Julia Chernova M.A., CCC-SLP, QOM
Julia Chernova founded Speech Therapy Plus LLC in 2015, a center that specializes in many services for young children and adults including Expressive and Receptive language disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, voice disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, Apraxia of Speech, auditory processing, social pragmatic language, fluency disorders, stuttering and feeding/swallowing disorders and language impairments. She is trained to work with adults with Cognitive Communication Disorders resulting from a traumatic brain injury (TBI), a brain infection, or degenerative disease such as Dementia or Multiple Sclerosis. Julia received training for the Associate level through the Academy of Orton – Gillingham. She has been utilizing the Orton-Gillingham multisensory, kinesthetic and phonic approach to help children who have difficulties with reading, spelling, and writing. Julia is a Qualified Orofacial Myologist and a member of the IAOM (International Association of Orofacial Myology). She is trained to treat a range of orofacial myology disorders that often impact tongue placement, tongue thrust, tongue ties, feeding/swallowing, noxious oral habits, airway patency/disordered breathing, airway orthodontics and craniofacial development. Julia provides feeding therapy, for picky eaters, children with feeding disorders, and medically compromised children who are transitioning from tube to oral feeding, have poor weight gain due to limited oral intake, and demonstrate food refusal. She is SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding trained and utilizes a family-centric approach to all her intervention strategies to help promote consumption of healthy nutritious foods.
Julia is an English-Russian bilingual speech-language pathologist. During her professional career, Julia has had the opportunity to work with a variety of populations and disorders. She also has gained experience working as a speech-language pathologist in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, homes, daycare’s, and outpatient rehabilitation. Populations served include Traumatic Brain Injury, Vocal Disorders, Aphasia, and cognitive impairments. She earned additional training in the LiPS program for children with speech and reading disorders. Julia is PROMPT Level 1 trained and has and extensive experience in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC), such as the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and voice output devices.
Jennifer Savitsky M.A., CCC-SLP, QOM
As a New Jersey licensed speech-language pathologist, Jennifer has enjoyed serving individuals across the life span. She has worked in pediatric clinics, private schools serving individuals with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), subacute rehabilitation facilities, and adult outpatient facilities. Special areas of clinical interest include: childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), orofacial myology, articulation and phonological speech sound disorders, AAC training using LAMP and Aided Language Stimulation approaches, and social skills training. Jennifer has received ASHA’s Award for Continuing Education (ACE). Her training includes, but is not limited to: Beckman oral motor assessment and intervention, the PROMPT method (Levels 1 and 2 trained), Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS – Pyramid trained), Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol for childhood apraxia of speech, Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) approach to AAC training, behavioral based interventions for autism such as Pivotal Response Treatment, and the VitalStim dysphagia therapy system. Jennifer is credentialed as a Qualified Orofacial Myologist (QOM) through Neo-Health Services and is a trained member of the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM). Jennifer loves her field and values ongoing professional development to provide the most appropriate services to her clients. She is proud to work alongside the skillful team at Speech Therapy Plus.
Jennifer holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (ASHA), and holds a Speech Language Specialist (SLS) certificate issued by the New Jersey Department of Education. Jennifer received her Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Montclair State University in 2011. She received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Elementary Education (K-5) from Rowan University.
Talia Napoletano M.S., CCC-SLP
Talia Napoletano graduated from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania with her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences & Disorders. She continued to complete her graduate program at Monmouth University, where she received her Master of Science in Education in Speech-Language Pathology. Talia earned her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) and is a certified member and provider for the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and is fully licensed in the state of New Jersey. Talia currently holds her Speech-Language Specialist (SLS) certificate and works full-time in a private specialized school for students with disabilities. Talia has a comprehensive background and years of experience treating patients and students with complex communication needs (CCN), sensory, and behavioral needs.
