About Us

Annie Nichols, MA, CCC-SLP – Owner/Speech-Language Pathologist, Orton-Gillingham Reading Tutor

Annie Nichols, MA, CCC-SLP is a licensed speech-language pathologist based in Muncie, Indiana. She has worked in many areas of the field and has more than 12 years of experience. Annie has had extensive continuing education and experience working with children and adults with complex communication needs involving the use of communication devices. She has also completed many hours of training in the areas of play therapy, reading, and oral myofunctional assessment and therapy. She absolutely loves her job! Her love of speech therapy has taken her physically to Haiti and virtually to Belize where she volunteers to assess children with special needs as well as train their teachers and caregivers on communication strategies.

Annie will do her best to help you and your loved ones. She views the family as a whole unit, empowering them to work together to make communication happen!

Franki Lefler, MS, CCC-SLP – Speech-Language Pathologist, Orton-Gillingham Reading Tutor

Franki Lefler, M.S., CCC-SLP is a licensed speech-language pathologist based in Brownsburg, Indiana. Franki has 5 years of experience practicing speech and language therapy in a pediatric setting, with additional clinical experience working with adults with acquired brain injury. Her passion is in working with children and their families to foster speech and language abilities and help children become confident communicators. Franki works hard to make speech and language therapy fun and functional and to treat each child as the wonderful individual they are.

Outside of work, Franki spends her time with her husband and two young daughters. She loves being in nature and introducing her girls to the wonders of the natural world. She enjoys travelling to new places and with her family and is always ready for an adventure!

Megan Brown, MA, CCC-SLP – Speech-Language Pathologist

Megan Brown, M.A., CCC-SLP, was certified as a speech pathologist in 2015. Since graduating from Ball State University, she has worked in the public school system and Indiana First Steps. She loves working with children and has taught ages 1 -13. She also holds a minor in Spanish and it has proved helpful to communicate with some amazing families. Megan is passionate about helping families find the best tools and strategies to help their child(ren) be strong communicators.

Outside of work, she is a wife and full-time mom to 2 boys (and another boy on the way!), and they all love their dog, Rudy. She is the volunteer children’s director at her church. She enjoys riding her bike on the cardinal greenway, reading books, and exploring with her family. She is excited to work more closely with families at Bloom and Be as they work together to enhance communication.

Kristie Inman, SLPA – Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Hi! I’m Kristie!

I feel very blessed to be on the Bloom & Be team. Working with children beings such joy to me.

I’m a graduate of CSU-pueblo. (I’m a Colorado mountain girl in my heart.) I’ve taught speech in the Muncie community schools and Burris. I took a hiatus to homeschool my children and am back in the world of speech once again!

I’m a mother of seven children and grandmother of 11. I’ve been married to an uber talented artist for over 34 years. I have a few side hobbies including teaching yoga, riding horses, and being in nature whenever I can. Every once in awhile you might see me on stage with Muncie Civic theater in a show.

I look forward to serving you and your kiddos at this amazing speech and communications clinic.

Anna Ryan, MA, SLP-CF – Speech-Language Pathologist Clinical Fellow

Hello! My name is Anna. I am a graduate of Ball State University and I LOVE the field of Speech-Language Pathology. I have had clinical placements primarily working with pre-school and school-aged children. I have grown up in a house with children who have ADHD and autism. I believe that these experiences have shaped me and given me compassion and patience! I love connecting with people and I love working with children. 

Outside of work, I have several hobbies! I love reading, traveling, and dancing. One of my favorite hobbies is dancing. I take Latin and Ballroom lessons and dance socially around the state. I think this hobby provides such a beautiful way to connect with the community around me and I have found so much joy in it. I also enjoy spending time with my close friends and family playing card games and watching movies.