Duncan Lake Speech Therapy is an intentionally small, private speech-language practice. We know our clients.
As a clinic, we strive to live into these company values:
Meet the Team
TAMIKO TESHIMA, M.A., CCC-SLP (SHE/HER)
Speech-Language Pathologist and Owner
Tamiko, who goes by Tami (pronounced "Tommy"), is a former teacher turned speech-language pathologist. She received a Master of Arts in Education, Speech-Language Pathology from San Jose State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education from Grand Valley State University. Tami opened Duncan Lake Speech Therapy, LLC in May 2019 after working as a school-based speech-language pathologist. Her vision was to provide client-centered and collaborative speech-language services to her community while focusing on the values of diversity, inclusion, representation, and cultural competency/humility.
Tami's areas of speech interest include articulation and phonological disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), expressive/receptive language delays, and orofacial myology. Tami has obtained certification through Simon Says Speech in orofacial myology, and completed the 28 hour introductory course through IAOM . Tami also has a deep passion for gender-affirming voice modification services, and offers both individual sessions and quarterly group-format classes.
In addition to client-centered work, Tami also serves as the SLP on an Approved Autism Evaluation Center team through Acorn Health. She is a mentor in the Start Your Private Practice Program and a coach in the Grow Your Private Practice Program with The Independent Clinician, where she supports new and growing SLP private practice owners. Tami is a current member of the Grand Rapids LGBTQ Health Consortium where she sits on the Advocacy Committee. In addition, she is a member of the Mental Health Clinicians of Color in Grand Rapids where she sits on the Event Planning Committee. Throughout 2022 and 2023, Tami participated in and graduated from Cohort 9 of the Urban Core Collective's Transformational Leadership Program. Most recently, Tami became foster parent to a Paws With a Cause puppy, Ace!
When she is not working, Tamiko spends time with her friends and family. She enjoys traveling, bird watching, hiking, and water activities such as kayaking. She can often be found reading a book and quilting.
Tami holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association as well as a Speech-Language Pathology license from the state of Michigan.
LEAH ARUNDEL (SHE/HER)
Administrative Assistant & Medical Biller
Leah joined our practice in February of 2022 as the Administrative Assistant/Medical Biller. Originally from the Kalamazoo area, she as spent the last four years in Charlotte, NC but her heart has recently pulled her back to Pure Michigan. She has nine years of experience in customer service and received her education from Ferris State University, as well as Grand Rapids Community College.
She makes service a priority, manages insurance billing, and ensures that all patient needs have been met.
She spends her leisure time enjoying many different genres of music, traveling, spending time with her loved ones, and dining out!
BETHANY BARBER, M.A., CCC-SLP (SHE/HER)
Bethany holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association as well as a Speech-Language Pathology license from the state of Michigan.
HANNAH BLACKWELL, M.A., CCC-SLP (SHE/HER)
Hannah received her Bachelor of Science in Allied Health Sciences with an emphasis in Speech-Language Pathology from Grand Valley State University and her Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Michigan State University. She has enjoyed her work with pediatric and adult individuals in various settings, including public schools, center-based schools, skilled nursing facilities, and hospitals. She has enjoyed her experiences with clients requiring myofunctional therapeutic treatment and is particularly passionate about Childhood Apraxia of Speech, fluency, feeding, and encouraging communication through multi-modal approaches.
In her free time, Hannah enjoys doing puzzles, spending time with friends and family, and working on art projects. She also loves taking walks around her home in Grand Rapids, where she lives with her husband and two cats.
Hannah holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association as well as a Speech-Language Pathology license from the state of Michigan.
ANNA DUBIAK, M.S., CCC-SLP (SHE/HER)
Anna earned her Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She then went on to receive a Master of Science in Speech and Language Pathology from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. Anna started her career as a school based speech and language pathologist and found her passion working with students who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices. Anna also enjoys working on receptive and expressive language disorders, social communication, and wants to continue her journey providing gender-affirming voice modification services. She has worked hard with the individuals she serves to gain confidence in their communication skills and foster positive change.
Anna is a PEERS® certified provider through the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA.
Outside of work Anna enjoys crafting and playing her guitar and ukulele. She is new to Michigan and is enjoying discovering Grand Rapids. She has 2 rescue dogs and loves taking them to the dog park with her husband.
Anna holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association as well as a Speech-Language Pathology license from the state of Michigan and the state of Alabama.
ALYSSA MISIAK, M.S., CF-SLP (SHE/HER)
Alyssa received her Bachelors of Science in Special Education: K-12 Communication Sciences and Disorders (Elementary Endorsement) at Eastern Michigan University before going on to earn her Masters of Science in Speech Language Pathology at Grand Valley State University. She has worked with both pediatric and adult populations in a variety of settings such as public schools, private clinics, and skilled nursing facilities. She is passionate about early intervention and encouraging communication through all modalities. Alyssa has experience with language disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, fluency, alternative and augmentative communication (AAC), and gender-affirming voice therapy.
Alyssa enjoys crafting, reading, caring for her plants, and exploring new restaurants around Grand Rapids, where she currently resides with her partner and their two cats.
Alyssa is currently finishing her clinical fellowship year. She holds a Michigan state license in speech-language pathology.
CAITLIN REYES CORDERO, M.S., CF-SLP (SHE/HER)
Future Assistance Dog
Ace is a Paws With a Cause foster puppy currently residing with our owner, Tami. Ace was born in February 2023 and is a Labrador retriever/golden retriever mix. Until roughly summer 2024, Tami will house Ace and teach him to be a Very Good Dog. After that, Ace will continue on his Paws With a Cause journey to become an assistance dog or a facility dog. In the meantime, Ace will be joining Tami at the office to learn how to be in a therapeutic setting.
In his personal life, Ace is a very big fan of water, grass, snacks, and dandelions. He likes to sniff cats and is known to snore.
Ace holds his Certificate of Cuteness Competence from the staff of Duncan Lake Speech Therapy, which is a real and legitimate certification.