“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.”

~ Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

About the Clinic

Reach the Summit Language and Literacy Clinic originated from the exhilarating feeling that comes from standing on the top of a mountain. Nothing can beat it! This experience encompasses so much, from an immense feeling of accomplishment to a sense of strength and empowerment. The senses are overwhelmed by the sites of surrounding mountaintops and endless views, and the sounds of the wind and birds calling. You take in the fresh air, the warmth of the sun and the weather patterns that surround you. Your emotions run wild, not always knowing whether to smile, laugh or cry. This is not just about this moment atop the mountain, but all that it has taken to get you here.

This can be applied to many goals. Individuals who struggle to learn to read effectively and efficiently have a large mountain in front of them. It can be a long and daunting process and one that requires them to overcome many obstacles and put in so much more work than their peers. My goal at Reach the Summit Language and Literacy Clinic is that each individual who comes through this clinic will climb to the top of their mountain and enjoy their summit experience, ultimately allowing them to experience success in accessing the written word.

Meet the Owner

Kirsten Lewis, MS, CCC-SLP, earned her bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University. She graduated from the University of Utah with a masters in Speech Language Pathology in 2009. She began her career in adult rehabilitation, addressing neurologic disorders and swallowing disorders. After moving to Idaho in 2012, Kirsten transitioned to pediatric outpatient rehabilitation. Kirsten soon began to recognize that children with verbal speech and language disorders were also demonstrating difficulties learning to read and write. She began to investigate this correlation and engaged in extensive study to learn more about written language disorders, including dyslexia. Kirsten now specializes in the prevention, early intervention and remediation of children with written language disorders. She became certified as a Structured Literacy Dyslexia Specialist through the Center for Effective Reading Instruction and the International Dyslexia Association in 2019. Kirsten was born in Colorado. She is married with one daughter. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, biking, skiing and running, and spending time with her family.