Our Staff

The staff at all three of our North Carolina locations will try to help you and your family the best they can.

Debra Dickerson, MS, CCC-SLP – CEO

Phone: 910-272-9056
Fax: 910-272-9057

Debra graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology from Western Kentucky University in 1984. She obtained her Masters of Science in Speech Pathology in 1985 from Western Kentucky University. She then went on to serve children and adults with severe mental handicaps in Los Lunas, NM. From 1985-1995, she worked at Educational Assessment Systems, Inc in Albuquerque, NM serving children with mild to serve hearing impairments. Debra is fluent in American Sign Language. From 1995-2006, She worked at Center for Audiology in Lumberton, NC. She is the co-founder of Coastal Speech Center, opened in 2006 and has provided speech and language services to children of Robeson County since 1995. Debra is a member of ASHA, NCSHLA, Robeson County first Dancing with the Stars and is Linda Mood Bell trained/certified. She served as member of Robeson County CIS board for 6 years.

Jim Dickerson – Chief Financial Officer

Phone: 910-272-9056
Fax: 910-272-9057

Jim Dickerson is a co-founder of Coastal Speech Centers. Jim has a passion for entrepreneurship and empowering those around him. He has enthusiastically watched Coastal Speech grow from its humble beginnings in 2006 to a large organization that now covers all of Southeastern North Carolina.

He feels his experience in small business along with his background in financial services and coaching have prepared him for the opportunity to be involved with such a unique company. When he’s not busy working on the business interests he can be found spending time with his children, boating, fishing, and enjoying the beach.
“Coastal Speech is such a unique opportunity for all of us, in that it’s a business that presents such a positive outcome for the patients we serve, How can we not be excited about that?”

Christina Nichols CCC-SLP   Practice Director

Phone: 910-272-9056
Fax: 910-272-9057

Christina grew up in Elmira, NY.  She obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Speech and Language Disabilities then went on to receive her Master’s of Science in Speech and Language Pathology from Marywood University in Scranton Pennsylvania in August of 2006.  Christina began her career in pediatric speech and language therapy at Towanda Memorial Hospital in Towanda Pennsylvania.  In August of 2012, she relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina and worked as an SLP in Iredelle Statesville Schools, and the following year with Cabarrus County Schools.  In August of 2014, she relocated to Lumberton, North Carolina where she joined the team at Coastal Therapy Partners.  In the spring of 2015 she was promoted to Lead Speech and Language Pathologist for the Hope Mills Location.  Christina is currently the Lead Speech Language Pathologist for the new Fayetteville location.  Christina has a background working with children with a variety of disorders and a range of severities.  Her passion is working with children and watching them progress in their communication skills.  She is looking forward to building relationships within the community.  Christina is excited for the opportunity to be part of the growing team at Coastal Therapy Partners.



Occupational Therapy

Amy Zoch, OTR/L

Ashlynn Faircloth, OTR/L

Erica Risberg COTA

Jessica Herd, CF

Mallory Boozer, OTR/L

Catherine Taylor-Daley, OTR/L

Valerie Reed COTA

Speech Therapy:

Austin Oxendine, SLPA

Carolyn Shuler Scott, CCC-SLP

Christian Carver, SLP

Jennifer Davis, CCC-SLP

Marilyn Johnson, CCC-SLP

Sarah Savarese, CCC-SLP

Cathy Levette Wagner, SLPA

Jacquline Powell, SLPA

Jennifer Knight, SLPA

Melody Matthews, SLPA

Merissa Oxendine, SLPA

Nichole Ivey, SLPA


Wendy Walters – Executive Office Manager

Phone: 910-272-9056
Fax: 910-272-9057

Wendy Walters has worked for Coastal Speech Center since 2007 as the Office Manager.  She has an Associate degree in Business. She has served on several boards in the community. She served 8 years on the United Way of Robeson County Board and 3 years on their executive board. She served 2 years on the Lumberton Chamber of Commerce. She also served on the Antioch Christian Academy Board for 3 years and Relay For Life of Robeson County Leadership team for 3 years.  Currently she is working with Communities in Schools on their annual fundraising event.  Wendy has 2 girls and has been happily married for 13 years.   Wendy is a member of Antioch Baptist Church since birth and loves serving in the church, choir and Sunday School Class. Wendy also works with Lumberton Gymnastics were both of her daughters are competitive gymnast.

Adonya Ortiz, Billing

Phone: 910-272-9056
Fax: 910-272-9057

Stephanie Yost-Fayetteville Office Manager, Scheduling/Referral Coordinator

Phone: 910-488-4100
Fax: 910-568-5864

Nadiyah Clairborne-Lumberton, Front Desk, Scheduling/Referral Coordinator

Phone: 910-272-9056
Fax: 910-272-9057

Janie Williams-Lumberton, Front Desk, Scheduling/Referral Coordinator

Phone: 910-272-9056
Fax: 910-272-9057