; She Rocks! Meet Dr. Alisha Griffith, Speech Pathologist, Audiologist, President/Co-Founder of Smart Fit Fam, Inc. - Guyanese Girls Rock!
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She Rocks! Meet Dr. Alisha Griffith, Speech Pathologist, Audiologist, President/Co-Founder of Smart Fit Fam, Inc.

Dr. Alisha Griffith, affectionately referred to as “Dr. Alisha”, is a compassionate professionally trained educator, speech language pathologist, and audiologist.  Over a span of nearly two decades, she has assisted countless people from all walks of life to overcome various challenges, empowering them to live their lives to the fullest.

Dr. Alisha was born in Stillwater Oklahoma after both of her parent left Guyana on scholarship awards to study abroad.  Her mother, Ismay Griffith and father, Charles Griffith; returned to Guyana with Masters degrees in Sociology and Agricultural Engineering, respectively to fulfill their service obligations to Guyana, which were the terms of the scholarships.   The family lived North Ruimveldt, Georgetown where Dr. Alisha grew up from the age of 2 until she was 10 years old, when she returned to the United States and settled in Brooklyn, New York.

Dr. Alisha Griffith

Dr. Alisha holds a Clinical Doctorate Degree in Audiology (Au.D) from Pennsylvania College of Optometry and a Certification in Speech Language Pathology (CCC-SLP). She has worked in schools, homes, offices, and in her own practice connecting those with speech and hearing difficulties. Through her work Dr. Alisha has helped many BELIEVE in themselves and SHIFT their self-talk. Although her clients are dealing with disabilities, their confidence levels are no different from others.

In 2015, Dr. Alisha launched her coaching and speaking program out of her passion and willingness to serve others. She is known as the catalyst for change, the igniter of positive energy.  Her goal is to shift mindsets by first addressing ones inner dialogues from negative to positive. This shift often results in appreciation and gratitude from within. Dr. Alisha believes that remaining focused and weathering through life’s storms with a positive mindset are the KEYS to success.

Dr. Alisha and son
Dr. Alisha with her son Zachary

Dr. Alisha’s journey has been the muse of her passion. A high-achiever from the onset her dreams of becoming a medical doctor shifted somewhere between high school and college. Even with the shift Dr. Alisha’s sights were always set high. While earning her Doctorate degree, she was also going through a divorce with a two month old baby who was later diagnosed with autism spectrum.   Shifting from wife to single motherhood was not easy. Dr. Alisha learned through trial and lessons the importance of support from others and that determination, consistency, and commitment will help you through life’s various obstacles. At no point did she give up on her goal and believes that “it’s not always what you “think” you should be, but more where you “feel” you should be.”

As a woman of many hats, Dr. Alisha personality remains constant: her smile, high energy, adaptability, ability to connect, and positive energy. Her most important role is being the proud mother of Zachary, her bright and extra-ordinary son who is on the Autism Spectrum. Dr. Alisha shared,

“Being Zachary’s mom has been one of my biggest lessons of patience, expressing gratitude and appreciation even for the small things. He’s taught me how to identify strengths, many of which I see in him and myself.”

An advocate for autism, Dr. Alisha was inspired to create  SoSMART kids, Inc., a program that helps children on the autism spectrum learn social skills, martial arts, and fitness. Additionally, in 2014 she co-founded SMART FIT FAM Inc., a non-profit organization that supports families with children on the spectrum, and provide services and workshops that teaches the importance of wellness, fitness, and proper nutrition.

Dr. Alisha and Smart Fit Fam’s VP/Co-Founder, Phillip Sheehy, leading a fitness session

This change agent has been shifting the lives, encouraging mindsets action and connecting language with movement for most of her life. Her willingness to reach others goes beyond the traditional approach. Dr. Alisha is a Black Belt in Jujitsu as well as a kickboxing instructor and motivates women to keep pushing themselves. For Dr. Alisha giving up is never an option.  Her drive and approach of seeing beyond her own circumstances has propelled her to newer heights which is where she wants to take her clients and mentees.

Dr. Alisha accompanying First Lady of Guyana Sandra Granger and Second Lady Sita Nagamootoo into the Millennials Conference

Dr. Alisha has traveled to Guyana and other Caribbean countries to speak as well as across the U.S. for speaking engagements.  In April, 2016 she organized and moderated the Millennials Conference: Bridging the Gap; a networking event designed to recognize and connect Guyanese Millennials who are living outside of Guyana. Guests at well attended event included First Lady of Guyana, the honorable Mrs. Sandra Granger, Second Lady, Mrs. Sita Nagamootoo, and New York State Senator, Roxanne Persaud.

When she’s not immersed in her career, Dr. Alisha enjoys traveling, listening to Caribbean music, and dancing. She is also a black belt in Vee Arnis Jitsu.  Combining her culturally diverse background and expertise along with her unwavering determination and compassion, Dr. Alisha Griffith aims to both motivate and inspire as many people as possible.

Dr. Alisha moderating the Millennials Conference

For coaching or speaking engagements, you may contact Dr. Alisha at www.dralishagriffith.com or via email: info@dralishagriffith.com

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