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.
Abbie Parris MS, CCC-SLP
Abbie completed Bachelor degrees in Linguistics and Speech and Hearing Science before receiving her Master’s in Medical Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Washington in 2011.
Abbie has worked in local clinics, providing services for children with a variety of communication difficulties including Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental delay, motor speech impairment and Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Receptive and Expressive Language delay, cognitive communication disorders, social skills, and reading impairment. She is trained in PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral-Motor Phonetic Targets), the DIR/Floortime approach, “Social Thinking,” and the Integrated Listening Systems (iLs). Abbie believes in tailoring therapy to the individual and using a child’s strengths and interests to maximize progress in therapy.
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.
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.