Staff

Julia Chernova M.A., CCC-SLP

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, articulation and phonological disorders, apraxia, auditory processing, social pragmatic language, fluency disorders, stuttering and feeding/swallowing disorders and language impairments. Julia is currently receiving 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 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. 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.  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.

Lauren Hoey M.S., CCC-SLP

Lauren graduated Kean University with a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Speech and Hearing and Molloy College with a Master’s Degree of Science in Speech Language Pathology. She is a certified member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association and is licensed in the state of New Jersey. She also holds a Speech Language Specialist certificate from the New Jersey Department of Education. Lauren has received the ASHA Award for Continuing Education (ACE) and is certified in VitalStim© Therapy, as well as Lee Silverman Voice Therapy© (LSVT).

Lauren’s experience includes working in public schools, private practice, rehabilitation and long-term care facilities, and out-patient rehab. She enjoys working with both the pediatric and geriatric populations, who difficulties may include articulation/phonology, aphasia, apraxia, dysarthria, and feeding/swallowing disorders. Lauren provides individualized treatment to each client to ensure their needs are met.

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.

Kristen Bondarenko M.S., CCC-SLP

Kristen graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences. She attended William Paterson University of New Jersey where she earned her Masters of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Kristen 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. Kristen is Level 1 trained in PROMPT Therapy.

Kristen’s experience includes working in public schools with students ranging in age from 3 through middle school, who difficulties may include articulation/ phonology, fluency, expressive/receptive language disorders, and/or pragmatic disorders.

Theresa Arlotta M.S., CCC-SLP

Theresa holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders as well as a minor in Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University. She received her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Seton Hall University.

Theresa is PROMPT Level 1 trained. She has experience with both children and adults and has worked with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, Specific Learning Disability, physical disabilities, cognitive deficits, fluency disorders, articulation deficits and pragmatic/social language difficulties. Theresa has also worked with adults who have experienced stroke, dementia, facial weakness/paralysis, swallowing deficits , aphasia, and cognitive impairment. Theresa has experience working in outpatient/private practice setting, public school districts in telepractice settings.

Theresa holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association. She also  holds a New Jersey License for Speech Language Pathology as well as a Speech Language  Specialist Certification from the New Jersey Department of Education. Theresa holds her Pennsylvania, Arizona, Nebraska, and Maine Licenses for Speech Language Pathology.

Stephanie Jurkovic M.S., CCC-SLP

Stephanie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences with a concentration in Communication Disorders at Stockton University. She then continued her studies at Stockton to earn her Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders. Stephanie is a certified member of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA), fully licensed in the state of New Jersey, and holds her Speech Language Specialist certificate from the New Jersey Department of Education. Stephanie is also a member of the New Jersey Speech Language Hearing Association.

Stephanie has experience working in the public and private school setting. She also worked clinically within the private practice setting with clients across the lifespan. Stephanie has experience with students who present with articulation/phonology difficulties, fluency disorders, receptive/expressive language disorders, auditory processing difficulties, and pragmatic disorders. She has gained exposure working with clients diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Prader-Willi Syndrome, ADHD, Apraxia of Speech, Specific Learning Disability, and others. Stephanie has experience with various Augmentative and Alternative Communication high and low tech programs.

Amy Marlin M.S., CCC-SLP

Amy graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Psychology.  She attended Hunter College of The City University of New York, where she earned her Masters of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology.  Amy holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association.  She is fully licensed in the states of New Jersey and New York, and holds the Speech and Language Specialist certificate from the New Jersey Department of Education.   Amy has specialized training in PROMPT Levels 1 & 2, Oral-Placement Disorders, Applied Behavioral Analysis, Beckman Techniques, and is a registered Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile (MBSImP) Clinician.

Amy has provided speech therapy services and evaluations while working in private practice, public schools and early intervention.  She has worked to address receptive and expressive language delays, articulation deficits, feeding /swallowing disorders, pragmatic language issues, and the use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices.  She develops treatment plans that focus on the child’s individual learning style while working with parents and caregivers as active participants in the therapy process.

Kathryn Fuentes M.A., CF-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.

Abigail Cohen M.A., CF-SLP

Abigail is currently a clinical fellow who graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor in Linguistics. She received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Montclair State University. She also has her speech language specialist certification from the New Jersey Department of Education.

Abigail has evaluated and provided individualized treatment to children with a wide spectrum of disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Articulation Disorder, receptive/expressive language delay, and Auditory Processing Disorder. She has experience in the school setting, as well as in the outpatient rehabilitation hospital setting, evaluating and treating adolescents and adults with cognitive-communication disorders, aphasia, motor speech disorders, and dysphagia. She also has extensive research experience in the areas of aphasia, stuttering, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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.

Meagan Koch, MS, OTR/L

Meagan received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Kean University in 2019. Previously, she graduated from The College of New Jersey with a Bachelor’s degree in health and exercise science with a minor in psychology. She is a registered member of the National Board for Certification In Occupational Therapy, Inc. and is a member of both the American Occupational Therapy Association and the New Jersey Occupational Therapy Association. She is licensed in the state of New Jersey and also holds a School Occupational Therapist certificate from the New Jersey Department of Education.

During her time at Kean, Meagan completed a pediatric internship at Trinitas Children’s Therapy Services working with children in both schools and the outpatient clinic. While at Trinitas, Meagan worked with children with autism spectrum disorder, developmental delay, attention deficit disorder, and apraxia. She has worked to address sensory processing, motor planning, gross motor, fine motor, visual motor, visual perceptual, and handwriting deficits. Meagan also completed an internship at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in inpatient neurology.

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