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TALA HERSHEY

Owner and Speech Language Pathologist

Hi! I’m Tala Hershey, M.S. CCC-SLP, TSSLD, a speech-language pathologist (SLP) based in Lower Westchester, New York. I am a licensed SLP in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey. I have experience treating both children and adults with a variety of communication difficulties in private practice and a school settings. I am also the membership coordinator/Vice President of the Westchester Speech Hearing and Language Association. The types of therapy I provide include early intervention, articulation and phonology, expressive and receptive language, social communication, language-based reading and writing, voice, myofunctional swallowing, and stuttering/fluency.

 

I received my B.S. from Skidmore College as a psychology and music (vocal performance) double major and my M.S. from New York University in Communicative Sciences and Disorders. Additionally, I have certifications and trainings in PROMPT therapy, Sounds In Motion, and DIR-Floortime.

Successful therapy is based on a client-centered, collaborative approach. I work with parents, caregivers, spouses, educators, and other therapists to ensure carryover and generalization of techniques. Collaboration and family education is an integral part of successful therapy. My goal is to promote self-advocacy and independence in each of my clients.

Everyone needs a voice! Effective communication is the most powerful tool for children and adults, and it is my goal to help each client reach their highest potential. 

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BRITTANY DAKIN

Speech Language Pathologist

Hi! My name is Brittany Dakin, M.S. CCC-SLP, TSSLD. I am a pediatric speech-language pathologist. I earned both my Bachelor and Master of Science in Communication Disorders at Mercy College. I have experience working with children from early intervention up to school-age. I plan and provide treatment for a variety of communication disorders, pediatric feeding, and augmentative/alternative communication (i.e. low and high tech). I also have experience with various aspects of the Sequential Oral Sensory Feeding Approach, Beckman's Oral Motor techniques, and Hanen's 'It Takes Two to Talk Strategies for Parents'. When I am not providing therapy, I enjoy walking/hiking trails, as well as cooking new recipes! 

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JOSSY GRAMAJO

Speech Language Pathologist

Hello! My name is Jossy Gramajo, M.S. CCC-SLP, TSSLD-BE. I am a bilingual speech-language pathologist. I earned both my Bachelor and Master of Science in Communication Disorders at Mercy College, NY. I earned my bilingual extension certification in Spanish at Teacher’s College, Columbia University, NY. I had the honor of traveling abroad and participating in medical mission trips to Colombia and Peru. I provided speech therapy to infants and children who had either a cleft lip, cleft palate, and/or microtia. In addition, I counseled families and provided techniques to use pre and post-surgery. 

 

I have experience working with children from birth to adulthood and from medically-based to school-based settings. My therapy treatment focuses on a variety of communication disorders, pediatric feeding, AAC device, developing strategies for school-based students, and collaborating closely with educators, other service providers, and caregivers. I deliver support to families and provide strategic methods that can be carried over into the client’s natural environment. I believe in providing adequate speech services that will meet the client's goals and providing appropriate services to the bilingual population.

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KELSEY LONG

Speech Language Pathologist

Hi! I’m Kelsey Long, M.A. CCC-SLP, TSSLD. I am a speech-language pathologist licensed in both Connecticut and New York State. I attended Iona College in Westchester where I received my B.A. in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology with a minor in Social Work and my M.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders. I have been passionately working with children ever since in the scopes of expressive and receptive language, social communication, articulation, cognition, hearing and augmentative alternative communication (AAC). I also recently completed level 1 of the picture exchange communication program (PECS) which teaches children intentional, functional communication while also promoting meaningful interactions with others.

I currently work full time with children aged 2-3 at an early intervention center in the Bronx and have experience providing service delivery to children from birth to 21 years old. I also supervise and mentor graduate students in their internships to help develop their own clinical skills.

Originally from California, I love the outdoors and plenty of sunshine!

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ALICIA CALKINS

Speech Language Pathologist

Hi, my name is Alicia Calkins, M.S. CCC-SLP, TSSLD. I am a licensed speech-language pathologist (SLP) in Connecticut and New York with experience treating children from birth to 21 years with a variety of communication difficulties in the school and pediatric hospital settings.  The types of therapy I provide include early intervention, articulation and phonology, expressive and receptive language, pragmatic language, and augmentative/alternative communication (AAC). I received my B.S. from Springfield College in Communication Sciences & Disorders and my M.S. from Mercy College in Communication Disorders. During my graduate studies, I had the opportunity to participate in a medical mission trip to Ica, Peru where I provided speech therapy to infants and children with cleft lip and cleft palate following their cleft repair surgery.

 

I currently work full-time at a public school in Connecticut, providing individualized and group therapy for children in kindergarten through second grade with expressive and receptive language disorders, social communication difficulties, and articulation/phonological disorders. Being a part of enhancing another’s communication skills is truly a rewarding experience and I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to do so each day!

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LIANNE KHOO

Speech Language Pathologist

Hi! My name is Lianne Khoo, M.S., CCC-SLP, TSSLD. I am a speech-language pathologist licensed in both Connecticut and New York State. I received my B.S. from the University of Connecticut as an allied health science major, with a minor in biology. I started working in research at the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain which is where I first was intrigued about Speech Language Pathology. I went on to earn my Master of Science from Sacred Heart University and ever since then have loved being able to help students become better communicators. 

 

I have experience working with children with from preschool all the way up to high school. I provide treatment in articulation, phonology, expressive and receptive language, voice, feeding, fluency, and augmentative/alternative communication (AAC).  I am also PROMPT-trained and LSVT trained. I love learning new things, eating, and hiking with my dog.