Through her work within specialized schools, Talia has become passionate about Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC), and has experience working with programs such as Proloquo2Go, Go Talk, Touch Chat, PECS, and LAMP. She implements Aided Language Stimulation (ALS) to help AAC users and patients with limited verbal output to access vocabulary and communicate using visuals and symbols. Her experience in a private practice setting has developed her skills working with late talkers, auditory processing disorder, ADHD, ASD, fluency, articulation, and phonological disorders. Talia holds a certificate in Clinical Fellowship Supervision and supervises newly graduated speech-language pathologists in hopes to share her knowledge and further develop the profession. She has been conducting evaluations for over a year and enjoys helping patients and families seek help to begin their speech therapy journey.
Talia’s areas of special interest include Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC), language and literacy, and pragmatic language skills such as play-based therapy and social communication.
Rebeca Paez M.S., CCC-SLP
Rebeca is an English-Spanish bilingual speech-language pathologist who holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (ASHA). Rebeca received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Disorders from Kean University and Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University. Rebeca has experience assessing and treating students with social communication disorders, fluency disorders, receptive-expressive language disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, and augmentative and alternative communication. Rebeca also has experience with students on the Autism Spectrum, she worked at a private school with students aged 3-21. Rebeca believes in fostering an environment in which parents and/or caregivers are as much a part of therapy as the client.
Suzanne Erickson M.S., CCC-SLP
Suzanne graduate from Kean University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences and a Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Montclair University. Suzanne is certified as a speech language pathologist by the American Speech and Hearing Association and is licensed in the state of NJ. She also has a certification as a school speech language specialist in NJ. Suzanne has extensive experience working with children with many different disabilities both in the private and public school settings. She has also continued to work with young children as part of the NJ state Early Intervention System. Additionally, Suzanne has experience as a supervisor for both graduate students and clinical fellows, overseeing and mentoring clinical internships and externships. Suzanne has training in Level one PROMPT, augmentative and alternative communication systems, and the Picture Exchange Communication System.
Susan Zelinka M.S., CCC-SLP
Susan is an American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) certified Speech and Language Pathologist with both a Master of Science Degree from Teacher’s College, Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Syracuse University in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Over the past 25 + years, she has worked in multidisciplinary clinic, home, public school, university clinic, and remote based settings, specializing in the evaluation and treatment of children with a range of diagnoses from Articulation and/or Phonological Disorders, Apraxia, and Developmental Delay to Language, Pragmatic, and Sensory Processing Disorders. She was also an adjunct clinical instructor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at NYU, supervising graduate students. She has worked extensively with the Early Intervention Programs in multiple states over the years, including NY, NJ, CA and FL and is currently licensed to practice in NJ, CA, FL, and ME. Susan loves working one on one with her clients and their families as they navigate individual communication challenges.
Amanda Sargenti M.S., CCC-SLP
Lindsay Briglio M.S., CCC-SLP
Lindsay is a NJ state licensed and ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist. She is a graduate of New York Medical College. Lindsay has been working in the acute care hospital setting and outpatient setting for over 10 years. She enjoys evaluating and treating children and adults of all ages. She has worked in the Early Intervention setting as well. Lindsay has experience evaluating and treating individuals with articulation disorders, receptive-expressive language disorders, feeding and swallowing difficulties, Autism Spectrum Disorder, aphasia, dysarthria, and apraxia. Lindsay has extensive experience performing and interpreting modified barium swallow studies and FEES on inpatient and outpatient settings. She also has supervised and mentored graduate students and Clinical Fellows. Lindsay has a passion for working with individuals of all ages and helping others.
Laura Ironman M.S., CCC-SLP
Laura graduated with her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. She is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist by the American Speech and Hearing Association and is licensed in the states of NJ, MD, MA and in Washington DC. She has worked closely with clients ages 0-21 years in clinical, school and home health settings. She is trained in PROMPT level one and Augmentative and Alternative Communication systems, high tech and low. In previous contexts, Laura worked closely with Occupational Therapists, and now loves incorporating sensory integration into sessions. She has extensive experience working with the autistic community, as well as with clients with Childhood Apraxia of Speech. In her free time, Laura enjoys going on hikes with her fiancé and keeping up with new and improved ways to help children communicate.
Lindsay Shaw M.S., CCC-SLP
Lindsay Shaw graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Nova Southeastern University with a Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology. Lindsay is a certified member of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA), is fully licensed in the state of New Jersey, and holds the Speech and Language Specialist certificate from the New Jersey Department of Education.
