Not-for-Profit Pediatric Speech, Language & Reading Therapy Services


Clinicians

Our experienced clinicians are committed to providing each child with the highest quality services available. Each Speech Therapist is ASHA certified with a Certificate of Clinical Competency, has a Masters Degree, and is licensed by the State of Georgia. We employ time-tested techniques for making therapy fun and effective for each session.

Lorie Delk Lorie Delk
Lorie S. Delk, M.Ed., CCC-SLP is Founder and President of Next Generation, as well as a practicing speech-language pathologist and mother of four. Lorie graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Education degree in Speech Pathology in 1986. She graduated from Georgia State University College of Education with a Masters Degree in Speech Pathology in 1988. She began her career as a staff speech therapist at Atlanta Area School for the Deaf.  In 1999 she incorporated a home-based pediatric private practice into Lorie S. Delk and Associates. In 2012 Lorie created Next Generation to provide Speech, Language and Reading services to families serving around the world.  She specializes in treatment of Language Disorders. She also provides reading therapy, is trained in Orton Gillingham and Lindamood-Bell reading programs, and is the co-developer of the Up-Words Reading® program.
Karen Allen Karen Allen
Karen Allen, M.Ed., CCC-SLP is Clinical Director for Next Generation, as well as a practicing speech pathologist and mother of two. Karen graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Education degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 1991. She graduated from the University of Georgia College of Education with a Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 1992. Prior to joining Lorie S. Delk and Associates in 2001, Karen worked in private practice and with the Fulton County public school system. Karen specializes in treating communication difficulties for preschool children.
Jodi Lewis Jodi Lewis

Jodi Lewis, M.Ed., CCC-SLP is a staff clinician with Next Generation and the mother of two. Jodi graduated from West Georgia College with a Bachelor of Education degree in Speech Pathology in 1987. She graduated from Georgia State University with a Masters Degree of Education in Speech Pathology in 1992. Prior to joining Lorie Delk and Associates in 2011, Jodi worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Coweta County School System, the Gwinnett County School System and in Private Practice.

Leslie Whitten Leslie Whitten
Leslie Whitten, M.Ed. is a reading specialist with Next Generation and the mother of three. Leslie graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1989. She graduated from Mercer University with a Masters Degree of Education in 1995 and earned an Educational Specialist degree from the University of Alabama in 2001. Prior to joining Lorie S. Delk and Associates in 2013, Leslie worked as an elementary classroom teacher for 14 years. Leslie is trained in Orton Gillingham and in the Up-Words Reading® program.
Leslie Whitten
Elisabeth Wilson Slay Elisabeth Wilson Slay

Elizabeth Slay, M.A., CCC-SLP is a staff clinician with Next Generation Therapy Services. Elizabeth graduated from The University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Disorders with a minor in Psychology in 2012. She graduated from The University of Memphis with a Master of Arts degree in Speech Pathology in 2014. Prior to joining Next Generation in 2018, Elizabeth worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist in various roles in hospitals, public school systems and private practice.   She and her husband, Dan, live in Peachtree Corners, GA.


Candice Smith Candice Smith
Candice Smith is a Reading Specialist with Next Generation. Candice holds a Bachelors of Science in Education from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama which qualifies her to teach Kindergarten through 6th grade with specialization in Special Education and Collaborative studies. Prior to joining the Next Generation team, Candice was a classroom teacher teaching 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade over the course of 5 years. She is married and loves spending time reading, drinking coffee, being active and playing with her Golden Retriever, Jake. Candice is trained in the Up-Words Reading® program.

Phala Echols Phala Echols

Phala Echols is the Director of Family Care for Next Generation Therapy Services. Phala (pronounced fay-la) graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. In 1990, she moved to Bangkok and served as an administrative assistant for three years. After this assignment, Phala returned stateside where she attended Auburn University and received her Master’s degree in Secondary English Education in 1993. That same year, Phala began her teaching career in an 8th grade Language Arts classroom at Berry Middle School in Hoover, Alabama. In the three years she taught there, her love for students and teaching and education in general continued to grow. Next Phala made the move from Birmingham AL to Seoul, South Korea where she lived for 12 years and worked as an Educational Consultant with expat families living all over Asia.  A transition back to Thailand put her in a more central location for serving the expat students and their families that she continued to work with as the Lead Educational Consultant. After a total of 19 years in Asia, Phala relocated to Clinton, Mississippi where she works with international students at Mississippi College. Her nineteen years living overseas and working with expat families all over Asia has uniquely prepared her for the role of Director of Family Services with Next Generation Therapy Services. Phala has always been single and enjoys having guests in her home as well as cooking and baking from scratch.


Judy Albertine Judy Albertine

Judy Albertine, M.Ed. is a reading specialist with Next Generation. Judy graduated from Wheelock College with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in 1983 and from Georgia State University with a Master’s Degree of Education in 1988. Prior to joining Next Generation in 2019, Judy worked as a reading and learning specialist at the Atlanta Speech School’s Wardlaw School for 19 years. Judy is trained in the Up-Words Reading® program, Wilson Reading Program (Level I and II certification), Making Math Real, and in Visualizing and Verbalizing. She is married, with two children and loves gardening, bicycling and being with kids!


“All of the students we recommend for the Delk group gain confidence while working with the clinicians, and the improvement results are measurable.”

JOY WOOD | former Lower School Principal | Wesleyan School