Meet the Creators of S.M.A.R.T.E.R. Steps®

Meet Kelly Ott and Lara Wakefield. Read about the professional experiences of these two speech language pathologists and their passions. They are the innovative women behind the S.M.A.R.T.E.R. Steps® methods of creating effective and compliant IEP goals.

Kelly Ott

Kelly Ott, MEd, MHS, CCC-SLP Co-Owner, S.M.A.R.T.E.R. Steps®:  With over 20 years experience as a licensed Speech Language Pathologist, consultant, educator and administrator, Kelly has served children and adults with a diverse range of speech, language, swallowing, learning, and communication needs. She has provided direct speech pathology services, specialized tutoring services, educator professional development training, business communication and presentation training. Kelly is dedicated to providing students, educators, and parents with specialized strategies for achievement.


Lara Wakefield

Lara Wakefield, MHS, PhD, CCC-SLP Co-Owner, S.M.A.R.T.E.R. Steps®: Lara has over 20 years of experience as a Speech-Language Pathologist and Parent Advocate with a focus on children with special needs being socially competent with their peers. Lara has conducted research in the areas of educator collaboration for classroom-based services. Lara assists families and professionals with exploring the research behind evidence-based practices and determining the various educational options available for each child.