We help people reach their full potential in speech, language, learning and communication.
100 Melrose Avenue, Suite 201
Greenwich, CT 06830
5 Mott Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06850
We are a full service center for speech and language pathology. Among the patients we evaluate and treat, 85% are children of all ages and 15% are adults. Our speech and language pathologists are dedicated, dynamic and well-trained professionals. Under the leadership of Josephine Chen, we strive for excellence in patient care, teamwork, and continued improvement of knowledge and skills in our field.
Josephine K. Chen, M.S., CCC: Certified by American Hearing, Speech and Language Association and licensed in Connecticut, New York and California, Ms. Chen has over thirty years of experience in the field. She has received nine continuing education awards from ASHA for more then six hundred hours of postgraduate continuing education study. Prior to establishing the center in 1988, she had worked for twelve years in acute and rehabilitation hospitals in Connecticut and New York. Ms. Chen received her Bachelor of Law degree in Economics abroad from National Chung Hsing University in Taipei; and, her Master of Science degree in Speech and Language Pathology in the U.S. from the University of New Mexico. She has expertise in early language intervention, feeding, oral motor and speech disorders, language-based learning disabilities, stuttering, voice, cleft palate and myofunctional therapy. In addition, Ms. Chen treats adult neurogenic speech and language disorders as well as dysphagia. Ms. Chen was on craniofacial /cleft palate teams for 10 years. She was PROMPT trained at the level one PROMPT training workshop, and certified in LSVT (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment).
Krystal Collins, M.S., CCC: A certified and licensed speech and language pathologist, Miss Collins has ten years of clinical experience with children and adults in various settings. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in speech and language pathology from Loyola College in Maryland. She interned at The Margaret A. McManus Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic in Baltimore, Maryland; and, worked with children with articulation disorders, receptive and expressive language delay, autism, and fluency. She also worked with adults with stroke and head injury, treating aphasia, apraxia, dysarthria and cognitive communication disorders. Additionally, she interned at Genesis Rehab Services and Charlesmont elementary School in Maryland. She had experience with Down syndrome, oral motor and feeding difficulties, and language learning disabilities while working at the Columbia Clinic at Loyola College.
Amanda Dykstra, M.S.: A speech and language pathologist clinical fellow, Miss Dykstra has two years of clinical experience with children and adults in various settings. She received her undergraduate degree from California State University in Fullerton, California in Communication Disorders and Sciences; and, her M.S. degree from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut in Speech-Language Pathology. Miss Dykstra completed externship in pediatrics at Speech Academy, a private practice, in Easton, Connecticut; and, at Head O'Meadow Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut. While attending her undergraduate program, she worked as an ABA therapist at Creative Behavioral Interventions in Irvine, California. She volunteered at Jump and Schout Therapy, a private practice in Brea, California. Her adult and medical externship was completed at New London Rehabilitation Center in Waterford, Connecticut, and Ludlowe Center for Health and Rehabilitation in Fairfield, Connecticut. She is experienced in treating children with disorders in articulation, apraxia, stuttering, receptive and expressive language delay, language based learning disabilities. She worked with ASD children on social communication skills. With adults, she has experience in aphasia, dysphagia, head injury and dementia.
Jessica Griffin, M.S., CCC: A certified and licensed speech and language pathologist, Miss Griffin has four years of clinical experience with children and adults in various settings. She received her graduate degree in communicative sciences and disorders from New York University, and her undergraduate degree in communication disorders from Louisiana State University. She interned at Mount Sinai West Hospital and Terrence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center in Manhattan. She also interned at City Sounds of New York, a private practice. She worked with toddlers at Creative Steps Early Care and Education Center; and, with school age children at Lincoln Elementary School in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey. She is experienced in treating children with disorders in early language development, receptive and expressive language delay, articulation and phonology, verbal apraxia, language learning disabilities, word retrieval and auditory language processing, and cognitive-linguistic impairment. She also worked with children on the Autism spectrum. With adults, she has experience in voice, stuttering, aphasia, dysphagia, head injury and dementia.
Samira Hoveyda, M.S.P., CCC: A certified and licensed speech and language pathologist, Miss Hoveyda has four and half years of clinical experience with children and adults in various settings. She received her graduate degree in speech-language pathology and her undergraduate degree in psychology from University of South Carolina. She worked at Capital Therapy Group, a private practice in Austin Texas. She interned at Kershaw County Head Start, and Dutch Fork Elementary School in South Carolina. She also interned at Health South Rehabilitation Center. Miss Hoveyda is experienced in treating toddlers with feeding disorders and developmental speech and language delay. With preschool children, she is experienced with articulation, phonology, apraxia, stuttering, language disorders, and feeding disorders. She worked with school age children in articulation, stuttering, language based learning disabilities, word retrieval deficits, reading comprehension and writing. She also worked with children with neurological impairment and with children on the Autism spectrum. With adults, she has experience in voice, stuttering, aphasia, dysphagia, head injury, dementia and accent modification.
