Speech Therapy Staff
Erin Denham, M.S. CCC-SLP is The Director of Speech-Language Services. She joined the OTA team in 2001 after receiving both her Master’s and Bachelor of Science from Northeastern University. Erin was one of three graduates to complete Northeastern Universities first ever accelerated program allowing her to finish the program in just five years. She has an extensive background working with children with various disabilities. She worked in the public school setting for five years and has great knowledge of the IEP process. She is a licensed and certified, pediatric speech-language pathologist who evaluates, diagnoses, and treats a variety of communication disorders in children. She has worked with children with the following diagnoses: apraxia and other motor-based speech disorders, dysarthria, phonological disorders, speech articulation disorders, receptive language disorders, expressive language disorders, stuttering and fluency disorders, autism, pragmatic language disorders, central auditory processing disorders, language-based learning disabilities, nonverbal learning disabilities. Her current interests are in phonemic development, pre-reading skills, reading comprehension and social development.
Alyssa Mac Carthy, M.S. CCC-SLP joined the OTA team in 2007. She started her career as a Speech-Language Pathologist within the Early Intervention system before working in an inpatient rehabilitation facility where she gained experience in traumatic brain injury and infant feeding difficulties. Alyssa currently enjoys working with children of all ages with various disabilities. She holds particular interest in early speech and language development, early literacy development as well as children with feeding and swallowing impairments including picky eaters. She is trained in the S.O.S. approach for feeding difficulties. Alyssa graduated from Holy Cross in 1998 with a B.A. in Psychology. After graduation she worked with young children with autism for two years, providing home-based Floortime and ABA therapy. She attended the graduate program in Communication Sciences & Disorders at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in Boston and received her M.S. in 2002.
Ciara Fretto, M.S. CCC-SLP joined the OTA team in 2016. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Nazareth College of Rochester in Communication Sciences and Disorders and her Master’s Degree from The University of The District of Columbia in Speech-Language Pathology. In addition to working at OTA, she currently works in the public school system. Prior to working in the public school system, she provided pediatric services to developmentally delayed, disabled, high-risk infants, toddlers, and their families in their home or community with deficits in articulation, phonology, receptive and expressive language. She has experience working with children from birth to teenage years with a variety of communication disorders and psychosocial emotional disorders. Her areas of interest within the field include receptive and expressive delays/disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, pragmatic language deficits and early speech and language development. She is passionate about helping children and their families generalize and integrate the skills learned within the therapy room across multiple settings (i.e. home, natural environment, school and community settings).
Jackie Karvelas, M.S. CCC-SLP joined the OTA team in 2016. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She received a dual degree in Psychology and Linguistics as an undergrad at Northeastern University after completing multiple coop internships in the field of speech pathology and audiology. She returned to Northeastern University to obtain her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2013 after working as a special education teaching assistant with Cambridge Public Schools. Jackie currently works full-time in the public school setting, but previously gained experience in the private practice setting evaluating and treating communication impairments in children and adults who have autism spectrum disorders. She has experience working with children of all ages and a variety of speech-language impairments, but especially enjoys working with young children who have ASD and developing augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) supports to increase her clients’ receptive and expressive communication skills across all environments.
Suzanne Schiavone, M.S., CCC-SLP joined the OTA team in 2017. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from Boston University. After graduation, she worked for a year providing home-based services to children with autism spectrum disorder. Following that experience, she attended the MGH Institute of Health Professions and received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Her past clinical experiences include working in public schools, sub-separate special education programs, and clinic-based settings. She has also worked with adults in skilled nursing facilities. Suzanne gained extensive experience using both low tech communication strategies and tools and high tech communication devices during a clinical placement at a pediatric clinic that specializes in augmentative and alternative communication. She has experience working with children of all ages with a range of communication disorders, including children with complex physical, developmental, and social-emotional disabilities, as well as children with significant behavioral challenges. Suzanne’s specific areas of interest within the field include autism spectrum disorder, augmentative and alternative communication, and early speech and language development.
