Meet Our Speech Therapists


Sharilyn Gugliotta, MS CCC-SLP

Sharilyn moved from south Florida to Forsyth County, Georgia in the summer of 2007. She graduated from Nova Southeastern University in Florida with a Masters degree in speech and language pathology. She has been working with the pediatric population since 1995. Prior to joining Rising Stars Children’s Therapy, Sharilyn worked in many different settings, including a private clinic, a developmental preschool, in an elementary program with autistic children, and did some home health. She specializes in global speech delays, articulation, apraxia, autism, oral motor skills, and works with children with a variety of diagnoses. When not working, Sharilyn spends time with her husband and their two children; busy with her son’s high school band activities and enjoys spending time with her daughter when she’s not away at college.


Kathy Brunner, M. Ed. CCC-SLP

Kathy earned her degree at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has worked as a speech/language therapist in a school system and as a developmental specialist in a neonatal intensive care unit and developmental follow-up program in a metropolitan hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She owned a private practice in Pittsburgh for over twenty years, specializing in treating high risk children with communication disorders and those with autism and autism spectrum disorders. Kathy relocated to Georgia in July of 2004 and splits her time working in an outpatient pediatric practice and doing home treatment for infants and toddlers. She has given workshops across the country training individuals to use Melodic/Multi-Phonemic Intervention which she has developed and used with success for many non-verbal and low verbal individuals.

Kathy specializes in treating individuals with developmental delay including autism, PDD, genetic disorders, auditory processing, and apraxia, and individuals with a range of oral motor and feeding disorders.  She is also one of our certified Fast ForWord providers.

She is a member of the ASHA, and has presented at Autism One conferences, as well as the Georgia Speech, Language and Hearing Association conferences.


Cheryl Kent, MA CCC-SLP

Cheryl graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University in Communication Disorders and then completed her Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology at the University of Central Florida. She started her career working at All Childrens Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fl specializing in the pediatric early intervention program which provided extensive parent training to families. She has worked with a variety of disorders: articulation/phonological processes, apraxia, fluency, autism spectrum disorders, PDD, central auditory processing disorders, receptive and expressive language disorders, as well as working with children diagnosed with Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, cleft palate and other diagnoses. Over the years she has worked in both private practice and school settings in Cherokee and Forsyth counties. She is married with two children.


Tracey Lowe, MS CCC-SLP

Tracey is originally from Massachusetts and moved to the Atlanta area in 1989 shortly after graduating from Emerson College in Boston, MA with a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology.  She worked for the Cobb County School System for ten years.  For the past 16 years, she has been raising children and home schooling her own children as well as teaching classes for other home schooled students.  Over the past year, she completed many hours of continuing education and is now licensed by the state of Georgia and certified by ASHA to practice as a speech-language pathologist once again.  When not working, Tracey enjoys knitting, reading, watching movies and being a foster mom to many cats as a volunteer with a cat rescue group.


Jacqueline Yokley, M.Ed. CCC-SLP

Jacqueline grew up in the Washington D.C. area and attended the University of Georgia where she received both her Bachelor of Science and her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology. Her experience includes working with patients of all ages in pediatric and adult medical settings as well as in private practice. Jacqueline enjoys treating feeding and swallowing disorders across the lifespan and is trained in S.O.S, The Sensory Motor Approach to Feeding, P.R.O.M.P.T., and Oral Placement Therapy. She is also passionate about early intervention, working with patients with complex airways, childhood apraxia of speech, and mentoring new clinicians.

Jacqueline has been on the Executive Council of the Georgia Speech Language Hearing Association for the past 3 years and is currently serving GSHA as Vice President of Association Affairs. She is a recipient of the Jack Bess Memorial Award for her volunteer contributions during her role as Convention Chair 2016. She recently volunteered in Bali working with children with cleft palate and other craniofacial anomalies. Jacqueline resides in Buckhead and can be found traveling, practicing yoga, contributing to her healthy cooking instagram @veganslovethis, and volunteering in the community through the Junior League of Atlanta.