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Our Therapists Share Goals

The therapists at South Shore Therapies come together with similar beliefs and goals. We strongly believe in working together with families to develop individualized goals and provide customized strategies for each of our clients. By making the whole family part of the therapeutic process we can help a child or adolescent be more successful across environments. In addition, we are dedicated to educating our staff on the most current and effective intervention techniques so that families receive the most cutting-edge treatment within a safe and enriching environment. We believe that with guidance and respect, each client that walks through the doors of South Shore Therapies is capable of making functional and relevant progress to enhance independence and successful participation in daily life skills.

 OUR STAFF

Stacey Szklut

OT, MSOT, OTR

is the owner and Clinical Director of South Shore Therapies, Inc. She oversees the clinical direction and mentoring of the Occupational and Speech Therapy departments. Stacey has a wide range of clinical expertise but has a special passion for working with children that have anxiety and trauma experiences. She deeply believes that change can best be encouraged within a safe and nurturing relationship and environment. This played strongly into the development of SST’s mission and state of the art facilities. In addition to her work in the clinic, Stacey has travelled nationally to teach a variety of workshops on sensory processing, autism spectrum disorder, and feeding intervention, as well as providing consultations to schools. Stacey has written numerous articles and book chapters on assessment and intervention for infants and children with sensory processing disorders, developmental delays, learning disabilities, and autism spectrum disorder, as well as chapters on clinical reasoning and consultation techniques. One of her career highlights was to be recognized as the pediatric sensory integration specialist and premier pediatric clinic in Gary Kielhofner’s book Conceptual Frameworks in OT.

Janmarie Delaney

OT, BSOT, OTR

is an Occupational Therapy Supervisor and an Occupational Therapist in the Hingham clinic. She has worked in a variety of settings including adult rehab, acute care, neonatal intensive care, and outpatient pediatrics. Her clinical expertise includes assessment and treatment of children with autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder, cerebral palsy, developmental delays, coordination disorders, and other learning disabilities. Janmarie has advanced training in sensory integration theory including her Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) certification and specific treatment of visual-vestibular deficits. She also has specialty training in complex feeding disorders and the SOS Approach to Feeding, Therapeutic Listening programs, and the Alert program.

Alexa Howell

OT, MSOT, OTR

is an Occupational Therapy Supervisor and an Occupational Therapist in the Pembroke clinic. She has experience working with kids of all ages from birth through 18 years of age with a wide range of diagnoses and abilities. She has advanced training in sensory integration theory, including certification to administer and interpret the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT). In addition, she has specialty training in the SOS Approach to Feeding, Therapeutic Listening, Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), ocular-motor dysfunction, visual-vestibular treatment, and Handwriting Without Tears®. Alexa is a Certified Lactation Counselor and has a passion for assessing and treating infants and toddlers with feeding delays. Alexa believes in the strength of play to build meaningful therapeutic relationships, foster growth and development, and enhance a child’s skill and engagement in all environments.

Kathleen Austin

OT, MOT, OTR

is an Occupational Therapy Supervisor and an Occupational Therapist in the Norwood clinic. She has experience in public and private school settings, as well as inpatient acute care. Kathleen has a passion for working with individuals on the autism spectrum, as well as children and adolescents with sensory processing disorder, anxiety, and those who have experienced trauma. She has advanced training in sensory integration theory including certification to administer and interpret the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT). Additionally, Kathleen has specialized training in supportive behavior management techniques, tethered oral tissues (TOTs), Torticollis, and infant development. Kathleen has also published with, and presented for, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

Jessica Szklut

OT, MSOT, OTR

is an Occupational Therapy Supervisor and an Occupational Therapist in the Hingham clinic. She was previously the lead clinical mentor at a private therapy clinic for children with special needs in North Carolina prior to relocating to the South Shore. Her clinical background includes experience in early intervention, school, and clinic settings. Jessica is proficient in evaluating and treating a diverse population of children, including cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury, stroke, autism spectrum disorder, children and adolescents with sensory processing disorder, trauma, feeding difficulties, ADHD, and other developmental, emotional and/or neurological disorders. Jessica has advanced training in neuro rehabilitation. In addition, she has experience with pediatric feeding including SOS approach to feeding disorders, Therapeutic Listening Programs, pediatric handling, and kinesiology taping. Jessica is a member of the South Shore Therapies Social Media and Marketing team.

Amy O’Connor

OT, MSOT, OTR

is a Lead Mentor Therapist and an Occupational Therapist in the Pembroke clinic. She has experience in psychiatric facilities, day care settings, and schools. Her clinical specialties include working with children who have impairments in sensory processing and other coordination or learning difficulties to encourage the achievement of functional gross and fine motor skills, activities of daily living, and handwriting. She also enjoys working with toddlers and children with feeding difficulties. Amy has specialty training in sensory integration, the SOS approach to feeding disorders, Beckman Oral Motor Protocol, Therapeutic Listening, Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), Brain Gym®, Bal-A-Vis-X, and Handwriting Without Tears®. She has recently expanded her expertise to include newborn and infant feeding and development. She is also the Occupational Therapy Student Coordinator for all three clinics.

Rachel Giza-Sisson

OT, MSOT, OTR

is a Lead Mentor Therapist and an Occupational Therapist in the Norwood clinic. She has previous experience working with children across all ages and abilities in both home, school, and outpatient settings. She has training in sensory integration, visual-vestibular treatment, Brain Gym®, Building Block reflexes, ocular motor function and Handwriting Without Tears®. Rachel has extensive experience treating feeding skills and oral motor abilities. She specializes in feeding with babies and toddlers. Rachel is passionate about building relationships with her clients and their families. She aims to help them grow confidence and independence in their everyday lives with neurodiverse-affirming and strengths-based approaches. Rachel is a member of the diversity, equity, and inclusion team and the mentoring group.