Chrisanne Carino Webb, M.S. CCC-SLP joined the OTA team in 2016 on a part time basis with 25 years of experience. She completed her undergraduate studies at Boston College and graduate degree from Boston University’s, Sargent College in Communication Disorders. She began her career at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Lowell after which she spent most of her career in the public school setting. In addition, she worked part time for more than 10 years at New England Rehabilitation Hospital with adults that had speech, language and swallowing disorders as a result of neurological diagnosis. She is licensed and certified both in MA and with the American Speech and Language Association (ASHA). She has treated articulation, apraxia, receptive and expressive language disorders from preschool to adults. Her particular interest and area of strength lies in treatment of articulation and social language/pragmatic disorders.
Jenna Pickard, M.S. CCC-SLP joined the OTA team in 2018. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Developmental Disabilities from Worcester State University and her Master of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from St. Ambrose University in Iowa. She currently works in the Public School System, providing therapy to children with a wide variety of communication disorders. She also has previous experience in early intervention, providing education to parents and treating children with articulation disorders, phonological disorders, and expressive/receptive language disorders. Her specific areas of interest include early speech and language development, pragmatic language, and providing therapy to clients using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices in order to increase their overall communication skills and independence with their device.
Lindsay Colello, M.S. CCC-SLP joined the OTA team in 2019. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from George Mason University in Communication and her Master’s Degree from James Madison University in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Lindsay has spent her career working in a pediatric private practice setting treating children from birth to teenage years with a variety of feeding difficulties and communication disorders secondary to a wide variety of medical diagnoses. Her areas of interest within the field include phonological and speech sound disorders, early language development, and children with feeding and swallowing difficulties. Lindsay believes a collaborative approach to a child’s care empowers families to generalize skills outside of the therapy room for increased confidence and further gains.
Lauren Lyon, M.S. CCC-SLP joined the OTA team in 2020. Lauren received her dual Bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts in Communication Sciences & Disorders and Psychology. She then earned her Master of Science in Communication Disorders from Emerson College. Prior to working at OTA, Lauren spent four years in early intervention where she supported families and children with hearing, language, speech, and feeding/swallowing skills. Some of her favorite areas to work with children on are feeding, hearing, and articulation! Lauren is a big believer in routine-based strategies to help grow communication and feeding skills at home and in the community.
Carla MacGibbon, M.S., CCC-SLP joined OTA in 2020. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and received her Master of Science in Speech from Emerson College. Carla has worked in a variety of settings, including Early Intervention, an integrated preschool program, and an outpatient clinic within a pediatric hospital setting. She is currently an instructor with an online Master’s Degree program for Communication Disorders. Carla’s interests include working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, phonological disorders, and early language development.
Allison Driscoll, M.S CCC-SLP joined our team in 2020. She holds a Bachelor of arts degree in Human Development from Merrimack College and a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from New York Medical College. Prior to working at OTA, Allison worked at another pediatric outpatient clinic in New Hampshire where she provided therapy to children with a variety of diagnoses including phonological disorders, fluency disorders, articulation disorders, feeding disorders, Autism, and expressive/receptive language disorders. Her interests within the field include early speech and language development, feeding disorders, articulation disorders, and phonological disorders.
Jillian Ashburner, M.S. CCC-SLP joined the OTA team in 2020. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Simmons College and a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Rhode Island. Prior to joining OTA, Jillian worked in the public schools for 12 years. She has experience treating a broad range of communication disorders in children. Jillian is trained in the Lidcombe Program for young children who stutter and the SCERTS Model, a comprehensive educational approach for children with autism spectrum disorder. She has completed further professional development in second language acquisition, low- and high-tech alternative augmentative communication (AAC), the impact of trauma on learning, and play, language, and early literacy. Jillian’s areas of particular clinical interest include early childhood speech and language development, applied linguistics, and dual language learners.
