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, Hanen Certified, PROMPT Trained
Stephanie is a graduate of the MGH Institute of Health Professions, where she obtained her Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology with a concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has clinical experience working with children of all ages in both the school-based setting and in pediatric outpatient centers. Stephanie has provided evaluations and intervention for children with autism spectrum disorders, receptive/expressive language delays, articulation/phonology disorders, feeding disorders and social-pragmatic difficulties. When she's not working with children and their families, Stephanie enjoys cooking, practicing yoga, and spending time with her family and friends.
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.
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.
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.
Stephanie currently works full-time at Boston Ability Center's front desk. She graduated from Emmanuel College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Therapy in 2007, where she completed an internship at Children's Hospital in Boston. She utilized her degree facilitating recreational and therapeutic groups with different populations for more than ten years in a variety of settings. As a Certified Brain Injury Specialist, Stephanie gained experience in case management supporting survivors of brain injury. Stephanie is a co-chair on the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts conference planning committee. In addition, she is pursuing her master's degree online in Healthcare Administration at Southern New Hampshire University and anticipates graduating in May of 2022. Stephanie enjoys hiking, travel, reading, cooking and spending time with her pug Ally.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
LAURA P. EALY
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.
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.
Anna is a graduate of Dominican College where she received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. Upon completion of her degree, she worked for a pediatric outpatient clinic in Santa Clarita, CA. During this time, she worked as a part of an intensive early intervention team providing services to toddlers with autism to improve sensory processing, feeding independence, and participation in daily activities. She also provided therapy to children months old to the age 13 with various neurological, physical, and developmental disorders. Anna is passionate about working to increase participation and confidence with all the children she works with. Anna recently moved to Massachusetts and is extremely excited to continue working with children and their families as a part of the BAC team.
Lauren graduated with a master's in occupational therapy from Boston University, where she later completed her post-professional occupational therapy doctorate in September 2017. She is a Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) certified professional since May 2018 and is passionate about an interprofessional approach to AAC. Prior to joining the BAC staff, Lauren worked in outpatient pediatrics at a community hospital and at a private pediatric clinic Washington, D.C. area where she specialized in treating children and adolescents with a wide range of impairments and disabilities. She has experience treating visual dysfunction following concussion in children and young adults as well as children with multiple, severe disabilities in school and home settings. She has participated in the International Immersion Experience and Volunteer partnership program between Boston University and St. Catherine University in Minnesota, supervising students at therapeutic sites in Quito, Ecuador, to facilitate understanding of cultural context, reflection on cultural biases, and strong clinical reflective skills. Lauren has worked with individuals ranging in age from birth-25 with a broad range of diagnoses. She is passionate about client-centered care and clinical reflection and strives to work closely with families to meet their needs and celebrate their child's every strength and success. Lauren has completed continuing education with Handwriting Without Tears, The Alert Program, SOS Approach to Feeding, Astronaut Training, Therapeutic Listening, Social Thinking, and and is a certified provider for Interactive Metronome. In her free time, Lauren enjoys reading, writing and hosting trivia quizzes, cooking, and hiking.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rachel graduated from MGH Institute of Health Professions with a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy. Her research focused on interprofessional collaboration between graduate students studying a variety of healthcare professions. She has clinical experience working with children and teenagers with a wide range of diagnoses, including sensory processing disorder, mental health, and autism spectrum disorder. Prior to completing her degree, she worked one on one with children on the autism spectrum in a school setting, as well as taught an after-school program for children with various abilities how to ride a bicycle to achieve developmental milestones. She has a passion for teaching kids about their strengths and empowering them to live their best and most meaningful life. When she's not working, she is busy baking and hanging with family and friends.
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.
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!
ARIELLE R. SIMONS
Arielle completed her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy at Tufts University. Her pediatric fieldwork was completed at Boston Children's Hospital where she worked with children and their families on acute inpatient floors. She comes to the Boston Ability Center with 4 years of experience as a Registered Behavior Technician, providing ABA services to children 1.5-18 years old with Autism and related diagnoses around the greater Boston area. She is passionate about working with children and their families and promoting participation in meaningful activities. As a Registered Yoga Teacher, she also incorporates wellness and mindful movement to help clients achieve their goals. Arielle is excited to join the Boston Ability Center team and continue to enrich the lives of the children she works with.
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.
Juliann earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from MCPHS University in 2021. Prior to MCPHS, Juliann attended Westfield State University where she played softball and studied Movement Science. She has always enjoyed working with children and completed a clinical rotation as a student in outpatient pediatrics in Weymouth, MA. Juliann has experience working with children of varying ages and diagnoses including developmental delay, Down Syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, and Cerebral Palsy. She is excited to join the BAC team to help children and their families achieve their goals and have fun while doing so! Outside of work, Juliann enjoys watching and playing sports as well as spending time with friends, family, and her dog Milo!
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.
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. She is excited to join the Boston Ability Center team to work with children to maximize their functional ability in a fun play based environment. Recent continuing education courses include Practical Techniques to Address Pediatric Gait Dysfunction and Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Christin enjoys running, biking, kayaking, and spending time with her family and dog, Leo.
