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About Hope Therapy

Hope Therapy is a comprehensive outpatient clinic located in Lake Charles, Louisiana providing physical, occupational and speech therapy services for patients of all ages. We love what we do and are excited for the opportunity to provide services for you or your family member. If you wish to know more about our training please click the links  below. Also come see us on Facebook for useful tips and additional information.

  • Speech Service Ratings 85%
  • Pediatric Therapy Ratings 93%
  • Geriatric Program Ratings 90%
  • Customer Happiness 98%

Meet Our Staff

Sonya Brooks, MA, CCC-L/SLP

Sonya Brooks, MA, CCC-L/SLP

Owner/Speech-Language Pathologist

Sonya received dual Bachelor’s degrees in 1995 in the fields of Speech Pathology and Child Life and Family Studies from Louisiana Tech University.  She went on to attain a Master’s degree in 1997 in the field of Communication Disorders from University of Louisiana: Monroe.  She has maintained both ASHA and Louisiana certification since graduation.  Since then, Sonya has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient clinics, inpatient rehab, home health, early childhood intervention, long-term acute care, skilled nursing facilities, and hospital acute care.  She has served as clinical supervisor for many graduate students entering the field of Speech-language Pathology.

Her areas of interest are varied and reflected in her pursuit of continuing education and certification. She has earned  4 ASHA ACEs  which are awarded to those therapists with an exceptional commitment to continuing education. Advanced training and Certifications include: Hanen certification to teach the  programs “It Takes Two to Talk” and “More Than Words”, Beckman Oral Motor Assessment and Treatment, SCERTS comprehensive approach for autism spectrum disorders, Orofacial Myology, Certified in VitalStim Therapy and Advanced VitalStim approaches, Deep-Pharyngeal Neuromuscular Stimulation for Swallowing Intervention, Jay Rosenbeck’s Treatment of Dysarthia and Apraxia of Speech, Michael Crary’s Treating Adult Dysphagia, Myofascial Release: Manual Techniques in Dysphagia Management, Blom-Singer Post-Laryngectomy and Voice Restoration Systems, Evaluation and Management of Head and Neck Lymphedema, Voice therapy and Physiotherapy for the Professional Voice and Vocal Abuse Disorders, Certified Fluency master, Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS), MNRI: Visual and Auditory Reflexes Integration, MNRI: Dynamic and Postural Reflex Pattern Integration, PROMPT intervention for Apraxia, TalkTools Oral Placement Therapy, Talk Tools Feeding Therapy: Sensory Motor Approach, and FEEs (Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing).

In addition to working with the patient, Sonya focuses on educating parents and caregivers on how to integrate and maximize skills in daily routines.  She believes that therapy is a partnership and that caregivers are the primary advocates and educators for their loved ones.  She emphasizes that “learning is not isolated to the therapy session and must continue in the home or natural setting.”

In her time away from the clinic, Sonya and her husband Stacey, enjoy traveling to the mountains to hike and going to concerts.  They also enjoy home improvement projects and seem to be constantly in the middle of one!

Reba Desonier, PT, DPT

Reba Desonier, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Originally from Jennings, Mika realized that she wanted to become an occupational therapist in high school following a hospital tour of an impressive therapy department. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from McNeese State University, she completed the Masters of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, LA in 2006.

Jana Pearson, MA, CCC-L/SLP

Jana Pearson, MA, CCC-L/SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Originally from Jennings, Mika realized that she wanted to become an occupational therapist in high school following a hospital tour of an impressive therapy department. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from McNeese State University, she completed the Masters of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, LA in 2006.

Jade Carriere, MA, CF-SLP

Jade Carriere, MA, CF-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist/Clinical Fellow

Jade is originally from Lafayette, Louisiana, where she earned both her bachelors and masters degrees in Communicative Disorders from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She moved to Lake Charles in 2017 to pursue a career working with children and adults with speech and language disorders. Jade enjoys working with people of all ages and all disorders, as she believes it keeps work interesting and fun!

Anna Claire Pritchard, LOTR, MOT

Anna Claire Pritchard, LOTR, MOT

Occupational Therapist

Anna Claire is originally from Ruston, Louisiana.

