About Us

Connections Speech Language Pathology was founded in 2000 by Melissa Bartel, CCC-SLP, who saw the need for better access to speech therapy services in Whatcom County.

Having worked in both school and hospital settings, Melissa had the desire to manage her own clinic where she could truly meet the needs of children and their families. She began as a solo practitioner, and her clinic has steadily grown to include several SLPs and assistants.

Today, Connections SLP provides outstanding services to children in our clinic as well as local preschools and childcare facilities who contract with us to provide services on site.


Melissa Bartel, CCC-SLP

Melissa earned her bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 1990 and her Master's degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992. She first worked as an SLP at Children's Hospital in Buffalo before relocating to the Pacific Northwest.

She worked for educational service districts (ESD's) in Salem and Coos Bay, Oregon and then moved to the Children's Neurodevelopmental Program at St. Joseph's Hospital here in Bellingham. After working in such a variety of settings, Melissa founded her own private practice, Connections SLP, in 2000.

She loves working with all types of kids and has a heart for the community at large with a real passion for helping kids find services and make progress, whatever their need or diagnosis.