Our Professionals

LEADERSHIP
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JANET WADE

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.

Stephanie Godbout pediatric physical therapist clinical director

STEPHANIE GODBOUT

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. 

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF
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YOELY ABREU

Yoely joined Boston Ability Center in 2021. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston with her Bachelor's in Criminal Justice and Women Studies. After graduating, she worked as a teacher/supervisor for a non-profit company providing vocational and day program services to individuals with disabilities of all ages for about 5 years. She then worked as an Office Manager for about 3 years for a company in which she was in charge of billing and all administrative tasks. She also has a passion for working with children and has been a nanny on and off for over 10 years. Outside of BAC, you can find Yoely enjoying time with friends and family or going out and enjoying the city of Boston.

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STEPHANIE ALLRED

Stephanie joined Boston Ability Center after a long hiatus from working while raising her two girls- Maree (18) and Lucy (16).  She is currently helping out at the front desk in both Wellesley and Natick.  Before BAC, Stephanie was an educator teaching middle school science. She enjoys volunteering with the Wellesley ABC program, Waypoint adventures, and helping out at the schools around town.  When not at work, Stephanie enjoys spending time outdoors and entertaining with family and friends.  

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STEFANIE ARMOUR

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. 

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JILLIAN HENNESSEY

Jillian joined the BAC in 2019.  After pursing applied science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she joined the Animal Rescue League of Boston, where she worked as a shelter agent and at their front desk.  Additionally, she has worked in pediatric rehabilitation for a number of years, as both a nursing assistant and a hippotherapy assistant.  Outside of work, you can find Jillian in the mountains with her son Owen; they love to ski and mountain bike.  She also enjoys hiking with her giant dog Roxy and going horseback riding. 

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SAMIRA IRWIN

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.

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LEA SANTOS

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. 

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HOLLY ZECHNER

Holly currently works full-time at the Boston Ability Center as both a scheduler and she helps with the medical billing. She graduated from Fitchburg State University in 2017 with her Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Science with a concentration in Clinical Exercise Physiology. She completed her internship at the Boston Ability Center, where she helped plan and organize the Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy camp. This internship helped her solidify becoming a pediatric occupational therapist as her dream job, as she fell in love with helping the kids and got to watch patients reach their goals. Holly hopes to get her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy, so that she can pursue this dream, and is currently taking prerequisites at Salem State University. Holly also works as a nanny, and has experience working in the medical setting as a receptionist. She has also volunteered for the Special Olympics and at Ironstone Farm, where she worked side-by-side with occupational and physical therapists to assist in hippotherapy sessions. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her dog, taking pictures, and reading.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS
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ALYSSA ANGE

MS, OTR/L

Alyssa graduated from Nazareth College where she received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy and Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Science. She completed her fieldwork rotation in the preschool and adult outpatient settings, working with individuals with a variety of physical and developmental abilities. She served as a fellow through the University of Rochester’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program, which focused on training medical professionals in client and family centered care, disability policy awareness, and advocacy. Alyssa comes to the BAC from the school setting, working with children from preschool to high school ages both in person and through telehealth. Alyssa is a big animal lover and conducted her graduate research in therapeutic horseback riding. She also enjoys baking, swimming, traveling, and getting to know the Boston area. Alyssa is passionate about using her creativity and craftiness to come up with goal oriented activities based on her client’s interests. She is excited to join the BAC team!

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CARRIE BAILEY

M.S., OTR/L

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!

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LAURA P. EALY

MOT, OTR/L

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.

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ALEXANDRA HANEY

OTD, OTR/L

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.

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SARAH JONES

MSOT, OTR/L

Sarah is a graduate of The University of Scranton, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science, and a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy.  She completed her fieldwork rotations at both a skilled nursing facility, as well as a Children’s hospital, where she gained experience working in both inpatient and outpatient pediatric settings. Prior to joining the BAC team, Sarah worked as an outpatient therapist at a Children’s Hospital, where she gained experience treating children 6 months to 20 years of age with a variety of diagnosis. When not at BAC, Sarah enjoys running half marathons, cooking, baking, and spending time with friends and family.  

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STEPHANIE KERASIOTES

M.S., OTR/L

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.

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MACKENZIE MACUCH

 MS, OTR/L

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.