Anna Claire Pritchard, LOTR, MOT

Jennie Frick, PT, DPT

Jennie Frick, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Jennie graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Science in 2008. She majored in Science-Business, a unique major that combines pre-medical requirements with core business classes. During her senior year Jennie became the first ND student to walk on to the women’s soccer team and helped the Fighting Irish all the way to a NCAA Final Four appearance.

Mika Doucet, LOTR, MOT

Mika Doucet, LOTR, MOT

Occupational Therapist

Originally from Jennings, Mika realized that she wanted to become an occupational therapist in high school following a hospital tour of an impressive therapy department. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from McNeese State University, she completed the Masters of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, LA in 2006.

Madison Harlow, COTA

Madison Harlow, COTA

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

Madison attended the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM), in hopes to pursue a career in pharmacology. However, after attending a major’s fair and learning more about the field of occupational therapy, she knew it was the perfect fit. Madison completed the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program with a 4.0 and maintained an overall GPA of a 3.7. In December of 2016, she graduated with an Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy degree and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Health Studies Management and Marketing. After receiving her bachelor’s degree, she intends on applying to the Master’s of Occupational Therapy Program at ULM. She has obtained her Louisiana state license and has received her National Board Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).riginally from Jennings, Mika realized that she wanted to become an occupational therapist in high school following a hospital tour of an impressive therapy department. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from McNeese State University, she completed the Masters of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, LA in 2006.  

While at ULM, Madison was involved in many on-campus organizations. She was a member of the Alpha Rho chapter of Phi Mu Fraternity, the Student Occupational Therapy Association, Scouts, St. Jude Up ‘Til Dawn and was also a member of the Order of Omega Honorary Fraternity and Mortar Board Honor Society.  

Madison completed her clinical fieldwork at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital where she gained experience working with adults with orthopedic injuries, neurological impairments, and spinal cord injuries. After completing her fieldwork rotation at West Cal-Cam, she completed additional clinical fieldwork at Hope Therapy Center. At Hope, she gained experience working with adult patients, concentrating on stroke rehabilitation, traumatic brain injury recovery, and various therapies for orthopedic injuries. She also gained pediatric experience working alongside children with autism, sensory processing disorders, cerebral palsy, and other varying developmental delays. She likes to define occupational therapy as a way of helping individuals gain or regain skills to maximize independence and function within their everyday lives. She believes that occupational therapy puts the “fun” in “functional”.

Madison is a native of Lake Charles, LA where she graduated top of her class from Sam Houston High School. When she is not working or completing school assignments, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, shopping, reading, watching Netflix, and playing with her dogs.

Stephanie Karpovs, MCD, CCC-L/SLP

Stephanie Karpovs, MCD, CCC-L/SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Stephanie’s passion to treat feeding disorders is evident.  She pursue.

Cindy Istre

Cindy Istre

Executive Assistant

Cindy joined Hope Therapy Center the year it was founded (2008) as part of the original staff.  She brought with her many years of experience in medical billing and office management.  She has proven to be the “go to” girl and has risen through the ranks to become Executive Assistant.  While not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family and  playing with her grandchildren. 

Megan Harris, MS, CF-SLP

Megan Harris, MS, CF-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist/Clinical Fellow

Anna Claire is originally from Ruston, Louisiana.

Tiffany Dipaolo, PT, DPT

Tiffany Dipaolo, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Tiffany and her husband Domenick have been Lake Charles residents since 2013 along with their two daughters, Aleesa and Norah. Tiffany was inspired to pursue physical therapy as a career after seeing how it helped her grandfather, a victim of the West Nile virus, return to living a fully functional life. She hopes to have the same effect on the lives of her patients by working tirelessly to help them reach their goals.

Ashley Koch, PT, DPT

Ashley Koch, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

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Vonda Flue, LOTR, MOT

Vonda Flue, LOTR, MOT

Occupational Therapist

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Jessica Pardo, MS, CF-SLP

Jessica Pardo, MS, CF-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist/Clinical Fellow

Jessica Pardo was born and raised here in Lake Charles, LA. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from McNeese State University in 2013. In order to pursue her passion in the field of Speech-Language Pathology, Jessica began post-baccalaureate classes at Lamar University before applying to their program for graduate school. She completed her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology and graduated from Lamar University in May 2017. Jessica joined the team at Hope Therapy Center in June 2017. 

Cyndy "Cee" Lirette

Cyndy "Cee" Lirette

Administrative Assistant

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