Located in Northern New Jersey, Montclair Speech Therapy is a family friendly practice that provides outpatient and in-home 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, our mission is to provide expert care that is professional, fun, energetic and inspiring. Through custom care plans, we meet each patient’s needs uniquely, supporting and enhancing the lives of parents, children and adults facing overwhelming challenges.
About Lori Caplan-Colon M.S. CCC-SLP
Lori is a practicing Speech Language Pathologist licensed in the state of New Jersey. She is a certified member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) who obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology at Ithaca College and her Masters degree in Speech Language Pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. She has recently been accepted into the New York Medical College program for the Advanced Certificate in Pediatric Dysphagia.
Lori started her career focusing on adults with speech, language, cognitive and swallowing impairments, becoming vital stimulation certified in 2007 to help patients overcome severe swallowing disorders. Her great rapport and success with adult clients led her to broaden her focus to include the pediatric population, treating children with a range of diagnoses from mild language and speech delays to autism, down’s syndrome, chromosomal disorders and brain injuries. Lori’s passion for helping others is evident and her confident, compassionate approach to treating medically fragile patients has positioned her as an expert in her field.
Lori’s Memberships & Awards
Beckman Oral Motor Trained 2018
Talk Tools Level 3 2018
ACE Award – 3 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.
About Tanvi Amin 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 Monica R. Christian, M. S. CCC-SLP
Monica R. Christian, M. S., CCC-SLP, 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 Francesca Ilardi, M. S. CFY-SLP
Francesca is a Speech Language Pathologist licensed in the state of New Jersey and a certified member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Linguistics from Rutgers University in 2015 and earned her Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Montclair State University in 2018.
Throughout her undergraduate and graduate studies, Francesca has evaluated and treated a variety of speech and language disorders across the lifespan. Her clinical experiences include providing early intervention services within an inclusive daycare, as well as instructing reading and writing enrichment workshops to school-aged children. She has also extended her services to children with expressive and receptive language deficits/delays, speech sound disorders, ADHD, and autism. While working in a specialized high school for young adults with developmental disabilities, Francesca facilitated the use of low and high tech AAC devices for nonverbal students with cerebral palsy, autism, developmental delays, and chromosomal anomalies. She also has experience with therapeutic feeding and using adaptive eating and drinking equipment.
Francesca has always exhibited a strong desire to work within the medical field. As a clinician in a skilled nursing facility, acute care hospital, and outpatient rehabilitation center, she acquired the clinical tools to serve adult/geriatric clients with communication deficits secondary to stroke, brain injury, dementia, respiratory problems, and head and neck cancer. Her experience assessing and treating aphasia, dysarthria, dysphagia, and voice disorders has led Francesca to develop an interest in these areas of the field. Her graduate thesis focused on word-retrieval treatments for adults with aphasia who sustained cerebrovascular insults.
Francesca is an English-Italian bilingual speaker and has treated both monolingual and bilingual individuals. Her ability to easily establish rapport, coupled by her passion to help others, is evident through her interactions with others. She values the importance of patient-centered care and providing clients and their families with education, counseling, and strategies to maximize treatment outcomes.
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 Leigh Brown, M.S. CCC-SLP
Leigh is a practicing Speech-Language Pathologist in the sate of New Jersey and a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Economics at the College of William and Mary in 2001 and her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in 2014.
As a graduate student clinician, Leigh worked with adults in the acute care hospital setting where she honed her diagnostic skills with respect to dysphagia as well as language and cognitive impairments. She began her career treating speech and language disorders in public middle schools in Oakland, California. She has evaluated and treated children with a variety of diagnoses including Autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome and Cerebral palsy.
Leigh has experience developing a range of speech-language skills including articulation, receptive-expressive and social-pragmatic language skills. She embraces a collaborative, interdisciplinary, client-centered approach to treatment. Leigh has a passion for incorporating creative, multi-sensory and multi-media tools in therapeutic intervention.
About Erin Lustbader, M.S. CFY-SLP
Erin is a licensed Speech-Language Pathology Clinical Fellow in New Jersey and a certified member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association. She obtained her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Northeastern University and her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from James Madison University.
During her clinical internships, Erin led evaluations and treatments for clients with speech-language delays and impairments, voice disorders, dysphagia, dementia and other degenerative disorders, as well as Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has experience integrating measurable data and clinical knowledge into documentation in high-demand medical, private practice, and school settings. Erin provided patient/caregiver and rehabilitation staff education to maximize patient’s quality of life. She has experience recommending diet and intake modifications as well as feeding equipment to assist patients with Dysphagia. Additionally, she utilized various Augmentative and Alternative Communication devices during treatment sessions with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and expressive/receptive language impairments, respectively.
About Nikki Perez, MOTR/L
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 Bachelors of Science degree in 2007 and went on to achieve her Masters of Occupational Therapy. She completed her clinical Fieldwork in Florida and California in 2009 prior to returning to her home state of New Jersey.
Since then, Nikki has worked in pediatrics for 9 years, employed primarily in an outpatient hospital where she has collaborated with disciplines such as speech language pathologists, physical therapists, physiatrists, psychologists and behaviorists. She also has experience working in early intervention, a private practice servicing children both at home and in a clinic, 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. Nikki has attended continuing education courses to further her knowledge in relation to sensory based modalities, kinesotaping, 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, feeding difficulties and learning disabilities. She has supervisory experience collaborating with universities as a Fieldwork Educator. Nikki’s fun, compassionate and loving approach with children earned her the recognition of New Jersey’s Favorite Kids’ Doc in 2017.
About Jennifer Otero, M.A. CCC-SLP
Jennifer Otero is a certified member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association. She earned her master’s degree from Temple University in 1996. With over 15 years of clinical experience exclusively in the area of pediatrics, Jennifer has honed her skills working in a variety of clinical settings including hospitals, outpatient rehabilitation, private practice, early intervention, and schools. Her diverse background allows her to be comfortable and competent working with children with a range of medical diagnosis (ADHD, autism, Down Syndrome) that may impact speech and language development. Jennifer enjoys treating and remediating many areas of speech and language, including receptive/expressive language disorders, articulation, fluency and voice. Her strong knowledge base in the area of emergent literacy and correlating language-based disorders, specifically dyslexia and comprehension deficit, allow her to identify and address issues that can put a child at risk for reading delays in the academic setting. Jennifer is knowledgeable in infant-toddler sign language curriculums, and incorporates sign into her instruction as needed. She is both PROMPT and PECs trained.
About Alexandra Kint, M.S. CFY-SLP
Ali is a licensed Speech-Language Pathology Clinical Fellow in the state of New Jersey. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in both English and Comparative Humanities at Bucknell University in 2012 and a Master of Science in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from New York University in 2018.
Over the course of her clinical experiences, Ali developed a passion for medical speech-language pathology and for working with clients across the lifespan. She has evaluated and treated clients in the school, skilled nursing facility, and rehabilitation hospital settings. She has worked closely with clients with speech and language delays, aphasia, cognitive-communication disorders, dysphagia, dysarthria, and voice disorders.
Ali is an English-French bilingual speaker and has conversational skills in Spanish. She has treated monolingual and bilingual clients. She believes in the importance of establishing rapport with her clients and emphasizes a client-centered, collaborative approach to maximize best possible outcomes.