Lindsay’s experience includes working in public schools with students ranging in age from 3-21 and Early Intervention with children birth to 3. She has worked to address Articulation/Phonological Disorders, Expressive/ Receptive Language Disorders, Auditory Processing Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Voice Disorders, And Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) with both low and high tech devices. Lindsay has experience working in an inpatient rehabilitation hospital setting with Cognitive- Communication Disorders, Aphasia, Motor Speech Disorders, Traumatic Brain Injury, Dementia, and Dysphagia. Lindsay enjoys working with both pediatric and geriatric populations.
Wendy Padykula M.S., CCC-SLP
Wendy Padykula earned her Master’s of Science Degree in Communication Disorders from William Paterson University. She is a licensed Speech and Language Pathologist through the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), the state of New Jersey and through the New Jersey Department of Education. Wendy is passionate about speech and language and has treated patients across the lifespan. For over a decade, she has worked with adolescents and young teenagers in a public middle school setting. In this capacity she has treated patients with autism, as well as language, speech articulation, and speech fluency disorders. She particularly enjoys teaching social skills and loves helping those who struggle in this area to develop their perspective taking and “social thinking” skills. She has attended numerous “Social Thinking” training sessions conducted by Michelle Garcia Winner. Wendy is constantly looking for ways for her clients to bring their social skills outside of the speech room and to support their parents/families. As such, she has served as the Project Manager for the Joey Travolta Short Film Camp (an inclusive film-making program), the advisor of an inclusive cooking club, and the facilitator and leader of P.E.A.S. (Parents of Emerging Adults), a program supporting parents and young adults in making the transition to life beyond age 21.
In addition, she has worked in Early Intervention, treating those from birth to age 3 with communication disorders. In this capacity, she has developed a love for working with families, and helping them to best assist their family member and to support their communication needs. Other areas in which she has worked have included a private school in Essex County treating those from ages 3-21 with autism and other moderate to severe communication disorders as well as an ABA-based public school autism program. Wendy has also worked as an adjunct professor for Kean University, Montclair State University, and William Paterson University. She has taken the PROMPT Level I and Talk Tools Introductory trainings. She is a NJ certified Teacher of English and holds a B.A. degree in English from Rutgers University.
Caridad Peguero M.S., CCC-SLP
Caridad (Cary) Peguero graduated from Montclair State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics and minors in Speech Pathology and psychology. She received her Master’s of Science degree in Speech Pathology from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She holds a Speech and Language Specialist (SLS) certificate from the New Jersey Department of Education to work in public schools. Caridad is currently in her clinical fellowship and is set to complete it by the end of 2022. She has assessed and treated clients with various communication disorders in clinical and school settings. Her experience includes but is not limited to Expressive and Receptive language disorders, speech sound disorders, autism spectrum disorders, fluency, and childhood apraxia of speech. She also has experience working in an acute inpatient rehabilitation setting addressing aphasia, dementia, cognitive-communication disorders, and dysphagia. In her free time, Cary enjoys spending time with her puppy and loves to go out in nature and enjoy the scenery.
Emily Chelnitsky, M.S., CCC-SLP,
Emily received her Master of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2019 from Rush University in Chicago, IL. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. Emily is a certified member of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed in the state of New Jersey and Oregon. Emily worked at a K-12 therapeutic school as well as an early childhood program, partnering closely with families, daycare providers, and Head Start teachers. Emily has received training on the Routines-Based Model for working with young children with disabilities and their families. Her experience includes, but is not limited to, speech sound disorders, expressive and receptive language disorders, autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, genetic disorders, and augmentative and alternative communication. In her graduate program, Emily gained experience in acute care, school-based services, a nonprofit practice, and completed her final externship in a day rehab program where she addressed aphasia, dysphagia, cognitive-communication disorders, and dementia. Emily is passionate about collaborating with families and professionals, while celebrating child and family strengths.
