Speech-Language Pathologist

Tobi Doerffel

I have been a Speech-Language Pathologist for 20 years. I have worked with infants through the elderly addressing a variety of communication, neurological, and swallowing challenges. Through my experiences, I have had the pleasure of working with some amazing individuals and their loved ones. I am also a parent of a child that has communication and learning difficulties and so I try to approach and work with each individual and their family the way I expect others to work with my own child.

Speech-Language Pathology Credentials/Specialties

Valid state SLP License

ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP)

Receptive Language Disorder

Expressive Language Disorders

Phonological and Articulation Disorders

Swallowing disorders

Fluency Disorders

Motor Speech Disorders




Elementary School

Middle School

High School





What advice would you give to a family who is on the fence about signing up for a learning assessment (or counseling/therapy)?

As a parent of a child with disabilities, I hesitated getting services as early as my "gut" told my I should. So, I would say to a parent if you are concerned about a specific area for your child, then go with your "gut," If your "gut" is telling you consider an assessment then the only way to know if your concerns are warranted or not would be to get the assessment. Also, without the proper information, then you cannot help your child get the services and assistance he/she may need to be successful.

What was your path to becoming a provider?

I have always wanted to be in a field that helped others. My mother was a Special Education Teacher, and so I grew up seeing, and interacting with individuals that had different learning styles. Through my mother, I got to meet and observe an SLP and really like the experiences I had and decided to pursue this as a career path.

Why are you passionate about helping students with learning differences?

I am passionate about helping others succeed and reach their potential. I am also passionate about individuals that are struggling because I am a parent of a child that has numerous learning differences and I know the struggles and frustrations we have gone through.

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