Kristin A. Chmela, M.A. CCC-SLP BCS-F
Kristin, a licensed, certified speech language pathologist and Board Certified Specialist in Fluency and Fluency Disorders, decided to become a speech therapist while in therapy for her own stuttering early in college. For almost thirty years, she has diligently provided services for individuals with fluency disorders. As Director of Chmela Fluency Center, she attributes her personal experience with stuttering, professional training and strong relationships with her internationally recognized mentors, the late Dr. Hugo Gregory, Carolyn Gregory, June Campbell, and Diane Hill, for her uplifting and inspiring perspective on fluency disorders. She received her Master of Art Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Northwestern University. In addition, she lectures and consults locally, nationally and internationally, is lead author for two books, publishes practical fluency therapy materials, and has collaborated extensively with the Stuttering Foundation. Kristin is also co-founder and co-director of Camp Shout Out. She served as adjunct faculty at Northwestern University, and has supervised graduate students from across the world. Her term as Chair of the American Board of Fluency and Fluency Disorders, from 2013 through 2015, spearheaded the transition from recognition to certification of fluency specialists.
Kristin holds licenses in several states, and is in good standing with her professional affiliations, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the Illinois Speech and Hearing Association (ISHA). In spite of widespread commitments, Kristin upholds the value of providing evaluation and treatment herself for individual clients, and spends the majority of her time at her fluency center doing just that.
Natasha Vayner, M.A. CCC-SLP
Natasha believes communication is one of the most essential and rewarding human functions. During her graduate training in Speech Language Pathology at San Diego State University, she participated in a bilingual certification program, providing her with specialized instruction and experience with multilingual populations. She provides assessment and treatment in both English and Russian, and has worked with the Spanish-speaking early intervention population. Natasha’s previous clinical experience has been in the areas of early intervention, phonological and motor speech disorders, school-age language disorders, and fluency disorders. She has worked extensively with children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder and various syndromes. While servicing clients of all ages with various communication challenges, Natasha felt a special calling for helping those with fluency disorders. After participating in Camp Shout Out for several years, Natasha moved to join Kristin at the Chmela Fluency Center.
Natasha places great value on being a lifelong learner and regularly seeks out opportunities for professional development and collaboration with other professionals. She is eternally thankful to her professional mentors, particularly Karyn Searcy and Kristin Chmela, as well as her clients for their role in her professional growth. Natasha is grateful to have spent a year traveling the world, visiting a multitude of diverse clinics, and connecting with the global community of fellow speech-language pathologists. She has presented and facilitated professional workshops to fellow clinicians and students in universities and clinics in the United States and in Asia, is a member of the Camp Shout Out Leadership Team, and is in good standing with her professional affiliations.