Danielle Livecchi, M.S., CCC: A certified and licensed speech and language pathologist, Miss Livecchi has seven years of clinical experience with children and adults in various settings. She received her graduate degree in speech and language pathology from New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York, and her undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. She came to us from her internship at Westchester Medical Center. She also interned at New York Methodist Hospital, Physical Medicine and rehabilitation Center, John A. Coleman School and Children’s Rehabilitation Center, Hawthorne Country Day School, and Ichabod Crane Primary School. For the pediatric population, she worked with children with difficulties in feeding, articulation and phonology, receptive and expressive language, learning disabilities, fluency, voice and communication pragmatics. She is also experienced in early intervention, ASD, and children with Down syndrome. With the adult population, she is experienced in treating CVA and TBI patients with dysphagia, aphasia, and apraxia.
Devon Natale, M.S.: A certified and licensed speech and language pathologist, Miss Natale has six years of clinical experience. She received her graduate degree from SUNY Fredonia in Communication Disorders and Sciences: Speech and Language Pathology; and, her undergraduate degree from State University at Cortland in Communication Disorders: Speech and Language Disabilities. Additionally, she attended a master's program at Mercy College, School of Education, in Teaching Literacy, Birth to Grade Twelve. Miss Natale worked for two years as a teacher of students with speech and language disabilities in George Robinson Preschool in Middletown, New York, in articulation, phonological awareness, language and pragmatics. She also worked with children with autism. In her externship, she worked with the early intervention population and preschool children with speech and language delays and childhood apraxia; and she also worked with school age children in articulation and language disorders, fluency, pragmatics and alternative augmentative communication. For adult population, she worked with patients with neurological disorders, traumatic brain injury, hearing impairment, cognitive communication deficits, dementia and dysphagia.
Eliza Shaker, M.S.: A speech and language pathologist clinical fellow, Miss Shaker has over two years of clinical experience with children and adults in various settings. She received her graduate degree in Communication Disorders from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York, and her undergraduate degree in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences from University of Connecticut at Storrs, Connecticut. She worked as a clinical fellow and a teaching assistant at the Brookfield school system in Brookfield, Connecticut. She also interned at Center Elementary School and Brookfield High School, facilitated a social communication group at Westchester ARC in Yonkers, New York. She completed her medical internship at Putnam Ridge Nursing Facility. With the pediatric population, she is experienced in treating articulation and phonological disorders, feeding, developmental language delay, and disorders in school age language, academic learning, fluency, and communication pragmatics. With the adult population, she is experienced in treating stroke and head injury patients with aphasia, dysphagia, and in treating voice and dysarthria in Parkinson patients.
Gabrielle Tobacco, M.S., CCC: A certified and licensed speech and language pathologist, Ms. Tobacco has five years of clinical experience with children and adults. She came to us from Westchester Speech and Language Services, PLLC, a private practice in Scarsdale, New York, where she evaluated and treated pediatric patients with a variety of speech and language disorders. Additionally, she interned at the New York City public school system. Ms. Tobacco is experienced in evaluation and treatment of children with early developmental language and speech delays, articulation and phonological disorders, language disorders, and oral narrative difficulties. Ms. Tobacco also interned at A. Holly Patterson Extended Care Nursing Facility in Uniondale, New York. With adult patients, she is experienced with aphasia, dysphagia, adults with cognitive deficits, and traumatic brain injury. She received her Master of Arts degree from St. John’s University in New York in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She graduated cum laude from Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland, in speech-language pathology/audiology.
We are a team of professionals, colleagues, and individuals committed to continued improvement of our clients and ourselves. We work toward this mission by holding fast to our team values:
Commitment to our profession, our team, and our clients by always striving to give the best of what we have—carefully replenishing our resources through daily celebrations of success and excessive bouts of laughter.
Continuous learning from our field, related disciplines, each other, our own experiences, and our clients.
Education of clinical fellows to instill clinical skills, professional ethics, and passion for the profession; appreciation of fellow contributions of the latest research, therapy approaches, and enthusiasm for the profession.
Collaboration to tackle professional challenges and to create and maintain a positive, supportive, and fun work environment.
Communication that is free-flowing, immediate, and honest.
Diversity of culture, experience, ideas, and styles.
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