Director, DPT, PCS
Doctor of physical therapy, Jan Crew Wade has been working with kids in the Boston area for 20 years. Through her work at Children's Hospital and the Wellesley Public Schools, Jan has been amazed by the tenacity of the children and families she has met. Jan obtained her clinical doctorate in physical therapy and was appointed a board certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist in May of 2008. The Boston Ability Center fulfills her life-long goal to combine clinical excellence and fun while helping children gain the skills they need for a healthy, happy life.
Clinical Director, M.S., CCC-SLP
Stephanie is a graduate of the MGH Institute of Health Professions, where she earned her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology with a concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has clinical experience working with children of all ages with receptive and expressive language disorders, speech sound disorders, social-pragmatic language disorders, fluency disorders, and feeding disorders. Stephanie is committed to providing family-centered, evidenced-based care and has been awarded multiple ASHA ACE awards for her continued post-graduate coursework. Some of her specialized training includes the SOS Approach to Feeding, Melanie Potock’s ARFID Masterclass, Beckman Oral Motor, PROMPT, and Hanen – It Takes Two to Talk. When she is not working, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her friends and family, traveling, and practicing yoga.
Stefanie has over 25 years of experience in therapy billing. She attended the University of Delaware to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and a minor in Spanish. After graduation, she worked at a physical therapy clinic as an aide and within 2 years became the facility’s billing manager. She has worked in healthcare since college graduation in a variety of settings. She is looking forward to being a part of the BAC team and bringing her knowledge to the billing department. Stefanie has 3 sons who keep her and her husband busy. When she is not chauffeuring her two youngest boys; she enjoys entertaining, going to the beach, biking and book club.
Marykate graduated from the University of New England with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health, Wellness and Occupational Studies, along with a minor in Coaching. At UNE she was on the Women’s Ice Hockey Team and was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. During her time at UNE she served as the Assistant Girls Ice Hockey Coach at Biddeford High School. She is currently pursuing her Masters in coaching and sport leadership. When not at the front desk, Marykate can be found training and handling BAC’s therapy dog, Stanley throughout therapy sessions. When she’s not on the ice, or at BAC, you can find Marykate at the beach, out on her boat, hiking with her dog Tucker, or hanging out with her friends and family.
Caroline graduated from Bates College with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. At Bates, she was a member of the women’s soccer team and was a student aide for the sports medicine staff. Caroline has always had a passion for working with children, beginning with her time as a camp counselor and preschool teacher’s aide. It was the combination of her experiences working with children and as a sports medicine aide that sparked her interest in pediatric rehabilitation. She loves working with the BAC clinicians to learn more about the therapies they provide to the children they work with. Caroline also works with the BAC therapy dog Stanley to use him in various therapy sessions! When she’s not working, you can find Caroline hiking, making art, or with her bunny Rutabaga!
Emily graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Developmental Psychology from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. During her schooling, Emily taught toddlers and preschoolers at an early childhood center, coached preschool soccer and was a kindergarten paraprofessional. After graduation, Emily worked for Children's Hospital Colorado as a patient and family service specialist scheduling and counseling families for several departments including the sleep study center managing inpatient procedures. Her experience at the hospital in both inpatient and outpatient settings made her realize how much she loves getting to interact and care for children one-on-one, especially in the medical field. She loves to solve puzzles, connect with new people and help others with a wide range of tasks at the BAC. Emily and her husband are recent military transplants to Massachusetts and love exploring all the new things this state has to offer. When she is not at the BAC, you can find her reading a good book, at the gym, snowboarding, or hiking with her husband and two dogs, Samson and Sadie.
Emma is a recent graduate from Villanova University with a Bachelor's degree in Biology, along with a minor in Psychology. Growing up, Emma played soccer, lacrosse, and was an Irish step dancer. Her love of sports inspired her to join the Special Olympics committee at Villanova, which was responsible for planning and hosting the largest student-run Special Olympics event in the world! Her background as a camp counselor and her passion for inclusion led to her interest in pediatric occupational therapy. She is excited to work with the BAC team and hopes to pursue OT graduate school in the future. In her free time, Emma loves to read, go to the beach, and spend time with friends and family.
Samira has over 10 years of experience in the Human Resources field. She has her Master's degree in Human Resources from Penn State as well as a dual Bachelor’s degrees in Human Resources & Finance from Oakland University. She has a strong background in employee benefits having worked as a consultant for 6+ years in Boston as well as a strong analytical background in employee data and trends. Samira is also a licensed realtor in the state of Massachusetts and enjoys helping her clients find their next dream home. Outside of work you can find Samira spending time with her family and as much time as possible in her garden.
Lea works with both the front desk and billing teams at the BAC, where she started in July of 2021. She has about 2 years of experience working for an insurance company supporting members and their families to better understand their benefits as well as the ins and outs of coverage for all types of medical services. She also worked as a teacher's aide for students in public schools through LABBB Collaborative for 5 years, and prior to that spent 10 years as a classroom paraprofessional and support aide at The Guild for Human Services where she provided support to adolescent residents of behavioral and social-emotional supportive group homes. She is currently attending Cambridge College for her B.S. in Psychology with the goal of becoming a counselor for struggling youth. She lives with her family; daughter, Lucia, who is 15 years old, and their large puppy, Sosa. Her typical family time consists of impromptu musical performances and dance parties.
OT, MSOT, OTR
Jen graduated from Tufts University with a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2018. Her student fieldworks included a rotation at Brookline Public Schools to support students with fine motor development and self-regulation skills and a placement with the Day Habilitation Program for adults with physical and developmental disabilities at United Cerebral Palsy in Watertown. Since graduating, Jen has provided home-based therapy to infants, toddlers, and their caregivers through early intervention services in Massachusetts. Her clinical experience also encompasses trainings in self-regulation, parent-coaching, neurodevelopmental treatment (NDT), feeding therapy, and working with children with visual and/or hearing impairment. In her free time, Jen enjoys watching movies with friends, baking for her loved ones, seeing musicals or plays, and crafting.
OT, MOT, OTR
Shanna graduated from UMass Dartmouth in May of 2016 with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology after having a passion for helping others. She has over 8 years of experience working with children of a variety of ages. Most recently, she was a preschool teacher for over 3 years which is where she found her love for occupational therapy. Shanna recently graduated from Worcester State University with her Masters in Occupational therapy and has volunteer and clinical experience in pediatric outpatient settings working with children with complex medical needs. Her favorite thing about being a pediatric OT is that she gets to help kiddos maximize their strengths and potential through play. Some things she enjoys are long walks outdoors, cooking, and exploring different parts of New England with her husband!
OT, MSOT, OTR
Carrie is a graduate of Springfield College, where she received a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. She has gained clinical experience working as a school-based therapist in elementary schools and via telehealth. Prior to completing her degree, she worked with children in a variety of settings, including their preschool classrooms, their homes, and in the community. Additionally, Carrie worked with children at an inclusive overnight summer camp for children with disabilities. She is passionate about working with children and their families to promote participation and function through play and arts and crafts. In her free time, she enjoys painting, exploring Boston, and spending time with friends and family. She is so excited to be part of the BAC team!
OT, MOT, OTR
Lexie Brincklow is a graduate of Quinnipiac University where she received her Master's degree in occupational therapy. She completed her fieldwork placements at an adult rehabilitation hospital and an integrated preschool. Prior to completing her degree, Lexie taught preschoolers with diverse medical needs in the learning for life program at a school. Additionally, she has experience working as a personal care assistant to adolescents with intellectual disabilities. She is passionate about working with children and their families to promote participation in their daily activities. In her free time, Lexie enjoys cooking and spending time with family and friends.
OT, OTD, OTR
Maddie received her bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation and disability studies from Auburn University and her doctorate in occupational therapy from Boston University. She completed fieldwork placements in a mental health setting with a focus on trauma informed care, a residential school for students with visual impairments, and at Boston Ability Center where she first became a part of the BAC community. Prior to completing her degree, she worked with children and young adults with a range of diagnoses through nannying and college programs such as Best Buddies. She is passionate about pediatric mental health as well as helping kids participate in their daily activities through play. She is so excited to continue to be a part of BAC and to work with children and their families. In her free time, Maddie enjoys going to the beach and spending time with family and friends."
OT, MSOT, OTR
Jenna is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where she received a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy, and a minor in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Studies and American Sign Language. Jenna has a passion for working with children and loves the unique way occupational therapy allows her to use play as a tool to promote children’s participation in meaningful and purposeful routines. She has experience working in outpatient pediatrics and early intervention, and she has worked with a variety of children with fine motor development, sensory processing, self-regulation, executive functioning, and visual perceptual/motor integration. Jenna is also certified in the Therapeutic Listening Program. In her free time, Jenna loves to play volleyball, read, craft, and be outdoors!
LAURA P. EALY
OT, MOT, OTR
Laura recently relocated to the Boston area with her family from Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Childhood Development and a master's degree in Occupational Therapy. She has over 6 years of experience treating and evaluating in the school and outpatient settings. Laura has worked with individuals ranging in age from 4-21 with various diagnoses including but not limited to: autism, brain injury, social-emotional disorders, musculoskeletal disorders, learning disabilities, and developmental delay. She is passionate about working with children and their families and has had the privilege of working with children in a variety of areas including sensory processing, self-regulation, fine motor, visual motor integration, and executive functioning. Laura has completed continuing education with Handwriting Without Tears, The Alert Program, and is a certified provider for Interactive Metronome. In her free time, Laura enjoys playing with her children, spending time with family, and running.
OT, MSOT, OTR
Anita graduated from Thomas Jefferson University with a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2021. She earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology in 2018. She has been passionate about working with children since college, and has experience as a one-to-one aide in a special education setting, along with completing fieldwork in a public school setting from preschool to 8th grade. Additionally, she ran pediatric health literacy groups and implemented Zones of Regulation training for at-risk youth as part of her work-study MSOT program. Anita has prior working experience across multiple settings in pediatrics, including early intervention, school-based occupational therapy, and at a pediatric outpatient autism clinic. She has worked with a variety of children with sensory processing challenges, fine motor development, executive functioning, behavioral concerns, and developmental and neurological delays. She has specialized training in the SOS Approach to Feeding and experience in DRBI through Profectum and ICDL. In her spare time, Anita loves to read, go on walks, and find new places to eat.
OT, MSOT, OTR
Liz graduated with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2019 from Sacred Heart University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in health science with a minor in Psychology in 2012. Liz has prior experience working at a pediatric outpatient clinic and early intervention services working with variety of children with feeding challenges, fine motor development, sensory processing, executive functioning, behavioral concerns, and developmental and neurological delays. She has specialized training in SOS Approach to Feeding, ARFID: The Anxious Eater, and Managing ADHD Across the Lifespan. Liz has been passionate about working with children since she was 16 years old. She continues to work with children to be able to increase independence in their day to day lives. In her spare time, she likes to play with her dog, travel, cook, and spend time with her friends and family.
OT, OTD, OTR
Alexandra (Alex) is a graduate of MGH Institute of Health Professions, where she earned her doctorate in occupational therapy (OTD). She has clinical experience working with children of all ages with a wide variety of diagnoses & disabilities. Prior to pursuing a career in OT, she was on the Pre-med track and received her Bachelor’s in Biology from Northeastern University. She has spent the last 10 years working and volunteering in healthcare, with a specific interest in pediatrics & prenatal/postnatal care. She believes her nontraditional journey to discovering and choosing occupational therapy as a profession is an asset. Her prior experiences in science and healthcare are invaluable, which allow her to bring a unique lens and skill set as an occupational therapist. From her experience in working with a variety of patient populations and colleagues, she has fostered a high level of compassion for all persons, regardless of medical diagnosis, age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability status, or socioeconomic status. She has innate positive energy, enthusiasm, and warmth that she naturally brings to interactions, especially with children. However, these traits are paired with a calmness she has cultivated through her meditation and yoga practice over the last 5-12 years. These practices allow her to channel calmness into client interactions to foster trust, communication, and empathy. She is a certified Sensory Enhanced Yoga instructor. Additionally, she implemented and evaluated a virtual (i.e. Zoom) adapted Sensory Enhanced Yoga program for at-risk youth as part of her OTD program at MGH Institute of Health Professions. Her project was presented in April of 2022 in San Antonio, TX at the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) annual conference and expo.
OT, MSOT, OTR
Stephanie is a graduate of Towson University, where she received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2011. She has practiced in a variety of pediatric settings, including outpatient and inpatient. Stephanie's clinical experience includes evaluating and treating children with a variety of needs including, but not limited to, sensory processing abilities, psychiatric disorders, feeding challenges, and developmental and neurological delays. Stephanie has also been involved in many opportunities including co-supervising the occupational therapy department at BAC, program development, managing the student program, designing sensory rooms and in depth training into two areas that Stephanie has great interest in: feeding and psychiatric challenges as they directly relate to everyday functional performance. Course work includes the SOS Approach to Feeding, ARFID Masterclass, Beckman Oral Motor Program, Rescuing the Dysregulated Child and Rewiring the Anxious Brain. She is eager to continue to make a difference in enhancing the quality of life of the children that she works with and their families. In her spare time, Stephanie loves to read, hang out with her dog, drink ice coffee and travel.
OT, OTD, OTR
Katie is a graduate of Tufts University where she completed her doctorate in occupational therapy. She has clinical fieldwork experience in both outpatient pediatric and integrative health OT settings, where she gained experience with 1:1 sessions, as well as leading and assisting in themed groups and camps. Katie has always been passionate about working with children, and past experiences include working at a preschool, coaching Girl's on the Run, and traveling to India (twice!) to coach young girls in soccer. She loves pediatric OT because she gets to use play as a way to empower children to be confident and independent in their daily lives! In her free time Katie loves to cycle, craft, play board games and read!
OT, MSOT, OTR
Mackenzie graduated with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of New Hampshire. Prior to joining the BAC team, Mackenzie has clinical experience working as an occupational therapist in various settings including inpatient rehabilitation and school-based services. Most recently, Mackenzie provides OT evaluation and intervention services to students within elementary through post-secondary education programs with the focus on independent living skills, fine motor development, sensory processing, and executive functioning skills. Mackenzie is passionate about working with individuals to develop a wide range of skills needed to promote independence within their daily lives. In her free time, Mackenzie enjoys spending time at the beach, trying new foods, and reading.
OT, MSOT, OTR
Liz is a graduate of MCPHS University where she completed her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy (2019), and a Bachelor's degree in Public Health (2017). Prior BAC, she has worked as an occupational therapist with clients across the lifespan in multiple settings including home-hospital school-based services, schools, educational collaboratives, skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation, and long-term acute care. Liz is a certified provider for Interactive Metronome, Brain Gym® 101 Certificate provider, and has training in Safety-Care®. During her spare time, Liz enjoys dancing for a local dance company, cooking, Hot yoga, going to the beach, and spending time with family and friends.
OT, MSOT, OTR
Katie graduated from Ithaca College with a Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy. Prior to moving to the Boston area, Katie worked as a pediatric occupational therapist in Rochester, NY. She has 10+ years of experience working with children in the clinic, in the classroom, in the home, and in the community. Katie enjoys serving as a department supervisor and clinical mentor for both OT staff and OT graduate students at the BAC. Katie has received specialized training in the EASI (Evaluation in Ayres Sensory Integration), the SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding, Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), Safe & Sound Protocol (Unyte-iLs), Zones of Regulation, and pediatric mental health disorders. Participation in multi-day intensive workshops such as “Psycho-Sensory Processing Intervention” (Kim Barthel OTR, Montreal) and “Helping Anxious Kids: Powerful Approaches for Breaking the Worry Cycle” (Lynn Lyons LICSW, Boston) has influenced Katie’s work with children and young adults, which blends elements of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), sensory integration, attachment theory, trauma-informed, and play-based approaches. In addition to working with children, Katie finds great joy in supporting parents as they raise unique, resilient, emotionally healthy children. She is trained in the Hand in Hand Parenting approach (Patty Wipfler, author of “Listen: Five Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges”) which values a strong parent-child connection. Katie is a musician and a bookworm whose bucket is filled by traveling, theater, and Daniel Tiger.
OT, MSOT, OTR
Colleen is a graduate of Sacred Heart University where she received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. Prior to starting at BAC Colleen has clinical experience in a variety of settings including school-based OT and mental health. She is passionate about working and advocating for kids of all ages and diagnoses in order to ensure optimal independence in all meaningful tasks. She is excited to continue her work serving children and their families here at BAC! When she’s not working Colleen enjoys cooking, hiking, traveling and spending time with friends and family.
OT, OTD, OTR
MacKenzie joined the BAC team as an undergraduate co-op student in 2015, and it was during this time that the kids, families, and staff inspired her to pursue a career in pediatric OT. MacKenzie completed her master’s degree at Tufts University, where she then continued her education through the completion of a post-professional occupational therapy doctorate and advanced professional certification in school-based practice. Prior to graduate school, MacKenzie gained experience working with children as a special education teaching assistant and through spending much of her time volunteering with an organization called Peace Through Play, where she first witnessed the transformational power of play (or occupation!) and human connection. Her clinical experience includes a skilled nursing facility specializing in the care of children with complex medical needs as well as a therapeutic day school serving children with emotional, neurologic, and psychiatric difficulties. She has completed coursework on working with children with anxiety as well as treating neuromuscular conditions impacting upper extremity function. At the BAC, MacKenzie has been thrilled to combine her passions for clinical care and administration. She is a certified Interactive Metronome provider and helps lead programs such as One Night Out, BAC Camp, and CIMT camp at the BAC. In her free time, MacKenzie is an avid Pinterest-er and enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with friends and family.
OT, MSOT, OTR
Janine is a graduate of Springfield College where she completed her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy in addition to her Bachelor's degree in Child and Family Studies and Public Health from Syracuse University (Go Orange!). Janine completed her pediatric fieldwork in an early intervention setting as well as inpatient rehabilitation. She has worked with families in a variety of settings including schools, the home, and residential facilities. In addition to providing services in the clinic, Janine travels to many of our partnership schools to support patients in a school setting targeting fine motor, visual motor, school participation, and regulation skills. Janine is a DIRFloortime® Basic Certificate (DIR-Basic) provider and frequently incorporates principals from the DIR Floortime model into her sessions through the power of play. She also holds certifications in the Unyte iLs Focus System, Safe and Sound Protocol, and Zones of Regulation curriculum. She has been living in the MetroWest area most of her life and you can often find her supporting many of BAC's partnership organizations outside of her time at the BAC. During her spare time, Janine enjoys marathon training, CrossFit, traveling, and being close to the ocean.
ARIELLE R. SIMONS
OT, MSOT, OTR
Arielle is passionate about working with children and their families to promote participation in meaningful activities. She brings her expertise as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher and certified Flow & Grow Kids Yoga Teacher to all aspects of her work. Arielle has additional training in teaching yoga to improve sensory modulation, self-regulation and motor skills in kids with Autism, ADHD, Developmental Disorders, Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy. She created and teaches Boston Ability Center yoga programs that incorporate wellness and mindful movement to help children and families achieve their goals. Prior to BAC, Arielle worked as a Fieldwork student at Boston Children's Hospital providing OT to children on acute inpatient floors, as a Registered Behavior Technician providing ABA services to children 1-18 years old with Autism and related diagnoses, and as a full-time yoga instructor. Arielle completed her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy at Tufts University. In addition to OT and yoga, Arielle is passionate about sports, dance and spending time outdoors with her son and husband.
Laura graduated from Quinnipiac University with a Bachelors in Allied Health Sciences and then Master of Physical Therapy in 2002. She began her career in New Jersey working in a variety of environments with children and their families. There, she gained vast experience in an outpatient clinic, early intervention, NICU, specialty clinics, and an inpatient rehab hospital where her focus was helping children after spinal cord injury. Since moving to Massachusetts 9 years ago, Laura has worked primarily in Early Intervention. Over the last 20 years, Laura has enjoyed working with children from birth to 21 years old with developmental, neurological, and orthopedic conditions. Outside of work, Laura enjoys spending time with her family, running, cooking, and being at the beach.
Christin holds a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Boston University. Christin’s love for helping children reach their full potential began with her first job, teaching 8 to 21 year olds with developmental disabilities. She has worked in a variety of settings from preschool to inpatient rehabilitation and has experience treating diverse patient populations including orthopedic, head injury, and other neurological impairments. Christin has completed all the required components and passed the written examination for the Level 1 course by Rigo Concept PSSE (Physiotherapist Scoliosis Specific Exercises). She enjoys teaching individuals with scoliosis the techniques of the Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School, formerly known as Schroth, to improve posture and to reduce the risk of curve progression. She is excited to join the Boston Ability Center team to work with children of all ages to maximize their functional ability. Christin enjoys running, biking, kayaking, and spending time with her family and dog, Leo.
