Meet the Buds
Erin was born and raised in Cenla. She attended The University of Southern Mississippi where she received her Bachelors degree in Communication Sciences. She then went on to graduate school at Southern University for her Master's of Science degree. Erin is licensed through the Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (LBESPA), and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
During graduate school, Erin worked with all ages across a variety of therapeutic settings. The past several years her work has focused on the pediatric population. She enjoys working with children diagnosed with language difficulties and loves when her clients begin talking to communicate their wants and needs. Erin also enjoys working with the pediatric population diagnosed with swallowing difficulties.
In addition to a variety of continuing education courses, Erin holds the following certifications: Registered MBSImP Clinician, eSwallow NMEs Certified, VitalStim Certified, FEES Certified.
Outside of her work passions, Erin loves to play tennis and spend time with family, friends, and her dogs Ellie, Odin, and Earl.
Samantha Soileau McMillan
Samantha grew up in Pineville, LA. She received her Bachelors degree from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Samantha is licensed through the Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (LBESPA), and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
Samantha has experience working within school, private practice, and outpatient facilities. She has worked with a variety of diagnoses, with a special love for all things articulation, literacy, and language development. She has newly found interests in voice disorders and AAC.
Amongst a variety of continuing education, Samantha holds special certifications including:
Beckman Oral Motor Assessment and Intervention, NMES for the Treatment of Dysphagia, PROMPT Trained Provider
Samantha loves to spend time with her family, friends, and pups (Dobby & Roni). She loves reading and all things Harry Potter.
We are the co-owners & dynamic duo behind Speech Buds. We met in the Fall of 2019, way before the inspiration behind our company ever sparked. We quickly developed a collaborative relationship, bouncing therapeutic ideas off one another, all while finding friendship along the way! We both had dreams of developing individual private practices in the future, and when we discovered this about each other, we decided two heads were better than one!
As therapists, we have a strong desire to provide the most FUNctional and beneficial care for our clients and families. We truly hope to create a space that is informative, uplifting, and collaborative within the community that we serve. We are so grateful to have you join us on this journey and cannot wait to watch the beauty that unfolds as communication and swallowing bud and bloom across Cenla!
A life-long resident of Louisiana, Tara received her Bachelor’s degree in Pre-
Professional Speech Language Pathology with a minor in Family and Child Studies from Louisiana Tech. She then obtained a Master’s degree of Science from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where she served on the executive council of the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association ULM Chapter. Currently, Tara is pursuing her Clinical Fellowship and has obtained a provisional license through the Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.
With over 10 years of experience working primarily with children and a true passion to serve and encourage others, the field of speech-language pathology was a perfect fit for Tara. She has learned to appreciate the diversity this career path offers through hours spent working closely with both pediatric and adult clients. She has had the opportunity to review and conduct various speech, language, and swallowing barrier
research/studies which has fueled her desire to stay well informed utilizing evidence-based practices so that she can offer the highest quality of care to all clients throughout her career.
In her free time, Tara can be found enjoying the outdoors and taking in every available moment with family and friends.