Beatrice Zdorovyak, M.S., CCC-SLP
Beatrice is an English-Russian bilingual speech-language pathologist who holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (ASHA). Beatrice received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communicative Disorders from the University of Rhode Island and Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Yeshiva University.
Beatrice has extensive background in treating individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She holds a Board-Certified Autism Technician (BCAT) certification from the Behavioral Intervention Certification Council (BICC). Beatrice incorporates her experience and knowledge of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in therapy to address and decrease challenging behaviors. Beatrice runs social groups for children, where she encourages interaction between peers and models language for pragmatic functions. Additionally, Beatrice has experience working in an outpatient clinic setting with children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Beatrice has also worked to address expressive-receptive language disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, cognitive-communication disorders, fluency disorders, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), with both low and high-tech devices. Beatrice is Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT) Level 1 trained and has experience using Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC) to address motor speech disorders, including Apraxia of Speech (AOS). Beatrice received Level 1 Talk Tools Oral Placement Training (OPT) and uses a tactile-proprioceptive teaching approach to improve her patients’ speech clarity and oral skills required for feeding. She enjoys developing goals to create functional means of communication and believes that everyone deserves to have a voice!
Melissa Manning, M.S., CCC-SLP
Melissa Manning, M.S., CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist who received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2017. She received her Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology from William Paterson University in 2021. Before attending graduate school, Melissa was an instructional paraprofessional at a special needs school, where she provided individualized assistance to special needs students aged 3-21 on the Autism spectrum daily in a variety of classroom settings. She mentored her students in the areas of socially appropriate behavior and life skills, and provided assistance in achieving their academic and vocational goals throughout the school year.
As a speech therapist, Melissa has acquired experience in both school and private practice settings, both in person and virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic. Melissa has treated school-age children and young adults with a variety of disorders, including articulation and phonological disorders, receptive, expressive and pragmatic language disorders, fluency disorders, early intervention, and myo-functional disorders.
Melissa believes in creating a learning environment that is not only educational but also fun. She believes in making sure that goals are functional to her clients’ daily lives and always looks for ways to relate what is being taught in her therapy sessions to the outside world. Melissa looks forward to building strong relationships not only with her clients but also their families, and is excited to be given the opportunity to help others grow in their speech and language abilities.
Vivianna Salce M.S. Ed., CCC-SLP
Vivianna is certified as a Speech-Language Pathologist by the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed both in the state of New Jersey and New York. Additionally, she holds a Speech and Language Specialist (SLS) certificate from the New Jersey Department of Education and a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) certificate in the state of New York. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Syracuse University and a Master of Science in Education degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The College of Saint Rose. Vivianna has experience treating children and adults with social communication disorders, fluency disorders, receptive-expressive language disorders, cognitive-communication disorders, voice disorders, and aphasia. She recently completed her Clinical Fellowship (CF) at an Early Intervention Center in the Bronx, NY in August 2022. Vivianna holds a passion for working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and/or developmental delays. She believes in creating a functional and individualized treatment approach which includes proper inclusion of evidence-based practice. Vivianna enjoys doing yoga with her bunny and spending time with her cat.
Samantha Hernandez, CF-SLP
Samantha received her Bachelor of Science degree in Audiology & Speech-Language Sciences and Master of Art degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Northern Colorado. Samantha is also set to receive her Speech-Language Specialist certificate from the New Jersey Board of Education. Samantha is currently completing her clinical fellowship and has a background of working with both children and adults in schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and private practices. She has experience assessing and treating adults with voice disorders, dysphagia, aphasia, Parkinson’s Disease, dementia, head and neck cancer, and Traumatic Brain Injury. Samantha also has experience assessing and treating children with language disorders, articulation/phonology disorders, fluency disorder, autism spectrum disorders, and childhood apraxia of speech, among other disorders.
Jill Benyamine M.S., CCC-SLP
Jill Benyamine is a certified Speech Language Pathologist who is licensed to practice in the state of New Jersey. She graduated with a Master of Science degree from William Paterson University. Jill is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and the New Jersey Speech Hearing Association (NJSHA), and earned the ACE Award for Continuing Education from ASHA in 2021. Her clinical interests include child language acquisition, language development and disorders, and motor speech disorders.