PT, M.S., PCS
Carolyn has been working as a physical therapist at the Boston Ability Center for over 10 years and working with children in the Boston area for over 20 years. Carolyn holds a Master's of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College. In May 2015, Carolyn became an American Board-Certified Pediatric Specialist. She has a wide range of experience with individuals from birth to young adult. Carolyn manages our student internship program as well as our intensive therapy program and camps. In addition to working with children with a variety of developmental delays, orthopedic and neurologic diagnoses, Carolyn has specialized experience in Lite Gait treadmill training, Theratog fittings, and e-stim treatments, Kinesiotaping and Interactive Metronome. Carolyn enjoys running, bike riding, and hiking with her family and dog Maisy.
Brian graduated from Gannon University with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2017 and serves as the physical therapy supervisor at the BAC. Brian knew he wanted to work with children after his experiences coaching youth soccer, volunteering and working in after school programs, and through his pediatric clinical affiliation. He has experience working with a variety of pediatric patients with orthopedic, neurologic, and developmental diagnosis at varying stages of development. Brian currently runs the Fit Kids program focusing on fun and fitness for kids 7 and up. In 2021 Brian was nominated by his coworkers and won a 2021 Dougie Award for his work with Fit Kids. He is certified in interactive metronome and enjoys using it to help kids with difficulty coordinating and timing gross motor activities. He enjoys soccer, getting lost on hikes, red pandas, and competing against his amazing coworkers in competitions.
Kerrie is a graduate from MGH Institute of Health Professions where she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Prior to MGH IHP, she attended Quinnipiac University to study Health Science. Kerrie has experience working with children through babysitting, coaching a youth lacrosse team, and working as an aide with medically complex children. Outside of work, Kerrie enjoys running, hiking, and spending time with family and her dog Fen.
Elizabeth graduated from Sacred Heart University with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2019. Since then, she has worked in a variety of clinical settings with patients of all ages. Although she enjoys working with patients aged 0-100+, Elizabeth's heart has always been in pediatrics. She completed a clinical rotation as a student in outpatient pediatrics in Memphis, TN, and has since worked in both early intervention and school-based PT. She is excited to jump back into the outpatient pediatrics world and use her experiences to maximize outcomes while having fun! When she isn't at work, Elizabeth can usually be found spending time with family, friends or her Bernese Mountain Dog Charlotte AKA Charlie!
SPEECH AND LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS
Katherine is a graduate of Nazareth University where she earned her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She has experience working with children and young adults with a variety of diagnoses, levels of support needs, and ages. She has a special interest in providing neurodiversity affirming care, working with AAC users, and working with gestalt language processors. Katherine enjoys implementing a total communication approach to encourage self-advocacy skills, expression of wants/needs, and connection between communication partners and across settings. She loves to collaborate with other disciplines and families to promote a cohesive, play-based, and child-centered environment. When she is not working, Katherine enjoys building Lego sets, golfing, and spending time with friends and family.
Carolyn is a graduate of Worcester State University, where she obtained her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Prior to completing her Master’s degree, Carolyn attended the Catholic University of America, in Washington, DC, where she studied Biology and Spanish for Health Services. She is experienced in working with infants, children, adolescents and young adults, ages 4 months to 22 years, in Early Intervention, outpatient and school settings. Between undergraduate and graduate school, Carolyn spent three years volunteering with FrancisCorps and AmeriCorps programs in Syracuse, NY, where she worked with at-risk children and adults with developmental disabilities. Carolyn’s clinical interests include developing dynamic augmentative and alternative systems for emerging communicators, pediatric feeding, and early childhood language acquisition. When not at BAC, Carolyn enjoys playing and listening to music, learning new languages on Duolingo, and exploring with her rescue pup, Charley.
Gillian Bowdidge is a graduate of MGH Institute of Health Professions where she obtained a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She has experience working with patients across the lifespan in outpatient clinics, private practice, and public school. Her interests in the field include speech sound disorders, receptive/expressive language, gestalt language processors, social communication disorders, and augmentative alternative communication methods (AAC). Gillian has used evidence-based approaches such as Cycles Approach, Dynamic Temporal Tactile Cueing (DTTC), Lively Letters, and Motor Learning Guided Treatment (MLG). She enjoys private practice as it allows for individualized services and strong collaboration with families and other providers. When she isn’t working, Gillian enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and trying new foods.
