Joy was born and raised in North Carolina being an Appalachian State University graduate of both the undergraduate and masters programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders. In 1982, Speechcenter, Inc. was founded and launched in Boone, North Carolina and served Watauga and surrounding counties. Joy founded the practice on the premise of providing the highest quality speech-language pathology services where our facilities and patients need us. As a leader and expert in her field, Joy was honored to be appointed by North Carolina Governor, Jim Hunt, to design and implement what is known today as the North Carolina Medicaid Independent Practitioners Program for Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists. Joy continues to maintain her North Carolina licensure and national ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence while being a vision to the practice.