Owner / Director
Hello! I am Stacy St. Amant Payne, a licensed speech-language pathologist, mom to four amazing children and the owner of Bright Beginnings Pediatric Services (“BBPS”). I am proud to say that I am a true Angeleno – born and raised here in Los Angeles, California. As a young girl, I knew I wanted two things out of life: to be a mom and to help children. Following the mentorship of a family member and accomplished speech pathologist, I entered the University of California, Santa Barbara with speech pathology declared as my major. In June of 1994, I earned a Master of Science with Distinction in Communicative Disorders from California State University, Northridge. In 2007, I received my lactation educator certification from UCLA.
Throughout the course of my career, I have worked in a variety of settings and with people of all ages and needs. I have helped the tiniest of babies and their families in the neonatal intensive care unit to teenagers in the clinic. I have served adults in acute care, in rehabilitation and prison units, in skilled nursing facilities and in home health. All of my experiences have helped me to truly view the developmental process as a continuum. But the heart of my service as an SLP has always been with young children. In 2007, after many years on staff at large medical centers including The Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters in Norfolk, Virginia and Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, I began my private practice here in Los Angeles where I now have the opportunity to serve babies, children and their families in the community.
At BBPS, I provide comprehensive evaluation and therapy services to infants, toddlers and pre-school/school-aged children with a wide variety of disorders including craniofacial/structural anomalies, oral- motor and feeding difficulties, dysphagia (swallowing disorders), and speech, language and communication disorders. I am PROMPT trained, SCERTS trained, PACE certified, VitalStim Certified, and my extensive medical speech pathology background well qualifies me to treat children with complex medical/neurological issues.
I continue to serve as the pediatric speech-language pathology consultant at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and am the lead speech pathologist for the hospital’s craniofacial/cleft palate medical team. I enjoy mentoring students and new clinicians and am a clinical supervisor for graduate students and clinical fellows in the field of speech pathology. I have had the pleasure of lecturing about pediatric dysphagia and communicative disorders before my colleagues in the field, physicians and educators locally and at state and national conferences.
When I am not in the office or at the hospital, I spend my time wiping bottoms and noses, kissing “owies” and providing car service to my children- from preschool play dates to proms. Occasionally, I’ll make time for a hike or a date night with my husband, who was also my kindergarten sweetheart. Life is good!