Daniel (Danny) Miller- Department Director MS, MA, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist, Bilingual English/Japanese
A graduate of Purdue University in Indiana, Danny moved to Washington state after receiving a Master of Science degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. He has experience working with children who have a variety of communication difficulties, including stuttering, articulation/phonology, receptive/expressive language, and difficulty with social skills. In the summer of 2013 he completed an internship at the Craniofacial Center at Seattle Children’s Hospital, where he developed his clinical skills in working with children who have resonance and articulation disorders related to cleft palate and other craniofacial conditions. Danny also has experience working with children who stutter. He believes in a holistic approach to stuttering treatment, working to help children increase fluency as well as manage anxiety, peer relationships, and emotional issues related to stuttering.
Danny received a Master of Arts degree in Linguistics from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa in 2006. He enjoys traveling, and has lived in several places across the United States, including Kentucky, Florida, and Hawai’i. He has also lived abroad, spending time in Canada and in Japan, where he learned to speak Japanese. In his spare time, Danny enjoys hiking/backpacking and playing card and board games.
Cecelia "Cece" Bruns MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist, Multilingual English/ Spanish/ Portuguese
Cece is originally from Virginia where she received a double Bachelors in Communication Science Disorders and Spanish, and spent a semester in Spain interning at a rehab facility. She then moved to Miami where she earned a Masters in bilingual Speech-Language Pathology from Florida International University.
Her mom is also a Speech Therapist, so Cece had a natural inclination toward the field and found it was a good way to combine her love of languages with helping others. She’s worked in private clinics and various hospital settings where she became certified as a Feeding Specialist. Cece enjoys working with feeding and swallowing disorders in the infant and pediatric population, in particular medically fragile children, transitioning them from alternative feed methods to oral feeding.
Cece is passionate about working with different cultures and is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Offering speech therapy in English and Spanish, she loves educating families on how to encourage multiple language usage in the home environment.
She brings an upbeat, fun approach to therapy at BPHT, while encouraging family education and involvement. In her free time, Cece likes to travel and stays active outdoors through hiking and skiing.
Maria Tavani MS, CCC-SLP
Maria received her Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Alabama after completing a Bachelor’s in Music and Communication Sciences and Disorders at Florida State University. She is passionate about the importance of literacy in language development, and she has worked as a specialist in language-based reading and writing therapy for children and adolescents with dyslexia and other reading disorders. She also has experience working with children that have a variety of communication difficulties, including receptive/expressive language disorders, articulation disorders, stuttering, autism, and developmental delay. Maria loves working with kids and believes therapy can be fun as they learn and develop skills for functional communication.
Maria is a new resident of the Pacific Northwest, and she enjoys exploring and having adventures outdoors with her husband. A passionate musician, she also loves playing oboe, ukulele, accordion, and piano.
Alexandria “Alex” Brant, MS, CCC-SLP
Alex has lived in the Pacific Northwest since 2017. She is originally from PA where she earned her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Penn State University, and her M.S. in Speech Language Pathology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Alex first learned about speech therapy in high school, as a patient, when she received speech therapy for paradoxical vocal fold dysfunction. This event inspired her to become a speech therapist.
She’s experienced in treating a wide variety of communication disorders, and is particularly passionate about working with preverbal children on the Autism spectrum, children with phonological process disorders, and adolescent social language groups. Alex loves creating individualized therapy activities that are fun, functional, and confidence-building for kids. She’s enthusiastic about the importance of family involvement and patient and family education to help kids reach their therapy goals.
At BPHT, she brings creative and fun approaches to working on communication skills, and a never-ending desire to learn and grow. Outside of work, Alex loves to cook, run, ski, travel, and visit the ocean (she’s a sea turtle enthusiast). Currently, she’s set a personal goal to run a marathon in each of the 50 states.
Garrett Wilkes MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist, Bilingual English/Spanish
Garrett has lived in many states across the US, as well as in Santiago, Chile. He attended BYU in Utah, majoring in Communication Disorders with a minor in Spanish. He has additional training in sensory feeding therapy and Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC). Garrett is fluent (and can treat) in Spanish as well as English.
Growing up with a sibling with Autism exposed Garrett to the work of therapists and the Autism community at an early age. In college, he found a passion for combining the skills of linguistics and healthcare to help people with disabilities. Before coming to BPHT, Garrett worked at a private pediatric therapy clinic in Moses Lake.
As a therapist, he loves getting to know patients and adapting sessions to their individual skills and interests. Garrett enjoys educating parents on ways to advocate for their children. He looks forward to supporting the clinic and the team from his experiences with Autism, while learning from the other therapists’ unique perspectives.
In his spare time, Garrett loves to play board and video games, hike, travel, and eat good food. He is a self-proclaimed nerd and makes his own cosplays for attending the local Comic Con.
Emily Chambers, MS, CF-SLP
Emily was born in Ireland and moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2005. She attended the University of Washington for her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences and Communication Disorders. She also minored in Education, Learning, and Society. Emily continued her education at the University of Essex in the United Kingdom where she earned a Master’s of Science degree in Speech and Language Therapy.
She decided to become a Speech Therapist because she believes that communication is a necessity for everyone! She enjoys building relationships with parents and families, and creating therapy that is meaningful, empowering, and fun. Emily brings a unique perspective, passion, and positive attitude to the BPHT team.
In her free time, Emily enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as running, skiing, reading, and baking. She also loves exploring new coffee shops.