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ELIZABETH MARASHI

MS, OTR/L

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 in a variety of settings including home-hospital school-based services, schools, educational collaboratives for students with developmental disabilities / medically intensive needs and/or autism spectrum disorders, skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation, and long-term acute care. Liz is a Brain Gym® 101 Certificate provider and has training in Safety-Care®. During her spare time, Liz enjoys dancing for a local dance company, cooking, going to the beach, and spending time with family and friends. 

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KATIE MEISTER

M.S., OTR/L

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 many years of experience working with children in the clinic, in the classroom, in the home, and in the community. Katie enjoys serving as a supervisor and clinical mentor for both OT staff and OT graduate students at the BAC. She also co-leads the BAC social-motor groups. Katie has received specialized training in the Zones of Regulation, Social Thinking curriculum, SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding, and pediatric mental health disorders. Most recently, Katie traveled to Montreal to attend a multi-day intensive workshop on Psycho-Sensory Processing Intervention with Kim Barthel, OTR, in which she studied the neurological interplay between attachment, developmental trauma, and sensory processing issues. Katie is also very interested in the assessment and treatment of anxiety, following participation in the intensive workshop, "Helping Anxious Kids: Powerful Approaches for Breaking the Worry Cycle," with Lynn Lyons, LICSW. She is experienced with Handwriting Without Tears, Interactive Metronome, and Integrated Listening Systems. Katie is a musician and a bookworm whose bucket is filled by traveling, theater, and iced coffee.

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COLLEEN QUINN

MS, OTR/L

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. 

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MACKENZIE RICKERT

OTD, OTR/L

MacKenzie graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a concentration in ABA. She joined the BAC team as an undergraduate co-op student, 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 medically fragile children as well as a therapeutic day school serving children with emotional, neurologic, and psychiatric difficulties. MacKenzie is a certified Interactive Metronome provider and helps lead One Night Out at the BAC. In her free time, MacKenzie is an avid Pinterest-er and enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with friends and family.

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JANINE SAVAGE

M.S., OTR/L 

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. 

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RALEIGH SILVIA 

M.S., OTR/L

Raleigh graduated with a Master’s in Occupational Therapy in 2018 from Ithaca College. At Ithaca her graduate research project investigated outdoor play and how it can be utilized in occupational therapy practice. She worked in a birth to three program in her home state of Rhode Island for two years before moving to Massachusetts. Raleigh also has experience in outpatient pediatric settings as well as working as a one on one caregiver for a woman with MS.  Raleigh enjoys working with a wide variety of abilities and especially likes to work on sensory integration, play, visual motor skills, and feeding with kiddos. In her free time, Raleigh likes to take her dog hiking and to the beach, and recently took up running. She is excited to continue to help children and families as a part of the BAC team!

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ARIELLE R. SIMONS

MSOT, OTR/L 

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.  

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ZOE TARCA

MS, OTR/L 

Zoe is a graduate of Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY, where she received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. She has gained clinical experience providing occupational therapy services in a variety of settings including schools, assisted living facilities, skilled nursing homes, and pediatric outpatient clinics.  Although Zoe has worked with individuals across the lifespan, her passion for occupational therapy lies in the field of pediatrics. Prior to completing her degree, Zoe worked for many years as a paraprofessional in a specialized school for children with autism and related disorders, which is where she was introduced to the field of OT! She loves getting to know each of her clients and incorporating their interests within treatment sessions to promote meaningful outcomes.  incorporating her clients' interests. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with friends and family. She is so happy to start her journey as a BAC therapist! 

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JILLIAN WELCH

MS, OTR/L 

Jill is a graduate of Springfield College where she received a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Prior to completing her master’s degree, she worked abroad as an adaptive physical education teacher for children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Jill’s clinical experience includes working with children in a variety of settings including outpatient, school, and residential facilities. She is excited to join the BAC team and to continue her passion of enhancing the quality of life of the children and families she works with. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, hanging with her cat, and traveling.

PHYSICAL THERAPISTS

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OLIVIA DINEEN

PT, DPT

Olivia graduated from High Point University with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Simmons University. Olivia has a broad range of experience across different pediatric populations and ages, in a variety of settings. She has worked with patients with neurological diagnoses, orthopedic diagnoses and students with medical complexities. She is thrilled to be joining the Boston Ability Center Team to further her pediatric career! Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, yoga and spending time with her friends and family.

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CHRISTIN GILLOOLY

MSPT

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.

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CAROLYN GRAHAM

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. 

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BRIAN HEILFERTY

DPT 

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 enjoys soccer, getting lost on hikes, red pandas, and competing against his amazing coworkers in competitions.  

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KERRIE MALLOY

PT, DPT 

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. 

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ELIZABETH MCLEAN

PT, DPT 

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!

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AMY ZELIN

PT, DPT

Amy recently relocated to the Boston area from New York City.   She graduated from Binghamton University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Hunter College.  Her love of pediatric PT began during her last clinical affiliation at a children’s hospital in Valhalla, NY.  She has over 6 years of experience in the Acute Care and ICU settings, working with both adults and children with neurological, musculoskeletal, cardiac, pulmonary and vascular diagnoses.  She is excited for this transition into the pediatric outpatient world where she can use her creativity to help children thrive in a fun, play-based environment. In her spare time she loves spending quality time with family and friends, baking, running and being by the water. 

SPEECH AND LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS
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RACHEL CHERNIK

M.S., CF-SLP

Rachel is a graduate of Northeastern University, where she earned her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She has experience working with children in the outpatient clinic and school settings. Rachel has experience working with children and young adults ages 3-21 with diagnoses including expressive/receptive/pragmatic language delays, speech sound disorders, intellectual disabilities, fluency disorders, motor speech disorders, Down Syndrome, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Rachel is excited to be working with children and their families to address their communication needs through individualized and enjoyable therapy. When she's not working, you can find Rachel walking/hiking outdoors, snowboarding, going to the beach, traveling, and spending quality time with family and friends.

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KAYLA DOHERTY

M.S., CCC-SLP

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.

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PAIGE GARSON

M.S., CCC-SLP

Paige graduated from Northeastern University with a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Throughout her clinical placements Paige gained experience working with children from birth to 18 years old in the outpatient clinic and school settings. Paige has experience working with children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, fluency disorders, expressive/receptive/pragmatic language delays, speech sound disorders, hearing loss, feeding impairments, intellectual disabilities, and literacy delays. Paige is particularly interested in literacy delays and during her time at Northeastern Paige conducted reading and literacy instruction to first and second graders. Outside of speech therapy, Paige has over 10 years of experience working with children in a variety of settings including working as an assistant preschool teacher at the Clarke School for Hearing and Speech. When she’s not working, Paige loves paddle boarding, hiking, running, and enjoying time with family and friends!

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ANNA HARRIS

M.S., CCC-SLP, PROMPT Trained 

Anna is a graduate of Northeastern University where she obtained her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2016. In 2021 she became a PROMPT trained therapist. Anna has experience working with children of all ages and abilities including receptive/expressive language disorders, social-pragmatic language disorders, executive function disorders, speech-sound disorders, 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!

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MARY GRACE HAMME

M.S., CCC-SLP 

Mary Grace is a graduate of Nazareth College, where she obtained her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology and completed the Deafness Specialty Preparation Program in conjunction with the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. She has clinical experience working with children of all ages in school settings focused on receptive and expressive language and pragmatic support. In addition, Mary Grace is fluent in ASL and has specialized experience working with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Mary Grace’s passion for working with this community has led her to be involved in international Deaf education programs. Outside of work, Mary Grace is an avid traveler and outdoorswoman.

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SARA JONAS

M.S., CF-SLP 

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!

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SARAH KAHLER

M.S., CCC-SLP 

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!  

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DANIELLE MIESCH

M.S., CCC-SLP 

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!).

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EMMA PELLETIER

M.S., CCC-SLP 

Emma is a graduate of Northeastern University, where she earned her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She has experience working across multiple settings, such as outpatient, in-home, and school-based programs. Emma has provided evaluation and treatment services to children and adults with varied speech, language, and feeding challenges, but her passion is pediatrics. She loves making treatment fun and functional for kids of all ages. Emma's areas of clinical interest include: expressive/receptive language, children on the autism spectrum, articulation/phonology, social pragmatic language, and pediatric feeding-swallowing. When Emma is not working she loves going for walks on the beach and cooking!  She looks forward to becoming part of the Boston Ability Center team and continuing to support children and their families as they reach their goals.