Occupational Therapy Staff
Tricia Huntley, OTR/L joined the OTA team in 2009 as The Director of Occupational Therapy Department and Director of the Feeding and Swallowing Program. Tricia has over 30 years of experience in Pediatric Occupational Therapy. She has been with OTA for 10 years. Prior to coming to OTA she developed, managed, and practiced in a variety of inpatient and outpatient Occupational Therapy centers. Her experience and expertise include, Early Intervention, school system, neonatal intensive care units, infant follow-up clinics, pediatric trauma and inpatient units, pediatric inpatient psychiatric units, diagnostic evaluation clinic, adaptive and orthopedic equipment clinics, hand and splinting clinic’s, assistive devices clinic and feeding team. Tricia’s specialty is in the evaluation and treatment of feeding disorders in the medically fragile child. She has had extensive experience with weaning from tube feeds and progression of skill development for eating. She also has served as a consultant to the “Kids with Tubes” parent support program
Jamie Morgan M.S. OTR/L, joined the OTA team in 2008 and holds the role of Clinical Specialist. Jamie is certified to administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT), The Therapeutic Listening Program, and The Astronaut Training Program. She has experience working with children with a variety of diagnoses who have difficulties with sensory processing, self-regulation, motor planning/praxis, bilateral coordination, fine motor skills, ocular motor/visual perceptual skills, feeding, executive functioning, and activities of daily living. She also has experience with the Wilbarger Deep Pressure and Proprioceptive Technique, Brain Gym, Handwriting Without Tears, ALERT Program, The Zones of Regulation and The Social Thinking Superflex Curriculum.
Sabra Chiurri, M,S,, OTR/L joined the OTA team in 2010. She currently holds the position of Equipment Manager and is responsible for the maintenance and repair of all sensory based equipment utilized within the clinic. She also participates in co-leading a feeding therapy based group for children utilizing a sensory based approach. She graduated from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY in 2005. Since graduation, she has worked in both adult and pediatric settings. She has worked with adults in rehabilitation and acute inpatient settings. Sabra also has experience with children of all abilities in a variety of pediatric settings, including early intervention, a day school setting with children with a variety of multiple physical and developmental handicaps, a residential unit for children with complex concurrent diagnoses and severe behavioral challenges, and in outpatient care. Sabra is a certified provider for The Therapeutic Listening Program. She has experience using the Alert Program, Handwriting Without Tears Program, Super Flex Social Thinking curriculum, Zones of Regulation, and the Wilbarger Brushing Protocol.
Elizabeth Tontini-L’heureux, M.S., OTR/L joined the OTA team in 2013. She graduated from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT in 2007. Since graduating, she has worked in the area of Sensory Integration in the outpatient clinic setting and school systems. She has experience working with children with a variety of diagnoses such as autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing disorder, developmental coordination disorder, cerebral palsy and a variety of delays in visual motor/perceptual skills, fine motor skills and feeding difficulties. Elizabeth is CPR certified and is a certified provider for The Therapeutic Listening Program and a Handwriting Specialist formally trained in the Handwriting Without Tears Program. She is part of the Feeding Team at OTA and focuses on oral motor and sensory facets to help children increase their food intake. She also has experience using the Alert Program, Zones of Regulation, visual-vestibular intervention techniques and craniosacral techniques. Elizabeth believes that working closely with the child, their families and different disciplines to provide individualized treatments are essential for a child to grow and prosper.
Christina Olivieri, M.S., OTR/L joined the OTA team in 2008. She is a pediatric Occupational Therapist that works with children of all ages and abilities in a variety of settings, including outpatient clinic-based care and public school systems. She is a certified Handwriting Specialist in Massachusetts and a certified provider for Therapeutic Listening. Christina’s clinical expertise includes working with children with autism spectrum disorders, physical disabilities, oral motor/feeding difficulties, executive dysfunctions, sensory integration impairments, emotional/behavioral difficulties, and various learning disabilities. She received formal training in sensory integration, nutrition and feeding interventions, primitive reflexes, handwriting interventions, and sensory diets. Christina implements various programs into treatment, including Handwriting Without Tears, Brain Gym, and The Alert Program. She is passionate about working with children and their families for carryover of learned skills into the home, school, and community.
