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“I’m not just looking to change a life, I’m seeking to empower a generation.”

-Dr. Kearney

Dr. Tinita Ortega Kearney is a passionate pediatric speech-language pathologist, author, and captivating public speaker. Dr. Kearney's expertise lies in working with neurodivergent and culturally and linguistically diverse students, making her a sought-after specialist in her field. With a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders from Howard University, DC, she's not just a professional; she's a powerhouse of expertise.

Dr. Kearney has over a decade of experience in both non-public and public school settings and is the owner and operator of a thriving speech/language therapy private practice, where she has helped countless individuals achieve their communication goals. As the Vice Chair of the Maryland Board of Examiners for Audiologists, Hearing Aid Dispensers, Speech-Language Pathologists, and Music Therapists, Dr. Kearney has earned a Distinguished Service Award from the state of Maryland, recognizing her unwavering commitment to the board for nearly a decade. Dr. Kearney also serves on the board of two non-profit organizations that meet the needs of underserved communities and develop the leadership skills of women in the DC, MD, and VA areas.


Beyond her administrative roles, Dr. Kearney has served as a mentor, researcher, and adjunct professor. Her contributions extend to published research articles and presentations at prestigious professional conferences, earning her well-deserved recognition from her peers.

Acknowledged by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association with the Award for Continuing Education, Dr. Kearney exemplifies a dedication to lifelong learning. Her advocacy extends to the autism community as a Volunteer Advocacy Ambassador for Autism Speaks in the state of Maryland. 

Adding a literary feather to her cap, Dr. Kearney has authored the award-winning lift-the-flap children's board book series, "Lola Koala's Travel Adventures." This innovative series not only showcases her creativity but also serves as a valuable tool for young children to develop fundamental speech/language skills in an engaging manner.

Dr. Kearney has also developed a comprehensive educator training program that is at the forefront of educational transformation. Committed to revolutionizing learning for culturally and linguistically diverse students, the training program is designed to empower educators to transform education by guiding mindset shifts and equipping educators to create an inclusive, equitable academic environment that fosters success for diverse learners. She is also the creator of an immersive workshop for future SLPs that prepares them to best serve the diverse clients they will encounter and empower.

Dr. Tinita Kearney effectively weaves together professionalism and a personal touch, etching an indelible mark on the field through a unique combination of expertise, unwavering dedication, and a heartfelt passion for creating meaningful, lasting change. 

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