Amanda Young

OT, MSOT, OTR

is a Lead Mentor Therapist and an Occupational Therapist in the Norwood clinic. She has a range of experiences working in schools and outpatient settings. Amanda takes pride in using a strengths-based, neurodiversity-affirming, and trauma-informed approach to therapy, putting play and connection at the forefront of her treatment sessions. Amanda has specialty training in sensory integration, Building Blocks reflexes, the SOS approach to feeding, and is a provider for Therapeutic Listening. She has additional experience implementing Brain Gym®, Bal-A-Vis-X, Handwriting Without Tears®, and visual vestibular treatment techniques. Amanda is a part of SST’s diversity, equity, and inclusion team, social media team, and mentoring team.

Alexis Kimmelman

OT, MSOT, OTR

is a Lead Mentor Therapist and an Occupational Therapist in the Hingham clinic. She has experience in an outpatient clinic setting, public schools, and at the Holland Center in Israel. Prior to graduate school, Allie worked as an assistant preschool teacher and was certified as a nursing assistant in pediatric home health care. As an OT, she has worked with children with a variety of diagnoses and has specialized training in Integrated Listening System, Brain Gym®, Handwriting Without Tears®, the Alert Program, and additional continuing education courses for Torticollis with experience treating infants/toddlers. Allie has also conducted research in the area of pediatric family-centered care and has presented at the annual American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) national conference.

Cara Cloutier

OT, M.Ed, OTR

is a Lead Mentor Therapist and Occupational Therapist in the Pembroke clinic. She has previous experience working with adults, adolescents, and children in an adult day habilitation program, private and public school systems, and a pediatric outpatient clinic. Her practice includes working with people with autism spectrum disorder, developmental delays, neurological diseases and disorders, comorbid mental health disorders, and sensory processing disorder. Cara has clinical experience with sensory integration, the Wilbarger Protocol, Handwriting Without Tears (r), and the Alert program. She also has a passion for preventing, treating, and rehabilitating athletes from injury.

Nancy Hansen

OT, MSOT, OTR

is a Lead Mentor Therapist and Occupational Therapist in the Hingham clinic. She worked many years in public schools and an educational collaborative servicing children with diverse needs. She is skilled at treating children and adolescents with a wide variety of diagnoses, including those with sensory processing disorder, fine and gross motor delay, cortical visual impairment, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, down syndrome, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, Williams syndrome (WS), visual perceptual, and visual-motor difficulties. Nancy especially enjoys working with teenagers and is accomplished at encouraging functional skill development. She has specialty training in Therapeutic Listening programs, the SOS Approach to Feeding, the Kawar Protocol/Astronaut Training, and Building Blocks reflexes and is proficient with implementing the Handwriting Without Tears®, Brain Gym®, Bal-A-Vis-X, and visual-vestibular treatment strategies.

June Smith

OT, BSOT, OTR

is an Occupational Therapist in the Hingham clinic. She has extensive experience in public and private schools, home-based intervention, acute care, and rehab settings. Her clinical expertise includes work with a diverse population of learning disabled, deaf, blind, and multi-handicapped children and adolescents. June has extensive specialized training in sensory integration including Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) certification, NDT, ocular-motor dysfunction, and visual-vestibular treatment. She is a provider for the Therapeutic Listening Program and is a certified Brain Gym® instructor. June presents her course Vision, Ocular-Motor and Movement Strategies for Integrated Learning nationally. In addition, June frequently provides parent and professional in-services on a variety of topics.

Susan Curtis

OT, MSOT, OTR

is an Occupational Therapist in the Hingham clinic. She has extensive experience in sensory integration evaluations and intervention, with Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) certification. Over her expansive career, she has worked in a wide variety of settings with children from birth through adolescence. Susan possesses advanced specialized training for infants and children with complex feeding issues and the SOS approach to feeding disorders. She has a passion for working with infants and toddlers and their caregivers to encourage and expand food repertoires. In addition, she is a provider for Therapeutic Listening programs and has clinical experience with Brain Gym®, Bal-A-Vis-X, visual-vestibular treatment, and Handwriting Without Tears®. Susan is an instructor of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test administration course.

Darlene Guerriero

OTA, AS, COTA

is an Occupational Therapist Assistant in the Hingham clinic. She has experience in a variety of settings, including early intervention, the public school system, and private settings. She also possesses prior practice in acute care and rehabilitation with adults. Darlene has specialty training in sensory integration, perceptual-motor training, Brain Gym ®, Bal-A-Vis-X, Handwriting Without Tears®, the Alert Program, Therapeutic Listening Program, Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), and Dr. Kay Toomey S.O.S. Approach to Feeding.

Wendy Lam

OT, BSOT, OTR

is an Occupational Therapist in the Hingham clinic. She has multiple years of experience in a wide variety of settings, including adult rehabilitation, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient pediatric care, public schools, and early intervention. She is a Certified Early Intervention specialist and enjoys working with infants and young children. Wendy has specialty training in sensory integration, complex feeding disorders and the SOS approach to feeding. She possesses advanced knowledge in therapeutic music programs, including The Listening Program (TLP), Therapeutic Listening, Advanced Therapeutic Listening, and Integrated Listening Systems (iLs). In addition, she has training in Brain Gym®, Brain Gym® for Children with Special Needs, Bal-A-Vis-X, and visual remediation programs. Her passion is combining her knowledge of Craniosacral Therapy techniques with sensory integration treatment to promote holistic intervention.

