Melissa received her Bachelor of Science degree from George Washington University and her Master of
Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Molloy College in Rockville Centre, NY.
Melissa’s extensive clinical experience varies from schools to private practice to hospitals where she has
extensive experience treating adults and pediatric clients. In the school, clinic, and private practice
setting, Melissa developed foundational skills evaluating and treating pediatric clients in speech,
language, literacy, and feeding disorders. She specializes in children with complex medical and
neurological diagnoses including Down Syndrome, Turner Syndrome, Nemaline Myopathy, childhood
multiple sclerosis, Angelman syndrome, William’s Syndrome, and Fragile X Syndrome. She has
experience with infant feeding disorders, in the NICU and outpatient setting.
In the medical setting, Melissa has extensive experience in the treatment and identification of
swallowing and feeding disorders. Melissa has experience working with adults post-stroke, TBI,
tracheostomy, or other acquired neurological diagnoses. She actively completes instrumental exams to
assist in diagnosing dysphagia including Modified Barium Swallow Studies and Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing.
Melissa’s therapeutic philosophy is individual, evidence-based practice to help children and adults
reach their fullest communicative potential and nutritional needs. She is passionate about her field of
work and loves finding ways to make therapy enjoyable and functional for her clients of all ages!
Melissa’s Trainings and Experiences Include:
Catherine Shaker’s NICU Swallowing and Feeding
Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson’s Talk Tools Therapy
Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding
Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking Program
Passy Muir Valve/Tracheostomy Trainings
Modified Barium Swallow