“I’m not just looking to change a life; I’m seeking to empower a generation.”
Dr. Tinita Ortega Kearney is a pediatric speech-language pathologist, a renowned author, and an exceptional public speaker. Her expertise lies in working with neurodivergent and culturally and linguistically diverse students, making her a sought-after specialist in her field. Dr. Kearney earned her Doctorate of Philosophy degree in speech-language pathology from Howard University, Washington, DC.
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. Dr. Kearney is a member of several prestigious professional organizations and honor societies, and she currently serves on both local and state professional boards, including the Maryland Board of Audiologists, Hearing Aid Dispensers, Speech-Language Pathologists, and Music Therapists, for which she serves as Vice Chair. Her dedicated service to the Board has been acknowledged by the state of Maryland, which presented her with a Distinguished Service Award for nearly a decade of service.
As a mentor and researcher, Dr. Kearney has served as an adjunct professor, published research articles, and presented at numerous professional conferences, earning recognition and accolades from her peers. Her commitment to lifelong learning has been recognized by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, which awarded her the Award for Continuing Education.
Dr. Kearney's passion for advocating for those in the autism community led her to become an Autism Speaks Volunteer Advocacy Ambassador for the state of Maryland. She has also authored an award-winning lift-the-flap board book series, "Lola Koala's Travel Adventures," designed to help young children develop fundamental speech/language skills in a fun and interactive way. Her innovative approach has empowered families and caregivers to help their children overcome communication challenges and reach their full potential.