Our Staff​

Our Therapists have Master's degrees in Speech-Language

Pathology by ASHA-Accredited Graduate University Programs  

Katerina Melitsopoulou

MA CCC-SLP, TSHH, Bilingual Extension Founder/Director

Katerina Melitsopoulou, MA CCC-SLP, TSHH, Bilingual Extension is a New York State Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and the Founder and Director of Premium Therapy. She earned her Master of Arts Degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Lehman College, CUNY. She has extensive experience working with children of all ages. Katerina has been a Speech Department Supervisor in preschool settings for seven years. She is Trilingual and provides therapy and evaluations in English, Spanish and Greek. Katerina is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), an affiliate of ASHA's Special Interest Group 14 (Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations), a member of ASHA's Hispanic Caucus, and a member of the American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology. 

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Joan Fleischer

MS CCC-SLP, TSSLD

Speech Supervisor

Joan Fleischer, MS CCC-SLP, TSSLD earned her Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from New York University. Joan earned her Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Linguistics. She has provided speech therapy services in school, clinic, and hospital settings. Joan has experience working with the evaluation and treatment of language delays, articulation and phonological disorders, autism spectrum disorders, aphasia, apraxia, fluency, cleft plate, swallowing disorders and accent reduction.  Joan supervises graduate students and Clinical Fellows in schools and our clinic.  She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

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Nadia Ansari

MS CCC-SLP, TSSLD, Bilingual Extension

Bilingual Speech Supervisor

Nadia Ansari, MS CCC-SLP, TSSLD is a NY State Licensed Speech Language Pathologist who earned her Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Nadia obtains a bilingual extension in Spanish and is also a native speaker of Urdu. Her focus in the realm of speech-language pathology is servicing bilingual and multicultural populations. She has provided therapy in school, clinic, and rehabilitation settings. Nadia has evaluated and treated clients with receptive and expressive language disorders, articulation disorders, as well as aphasia, dysarthria, and cognitive-linguistic deficits. Her goal is to empower families through enhanced communication skills, all while celebrating cultural and linguistic diversity.

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Rebecca McKeown

Ph.D. MS CCC-SLP, TSSLD, 

Speech Supervisor

Rebecca McKeown, MS CCC-SLP, TSSLD received a Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from New York University. She also holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Maryland, College Park and a B.A. in linguistics from Harvard University. Rebecca has clinical experience treating children ages 2-14 as well as adults with developmental disabilities, aphasia, and Huntington’s Disease. She has provided treatment in expressive and receptive language, pragmatics, fluency, literacy skills, articulation, and low-tech and high-tech augmentative and assistive communication (AAC). Rebecca has worked in school, preschool, office, and tele-practice settings. As a graduate student in linguistics, Rebecca researched pronoun acquisition in children and in individuals with Williams Syndrome.

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Thalia Garcia

MS CF-SLP, TSSLD, Bilingual Extension

Thalia Garcia, MS CF-SLP, TSSLD-BE is a clinical fellow who is bilingual in English and Spanish. Thalia holds her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology with bilingual extension from Long Island University (LIU). Thalia earned her BA from Lehman College, CUNY, where she majored in Speech Language Pathology and minored in Early Childhood Education. She has experience with the evaluation and treatment of language and communication disorders throughout early childhood, school-aged children, and adult populations. Thalia has treated disorders related to receptive and expressive language, autism spectrum disorders, articulation and phonology, literacy development, motor speech disorders, voice, augmentative and alternative communication and aphasia. She has provided therapy in clinics, schools and via tele-therapy.

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Karen Steinberger-Berenson

MS CCC-SLP, TSSLD, Speech Supervisor

Karen Steinberger-Berenson, MS CCC-SLP, TSSLD earned her Masters’ from Touro College. She is licensed in the states of New York and Maryland. She is excited to be back working with Katerina and the rest of the staff as a tele-therapist for Premium Therapy! She has worked with pediatric and adult populations. She has provided services in schools, rehabilitation facilities, and clinical settings. She has experience providing evaluation and therapy services for a variety of pathologies including, receptive- and expressive-delays, developmental delays, articulation and phonological disorders, and autism-spectrum disorders. She has also evaluated and provided services for clients who have had strokes resulting in aphasia. Karen is fluent in both English and Hebrew. 

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Emily Skupin
MS CF-SLP, TSSLD

 

Emily Skupin, MS CF-SLP, TSSLD is a clinical fellow who earned her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Teachers College, Columbia University. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University, where she majored in Linguistics. She is currently completing her clinical fellowship pursuit of her NYS license in Speech-Language Pathology. Emily has experience with evaluation and treatment of communication disorders throughout early childhood, school-aged children, and adult populations. She has treated people with communication disorders related to receptive and expressive language, autism spectrum disorder, voice, articulation and phonology, literacy development, and stuttering.  Additionally, Emily has provided treatment in a variety of settings, including clinics, schools, and via tele-therapy.

