Dr. Swank received her B.A. and M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology followed by a Masters Degree in Special Education Administration from Wichita State University. Dr. Swank received her Doctor of Philosophy in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Kansas, the nation's premier research program in Child Language Development, Language Disorders and Life Span Studies. Dr. Swank taught for several years at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia prior to returning to Wichita State University, as Chairperson of the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences. Dr. Swank is a published author in several peer-reviewed journals. Her passion is diagnosing an individual and designing individualized and customized therapies to accelerate acquisition of needed communication skills in all four modalities of listening, speaking, reading, and written expression. She is the co-author of the Phonological Awareness and Literacy Skills (PALS) Assessment that is the tool the commonwealth of Virginia uses to screen and identify children who are at risk for oral and written language delays such as dyslexia and dysgraphia. Dr. Swank is Integrated Listening System (iLs) certified and Interactive Metronome (IM) certified. Dr. Swank also has expertise in auditory/language processing deficits that relate to oral and written language disorders.
Mrs. Gabriel received her B.S. in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Eastern Illinois University. Mrs. Gabriel has 22 years experience in school based speech-language pathology serving children and their families’ preschool through high school. In addition to working in public school setting, her experience also includes providing speech language therapy pediatric rehabilitation services for the “Star Bright” Program Pediatric Rehabilitation Program ( currently now Health South) working with children with traumatic head injuries, developmental delays, learning disabilities, genetic disorders, cerebral palsy, and autism. Mrs. Gabriel is also Integrated Listening System (iLs) certified. Mrs. Gabriel’s passion for the field of Speech Language Pathology is rooted in her philosophical belief that every child has the right to be educated in an environment which respects their individual differences, fosters their self esteem, as well as motivates them to achieve their greatest potential. In both educational and clinical settings, she has provided diagnostic evaluation and assessments, developed treatment plans, provided direct speech/language therapy services, as well as worked with interdisplinary teams to provide speech/language services which aids in individualizing each child’s needs, focusing on their strengths. In addition to working with her students, one of her greatest joys is working with families and other educational professionals to help children meet their potential. Mrs. Gabriel and her husband, Dr. David Gabriel, have 4 children: 2 boys, 2 girls.
Ashley graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. She majored in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Ashley hopes to attend graduate school within the next two years, however, she is interested in gaining more “hands-on” experience before continuing her education. Ashley is currently broadening her knowledge of Spanish so that she may communicate with bilingual parents and clients. She will assist the therapy staff and will provide tutoring to clients who need that service. Ashley is also Integrated Listening System (iLs) certified.
Mary Beth has 17 years as a retail executive manager at Ralph Lauren and Neiman Marcus in the Park Cities of Dallas and in Austin. She retired to become a full time mother. She transferred her managerial skills to home-schooling her two sons. One son entered university life at age 15 with scholarships graduating four years later . He is currently a teaching intern at a private school in Boston, MA. Her other son is a student at Berklee School of Music in Boston, MA.. Mary Beth loves helping parents discover the best educational match for their children who are uniquely talented. She is a natural net-worker, organizing the Swank Enrichment Center staff and activities to benefit the clients who partake in the various therapies and tutoring programs.