About Our Therapists
At Wellesley Pediatric Speech Therapy, we pride ourselves in providing the highest quality service to our patients. Our therapists all specialize in the treatment of pediatrics. All therapists are certified by the State of Massachusetts and members of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) or American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
Ivy Schantz M.S.,CCC-SLP
Ivy earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Speech and Hearing Sciences from The George Washington University. She received her Master of Science degree in Speech Pathology from Boston University. Ivy has specific interest and expertise working with the Autistic population. She has extensive experience working in an outpatient pediatric medical hospital where she worked with children with a variety of developmental and medical diagnoses. Additionally she has led social pragmatic groups for children on all levels of the Autism Spectrum and is trained in the nationally recognized PROMPT technique. Ivy enjoys working in the Wellesley community with families, educators, and other medical professionals. She believes it's important to collaborate with everyone involved in a child's life and care in order to see the most progress and carryover of the skills they learn and develop in therapy.
Robin Stein M.S.,CCC-SLP
Robin earned her bachelor’s degree in linguistics and psychology from the University of Michigan and her master’s degree in communication disorders from Emerson College. She is an experienced and talented speech therapist specializing in pediatric treatment and is trained in the nationally recognized PROMPT technique. Robin has clinical experiences at Boston Children's Hospital, a local public school system, early intervention, and in a specialized school for students with special needs. She has worked with children on their articulation, fluency, higher level language, listening and reading comprehension, narrative language, social communication, vocabulary, and word-retrieval skills. Her warm and bubbly personality is a wonderful addition to our practice.
Ellen Gilmore M.S.,CCC-SLP
Ellen earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Boston College and her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Boston University. She has extensive experience working with the pediatric population in both individual and group settings and is trained in the nationally recognized PROMPT technique. She has evaluated and treated children with communication disorders including Childhood Apraxia of Speech, autism spectrum disorders, articulation and language delays through both play-based therapy and more structured tasks. Her past experiences include work in an integrated preschool program, an outpatient rehabilitation program, and Early Intervention. She is very sweet, compassionate, and enthusiastic about working with children and their families.
Christina Stavrakas M.S.,CCC-SLP
Christina earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Music from The University of Rhode Island and her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology, with a concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorders from the MGH Institute of Health Professionals. Christina has evaluated and developed treatment plans for children with language processing difficulties, autism spectrum disorders, social pragmatic deficits, executive function challenges, ADHD, down syndrome, global cognitive delays, and phonological awareness in both school and outpatient hospital settings. Additionally, Christina has a special expertise in treating children with complex language profiles in need of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) strategies. Christina understands the importance of collaborating with each child's family, educators, and other professionals.
Elana Block M.S.,CCC-SLP
Elana received her Bachelor of Science in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Rochester and her Master of Science in Communication Disorders from Emerson College. Elana has extensive experience working specifically with the pediatric population with a variety of medical and developmental diagnosis. Past positions include another pediatric private practice in the area, a local elementary school, and the Early Intervention program. She worked with children with a variety of speech, language, and pragmatic/social deficits. She is very caring, enthusiastic, and passionate about working with children and their families.
Ashley Higgins M.A.,CCC-SLP
Ashley earned her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders and her Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Massachusetts. Ashley has provided speech, language, voice and cognitive evaluations and therapy to young children and adolescents. She has educated adolescents and young adults on executive function strategies to increase independence and improve overall academic success. Before coming to WPST, Ashley worked with pediatric and adult patients at Spaulding Rehabilitation Outpatient Centers and conducted research on the use of telepractice as a service delivery model for children with Autism. Ashley is warm and dedicated to working with children and their families to improve their overall communication skills.
Mariah Harrington M.S.Ed., CCC-SLP
Mariah received her BS in Communication Disorders from the University of Rhode Island and her MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the College of Saint Rose. She specializes in early speech, language, and communication disorders. Mariah previously provided in-person and virtual therapy to children within the public school system. She has treated children with disfluencies, voice/resonance disorders, augmentative/alternative communication needs, expressive/receptive language delays, executive functioning deficits, articulation/phonology disorders and early literacy difficulties. She completed Lively Letters training for teaching sounds for literacy development and Picture Exchange Communication System Level1 training to teach children functional communication. The children and families she works with appreciate her bubbly personality and love for working with children.
