The Scottish Rite of Freemasonry

Orient of Maryland


The Clinic Corner
By: Christine Wandishin, M.S., CCC-SLP

WELCOME TO THE NEW YEAR from the Scottish Rite Childhood Speech and Language Center! It’s hard to believe that the holidays are over and Spring is upon us. We have had a very successful year and would love to take this time to share all of our good news!

We are extremely excited that Tara Green has joined our center as our full time receptionist! Tara has made a wonderful addition to the Scottish Rite Speech and Language Center and we are grateful for her hard work and devotion to our clinic. We hope Tara will be a part of our Scottish Rite clinical family for a long while. Welcome Tara!

We would also like to share some other exciting news for one of our other staff members. Our clinician Lisa McGrain welcomed her second child, Scarlet Elise, on Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 at 9:14 am, weighing 6 pounds, 3 ounces and measuring 19 1/4 inches. Please come down to the clinic to congratulate Lisa on her new family addition.

Our contractual schools, Friends School of Baltimore, the Cathedral School of Mary Our Queen, and the Immaculate Conception School have continued to be a wonderful way to serve additional children during the school day. Four of our clinicians currently serve the contracts Monday through Thursday and see children in their school environment for speech and language therapy. Finals will be coming in May and will help determine if the children should continue summer services at the clinic or if they have met their goals to graduate from the Speech Program.

Since summer is right around the corner, please continue to check in on our website http://www.mdscottishrite. org for information on our 3rd annual Summer Literacy Camp. I also recommend you check the website out to see our commercial that we worked on last year, if you haven’t already! It clearly summarizes what we do and why we do it.

Brockman Fellow and Loyola graduate student, Natasha Hearn, has been working in the clinic under our supervision since the end of January. Natasha has done an exceptional job treating the children in the clinic and at our contractual schools! We are very honored to have had the time to work alongside her and wish her well when she graduates this year in May 2016 with a Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Pathology. We wish her well in all of her future endeavors.

I would also like to take this time to thank the Mid-Shore Scottish Rite Club for allowing us to come to their meeting and share a little about what we are doing as part of the Masonic philanthropy. You were a great host and I look forward to working with you in the future.

Thank you all for your ongoing support. As always, you are invited to visit the clinic anytime. We wish you and your families a great start to the new Spring season ahead!