Meet The Staff!

Our staff is dedicated to attentive and personal care with commitment to the highest standards of ethics and professional competence. Our team of Audiologists, Speech Therapists, and Psychologists possess Master’s or Doctorate degrees in their respective fields and provide the very best in Audiology, Speech/Language, and Psychology services.

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Mr. Rob Schultz

Owner/Clinical Director

Mr. Rob Schultz is a retired Army Officer with over 20 years of leadership and managerial experience. Originally from Long Island, NY he has served in defense of our Nation around the world. Mr. Schultz holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University and is a recipient of our Nations third highest award for gallantry in combat, The Silver Star.

Audiologists

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Dr. Michele Schultz, Au.D.

Owner/Audiologist


Dr. Michele Schultz has been assisting hearing impaired patients of all ages for more than twenty years in multiple locations around the country as a result of her husband’s military service. This has given her a unique perspective into many aspects of business management, patient care, and leadership.

Dr. Schultz holds a Doctor of Audiology Degree from A. T. Still University, licensed in South Carolina and certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She is a member of ASHA.

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Dr. Elizabeth Leadbitter, Ph.D.

Audiologist


Dr. Elizabeth Leadbitter, Ph.D., began practicing Audiology in 1978 and received her doctorate from the University of South Carolina in 1990. She retired from the Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia in 2010 after 30+ years of service. Dr. Leadbitter has continued to serve our nation’s heroes as a Compensation and Pension Audiologist for the VA Regional Office since her retirement. She has been associated with Carolina Speech and Hearing since it opened in March 2018.

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Dr. Lisa Pool, Au.D.

Audiologist


Dr. Lisa Pool is originally from Greenville, SC. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology & Audiology from UNC Greensboro in 1992. She earned her Master’s degree in Audiology from the University of Tennessee in 1995 and a clinical Doctorate in Audiology in 2016 from the University of Florida. Helping people with hearing loss and their families communicate more easily and effectively is her goal. A resident of Fort Mill since 2006, Lisa is married to Thomas Pool. They have two children, a girl and a boy, in high school.

Psychologists

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Dr. Karin Tonkin, Ph.D.

Psychologist


Dr. Karin Tonkin is a licensed psychologist with over 8 years experience providing individual, group, and family therapy. Dr. Tonkin’s specialization is working with individuals who struggle with body image, anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder. Given that eating difficulties do not exist in isolation, Dr. Tonkin also has interest in the areas of depression, anxiety, and trauma. Dr. Tonkin believes that the therapeutic alliance, the relationship between client and therapist, is the foundation to change. When a strong, collaborative, and supportive therapeutic relationship is established individuals feel safe and comfortable to discuss difficult issues and challenge themselves to make changes. Dr. Tonkin believes that the goal of therapy is to empower individuals to reach their desired goals by identifying negative emotional states that contribute to the reliance on unhealthy behaviors to cope and reflect on internal and external issues that negatively impact their quality of life. Dr. Tonkin assists individuals in replacing unhealthy coping strategies with healthy behaviors and attitudes.

Speech Pathologists

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Ms. Loretta Spencer, M.S.

Speech-Language Pathologist


Ms. Loretta Spencer is a Speech-Language Pathologist who helps children and adults improve their communication skills. Loretta had a successful career working with pediatrics, both in the home and in an acute care setting. While in CT, she worked as a consultant with several school systems and supervised rehabilitation services in a pediatric home care setting. Loretta also worked with adults with communication difficulties in the acute care setting, where she treated dysphagia, stroke, voice and other neurological communication disorders. She also developed a Traumatic Brain Injury Program while working for the State of CT where she assisted patients in re-entering into the community. Loretta enjoys water sports; sailing, kayaking and recently became a certified water aerobic instructor! When time allows, she enjoys expressing her creative side, whether it be in the kitchen, cooking gourmet meals, or getting out her paint brushes.

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Ms. Joy Kinney, MSR

Speech-Language Pathologist


Ms. Joy Kinney is a Speech-Language Pathologist treating adults with communication and swallowing impairments. A 2005 graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, Joy had a successful career working in and managing skilled nursing facilities and outpatient therapy clinics.

She now works with adults with communication and swallowing difficulties in the acute care setting and in the home health setting, where she treats dysphagia, stroke, voice, and other neurological communication disorders. She is certified in VitalStim® therapy and frequently serves as a clinical instructor for speech-language pathology students at the University of South Carolina and South Carolina State University.

Joy, her husband Tim, and their dog Snickers live in Lexington and enjoy Clemson football all year long.

Office Manager

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Ms. Sandra Howe Jackson

Office Manager


Ms. Sandra Howe Jackson is a retired Delta Air Lines Flight Attendant and holds a nursing degree from Midland Technical College. She has acquired many years of working with customers and enjoys meeting new people.