843.662.7802153 E. NB Baroody St. Florence, SC
Pee Dee Speech and Hearing

Celly Padgett Kahn

Executive Director

Celeste “Celly” Padgett Kahn is a life-long 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 the 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.

Dr. Gwen Sheehy, Au.D., CCC-A

Doctor of Audiology

Gwen Sheehy joined Pee Dee Speech and Hearing Center in 2021 after spending five years performing newborn hearing screenings as an audiology aide at The Christ Hospital in her hometown of Cincinnati Ohio. She received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Doctor of Audiology from the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Sheehy specializes in diagnostic audiology testing and hearing aid fitting and programming for patients of all ages—newborn to geriatric. She considers herself not only a diagnostic hearing and vestibular specialist but also a counselor and friend to her patients.

Born with a passion for helping others, Dr. Sheehy knew she wanted to be a doctor from an early age. One of her most rewarding experiences as a young audiologist was serving a patient—and now friend—who was deaf and hard-of-hearing from birth. He taught her the importance of cooperating with patients to help them forge their own best path to a happier and health life.

In her free time, Gwen enjoys traveling and giving back to the community. She has volunteered for several different charities and non-profits, including an after-school program for inner-city students and an art therapy program for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Kristin White, MS ,CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Kristin White joined Pee Dee Speech and Hearing Center in November 2016. She moved to Florence from Greenville, North Carolina, where she received her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from East Carolina University. She currently holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence through The American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA), the national professional credentialing organization for speech language pathologists. Kristin is VitalStim therapy certified and specializes in dysphagia. She has treated and evaluated individuals with hearing impairments, dysarthria, dysphagia, apraxia of speech, articulation and phonological disorders, language disorders, fluency disorders, traumatic brain injuries, aphasia, autism spectrum disorder, tracheostomies, tongue thrust, and craniofacial anomalies. Her clinical interests include early intervention, school age articulation/phonology, craniofacial disorders, and pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders.