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. Nadia supervises clinical fellows and graduate students from various institutions. 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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Taylor Kreis

MS CCC-SLP, TSSLD, Bilingual Extension

Bilingual Speech Supervisor

Taylor Kreis, MS CCC-SLP, TSSLD, Bilingual Ext earned her Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Teachers College, Columbia University. She received her Bachelor of Health Science from the University of Florida, where she majored in Communication Sciences and Disorders and minored in Health Disparities in Society. She has worked with pediatric, adult, and geriatric populations. Taylor has provided services in hospitals, clinics, and schools. She has experience in the areas of articulation, phonology, language, literacy, cognitive aspects, autism spectrum disorder, dysphagia, feeding, cleft palate, apraxia, dysarthria, augmentative and alternative communication, and voice. 

Karen Steinberger-Berenson

MS CCC-SLP, TSSLD

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 from Maryland 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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Megan Nathel
MA CF-SLP, TSSLD

 

Megan Nathel, MA CF-SLP, TSSLD earned her Masters of Arts degree in Speech- Language Pathology from Long Island University. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Georgia, where she majored in Early Childhood Education. She is currently completing her clinical fellowship to receive her NYS license. She currently works and resides in New York. She has worked with pediatric, adult, and geriatric populations. Megan has experience providing services in clinics, schools, and medical centers. She has experience working with various communication needs including expressive and receptive language delay/disorder, phonological disorders, articulation disorders, autism spectrum disorder, aphasia, cognitive-communicative disorders, apraxia, and dysphagia.

Elisa Alweis

MA CF-SLP, TSSLD

Elisa Alweis, MA CF-SLP, TSSLD is a clinical fellow who earned her Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Lehman College, CUNY. She received her Bachelors of Art in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Yeshiva University. Elisa has experience with the evaluation and treatment of language and communication disorders throughout early childhood, school-aged children, and adult populations. She has treated disorders related to receptive and expressive language, autism spectrum disorders, pediatric feeding, voice, articulation and phonology, literacy development, Parkinson’s disease, and aphasia. Elisa has provided therapy in clinics, schools and via tele-therapy. She has been involved in research focused on Specific Language Impairment (SLI) in bilingual preschoolers.

Thalia Garcia

MS CF-SLP, TSSLD-BE

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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Aida Bahrami

MA CF-SLP, TSSLD-BE

 

Aida Bahrami, MS CF-SLP, TSSLD-BE, is a clinical fellow who is trilingual in English, Spanish, and Farsi. Aida holds a BA in Linguistics from Rutgers University and graduated with her Masters of Science with bilingual extension from Teachers College, Columbia University (TC). She has experience providing services for pediatric, adult, and geriatric populations in the school, hospital, and rehabilitation setting. Aida 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. She has provided services for adults with aphasia, cognitive-linguistic impairments, dysphagia and voice disorder. Her research interests include treatment approaches for adults with cognitive-linguistic impairments and multi -culturalism and –lingualism evaluation and treatment in pediatrics.

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Caroline Ponce
OFFICE MANAGER

 

Tiffany Uribe

MS CF-SLP, TSSLD-BE

Tiffany Uribe, MS CF-SLP, TSSLD-BE, is a clinical fellow who is bilingual in English and Spanish. Tiffany holds a BA in Communication Disorders & Sciences and Psychology from CUNY Queens College and graduated with her Masters of Science with bilingual extension from Teachers College, Columbia University (TC). She has experience providing services for pediatric, adult, and geriatric populations in the school, hospital, skilled nursing facility, and rehabilitation setting. Tiffany has worked with early and school-aged children with expressive and receptive language disorders, cleft-palate, motor speech disorders, developmental delays, articulation and phonological disorders and autism spectrum disorders. Tiffany has provided services for adults with traumatic-brain injury, aphasia, cognitive-linguistic impairments, dysphagia and voice disorder. Her clinical interests include working with culturally and linguistically diverse clients through the assessment and treatment of language, articulation, and swallowing disorders.