Our Team

Now We're Talking Leslie Bigwood

Leslie Bigwood, M.S., CCC-SLP, Owner

Leslie attended the University of Central Florida and received her masters degree from Florida State University.  She previously worked in pediatrics in the public school system serving pre-k-12th grade and in pediatric private practice focusing on early intervention and childhood apraxia of speech. Prior to partnering with Ashley, she owned a comprehensive outpatient private practice in Georgia.  She is excited to bring her passion of practice management to the Low Country.

Leslie lives in Bluffton with her husband and children. She enjoys exploring the shops and restaurants of Old Town Bluffton, traveling, and beach time with her family.
Now We're Talking Ashley Cubbage

Ashley Cubbage, MSP, CCC-SLP, Owner

Ashley was born in St. Louis Missouri, but grew up in both Tampa Florida and Washington DC. She attended Clemson University (Go Tigers!!) for her undergraduate degree. She went on to receive her masters degree in speech pathology from the University of South Carolina. While studying at the University of South Carolina she applied for and was accepted to a specialized track within the program focusing on neurogenic and medically compromised patients. Ashley completed her graduate externship at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. She has lived and worked in the Lowcountry area since 2014. Prior to partnering with Leslie, Ashley worked within the similar population of birth to 3, and school-age children. Her passion for this community and the families that are within it drove her to partner and start Now We’re Talking Therapy Services with her friend Leslie Bigwood.

Ashley lives in Hilton head with her husband, and 7lb malti poo Bear. She and her husband are expecting their first child this summer. She enjoys spending time at the beach, exercising, and eating (that’s what the exercising is for…)!

Abby Bishop, M.A., CCC-SLP

Abby graduated with her Master’s in Speech Pathology in from Kent State University in Ohio in 2008.  She moved to Bluffton in 2010 (to escape the cold weather) and started working with pediatrics. She has a passion for early intervention with focus on incorporating and empowering parents/caregivers in helping their children to succeed.  She also LOVES feeding/swallowing therapy!  She has worked to improve feeding ability and mealtime experiences in children with a variety of difficulties including prematurity, failure to thrive, g-tube dependence, autism, cleft palate, Down syndrome, Pierre Robin Sequence, reflux, constipation, and tongue/lip tie. In 2015, she obtained her Certification in Lactation Counseling that helps her to provide intervention to babies with feeding/swallowing delays who are breast fed.

Abby and her husband, Ryan, are foster parents and had their first biological baby in November of 2017. She loves playing with her children, spending time outside, and eating good food!

Amanda Henzler M.A., CCC-SLP

Amanda grew up in New York but moved to Pittsburgh, PA to attend college and graduate school.  She received her master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2004 at the University of Pittsburgh.  Amanda moved to Georgia after graduating in 2004, but finally settled in Bluffton in 2011 with her husband, Chris.  She has experience working with both adults and children, but has a passion working in the pediatric setting.  Amanda loves working in the community and the child’s natural setting, helping caregivers obtain tools and learn the strategies needed to help improve their child’s speech and language skills.  Amanda has hours and hours of play experience with her own two children, which, in her opinion, has made her a better, more understanding therapist.

Now We're Talking Stephanie Verba

Stephanie Verba, M.A., CCC-SLP

Stephanie grew up in the small town of St. Clairsville, Ohio. She graduated from Ohio University, where she obtained both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Go Bobcats! She moved to Hilton Head Island in 2016 to begin her career as a speech-language pathologist. Stephanie has worked in both private practice and school settings. Stephanie enjoys working in pediatrics because she gets to be a part of children’s’ growth from day one and form relationships with each child and their family. Stephanie appreciates the youthful spirit experienced daily when working with children.

In her spare time, Stephanie stays active and is always on the go! Some of her favorite hobbies include running, paddle boarding, and teaching Pure Barre. She ran four half marathons over the past two years and believes that the excitement of crossing the finish line never gets old! She explores the Lowcountry by paddle boarding in new areas throughout Beaufort County. Stephanie also teaches Pure Barre in Hilton Head on the weekends and loves connecting with those in the community!

Now We're Talking Christy Petras

Christy Petras, OTR/L

Christy is originally from Augusta, Georgia.  She attended Georgia College and State University and received her masters degree from The Medical College of Georgia.  He has supplemental training in feeding, sensory integration, orthopedics, and early intervention. She has a passion for working with kids of all ages and loves watching children grow and learn. Occupational Therapy is rewarding to Christy because she loves seeing children increase their confidence and accomplish their goals.

Christy grew up playing volleyball, attending dance, and swimming.  She coached volleyball and swimming, and was an adaptive aquatic therapy instructor for many years. She also enjoys crafting, watching Netflix and playing with her dog, Zella.  Her three favorite things are the color purple, giraffes, and Mac & Cheese!
Now We're Talking Krista Voelmle

Krista Voelmle, M.A., CCC-SLP

Krista’s passion is working with infants and toddlers to promote early speech and language acquisition.  She enjoys coaching and providing parents with tools on how to communicate with their kids and identify their infants and toddlers early attempts to communicate with them.  Sine every child and family’s interactions and environment is different she aims to provide individualized goals and treatment plans for each family she works with.

Outside of therapy, Krista is a doctoral candidate at the University of Kansas where she is completing her dissertation.  Her PhD focuses on inter-collaborations with pediatricians to continue to increase early identification of communication delays during well-child visits.  She has experience with teaching and mentoring undergraduate students, speaking and presenting at national conferences, and publishing research articles in nationally recognized journals.
Now We're Talking Keali

Keali Lay, M.S., CCC-SLP

Keali received her Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Georgia and her Master of Science in Communication Disorders from Armstrong State University. Keali has experience in K-12 schools and in pediatric private practice, where she has served diverse populations of clients with a variety of communication disorders. Keali has special interest in early language intervention and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). In her spare time she enjoys baking from scratch, going to the beach, and exploring Bluffton/HHI with her dog, Emma Jean.

Sadie The Therapy Dog, S.D. Gunner Fund Graduate

Sadie is a goldendoodle from Atlanta, Georgia.  She graduated from the S.D Gunner Fund Therapy Dog training program.  Sadie enjoys greeting children in the waiting room, helping nervous kids transition back to therapy, celebrating therapy successes, and comforting kiddos during challenging tasks.

When she isn’t working, Sadie enjoys belly rubs, nudging your hand for more belly rubs, chasing a ball at the beach, and paddle boarding.