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Our Mission

Located in Northern New Jersey, Montclair Speech Therapy is a family friendly practice that provides services for infants, children, adults and seniors. We stay current in our evolving industry and use treatment approaches that support evidence-based practices, ensuring patients achieve function, strength and independence.

Founded by licensed SLP Lori Caplan‐Colon, is to provide inclusive, research-based therapies that serves the unique needs of individuals across the lifespan. We offer creativity, support, applied learning and skill, camaraderie and compassion as we meet our clients at the start of the therapeutic process. Through custom care plans, we meet each patient’s needs uniquely, supporting and enhancing the lives of parents, children and adults facing overwhelming challenges. Together, we help them reach their goals and celebrate all successes along the way.


Speech Language Pathologist | Lori Caplan-Colon

About Lori Caplan-Colon, M.S. CCC-SLP

Lori Caplan-Colon is a NJ state licensed, ASHA certified Speech-language pathologist with over 18 years of clinical experience. She obtained her BS in Speech Pathology/Audiology from Ithaca College, NY. She earned her Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professionals.

Lori Caplan-Colon traveled throughout New Jersey attending to her clients’ and their family’s needs at the onset of her practice. She began a private, home practice as her family grew. Having outgrown her home, the first professional office space opened in a historic bank, Vault 491, in downtown Montclair, 2015. A second, fully staffed Caldwell office followed three years later. Clients include individuals of all ages and ability levels.

Lori Caplan-Colon is committed to ongoing development and proficiency in the skills of both her staff as well as herself. She has extensive background in areas of oral motor and feeding dysfunction. She is trained to use PROMPT (Prompts for restructuring oral/muscular Phonetic Targets.) She is trained through Level 3 in Talk Tools and is proficient in SOS; The Sequential Oral Sensory Feeding Approach. Lori Caplan-Colon enjoys success working in the area of tethered oral tissues and in working with picky eaters. She is a two-time ACE (Award for Continuing Education) Award recipient. She has completed a yearlong program at New York Medical College, achieving an advanced degree in Pediatric Dysphagia. This fall she will embark on a new journey in IAOM, which is the tract to Orofacial Myology Certification.

Lori Caplan-Colon has reviewed product proposals for Plural publishing.

Montclair Speech Therapy employs a wide variety of research-based techniques. These are tailored to meet the needs of each client and their family. This multi-dimensional, patient-centered approach includes play therapy, facilitative language environments and family centered training. Treatment goals focus on improving both the client’s skills and abilities, as well as their confidence. We aim to make everyday interactions and experiences stress-free and pleasurable.

Lori Caplan-Colon’s Memberships & Awards

PROMPT Trained

Beckman Oral Motor Trained 2018

Talk Tools Level 3 2018

ACE Award – 4 Time Award Winner

The award for continuing education (ACE) is a formal recognition of professionals who have demonstrated their commitment to lifelong learning by earning over 70 contact hours in a 36-month period.

2015 Autism Speaks Fundraiser

Autism Speaks Silver Supporter at New York City Walk.

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Meet Our Team of Speech Language Pathologists


Speech Language Pathologist | Alyssa Golden

About Alyssa Golden, M.S. CCC-SLP

Alyssa is a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP), licensed in the state of NJ and a certified member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). During her 10 years working as an SLP in private and public schools she has developed a specialty for working with non-speaking children with Autism, individuals with impaired speech intelligibility and individuals with complex communication needs.

She has obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Science from The George Washington University (2009), a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (2011) and a Master’s of Science in Communication Disorders from The William Paterson University (2013), as well as a Graduate Certificate in Assistive Technology from The Bowling Green State University (2021).

Alyssa is DIR:Floortime Trained, ABA Trained, PROMPT Trained, and speaks conversational Spanish. She has been trained to complete Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) Evaluations and to incorporate AAC into high-quality habilitative and rehabilitative speech and language therapy. She has extensive knowledge of a broad range of AAC Devices (low and high-tech) and communication applications including Proloquo2Go, TouchChat, CoughDrop, and TDSnap. Alyssa’s approach to therapy is play-based and person and family-centered. It focuses on achieving communicative competence while prioritizing personal autonomy, agency and fostering a warm community of multimodal communicators.


Speech Language Pathologist | Catherine Solimini

About Catherine Solimini, M.S. CCC-SLP

Catherine is a Speech-Language Pathology Clinical Fellow licensed in the state of New Jersey. Catherine obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary/Special Education from Seton Hall University in 2020 and her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Seton Hall University in 2022.

