About Us

The Speech Lady, PLLC is a group of qualified, energetic, pediatric therapists who would love to meet you and work with your family! All therapists hold a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCCs) in speech language pathology, and are NC Board Certified. We have more than 50 years of combined experience working with children in various settings including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, non- profit organizations, preschools/schools, and homes. We also have our own kiddos (which have come with their own set of challenges including food allergies, asthma, feeding issues, Type 1 Diabetes… the list goes on!) which is perhaps the best experience when it comes to children!

Our Staff

Chanel W. James
MA, CCC-SLP, Owner

Chanel was born and raised in Winston Salem, NC, home of Texas Pete, Krispy Kreme, and the Dixie Classic Fair! She still refers to parts of Hanes Mall as the “new mall”, or the “old mall”, and absolutely LOVES the fact that she grew up between K-Vegas and Rural Hall.

She received her undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders from Appalachian State University in 1998, and completed her Master of Arts in 2000 from Appalachian State as well— GO APP STATE! Chanel has worked with children and adults (ages 1 -101) with various speech, language and swallowing/feeding disorders, but her passion is working with the pediatric population.

Chanel has been married for 18 years, and has 2 boys and dog. Her favorite thing to do is to play outside, and has a long term goal of one day expanding their family through adoption.

Debbie Solis

Debra has worked in public schools as a speech language pathologist for the past 31 years. She is originally from Ohio where she received her undergraduate degree at Bowling State Green State University (Go Falcons!). Upon graduating, she was employed in a variety of schools in Ohio and New York working with children preschool aged through 12th grade.

She moved to Winston Salem in 1988, and was employed in Stokes County for one year before joining the Winston Salem Forsyth County Schools. Debra has always been highly motivated, and attended Appalachian State University while working full time to complete her graduate studies and received her Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology in 2005. Debra is also licensed by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She has been married for 21 years, and has 2 amazing children, and a golden retriever named Mango!

Sarah Sexton


Sarah has worked in private practice as a speech language pathologist for the last 7 years. She graduated with her Masters degree in Speech-language pathology in 2011 from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
She is originally from Ohio and Michigan where she received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education at Oakland University.  Sarah then moved to North Carolina and worked as a teacher for a year.  Over the past 20 years, Sarah has worked with children aged newborn to teens in various capacities (daycares, nannying, babysitting, habilitation technician, and teaching).

She has been married for 8 years to her amazing husband Jessie,  has 4 wonderful and energetic boys (Solomon, Isaac, Jeremiah and Malachi), and a dog named Paisley!

Brittney Sparks


​Brittney is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in North Carolina and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UNC-Charlotte, and obtained her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from Appalachian State University. Brittney has a special interest in serving pediatric populations, with significant experience with preschool ages 3-5 in schools and outpatient settings. Areas of interest include: feeding and swallowing disorders, speech sound disorders, and early language development. In her free time, Brittney enjoys spending time with her family, doing yoga, and dreaming of tropical locations.


Jennifer Freeman

Billing Specialist/Internal Audits

Jennifer is the billing specialist and is in charge of compliance and internal audits for The Speech Lady. She obtained her Associates Degree in Healthcare Management from Ashworth College. Jennifer has worked in the billing and insurance field for over 15 years, providing her services in both the hospital and clinic setting. She also has experience processing claims during her work with a private insurance company. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her 18 year old daughter and 10 year old son.