Jill works full time in a public school district in Bergen County, where she works with students with a variety of communication disorders, including articulation, language disorders, and Autism. She has experience in Early Intervention working with clients from birth to age 3, in preschool programs, and with adults with varying degrees of age-related and acquired speech and language disorders, and accent reduction.
Jill is trained in PROMPT, PECS, and has experience using the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol and Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC). She is passionate about working with families, and believes that true progress is made when the whole family is a member of the team.
Jill lives in Oradell with her husband and two amazing daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, swimming, and spending time with her family!
Rachel Zabelka, M.,S., CCC-SLP
Rachel earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders from William Paterson University of New Jersey. She is licensed to practice speech language pathology in the state of New Jersey and has been certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association. Rachel holds a Speech Language Specialist certificate and works in the public school system with grades pre-k through eight. She also has experience providing services to children in the NJ Early Intervention system. Additionally, Rachel has experience assessing and treating children and adults with expressive and receptive language disorders, speech sound disorders, fluency disorders, cognitive communication impairments, autism spectrum disorders, and degenerative conditions. She enjoys working in early childhood and preschool disabled programs and is passionate about empowering young children to become better communicators.
Michaela A. Medved. MA. TSSLD, CCC-SLP ClinScD, PhD
Dr. Michaela A. Medved is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Yeshiva University’s Katz School Science and Health. She completed PhD at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work with a focus on child welfare and her clinical doctorate at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions with her research focus on swallowing disorders in individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. She is a bilingual Russian-English clinician, and has extensive training in evaluating and treating both the adult and pediatric populations with neurological and complex medical conditions and has experience working in a variety of settings including outpatient, private practice, acute care, NICU, and home-health. Dr. Medved has had the opportunity to train clinicians within the United States and internationally on the use of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) and Surface Electromyography (sEMG) for dysphagia intervention
Karen Kovins M.A., CCC-SLP
Karen is a New Jersey licensed speech-language pathologist and is certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). She also holds a certificate from the New Jersey Department of Education as a Speech Language Specialist. Karen received her Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from New York University. She has provided intervention services to children between the ages of 12 months to 13 years with a range of developmental disabilities, including receptive and expressive language disorders, speech sound disorders, cognitive deficits, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. She provided speech therapy in the classroom for preschool-2nd grade students, where the fundamentals of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) were practiced, for 6 years. Her experience also includes working in a clinical setting with a multi-disciplinary team, and in schools with students from preschool-8th grade. Karen has additional training in the PROMPT method, Social Thinking with Michelle Garcia Winner, and is an Orton-Gillingham reading specialist.
Karen loves working with children to make a difference in their lives as well as the lives of their families. She is passionate about helping each child reach their potential, and values the importance of collaborating with the whole family and interdisciplinary team in order to facilitate each child’s growth and development.
Mahchid Namazi, PhD CCC-SLP
Mahchid is an ASHA certified pediatric and multilingual speech language pathologist with 27+ years of clinical experience in various settings. As a clinician, she has been influenced by mentors such as Dr. Barry Prizant, Dr. Amy Wetherby and Dr. Judith Johnston. She practices from a developmental model which is individualized to each person and considers their family and functional environments. Dr. Namazi also teaches, conducts research and other scholarly activity in multilingual and multicultural aspects of Developmental Language Disorder and Autism. She is a professor at a NJ University and teaches doctoral, masters and undergraduate courses in language development, developmental language disorder, bilingual language development, Autism, and research design.
Nancy Minunni M.A., CCC-SLP
Nancy is an ASHA certified NY and NJ licensed Speech Language Pathologist with 25+ years experience working with infants through young adults. Nancy received her B.S. degree from Queens College and Master’s degree from St. John’s University in 1996. She has worked in a variety of settings including schools, clinics, agencies and home based Early Intervention. She has experience and knowledge of teletherapy and in-person services working with individuals who hold a wide range of diagnoses including articulation delay/disorder, receptive/expressive language disorders, autism spectrum disorder, fluency, accent reduction, executive functioning disorders, feeding and voice disorders. Nancy supervises graduate student clinicians at William Paterson University specializing in, but not limited to, evaluation and treatment of Social skills, vocational, and life skill training. Nancy volunteers annually with “Night to Shine”; a prom night experience centered on God’s love, for people with special needs, as well as, at Young Life camp “Capernaum” which gives young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities the chance to grow in their faith through fun activities while building new friendships within a weekly club and/or camp setting.