Sarah Studley

OT, MSOT, OTR

is an Occupational Therapist in the Pembroke clinic. She has worked with children of a variety of ages in the public school system, outpatient clinics, and home settings. Her clinical experience includes working with children with sensory processing disorder, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, down syndrome, and cerebral palsy, focusing on impairments in motor coordination, feeding, visual perceptual motor skills, activities of daily living, and handwriting. Sarah has specialty training in sensory integration and functional neuroanatomy, and utilizes Brain Gym®, Bal-A-Vis-X, Handwriting Without Tears®, and visual-vestibular treatment strategies in her treatment sessions. She has volunteered with Surfers Healing and Special Surfers, adaptive surfing programs for children with special needs.

Caroline Itri

OT, MSOT, OTR

Is an Occupational Therapist in the Pembroke clinic. She has previous experience with both adult and pediatric populations working in a skilled nursing facility, long term acute care, pediatric outpatient clinic, as well as providing hippotherapy. Her clinical experience includes working with children with sensory processing disorder, fine and gross motor delay, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, emotional/behavioral challenges, anxiety, pediatric stroke, and sensory-based feeding disturbances. Caroline has a passion for working with children who have experienced trauma and those with feeding difficulties. She has specialty training in sensory integration, Therapeutic Listening programs, Building Blocks reflexes, the SOS approach to feeding disorders, and trauma intervention.

Vanessa George

OT, MSOT, OTR

is an Occupational Therapist in the Hingham clinic. She has worked with children of a variety of ages in the early intervention setting and at a specialty school for children with visual impairments. Her clinical experience includes working with children with sensory processing disorder, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, visual impairments, feeding difficulties, behavioral challenges, and developmental delays. Vanessa has a passion for working with children with feeding challenges. She is also passionate about helping children and their families to achieve their goals through use of child directed play-based therapy.

Emily Matrone

OT, MSOT, OTR

Is an Occupational Therapist in the Pembroke clinic. While obtaining her Master's at Ithaca College, Emily gained experience working with children in the community through after school programs that targeted improving community mobility, independence, and socio-emotional skills. Emily's clinical experience includes working with children with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, ADHD, and developmental delays. Emily is passionate about providing play-based therapy that facilitates a fun and welcoming environment to advance children's individualized therapy goals. She values collaboration with families to best meet their children's needs in all areas of life.

Lauren Grimard

OT, MOT, OTR

is an Occupational Therapist in the Pembroke clinic. She has experience working in an adult psychiatric facility as well as an after-school program focused on sensory integration for children. Her practice includes working with children with ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorders, developmental delays, coordination disorders, hemiplegia and feeding difficulties, as well as anxiety, oppositional defiant disorder, and emotion regulation disorders. Lauren is trained in a trauma informed approach to care. She is also certified in the Therapeutic Listening Program. She has a passion for working with children of all ages to help reach their full potential through creative and fun occupational therapy services.

Kiley Smiddy

OT, MSOT, OTR

is an Occupational Therapist in the Hingham clinic. She has experience working as an OT in early childhood education. While obtaining her degree, she gained experience in adult rehabilitation with a focus on neurological conditions and outpatient pediatrics. She previously enjoyed working a summer camp at a rehabilitation hospital for children with complex medical needs focusing on adaptive recreational activities. Kiley's clinical experience includes working with children with cerebral palsy, ADHD, ASD, down syndrome, sensory processing disorders, feeding difficulties, and other developmental delays. Kiley values working closely with children and families to promote success in their everyday lives using a functional and play-based approach.

Meaghan Hernon

OT, MSOT, OTR

is an Occupational Therapist in the Norwood clinic. She has experience working in outpatient pediatrics with a diverse population of children and young adults. Her clinical background includes evaluating and treating children with autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing difficulties, feeding difficulties, fine and gross motor delays, ADHD, pediatric stroke, cerebral palsy, genetic conditions, social-emotional and behavioral challenges, and childhood trauma. She has attended a variety of trainings including DIR/r Floortime, pediatric NDT, and feeding therapy techniques. She also has experience volunteering as a Special Olympics coach and working as a personal care attendant for children with complex diagnoses to promote their independence in activities of daily living at home. Meaghan is passionate about providing individualized and family-centered care through play-based therapy to help children be confident, successful, and independent in their everyday activities.

Nicole Boudreau

MOT, OTR/L

is an Occupational Therapist in the Norwood clinic. She has previous experience in early intervention in both clinic and home settings, as well as pediatric outpatient settings. Her clinical experience includes treating children with autism spectrum disorder, developmental delays, ADHD, sensory processing disorders, and feeding difficulties. She has experience administering the Astronaut Training Program, Wilbarger brushing protocol, and ALERT program for self-regulation. Nicole values providing client-centered therapy through play-based activities to promote success in all areas of life.

Amanda Caouette

OT, MSOT, OTR

is an Occupational Therapist in the Hingham clinic. She has experience working in a pediatric outpatient clinic. While obtaining her master’s degree at the University of New England, she gained experience in acute care, outpatient pediatrics, and an integrated preschool. Before graduate school she had the opportunity to work as a behavioral therapist for children with autism spectrum disorder. She also volunteered as a group leader for the Children’s Physical Developmental Clinic in Bridgewater, MA. Her clinical experience includes working with children with autism spectrum disorder, down syndrome, ADHD, developmental delays, feeding difficulties, and emotional regulation challenges. She is passionate about collaborating with families and helping children achieve their goals through use of child directed play-based therapy.

Kathryn Postler

OT, MSOT, OTR

is an Occupational Therapist in the Norwood clinic. She has experience working with children at a therapeutic educational program. Her clinical experience includes working with children with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, PTSD, anxiety, developmental delays, and sensory processing disorder. Katie also has experience addressing emotional/self-regulation challenges, gross and fine motor delays, daily living skills, and visual perceptual/visual motor challenges. She is passionate about working with children of all abilities and strives to provide a supportive and fun environment to help each child reach their full potential.