PT, M.S., PCS
Carolyn comes to the Boston Ability Center with over 18 years of experience, primarily in outpatient pediatric physical therapy. Carolyn holds a Master 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. In addition to working with children with a variety of developmental delays and disabilities, Carolyn has specialized experience in Lite Gait treadmill training, walking, Theratog fittings, and e-stim treatments, Kinesiotaping and Interactive Metranome. Carolyn enjoys running, bike riding, and hiking with her family.
Brian graduated from Gannon University with a doctorate of physical therapy. Brian knew he wanted to work with children after his experiences coaching youth soccer, volunteering 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 chose to work at the Boston Ability Center because of its goal of providing quality care in a fun and efficient environment. Brian loves red pandas, playing anything that is competitive especially soccer, and enjoys hiking up tall mountains.
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!
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
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!
M.S., CCC-SLP, PROMPT Trained
Anna is a graduate of Northeastern University where she obtained her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She has experience working with children of all ages and abilities including receptive/expressive language disorders, social pragmatic disorder, executive function, articulation/phonological difficulties, apraxia, AAC, and children on the autism spectrum. When she's not working, Anna loves spending time with her friends and family and enjoying the great outdoors!
MARY GRACE HAMME
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.
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!).
Angela is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she obtained her Master's degree in Speech and Language Pathology. She has experience working with children of all ages and abilities (including articulation and phonological disorders, motor speech disorders, fluency disorders, expressive/receptive language disorders, social pragmatic language disorders, and executive functioning). Angela has experience working with a variety of Augmentative and Alternative Communication systems and has completed PECS Level One training. She looks forward to personalizing sessions and collaborating with other professionals to best meet the needs of each child and family. When Angela is not working you can find her trying out new recipes, discovering new music, and keeping busy with outdoor activities!
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.
Megan graduated from Northeastern University with a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology. Throughout her clinical rotations, she gained experience working with children ranging from 1 to 18 years old with receptive/expressive language disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, fluency disorders, social-pragmatic disorders, and motor speech disorders. She has a particular clinical interest in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), and she has worked with children with a wide variety of AAC systems in the outpatient and school settings. When she’s not working, Megan loves hiking, biking, practicing yoga, cooking, and going on adventures with friends and family!
Ashley is a graduate of Loyola University Maryland where she earned her Master's degree in Speech- Language Pathology. She has experience working in a variety of pediatric settings, such as outpatient clinics, public and charter schools, daycare/Head Start centers, and home-based early intervention. Ashley has provided screenings, evaluations, and treatment to children ages 1 to 18 years old with receptive/expressive language disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, social-pragmatic disorders, fluency disorders, and feeding/swallowing disorders. Ashley is excited to be back in Massachusetts, where she is originally from, and begin serving children and their families at the BAC! When she is not working, Ashley enjoys running, reading, traveling, going to the beach, and relaxing on the weekends with family, friends and her dogs!
Alex is a graduate of Gallaudet University where he received his Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2019. He is excited to be back on the east coast to join the BAC team after completing his clinical fellowship in Alaska. Alex has experience working with children with a variety of needs including expressive and receptive language disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, autism spectrum disorder, social-pragmatic disorders, and fluency disorders in both school and outpatient clinic settings. His special interest is working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing children to facilitate language development using a bimodal-bilingual approach. When he is not at work you can find Alex cooking, hiking, or playing video games!
M.S., CCC-SLP, M.A.
Lori is a graduate of the University of Michigan where she earned her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 1986. In addition Lori obtained a Master’s degree in Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University in 1996. She has experience working with children and teens in hospital and community healthcare centers as well as public and therapeutic school settings. Lori’s specialties include speech, language, and social skill evaluation and therapy for children and teens with complex neurologic and emotional needs. Lori also has experience in working with the toddler and preschool population. Lori is the mother of three young adults and a maltese poodle. In her free time she enjoys hiking, traveling, making art, and spending time with friends and family.
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!!
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!
Maddie is currently a senior at Newton North High School. Maddie loves working with kids and has been a volunteer for the Boston Ability Center's One Night Out program since seventh grade. She has also volunteered at BAC's summer camp and has a lot of experience with babysitting and mentoring elementary school students in science. In her free time, Maddie loves to read, run, and hang out with friends!
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!
Whitney has joined the Boston Ability Center while pursuing a bachelor's degree in Public Health. She is passionate about working with children and has been babysitting and volunteering as a Bible Camp counselor at her church for years. Whitney also currently spends her time nannying and dog walking. When she's not working, Whitney loves going to the beach, hiking, swimming, playing with her dog, and spending time with friends and family. She is so excited to join the BAC team!
Sophie is currently a senior at Umass Boston majoring in Psychology with a minor in Cognitive Science. On campus, she is a peer tutor and a research assistant for two Psychology labs—one of which is UMB’s Baby Lab. Post-grad Sophie plans to attend graduate school for either Occupational Therapy or Psychology. Throughout her time in high school, Sophie volunteered for a local children’s musical theater company. It was there that she developed her passion for working with children. More recently, she has worked as a full-time nanny. Sophie loves having fun and developing positive relationships with the kids she works with, it’s her favorite part of the job! When Sophie isn’t working or in school she loves taking her dog out for walks, doing yoga, and spending time with her family and friends. She is very excited to be a part of the BAC family!
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.
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_!
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