effective communication skills in children, enhancing their confidence and ability to connect with the world around them.

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Building confidence through communication.

Serving Central Oregon’s families and their children, with expertise and understanding, by providing evidence-based speech and language services in order to enhance each child’s ability to access and effectively engage with their families and the world around them.

Meet the team

Kris Courtwright-Waldron, M.S. CCC-SLP (left)

Kris earned her Master's degree in Speech- Language Pathology from California State University, Sacramento in 2010 before dedicating time as a clinical professor in their graduate program. She is working toward her Clinical Doctorate in Speech-Language Pathology. Kris enjoys working with children across a wide array of needs and has special interest in working with children with significant speech sound disorders and children with language needs.

Kris is a dedicated mother who values quality time with her daughter and dogs, Jojo and Ollie. She loves paddleboarding on Oregon's lakes, traveling to tropical locations, and gardening. Kris also enjoys baking, good coffee, rooting for the San Francisco Giants, and expressing her creativity through crafts.

Fun Fact: Kris is a killer roller blader.

Lacie Ogren, M.S. CCC-SLP (right)

Lacie earned her Master's degree in Speech- Language Pathology from the University of Utah. Lacie enjoys working with children across a wide range of diagnoses and has special interest in working with children with complex communication needs. She holds a passion for working with families to make meaningful impact on their child's functional communication whether that be in speech, language, or social communication.

An avid outdoorswoman, Lacie enjoys backcountry skiing, camping, and hiking. Along with her husband and dogs Olive and Ro, she makes the most of all that Central Oregon has to offer. When she's not in nature, you can find her shopping for new houseplants or renovating her camper trailer.

Fun Fact: Lacie can do a one handed cartwheel.

Kris blowing bubbles in a beautiful park


  • Q: Are you accepting new clients?

    A: Yes! We are accepting new clients from birth - 21 years of age.

  • Q: What if I am unsure if my child needs therapy services or an evaluation?

    A: Consider speaking to one of our speech-language pathologists (SLP) during a free consultation. A free consultation consists of a 10-15 minute phone call where you can talk with one of our therapists about your concerns without committing to a full evaluation. During the consultation, an SLP will ask questions about your child’s development, address any concerns you may have, and provide recommendations for your child.

  • Q: Where do you treat?

    A: We are unique because we offer in-home services to children in Central Oregon. Communities we currently serve are Bend, Redmond, Prineville, Terrebonne, Sisters, and Madras. Our telehealth services are available to families that live in Oregon and California.

  • Q: Do you take insurance?

    A: Currently we are private pay only and payment is due at the time of services. We can provide you with an invoice as well as documentation of services and you can contact your insurance company to see if they will reimburse you for services. We may become in-network providers with a few insurance companies in the future.

  • Q: What ages do you see?

    A: We provide pediatric services for children from birth to 21.

  • Q: My child receives speech therapy at school, can they also get speech therapy at The Speech Path?

    A: Yes! Additional therapy sessions can help children meet their goals without pulling them out of class.

  • Q: My child did not qualify for speech therapy at school but I still think they need it, can they see you?

    A: Yes! Schools are bound by state laws for qualifying children for services as well as show an educational need. Not all children who could benefit from SLP services may qualify. We will conduct our own assessment to determine if private speech therapy is appropriate for your child.

  • Q: Do you work with children with autism? How about AAC devices?

    A: Yes. Collaboration and treatment of children with autism as well as children with AAC devices/supports and working closely with their families and support systems is one of our specialties.

  • Q: Do you involve parents in the therapy process?

    A: Yes. Parents are often invited to take part and/or observe. Each session allows time for the SLP and the parent to discuss progress as well as specifics about the therapy session. Home programs are provided to the parent to increase carryover.

  • Q: Do you have another question?

    A: Please contact us at

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The Speech Path of Central Oregon