Colleen Martin

OT, MOT, OTR

is an Occupational Therapist in the Pembroke clinic. She has experience providing group and individual Occupational Therapy services in a variety of practice settings, including transition programs, residential programs, and outpatient hand therapy. Through these experiences she has worked with children, adolescents, and young adults with varying physical and intellectual abilities, ADHD, anxiety, autism, developmental trauma disorders, and other learning and developmental needs. Colleen strives to provide a fun and safe space to learn and grow while working creatively and collaboratively to support children to be as happy, successful, and independent as possible in their daily lives.

Kira Kearney

OT, OTD, OTR

is an Occupational Therapist in the Norwood clinic. She has pediatric experience in outpatient therapy clinic settings, in-home therapy, and at a summer camp for children with disabilities. Her clinical background includes supporting children with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, anxiety, sensory processing disorder, developmental coordination disorder, and other developmental and learning disabilities. She also has additional training in mental health first aid and in utilizing therapeutic music modalities for regulation, movement, and executive functioning. She completed her doctoral research project on ways to create an inclusive graduate school culture for health care students with disabilities and is passionate about accessibility and advocacy. Kira values providing client and family centered care through a playful and motivating environment!

Lillian Marcelonis

OT, MSOT, OTR

is an Occupational Therapist in the Norwood clinic. She has previous experience working with children and adults in a variety of settings, including outpatient clinics, public school systems, and a skilled nursing facility. Her pediatric experience includes working with children with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, sensory processing difficulties, genetic conditions, social-emotional challenges, and developmental delays. While obtaining her Master’s at Ithaca College, Lillie worked in an integrated preschool program and as a camp counselor for children ages 3-5 years old. She is passionate about helping children of all ages and abilities to achieve their goals using a child directed play-based therapeutic approach.

Barry James

OT, OTD, OTR

is an Occupational Therapist in the Norwood clinic. Barry has experience in a variety of settings including public school, inpatient adult rehabilitation, outpatient pediatrics, and pediatric inpatient psychiatric settings. He has a passion for practicing OT with children of differing ages and abilities, and has worked with children diagnosed with ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, social-emotional and behavioral challenges, sensory processing difficulties, and more. Barry has completed a doctoral capstone project examining the relationship between Ayres Sensory Integration and perceived self-confidence in children and is committed to fostering feelings of inclusion and success for each of his clients. Through child-directed therapeutic relationships, Barry hopes to assist his clients to improve their participation in everyday meaningful activities.

Maggie Hannon

OT, MSOT, OTR

is an Occupational Therapist in the Hingham clinic. Maggie’s pediatric experience includes working with children with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, sensory processing disorder, social-emotional and behavioral challenges, and developmental and learning difficulties. Maggie has been passionate about working with children her whole life and utilizes a holistic approach to facilitate each child’s participation, achievement, and independence within a fun and empathetic environment. She values consistent communication and collaboration with parents and caregivers in order to implement individualized treatment plans to best fit each child’s specific therapeutic needs.

Alexa Violaris

OT, MSOT, OTR

is an Occupational Therapist in the Norwood clinic. She has worked with both adults and children in a variety of settings, including inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, sensory integration clinics, and schools. One of her first exposures to occupational therapy was in the NICU, where she learned the importance of sensory integration in neurological development. Alexa has a passion for pediatric neuro rehabilitation and has received extensive training in NDT practices. Her clinical experience involves working with children with acquired brain injury and stroke, cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder, ADHD, and other developmental and neurological disorders.

Debbie Harper-Padula

OT, MSOT, OTR

is an Occupational Therapist in the Hingham clinic. She has 19 years’ experience working in the school setting, in addition to experience working with adults and children in inpatient rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities. She has experience working with children with a variety of diagnoses including ADHD, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, developmental delay, and autism spectrum disorder, focusing on impairments in visual perceptual/visual motor skills, handwriting, self-regulation, and activities of daily living. She has experience and training in Handwriting Without Tears®, Wilbarger Brushing Program, Brain Gym®, Zones of Regulation, and Alerting Programs. She is passionate about collaborating with families and helping children acquire skills and strategies to achieve their goals through the use of child-directed play-based therapy.

Kaci McKeen

OT, MSOT, OTR

is an Occupational Therapist in our Hingham Clinic. In 2013, Kaci received her master's degree in occupational therapy from Ithaca College with a minor in geriatrics. Although since graduating, she has worked exclusively with pediatrics and has experience working in both outpatient and school-based settings. Kaci maintains a passion for working with children and young adults with specific interests in sensory processing and modulation, and fine motor, as well as mental health. Kaci has specialty training in the Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding, Learning Without Tears Program, and Trauma. In addition, she has clinical experience using a wide variety of additional treatment modalities to help her clients thrive. She believes that the positive and trusting relationships built between families and therapists are crucial for client progress and success. Kaci's favorite activities in sessions involve creative crafts, mindfulness, and functional ways to target skill development. In her free time, Kaci enjoys spending time with her family. She loves running, hiking, gardening, and art projects.

Christina Garcia

OT, MSOT, OTR

is an Occupational Therapist in the Hingham clinic. While obtaining her Master’s from Quinnipiac University, she gained experience working with children and young adults in the outpatient and school settings, and with adults in a neurological rehabilitation setting. Christina’s clinical experience includes working with children with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, feeding challenges, sensory processing disorder, and other developmental delays. She is passionate about collaborating with families and utilizing a play-based approach for children to work towards their goals in therapy.