Molly Burnett, M.S., OTR/L joined the team in 2011. She graduated from The University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Science in 2010 and a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2011. She has several years of experience working with both children and adults with varying ailments and conditions and has specialty training in handwriting, cultural competency, and behavioral management. Molly also has experience in school and rehabilitation hospital settings. She is always willing to help put a smile on someone’s face and enjoys coming to work every day to learn more from the children and families with whom she works.
Ashley Tarentino, M.S., OTR/L joined the team at OTA in 2016 after receiving her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. She has been working in the field of pediatric occupational therapy since May of 2008. Ashley has provided occupational therapy services to children ages 2-22 within various treatment settings including school-based, home services and out-patient services. Ashley has experience working with children with a variety of diagnoses including but not limited to multiple handicaps, medical fragility, visual impairments, neurological impairments, fine motor deficits, gross motor deficits, as well as sensory processing and arousal regulation concerns. She also has experience in seating and positioning, splinting and custom made adaptive equipment. Ashley is currently learning American Sign Language (ASL).
Talia Miller, M.O.T., OTR/L joined the OTA team in 2018. She received her Bachelors of Health Science from Quinnipiac University in 2016, and then graduated with her Masters of Occupational Therapy in 2018. Prior to becoming an occupational therapist, she has worked with children in a preschool setting and as a camp counselor. Talia completed occupational therapy fieldwork placements in outpatient pediatrics with a sensory integration focus at OTA, an outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation, and in adult mental health outpatient programs. Talia enjoys working with children and their families to assist in the development and achievement of functional skills for participation in their daily lives.
Jennifer Rose, M.S., OTR/L, joined the OTA team in November 2018. She graduated with her Bachelor’s in Health Sciences from the University of New England in 2013, and her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Salem State University in May 2018. Prior to graduating, Jennifer completed her Level I and II fieldwork in pediatrics at the League School of Greater Boston, where she developed her OT practice skills working with children ages 5-22 years old with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She also completed a fieldwork placement in Pediatric/Mental Health at Bradley Hospital, where she advanced her intervention skills for mental health disorders in the pediatric population. In addition, Jennifer has also worked in the Rehabilitation setting with the geriatric population. She enjoys working with children to improve their skills in activities of daily living, as well as, building their compensatory strategies for social/emotional development.
Nicole Boudreau, MOT, OTR/L joined the OTA team in 2020. She received her Bachelors of Health Science from Quinnipiac University in 2015 and her Masters of Occupational Therapy in 2017. She has previous experience working with infants and toddlers and their caregivers through early intervention programs as well as with school-aged children in outpatient-based settings. Nicole is passionate about utilizing a family-centered approach to help the children she serves reach their fullest potential in all areas of their lives.
Melanie Lockhart, MS, OTR/L joined the OTA team in 2019. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BS in Occupational Therapy in 2011 with a concentration in pediatrics, as well as with a MS in Occupational Therapy in 2012. Melanie is a Certified Early Intervention Specialist (CEIS) and has 6 years of experience working within the early intervention setting, providing support to infants/toddlers with all abilities and their families in their natural environment. She has experience working with a variety of neurological, neurodevelopment and genetic disorders, as well as developmental delays impacting daily activities. She has additional experience within the pediatric field, working in an inpatient hospital unit and a day school for children with multiple/complex disabilities. She has furthered her knowledge in the areas of Self-regulation and Sensory Integration strategies, Brain Gym, Pediatric Feeding Disorders, Handwriting without Tears, Childhood Adversity, Nutrition, and Mindfulness based interventions, Treating Torticollis, NICU interventions, Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Therapeutic Listening and more. Melanie takes pride in utilizing a holistic, strengths-based approach while working with children and their families and places value on meeting a child and family where they are at.
