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.
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
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.
Meet Our Team of Speech Language Pathologists
About Brianna Daniel, SLP-CFY
Brianna is a licensed Speech-Language Pathology Clinical Fellow in the state of New Jersey. Brianna earned her Bachelor of Science in Communication Science and Disorders from Florida State University and her Master of Science in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from New York University. Prior to beginning graduate school, Brianna worked at a non-profit that supports and empowers young people who stutter.
Over the course of her graduate studies, Brianna engaged in a variety of diverse clinical experiences throughout New York City. Brianna has worked with patients across the lifespan within acute care, outpatient rehabilitation, university clinic, and school settings. Within the hospital setting, Brianna evaluated and treated adults with swallowing difficulties, as well as cognitive-linguistic deficits secondary to traumatic brain injury, cerebral vascular accident, and dementia. In both the pre-school and elementary school settings, Brianna implemented evidence-based treatments to improve student’s expressive-receptive language, social pragmatics, articulation, and fluency. Outside of the classroom, Brianna enjoyed participating in NYU’s Swallowing and Stuttering research labs.
Brianna recognizes the commitment that clients and their families are making when choosing MST. In return, Brianna commits to striving to develop individualized treatment plans that meet the unique needs of each client. Through patient-centered approaches, Brianna aims to empower clients to direct the course of their own treatment and subsequently increase carryover of skills beyond the therapy room.
About Christie Arnhols, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
About Jessica “Jessie” Griffin, SLP
Jessie is a Speech-Language Pathologist licensed in New Jersey and New York. She is a bilingual Spanish-English speaking clinician with over 5 years of experience and is certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Disorders with a minor in Psychology from Louisiana State University in 2013, and her Master of Science in Communicative Disorders from New York University in 2016.
Jessie has known she wanted to be a speech therapist since she was 17 years old. She has always enjoyed working with children and has a passion for helping people of all ages to find their unique voices and to be able to communicate with loved ones and others across environments. Throughout her clinical experience, Jessie has worked both in private practice and pediatric outpatient hospital settings, and greatly enjoys the challenges and variety that comes with each individual session on a daily basis!
She has worked with children and adults with a variety of diagnoses including speech and language disorders, apraxia, feeding and swallowing disorders, phonological and articulation disorders, fluency disorders, voice disorders, language delays, autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, and genetic disorders. Pediatrics is her passion, but she has experience with addressing needs across the lifespan.
Jessie believes in a client-centered approach to speech therapy, and is trained in Hanen strategies, DIR Floor time therapy, PROMPT cues, SOS Feeding, SOFFI, and oral-motor myofunctional therapy. She adapts her approach to each individual case to best meet the needs of each client and to involve families and caregivers as much as possible to promote carryover of skills in order for clients to meet their full potential. Jessie’s interests include singing, yoga, binging Netflix, quality time with loved ones, and watching college football.
About Kimberly Kerney MA, CCC-SLP (PC)
Kimberly is a licensed speech-language pathologist in the state of New Jersey. She holds her certificate of clinical competence (CCC) from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) in addition to being certified by the New Jersey Department of Education as a speech language specialist. Kim graduated from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey with a Bachelor of Science degree cum laude in Speech Pathology and Audiology with program distinction (1998). She completed her Master of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a concentration in speech-language pathology at Montclair State University (2000). Kim knew from her earliest days as a graduate student that her life’s work was to help children and their families improve communication skills and enjoy mealtime experiences.
Over the last 20+ years, she has honed her skills in order to meet the unique needs of every child she treats. Kim has pursued extensive post graduate education in the areas of feeding/oral motor skills and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). She is a three-time winner of the ACE award from ASHA. Kim is PROMPT certified. She has training in myofascial release for neck, voice, and swallowing disorders, kinesiology taping for pediatrics and Floor time/DIR. Additionally, Kim is a Level One Talk Tools provider and certified in LSVT LOUD. She is listed in the Apraxia Kids Speech-Language Pathologist Directory as a therapist with an understanding of and experience in treating children of apraxia of speech. Kim has administrative and supervisory experience from working as a speech therapy department head. She has extensive experience working as an integral part of a multidisciplinary feeding team, which is vital for successfully treating children with pediatric feeding disorders (PFD). Kim takes a holistic approach in assessing and treating children with PFD by considering oral motor skills, positioning, sensory needs, medical history/concerns, learned behaviors, and family goals/outcomes.
Kim believes in making therapy fun and functional. She knows that optimal learning takes place during positive experiences and that rapport is a key component of a successful therapy relationship. Kim sees all children as having strengths to build on to improve their weaknesses and to help them achieve their speech, language and feeding goals. When she isn’t working, she can be found with her husband cheering on their two sons at their sporting events. Kim loves to read and to spend time down the shore with her family and their two dogs.
About Madison Emma, M.S. CCC-SLP
Madison is a licensed Speech-Language Pathology Clinical Fellow in the state of New Jersey. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Marywood University in 2019 and a Master of Science degree in Speech- Language Pathology at Marywood University in 2020.
Over the course of her undergraduate and graduate studies, Madison has evaluated and treated clients with diverse diagnoses across the lifespan. She has also conducted research and had the opportunity to present it at the 2019 American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention. Her clinical experiences include working in a school, clinic, and outpatient rehabilitation center.
During her time in the school setting, she worked with kindergarten through middle school aged children to evaluate and treat receptive/expressive language, pragmatic, and articulation disorders. She also worked closely with and provided group and one-on-one therapy sessions to students in the autistic support classroom. Throughout her time at the outpatient rehabilitation setting, Madison was a part of a cognitive rehabilitation program. She developed a strong skillset in treating and evaluating cognitive-communication disorders secondary to traumatic brain injury (TBI), cerebrovascular accident, dementia, and concussion. Madison enjoys being a part of a multidisciplinary team to provide comprehensive care to her clients and caregivers/families.
Madison has a passion for providing therapy that is unique to each individual client. She believes in building rapport with her clients as well as their families to strengthen the outcome of therapy. She values the importance of evidence-based, collaborative, and engaging evaluation and treatment.
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.
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.
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.
About Paul Falgares, Behavioral Technician
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.
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!).
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.
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!
About Sanah Gohar, 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.
About Shannon Spencer, M.S. CCC-SLP
Shannon is a licensed Speech-Language Pathology licensed in the state of New Jersey. She obtained a Bachelor of Sciences in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Marywood University in 2018 and a Master of Sciences for Speech Language Disorders in 2020 at Marywood University.
During her clinical experiences, Shannon worked with clients across the lifespan. She has evaluated and treated clients in the school, skilled nursing facility, and clinical (private practice) settings. She has worked closely with clients with speech and language delays, aphasia, AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices), cognitive-communication disorders, dysphagia, dysarthria, and voice disorders.
Shannon has worked with many clients with common and uncommon diagnoses including but not limited to; Autism, Down’s Syndrome, CVI (Cortical visual impairment), Cerebral Palsy, Lissencephaly (smooth brain syndrome), Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Aphasia.
Shannon has learned to adapt therapeutic activities and goals based on clients’ abilities and diagnoses. She believes evidenced-based practice is essential to providing the most effective therapy to clients. Shannon believes it is important to have good rapport with clients and is devoted to implementing fun and engaging therapeutic intervention.
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.
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.
About Valerie Villanueva, 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.