The newly opened Royalty Speech Therapy in Miami is the culmination of passion and hard work by Kourtney Reading, who grew up in Commerce.

MIAMI – Small town girl Kourtney Reading has officially opened her own business, Royalty Speech Therapy in Miami. Growing up in Commerce, she knew she wanted to give back and be in a profession where she could work with children and make a difference.

Initially, Reading wanted to be a teacher or coach but said as she got older realized that a traditional teaching role was not for her. She then sensed she might want something in the medical field, but did not have a desire to be a doctor. After some research, she came across speech pathology and realized it was a path that included both educational and medical disciplines while allowing her to work with children and adults.

After graduating from Commerce High School, Reading attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami where she earned her her Associate's degree in general studies and psychology. Following NEO, she transferred to Northeastern State University in Tahlequah where she obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in speech-language pathology.

“Being in the field of speech pathology, there is a huge variety of patients and disorders I can work with," said Reading. "And with speech pathologists being in such a high demand, I knew this would be a great avenue to specialize and work in the areas of my field that I love so much, and also give back to my hometown."

Reading said going ahead and making the decision to open her own business was an easy one with the support of her family and friends.

"I’ve been blessed to work in different settings already in my career, and that was a huge factor in my decision to go out on my own. When I first decided to become a speech pathologist, my dad and I talked about opening up my own practice one day," said Reading. "This decision was such an easy one to make knowing I had his, and my mom’s full support. And with my brother being my accountant, it truly became a family affair! Then adding one of my lifelong best friends, Samantha Cawyer, and my speech pathologist assistant, Mikah Durham, who I have known for years. With their help, it made it so easy to start the process."

Rounding out her team at Royalty Speech Therapy, Reading also recently welcomed speech therapist Makenzie Stansbury.

When it came time to settle on a name for her new business, Reading said a somewhat "royal" theme kept presenting itself when consulting family.

“When we decided to start the business, I was talking with my dad to try and figure out a name. I asked him to tell me one word that describes me, and his response was 'princess'. That is all he has ever called me. He also has nieces and nephews that refer to him as 'Uncle King,' and my mom has just always been the 'Queen Bee,' so something that tied everything in together was 'Royalty,'" said Reading. "It’s also my goal to make sure each of my patients and their families feel like they are treated as such."

Keeping with the theme, a golden crown was selected as the business logo and now shines brightly on the raised signage beside her business along with sound waves depicting her nephew Karson saying "Everyone deserves a voice," a common saying in the field of speech pathology.

Royalty Speech Therapy is accepting patients with a referral from a patient's primary care physician and accepts SoonerCare, Medicare, and most major insurances. There are also private pay rates for families whose insurance policies may not cover speech/language therapy.

Located at 1227 N. Main in Miami, for more information about their services contact their office at 918-542-6655, visit their website at www.royaltyspeechtherapy.com, or connect with them on Facebook at Royalty Speech Therapy.