During her clinical experiences and graduate studies, Catherine has had the opportunity to evaluate and treat patients across the lifespan in private practice, acute rehabilitation, and school settings. In private practice and school settings, she provided evaluation and treatment for a variety of caseloads including expressive/receptive language, articulation, pragmatics/social skills, fluency, apraxia of speech, auditory processing, phonological disorders, AAC, and feeding/swallowing disorders. Catherine also has experience working with medically fragile children with various developmental disabilities. In an acute rehabilitation setting, Catherine has evaluated and treated adults/geriatrics in speech and language, swallowing, cognitive communication, motor speech, and voice. Throughout her clinical experiences, she has had the opportunity to collaborate closely with physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurses, aides, and classroom teachers to provide exceptional services to clients.

Catherine is passionate about providing treatment that is multi-sensory, individualized, and meaningful while implementing evidence-based practice to provide optimal services to all clients.


Speech Language Pathologist | Christie Arnhols

About Christie Arnhols, M.S. CCC-SLP

Christie Arnhols is a NJ and NY state licensed, ASHA certified speech language pathologist. She attended Ithaca college in NY for her undergrad and received a BS in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. Christie then attended Montclair State University in NJ and received her MA in Communication Science Disorders in 2013.

Christie has experience with a variety of diagnoses across the lifespan in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Christie has interest in the areas of feeding/dysphagia, fluency, and early childhood language development. She believes that parent and family education are key throughout the therapy process. Additionally, she believes that co-treatment and collaboration within and across disciplines is beneficial for the client, family, and therapists. Christie holds certifications for SOS feeding, SOFFI method, VitalStim, MBSiMP, PECS, OPT-Level 1 and LSVT. Christie has received the ASHA ACE award twice.


Speech Language Pathologist | Desiree D’Agostino

About Desiree D’Agostino, M.S.Ed. CCC-SLP

Desiree is a Speech Language Pathologist licensed in the state of New Jersey. She is a certified member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey (2011) and completed her Master’s of Science in Education in Communication Sciences and Disorders at The College of Saint Rose (2015).

During her graduate studies, she was exposed to many types of therapies and age groups including transgender (male to female), adult communication groups, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) in an adult day-hab facility, Stuttering therapy, and more. She has worked for 5 years in a school setting working with children ranging from pre-school through high school aged, most diagnosed with Autism. Desiree has been a part of child study teams for many years and has ample experience collaborating with the multidisciplinary team, such as occupational therapists, physical therapists, behaviorists, psychologists, learning consultants, and teachers.

Desiree is known to implement fun, multi-sensory therapeutic play-based interventions, while utilizing technology in order to facilitate meaningful and memorable sessions to help promote speech and language in a variety of ways.


Speech Language Pathologist | Dylan Kelczewski

About Dylan Kelczewski, M.S. CF-SLP

Dylan is a licensed Speech-Language Pathology Clinical Fellow in the state of New Jersey. Dylan earned her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from James Madison University in 2019, and her Master of Science in Communication Disorders and Sciences-Speech Language Pathology from William Paterson University in 2022.

Throughout her clinical experience and graduate studies, Dylan has treated and evaluated patients with a variety of speech, language, and swallowing disorders across the lifespan in university clinic, outpatient hospital, and school settings. She has worked with children with, including but not limited to expressive and receptive language disorders/delays, speech sound disorders, feeding and swallowing disorders, ADHD, ASD, Cerebral Palsy, and Down Syndrome. In addition, she has worked with adult and geriatric clients with communication difficulties and swallowing disorders, secondary to stroke and brain injury.

Dylan appreciates a client-centered approach to speech therapy, and is trained in Hanen strategies, and SOS feeding. In addition, she is knowledgeable with a variety of AAC communication methods, including picture exchange communication system (PECS), communication boards, infant signing, and electronic voice output devices. Furthermore, Dylan tailors her approach to each individual client to best meet their needs, as well as involve families/caregivers to the extent possible to promote carryover of skills. She enjoys establishing fun, multi-sensory therapeutic play-based interventions to encourage speech, language, and diet expansion. Dylan’s interests include: dancing, hiking, yoga, and spending time with her loved ones.


