The Speech Language Pathologists at Key Rehab assist patients in the areas of speech and language skills, swallowing, memory, and cognition. Speech Therapists evaluate and diagnose a wide range of communication and swallowing disorders, including those due to trauma or stroke. Speech Therapy also assists patients with cognitive disorders that impair problem solving, and short or long term memory.
Speech therapy focuses on the following:
• Saying sounds and words that cannot be understood
• Understanding language and following directions
• Expressing ideas, emotions, wants, and needs
• Developing appropriate social skills
• Written language
• Alternative and augmentative communication (AAC)
ranging from low-tech to high-tech communication
devices for non-verbal children
• Fluency (stuttering)
• Voice disorders
• Rehabilitation for children with hearing loss
• Oral motor issues
• Safe feeding and swallowing
• Cognition (attention, memory, problem solving, etc.)
Maria Smilo | MS, CCC-SLP Owner
Maria graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is a co-owner of Key Rehab Associates,Inc. and has over 28 years of experience working with children and adults. Maria is the mom of Jake and Rachel and lover of Amazon.
Jodi Kelley | MS, CCC-SLP
Jodi is a speech language pathologist and former preschool teacher. Jodi graduated from Delta State University and then went on to attend University of Mississippi where she obtained her Masters Degree in Speech Language Pathology. She is a breast cancer survivor and has been in remission since early 2021. She loves her husband, Chris, her daughters, Mary Evans and Maggie (and husband Zach), spending time with her mom, chocolate, Ole Miss, and McDonald’s hamburgers. Her family attends and enjoys being active at Jefferson Street United Methodist Church.
Kristy Arthur | MS, CCC-SLP
Krsty has been a pediatric speech pathologist for 14 years. She lives in Ferriday, LA on Lake Concordia with her husband Brannon, 2 children Anna and Hays, and dogs Rue and Fritz. While not at work, she enjoys being on the lake, reading, coaching rec sports teams, music, and Saints football. Her Key Rehab family and wonderful patients make her job the best!!
Abby Massey | MCD, CCC-SLP
Abby graduated from Louisiana State University in 2019 and LSU Health Science Center in New Orleans in 2021. She is a big believer in considering dogs as kids, coffee as a food group and that "Children are not a distraction from important work. They are the most important work." -Dr John Tra
April Swilley | MS, CCC-SLP
April is a speech language pathologist and has been treating patients since 2016. She is graduate of Trinity Episcopal Day School and Jackson State University. She has received special training tethered oral tissue and augmentative and alternative communication devices. April is married to Seth and has two children, Liana and Ian. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, camping, and spending time with her family.