Terri Hutchison M.A., CCC-SLP – Speech Language Pathologist – President

Born and raised in Southern California, Terri brings over 16 years’ experience practicing speech language pathology. Her mission is to “Lift the Life Spirit of Those We Serve!”

Terri earned her B.A. in 1989 in Applied Psychology from California State University, Long Beach. She changed her educational direction after her son was screened by an SLP at his preschool. It was then, while busy raising a family, that she earned her M.A. in Communicative Disorders from the California State University, Fullerton in 2004.

Prior to founding Life Spirit Speech Pathology, Inc., Terri provided speech pathology services in a variety of educational settings, including several Southern California school districts. To this day, she gives back to the community still offering children’s screenings through local preschools, the place her journey began when her son was first screened for such interventions.

Terri has been a presenter on the topic of assessing and treating speech sound disorders, and several times a year carries out behavioral training courses she has developed for parents of children with special needs, including Autism, Communication Disorders, and Processing Disorders. She is an avid mentor to undergraduate and graduate interns from Chapman University’s Speech & Language Dept., and a preferred vendor for early childhood speech language services both through Regional Center of Orange County, and Easter Seals Southern California.

Terri holds current state licensing through California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board, Clinical Competency via American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), and American Hippotherapy Association Inc. (AHA)-Level II Equine Treatment Therapist, PATH International-Certified Instructor and Registered Therapist.


Christina Nenninger M.S. CCC-SLP – Speech Language Pathologist 

Christina Nenninger is an experienced Speech-Language Pathologist who joined the therapy team at Life Spirit Speech in August 2019. Christina received her Bachelor of Arts degree in General Studies from USC, and her Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences from California State University- Northridge. After working for 8 years at two local public-school districts, Christina decided to pursue a career in the clinical setting. As a life-long lover of animals, Christina has been interested in incorporating horses into speech therapy, and Life Spirit Speech has given her this unique opportunity. In September 2019, under the guidance of Terri, Christina received training through the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA) to utilize horse movements as a therapeutic tool. She’s excited to be implementing this practice at the Shea Center.

Christina brings with her a broad range of expertise in early intervention and preschool-age speech and language development. She is trained in the PROMPT Method (Bridging Level 2), and in Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC) systems, including LAMP Words for Life (Level 2 trained), Proloquo2Go (Level 1 trained) and Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS- Level 1 trained). She also has a basic knowledge of American Sign Language. Christina adheres to the standards of her profession by maintaining her Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, as well as her California State License to practice Speech-Language Pathology. In her free time, Christina enjoys spending time with her husband, children, and pets. She also loves anything outdoors, including camping, hiking, traveling, and horseback riding. Christina is thrilled to be a part of the team at Life Spirit Speech!


Ellie Escherich SLPA – Speech Language  Pathology Assistant

Ellie studied Communications at the University of Southern California and obtained her S.L.P. A. certification from Orange Coast College. She has worked with all ages in a variety of settings, including public and private school, clinic and in-home. She has extensive experience with pediatric and school-age children with autism, articulation, language delay and apraxia. A local from South County she enjoys spending time with her children, traveling and the outdoors hiking, playing tennis and surfing