Speech Language Pathologist | Francesca Ilardi

About Francesca Ilardi, Clinical Supervisor, M.A. CCC-SLP

Francesca is a Speech-Language Pathologist licensed in the state of NJ and a certified member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Linguistics from Rutgers University in 2015 and her Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Montclair State University in 2018. Francesca is an English-Italian bilingual speaker.

Throughout her clinical experience, Francesca has evaluated and treated a variety of speech and language disorders across the lifespan. She has worked with children including but not limited to expressive and receptive language delays, speech sound disorders, executive functioning disorders, ADHD, and ASD. She has also served adult and geriatric clients with communication difficulties, voice disorders, and swallowing deficits secondary to stroke, brain injury, dementia, and head and neck cancer.

It was in Francesca’s post-graduate experience that she became most passionate working with the pediatric population, helping little ones express themselves and improve speech clarity. During her time at MST, Francesca has developed a special interest in pediatric feeding and oral motor-based speech disorders. Francesca is honing her skills in the area of oral-motor dysfunction for speech and feeding and expanding the diets of toddlers and children with oral-motor and/or sensory feeding challenges. She is trained in PROMPT, Talk Tools (Level 1), and the Sequential-Oral-Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding. Francesca uses a playful, multi-sensory approach to help children develop a positive relationship with food and offers parent training to improve family mealtime and set up child and parent for success at home.

Francesca values the importance of a fun, interactive environment to promote language, learning and diet expansion. She aligns her treatment style to fit the needs of the client and family. Francesca’s interests include running, hiking, cooking, and, most of all, having fun with her two nephews.


Occupational Therapist | Gloria Norton

About Gloria Norton, OTR/L

Gloria Norton is a licensed and registered occupational therapist in the state of New Jersey. She graduated from New York University with her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with a minor in child & adolescent mental health. She obtained her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from East Carolina University.

Gloria has pediatric experience in school-based therapy, early intervention, and in the outpatient clinic setting with children of all ages with a variety of diagnoses and developmental delays. At NYU, Gloria conducted an independent research project on early childhood development to assess how parents teach fine motor skills to their children and to determine the most effective method to support learning. She is educated on the DIR Floor time model of therapy, which she primarily utilizes during therapy sessions to support learning and development through play. Gloria is a fluent Spanish speaker who treats all clients with kindness, respect, and understanding.


Speech Language Pathologist | Heather Grimaldi

About Heather Grimaldi, M. S. CCC-SLP

Heather is a licensed Speech-Language Pathology Clinical Fellow in the state of New Jersey. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Childhood and Early Adolescent Education at The Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology at Kean University. Prior to graduate school, Heather worked as an Early Kindergarten teacher at a private school in New Jersey.

Over the course of her graduate studies, Heather gained experience assessing and treating clients with a variety of communication disorders in both clinical and school settings. In the school setting, she treated kindergarten through 5th grade students with diagnoses including autism spectrum disorder (ASD), communication impaired and articulation/phonological disorders. She also gained extensive knowledge in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices such as Proloquo2Go and GoTalk Now. During her time in the outpatient rehabilitation setting, Heather evaluated and treated a diverse caseload ranging from ages 18 months to 18 years including receptive-expressive language disorders, ASD, cleft lip and/or palate, articulation and phonological disorders, and stuttering.

Heather values the importance of a motivating, interactive and fun environment to promote language and learning. She is passionate about helping others communicate their wants, needs and opinions to the world. Her clinical expertise is rooted in evidenced-based practice and patient/family centered care to ensure success inside and outside of the therapy room. Heather’s interests include hiking, reading, cooking and enjoy quality time with friends and family.


Speech Language Pathologist | James Hunter

About James Hunter, M. A. CF-SLP

James is a licensed Clinical Fellow in the state of New Jersey. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Pathology with a Minor in Deaf Studies at The College of New Jersey in 2019 and a Master of Arts in Speech Language Pathology at Kean University in 2022. He proudly approaches his work with respect for the individuals he is supporting, their families, and communities.

Throughout his academic career, James has worked with children with language, articulation, phonology, receptive and expressive language, and feeding disorders and adults coping with the immediate and long-term effects of stroke, TBI, aphasia, and cognitive disorders.


Behavioral Technician | Kelly Panagiotopoulos

About Kelly Panagiotopoulos, Behavior Technician

Kelly is a Behavior Technician who provides Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy to individuals with Autism and other developmental disabilities in the home capacity or in the clinic capacity.

