Our Team

Melanie Krevitz Bellissima MS, CCC-SLP  Owner   –  Speech-Language Pathologist

 

Melanie has been active in the speech therapy world since the young age of 14, when she began to observe speech therapists in different environments. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from West Chester University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communicative Disorders. During her years at WCU, Melanie served as President of NSSLHA (National Student Speech Language Hearing Association), earning her the” NSSLHA Members Honor Award”, national recognition awarded on the basis of scholastic achievement, service to the academic unit and professional conduct. Melanie was also awarded the “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges” award and was nominated for the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society.

Continuing her education towards her goal of becoming a Speech-Language Pathologist, Melanie studied at Towson University where she earned a Master’s of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She served as President of NSSLHA at the graduate level as well.

Melanie has extensive experience in the field, working at several pediatric outpatient facilities where she treated a variety of clients with a range of disorders and diagnoses. She also spent several years working at a camp for children on the Autism Spectrum, where she developed and implemented the camp’s drama program.

She also created individualized positive behavior plans and activities to enhance social skills such as non-verbal communication, conversation building, friendship making, and problem solving. Melanie is a licensed speech language pathologist in the state of Pennsylvania and certified by the American Speech Hearing Association (ASHA).

 

 Carolyn Lefkowits OTR/L – Occupational Therapist 

 

carolynCarolyn is an Occupational Therapist with 13 years of experience in pediatrics. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Thomas Jefferson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. Since graduating, she has worked in a variety of settings with children of all ages, and her emphasis is in early intervention and preschool services. Carolyn is a seasoned therapist who has worked with children with a variety of diagnoses, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Rett Syndrome, Developmental Delay, Sensory Processing Disorder, and more.

She has worked within public schools, community preschools and daycares, specialized classrooms, and outpatient facilities. In 2006-2007 Carolyn developed and implemented a creative movement and dance program for children with special needs. She has extensive experience with sensory integration techniques, as well as treating children with feeding difficulties.

Carolyn feels one of the most important aspects of her job is to educate and train families so they have the knowledge and skills needed to help their child function to the best of their abilities. Carolyn is a registered Occupational Therapist with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, and is licensed in the state of Pennsylvania.

 

Erika Seiver OTR/L – Occupational Therapist

 

unnamedErika is an Occupational Therapist with experience working in a variety of pediatric settings, including public and charter schools, outpatient centers, preschools, and early intervention.  She has worked with children with a wide variety of diagnoses, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down’s syndrome, developmental delay, Cerebral Palsy, and acquired and traumatic brain injury. Erika is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

She was honored to be selected to present her research at the AOTA Annual Conference & Expo on two occasions, for her work on OT’s role in refugee family resettlement, as well as her experience implementing OT-based health and wellness programs for communities in rural Rwanda.  She has a strong passion for enhancing children’s independence in family roles and routines through play-based interventions.  Erika is a registered Occupational Therapist with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and is licensed in the state of Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, where she received a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. She also holds a B.A. from New York University in Psychology.

 

Patti Dormer, M.S., CCC-SLP – Speech Language Pathologist

 

pattieSince elementary school, Patti has loved working with kids whether through volunteering or babysitting. She grew up with some exposure to special needs children since her older cousin has Down syndrome. In high school, Patti learned about the field of speech therapy and became especially interested in it.

Patti attended La Salle University and completed their 5 year Master program in speech pathology. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Speech Language-Hearing Science and a Master’s degree in Speech Pathology. While at La Salle, Patti participated in a research study examining how increases in certain cortexes of the brain may affect speech motor control. Patti also participated in and helped to run a volunteer group associated with St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. She graduated with Maxima Cum Laude honors.

Currently, Patti is working for a public school district in Bucks County. She is completing her fourth school year there. She also has previous experience in pediatric outpatient facilities with clients aging in range from 2 through 20 years of age. Patti has a love for working with a variety of clients and helping them to achieve their goals!

Patti is a licensed speech language pathologist for the state of Pennsylvania. She is also licensed nationally through the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA).

 

Caitlin Brown, M.S., CCC-SLP - Speech Language Pathologist

 

caitlinCaitlin’s interest in working with individuals with disabilities began at age ten, when her younger sibling began receiving a variety of specialized services. She acted as a mother’s helper, nanny, and camp volunteer for many children with autism and other developmental disabilities.  After graduating high school, Caitlin spent five summers working as an instructional assistant in autistic support classrooms. Caitlin soon realized that working with individuals with special needs was her true passion.  Caitlin went on to complete her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Communication Science and Disorders at Penn State University.

While studying in the undergraduate program at Penn State, Caitlin served as a research assistant for the “Autism Theory to Intervention” project.  During her Master’s program, she served as a graduate research assistant in the Augmentative and Alternative Communication lab.  Caitlin was a recipient of the U.S. Department of Education Children’s Communicative Competence Project Personnel Preparation Grant, for which she completed additional coursework and clinical experiences related to working with individuals with complex communication needs and their families.

