Our Team

Brittany McCutcheon MCD, SLP-CCC          _64A7321
Speech Language Pathologist

Brittany has been in the field of speech and language for almost 12 years. She has experience with a vast number of different communication disorders and ages, ranging from 12 months- senior adults. She has worked in the preschool classroom, adult rehab, private pediatric clinics, and school settings. She has started her own therapy and consulting company, Path To Progress, LLC. Working in the field of speech, language, and communication disorders is her true passion. She lives in Fort Mill with her husband and 11 year old son, Cole and 9 year old daughter, Ava.
She attended Winthrop University were she received her B.A. in Communication Disorders. Then attend the University of South Carolina were she received her Masters in Communication Disorders.

• American Speech, Language, Hearing Association (ASHA)
• Certificate of Clinical Competence-ASHA
• State of South Carolina Certification/License in Speech-Language Pathology
Professional Memberships
• South Carolina Speech and Hearing Association (SCSHA)

Dawn LaClair, MA, SLP-CCC


Dawn has more than twenty years of experience in the field of speech-language pathology, much of which has included work with diverse adult and pediatric populations. Over the course of her career she has worked for hospitals, residential facilities, home care organizations, schools, and private clinics.

Dawn received both her B.A. and M.A. in Communication Disorders and Sciences from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She lives in Fort Mill with her husband and three children.

Jessica Wheaton, OTR/L

164a3990Jessica received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac College. She lives with her family in Fort Mill.  Jessica has a wide range of experiences from pediatrics to geriatrics settings. Jessica has traveled to Costa Rica and provided academic support for bilingual students with learning differences that included dyslexia, ADHD, Asperger’s, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorders, and handwriting issues. She also worked in an orphanage setting supporting children from trauma backgrounds.  She is trained in Therapeutic Listening, The Astronaut Training Protocol, Beckmann Oral Motor Protocol, Trust Based Relational Intervention, and Handwriting Without Tears.  Jessica’s passion is working with children and their families to improve their daily lives.

Abbie Gregory COTA/LAbbie PTP

Abbie received her degree as an occupational therapy assistant from Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC and is currently licensed in North and South Carolina.  She has received continuing education in the areas of Sensory Integration, treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder, and feeding disorders. Previous to becoming a COTA, she has worked with a medically/socially diverse population of children and families for over eight years through volunteer experience, and coaching youth recreational activities. She is a true proponent of the powerful role of meaningful occupational pursuits in improving quality of life for ALL individuals. In addition, Abbie has a passion for helping children and their families realize and express their potential as unique individuals with valuable contributions to their environments/communities; she believes that through occupational therapy, children can not only develop functional skills and increased self esteem but maximize their individual potential and self efficacy. Abbie enjoys animals, literature, and all forms of dance.

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Jessica lives in Tega Cay with her wonderful family.  She is originally from Kansas City, KS and attended Kansas University and Rockhurts University and received her BS in biology and her masters of physical therapy at Elon University in May 2000.  She has 19 years experience in the field of physical therapy.  She has worked with many patients populations including infant, young adolescents to geriatrics in the inpatient, outpatient, assisted living, and home health settings.  Jessica has always had a passion for working with the pediatric population to be able to allow each individual the opportunity to function at their highest potential to enhance their quality of life.  She is so excited to be a part of Path to Progress to make a difference in children’s lives.

Lori Christison, MS SLP-CCCIMG_0359

Lori has been working as an SLP for many years, first in the public schools, then in Early Intervention for the past 13 years. I love working with kids, helping them to develop language so they can express themselves effectively and enjoy positive social interactions. Most recently, She has been advocating for the All Play Together Inclusive playground to be built in Tega Cay. She and her family have lived in the Fort Mill area for 20 years and we are happy to call it home.