Kelly graduated from County College of Morris and William Paterson University with a degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice and a minor in Political Science. Kelly is currently pursuing her Master’s at Arizona State University in Special Education (Applied Behavioral Analysis). Kelly has the background of working with clients providing in-home, clinically and in-school settings where she began her career in ABA.

Kelly has crisis prevention intervention training, handle with care training and is CPR certified. She has had the experience of working with other professionals in the field such as physical therapists, speech therapists and occupational therapists. She loves thinking outside the box and finding the best ways to help the clients she works with more independent and have more fun! Kelly has had the experience working with all ages from 2-20 years of age. She is excited to continue furthering her education and experience in the ABA field.


Occupational Therapist | Kelly Shimabukuro

About Kelly Shimabukuro, OTR/L

Kelly Shimabukuro is a licensed and registered occupational therapist in New Jersey and New York. She is certified by the NJ and NY Department of Education as a school-based occupational therapist. She graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with an Education minor. She then attended Seton Hall University where she received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2021.

Kelly has had the opportunity to work with children of varying ages and diagnoses across all their environments – home, school, and community. She has worked in early intervention, an outpatient clinic, and as a school-based occupational therapist. Kelly is also fluent in Spanish. During her graduate studies, Kelly has also had the opportunity to work with the adult population in a cognitive rehabilitation program. Within the cognitive rehabilitation program, Kelly focused on closing the gap on language barriers affecting progress in therapy by providing the program with a library of translated activities/resources for Spanish speaking clients to ensure carry over of strategies/exercises.

She has a passion for making therapy fun while still achieving goals. She believes that in order to be successful in therapy, it is important to listen to the child’s wants/needs and incorporate them as much as possible when planning activities. A strong relationship with each child helps build confidence and increase their motivation to improve the skills needed to be more independent in their everyday routines.


Speech Language Pathologist | Monica Christian

About Monica R. Christian, M. S. CCC-SLP

Monica R. Christian, graduated summa cum laude from Syracuse University with her Bachelors’ of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and with her Masters’ of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Arizona.

Undergraduate and graduate research interests and theses projects included assessment of motor speech production with chronic trach/vent patients, voice hygiene, swallowing following radiation treatment in head and neck cancer patients, changes in cognition in Parkinson patients following deep brain stimulation, and neurological correlates for spontaneous language production using positron emission tomography (PET).

Monica is New Jersey licensed and certified Speech Language Pathologist, with over 10 years of experience in evaluation and treatment of children and adults presenting with speech, language, and cognitive disorders due to neurological, developmental, and acquired diagnoses in a variety of different settings including outpatient rehabilitation facilities, home care, early intervention, hospitals, skilled nursing/subacute facilities, and in private practice.

Monica has administrative and supervisory experience, working collaboratively with other licensed professionals and physicians to provide comprehensive care for patients and their families. She has also provided clinical support and supervision to clinical fellows and graduate students within community-based treatment centers and in on campus clinical settings.

Monica is a member of the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association with participation in special interest division, Neurogenic Communication Disorders. She is PROMPT, LSVT trained and Hanen certified.


Speech Language Pathologist | Neli Vorobyov

About Neli Vorobyov, M.S. CF-SLP

Neli is a licensed Speech-Language Pathology Clinical Fellow in the State of New Jersey. Neli earned her BA in Psychology from Binghamton University and her MS in Communication Disorders from William Paterson University. Neli is an English-Russian bilingual speaker.

Neli’s former clinical experiences include working with individuals across the lifespan in university clinic, school, and outpatient hospital settings. Neli has evaluated and treated both children and adults with a variety of speech, language, cognitive, fluency, voice, and swallowing disorders. Additionally, she has supported the expansion of her clients’ communication through the use of AAC devices, such as low-tech communication books, Proloquo2Go, and Lingraphica. Neli is a certified SPEAK OUT! & LOUD Crowd provider. She is passionate about empowering individuals with Parkinson’s disease to speak and live with INTENT! Neli also holds MoCA (Montreal Cognitive Assessment) certification.

Neli strongly believes that therapy is successful when it is functional, meaningful, and client-driven. Therefore, Neli embraces a team approach to intervention, where the clinician, client, and family collaborate throughout the course of treatment towards goals formulated together. In her clinical experience, Neli has found that skills developed in the therapy room become impactful in one’s daily life when clients are motivated and take ownership of their progress. To increase motivation and responsibility, Neli emphasizes client education as early as the initial evaluation, so that clients engage in therapy with an understanding of how their actions are leading them towards the accomplishment of their goals.