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MEGAN ROMANCZYK

M.S., CCC-SLP 

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.

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ASHLEY SHAFFER

M.S., CCC-SLP 

Ashley is a graduate of Loyola University Maryland where she earned her Master's degree in Speech- Language Pathology. She has practiced in a variety of pediatric settings such as outpatient clinics, public and private schools, daycare/Head Start centers, and home-based early intervention. Ashley’s clinical experience includes evaluating and treating receptive/expressive language, speech sound disorders, fluency, social- pragmatics, AAC, executive functioning, and feeding/swallowing. She has a strong clinical interest in childhood apraxia of speech and pediatric feeding disorders and is trained in the SOS Approach to Feeding. Ashley is also a proud recipient of the ASHA ACE award demonstrating her exceptional commitment to continuing professional education. In addition to her clinical interests, Ashley enjoys mentoring and supervising SLP undergrad and graduate students as well as clinical fellows. Outside of work, Ashley practices all things wellness and mindfulness and loves reading, going to the beach, and traveling with family and friends. 

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LORI SILVERSTONE

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.

CLINIC AIDES
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KATIE CORSCADDEN

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!! 

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MARYKATE DRINKWATER

Marykate is a recent graduate 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 she was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. During her time at UNE she worked in two different facilities where she assisted the elderly in recreational activities as well as served as the Assistant Girls Ice Hockey Coach at Biddeford High School. 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. She enjoys working with children and intends to pursue a career in Pediatric Occupational Therapy. She has recently spiked a special interest in assisting with training and handling BAC’s therapy dog, Stanley! 

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CAROLINE FREEMAN

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! 

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EMILY GARDNER

Emily graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Developmental Psychology in May 2019 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, as well as the pulmonology, neurology, orthopedic and ENT clinics. 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. She is hoping to pursue a Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology in the future and looks forward to the opportunity BAC has to offer to shadow some of the SLPs and learn more about the discipline. 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.

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ERIN KIM

Erin is currently attending Boston University as a sophomore studying for a Bachelor’s Degree in human physiology. She is currently on the pathway of becoming a pediatric OT, with Boston Ability Center helping her through each step in the journey. At school, she is the active vice president for her Korean Student Association as well as an assistant for the Boston University Developments and Alumni Relations office. Whenever she is back at home, she tries to spend her time volunteering at her local hospital and during the summer, being a swim instructor for kids of all ages. Erin is extremely excited to work at BAC and help out with all tasks on deck while simultaneously meeting all the awesome patients thats come in the door!

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TIFFANY LU

Tiffany is currently a junior at Concord-Carlisle High School. She is passionate about working with children and has been working with kids since she was in sixth grade, starting with teaching learn-to-skate. She also coaches skating at a program for children with disabilities. Additionally, Tiffany spent her summer looking after kids ages three to five at a children’s daycare center. She also is the leader of a program at her school that is aimed at teaching young children science through fun experiments! Tiffany hopes to pursue psychology in the future and possibly obtain a job where she works with kids. In her free time, Tiffany loves to read, figure skate, and bike outside!

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ELISABETH SCHERER

Elisabeth is presently working towards earning her OTA degree. She is also a practicing licensed massage therapist, who received her training from the Cortiva Institute in Watertown, MA.  She enjoys therapeutic settings and working with people who have a desire to enhance the experience within their own bodies or recover from injuries. Prior to joining BAC Elisabeth was lucky enough to have enjoyed a professional ballet career for over ten years. Through dancing, she began to learn that the humor, bravery, and unique personalities that children naturally exhibit make working with them inspiring and rewarding.  When she’s not in one of our clinics, Elisabeth is caring for her three young daughters and is particularly fond of 1:3 tickle fights. 

THERAPY ASSISTANTS
Stanley the Bernedoodle Therapy Dog Boston Ability Center

STANLEY WADE

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 stanley_the_bernedoodle_!

We feel fortunate to have worked with She's a Keeper Dog Training throughout Stanley's time at the Boston Ability Center. Check out the awesome training services they provide on their website and join at our Natick facility on Sundays from 10-3 for dog training classes! Click here or email Info@ShesAKeeper.dog for more information or to sign up!

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