Samantha Sullivan

OT, MSOT, OTR

is an Occupational Therapist in the Hingham clinic. She previously worked at a pediatric rehabilitation hospital that provides medical, rehabilitative, educational, recreational, and transitional services to children and young adults. She obtained her Master's from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences where she gained clinical experience working in outpatient pediatric settings as well as adult outpatient and inpatient hospitals and rehabilitation settings. She has experience working with a variety of diagnoses, including developmental delays, sensory processing disorders, autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, ADHD, emotional disorders, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and genetic disorders. Samantha is passionate about providing family-centered care through play-based therapy to ensure greater success in a child's purposeful and meaningful activities.

Alyson Yawitz

OT, OTD, OTR

is an Occupational Therapist in the Norwood clinic. She has provided services in home settings, pediatric outpatient clinics, pediatric and adult hospitals on acute and rehabilitation floors, as well as in a school for children with complex medical needs. Her clinical experience includes working with individuals with genetic and neurological disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, cerebral palsy, emotional/behavioral challenges, stroke history, childhood trauma, and difficulties with feeding. She has an educational and clinical background in the SOS feeding approach, addressing fine and gross motor delays, sensory and emotional regulation, technology-based interventions, and visual motor skills. Alyson is passionate about utilizing functional and play-based therapy approaches to support her clients in maximizing their potential!

Brittany Greenwood

OT, OTD, OTR

is an Occupational Therapist in the Pembroke Clinic. She previously has experience working with the pediatric population in the outpatient setting as well as in the home. She obtained her Entry-Level Doctorate from Johnson & Wales University where she gained clinical experience working in outpatient pediatrics, public school systems, as well as adult outpatient rehabilitation settings. She has experience working with a variety of diagnoses including ASD, Sensory Processing Disorder, Down Syndrome, ADHD, and other developmental delays. She is passionate about helping children reach their full potential by utilizing a play-based child directed approach to achieving the child’s and families’ goals. She puts value into creating a fun and safe environment where children can learn the skills they need to be as functional and independent as possible in their everyday activities.

Shira Caplan

OT, OTD, OTR

is an Occupational Therapist in the Hingham clinic. Shira obtained her master’s degree from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences where she gained clinical experience working in a public school system, as well as working with adults in an outpatient neuro setting. Shira has experience working with children with global developmental delay, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, emotional disturbances, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and genetic disorders. She has an educational and clinical background in sensory integration, social and emotional disturbances, providing trauma-informed care, addressing fine and gross motor delays, and interoception. She is passionate about helping children reach their full potential through a client-centered play-based setting.

Imoni Saab-Abdul-Aziz

OT, MSOT, OTR

is an Occupational Therapist in the Hingham clinic. While obtaining her Master’s from West Virginia University School of Medicine, she gained clinical experience in various settings including Birth to Three, NICU, hippotherapy, acute care, hand therapy, skilled nursing, and mental health. Imoni’s post-grad journey led her to Boston, where she worked at an outpatient pediatric clinic applying interventions that addressed feeding, sensory and emotional regulation, behavioral challenges, fine and gross motor delays, and visual motor skills all while strengthening her skillset through a neurodiversity framework. She also had the unique opportunity to launch a young adult program for individuals aged 18-28 years old with a heavy emphasis on community exploration and increasing independence with life skills. Imoni strives to create an inclusive environment that meets every child at their current stage in development and she’s passionate about providing family-centered care through play-based therapy to ensure greater success in a child's purposeful and meaningful activities.

Speech-Language Pathologists

Ellen Austin

MS, CCC-SLP

is a Speech Supervisor and a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Pembroke clinic. She has worked with the pediatric population in a variety of settings, including educational collaboratives, public schools, and private practice. Ellen has extensive experience evaluating and treating a wide variety of communication disorders, including autism spectrum disorder, apraxia of speech, phonological disorders, selective mutism, social communication disorders, and other language-based disorders. She has particular interest in treating children with speech sound disorders and social pragmatic disorder. Ellen has specialized training in Level 1 and Level 2 PROMPT © Therapy, in addition to keeping her skills current with the latest research and speech and language techniques and curriculums.

Ashleigh Moore

MS, CCC-SLP

is a Speech Supervisor and a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Norwood clinic. She has experience evaluating and treating adults and children in inpatient, outpatient, public school, and private practice settings. She is skilled in addressing receptive and expressive language deficits, phonological and articulation disorders, motor speech disorders, fluency disorders, and executive functioning challenges. She is particularly passionate about working with neurodiverse children (Autistic children, children with ADHD and dyslexia) on skills of executive function and social communication and has extensive knowledge of the Social Thinking® curriculum. She also has experience helping families obtain and orient to a variety of AAC systems. Ashleigh is a proud neurodiversity-affirming therapist who values creating meaningful connections with her clients and families through direct treatment, evaluations, and consultations. In addition, she completed the Meaningful Speech Course on Gestalt Language Processing and is a member of the NLA Trained Clinician Registry. She is also a member of the South Shore Therapies Social Media and Marketing team.

Brianna Lunetta

MA, CCC-SLP

is a Speech Supervisor and a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Hingham clinic. She has experience working in the early intervention, pediatric outpatient, and public middle/high school settings. She has experience treating children with receptive and expressive language delays, developmental delays, autism spectrum disorder, social pragmatic language difficulties, articulation disorders, and feeding and swallowing disorders. In addition, Brianna completed the Meaningful Speech Course on Gestalt Language Processing and is a member of the NLA Trained Clinician Registry. She enjoys working closely with families and providing them with individualized treatments and education. Brianna promotes a fun and comfortable therapy environment for all children she works with. 

