Kate Smith, M.S., CCC-SLP
Kate was born and raised in a small WNY village on the historic Erie Barge Canal, not far from the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario. She received her BSEd in Communication Disorders, as well as her MSEd in Speech Language Pathology from SUNY College at Fredonia. She has been a lifelong supporter of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres sports teams (the WNY motto is, “just one before I die!” – referring to winning a national championship). Kate has worked in a variety of settings (skilled nursing, acute care/rehabilitation centers, home health, hospitals, schools, developmental disabilities offices, outpatient clinics, early intervention 0-3, early school age 3-5), in a few different states as a traveling therapist, (New York, West Virginia, Tennessee, Florida, S. Carolina), and worn many hats (Rehabilitation Director, Lead Therapist, On-Site Director, New Staff Orientation Specialist, as well as Speech Pathologist). While working as a traveling SLP, Kate met a fellow widower, got engaged, and moved to Bluffton, where she married her marvelous husband during COVID – proving that good things can happen despite pandemics!! Kate’s daughter, Bryn, is finishing her master’s degree in medical physiology from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland with a 4.0 average and is busy applying to medical schools. She has three terrific stepdaughters, too. Danielle, who lives in Statesboro and works at Georgia Southern University, Amanda, who is earning her PhD and DVM at UGA and lives outside Athens, Georgia with her husband, Michael, and Laura (and her husband Eric), who have given us a gorgeous granddaughter, Ella, and live on the gulf coast in Diamondhead, Mississippi. Kate loves to stay active and spends time outdoors whenever she can. She enjoys hiking, biking, playing pickleball, kayaking, boating, and taking walks with her husband and her new rescue puppy, Delaney. She is looking forward to traveling and embracing new adventures for many years to come.