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Taisha Pelletier

MS CF-SLP, TSSLD, Bilingual Extension

Taisha Pelletier, MS CF-SLP, TSSLD-BE is a clinical fellow who is bilingual in English and Spanish. Taisha holds a BA in Psychology from Franklin & Marshall  College and graduated with her Masters of Science with a bilingual extension from New York University (NYU). She has experience providing services for pediatric, adult, and geriatric populations in the school, hospital, and skilled nursing facility. Taisha has worked with early and school-aged children with expressive and receptive language disorders, motor speech disorders, developmental delays, articulation and phonological disorders and autism spectrum disorders. Taisha has provided services for adults with traumatic-brain injury, aphasia, dysarthria, cognitive-linguistic impairments, dysphagia, and neurodegenerative diseases. Her goal is to empower families, advocate for families, and implement culturally & linguistically responsive practices.

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Liz Mateo

MS CF-SLP, TSSLD, Bilingual Extension

Liz Mateo, MS CF-SLP, TSSLD-BE is a clinical fellow who is bilingual in English and Spanish. Liz holds her Masters of science in Speech-Language Pathology with bilingual extension from Adelphi University. Liz earned her BA from Lehman College, CUNY, where she majored in Speech-Language Pathology and minored in Early Childhood Education. Liz has experience with the evaluation and treatment of language and communication disorders throughout early childhood, schools aged children and adult populations. She has treated disorders related to receptive and expressive language disorders, articulation disorders, phonological disorders, apraxia and autism spectrum disorders. She has provided therapy in schools, clinics and via-tele-therapy. Her clinical interests include working with multicultural and linguistically diverse clients in treatment and evaluations.

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Digna Almánzar

MA CF-SLP, TSSLD, Bilingual Extension

 

Digna Almánzar Figueroa, MA CF-SLP, TSSLD-BE is a clinical fellow who earned her Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from New York University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University at Albany, SUNY, where she double-majored in Psychology and Spanish Linguistics. Digna has a wide range of experience with the evaluation and treatment of speech and language disorders in both children and adult populations. She has worked with students with articulation/phonological disorders, autism, expressive and receptive language delays, intellectual disabilities, literacy development, and developmental delays. She has provided services for adults with dysarthria, dysphagia, aphasia, and cognitive-linguistic impairments. Digna is a passionate bilingual Spanish/English therapist that uses her background to better serve clients from culturally and linguistically diverse communities. 

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LeighAnn Davis

MA CF-SLP, TSSLD

 

LeighAnn, MA CF-SLP, TSSLD is a clinical fellow who earned her Master of Science in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from New York University. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Saint Joseph's University with a minor in Spanish. LeighAnn has provided speech services to both adults and children in wide variety of settings, including schools, acute care hospitals, and skilled nursing facilities. Her experiences include treatment of speech sound disorders, receptive and expressive language disorders, pragmatic skills, literacy skills, aphasia, cognitive-linguistic skills, and dysphagia. LeighAnn is passionate about empowering clients and their families through culturally and linguistically responsive practices.

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Emilee Dobroff

MS CF-SLP, TSSLD

 

Emilee Dobroff, MS CF-SLP, TSSLD is a clinical fellow who  earned her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Yeshiva University. Emilee received her BA in Psychology and BS in Human Development from Binghamton University. Emilee She has provided speech and language services for clients ages 3-21. Emilee has treated in school and clinical settings, as well as virtually via tele-therapy. Emilee has experience providing therapy for speech and language disorders related to autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, receptive and expressive language, articulation and phonology, literacy development, and multiple disabilities. She has experience with a variety of low-tech and high-tech augmentative and assistive (AAC) devices. Emilee is passionate about fostering independence and self-advocacy skills for clients who communicate differently.

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Andi Reich

MS CCC-SLP, TSSLD

 

Andi Reich, MS CCC-SLP, TSSLD earned her Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from Northeastern University and is currently earning her Certificate of Advanced Studies in Language and Literacy from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. She has extensive experience working with children in elementary schools, in outpatient clinics, and in private practices. Areas of specialty include assessing and treating children ages 0-21 with expressive/receptive language disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, reading and writing disorders, and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She has specialized training in Introduction to PROMPT Technique and Wilson Reading System - Introductory Course.

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Nicoline Bergsma

MS CF-SLP, TSSLD

 

Nicoline Bergsma, MS CF-SLP, TSSLD is a clinical fellow who earned her Master of Science in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from Emerson College. Nicoline holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Marymount Manhattan College. She has provided therapy for clients across the lifespan in clinical settings and schools via tele-therapy. Nicoline has evaluated and treated expressive and receptive language disorders, literacy skills, developmental delays, speech sound disorders, social communication disorders and pragmatic skills, aphasia, neurodegenerative disorders, voice disorders, and stuttering. She seeks to foster inclusive communication environments with a family-centered approach and mindfulness practices.

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Caroline Ponce
OFFICE MANAGER