Lea Haisten, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders-University of Alabama
Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology, summa cum laude-University of South Alabama
Lea Haisten has been a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist since 2008. She enjoys working with clients of all ages with a special interest in autism spectrum disorder, apraxia of speech, and reading difficulties including dyslexia.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders degree from the University of Alabama in 2005. She then graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Alabama, where she received her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. She completed her fieldwork at the University of South Alabama speech clinic, Mitchell's Place in Birmingham, AL, and Slocomb Elementary School in Slocomb, AL.
After completing her clinical fellowship, Lea moved to Birmingham to continue her career as a speech-language pathologist with a focus on serving individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She worked at Glenwood Autism and Behavioral Health Center and Mitchell's Place, providing speech and language therapy to children and adolescents of all abilities diagnosed with autism spectrum and related disorders. Lea moved back to Dothan to continue providing speech and language services to the pediatric population before joining Milestones (formerly Child and Family Services) in 2014. In 2019 she completed training in the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading through the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education (IMSE). With this training and degree in speech language pathology, Lea is uniquely qualified to provide reading therapy to individuals while utilizing speech therapy insurance benefits.
In 2018 Lea was included in the Dothan Area Young Professionals Top 20 Under 40 nominees which recognized young leaders in the Wiregrass area. She is a founding member of the Wiregrass Area Autism Society of Alabama Junior Board, which aims to raise awareness and support of autism spectrum disorder through social fundraising in the Wiregrass area. She is also an active member of the BHB Foundation, which promotes suicide prevention awareness removing the stigma associated with mental health disorders.
Lea has been married to Josh since 2012 and they keep busy with two children. She is an active member of First United Methodist Church where she teaches Sunday school and serves on several boards.