Therapy Services for Speech and Language Disorders
11-26 Saddle River Road, Fairlawn NJ

Staff

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.

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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.

 

Amanda Sargenti M.S., CCC-SLP

Amanda Sargenti is a licensed Speech and Language Therapist through the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA), the state of New Jersey and through the New Jersey Department of Education. Amanda worked for a local school district with students from preschool-high school, specializing in working with preschool-6th grade students with expressive, receptive, and pragmatic language disorders, as well as fluency and articulation disorders, for 10 years. Amanda also has experience working in Early Intervention and at private clinics running weekly social groups for clients in preschool-middle school in addition to treating clients. Amanda is also a supervisor at William Paterson University Speech and Hearing Clinic, specializing in teaching graduate students how to conduct evaluations. In her free time, Amanda enjoys coaching fitness classes and sports. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 toddlers and 2 dogs.

Jennifer Savitsky M.A., CCC-SLP

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: 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 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.

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.

Lauren 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!
 

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.

Johanna Stadtmauer, M.S., CCC-SLP, TSSLD

Johanna graduated from New York University in 2019 with a masters in Communicative Sciences and Disorders. In addition to receiving an Award for Academic Excellence, Johanna served as head of research collection at NYU’s Bilingual Language and Literacy Investigative and Networking Group (BLLING). Johanna is a certified speech-language pathologist in New York and New Jersey. She currently works in the New York City public school system with students in Pre-K through eighth grade who present with a variety of special needs, such as learning disabilities, autism, Down Syndrome and other developmental delays and disorders.

Johanna’s passion and specialty is working with the early childhood population. Prior to becoming a speech therapist, Johanna worked at an Upper East Side School as an early childhood assistant teacher. She has also been a Hebrew language tutor. Johanna is fluent in English, Hebrew, and French.

Johanna completed her graduate internship at the Bank Street Family Center as well as in a private practice clinic. Johanna also interned at Terrence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center where she provided individual and group speech and language therapy for individuals with Huntington’s Disease. Johanna’s second adult placement was at the inpatient rehabilitation unit at Mount Sinai Hospital where she conducted comprehensive speech, language, and swallowing assessments and intervention to adult patients with brain and/or spinal cord injuries. Johanna recently became Feed the Peds (FTP) trained and PROMPT-trained. During her free time, Johanna loves to cook new recipes, travel, listen to music, and dance!

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 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, motor speech 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!

Grace Lee, M.S.,  CCC-SLP

Grace Lee graduated from University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Science and Mercy College with a Master’s degree in Communication Disorders. Grace 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 (SLS) certificate from the New Jersey Department of Education to work in the public schools. She has assessed and treated clients with a variety of communication disorders across the lifespan in both clinical and school settings. Her experience includes, but is not limited to: expressive and receptive language disorders, speech sound disorders, autism spectrum disorders, fluency, childhood apraxia of speech, and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Grace values the importance of cultivating a motivating and interactive environment to promote learning and growth in the areas of speech and language. Her clinical expertise is rooted in evidence-based practice and family-centered care/education to ensure success both inside and outside the therapy room.

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.

Megan Lee-Fittizzi, MS, OTR/L

Megan received a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Kean University. She completed her undergraduate studies at Hawai’i Pacific University with a degree in Psychology. She is a registered member of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. and is licensed in the state of New Jersey. She is a certified DIR Floortime practitioner.

Megan’s journey to becoming an OT started in 2010 as an undergraduate volunteer for a special needs school in Honolulu, HI. It was there she discovered her passion for working with neuro-diverse children. She completed her graduate Level 2 Fieldwork at JFK Hospital where she received supervision in various pediatric settings: outpatient, special needs school, early intervention, and aquatic therapy. Since becoming an OT, Megan has continued her work in private outpatient clinics and early intervention. She has worked with a variety of diagnoses such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, chromosomal disorders, and developmental delays. Megan believes the best care can be provided with strong collaboration with other professionals as well as building a strong relationship with the child and family

 

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