Meet Our Team
Dr. Ellen Marcia Emmons was born on the Caribbean island of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. She relocated to the United States with her family at the age of eight. Dr. Emmons received a Bachelors Degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from Andrews University, in Berrien Springs Michigan in 2006. In 2010 she obtained a Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) from A.T. Still University, in Mesa, Arizona.
Dr. Emmons is married to Pastor Marquis Jackson M.Div., of Cincinnati, Ohio. They are the proud parents of two beautiful, and adventurous girls - Elisabeth Jackson and Michaela Jackson. The family likes to attend church services, listen to music, read, cook, and travel together.
Over the years Dr. Emmons has worked in various work settings, including OU Physician's/ OU Children’s Hospital, Spartanburg ENT & Allergy, Rutherford County Schools, and other entities. She has worked with people of all ages and walks of life. Dr. Emmons is excited to join the Pee Dee Speech & Hearing Family. She aims to help others prevent, identify, and treat hearing loss because she believes hearing is one of the most intricate and complex senses God has given us.
Dr. Ellen Emmons, AuD, CCC-A
Kathy Grabowski is an SC Licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist. She has been in South Carolina since 1989 when she moved here from Minnesota. She is retired from the US Air Force where she served six years as a photo processor working with everything from satellite imagery to photos of the space shuttle
in the midst of its missions. She came to the hearing healthcare field in 2011 and has found her passion in hearing health.
“Through the past 11 years, I have very much enjoyed helping folks have a better quality of life through better hearing. I just love seeing them reconnect to life. I’ve seen everything from grandparents hearing their grandchildren say, ‘I love you, Grandma’, to seeing the expressions of wonder on people's faces when they hear something for the first time like the refrigerator humming, or crickets, or the blinker on their car. It’s that ‘Oh my gosh, I heard that!’ expression on people’s faces when they try their new aids that has me hooked. I like to teach people that their hearing ability is not a disability.”
Kathy has three children, two of whom are active military. She lives in Aynor, SC where she enjoys critters: horses and dogs, kayaking, paddling, and walking on the beach.
Kathy Grabowski, HIS
Celeste “Celly” Padgett Kahn is a lifelong resident of Florence, SC. She is delighted to be a part of the team at Pee Dee Speech & Hearing in order to have an impact on the lives of the people in her hometown. She joined Pee Dee Speech & Hearing in 2019 as marketing director and quickly initiated a re-branding campaign to refresh the image and awareness of the 50+-year-old agency.
Upon getting to know the Center and the valuable role it plays in the community, she was impressed by the agency’s rich history of community involvement; specifically, that it was founded by Florence business and civic leaders to improve the lives of children and adults suffering from hearing and speech disabilities.
“There are few things as important as being able to communicate: as understanding and being understood,” Kahn said. “Through language, we connect to the world around us and come to know our families and our community. Without the ability to hear and speak, we are at risk of feeling isolated and lonely. I want people to hear the voices of the people they love and the world in action around them. I’m proud to work with people who so lovingly and professionally introduce clients of all ages, from newborn infants to great-grandparents, to the joys of connectedness through hearing and speech.”
Kahn’s professional experience includes more than 25 years in local advertising and marketing.
Mike joined the Pee Dee Speech and Hearing Center team in 2022. Since then,
Mike has had the pleasure of seeing the quality of our patient's lives improve
because of the speech and hearing services we provide. He has fallen in love
with the Pee Dee region and is excited to continue our tradition of serving the
community and changing people’s lives for the better.
Originally from New Jersey, Mike started out in banking and spent years as a
commercial credit manager. He was also Controller of a packaging supply
company, Project Manager of a Sonogram Center, and has done marketing
and community outreach for a non-profit organization.
Mike lives in Effingham with his wife, Lorraine, their 2 dogs, Grace and Rose,
and their cat, Willow.