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.
Jessica Blutstein

Jessica Blutstein, MS,CCC-SLP/BCBA
Clinician

 

Jessica is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Speech Language Pathologist. She is certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and the American Speech and Hearing Association. In addition she is licensed in the state of Massachusetts for Speech Language Pathology. Jessica completed her coursework and training from Endicott College Van Loan School of Graduate Studies in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2014. She received her master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology with a concentration in Early Childhood from Northeastern University in 2007. She received her undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of New Hampshire in 2005. Jessica has worked with pediatric populations across a variety of settings including early intervention, private and public schools, hospitals and outpatient settings. She has experience providing evaluation and treatment of children diagnosed Autism Spectrum Disorders, severe challenging behaviors, developmental disabilities, feeding disorders, neurological disorders and/or concurrent psychiatric illnesses. Jessica has focused on functional communication training, verbal behavior and feeding therapy utilizing behavioral strategies within the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis.
Samantha Buckner

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.
Valerie GokhfeldValerie Gokhfeld, MS,CF-SLP
Clinician
Valerie@speechtherapygroup.net

 

Valerie is a Speech-Language Pathologist completing her clinical fellowship at STG. She is currently working in nursing home settings. She received a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Boston University’s Sargent College in May of 2015. As a graduate student clinician, Valerie worked in a variety of clinical settings, including Massachusetts Eye & Ear, Boston Medical Center, BU Speech, Language, and Hearing Center, as well as a local private practice and an elementary school. She enjoys working with clients of all ages and has experience in the evaluation and treatment of voice disorders, dysphagia, cognitive-communication disorders, motor-speech disorders, and follow-up care for head and neck cancer patients. Valerie has a special interest in voice and swallowing disorders in both the pediatric and adult populations. Some additional certification and/or training she has includes the following diagnostic and therapeutic areas: Lee Silverman Voice Training (LSVT), Paradoxical Vocal-Fold Motion (PVFM) / Vocal Cord Dysfunction (VCD), chronic cough/throat clear, Fiberoptic-Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES), and tracheo-esophageal puncture (TEP) education and care.
Kate LaBossiere

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

Amir Shahsavari, MS,CCC-SLP
Clinician

 

Amir is a licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist in Massachusetts. In 2008, Amir completed his Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Nova Southeastern University, where he concentrated on alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) and voice-resonance disorders. Amir has been working with Speech Therapy Group since February 2013. Amir has experience with pediatric through geriatric speech-language and swallowing disorders. He has worked in a variety of schools and skilled nursing facilities. Amir is also passionate about servicing many home care patients. He works well with autism spectrum disorders, aphasia, dysarthria and apraxia. He also has experience with dysphagia.
Jenny Carroll

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