Alyssa is a graduate of Emerson College, where she earned her Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Prior to pursuing her graduate degree, Alyssa worked as a behavioral therapist and special education teacher, and through those experiences, she discovered her passion for supporting children’s communication skills to promote meaningful interactions. She has extensive experience working with children on the autism spectrum, holds specific clinical interests in social cognition/communication, executive function, and receptive/expressive language, and has specialized training in the Social Thinking Curriculum. During the day, Alyssa works at Learning Prep School and is excited to join the BAC team for the afternoons. Outside of work, Alyssa enjoys baking, being a novice florist, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Kayla is a graduate of Northeastern University where she obtained her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She is experienced working with children 1 to 22 years old with complex communication needs, social-pragmatic disorders, expressive/receptive language disorders, fluency disorders, articulation disorders, literacy, and motor speech disorders. Kayla is particularly interested in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and motor speech disorders. She also has previous experience with conducting interdisciplinary AAC evaluations for children of all ages. Kayla loves to collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to maximize patient centered care for the children and families she is working with. When she is not working, Kayla enjoys coaching softball, being active, and spending lots of time outdoors.
Anna is a graduate of Northeastern University where she obtained her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2016. Anna has a special interest in working with children with speech-sound disorders and has experience working with children of all ages and abilities including receptive/expressive language disorders,social-pragmatic language disorders, executive function disorders, gestalt-language processors, fluency disorders, and AAC. Anna grew up locally and enjoys providing services to her hometown community. When she's not working, Anna loves spending time outdoors with her husband, daughter, and active rescue pup!
Sara is a graduate of Emerson College, where she obtained her Master's degree in Communications Sciences and Disorders. Prior to attending Emerson, Sara attended Ithaca College and received her Bachelors in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. She has experience working with children of all ages and abilities, specifically with expressive and receptive language disorders, pragmatic language disorders, and speech sound disorders. When she is not working, Sara enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach, and dancing. Sara is so excited to join the BAC team!
Sarah is a graduate of Sacred Heart University, where she obtained her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology. Prior to completing her Master’s degree, Sarah attended UMass Amherst, where she studied Communication Sciences & Disorders and Music. She is experienced in working with children and young adults ages 3-22 with diagnoses including receptive/expressive language disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, social-pragmatic disorders, feeding/swallowing disorders, and a variety of developmental disabilities. Sarah has special interests in working with children who utilize augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems and children on the autism spectrum. She loves play-based therapy and incorporating fun and creativity whenever she can! When she’s not working, Sarah loves playing the viola, kayaking, reading, and spending time with her cats, family, and friends!
Danielle is a graduate of State University of New York at Fredonia, where she obtained her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She is originally from Syracuse, New York but moved to Boston to start her next chapter. She has gained experience working with both children and adults during her clinical rotations ranging from inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient clinics and school settings. Recently, she has been working with children from birth to three doing home-based interventions. Some of Danielle's areas of clinical interests include: apraxia, augmentative and alternative communication, expressive/receptive language, articulation/phonology and pediatric feeding-swallowing. She loves to incorporate her creative side during sessions to encourage fun and meaningful therapy for those she is working with. When she's not working, you can find Danielle making charcuterie boards, painting or enjoying football Sundays (Go Bills!).
Leandra holds a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Towson University and has been working with the pediatric population since 2013. Her career began in a home-based early intervention program, fostering a commitment to educate and empower parents and caregivers so they may serve as their child’s greatest teacher and advocate. Leandra’s experience further includes work on transdisciplinary teams in several pediatric outpatient settings, supporting children with a variety of delays and disorders. Her clinical interests include early language development, childhood apraxia of speech, executive functioning, and autism spectrum disorders. As a neurodiversity-affirming provider, Leandra marries a strengths-based approach with evidence-based practice to achieve each child’s individualized goals. Outside of her work as an SLP, Leandra enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, spending time outside, trying new recipes, and creating awesome memories with her husband and daughter on their family adventures.
Megan graduated from Northeastern University with a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology. She is experienced in providing therapeutic supports to children birth to 18 years old with receptive/expressive language disorders, gestalt language processing, articulation and phonological disorders, selective mutism, stuttering, social-pragmatic differences, feeding disorders, and motor speech disorders. Megan is a DIRFloortime® Basic Certificate (DIR-Basic) provider and enjoys promoting developmental skills through play in her sessions. She has special clinical interests in neurodiversity affirming therapy and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Megan has completed training in the Learn Play Thrive Strengths Based Approach to Autism certificate program, in which she learned practical strategies for implementing a strengths-based approach to promoting self-advocacy and communication skills. Megan is a Natural Language Acquisition (NLA) trained clinician and is experienced in providing neurodiversity affirming therapy to gestalt language processors who communicate using echolalia. Megan also enjoys providing mentorship and training to high school and college students. When she’s not working, Megan loves hiking, biking, practicing yoga, cooking, and going on outdoor adventures with friends.
