Ellen Gellineau, M.S., CCC-SLP is a founding partner and speech-language pathologist with over 25 years of experience in pediatrics, including work on multidisciplinary teams at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, Franciscan Children’s Hospital and the LADDERS program. She has particular expertise in working with very young children with language, social-communication and/or motor-speech difficulties. Ellen also enjoys collaborating with her clients’ families, teachers/specialists and home-based service providers to help maximize their progress.
Karen Head, M.S., CCC-SLP is our Coordinator of Speech-Language and Group Services. She is a founding partner and speech-language pathologist with more than 20 years experience in working with young children with a variety of communication disorders. Before CTA, she worked in several multi-disciplinary clinic settings. She came to CTA with experience in managing a number of satellites which she now applies to business management and program development of CTA. Clinically, Karen has particular interest in children with complex social-communicative profiles. In addition to working with families individually and co-leading social pragmatic groups, Karen is currently enjoying working with families as the intake coordinator of the Social Adventures and Friendship Group programs, as well as Speech-Language Services.
Jill Perry, MHA, M.S., OTR/L is our Director of Occupational Therapy Services . She is an occupational therapist and general partner at CTA with over 25 years of experience working with children. Her clinical interests include working with children who have non-verbal learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and sensory processing disorders. Jill is an Associate Practitioner for Integrated Listening Systems®, (iLs), a Tomatis based auditory program with specific visual and vestibular stimulation. She is also a provider of The Listening Program®, (TLP), a music listening therapy. In 2005 Jill earned her master’s degree in health administration from Suffolk University. In addition to working as a clinical occupational therapist, Jill enjoys working with families as the OT intake coordinator at CTA.
Susan Savoy, M.S., CCC-SLP is a founding partner of CTA who has worked with children with special needs in a variety of settings for more than 20 years. Sue’s interests and expertise lie in working with children who have complex communication disorders including sensory-motor based speech production difficulties, language-based disorders, and pragmatic difficulties. While Sue’s responsibilities at CTA include management duties, she also enjoys her role in staff development.
Meghan Gallahan Graham, M.S., CCC-SLP is our Director of Technology Services, and has been a member of the CTA team since May of 2006. Meghan has also had experience working with children in the public school setting. She currently enjoys working with children with a range of speech production disorders as well as with children with diagnoses on the autism spectrum. She co-leads social pragmatics groups and looks forward to her continued collaboration with CTA’s multidisciplinary team in her work with children with a wide range of speech-language profiles.
Kathryn McCarthy, M.S., OTR/L has been an occupational therapist for nearly 15 years. She joined CTA in 2002. She has worked extensively with infants, children and adolescents with a wide range of disabilities, including autism and pervasive developmental disorders, in clinic, early intervention and school based settings. Katie has also worked with institutionalized children in a Romanian orphanage, as well as with post-institutionalized children adopted from a variety of countries. Specialized training includes sensory integration assessment and treatment, craniosacral and myofascial therapy as well as oral-motor intervention. Katie also provides mentoring services to occupational therapists working in early intervention.
Alicia Walker, M.S., OTR/L joined CTA in May of 2007. Alicia has experience working with children with a wide range of disabilities as inpatients and outpatients in a children’s hospital and within school settings. She also has experience working with institutionalized children in an orphanage in Romania. She enjoys being part of a team model, co-leading social pragmatics groups and working with speech-language pathologists in co-treatment sessions. She currently is interested in working with children with motor and sensory challenges as well as children with autism spectrum disorders.
Aneesa Donahue, OTR/L has been an occupational therapist since 1994. She joined our practice in the spring of 2004 and works with children and their families at CTA three days a week. She enjoys working with children of all ages and with a variety of diagnoses. She greatly enjoys collaborating with families and other involved team members to ensure carryover of skills across all environments.
Kellie Nashawaty, M.S., OTR/L joined CTA in September 2010. Kellie has been an occupational therapist since 2003. She has experience working with children with a variety of disabilities and diagnoses. Kellie has worked with children ranging from birth to three in the Early Intervention setting. She has also worked in the public school system treating children in elementary school through middle school. Kellie’s interests include working with children on the autism spectrum as well as children with sensory processing disorders. She enjoys working closely with the speech and language pathologists in our social pragmatic groups here at CTA.
Nicki Eastburn, MSW, LICSW, is a licensed independent clinical social worker with over 10 years of experience working with children and families. Her clinical expertise includes working with children who struggle with depression, anxiety, and mood disorders. Nicki enjoys working with children individually, family therapy, and social skills groups. She received her BA in Political Science at the University of Rhode Island and her MSW at Adelphi University.
Kenia Franjul, MSW, LICSW, is a bilingual (Spanish and English) licensed independent clinical social worker with 10 years of experience working with children and families. Her clinical expertise includes working with children who struggle with depression, anxiety, and mood disorders. Kenia enjoys working with children individually, family therapy, and social skills groups. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and minor in sociology at The City College of New York. Subsequently, she attended Shirley M. Ehrenkranz School of Social Work at New York University where she earned her master’s degree in social work.
Sharyn Tucceri, M.S., CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist and reading specialist with extensive experience working with school-age children with communication disorders and reading disabilities. She joined the CTA team in 2005 and is currently available to provide reading and writing assessments. Previously, she worked in the Peabody Public School system for five years and most recently was a Clinical instructor at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Charlestown, MA where she trained graduate students in the areas of speech-language pathology and reading in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program. Sharyn has particular interest in the relationship between spoken and written language disorders.