Speech Language Pathologist | Nicole Makowski

About Nicole Makowski, M.S. CCC-SLP

Nicole is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in the state of New Jersey.
She graduated cum laude from Towson University with her Bachelors’ of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Nicole completed her Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders at Stockton University in 2016. She is a certified member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA).

Throughout her undergraduate and graduate studies, Nicole has clinician experience working with both the pediatric and geriatric populations in the medical setting. Post graduate work, Nicole gained extensive experience working with the medically fragile pediatric population with a variety of speech, language, genetic, and swallowing disorders. She has worked in both the private practice and children’s hospital outpatient/inpatient settings. She has ample experience collaborating with the multidisciplinary team, such as occupational therapists, physical therapists, behaviorists, pediatricians, psychologists, and teachers.

Nicole is knowledgeable with a variety of AAC communication methods, including infant sign language, picture exchange systems, communication boards, and electronic voice output devices. She has attended continuing education courses to refine her knowledge regarding the Kaufman Method for children with apraxia, play based early intervention, fluency of speech, social skills curriculum, and behavioral/sensory feeding approaches.

Nicole is devoted to implement fun, multi-sensory therapeutic play-based intervention into each and every session to make a positive impact on her client’s everyday lives.


Speech Language Pathologist | Nikki Perez

About Nikki Perez, MOTR/L Clinical Supervisor of OT

Nikki Perez is a Licensed and Registered Occupational Therapist in the state of New Jersey.
She attended Quinnipiac University in Connecticut where she received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in 2007 and went on to achieve her Masters of Occupational Therapy.

Nikki has worked in pediatrics for 13 years, employed primarily in outpatient hospital and private practice where she has collaborated with disciplines such as speech-language pathologists, physical therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, and behaviorists. She also has experience working in early intervention and in a school setting specifically designed for children with disabilities.

She has been trained in the Alert Program and certified in The Listening Program as well as a Fieldwork Educator collaborating with various universities. Nikki has attended continuing education courses to further her knowledge in relation to sensory-based modalities, Torticollis, physical agent modalities, and feeding difficulties.

Nikki has experience with a variety of diagnoses and conditions including, but not limited to Autism, Traumatic Brain Injury, Down Syndrome, Developmental Coordination Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, prematurity, visual impairments, neurological impairments, mental health disorders, and feeding difficulties.

Nikki’s fun, compassionate, and loving approach with children earned her the recognition of New Jersey’s Favorite Kids’ Doc in 2017 and 2018.


Speech Language Pathologist | Paul Falgares

About Paul Falgares, RBT

Paul Falgares is a Behavioral Technician who provides one to one assistance with students who are on the Autism Spectrum. Paul graduated from Montclair State University with a B.A in Fine Arts in 2012. In 2015, he began teaching as a substitute teacher in the districts of Montclair, Randolph, and Mount. Olive.

In 2017, he was hired to be a one-to-one paraprofessional for special needs students in Mount. Olive school district. He has received crisis intervention training and is certified in CPR. Paul hopes to a make a positive and meaningful difference in the lives of the families and community he serves.


Speech Language Pathologist | Pauline Lopez

About Pauline Lopez, M.S. CCC-SLP

Pauline Lopez is a pediatric speech-language pathologist licensed in the state of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at East Stroudsburg University and her Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at Saint Mary’s College. She is currently a certified member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

Her clinical experiences include working in a multidisciplinary team-based approach to evaluate and treat a variety of diagnoses, including but not limited to, child language disorders, speech sounds disorders, voice and fluency disorders, and augmentative and alternative communication.

Her specialized interest is in Aural Rehabilitation, given ample amount of experience working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals. She has a professional proficiency in American Sign Language, and is trained in Orton-Gillingham, PEERS, and Pivotal Response Treatment.


Speech Language Pathologist | Rachael Tucker

About Rachael Tucker, M.S. OTR/L

Rachael Tucker is a licensed and registered Occupational Therapist in the state of New Jersey.
She is also certified by the NJ Department of Education as a school-based Occupational Therapist.

She attended Seton Hall University where she received her bachelor’s degree in
social and behavioral sciences in 2018 and her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in
2020 as part of a 3+3 graduate program.

During her graduate studies, Rachael gained experience working with older adults in a long-term care setting, students grades Pre-K through 6th in a school-based setting and in a sensory integration clinic.

