Samantha M, MS, CF-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist
Eyas Landing Employee Since 2024

Clinical Expertise

  • Expressive and Receptive Language
  • Phonological Disorders
  • Articulation
  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)
  • Stuttering
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder


Masters of Science in Speech Language Pathology (NYT),
Syracuse University

Bachelor of Arts in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Honors Scholar,
University of Connecticut

Certificate of Advanced Study in Instructional Design Foundations,
Syracuse University


McKenna, Samantha, “Visual Spatial Memory in Young Typical Developing Children and Children with Developmental Language Disorder: A Pilot Study” (2021). Honors Scholar Theses. 813.

My Story

My motivation for pursuing a career in speech language pathology stems from the people in my life that I have been fortunate enough to have shape me into who I am today. I come from a family of teachers, educators, and mentors, all in different settings and areas of life. From a young age, I knew that I wanted to work with children because I recognize that the experiences and guidance provided to a child early in life can shape their future profoundly. With a deep-seated desire to positively impact children during their formative years, I knew that I wanted the work I do to be fulfilling and rewarding. I wholeheartedly believe that speech language pathology is all of those things and more. As someone who personally benefited from speech therapy as a child and experienced its positive impact firsthand, I am enthusiastic about paying it forward as a speech-language pathologist. I am deeply committed to advocating for individuals facing speech, language, and communication challenges, ensuring they receive the compassionate support and specialized care they deserve.

My Professional Goals

  1. Begin to develop my own personal style of therapy and intervention, taking into consideration the knowledge I am able to learn from others, my own personal experiences, and those of the clients I work with.
  2. Expand my knowledge of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and Feeding Therapy in various clinical settings and environments.
  3. Increase my awareness and understanding of cultural factors influencing communication and treatment outcomes, and incorporate culturally sensitive practices into my own assessments and treatments.
  4. Foster positive relationships with parents and caregivers to ensure continuity of care and support at home to ensure best possible outcomes and experiences.
  5. Maintain a commitment to lifelong learning and continuous improvement in pediatric speech-language pathology practice.

My Advocacy

  • Team IMPACT
  • One Love Foundation
  • National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF)

Eyas Landing

Eyas Landing is a therapy clinic with a mission to provide evidence-based and family-centered therapy services for children, adolescents, and their families. The primary goal is to deliver relationship-based interventions within the most natural environments and to empower families to reach their full potential. To achieve this goal, our highly educated, compassionate staff dedicates time and expertise to create experiences that maximize therapeutic outcomes. The strength, determination, and perseverance of our clients are evident as they succeed in therapy, and ultimately in their daily lives.

Eyas Landing offers a wide range of comprehensive services including Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, ABA Therapy, Social Work, Family Therapy, and Neuropsych testing. Services are provided throughout the Chicagoland area via Telehealth, In-Home, and in our state of the art clinic.