Sherilyn Morse M.S., CCC-SLP
Sherilyn Morse earned her Master of Science from Boston University and Bachelor of Science from Seton Hall University. Sherilyn is licensed to practice in NJ and holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from ASHA.
Sherilyn has experience across the lifespan and care continuum including hospitals, an intensive cognitive-communication rehabilitation program, skilled nursing facility, independent/assisted living, memory care, outpatient in the home, and schools. Her experience includes working with clients recovering after brain injury and cancer, and those with degenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s, primary progressive aphasia, dementia and ALS. This includes evaluation and treatment of aphasia and disorders of voice, swallowing, motor speech, and cognitive-communication. She has worked with children of all ages to improve communication and language skills, utilizing play-based therapy techniques, structured activities and mindfulness to support their goals.
Sherilyn is certified in Lee Silverman Voice Technique (LSVT). She has completed the Langmore FEES Course, and is certified in the McNeill Dysphagia Therapy Program (MDTP) through the Florida Dysphagia Institute. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners.
Adi Magid M.S., CF-SLP, TSSLD-BE
After a long exciting career as an engineer, serving as a project manager in various telecommunication companies, Adi has decided to follow her true passion – a second career as a speech-language pathologist. In 2022 she graduated from NYU where she completed with clinical excellence a Master of Science in Communicative Sciences & Disorders with a Bilingual Expansion.
Adi is an English-Hebrew bilingual speech-language pathologist. She also holds a Teacher for Students with Speech & Language Disorders (TSSLD) certificate issued by the state of New York. Her areas of special interest include orofacial myology, pragmatic language skills such as social thinking, and gender-affirming voice treatment.
Alexa Beck M.S., CCC-SLP,
Alexa received her Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Massachusetts- Amherst with a degree in Communication Disorders, and received her Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Seton Hall University. Alexa is a certified member of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA), is fully licensed in the state of New Jersey, and holds the Speech and Language Specialist certificate from the New Jersey Department of Education. Alexa has experience working with all populations; however, specializes in the 0-21 population. She has extensive experience in the public school setting, private practice realm, and home health setting. Alexa has evaluated and treated early intervention clients, individuals with expressive-receptive language delays, articulation disorders, AAC individuals, TBIs, voice disorders, phonological processes, pragmatic disorders, and more. In previous settings, Alexa has worked in sensory gyms with Occupational and Physical Therapists, and loves to incorporate sensory and movement into her speech sessions! Alexa is PROMPT level one trained and is currently in the process of receiving an Orton-Gillingham Dyslexia Certification from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Meg Goldberg, M.S., CCC-SLP
Meg Goldberg has been a licensed speech-language pathologist for over 25 years. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Communications. Meg has two Masters degrees from Hunter College, in Education and in Speech-Language Pathology. Meg taught briefly at the Horace Mann School before getting her second masters degree. She did internships at the Hospital for Joint Diseases and Mt. Sinai Hospital in NYC. She began her career as a speech-language pathologist at Bellevue Hospital and the Hospital for Special Surgery, both in Manhattan, working there for 5 years before moving to New Jersey to open her private practice in 1998.
Meg has treated all forms of speech and language disorders, but has a particular interest in working with children on the autism spectrum. She is PROMPT I & II certified, and is also licensed as a Teacher of Speech and Hearing Handicapped.
Meg is married and has 4 children, a dog and 3 cats.