Since graduating, Rachael has been working in both a school setting, treating students’ grades
Pre-k through 6th, and Early Intervention, treating young children ages 0 to 3 years.

Rachael also has prior non-clinical experience working one-on-one with many children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Sensory Processing Disorder both in the home and at summer camps.

In her free time, Rachael enjoys yoga, hiking, gardening, reading, and watching Disney movies (her
favorite is Moana!).


Speech Language Pathologist | Rebecca Lotwich

About Rebecca Lotwich, M.A. CCC-SLP

Rebecca is a Speech-Language Pathologist licensed in the state of New Jersey. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics with a double minor in Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology and Cognitive Science at Montclair State University in 2017 and earned her Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Kean University in 2020.

Throughout her graduate studies, Rebecca has developed a strong passion for working with clients of all ages with communication disorders. Her clinical experiences include evaluating and treating clients in the clinic, school, and rehabilitation hospital settings. She has worked closely with clients with autism spectrum disorder, speech and language delays, aphasia, dysarthria, apraxia, and cognitive-communication disorders.

During her time in the school setting, she gained experience treating preschool children with autism spectrum disorder and receptive/expressive language delays. As a clinician in an outpatient rehabilitation center, she acquired the clinical skills to evaluate and treat adult and geriatric clients with communication deficits secondary to acquired brain injuries and developmental disorders. Within both settings, Rebecca was part of a multidisciplinary team and gained experience working collaboratively with teachers, occupational therapists, and physical therapists.

Rebecca values the importance of implementing fun, engaging, and motivating treatment sessions that are tailored to her client’s needs. Her clinical expertise is rooted in evidence-based practice and patient-centered treatment services to ensure the highest quality care for every client she serves.


Occupational Therapist | Samantha Bross

About Samantha Bross, COTA

Samantha “Sammie” Bross is a Licensed and Certified Occupational Therapist assistant in the state of New Jersey. She attended Rutgers University where she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Public Health in 2017 and Occupational Therapy Degree from Eastwick College in 2019.

Sammie has had several years of experience working with children in a variety of settings. Her knowledge spans from, neurological, physical and developmental delays including ADHD, Sensory Processing Differences, Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Global Developmental Delay, Developmental Coordination Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Dyslexia/ Dysgraphia, and Orthopedic Rehabilitation. Sammie has also led group therapy sessions in Handwriting, Kindergarten Readiness, and social skills classes.

Her favorite part of being an OT is the opportunity to get to know a kiddos unique interests and strengths, and then use that insight to help them grow towards their full potential.

In her free time she enjoys reading, days at the beach, exercising and spending time with her little dog named Beatrice.


Speech Language Pathologist | Samantha Krych

About Samantha Krych, OTD, OTR/L

Samantha Krych is a Licensed and Registered Occupational Therapist in the state of New Jersey.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science at the University of Delaware in 2018 and a Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree from Kean University in 2021.

Throughout her graduate studies, Sam has worked with populations of all ages in a variety of settings including inpatient rehabilitation facilities, community based settings, and public schools.  She has experience working with a variety of diagnoses including CVA, cardiovascular diseases, traumatic brain injury, attention deficits, autism, sensory processing disorder, and cerebral palsy.

As part of her doctoral capstone, Sam created custom programming for the prevention and management of cardiovascular diseases and delivered it in a low income housing building.  She presented her findings at the New Jersey Occupational Therapy Association annual conference.

Sam emphasizes an evidence-based, client-centered approach to treatment and seeks to help every individual reach their personal goals!


Occupational Therapist | Sanah Gohar

About Sanah Gohar, M.S. CCC-SLP

Sanah is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a licensed Speech Language Pathologist in the state of New Jersey. She graduated from Seton Hall University as a part of the dual-degree program with a bachelors in elementary and special education and received her graduate degree, earning a Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology.

Sanah has experience working as a speech therapist in both early intervention and in various outpatient clinical settings. She had the opportunity to serve families in the comfort of their homes in teaching parents’ strategies to help their little ones communicate in multiple ways. She also had the opportunity to work at Children’s Specialized Hospital in Clifton, where she was able to serve children 0-21 in fluency, voice, apraxia, language, speech, and feeding. On the weekends, Sanah enjoys taking families out into the community to encourage children on the spectrum socialize in a positive way and in a manner where families feel comfortable and motivated to do so independently in the future.