Zoan Gutiérrez-Ruiz, M.S., CCC-SLPBio Picture-Zoan

Zoan has worked with adult and pediatric populations throughout her career in preschools and schools in Pennsylvania and her own private practice in Puerto Rico. She received her B.A. in Spanish Education from University of Puerto Rico-Cayey Campus in 2008 and M.S. in Speech-Language Pathologist from Medical Science Campus-University of Puerto Rico in 2012. Zoan specializes and loves working with early language development, bilingual population and motor-speech disorders using PROMPT technique. Currently, she lives in Tega Cay with her husband and two little ones. Zoan holds the following licenses and certifications: Certificated of Clinical Competence (CCC) by American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Speech-Language Pathologist License by Board of Examiners of South Carolina, Speech-Language Impaired N-12 Certification by Pennsylvania State Board of Education and Speech-Language Pathologist License by Review Board-Department of Health of Puerto Rico.

Laina Touchberry, DPTlaina

Laina resides in Fort Mill in which she is native. She received a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of South Carolina where she studied Public Health and Psychology. She graduated with a Doctorate degree of Physical Therapy at Nova Southeastern University. Laina has experience with diverse populations including pediatric and adult within inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient, and post-acute settings. She is passionate about working with children and their families to provide fun and functional therapy.

Evelyn Barkaway, OTR/Levie1
Evelyn received her Occupational Therapy degree from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. Over the course of her 18 year career, Evelyn has worked with both the pediatric and adult populations in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, home health and rehabilitation facilities. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Evelyn currently lives in the Lake Wylie area with her husband and twin boys.

Marcia Garrison, MS SLP-CCC
Marcia earned her B.A in communication disorders at Northern Illinois University and her M.S in Speech-Language Pathology at Saint Xavier University in Chicago. Marcia has 11 years of experience working with a variety of populations ranging from infants through adulthood. She has experience working in schools, private pediatric clinics, and skilled nursing facilities. Marcia has in-depth training in all areas of articulation and communication including feeding disorders, feeding aversions, oral motor difficulties, and AAC. Marcia currently lives in Gastonia with her daughter and her dog.

Kristen Mosher, DPTkristen
Kristen graduated from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY in 2014 with her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Shortly after completing her education she took her first job at an outpatient physical therapy clinic in Springfield, VA where she worked with a variety of ages from children to elderly patients. She moved to South Carolina in 2016 and began working in home health care helping her patients re-learn basic motor skills. As a mother of two she is incredibly excited to get to work with children all day in a Pediatric setting as that is what drove her desire to become a physical therapist in the first place. She is excited to be joining the Path to Progress Clinical Team.

Greg Dampier, MA SLP-CCC

Greg earned his M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology at South Carolina State University and has over 7 years experience working with children from Pre-K to 12th grade in public schools. Using his background in music, Greg incorporates musical components for creative approaches in therapy sessions. Greg holds his Certificate of Clinical Competence through the American Speech, Hearing, and Language Association, and is licensed in both South and North Carolina. He also earned his B.A. in Communications from Winthrop University, and B.A. in Music Performance from Belmont University. Greg resides in Charlotte, and can be found performing with other local musicians at various venues around the Carolinas outside of therapy.

Sarah Wessel, DPT

Sarah graduated from Armstrong State University in 2016 with a bachelors in Rehabilitation Sciences and minor in neuroscience, followed by receiving her doctorate in physical therapy from Mercer University in 2019. After graduation, Sarah worked for an interdisciplinary pediatric clinic with the opportunity to see children 0-18 years of age with a variety of diagnoses and impairments. She is excited about the opportunity to continue working in an interdisciplinary team as a part of Path to Progress!

Natalie Varela, MS, OTR/L

Natalie Varela, MS, OTR/L received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy degree from Florida International University in 2017. Natalie has experience as a pediatric therapist working with a variety diagnosis including, Down Syndrome, Autism, Asperger’s, Developmental Delays, ADD/ADHD, sensory processing, dysgraphia, motor planning disorders, and learning disorders. She has completed courses and has training in Handwriting Without Tears, Sensory Processing Disorders, and Sensory Integration Techniques. Natalie believes the best thing about being an Occupational Therapist is getting a chance to celebrate both the large and small victories that her clients experience each day. Natalie recently relocated to Charlotte, NC from Florida and is excited to be joining the Path to Progress team!

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