Kelly Spears

BCBA, MS, CCC-SLP, NCI Instructor

Speech Language Pathologist, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Hanen Therapist and certified with Picture Exchange Communication (PECS)


She attended LSU from 1989 to 1994 and graduated with a BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She then attended Southeastern Louisiana University and graduated with a Master of Science in Speech Language and Hearing in 1997. She went to the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada for her Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) coursework.


She has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools, long-term care facilities, and private practices in rural and urban environments. Some places include Los Angeles, Charlotte, Vancouver BC, New York City, and New Orleans. In 2007, she worked as the speech pathologist in the Classroom Assistance for Atypical Behavior (CAAB) team in St. Tammany Parish with consultation provided by Dr. Timothy Vollmer. It was at this time that she became interested in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). She was supervised by Richard Stock and took coursework under Pat Mirenda. In 2009, she moved to New York, New York and worked as a behavior interventionist at the Carbone Clinic.

Mallory Fandal


BCBA, Southshore Clinic

Mallory Thompson began working at the Spears Learning Center in August of 2014 providing early intervention applied behavior analysis services to children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She pursued her Masters degree at Florida Institute of Technology where she graduated with a Master’s in Professional Behavior Analysis in August of 2017. While pursuing her education in behavior analysis, she was credentialed as a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst in November of 2016. After finishing her education at FIT, she became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2017. Mallory provides services at the Southshore clinic location, and works with clients ages 2-6 diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and related developmental disabilities.

Michelle Daigrepont


Speech Language Pathologist, Southshore Clinic


Michelle earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Louisiana State University in 2016. There, she continued her education earning a Masters of Arts in Speech Language Pathology in May 2018. During this time, Michelle found a passion for the pediatric population and had the opportunity to work with children with a variety of speech, language, and swallowing disorders. She joined Spears Learning Center in June 2018 where she completed her clinical fellowship in March 2019. She is dedicated to working with both the clients and their families to help the child achieve their full communication, cognitive, and swallowing potential and promoting functional communication across all environments. 

Stephanie Raschke


BCBA, Northshore Clinic


Stephanie graduated from Louisiana State University in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology. In 2010, she earned her Master’s degree from George Mason University in applied developmental psychology, with a focus on applied behavior analysis. Stephanie has been working with children with autism since 2009 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2012. She has worked as a BCBA in various locations, including Virginia and Germany, providing services in the home, clinic, and school setting. Stephanie joined Spears Learning Center in June 2018.

Katie Gressaffa


BCBA, Northshore Clinic


Katie graduated from Louisiana State University in May of 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. She earned a Master’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis in December of 2018. Katie has had the opportunity to work with children ages 2-13 in both clinic and school settings. She has been practicing as a BCBA at Spears Learning Center since May of 2019.

Lydia Curdts


Speech Language Pathologist, Northshore Clinic


Lydia graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Linguistics. She earned a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Maryland, College Park, in May of 2019. In graduate school, Lydia completed clinical placements at Kennedy Krieger Institute's Center for Autism and Related Disorders in Baltimore, MD and at an adult inpatient rehabilitation center. Lydia is currently completing her clinical fellowship year at Spears Learning Center. She has a background in ABA and her current clients include those with speech and language delays, autism spectrum disorder, feeding disorders, developmental disorders, cognitive delays and articulation disorders. 

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