Kristin McFadden M.S., CCC-SLP
Kristin is a Speech-Language Pathologist who holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (ASHA). Kristin received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from Towson University and Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from New York Medical College. Kristin’s experience includes working at a pediatric private practice. She has experience treating speech sound disorders, phonological disorders, expressive and receptive language disorders, autism spectrum disorder, childhood apraxia of speech, and augmentative and alternative communication. Kristin also has experience working in the public schools with students ranging in age from 3-10. She administered speech-language evaluations using a wide variety of standardized tests and informal measures. Kristin enjoys working with children of all ages and disabilities.
Barbara Schmidt M.S., OTR/L
Barbara received her Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy in 1997 from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY, graduating with distinction. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication from the State University of NY at Buffalo. Barbara is a registered member of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT). She is licensed in the states of New York and New Jersey and holds a School Occupational Therapist Certificate from the New Jersey Department of Education. She is also a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association.
Barbara has over 20 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist and has worked with both adult and pediatric populations. She has worked in school-based settings for over 19 years, with students ranging in age from 3 through 21. She has provided Occupational Therapy intervention in specialized schools to address fine and gross motor, visual motor, perceptual motor, neurodevelopmental, motor planning, handwriting, and sensory processing deficits that interfere with students’ functional classroom skills. She has worked with students with various diagnoses including developmental delay, Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down’s Syndrome, and Chromosomal disorders.
MaryElizabeth A. Bischak, MS, OTR/L
Marybeth graduated from Tufts University – Boston School of Occupational Therapy with a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. She is a registered member of the National Board for Certification In Occupational Therapy, Inc. She is also member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). She is licensed in the state of New Jersey and also holds a School Occupational Therapist certificate from the New Jersey Department of Education.
Marybeth’s experience includes working in both public schools and early intervention. She has worked to address learning, sensory processing, motor planning, gross motor, fine motor, visual motor, handwriting, and visual perceptual deficits in children with a variety of diagnosis including Autism, Down Syndrome, Developmental Delay, Sensory Processing Disorder, and Cerebral Palsy. She has training in the Handwriting Without Tears program as well as Radiant Child Yoga.
Maggie Brown MS, OTR/L
Maggie Brown received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2021 from Dominican University, Orangeburg, NY. She received the Dominican Spirit Award for demonstrating leadership, honor, and empathy. Maggie also holds the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts from William Paterson University. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and a registered member of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT). Maggie is licensed in both New Jersey and New York state.
Before attaining her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, Maggie worked with the pediatric population for fifteen years. She worked as a teacher’s assistant for the Valley Program Demarest School District. While working for the Valley Program, she worked with children from pre-K to fifth grade who had autism and other developmental disabilities. She has extensive training in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). Maggie became the lead teacher’s assistant, allowing her to collaborate with the teachers, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and physical therapists. Maggie established measurable goals for students, monitored/tracked each child’s progress, and shared results with other team members and parents.
Maggie also worked as a Developmental Interventionist for an early intervention program in New Jersey, collaborating with parents and caregivers to best aid each child in reaching their potential. She has guided parents and caregivers in behavioral management and implemented occupational therapy techniques. She also provided occupational therapy services for a charter school in New Jersey and helped Spanish-speaking families better understand their children’s treatment plans. Maggie loves working with children and their families to better aid them throughout their journey.
Vidya Vidyasagarrajan M.A., OTR/L
Vidya earned her Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Saveetha University in India in 2005 and later completed her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at NYU in 2017. She holds registration with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT), and is a licensed practitioner in the state of New Jersey. Additionally, she possesses a School Occupational Therapist Certificate issued by the New Jersey Department of Education.
With extensive experience in both private and public-school settings, Vidya has worked extensively with children having various disabilities. Her expertise encompasses addressing challenges related to learning, sensory processing, motor planning, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, visual motor integration, handwriting, and visual perceptual abilities. She has successfully aided children diagnosed with conditions including Autism, Down Syndrome, Developmental Delay, and Sensory Processing Disorder.
She believes in engaging the child at their level to foster growth and skill development through making therapy fun and play based. She focuses on identifying the child’s strengths and skills as she believes children’s potential derives from their strengths, and not defined by their diagnoses. This approach paves the way for creating an individualized plan, fostering collaborative efforts with parents and professionals as a team, ultimately ensuring the finest possible assistance for each child’s developmental journey.