Sanah is an English-Urdu bilingual speaker. She has treated both monolingual and bilingual individuals ranging from children to adults. She believes in patient-centered approach when working with her clients. Sanah hopes one day to create a social group program to encourage socialization between peers and in the community.


Speech Language Pathologist | Talin Simonian

About Talin Simonian, M.A. CCC-SLP

Talin is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a licensed Speech Language Pathologist in the state of New Jersey. She graduated from Rutgers University with a double major in Psychology and English. Having had a strong interest in language, she attended Kean University, where she received her graduate degree, earning a Masters of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology. While at Kean University, she completed her thesis, concentrating on the influence of music therapy in individuals with communication deficits.

Talin has experience working in both a clinical and school-based setting. While earning her graduate degree, she worked at Kean University’s clinic as one of the first two clinicians to be selected for the Intensive Communication for Aphasia Program (ICAP), treating individuals diagnosed with aphasia. She administered a series of test protocols and learned to evaluate results.

She has clinical knowledge in designing treatment plans and providing counseling. In addition, Talin has gained further experience with aphasia, as she has previously assisted in treating adults at the Adler Aphasia Center in West Orange, New Jersey. Within the school setting, she has over a year’s experience and has served preschool, elementary, and middle school-aged children in public schools. Talin has worked with children with a wide range of diagnoses, ranging from Autism Spectrum Disorder to articulation delay. She has experience with children, who are nonverbal and Deaf, utilizing individualized Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) programs for each child.

Talin is an English-Armenian bilingual speaker. She has treated both monolingual and bilingual individuals ranging from children to adults. She believes in a comprehensive and patient-centered approach when working with her clients. The level of care that she exhibits allows her to establish rapport and build a trusting foundation with those whom she works with. Talin hopes to broaden her clinical experience as a speech-language pathologist by treating voice disorders for individuals within the Transgender community.


Speech Language Pathologist | Tanvi Amin

About Tanvi Amin, Clinical Supervisor, M.S. CCC-SLP

Tanvi is a Speech Language Pathologist licensed in the state of New Jersey. She is a certified member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Language Hearing Sciences at Kean University in 2011 and completed her graduate studies in Speech Language Pathology at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) in 2016.

During her graduate studies, she volunteered her time to ETSU’s National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association chapter as Secretary and is the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding SLP Student Clinician Award and 2016 Alpha Eta Award. Throughout her undergraduate and graduate studies, her clinical experiences in rehabilitation hospitals, a Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, various schools, and skilled nursing facilities have provided her with the core clinical skills needed to advance as a clinician and accept new challenges. Tanvi is bilingual (English/Gujarati) and has worked with monolingual and bilingual students with a variety of communication disorders.

Tanvi has developed a passion for medical speech language pathology and has provided assessment and treatment services for a variety of speech, language, cognitive, voice, and/or swallowing disorders for adults who have neurologic degenerative diseases, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, head injuries, and/or respiratory problems. In addition, Tanvi has the clinical foundation to work with a variety of children with receptive and expressive language disorders as well as articulation and phonological impairments secondary to a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, ADHD, and/or other related disorders.

Tanvi exhibits an ability to quickly establish a comfortable rapport with patients from a variety of backgrounds and finds creative ways to help them achieve success.


Speech Language Pathologist | Valerie Villanueva

About Valerie Villanueva, M.S. CF-SLP

Valerie is a Speech-Language Pathology Clinical Fellow licensed in the state of New Jersey. Valerie earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary/Special Education from Seton Hall University in 2020 and her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Seton Hall University in 2022.

Throughout her graduate studies and clinical experiences, Valerie developed a passion for working with patients across the lifespan. In an acute rehabilitation setting, she worked closely with adult patients with dysphagia, cognitive-communication disorders, aphasia, dysarthria, and dementia. Within the school and outpatient settings, she evaluated and treated diverse caseloads including expressive/receptive language, language processing, phonological disorders, articulation, social pragmatics, apraxia, and stuttering. As a research assistant during her studies, Valerie also has experience working with children with learning disabilities on written expression skills.

Valerie believes that therapy should be functional, evidence-based, and patient-led with a collaborate approach so that patients feel empowered to carryover their skills outside of therapy. She strives to create individualized treatment plans that are multi-sensory, meaningful to the patient, and involve family/caregivers.

Insurances We Accept

  • Aetna
  • Cigna