Melanie Olson Giles, MA,CCC-SLP
Melanie@speechtherapygroup.net  

 

Melanie is a Speech-Language Pathologist who is certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association. Melanie received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has been working in the field of Speech Pathology since 2001. Melanie is licensed in MA , NH, RI and CT. She Co-founded Speech therapy Group in 2004 and Co-founded MassTex Imaging in 2006. Both are private practices focusing in the areas of Speech Therapy diagnostics and treatment. Currently, Melanie is the CEO and Clinic Director of Speech Therapy Group. She has training, which involves extensive evaluation and treatment of swallowing disorders pediatric through geriatric, completing over 6000 swallow studies, as well as Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing. Melanie also works closely with Voice disorders and performs Videostroboscopy with ENT physicians. She is a certified LSVT clinician for Parkinson’s patients. Melanie has also focused in the area of augmentative communication, with training in the dynavox, voice output computers and most recently Proloquo2go for Ipad. Other interests include autism with application through Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), pediatric through geriatric motor speech disorders, social skill training, functional communication, language and cognitive-linguistic therapy. Melanie works with pediatrics through geriatrics.

Mary Barker, M.Ed. CCC-SLP
Senior Supervisor

 

Mary is a Speech-Language Pathologist who is certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association and is licensed in MA. Mary is the Senior Clinical Supervisor for STG, LLC. Mary has been working with STG since 2004. Mary has over 27 years of experience as a Speech-Language Pathologist and rehabilitation manager. She has worked in a variety of settings including: skilled nursing facilities, acute inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, out-patient clinics, acute care hospitals, public schools, Early Intervention, charter and collaborative schools. Mary’s passion and expertise is in adult and geriatric rehabilitation, cognition, oral functioning & swallowing disorders. Mary has spoken both nationally and locally in the areas cognitive rehabilitation of dysphagia management, normal aging vs. dementia, young stroke rehabilitation, communication and swallowing disorders in Multiple Sclerosis, traumatic head injury rehabilitation, time management and team management. Mary’s past positions include: Clinical Director for Easter Seals Massachusetts and Clinical Director for the North Andover Region for SunDance Rehabilitation. She was also the Director of Outpatient Speech Therapy Programs for the New England Rehabilitation Hospital.  She developed an interdisciplinary dysphagia outpatient clinic, an interdisciplinary Senior Stroke Rehabilitation Program, and managed the Augmentative and Environmental Adaptation Clinic for the New England Rehabilitation Hospital. Mary was recognized as the SunDance Rehabilitation Speech Clinical Director of the Year in 1997.

Kristina Bradley, MS,CCC-SLP
Clinician

 

Kristina is a Licensed and Certified Speech Language Pathologist in Massachusetts and by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, with a minor in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies, from the University of Central Florida. She received her Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from Northeastern University in nearby Boston, MA. Kristina has experience treating children and adults in a variety of settings. Her academic internships were at a public elementary school in Cambridge, a private speech and language practice in Tallahassee, FL, a public Deaf and Hard of Hearing school in Boston, the Children’s Hospital Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program in Waltham, and an adult short term/long term rehabilitation center with dementia unit in Newton, MA. She has training and extensive experience working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and adults, including evaluation and treatment of language disorders, speech development, and aural rehabilitation. Kristina is a native user of American Sign Language (ASL) and uses a bilingual-bicultural approach to therapy in her full time practice at a school for the Deaf. Kristina also has in depth experience with school age populations, evaluation and treatment of adult swallowing disorders, cognitive communication disorders, motor speech disorders, and voice disorder treatments.

Samantha Buckner, MS,CCC-SLP
Clinician

 

Samantha is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in the state of Massachusetts and certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association. She completed her Clinical Fellowship in April 2014 and obtained a Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology at Northeastern University in May of 2013. Samantha evaluates and treats pediatrics through geriatrics. Along with her work in public schools, Samantha evaluates and treats a variety of disorders including autism spectrum disorders, language/reading, articulation, stuttering, communication and pediatric feeding disorders in the clinic. She also treats a range of adult disorders from dementia to post stroke for cognitive-linguistic impairments, motor speech and voice disorders.

Kate LaBossiere, MS,CF-SLP
Clinician

 

Kate is a speech-language pathologist completing her clinical fellowship year at STG. Kate graduated from Springfield College with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders in May 2012. She received a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology in December 2014 from Worcester State University. In graduate school during summer 2014 she completed her practicum placement with Melanie at STG. Kate provides diagnostic evaluations and intervention for pediatric through geriatric populations with a variety of disorders. Kate has acquired clinical experience working in out-patient and elementary school settings. She is Lee-Silverman Voice Training (LSVT) certified and is now accepting new patients.
Olivia Neiwirth
Olivia Neiwirth, MS,CCC-SLP
Clinician

 

Olivia is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in the state of Massachusetts and is also certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association. Olivia graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Health Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders in April 2011. She received a Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology with a specialization in Early Intervention in May 2013 from Northeastern University. Olivia evaluates and treats pediatrics through geriatrics with a variety of disorders. Through her work in nursing homes and hospitals, Olivia has comprehensive experience evaluating and treating dysphagia, cognitive communication disorders, voice disorders, language disorders and motor speech disorders. Olivia has a special interest in the area of dysphagia and is certified in neuromuscular electrical stimulation for dysphagia and Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing. Olivia also evaluates and treats a variety of pediatric speech, language and swallowing disorders.

Amir Shahsavari, MS,CCC-SLP
Clinician

 

Amir is a licensed and certified speech language pathologist.  Amir has been working with Speech Therapy Group since February 2013.  Amir has experience with pediatric through geriatric speech language and swallowing disorders. Amir’s passion is servicing many home care patients and he works well with aphasia, dysarthria and apraxia.  He also has experience with dysphagia.

Jenny Carroll, BS,SLPA
Licensed Speech Assistant
Jenny is a licensed speech-language pathology assistant and has been with Speech Therapy Group since the fall of 2013. Jenny started at Speech Therapy Group as a summer intern in summer 2012. Jenny works primarily with school age children servicing a variety of pediatric speech/language disorders in our school sites.

Clinical Supervisors

Mary Barker, M.Ed,CCC-SLP & Melanie Giles, MA,CCC-SLP