what we do









why rockford speech therapy

Rockford Speech Therapy is unique because of the flexibility and personal attention we offer.  If you are looking for speech therapy for your child, we assure you we understand how concerned you are for your child’s development. So we offer personalized attention with therapy carefully tailored to each child's needs. We also understand that many are struggling to balance work, family, and the daily demands put on their time.  So we also strive to provide convenient therapy times, including after work or Saturday appointments, to fit your hectic schedule. And we offer multiple ways for you to access therapy, including in-office visits, teletherapy, and even home visits. To address your financial concerns, we accept several health insurance plans, including Medicaid. 


We serve a variety of clients at Rockford Speech - from children to adults. We assess and treat children who have developmental and language delays, speech and oral motor issues, stuttering, and children on the autism spectrum. If your family is bilingual/multilingual, I'm trained to determine if your child has a language disorder or if they are simply learning multiple languages. I also have a passion for bilingual development and would love to help your family find the best ways to integrate languages spoken in the home. We also serve adults for accent modification coaching and stuttering therapy. 


  • Certified Autism Specialist IBCCES

  • Certificate in Cultural & Linguistic Diversity

  • Certified Member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA)

  • Michigan State SLP License (LARA)

  • "Insight into Providing Services to Children Who Are Refugees Training"

  • Languages of Refugee Populations training ​ 

community involvement

  • Consultant at The Refugee Education Center

  • Volunteer at Project Speech Therapy International Outreach

  • Spanish Translator for Hablando PractiCAAmente

meet the team


Marissa Doletzky

Owner and Speech Therapist

Hi there! I'm Marissa.  I'm a bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist and Owner of Rockford Speech Therapy. My love for speech and language drove me to open a clinic that will serve the needs of the community in ways that best work for them. I have experience working in pediatric outpatient clinics, public schools, preschools, and in-home settings.


I really enjoy working closely with families to help parents/caregivers better implement speech therapy strategies into their everyday routines. I also have training in linguistics and specialized training working with bilingual families. ​I currently live in Rockford with my husband. I'm a Step-mama, fur-mama and we recently welcomed a new little man to the crew! 


Leah Rankinen 

Speech Therapist

Hi, I'm Leah, or as many students call me "Ms. Leah"! I have eight years of experience as a speech-language pathologist and have worked with students from birth to middle-school age in a variety of settings including homes, schools, daycares, and preschools. My passions include supporting students with autism, as well as students with language delays and disorders, social-language skill needs, and alternative-augmentative communication (AAC) needs.


I love facilitating children in finding their voice and unique way of communicating. I live in the Cannonsburg area of Rockford with my husband and two children. I love the outdoors during all seasons whether it be hiking, camping, biking, swimming, or skiing.  I look forward to providing services for Rockford Speech Therapy during the summer and after-school hours!