Allison LaMonica

MS, CCC-SLP

is a Lead Mentor Therapist and a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Hingham clinic. She has experience working with children and adults in a variety of settings, including university outpatient clinic, early intervention, feeding clinic, public schools and inpatient hospitals. Allie is skilled at treating and evaluating children with weaknesses in receptive and expressive language, articulation and phonology, social communication, executive function, and literacy. She is particularly passionate about working with autistic children and gestalt language processors. In addition, Allie completed the Meaningful Speech Course on Gestalt Language Processing and is a member of the NLA Trained Clinician Registry. Allie has strong communication skills and is driven to build rapport with both her clients and their families. She is dedicated to planning and delivering creative, individualized treatment designed to meet the unique needs of each child she has the great pleasure of working with.

John Desmond

MS, CCC-SLP

is a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Norwood clinic. Prior to working in the clinical setting, John had extensive experience as a school-based, Speech-Language Pathologist. In addition to providing students with individual and group speech therapy in the public schools, John also participated as a member of the Special Education Team charged with evaluating students who were struggling with their emerging academic and social skills. As a Team Member, John along with other professionals would formulate an Individual Education Plan (IEP) to ensure his charges would receive the therapy, classroom placement, and accommodations to maximize the child’s potential. In 2016, John was the recipient of the Norfolk County Teachers Association Award for commitment, dedication, and excellence in teaching. This experience provides John with an understanding as to how to collaborate with school professionals effectively to generalize skills learned in the therapy room to the classroom.

Jennifer Landolfi

MA, CCC-SLP

is a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Pembroke clinic. She has experience working with children with a variety of speech and language disorders within both the public school and private practice settings. She is skilled in assessing and treating children of all ages with autism spectrum disorder, social language deficits, motor speech disorders, stuttering, auditory and language processing disorders, and various other language-based learning disabilities. In addition, Jennifer is trained in the implementation of the Social Thinking® curriculum in order to improve social language abilities in school-aged children and adolescents.

Madeline Rosen

MS, CCC-SLP

is a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Hingham clinic. She has experience working with children and adults in a variety of settings, including public school, feeding clinic, outpatient clinics, and inpatient rehabilitation hospitals. Maddie is skilled at treating and evaluating individuals across their lifespan with receptive and expressive language delays, acquired/progressive cognitive-linguistic disorders, phonological and articulation disorders, including Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), executive functioning deficits, autism spectrum disorder, social pragmatic language difficulties, and feeding and swallowing disorders. Maddie has experience implementing The Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol communicative program. She prides herself in her ability to build strong rapport with children and their families, collaborate with other professionals, and provide effective, individualized, and engaging treatment for each child.

Olivia Ribeiro

MS, CCC-SLP

is a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Norwood clinic. She has experience evaluating and treating children and adults across university clinic, private practice, and public school settings. Olivia has experience in evaluation and treatment of the pediatric population in areas of receptive and expressive language delays and disorders, articulation and phonology, fluency, social communication, AAC, autism spectrum disorder, and down syndrome. In addition, Olivia completed the Meaningful Speech Course on Gestalt Language Processing and is a member of the NLA Trained Clinician Registry. Her areas of special interest include executive functioning and social communication, as well as fluency disorders. Olivia is committed to providing a compassionate and safe environment for her clients to learn and grow. She appreciates the importance of family involvement and generalization of skills across all environments.

Mackenzie Rountree

MS, CCC-SLP

is a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Hingham clinic. She has experience evaluating and treating adults and children across settings that include a university clinic, outpatient private practice, and public school. She has experience treating children with receptive and expressive language delays, autism spectrum disorder, social language difficulties, articulation and phonological disorders, executive function challenges, Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), and AAC. In her graduate experience at East Carolina University, she had the opportunity to participate in the Social Communication and Neuroscience lab. Through this experience, she found a passion for understanding social intentions and pragmatic skills. She also has a passion for working with the early intervention population, speech sound disorders, and gestalt language processing. She completed the Meaningful Speech Course on Gestalt Language Processing and is a member of the NLA Trained Clinician Registry. She is committed to providing functional, child-led treatment with a focus on the individual and their family to foster a positive and fun learning environment to promote carryover of skills.

Richard Little

MS, CCC-SLP

is a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Norwood clinic. He has experience working in public schools, university clinics, and private practice. He also has experience evaluating and treating both pediatric and adult clients. Ricky has worked with clients on skills targeting fluency, receptive/expressive language development, social pragmatics, and executive functioning. Ricky enjoys getting to know each one of his clients and fostering their growth based on their goals while creating a welcoming and safe environment.

Courtney Johnson

MS, CCC-SLP

is a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Norwood clinic. She has experience evaluating and treating children and adults in a variety of settings including university outpatient clinic, inpatient hospital, outpatient hospital clinic, and public schools. Courtney has experience working with children with a variety of diagnoses including expressive/receptive language disorders, phonological and articulation disorders, social-pragmatic disorders, auditory processing disorder, autism spectrum disorder, feeding and swallowing disorders, orofacial myofunctional disorders, and fluency disorders. In addition, Courtney completed the Meaningful Speech Course on Gestalt Language Processing and is a member of the NLA Trained Clinician Registry. She has a special interest in working with children with phonological and articulation disorders as well as orofacial myofunctional disorders. Courtney is very passionate about providing functional and individualized therapy that is fun and effective for her clients and their families.

Morgan Chabot

MS, CCC-SLP

is a Speech-Language Pathologist Clinical Fellow in the Hingham clinic. She has experience providing services to children and adults in university clinic, public school, and outpatient rehabilitation clinic settings. Morgan has experience evaluating and providing treatment for clients with autism spectrum disorder, expressive and receptive language delays/disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, childhood and acquired apraxia of speech, social pragmatic disorders, fluency disorders, aphasia, voice disorders, cognitive disorders, and AAC. In addition, she completed the Meaningful Speech Course on Gestalt Language Processing and is a member of the NLA Trained Clinician Registry. Morgan is passionate about working with children and their families. She believes it is important to collaborate with families and other professionals to provide the best services for her clients and to promote generalization. Morgan utilizes play-based and client-centered therapy approaches to provide individualized, fun, and engaging services.