M.S., CCC-SLP, M.A.
Lori is a graduate of the University of Michigan where she earned her Masters degree in Speech and Language Pathology and Lesley University where she earned a Masters degree in Counseling/Expressive Therapies. Lori has worked in medical settings and therapeutic schools with individuals across the lifespan for over 30 years. She has a special interest in children with complex neurologic and emotional needs that impact social skills, speech and language development and learning. Lori is the mother of three young adult children and a Maltipoo. In her free time she enjoys Cape Cod, hiking and spending time with family and friends.
Pam has a B.A. in Russian from the College of the Holy Cross. She is currently taking prerequisite courses at UMass Amherst with the goal of pursuing a graduate degree in speech-language pathology. She loves working with children and has many years of experience as a pre-K teacher. When not working, Pam enjoys reading, crocheting, and spending time with her pet bunny, Peter. She is thrilled to be a part of the BAC community.
My name is Katie Corscadden and I’m 22 years old. I am a Teacher’s Assistant at Bates Elementary School in Wellesley and a bus girl at Dunn Gaherins Restaurant in Newton. I am so excited to join the Boston Ability Center team! In addition to these jobs I also have an ecommerce business called Colors of Katie where I take my colorful artwork and make unique products! My passion is working with children and helping them become successful. Make sure you say hi if you see me in the gym!!
Emily graduated from Carleton College in 2018 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Music. She has always loved the creativity and playfulness of working with kids, and for the past few years she has been working as an elementary special education paraprofessional in Minneapolis, and more recently in her hometown of Newton, MA. Emily is currently applying for graduate school in Occupational Therapy, so BAC is the perfect place to gain experience and familiarity with a pediatric rehabilitation setting! In her free time, you can find Emily singing and playing ukulele, going for long walks in parks, reading, or pestering her two cats, Timber and Rhubarb.
Caroline is a recent graduate from Bates College with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. At Bates, she was a member of the women’s soccer team and was a student aide for the sports medicine staff. Caroline has always had a passion for working with children, beginning with her time as a camp counselor and preschool teacher’s aide. It was the combination of her experiences working with children and as a sports medicine aide that sparked her interest in pediatric rehabilitation. She is excited to be working with the BAC clinicians to learn more about the therapies they provide to the children they work with. When she’s not working, you can find Caroline hiking, making art, or with her bunny Rutabaga!
Megan is currently a sophomore in the Occupational Therapy Program at Ithaca College. She is passionate about working with children and has experience as a camp counselor and as a preschool teaching aide. She enjoys gymnastics and diving and loves animals, specifically dogs. She is currently a member of the Guiding Eyes for the Blind club at Ithaca College where she works with service dogs in training. She is excited about the opportunity to work in an environment closely with clinicians to prepare for her future career as an occupational therapist.
Jenna is currently a senior at Worcester State University, pursuing a degree in Psychology with a concentration in Mental Health Services, as well as a minor in Public Health. Since she was a child, Jenna has desired to help people, and continued to reflect this passion throughout her studies. Originally, she is from both Natick and Framingham, and is happy to have found such a great opportunity at the Boston Ability Center. Moreover, Jenna is striving to attain a higher education degree in Occupational Therapy, so her time at the BAC is a fulfilling experience. In addition to being a clinic aid, she is employed as a behavioral therapist at Crossroads Continuum, supporting children mostly on the Autism Spectrum. In her free time, Jenna enjoys reading, swimming, snowboarding, socializing, playing games, and watching movies. Another important aspect of her life is her faithful furry friend, Albert the Cat, and his counterpart, Emma the Feline.
BERNEDOODLE, THERAPY DOG
Stanley joined the BAC team in 2017 and has completed his training to be a therapy dog at our center! He loves showing off his latest tricks in the waiting room and joining his BAC friends in their sessions to provide a little extra motivation and encouragement. You may even catch him on the treadmill or swings working hard for some treats! You can follow his adventures on Instagram by following bostonabilitycenter
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