about us


Harla Rudolph, MS, CCC-SLP

Harla Rudolph, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

Harla Rudolph is a New York and New Jersey State Licensed and ASHA Certified Speech Language Pathologist, with over 15 years of experience working with children and their families.  She graduated from Binghamton University with a BS in Linguistics in 1994 and from Hunter College with a MA in Speech Pathology in 1997. 

Harla specializes in dealing with the unique needs of infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers and school-aged children with oral motor, feeding, sensory,  and speech and language disorders.  She has provided pediatric therapy services within in a wide variety of settings., including hospitals, specialized school settings, medical clinics, and with the NYS and NJ Early Intervention home based Programs.  Prior to going into private practice, Harla served as the Clinical Director for RCDS/The MENTOR Network, an Early Intervention program based in New York.   

Harla has advanced training in oral motor and feeding interventions and specializes in working with the communication development of infants and toddlers.  She is PROMPT trained and utilizes the tools and techniques following the work of Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson and Lori Overland.  Harla has been invited to lecture on the following topics:

Harla was also featured on a CBS News segment entitled "Children's Speech Disorders" to discuss the importance of early identification of language disorders and delays. 

Our Therapists

 

Michelle Cieslak, MS, CCC-SLP
Michelle Cieslak, MS, CCC-SLPSpeech Language Pathologist

Michelle is a New Jersey State licensed and ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist, with over 7 years experience.  Michelle graduated from Iona College where she received her BA in Speech/Language Pathology and Audiology and from NOVA Southeastern University with a MS in Speech-Language Pathology.  She has experience working in a variety of pediatric and geriatric settings including home-based early intervention, public schools, and assisted living facilities. She has treated children with a wide range of communication difficulties including articulation/phonological disorders, dysfluencies, oral motor deficits, auditory processing and receptive and expressive language disorders.  Michelle has extensive training in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorders and follows the principals of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).  She is also PROMPT trained.

 

Jacki Kemp, MS, CCC-SLP
Jacki Kemp, SpeechSpeech Language Pathologist

Jacki Kemp, M.S. CCC-SLP is a New Jersey State and New York State licensed and ASHA certified Speech Language Pathologist with over 17 years of experience. Jacki graduated from Ithaca College where she received her MS and B.S. in Speech Language Pathology & Audiology.  She has had experience working with children birth to 21 years, as well as adults and geriatrics in a variety of settings.  Jacki is VitalStim certified.  She has also worked with families to educate, evaluate and train their child or adult family member on the most appropriate AAC device to improve their ability to become an effective communicator in their community. She has treated children in both school and clinical settings with a wide range of receptive and expressive language disorders, articulation / phonological disorders, and oral motor and feeding delays/deficits.

 

Denise Puma, MS, CCC-SLP
Denise Puma, MA, CCC-SLPSpeech Language Pathologist

Denise is a New Jersey State licensed and ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist. Denise graduated from Hofstra University with a BA in Speech-Language Pathology and also with a MS in Special Education from Hofstra University. She received her MA in Speech-Language Pathology from New York University. She has worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist in a public school setting and New Jersey Early Intervention Home Based Programs providing therapy for children from toddlers to school aged. Denise also worked in a hospital setting providing speech and language therapy to adult patients with aphasia and swallowing disorders. Denise is also fluent in Spanish and holds bilingual extension certification.

 

Jenna Tesoriero, MS, CCC-SLP
Jenna Tesoriero, MS, CCC-SLPSpeech Language Pathologist

Jenna is a New Jersey State licensed and ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist. Jenna graduated from Saint Joseph’s University with a BS in Interdisciplinary Health Services (2002) and William Paterson University with a MS in Speech-Language Pathology (2006). She has worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist for the past five years. Over the past five years, she has worked with children ranging from toddlers to school age. Jenna has provided speech therapy in a public school setting and for New Jersey Early Intervention home based programs. She also specializes in speech and language disorders. behavior modification, augmentative and alternative communication and groups for peer socialization. Jenna has extensive knowledge in the area of Autism. She stresses the importance of increasing children’s independence and thinks ahead to those skills that will benefit the children as they prepare to transition from the therapy room to their home, school and community.

 

Tracey Vegvari, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

Tracey Vegvari, BA, MA, CCC-SLPTracey graduated from Muhlenberg College where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree.  She then received and a Masters of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from West Chester University.  She has over eight years experience working both in the clinic and public school setting.  Tracey has treated a variety of individuals ranging in age and communication impairment including developmental delays impacting speech production and language, Apraxia, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, stuttering, and cognitive impairments relating to Traumatic Brain Injuries and stroke. She has extensive experience working with patients with Central Auditory Processing Disorders and has a particular interest helping adolescents with Asperger Syndrome develop functional social skills to lead independent, productive lives.

 

Jennifer Tonneli, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

Jennifer Tonneli, Speech Language PathologistJennifer Occhipinti Tonelli MA,CCC-SLP is a New Jersey State licensed and ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist, with over 15 years of experience. Jen graduated from Trenton State College with a BS degree in Speech Language Pathology and a minor in Deaf Education.   She received a MA from Montclair State University in Communication and Science Disorders.  Jen has experience working in a variety of settings including public schools, private schools, private practice, and home based early intervention. During her 15 plus years in the field, Jen has experience in the areas of autism, multiple disabilities, articulation, language, central auditory processing disorders, oral motor skills, feeding therapy, behavioral feeding therapy, early intervention, augmentative systems and / or evaluations, pragmatics, aural rehabilitation, fluency, behavior modification, apraxia, voice, and LIPS reading program.

 

Valerie Romano, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
Valerie Romano, Speech – Language Pathologist

Valerie Romano, M.A. CCC-SLP is a New Jersey State licensed and ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist. Valerie graduated magna cum laude from Loyola University Maryland where she received her B.A in Speech-Language Pathology, and from Kean University with a M.A in Speech-Language Pathology. She has experience working with children ranging from toddlers to school-aged. Valerie additionally has experience working as a Speech-Language Pathologist in a public school setting, in addition to experience in outpatient pediatric therapy and specialized schools for autism. Therapy addresses receptive and expressive language delays, articulation and phonological disorders, fluency disorders, and auditory comprehension delays. Valerie emphasizes the importance of generalization of skills, and encourages families to incorporate targeted therapy skills into their child’s everyday activities.

 

Aisha A. Iftikhar, MA, CCC-SLP
Valerie Romano, Speech – Language PathologistSpeech Language Pathologist

Aisha Iftikhar, is a certified member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) as well as the New Jersey Speech-Language and Hearing Association (NJSHA). She graduated from New York University, where she received her B.S. in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology and from Kean University with an M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology. Aisha has extensive knowledge in the areas of articulation/phonology disorders, language disorders, stuttering, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has provided therapy services within a variety of pediatric and geriatric settings including early intervention, public schools, and hospitals. Aisha is also conversationally fluent in Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. She particularly enjoys bilingual speech and language assessment and treatment. Aisha encourages families to be active members in the intervention process and stresses the importance of clients becoming independent and effective communicators.

 

Monika Vakulchik, MS, CCC-SLP
Valerie Romano, Speech – Language PathologistSpeech Language Pathologist

Monika Vakulchik is a New Jersey State licensed and ASHA certified Speech Language Pathologist. Monika graduated from East Stroudsburg University where she received her B.S. in Speech Language Pathology & Audiology and M.Ed. in Reading Education. She graduated from Nova Southeastern University with an M.S. in Speech-Language and Communication Disorders. She has experience with toddlers, preschoolers, school-aged children, as well as with the geriatric population—having provided speech therapy in a public school setting and within the private practice setting. She has treated children with a wide range of speech disorders and receptive/expressive language disorders.