Kayla Flynn

MS, CCC-SLP

is a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Norwood clinic. She has experience servicing elementary and middle school aged clients in the public school and clinical settings. Her areas of assessment and treatment include receptive and expressive language, articulation and phonology, pragmatic language, autism spectrum disorder, and AAC. Kayla is interested in pursuing opportunities working with early intervention aged clients and expanding her knowledge in natural language acquisition. In addition, Kayla completed the Meaningful Speech Course on Gestalt Language Processing and is a member of the NLA Trained Clinician Registry. She believes in using a play–based approach to best support clients’ social and language skill development. Kayla is passionate about building a strong rapport with clients, families, and co-workers to create the most inclusive and supportive intervention possible.

Megan Sneider

MS, CCC-SLP

is a Speech-Language Pathologist Clinical Fellow in the Norwood clinic. She has experience in evaluating and treating children and adults across university clinic, private practice, and public school settings. She has evaluated and treated children with a variety of speech, language, and fluency disorders, both in person and via telehealth. This includes thorough experience targeting articulation and speech intelligibility, implementing high- and low-tech AAC devices, providing strategies for social communication, and treating receptive and expressive delays/disorders. Megan has served diverse client populations, including children with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, and global developmental delays. Megan is committed to providing compassionate, functional, and evidence-based care that is individualized to each child and family. She is passionate about building a strong rapport with clients and families and fostering a positive environment for functional growth.

Veronique Webber

MS, CCC-SLP

is a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Pembroke clinic. She has had the opportunity to work with children under the age of three with a variety of disorders. She coached caregivers in their natural environments, providing valuable skills that encouraged language development in young children. Veronique worked closely with teachers, developmental specialists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and behavioral analysts to provide the best care for her clients. She also served on the initial evaluation team, determining eligibility for early intervention services, and providing autism screenings. Veronique has had the opportunity to professionally work with children with developmental delays, feeding/oral motor disorders, down syndrome, autism, medically fragile children, language delays and articulation/phonological disorders. She has received specialized training in Early Intervention Service Coordination and she enjoys working intimately with and educating parents. Veronique is passionate about the power of play and caregiver coaching in speech and language development for children.

Alex Dyer

MS, CCC-SLP

is Speech-Language Pathologist in the Norwood clinic. She has experience working with children and adults across a variety of settings, including public schools, private schools, and private practice. Her clinical background includes evaluation and treatment of a wide range of diagnoses, including speech and phonological disorders, language disorders, fluency disorders, and social-pragmatic disorders. Alex is passionate about providing functional and individualized therapy sessions and tailors each child’s treatment plan by utilizing a whole-child approach. Alex’s areas of interest include speech sound disorders, receptive and expressive language disorders, and autism spectrum disorder.

Sarah Walgreen

MS-CCC-SLP

is a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Pembroke clinic. She has experience evaluating and treating both pediatric and adult clients in public school and university clinics. Sarah is skilled in expressive/receptive language development, fluency, voice disorders, and motor speech difficulties. Sarah has facilitated voice therapy groups focused on vocal hygiene and increasing vocal loudness to improve speech clarity for clients with Parkinson’s disease. She has recently, however, developed an interest in working with preschool and elementary school children who have expressive/receptive language and motor speech difficulties. Sarah believes establishing a therapeutic relationship with each client is crucial for the success shown in therapy and enjoys following the client’s lead during therapy.

Rachel Chernik

MS, CCC-SLP

is a Speech-Language Pathologist Clinical Fellow at the Hingham clinic. Rachel has experience evaluating and treating both pediatric and adult clients across a variety of settings, including in a university clinic, public schools, and private practices. Her clinical background includes evaluation and treatment of a wide range of diagnoses, including speech and phonological disorders, expressive and receptive language disorders, fluency disorders, and social-pragmatic disorders. She also has experience treating clients in-person and over telehealth. Rachel is passionate about providing functional, compassionate, and individualized therapy sessions that are play-based and client-centered. Rachel is committed to building a strong rapport with clients and their families in order to achieve their goals while also fostering a welcoming and safe environment.

MaryBeth Keene

MS, CCC-SLP

is a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Pembroke clinic. She has worked in a variety of settings including educational collaboratives, public schools, and private practice. MaryBeth has extensive experience providing therapy for children and adolescents with various speech and language disorders including articulation/phonology, receptive and expressive language, and social/pragmatic language. She is trained in the Michelle Garcia Winner Social Thinking curriculum and enjoys working with clients on the Autism Spectrum to help them learn and use appropriate social skills. MaryBeth uses a client centered therapy approach to provide fun, motivating, and meaningful services.

Abigail Morgan

MS, CCC-SLP

is a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Pembroke clinic. She has experience evaluating and treating children and adults in public school, pediatric private practice, and hospital settings. Abby has experience working with pediatric clients with articulation and phonological disorders, receptive and expressive language disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, AAC, autism spectrum disorder, and fluency. In addition, she has experience working with geriatric clients with dysphagia and aphasia in a hospital setting. Abby is passionate about building a relationship with her clients and ensuring their environment is fun, safe, and engaging to assist them in reaching their goals.

