Speech Therapy Team


Bree King CCC-SLP

Speech and Language Pathologist

Bree comes to us from the school setting where she worked with various populations for 4 years. She graduated from Loma Linda University in 2014 where she earned her Masters of Science in Communication Sciences & Disorders. She has a profound passion to work with kids with special needs and help kiddos communicate and socialize. She has a background in recreational riding and barrel racing and loves the idea of combining horses with Speech Therapy. She is very excited for this new adventure and couldn’t be happier to be apart of the Leaps & Bounds team!

Shelley Markie SLPA

Speech and Language Pathology Assistant

Shelley is a licensed SLPA, and received her bachelor’s degree at Cal State University, Fullerton.  She has previous experience working in the school setting, as well as seeing homeschool kids.  She has also previously volunteered with her church by leading a small group of Junior High School girls.  She is passionate about helping improve the quality of life for children with special needs and their families, and looks forward to combining her love of horses with her passion of speech therapy!  She has a background in trail riding her horse, and helping with her family business of pony rides! In her spare time, Shelley enjoys running with her husband, horseback riding, shopping, anything active and outdoorsy, baking, going to Disneyland, and decorating!

Amanda Sears M.S., CF-SLP

Amanda Sears, M.S., CF-SLP, a Speech-Language Pathology Clinical Fellow here at Leaps & Bounds, received her Bachelors of Arts in May of 2015 from California State University San Marcos in Human Development with a concentration in Children’s Services and a minor in Social Sciences, focusing on Psychology and Sociology.  She immediately returned to school and earned her Bachelors of Science in Communicative Sciences and Disorders and Deaf Education from Utah State University in May of 2016. After two years of dedication to a graduate program, Amanda graduated from Chapman University in May of 2018 with her Master’s degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders to fulfill her dream of becoming a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist. Amanda has experience in outpatient therapy, medical-based pediatric therapy, and school-based therapy. Since joining the Leaps & Bounds family, Amanda has completed the American Hippotherapy Association Level 1 course to utilize equine movement in aiding our patients to communicate in therapy! Amanda is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (AHSA), California Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CSHA), and the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA). She is dedicated to helping children with special needs communicate and improve their quality of life. Amanda has a passion for working with the pediatric population and helping individuals and their families reach their goals. She couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the Leaps & Bounds team!

When Amanda isn’t at work, she enjoys relaxing at home, going to the beach, going to concerts, camping, line dancing, and going to Disneyland.