Lori Loughlin, OTR joined the OTA team in 2020 as the Clinical OT Supervisor in our Kingston Office. She received her Post Baccalaureate Degree in Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac University in 1997. Since graduating, she has worked in the areas of Early Intervention, Outpatient Pediatric Therapy, Adult and Pediatric Acute Care and Inpatient Rehabilitation at major Boston Hospitals and South Shore Rehabilitation facilities. Lori comes to OTA with 23 years of experience, 13 of which are as a school based therapist working with children with a variety of diagnoses such as autism spectrum disorders, delays with sensory processing, visual motor/perceptual skills, fine motor, motor panning/coordination, handwriting, self-care and instrumental activity of daily living skills. She has experience with using the Alert and Zones of Regulation programs, Brain Gym, Handwriting without tears and Wilbarger Deep Pressure and Proprioceptive techniques. Lori believes working in collaboration with the child, families and other disciplines to provide individual treatments are essential for a child to grow, develop and succeed.
Kelly Walters, M. S., OTR/L joined the OTA team in 2019. She received her Bachelors of Arts and Sciences from the University of Virginia in 2013 and worked for the Institute for Health and Recovery before receiving her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University in 2017. Kelly has experience working with adults in day habilitation, skilled nursing and home care settings. She gained experience working with medically complex children in their homes and middle school students as a school-based therapist prior to coming to OTA. Kelly is passionate about working collaboratively with children and their families to promote the development of self-regulation and self-care skills that help maximize their participation in their daily routines.
Allyson (Ally) Tieuli MS, OTR/L joined the OTA team in 2020. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Elon University in 2014 and her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of New England in 2018. Since graduating, Allyson has worked in early intervention and a pediatric outpatient clinic setting which has provided her with the opportunity to work with children of various ages and abilities. Allyson has a clinical interest in the areas of feeding and sensory integration. She has completed specialized training in feeding through the SOS Approach to Feeding and has experience utilizing The Zones of Regulation, the ALERT Program, and the Wilbarger Deep Pressure and Proprioceptive technique. Allyson is passionate about supporting children to reach their highest potential through a strength based and family centered approach along with advocating for play.
Jacqueline (Jacqui) Cohen, M.S., OTR/L began at OTA first as a fieldwork student in 2016. Upon graduating from the accelerated Bachelors of Science/Masters of Science Occupational Therapy program at the University of New Hampshire in 2017, she joined the OTA team as a per diem Occupational Therapist. She currently works as well in private school and adult day habilitation programs that specialize in children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She works with children in the school and outpatient settings with a variety of diagnoses who have difficulties in sensory integration, self-regulation, fine and gross motor skills, ocular motor/visual perceptual skills, executive functioning and feeding concerns that impair their engagement in meaningful occupations. She has experience using programs including the Wilbarger Deep Pressure and Proprioceptive Technique, Handwriting Without Tears, The Zones of Regulation, the ALERT Program, and has received specialized training in Yoga for Autism. Jacqui is passionate about working with children and their families to help them achieve their greatest level of potential.
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Physical Therapy Staff
Molly joined the OTA team in 2018. She graduated from Northeastern University with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2015. Molly has several years experience working with both children and adults of various levels and abilities. As a student at Northeastern, she began her search for more pediatric experience in hospital and school sites, and has since worked as a licensed clinician with adults as well as children in the outpatient pediatric setting. She has a passion for working with kids of all ages and their families towards achieving their goals and improving their lives. Molly loves to incorporate play and the child’s interests into their individualized therapy sessions. She has experience with neurological disorders, pediatric orthopedics, motor delay, coordination disorders, autism spectrum disorder, as well as with orthotics and equipment needs.