Paige Gerenz

MS, CCC-SLP

is a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Hingham clinic. She has experience evaluating and treating adults and children in university clinic, pediatric private practice, public school, and inpatient acute care hospital settings. Paige has experience treating children with receptive and expressive language delays, autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, social language difficulties, articulation and phonological disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, and AAC. During undergrad, Paige participated in a lab investigating different communication styles for various co-morbidities (e.i. CAS and ASD). Through this experience she found a passion for a total communication approach for her treatment. She has attended a Hanen Conference, a MedSLP Pediatric Dysphagia Summit, and the AG Bell Conference. She is passionate about continuing her education in special areas including CAS, Gestalt Language Processing, pediatric dysphagia, and orofacial myofunctional disorders. Paige is committed to providing individualized treatment for clients and their family to foster functional speech and language development and promote generalization in everyday life.

Rachel Dimberio

MS-SLP

is a Speech and Language Pathologist at the Hingham Clinic. Rachel has experience treating both pediatrics and adults in a variety of settings, including in a university clinic, acute care, inpatient care, public schools, and private practices. Her background includes evaluation and treatment of a variety of diagnoses, including articulation/phonological disorders, receptive and expressive language, aphasia post stroke and TBI, social/pragmatic language, augmentative alternative communication, and fluency disorders. Rachel has treatment experience using tele-therapy. Rachel has loved working with children for many years. She began her pediatric career as a swim instructor and coach for children ages three years to 17 years. She also participated in water therapy with special education programs throughout local school districts. Rachel is passionate about creating a safe space for children to explore language and speech skills through child lead therapy. Rachel is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all children and families and supporting their needs throughout their time during treatment.

Emily Silver

MS-SLP

is a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Hingham clinic. She has experience evaluating and treating children and adults in-person and via telehealth. Emily has had the opportunity to work with Autistic children, and children with Down syndrome, receptive and expressive language delays and disorders, social pragmatics disorders, phonological disorders, articulation disorders, and those who use AAC. She is passionate about providing a nurturing and fun play-based therapy environment that enables each child to thrive. Emily is committed to collaborating with children and their families to reach their communication goals.

Kelley McSweeney

MS-SLP

Kelley is a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Hingham Clinic. She has experience in evaluating and treating children and adults across a variety of settings, including public schools, university clinic, private practice, and early intervention. Her clinical background includes evaluation and treatment within the areas of articulation and phonology, receptive and expressive language, feeding, developmental delays, early literacy, and social pragmatics. In addition, she has a special interest in providing treatment for autistic children utilizing AAC devices to communicate. Kelley is passionate about providing engaging, functional, and individualized therapy sessions that are play-based and client-centered. She is dedicated to collaborating with parents and caregivers to encourage client progress and generalize skills across environments.

Lauren Lyon Bliss

MS, CCC-SLP

Lauren is a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Norwood clinic. She has experience evaluating and treating children in early intervention, outpatient and public school settings. She is skilled in addressing early language development, phonological and articulation disorders, receptive and expressive impairments, fluency disorders, and feeding disorders. Clinical interests include articulation and Deaf/Hard of Hearing language development. Lauren has experience providing therapy influenced by the Hanen, Cycles, and SOS approach to language, articulation, and feeding. She is a firm believer in total communication for all children, and the power of family coaching and practical carry over strategies as the most important tool for client success.

Allison Brown

MS, CCC-SLP

Allie Brown is a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Norwood clinic. She has extensive experience with the pediatric population, having previously worked as an SLP in a public integrated preschool and a special education collaborative before joining South Shore Therapies. She also served as an IEP and 504 team chair for the preschool population. Her clinical expertise includes early communication, receptive and expressive language, speech sound production, and pragmatic language development, in addition to the selection and implementation of a variety of light- and high-tech Augmentative and Alternative Communication tools and systems. She completed the Meaningful Speech Course and additional courses on Gestalt Language Processing, and she is a member of the NLA Trained Clinician Registry. She also has training in the Social Thinking® curriculum, play-based speech therapy techniques, Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing, and assessment of culturally and linguistically diverse children, among others. Allie is particularly passionate about supporting Autistic individuals and their families, in addition to working with young children and complex communicators. She values neurodiversity-affirming, sensory-supportive, child-led, and play-based practices, with meaningful connection at the center.

Sarah Burns

MS, CCC-SLP

is a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Pembroke and Higham clinics. She has had 20 years plus experience working in a variety of pediatric settings such as early Intervention, hospital, clinic, and elementary school. The last 10 years have been spent in the public elementary school. She is skilled in addressing receptive and expressive language deficits, phonological and articulation disorders, and motor speech, fluency and more. She is particularly passionate about working with children who stutter. She prides herself in building relationships and connections with each student and improving their self-esteem.

Andrea Pangia

MS, CCC-SLP

Andrea is a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Hingham clinic. Andrea has worked in schools, early intervention, and private practice. She has experience treating articulation/phonological disorders, language disorders, fluency, pediatric feeding disorders, and social communication disorders. She has a special interest in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). She believes in respecting a child’s unique communication style while providing a more inclusive and effective approach to therapy.

Administration

Howard Szklut

BUSINESS DIRECTOR

Suzanne Chase

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS AND ADMINISTRATION

Laura Forrester

SCHEDULING SUPERVISOR/NORWOOD OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

Christine Walker

INSURANCE & BILLING SUPERVISOR/HINGHAM OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

Samantha Traggis

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Flower Jaeger

REFERRAL AND INSURANCE BENEFIT COORDINATOR

Diane Ringer

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Lori Homer

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Garcelle Germain

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Alyssa Brodeur

SCHEDULER

Margaret McGuirk

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Casandra Blandin

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Allison McAuliffe

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Rosemary O’Neil

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Lynne Moodoyan

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Danielle Leary

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Kristin Pati

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Laura Kemp

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Mary Defazio

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Amina Cunningham

Front Desk – Norwood

AnnMarie O'Keefe

Front Desk - Hingham

Judy McDonough

Front Desk - Hingham

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Angela O’Sullivan

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Diane Sweeney

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William Donovan

Clinic Maintenance