Melanie Stinnett, 35
Lives in: Springfield, MO
Owner/Speech-Language Pathologist at TheraCare Outpatient Services
Charity: Include Ozarks
My mom has always been beautiful to me. She has taught me so many things by just being her. She is a rock star entrepreneur who built her business from the ground up and a person who would help someone in need without a second thought. Her combination of grit and grace is something I have looked up to all my life.
Beauty is grown from the heart. Take time to tend your heart.
I love to read and I try to read at least a book a week. In 2013, I self-published a contemporary romance novel.
Jesus. When I am faced with something that seems impossible or scary, I try to remember to lean not on myself but on Him for wisdom and inspiration.
Living close to the South Creek Greenway trail gives me the opportunity to really appreciate the beauty of Springfield. My family and I also travel often to areas creeks and lakes.
Medicaid reimbursements for therapy services in Missouri are one of the lowest in the nation. Because of this, providers are limited and waitlists are long. Adequate, early intervention services for children, especially in rural communities, can be very difficult to obtain. I feel that there are viable solutions that should be explored so that children in our state have every opportunity for success. As a professional, I advocate by talking to local legislators, traveling to Jefferson City to testify in hearings and serving on committees for state and national organizations that put a focus on improving access to therapy services. We have to start having more collaborative conversations about how to increase early interventions so that the need for services and care later can decrease.
The Loyal One
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