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, auditory processing, social pragmatic language, fluency disorders, stuttering and feeding/swallowing disorders and language impairments. 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 graduated Montclair State University with a Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology. Julia is an English-Russian bilingual speech-language pathologist. She is a certified member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association and the American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology with dual speech-language licensure from the states of New York and New Jersey. She also holds a Speech Language Specialist certificate from the New Jersey Department of Education. Julia is currently a clinical supervisor for students at Yeshiva University. She also worked as an adjunct professor and clinical supervisor for students at KEAN university for the Department of Speech Language Pathology. She helped develop and instructed a class in Later Language Development.
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.
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.
Andrew Christler MBA, MA., CCC-SLP
Andrew Christler has been an internationally respected medical speech-language pathologist for the better part of 2 decades and holds varying degrees and experiences from all over the world. Currently, Andrew is the clinical director at Yeshiva University. He has been using telepractice to reach patient’s globally for over a decade and teaches others how to do the same. He earned his master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Wayne State University and an MBA with a concentration in healthcare economics and administration from the University of Cincinnati. He authored and published the book The Voice Ball Protocol in 2018. He travels the globe as a sought after lecturer/instructor in the areas of voice disorders, transgender voice, telemedicine, GERD/reflux and swallowing disorders. Andrew is an advanced clinician using endoscopy and FEES as diagnostic and biofeedback tools for GERD. He uses his business and dysphagia expertise to establish new FEES programs across the country and the world.
Leah Finnegan M.S., CCC-SLP
Leah graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor’s in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences. She attended Molloy College where she earned her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Leah 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. Leah is Level 1 trained in PROMPT Therapy and the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). Leah has training and experience with Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) users.
Leah has a comprehensive background in treating children and adults with autism and is a Registered Behavior Technician from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). She incorporates her knowledge and experience of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in therapy to address and decrease challenging behaviors in children and adults. Leah’s other areas of experience include feeding and swallowing disorders in the pediatric and geriatric populations.
Jennifer Savitsky M.A., CCC-SLP
As a New Jersey licensed speech-language pathologist, Jennifer has enjoyed serving individuals across the life span from 2 to 102. She has worked in pediatric clinics, private schools serving individuals with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, subacute rehabilitation facilities, and adult outpatient facilities. Special areas of clinical interest include: childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), articulation and phonological speech sound disorders, language impairment, 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: the PROMPT method (Levels 1 and 2 trained), Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), 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 has training in the treatment of orofacial myofunctional disorders and is a member of the Interntional 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.
Briana Popolo M.S., CCC-SLP
Briana graduated from William Paterson University with a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology. She holds a New Jersey state license, a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), and a Speech Language Specialist certificate from the New Jersey Department of Education. Briana has experience working in public schools with students ranging from 3-21. Briana has worked closely with members of the child study team to implement communication strategies into behavior intervention plans for maladaptive behaviors. Briana also has experience in outpatient facilities focused on treating aphasia, traumatic brain injuries and dementia.
Special areas of interest include: Articulation/Phonological disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, social skills, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, functional communication and Receptive/Expressive Language Disorders.
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!
Kathryn Fuentes M.A., CCC-SLP
Kathryn is currently a clinical fellow who graduated from the College of New Jersey with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in communication disorders. She received her Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Montclair State University. She also has her speech language specialist certification from the New Jersey Department of Education.
Kathryn has experience in outpatient pediatric hospitals working with children who presented with a variety of comorbid disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD. She has experience evaluating and treating these children for expressive, receptive language disorders, fluency disorders, and articulation disorders. Kathryn also has experience at inpatient rehabilitation centers: evaluating and treating adults with receptive and expressive language, motor speech, dysphagia, and cognitive communicating disorders. Kathryn enjoys working with children to help them gain confidence in their communication abilities and reach their full potential, and enjoys working with adults to help them rehabilitate their skills.
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
Kathryn Milewski M.A., CCC-SLP
Kathryn graduated from The College of New Jersey with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and minors in Japanese and International Studies. She received her Master of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Montclair State University. She also holds a speech-language specialist certificate to work in NJ public schools.
Kathryn has experience treating children in a public school setting with expressive/receptive language disorders, motor speech disorders, articulation/phonological disorders, social communication disorders, auditory processing disorders, and fluency disorders. She also has experience working in an acute inpatient rehabilitation setting to address traumatic brain injuries, aphasia, motor speech disorders, dementia, cognitive-communication disorders, and dysphagia. Kathryn particularly loves working with children to help them develop effective communication skills in order to fully express themselves, be understood by others, and succeed in all aspects of their lives. She also enjoys working with adults to enhance their communication skills or restore communication skills that were negatively impacted by stroke, brain injury, and other causes.
Sara Negahban M.S. Ed., CCC-SLP
Sara graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology & Business Essentials and from The College of Saint Rose with a Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders. She is certified as a speech-language pathologist by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is licensed in the states of NJ & NY. Sara has well-rounded experience evaluating and treating communication & feeding disorders, with diagnoses including, autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, apraxia, aphasia, speech-sound disorders, and language delays. She values holistic treatment approaches, with specific emphasis on activity & participation in daily life, in addition to cultural preferences. Sara is also certified in the Pyramid Model Consortium, focused on social-emotional competence in infants & young children, based on principles of behavioral intervention. She thoroughly enjoys supporting clients through a positive therapeutic approach.
Michelle Rubinov M.A., CCC-SLP
Michelle Rubinov graduated from St. John’s University with both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Communication Science and Disorders. She is a certified member of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed in the State of New York and New Jersey. Michelle is a bilingual Russian speaking SLP.
Michelle has experience working in public and private schools providing services to individuals with various disorders. She has worked to address Articulation/Phonological Disorders, Expressive/ Receptive Language Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and pediatric feeding disorders. Michelle specializes in feeding difficulties and is a certified feeding specialist. She is passionate about creating long-term developmental and mealtime success for her patients. Her passion for feeding stems from personal feeding difficulties, taking additional courses in pediatric feeding, working with individuals with feeding difficulties, and participating in volunteer opportunities in Guatemala as a feeding specialist. Michelle continues to educate herself in ongoing research and treatment methods and is currently working on obtaining her IBCLC certification. When she isn’t studying or working, Michelle enjoys spending time with friends and family. She also trains in aerial sports.
Beatrice Zdorovyak, M.S., CF-SLP
Beatrice is an English-Russian bilingual clinical fellow (CF) who graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders. She received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Yeshiva University.
Beatrice has extensive background in treating individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. 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. Additionally, Beatrice has experience working in an outpatient clinic setting with children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She has also worked to address social communication disorders, cognitive-communication disorders, fluency disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, expressive/receptive language disorders, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), with both low and high-tech devices. She enjoys developing goals to create functional means of communication and believes that everyone deserves to have a voice!
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.