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.

Samantha Buckner, MS,CCC-SLP
Clinician

 

Samantha is a certified and licensed speech pathologist in the state of Massachusetts. 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 with a variety of disorders including autism spectrum disorders, language and cognitive impairments, stuttering, articulation disorders and delays, and voice disorders.

Amanda Hayes, MS,CCC-SLP
Clinician

 

Amanda is a Licensed and Certified Speech Language Pathologist. Amanda has been working with Speech Therapy Group since August 2013. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from Providence College and a Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from New York University. Amanda has experience treating children and adults in a variety of settings. Her academic internships were at an outpatient clinic working with clients who had aphasia, a medical center specifically for patients with Huntington’s chorea, a therapeutic preschool for children with developmental disorders, and in New York City Public Schools working on articulation and language impairments in children. She has training and extensive experience in evaluation and treatment of swallowing disorders in adults including work in both hospital and nursing home settings. Amanda’s work in hospital and nursing home settings has also included evaluation and treatment of adult and geriatric patients with cognitive communication disorders, voice disorders, language disorders, and motor speech disorders. Amanda’s professional vocal training gives her a distinct perspective in her work with patients with voice disorders, especially those who are amateur and professional voice users.

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.

Caitlin Morrisson, BS,SLPA
Licensed Speech Assistant

Speech Assistants

Caitlin is a licensed speech-language pathology assistant and has been working with Speech Therapy Group since the fall of 2013. Caitlin primarily services school sites and pediatric populations with a variety of speech and language disorders.

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