 

Melissa Edwards, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

Ashley Bonilla, MT-BC – Music TherapistMelissa Edwards graduated from the University of Delaware in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Communication Disorders and a minor in Spanish. Melissa was a recipient of the University of Delaware Presidential Scholarship for her academic achievements. Melissa attended Columbia University, Teachers College, where she earned a Master of Science in Speech and Language Pathology in 2001. While attending both undergraduate and graduate school, Melissa was a student clinician/intern at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Central Park Early Learning Center, Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital as well as The Winston Preparatory School. Melissa began working as a professional clinician at P.G. Chambers School where she completed her clinical fellowship year providing therapy for children with special needs. Melissa's additional previous professional experience includes providing therapy for preschool and school-aged children as a child study team member for the Berkeley Heights Board of Education. She also has extensive experience working with children affected by autism and congenital disorders. Melissa's clinical experience and areas of interest include language development, articulation therapy, improving the communication skills for children affected by autism, apraxia, teaching the use of sign language to expand communication skills, teaching the use of augmentative communication using technology, as well as social skill training. Melissa is Level 1 PROMPT trained and has attended several educational workshops presented on Verbal Behavior, apraxia, augmentative communication as well as congenital disorders. Melissa recently served as adjunct faculty for the School of Health and Medical Sciences, Department of Speech-Language Pathology at Seton Hall University. She is currently a member of a child study team and provides therapy for students with special needs as well as learning disabilities in a middle school.

 

Beth Graziano, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Ashley Bonilla, MT-BC – Music TherapistBeth Graziano received a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in 1989 from New York University. Over the last twenty-six years she has greatly enjoyed working with children from birth to twenty-one in their homes, in early intervention centers, in pediatric therapy clinics and in both private and public schools. Beth has attended extensive continuing education courses on sensory integration and processing, as well as a variety of other relevant OT topics. She has earned a certification in Assistive Technology from Richard Stockton College. Beth has extensive experience working with children with autism and their families. She has worked with children with a wide variety of developmental, learning, and physical disabilities including cerebral palsy, Down’s Syndrome, Rett Syndrome, sensory processing disorder, learning disabilities, feeding disorders and children with complex multiple disabilities. Beth has been an integral part of developing assessments and innovative programs within the school districts in which she has worked. She has developed OT curriculum to transition high school students with disabilities from school to work and adult life. Beth has also been part of a team to develop assessment , curriculum, and creating of sensory rooms for students with multiple disabilities and severe cognitive impairments. The latter were featured on WZBN Capital News Station Mercer County, and on NJTV Classroom Close-Up. Beth is very excited to be combining her passion and experience to welcome children and families to the OT Treehouse.

 

Jennifer Alessi
Lauren Rosenthal
Speech-Language Pathologist

Jennifer is a New Jersey State licensed and ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist. Jennifer graduated from The University of Stockton with a Bachelors degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and with a Masters degree in Speech- Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University. She has worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist in a private practice setting for children as well as in a Long Term Care and Rehabilitation setting for adults. Jennifer specializes in dysphagia and feeding therapy in children and adults. She also specializes in language disorders, aphasia, articulation disorders, Autism Spectrum disorders, and cognitive impairments.

 

Matthew Shaw
Lauren Rosenthal
Speech-Language Pathologist

Matthew Shaw, M.A. CCC-SLP is a New Jersey State licensed, ASHA certified, and PROMPT trained Speech-Language Pathologist.  Matt graduated from Kean University, where he received both his B.A  and M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology.  He has experience working in the public school setting, conducting both individual and group therapy sessions focusing on various goals such as language expansion, fluency strategies, pragmatic language, and articulation skills.  In addition, Matt also has experience in a private school setting, working with multiply-disabled children and adults, where improvement with Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), and learning and applying proper swallowing/feeding techniques are frequently practiced.  Regardless of current age, ability, or goals, Matt encourages independence for all of his clients.

 

Lauren Rosenthal
Lauren Rosenthal
Reading Specialist

Lauren Rosenthal is a New Jersey state licensed Elementary & Special Education teacher. After attending Monmouth University for her undergraduate, she then continued on to receive her Master’s as a Reading Specialist from Monmouth University as well. Lauren has been teaching in New Jersey Public Schools for over 14 years. She has taught 1st grade and continues to help students increase their literacy foundation on a daily basis. Lauren uses a multi-sensory approach to help every child meet their needs enabling them to become a successful reader.