Melanie Bishop M.S.,CCC-SLP
Melanie earned her BA in English and Linguistics from Northeastern University and her MS in Speech Language Pathology from Boston University. Prior to joining WPST, Melanie has previous experience at a pediatric private practice designing and implementing treatment plans addressing receptive/expressive language, articulation, motor speech, fluency, voice, social communication, phonological processing, and auditory processing skills. Melanie has worked on interdisciplinary teams providing consultation and education to caregivers, other therapists, and health professionals. Additionally, she has completed trainings in Nancibell Visualizing & Verbalizing program, Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing program, Reading with TLC Lively Letters: Condensed, Introduction to PROMPT Technique and Bridging PROMPT Technique to Intervention, PECS Level 1 Training, Greenspan Floortime Approach training. Melaine is an experienced, warm, and energetic therapist who cares so much for the children and their families.
Katie Savino M.S.,CCC-SLP
Katie received her bachelor's degree in Psychology and Language & Linguistics from Brandeis University and her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Boston University. She specializes in pediatric language delays, articulation impairments, pragmatic language deficits, and fluency disorders. Katie has provided evaluations and therapy for children at Massachusetts General Hospital: Speech, Language & Swallowing Disorders outpatient clinic and a local preschool program. She has planned and led social groups using the Social Thinking Curriculum. Katie's warm and energetic personality makes it easy for children and families to feel comfortable and enjoy working with Katie.
Leah Scampini M.A.,CCC-SLP
Leah earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders and her Master of Arts in Communication Sciences from the University of Connecticut. Leah is a Certified Early Intervention Specialist. She has completed trainings in the nationally recognized PROMPT technique and Social Thinking Curriculum. Over the years, Leah has worked closely with children and their families to develop individualized treatment plans and home carryover programs. She has experience evaluating and treating children with a variety of speech and language delays and deficits, Autism Spectrum Disorder, motor speech deficits and feeding difficulties. She has used a variety of low tech and high tech Alternative and Augmentative Communication tools and devices in therapy. Leah has supervised both students and Clinical Fellows as well as colaborated on many multidisciplinary teams. Leah is passionate about educating and working with families to help children progress and develop their overall communication skills.
Jackie Sansone M.Ed.,OTR/L
Jackie earned both her Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Services and her Master of Education in Occupational Therapy from Springfield College. She has worked as a pediatric occupational therapist for 8 years at a private school for children with social and emotional disabilities. Prior to that, she worked at an inpatient rehabilitation hospital where she treated patients with orthopedic, cardiac, and neurological diagnoses. She has also worked as a consultant for both children and adults with various developmental delays. Jackie has completed advanced training in sensory integration theory and is qualified to administer and interpret the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests.
Jillian Amo, M.S.,OTR/L
Jillian earned her Bachelor of Arts in Human Development from Boston College where she minored in Special Education & Psychology. She received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University, is licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Jillian has experience working with infants through young adults in inpatient, outpatient, and school settings. She has specific knowledge in the areas of developmental delay, autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder, ADHD, brain injury, cerebral palsy, rare-genetic abnormality, orthopedic injury, and recent trauma or surgery.
Marisa Capogreco OTD,OTR/L
Marisa earned her Bachelor of Science in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences from The Ohio State University where she minored in Speech and Hearing. She earned her doctorate in occupational therapy from MGH Institute of Health Professions. Her doctoral project focused on helping to establish the pro-bono OT clinic at the IHP, with a focus on the best ways to assess and treat a child with sensory needs. She presented her research at the national OT conference in Philadelphia this year, and is in the process of publishing it into an OT journal. I also has experience working on a mental health unit at the Cleveland Clinic, where she started a sensory program to help patients cope with symptoms of their mental health disorders. She loves walking on the esplanade, cheering on all Boston sports teams, and exploring new places.
Kayla Cerulli M.S.,OTR/L
ayla is an occupational therapist who received her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from New York University and also holds a Bachelors of Arts in Communications with a focus in studio art from Boston College. Kayla has experience working with the pediatric population in various settings including schools, early intervention, and outpatient sensory gyms. Prior to receiving her masters degree, Kayla worked for the Watertown Public School System, assisting children and their families with disabilities. Kayla embraces a holistic, strengths-based approach to occupational therapy and is passionate about sensory processing. She loves incorporating various sensory experiences into her sessions such as art/messy play and movement. In her free time, Kayla enjoys traveling, spending time with family and yoga.
Patricia Collins, M.S.,OTR/L
Tricia earned both her Bachelor of Occupational Science and Master of Occupational Therapy at Ithaca College. Before joining the Wellesley Pediatric Team Tricia gained knowledge and experience working in Early Intervention and in an Outpatient setting. Tricia treats children to young adults with a variety of delays including Autism, ADHD, Down Syndrome, anxiety, seizure disorders, and other developmental delays. With expertise in Sensory Integration, Tricia is an energetic therapist and enjoys getting onto the floor with children to promote motivation and engagement in functional activities.
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