Meet The Team
Jamie Smith, MA CCC-SLP/Owner
Jamie is the founder and CEO of Thankfully Inspired, LLC. She earned her bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University, and a master’s from Washington State University. Jamie is currently a licensed speech-language pathologist in California and Hawaii.
Jamie is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Hanen, Apraxia Kids, International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM), and previous Hawaii-Speech-Language-Hearing Association Educational Affairs Director, and Board Member.
Jamie has worked with children for 20+ years and in the field of speech-language pathology for 15+ years. Before opening her private practice in Hawaii, she worked in several schools and locales across the United States (OH, GA, AK, WA, MT, CA, MD), providing an uniquely broad perspective and approach to education and speech-language intervention. Jamie is certified in the Hanen Program®, More Than Words, and has taken advanced courses in Social Thinking®. She is currently pursuing an additional certification in Orofacial Myology. Orofacial myology is used in feeding, trauma, cranial nerve deficits, swallowing, aversion and behavioral feeding disorders, apraxia, phonological processing deficits, tongue thrusting, and associated deficits in dental occlusion, orthodontic relapse, and craniofacial abnormalities.
Her special interests include anatomy and physiology of the human body, early intervention, oral motor development, social cognitive skills, executive functioning, mindfulness, and animal-assisted therapy.
Her favorite therapy tools are puppets and books.
Jamie provides professional training, speech-language evaluations, consultation, therapy, and support to families.
When not working Jamie enjoys spending time with her husband and three active children. She enjoys reading, hiking, spending time in the water (scuba diving, kayaking, paddle boarding, and fishing), cheering on her kids, reading about Enneagram types, and listening to podcasts.
Kari is the Operations Manager for Thankfully Inspired, LLC. She earned her bachelor's degree in Food Business Management from Ohio State University and has spent more than 15 years in the food industry developing and managing some of the most well known menu items for the largest restaurant brands in the world.
When Kari is not in the kitchen testing new recipes she is busy keeping the team organized and on task. As the operations manager, she is a crucial team member behind the scenes who keeps the practice running smoothly. She supports hiring people, addressing budget matters, understanding general business operations, insurance billing, and guiding work teams for projects.
She is the mother of three adventurous boys. Together with her husband, they enjoy all things outdoors; mountain biking, hiking, and skiing as a family. They love the rocky mountains and currently reside in Chicago, Illinois.
Patricia Cortina, MS CCC-SLP
Patricia earned her bachelor's and master's degree from California State University- Sacramento. Patricia is currently a licensed speech-language pathologist in California and Hawaii.
Including her graduate experience, Patricia has worked with children for 4 years in the area of speech pathology. In addition, she has experience working as a Applied Behavioral Analysis Registered Behavioral Technician for 2 years. Patricia has worked in the school, clinic, and home health settings. As a bilingual SLP, she has worked with Spanish speaking clients and families across her time as a student and professional.
Her special interests include Autism Spectrum Disorder, early intervention, Dysphagia, neurogenic language disorders, and fluency.
When not working Patricia enjoys spending quality time with loved ones, cooking, going for walks on the beach, and photography.
Jordyn Sheriff, MA
Jordyn earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania where she also served as a research assistant. Jordyn presented research findings at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (ASHA) national convention in 2016 and 2017. In addition to academics, Jordyn was a member of Misericordia’s cross country and track and field teams.
Jordyn is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing association and is certified to practice in the state of Hawaii. She has worked with pediatrics in the field of speech-language pathology for two-years in the school setting. Prior to this, she worked as a day camp counselor and swim lessons instructor for children for six-years. Her special interests include play-based therapy, literacy-based intervention, gestalt language processing, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
When not working, Jordyn enjoys running, paddle boarding, hiking, and spending time with her friends and family.