Caitlin looks forward to the unique set of skills and challenges that come with each new client.  She believes that a team approach and creative problem solving are key components of improving the quality of life for each individual with speech and language challenges.  She has enjoyed the opportunity to work with individuals of many ages and abilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Apraxia, ALS, Traumatic Brain Injury, Rett Syndrome, Dementia, and a range of genetic disorders

Caitlin is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in the state of Pennsylvania and is certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA).

 

Jill Ranck MS CCC-SLP - Speech Language Pathologist

 

Jill’s love for helping those with special needs began in high school when she volunteered within the Life skills classroom. After graduating high school, Jill attended La Salle University earning her Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. While at La Salle, Jill conducted a research study to examine the usefulness of parallel translated texts for English-language learners. Jill interned at Great Start Therapy throughout her undergraduate career. She loved the kids and staff so much she came back to work at Great Start after graduating!

Furthering her studies, Jill graduated from East Stroudsburg University, where she earned her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

Currently, Jill is working full-time in the public schools. She enjoys working with children of all ages to achieve their speech and language goals while having fun!

Jill is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in Pennsylvania and holds national certification with the American Speech Hearing Association (ASHA)

 

Stefanie Brown, M.S., CCC-SLP - Speech Language Pathologist

 

stefStefanie attended East Stroudsburg University as an undergraduate majoring in Speech and Language Pathology.  She went on to obtain her masters in Speech-Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University.  For the past 9 years she has worked as a Speech Language Pathologist for the Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22 in their Early Childhood Services department and works with children 3- to 5-years old.

Stefanie is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in Pennsylvania and holds a national certification with the American Speech Hearing Association (ASHA).

 

Gina Athas, M.A., CCC-SLP - Speech Language Pathologist

 

ginaGina attended Boston College as an undergraduate majoring in English.  She then worked in the business field in Boston, New York City and New Jersey as a marketing analyst.   Her employer, Prudential Insurance Company, introduced large-scale layoffs and Gina used her severance to attend a graduate program at the College of New Jersey to pursue a career as a Speech Therapist.

Gina graduated with a Master of Arts in Speech Language Pathology.  She then worked for the Bucks County Intermediate Unit, Preschool Division, for 11 years.  During that time, she treated a wide variety of issues affecting speech and language.  After she left, Gina provided private therapy for preschoolers.  She also substituted for Council Rock School District in Newtown Middle School and Holland Middle School as well as Newtown Elementary, Rolling Hills, Churchville and Welch Elementary.  Gina currently works in Early Intervention for several agencies, servicing children in the birth-to-three population.

Gina is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in Pennsylvania and holds national certification with the American Speech Hearing Association (ASHA).

 

Mary Cooper, M.A., CCC-SLP - Speech Language Pathologist

 

mary-cooperHi! I am Mary Cooper. I graduated with my Masters in the Arts of Speech Language Pathology, from St. John’s University in Queens, NY. I practiced in NY starting with my clinical fellowship in Early Intervention, then moving on to working with preschoolers and school aged children in private practices, as well as a center-based preschool program.

Upon relocating to Pennsylvania in 2016, I revisited Early Intervention, working with kiddos varying in diagnoses, ages 0-3 years of age. As a part of my training over the years, I have completed PROMPT levels I & II, where I can implement this hands- on technique, in conjunction with oral motor work, language play and traditional sound production strategies to make every kiddo successful in reaching their goals. Mary is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in Pennsylvania and holds national certification with the American Speech Hearing Association (ASHA).

Mary is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in Pennsylvania and holds a national certification with the American Speech Hearing Association (ASHA).

 

Sarah Scheidell, M.S., CCC-SLP – Speech Language Pathologist

 

sarah-scheidellSarah graduated with her Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from East Stroudsburg University. Sarah was a collegiate athlete during her undergraduate years at Temple University and East Stroudsburg University. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from East Stroudsburg University with her Bachelor of Science in Speech Language Pathology. Sarah’s time on the soccer field inspired her to complete a graduate thesis on the Effects of Concussion on Hearing Screening Results in Impact and Non-Impact Collegiate Athletes. Sarah presented her research at The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention in 2018.

Sarah’s passion for helping others began soon after her grandmother was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. After accompanying her grandmother to her speech therapy sessions, Sarah knew she had found a way to pair her desire to be of service in the healthcare field with a treatment modality she could relate to on a personal level. Sarah’s time working at The Talk School educating children with autism and speech and language disorders also sparked her interest in becoming a speech pathologist.

Sarah enjoys working with both children and adults of all ages. She has experience working with clients age 2 to 92 with a range of disorders and diagnoses. Sarah has always been captivated with the idea of helping others communicate and she has found a way to pair that desire with her passion and empathy and become a speech language pathologist.

Sarah is a licensed speech language pathologist for the state of Pennsylvania. She is also licensed nationally through the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA).