Occupational Therapists

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Dr. Angie: Owner and Founder of In2Great!
Manny Herrera, M.S., OTR/L
Dr. Nicole Kovalevsky, OTD, OTR/L
Rachel Cuya, MOTR, OTR/L Director of Occupational Therapy
Emma Williams COTA/L
Melissa Podrazik, M.S., OTR/L
Dallas Bastillo, M.S., OTR/L
Claire Hadley, MOT, OTR/L
Amanda Kaiz, COTA
Sara Nadeem, MOT, OTR/L
Angel Kruse, MOT, OTR/L
Dr. Melissa Donegan, OTD, OTR/L. Director of Transitional Programming and Marketing/PR
Karina Ayrapetyan, OTR/L
Lindsey Martinez, OTR/L Director of Occupational Therapy
Candace Swanson, OTR/L
Dr. Ewa Pawelko, OTD, OTR/L
Sidney O'Keeffe, MOT, OTR/L
Susan Gotsch, OT

Speech Therapists

Gwen Reily, M.A., CCC-SLP/L Clinical Director
Emily Gorecki, M.S., SLP
Carmelita King, M.A., CCC-SLP
Brittany LaCursia, M.S., CCC-SLP/L
Meredith Seelig, M.S., CCC-SLP Director of SLP
Elena DiSanto, M.A., CCC-SLP
Josie Greenemay, M.A. CCC-SLP
Nimra Burney,, M.A., CCC-SLP
Elyse Szymanski, M.S., C.F. -SLP
Anita Wilisowski, M.H.S, CF-SLP

Mental Health Therapists

Megan Cunningham, LSW Director of Mental Health Services
Carol Cowen, LCSW
Sherry Laten, LCSW, MSW, Ph.D.
Ashley Kangail, LCSW
Morgan Galvin, LSW
Jamie Moler, LCSW
Lucy Atsaves, LSW

Physical Therapists

Norah Springgate, PT, C/NDT
Patricia L. Nootbaar, PT
Bhagyashree Nadgir (Shree), PT

Office Staff

Diana Lamberis
Vanessa Penick
Edmonds, Jocelyn

ABA Therapists

Jasmine Williamson MAT, BCBA Director of ABA
Hollie Stephien, MS, BCBA
Zoar Lopez, RBT
Jenna Elliott, RBT, Behavioral Specialist
Hope LaMonica, RBT, Behavioral Specialist
Rianna Chupeyda, RBT
Aubree Earnest, RBT
Giovanni Hudson, RBT
Yami Garcia, RBT

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Dr. Angie: Owner and Founder of In2Great!

Dr. Angie Harisiadis has been a practicing occupational therapist for over 17 years. She was the first occupational therapist to receive her doctorate degree in Occupational Therapy in the state of Illinois from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is passionate about her work, sensitive to every family’s needs and is always willing to go above and beyond to make sure her clients are satisfied and getting the quality therapy they deserve. Dr. Harisiadis knows first-hand the difficulties in raising children with regulatory challenges, and so she understands parents’ concerns and worries. She and her staff are trained in the field of pediatric therapy. Their goal is to improve the physical, emotional, developmental and social needs of their clients, all while engaging them in a playful and motivating environment. Dr. Harisiadis believes that a child’s primary occupation is to play! Learning is best accomplished in a playful and supportive environment. Dr. Harisiadis is proud and confident in her team and in the quality of their work. Opening her own clinic in Buffalo Grove has been one of her most rewarding accomplishments, and she looks forward to continuing to meet the needs of many more children and their families.

Manny Herrera, M.S., OTR/L

Manny has been an occupational therapist for over 20 years. He received his BA from UIC in 1988, and then his BS in Occupational Therapy in 1998. In addition to In2great!, Manny has worked at Alexander Lee Center for Autism for the past 10 years. He has also worked at the infamous Camp Avanti for 2 years in addition to the JCC Summer camps for many years.

Manny is a fun-loving, energetic, patient and collaborative therapist. He has been working with children his entire career and can’t picture himself doing anything else. When he is not working, he enjoys gardening, engaging in-home repairs, traveling to Florida and sitting on the beach. He also loves spending time with friends and family.

Dr. Nicole Kovalevsky, OTD, OTR/L

Nicole has always enjoyed working with and learning from kids of all ages. After completing her bachelor degree in Health: Science, Society, and Policy at Brandeis University, Nicole received her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Rush University in Chicago, IL in 2021. She is bilingual in Russian and English. Nicole is passionate about the mindfulness-based pediatric practice and completed her fieldwork and capstone experiences in the pediatric outpatient setting, where she applied her interest in mindfulness, yoga, meditation, and occupation. Nicole has worked with children with Cerebral Palsy, ASD, ADHD, and sensory processing difficulties. Her research incorporated mindfulness strategies and caregiver training to increase awareness in children with sensory processing difficulties and caregiver self-efficacy. In her free time, Nicole enjoys watching comedies, doing yoga, spending time with family, and traveling.

Rachel Cuya, MOTR, OTR/L Director of Occupational Therapy

Rachel graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Biokinetics at Bethel University and received her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Minnesota. She has extensive experience working with kids, from previous OT positions and experiences while in grad school to working as an aid for several families with children with various disabilities, specifically living with one family with a young boy, taking him to therapy sessions, and being able to understand the true “lived” family experience of life outside of therapy sessions. Rachel grew up in Wisconsin, moved to Minnesota for 7 years for school, then moved to Illinois to work at In2Great and be closer to family. Rachel has completed her 10-month training to become a DIR®-FCD/Floortime Provider (Developmental Individual Relationship-based) as well as is Therapeutic Listening trained and certified. She is also our Co-Director of the occupational therapy department. She enjoys meeting with new families and taking referrals to help provide services to meet each child’s needs. She takes a true relationship-based approach to help children progress along the developmental ladder and create meaning and intention within their world to gain life-long skills through meaningful play. She loves using play to help kids learn as well as individualizing each session based on kid’s interests. In her free time, she enjoys baking cookies and pies, spending time with her aussie doodle named Colby, traveling to new places, and playing card/board games with friends and family. Another fun fact, Rachel’s husband is also an OT, but he works in hand therapy!”

Emma Williams COTA/L

I discovered my love for OT at a young age after hearing stories from my grandmother who was an OT herself. I began shadowing the profession in high school and discovered that my love for OT grew after shadowing in pediatric settings. I have over 15 years of experience working with young children ages 3 months to 14 years old. Following hundreds of hours working with children and shadowing in the field, my dream of working as a pediatric occupational therapy practitioner was solidified. I received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Children’s Studies from Illinois State University in 2016 and an associate’s degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant from Fox College in 2019. A passion for facilitating the unique development of each individual child is deeply rooted in my core values and I strive to create an environment that is both engaging and instructive! I love to learn and I plan of furthering my education in the OT field in the near future. A few things that everyone should know about me are that my favorite animal is an alpaca, I love super colorful socks, and I have TONS of pets at home!

Melissa Podrazik, M.S., OTR/L

Melissa was born and raised in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. She graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and minor in Psychology. She then received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Melissa has always had a passion for working in pediatrics and has worked with kids ages 2.5 through 17 with a wide variety of diagnoses. Her background includes extensive volunteer work at Pathways and other pediatric clinics, working with the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab’s Modified Constraint-Induced-Movement-Therapy camp for kids with cerebral palsy and stroke, as well as working at sensory integration based clinic, where she discovered the importance of using sensory integration and DIR-Floortime models in her treatment sessions. Melissa is a strong believer in the occupation of PLAY!

In her free time, Melissa enjoys cooking, board games, puzzles, traveling, spending time with friends and family, and watching TV shows on Netflix.

Dallas Castillo, MS/C, OTR/L

Dallas Castillo has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Following his graduate work, Dallas began his career working at a therapeutic day school for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, sensory processing difficulties, physical disabilities and other related disabilities. Dallas has also worked as an occupational therapist at a University hospital in Chicago working with patients with complex psychiatric, psychosocial, and medical needs. Dallas is Level 1 Certified in Pivotal Response Treatments for Autism and took part in the Illinois Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Program, a 1-year intensive training program that prepares scholars who will serve children with neurodevelopmental and related disabilities and their families through coordinated, culturally competent, and family-centered care, in addition to public health services and policy systems change. Dallas is now also a part of the In2great! team. He has a strong interest in family-centered care practices and working with children with a variety of needs to promote participation in all areas of life. Dallas currently lives in Chicago and, in his free time, enjoys playing indoor and beach volleyball, traveling, and spending time with his nieces, Chloe and Norah, and 3 nephews, David, Nicholas, and Anthony.

Claire Hadley, MOT, OTR/L

My name is Claire and I am a licensed Occupational Therapist. I graduated from St. Louis University with my Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy and had always dreamed of working in pediatrics. I am passionate about relationship-based therapy and I love getting to know each and every child I work with to find out what makes them special and unique! I am a firm believer that people learn and grow the best when they are having fun, so I make it a priority that the children I work with look forward to coming to In2Great!. Some areas that I specialize in
are sensory processing disorders, fine and visual motor delays, and feeding. Additionally, I am certified in Therapeutic Listening, Astronaut Training, and trained in Handwriting Without Tears. I use a bottom-up approach in my treatment planning to ensure that no stone is left unturned in a child’s development, and I love collaborating with the parents of my clients along the way. In my free time, I love to play the piano and the guitar, draw, read, and spend time with my dog Lola!

Amanda Kaiz, COTA

Amanda has always had a passion for working with kids of all ages and diagnoses. She has been a pediatric therapist for the past 10 years. Amanda earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree from Western Illinois University with a major in communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor in Psychology. She was a Speech and Language Pathologist Assistant within the school systems and pediatric outpatient clinics for 5 years before she furthered her education in occupational therapy. She spent the initial part of her career in Arizona before moving back home to Illinois.

Amanda is dedicated to pursue additional training and keeping current on the latest therapy practices and techniques. She has been trained in Learning Without Tears, Zones of Regulation, Social thinking, DIR/ Floortime, Integration Listening System (ILS), and Astronaut Training Program. Her expertise and experience in the area of Sensory Processing Disorder allow her to identify sensory processing and motor weaknesses. She is passionate about improving foundational skills and independence so that children can participate in daily life activities at home, school, and in the community.

When Amanda is not at work- you can find her traveling, eating hibachi, or catching up on the latest celebrity news!

Sara Nadeem, MOT, OTR/L

Working with children in the pediatric field of OT is what drew me to this amazing profession! Prior to applying for graduate school, I’ve had a variety of experiences (personal and professional) working with individuals with intellectual disabilities of all ages! I used to work as an activity aide working with residents with intellectual/ developmental disabilities and currently volunteer at a Sunday school working with kids. Additionally, I’ve had a fieldwork placement in an outpatient pediatric clinic working with a variety of diagnoses, particularly Autism Spectrum Disorder and Sensory Processing Disorder. All of these experiences have been extremely rewarding and have contributed immensely towards my journey as an OT practitioner; I only hope to grow further from here and look forward to working with you and your kiddos! In my spare time, I like to read, shop, explore different places in the city, and hang out with family/ friends as much as I can!

Angel Kruse, MOT, OTR/L

Coming soon…

Dr. Melissa Donegan, OTD, OTR/L. Director of Transitional Programming and Marketing/PR

Dr. Melissa Donegan is a recent graduate from Midwestern University and received her clinical doctorate in occupational therapy. She received her bachelor’s in kinesiology with a focus in exercise science and health promotion at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC). Her doctoral project focused on establishing evidence through program evaluation and research to demonstrate the value of occupational therapy’s role in community mental health-based practice.

During her time at Midwestern University, she received the Tiered Occupational Therapy (TOT) Scholarship, a 1-year training program designed to prepare occupational therapy scholars to address the mental health needs of children and youth. The TOT Scholarship strived to prepare scholars to engage in holistic and trauma-informed care practice. Melissa is dedicated to performing evidence-based, client-centered treatment with a passion for inclusivity, advocacy, and addressing mental health. She hopes to combine her passion for the pediatric-based practice and program development to create groups that can address the needs of the community of Buffalo Grove and the surrounding areas.

Melissa loves traveling and embracing new cultural experiences. While in undergrad, she traveled and lived in Dublin, Ireland completing a sports psychology research program at the University College Dublin. During graduate school, Melissa traveled to Belém, Brazil to research occupational therapy’s role in community-based practice. When not in the clinic, you’ll find Melissa enjoying a morning run, board games, yoga, and a good meal with friends.

Karina Ayrapetyan, OTR/L

My name is Karina Ayrapetyan and I am a licensed occupational therapist with a passion for pediatrics. I have always loved working with kids ever since I could remember, and so to be able to work with kids for a career and help them grow into happy and confident beings is the most rewarding thing ever for me. I believe every child has unique strengths and skills which are oftentimes not yet discovered, and I enjoy tapping into those strengths and using them as an advantage in therapy. While reaching goals is very important in therapy, it is my goal to ensure kids feel happy, empowered, and confident during the process. For that reason, I like to celebrate every accomplishment, big or small! I use a child-led and play-based approach to therapy because I believe that therapy should be a fun experience and something kids look forward to! I have experience working with children of various ages and therapy goals, including but not limited to sensory processing, emotional regulation, fine motor, gross motor, and executive functioning goals. I look forward to joining the In2Great team and continuing working with children and their families to help the kiddos reach their highest potential. When I am not at In2Great, I enjoy playing with my dog, cooking, dancing, spending time with my family and friends, and my favorite thing of all…eating yummy foods! During the warmer months, I enjoy being outside swimming or hiking. In the winter, I like to go sledding or snowboarding, but most of the time I like to stay warm and cozy indoors and snuggle up with a good movie or show!

Lindsey Martinez, OTR/L Director of Occupational Therapy

Coming soon…

Candace Swanson, OTR/L

Candace Swanson has a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Science and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Ithaca College. Candace discovered her love for occupational therapy through volunteering at a therapeutic horseback riding center. After receiving her degree, Candace began her career working at a pediatric outpatient clinic where her love of working with children grew. Candace currently works at therapeutic day school treating students with ASD, sensory processing disorders, physical disabilities, and other specialized needs. Candace has a passion for using play in therapy and is excited to be a part of the In2Great team! She utilizes a holistic approach in order to provide the most effective treatment. In her free time, Candace enjoys horseback riding, working out, and spending time with her dog.

Dr. Ewa Pawelko, OTD, OTR/L

Ewa graduated with her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy degree from Drake University in Des Moines, IA. She completed her doctoral capstone with a focus on sensory processing disorder. This included intervention strategies for children who may be displaying difficulty with sensory regulation/modulation in the classroom, home, or community as well as created parent/teacher resources to educate and help children who may need additional supports. Ewa believes that children learn and grow through play and exploration within their environment and focuses her treatments on these principles as well as evidence based research. Ewa enjoys outdoor activities such as biking, skiing, and loves to travel. In her free time she likes to cook, paint or watch movies.

Sidney O'Keeffe, MOT, OTR/L

Sidney fell in love with OT in high school and has never looked back. She knew she wanted to spend her career working with kids after years of babysitting, coaching soccer, and working as a therapy aide in multiple pediatric settings. In previous jobs, Sidney has experience working with children with a variety of diagnoses including ASD, Down Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Fragile X, etc. 

Sidney played collegiate soccer for 4 years and received her Bachelors in Exercise Science and Master’s of Occupational Therapy at Elmhurst University. During graduate school, she had fieldwork experience in a school-based setting with a variety of children with sensory, behavioral, and fine motor limitations. Sidney started her career as an occupational therapist in an elementary school working with K-8th grade students. Within the school setting, Sidney works within instructional classes that provide sensorimotor groups and individual occupational therapy sessions while collaborating with other professionals to help students reach their full potential. 

Sidney’s different experiences working with kids has helped her develop the skills necessary to work with children of various ages holistically and address the various environments that they will be exposed to as they grow. She values working with families on their personal goals for their children and making sure that occupational therapy interventions are meaningful to the child and their families. Her goal as a therapist is to create a positive and fun environment that promotes growth and allows for new and engaging play-based experiences. In Sidney’s free time, she loves traveling anywhere with dolphins, learning to cook healthy food, and exercising!

Susan Gotsch, OT

Coming Soon…

Gwen Reily, M.A., CCC-SLP/L Clinical Director

Gwen Reilly, Licensed Speech and Language Pathologist, has been a practicing clinician for the past 20 years. She received her master’s degree from Northern Illinois University and specializes in working with children on the Autism Spectrum. Gwen has experience working with a diverse population, and a variety of speech and language disorders, including language disorders, apraxia of speech, speech sound disorders, social-pragmatic disorders, and regulation disorders of sensory processing.

Gwen embraces the DIR (Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-Based) Model. Using this model, she brings a genuine and positive therapeutic approach to her clients to help them feel empowered by all forms of communication and build on the strengths of their own and unique developmental foundation. Gwen believes that therapy is an individualized process and loves to help others grow in all capacities of life.

Gwen has received her Trainer Certificate in the Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-based Model through Profectumä. In addition, she is trained and certified in Therapeutic Listeningâand bone conduction, Interactive Metronomeâ, PROMPTã, and Lindamood-Bell’s Visualizing and Verbalizingã.

Gwen enjoys spending time with her family and friends whether it is at home or on a vacation adventure to some warm place. She loves to travel, watching football, gardening, coffee, Pilates, and going for long walks (especially on a beach). Her favorite thing to do though is spending time with her two best girls, her daughters, Claire and Paige.

Emily Gorecki, M.S., SLP

Emily Goreck is from Park Ridge, IL. She graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders and minored in Child Development. Emily received her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Midwestern University. During her time at Midwestern University, she was a member of the National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association and participated in the Walk for Apraxia.

Emily has a passion for serving the pediatric population. Through her education and clinical experience, Emily has worked with individuals in schools, clinics, and early intervention settings. During her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, spending time with her family, and taking her dog for walks around the city.

Carmelita King, M.A., CCC-SLP

Carmelita is a licensed Speech and Language Pathologist with 35 years of pediatric experience in the school and clinical setting as well as a private practice. She completed her undergraduate degree in Speech Pathology at Elmhurst College and her Masters’s Degree in Communication Disorders at California State University in Long Beach.

She has worked with a variety of age levels from Early Intervention through Adult. She has worked primarily throughout her career with children with a variety of communication needs within the school setting in pre-school through high school. Her experience includes working within the therapeutic day school and residential setting. She has a strong understanding of the special education process. Previous work experience also includes working with children and adults at Grant Hospital in Chicago as well as deaf and hard of hearing adults at Santa Ana College in California. She has assessed and treated children with a variety of speech and language disorders. Her specialty is pediatrics; treating children with autism, pragmatic/social language skills, hearing impairments, severe apraxia, articulation/phonological delays, voice disorders, fluency disorders and severe language and auditory processing deficits. She has also utilized a co-treat model with occupational therapists for children with severe sensory needs and autism. Her favorite part about being a therapist in the clinical setting is the opportunity to work closely with families.

Her specialized training includes the Lidcombe Program of Early Stuttering Intervention and Lindmood Bell Visualizing and Verbalizing. She also brings experience on how to strengthen literacy and written language skills for children elementary through high school.

Carmelita has three grown daughters. She currently lives in the northwest suburbs with her husband. She loves to spend her free time with her family, traveling and volunteering. She is on staff at Northwest Community Hospital as a volunteer in the Animal Assisted Therapy Program with her therapy dogs.

Brittany LaCursia, M.S., CCC-SLP/L

Brittany is a licensed Speech Language Pathologist and received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Illinois State University. During her clinical internship, she worked at Lurie Children’s Hospital treating children with sensory feeding and swallowing disorders.

In Fall of 2014, she started her career working at an Elementary School where she gained invaluable experience working with children in grades K-6. Within the school setting, she treats children with autism who receive their education in a self-contained classroom. In the self-contained classroom setting, Brittany co-treats with classroom teachers, social workers, and occupational therapists. She also has the opportunity to work with children in the general education population who receive services to address speech and language disorders. Some of these speech and language disorders include, but are not limited to: articulation/phonological disorders, language processing, social/pragmatic language, and fluency. During her free time she enjoys traveling to Chicago, reading, and cooking!

Meredith Seelig, M.S., CCC-SLP Director of SLP

Meredith Seelig has been a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist for over 15 years. She graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and from the University of Arizona with a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competency (CCC) from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and has practiced in many diverse settings including schools, clinics, hospitals, and skilled nursing facilities. She has worked the majority of her career in the private practice setting with children from birth to 21 years old.

Meredith believes that there is no “one size fits all approach” to treating communication disorders; she believes that every child is different and therapists must meet each child where he/she is at and tailor the therapy program accordingly. Meredith serves children with a wide variety of diagnoses, including but not limited to, articulation/phonological disorders, expressive/receptive/pragmatic language delays, stuttering/fluency disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, voice disorders, swallowing/feeding disorders, autism, and selective mutism. Meredith has extensive experience co-treating with Occupational Therapists and running social groups. She participates in ongoing continuing education courses in order to stay up to date with the most effective and current treatment methods.

Utilizing her fun and creative approach to therapy coupled with research-based practices, Meredith provides the highest level of care possible to all her clients. She believes in constant communication, education, and interaction with her client’s family, teachers, and other professionals in order to enhance her client’s success rate, bolster her client’s confidence as a competent communicator and achieve mastery of targeted treatment goals. Through her expertise, encouragement, compassion, patience, and warm demeanor, Meredith creates a positive working relationship for all those involved.

Meredith loves spending time with family and friends, playing/watching sports, gardening, watching movies, stand-up comedy, and traveling. Her all-time favorite thing to do though is spending time with her daughter doing anything and everything.

Elena DiSanto, M.A., CCC-SLP

Elena DiSanto received her undergraduate degree in communication disorders from Northern Illinois University and her Masters of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Urbana Champaign. She is a licensed speech-language pathologist who currently works at a therapeutic day school in the northwest suburbs, where her focus is implementing comprehensive alternative and augmentative communication systems for students to become active participants in their educational environment. She is passionate about the use of AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) to supplement and expand on students developing communication skills. Elena has specialized training in LAMP (Language Acquisition through Motor Planning), PECS (Picture Exchange Communication Systems) and Switch Access -for children who require switches to access their capacities to communicate. Elena believes that play is fundamental to a child’s development and is pivotal in the development of language and social communication skills. Her favorite part of being a therapist revolves around interacting with children and giving them the means to communicate with those around them. In her free time, Elena enjoys both gardening and reading.

Josie Greenemay, M.A. CCC-SLP

Josie is a licensed speech-language pathologist and received her undergraduate degree from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO and her graduate degree from Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO. In addition to providing after school speech and language therapy at In2Great!, she works full time at Riley Elementary with students in grades PK-5. At Riley, Josie works with students with a wide variety of speech and language needs. In previous practicum experiences, Josie was able to evaluate and treat individuals in therapeutic preschools, public schools, private clinics, and an outpatient facility. She has worked with clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Global Developmental Delay, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Intellectual Disability, and speech sound disorders. Josie has gained invaluable knowledge and experience in the areas of expressive and receptive language, articulation and phonology, social communication, fluency, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), and cognitive functioning. In her free time, she enjoys visiting family and friends back in St. Louis, MO, running half marathons in new states, and exploring new restaurants in Chicago!

Nimra Burney,, M.A., CCC-SLP

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Elyse Szymanski, M.S., C.F. -SLP

Elyse attended Northern Illinois University for her undergraduate degree where she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders, along with minors in Family and Child Studies, and Psychology. She recently completed her Master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Speech-Language Pathology, while also completing her certificate in Assistive Technology and Accessible Design. In addition to working at In2Great!, Elyse works full-time in the Palatine school district in their elementary Autism SIP program. She has experience working with clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Intellectual Disability, Angelman Syndrome, Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome, genetic disorders, learning disorders, and speech sound disorders. Elyse has a passion for working with children of all abilities, in areas including augmentative and alternative communication methods, social skills, expressive and receptive language, fluency, and articulation. In her free time, Elyse enjoys curling up with a good book and her 11-year-old dog, drinking too much coffee, and spending time with friends and family.

Anita Wilisowski, M.H.S, CF-SLP

My name is Anita Wilisowski and I am from Bloomingdale, IL. I was born here in America and was raised in a Polish-speaking household. I am bilingual in Polish and English. I graduated from Elmhurst University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders. I received my Master of Health Sciences in Speech-Language Pathology from Governors State University. During my time at Elmhurst University and Governors State University, I took on the role of working with children as a Polish preschool teacher, registered behavioral technician, and volunteered in a program called Project Care in elementary schools.

My passion is to help children communicate in their daily routines and to join their world of fun through play-based activities. Through my education and clinical experiences, I worked closely with birth-3, pre-school, and school-aged children in schools and in early intervention settings. During my free time, I love to read, spend time with my family and friends, do pilates/barre, and love being outdoors.

Megan Cunningham, LSW (Director of Mental Health Services)

Megan is a Licensed Social Worker. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Loras College (Go Duhawks!), and her Master’s in Social Work from Indiana Wesleyan University. Megan has been working with children for almost 10 years in many different settings.  She has extensive experience treating children on the Autism Spectrum.  

 

Megan embraces the DIR (Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-Based) Model.  Utilizing this model, she brings a relationship-based therapeutic approach to her clients helping them to be empowered. Megan believes that building a strong relationship, and obtaining regulation is the key to a successful therapeutic process. She promotes utilizing play and an individuals’ strengths to further support their ability to process different emotional themes.  Megan is passionate about helping others learn and grow to build higher emotional capacities and understanding. Her goal in working with individuals is to make them feel strong and capable in order to establish independence in all aspects of life. 

 

In her free time Megan loves spending time with her friends, younger sister, parents and large extended family. As well as her fur babies, Miley her dog, and Minnie her cat. She loves traveling, going for walks, and taking cycling classes.

Carol Cowen, LCSW

Carol Cowen has been practicing individual, group and family therapy for over 35 years. Her main objective is to create trusting, respectful relationships with her clients, in order to help them feel good about themselves and their lives. She works from a strength-based perspective, continually reinforcing skills, habits and behaviors which are working for them. She teaches healthy adaptive coping strategies and communication skills. Carol has an extensive background working with ADHD, Anxiety, Adoption/ Attachment, Depression, Developmental Delays, and Parenting through Life’s Transitions. Carol assists clients in helping to identify their goals and needs. She works collaboratively with her clients to recognize where they are facing obstacles, which keep them from getting what they want.

After receiving an MSW from the Loyola University of Chicago, Carol has pursued her career in family service agencies, mental health clinics and private practice settings. Primarily; however, Carol has worked within the public school system as a school social worker. She gained extensive pediatric experience with all age levels, from preschool through High school and a multitude of special education and general education populations. Carol uses an eclectic but individualized approach, using components of play therapy, CBT, family systems and self-psychology. Her style is empathic yet direct. She is a strong advocate for clients and a huge proponent of collaboration with In2great staff. She believes in a well-coordinated comprehensive treatment plan for families. Carol also has expertise in IEP and 504 programmings. She helps clients to be heard by schools. Carol recognizes that part of her role is to help families develop and use support systems in their worlds.

Sherry Laten, LCSW, MSW, Ph.D.

Whether you’re concerned about a specific issue or don’t know where to turn next, I would like to help. I believe in the power of parents. As an LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) with a Ph.D. in Special Education, I have collaborated with parents and their children for over 40 years. My MSW and Ph.D. are from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I use an integrated relationship-based developmental approach which also includes other mental health and educational best practices. I’ve worn many hats through the years as a parent, friend, clinician, cheerleader, school social worker, adult service provider, coordinator, school advocate in the IEP process, consultant, trainer, program developer and many others.

My primary goal has always been to empower parents and their children to create their own best futures at home, school and in the community. I enjoy working with all ages, toddlers through adults. Covering the life span gives me insight into what lies around the corner as well as down the road. Most of the people I work with have many yet to be discovered gifts as well as concerns related to one or more of these areas: development and learning; attention and impulsivity; emotional, social, and behavioral functioning; problem-solving and decision making; ADHD; autism spectrum disorders; anxiety; depression; independent functioning, puberty and launching into adulthood. I also work with parents and siblings related to the emotional stresses and challenges of having family members with special needs. And, an important part of my practice also includes helping parents navigate the educational system as well as planning for transitions and the future.

Ashley Kangail, LCSW

Ashley in a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her Master’s degree in Social Work, with an emphasis in early childhood development. from The Erikson Institute. She has worked with children and families for 4 years. Ashley started off in the field working in The Early childhood/DCFS program, providing developmental screenings and biopsychosocial assessments to children and families. She has provided individual and group therapy to adults, families, children, and adolescents who have experienced domestic violence and other relational trauma. Ashley has worked extensively in residential care, providing therapy to adolescents and teens struggling with a wide range of developmental and behavioral difficulties. Ashley has also supervised both a therapeutic supervised visitation program, as well as an outreach/assessment team in long-term care facilities. While Ashley has worked with individuals across the lifespan, she is most experienced and passionate in working with children

Morgan Galvin, LSW

Morgan is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) here at In2great!. She obtained her Masters’s in Social Work from Aurora University and has a BA in psychology. Morgan has had around 10 years of experience working with children. During her Masters’s program, she primarily focused on working with children and adults with intellectual and developmental disorders. She has run social groups and health groups as well as individual therapy for those with developmental disorders.

Morgan also has a background in ABA therapy and working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She has found a true passion in helping children reach their goals and their fullest potential! There is no better feeling than seeing a child be proud of their accomplishments!

Most of her work has utilized social-emotional learning tools and curriculum. She is familiar in using these curriculums to promote emotional recognition as well as emotional regulation. Morgan prides herself on helping kids better understand themselves and the world around them. She also loves to encourage independence in children as a way to strengthen self-confidence. Morgan understands the importance of building a strong therapeutic relationship with her clients as well as creating a safe and nurturing environment.

In her free time, Morgan loves to spend time with her fiance and catch up on her reality tv shows. She also loves traveling and trying new foods.

Jamie Moler, LCSW

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Lucy Atsaves, LSW

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Norah Springgate, PT, C/NDT

Norah has spent the last 28 years working in various pediatric settings, after receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Marquette University. While her husband was stationed in Germany, she was employed by the military in their Exceptional Family Member Department working in multiple schools and an outpatient setting and was also part of the development of the Early Intervention program. Upon returning to the States, Norah worked for Easter Seals in the schools and clinic and staffed their Hippotherapy program. In her time there, she also collaborated with orthotics and a local orthopedic surgeon to start a free orthopedic clinic. She then went on to develop the Hippotherapy program at Trinity Services in Joliet. Seeking to return to a more clinical setting, Norah went to work at Milestones for Kids’ Success in Downers Grove where she was a senior physical therapist involved in clinic development, mentoring, and early intervention, and collaborated to present a continuing education course on The ABCs of Dyspraxia. While working at Milestones, Norah completed her pediatric NDT certification. With a move to the south suburbs, Norah then worked for Children’s Therapy Services in Frankfort, IL where she focused her attention on treating neuromotor and sensory disorders in children ages 0-15 years. Over the past year, Norah has been an independent contractor teaming with a speech therapy practice to develop a physical therapy portion to their services.

Patricia L. Nootbaar, PT

Pati Matras-Nootbaar received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at the University of Illinois in 1976 and Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy at Northwestern University School of Physical Therapy in 1980. She was employed at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and Advocate Children’s Hospital from 1981 through April 2017. During that time, she was a staff physical therapist with interests in neurology and pediatrics. She was an integral part of developing pediatric physical therapy at that time. She has been a pediatric supervisor, pediatric team leader and mentors to many professionals and student physical therapists throughout her career. She spent that time evaluating and treating in-patients and out-patients; infants, children and young adults with many varieties of diagnoses including prematurity, congenital anomalies, congenital syndromes, chromosomal abnormalities, cerebral palsy and a myriad of neuro-motor dysfunctions. She developed and trained many therapists at Lutheran General, especially in the evaluation, treatment, and management of the child with cerebral palsy and their pre-and post-operative intensive physical therapy rehabilitation. Pati has been a primary coordinator of physical therapy of children seen at Advocate Lutheran General’s “Martha Washington Clinic” and “Spina Bifida Clinic.” She was integral in the development of competencies for NICU, PICU, in-and out-patients according to levels of acuity. She has also been an invaluable teacher, mentor and in-house lecturer to medical developmental pediatric resident physicians.

Pati has 38 years of pediatric experience; is NDTA-trained in basic pediatrics and Baby since 1985. She has been a TES practitioner since 1998, is certified in early intervention and has been a pediatric certified specialist through the ABPTS of the APTA for 20 years.

Pati’s primary interest is her intuitive knowledge of developmental biomechanics of gait in children and its direct implication in their overall long-term walking goals regardless of their age or level of disability/ability. Pati is adamant in her desire to integrate her physical therapy skills to help her clients achieve “wholeness” and their optimal level of physical, emotional, and neuro-motor function.

Pati lives in Buffalo Grove with her daughter, Heather, a recent zoology graduate from The Ohio State University. When she is not working, Pati’s passion is dragon boating. She is a left-paddler and sterns man with the Greater Chicago Dragon Boat club.

Bhagyashree Nadgir (Shree), PT

Shree did Bachelor of Physical Therapy from Bangalore Medical College, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences and had clinical rotations at Victoria Hospital one of the biggest hospitals in India.

Shree enjoys working with children and is delighted to be part of In2great team of therapists. She has worked with a variety of cases including Down’s syndrome, Cerebral palsy, Torticollis, ADHD and developmental delays.

She is happily married and proud mother of two kids. When she is not working at In2great, she enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also loves traveling, hiking and music.

Diana Lamberis

Hi, my name is Diana Lamberis. I was born and raised in St. Paul Minnesota and moved to the Chicago land area in 2003. I have my Masters in Education and worked for 14 years as a high school guidance counselor. After taking some time off of work to be at home with my two young boys, I decided to go back to work, with children and adolescents in a different capacity. I love kids and enjoy being part of a team where the focus is to help them meet their full potential! I am the wife of a priest and am therefore very involved in my church. I help run various youth ministries and support my husband as much as I am able. I enjoy hiking, reading, traveling, swimming and spending quality time with my family.

Vanessa Penick

Hi, I am Vanessa. I have been doing Medical Billing and Coding since 2009. My happy place is anything with water. My hobbies are teaching indoor cycling and I love vacationing as often as possible.

Edmonds, Jocelyn

Hi! My name is Jocelyn, lots of my friends and family call me Jolly. I love working with kids of all ages-I was a nanny for about 8 years and enjoyed it more than ever! Working here at In2great has been such a wonderful opportunity to help both children and their families. 

Outside of work I love to stay active! I enjoy playing a variety of sports, mainly being softball though-I played competitively for 12 years of my life! Now I play in rec leagues in the summer and fall. I love working out too! Anything from cardio to lifting heavy weights, I love it all! Cooking is something else I love to do. I really enjoy making meals for friends and family while getting to spend time together. 

I am an absolute animal lover. I have 2 dogs of my own; 2 girls, Lola who is a catahoula leopard/lab mix, and Nori, who is a complete mutt (but of course a very cute one). A dream of mine is to have enough land and resources to rescue dogs of all ages and give them the best life they can live.  One day…. 🙂 

Jasmine Williamson MAT, BCBA Director of ABA

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Hollie Stephien, MS, BCBA

Hollie was born and raised in the south suburbs of Chicago and graduated from Marquette University with a double major in Psychology and Spanish. She went on to receive a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology which led her to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst! She has been working in the field of ABA for the past 7 years, and prior to that has always had a passion for working with kids of all ages. Hollie values the opportunity to really get to know a child’s unique personality. Hollie approaches behavior analysis with a play based style and works to create strategies and treatment plans based on her clients’ strengths. In her free time, she enjoys weight lifting, baking, spending time with her friends and family, traveling, and binge watching Netflix!

Zoar Lopez, RBT

Zoar has been a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) for the past year and a half. As an RBT, Zoar has worked with kids ages 3-16 in both clinic and home settings. Before becoming an RBT, Zoar earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science from Northern Illinois University. Zoar’s previous work experiences include working for her church’s children’s ministry, as well as a family assistant specifically with a preteen boy on the spectrum. Zoar is passionate about mental, physical, emotional, and environmental health — and how they play a role in day-to-day life. Her main goal is to live her best life and strives to help others do the same. Zoar is extremely energetic and her clients thrive with her charismatic approach to behavior analysis. Zoar values the full relationship she is able to develop with her clients and their families.

Jenna Elliott, RBT, Behavioral Specialist

Jenna Elliott is a Behavior Specialist and Registered Behavior Technician (RBT). She graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2020 with a degree in Public Health and Sociology. While receiving her undergraduate degree, Jenna enjoyed working with neurotypical and neurodiverse children ages 12 months to 11 years. Those experiences helped her grow as an individual and led her to pursue a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis to become a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She is currently enrolled at Ball State University and will sit for her BCBA exam later this year. When she is not at In2Great or focusing on school, you can find Jenna reading, knitting, traveling, or hanging out with friends and family.

Hope LaMonica, RBT, Behavioral Specialist

Hope LaMonica is a Behavior Specialist and Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) at In2Great! She always knew that she wanted to work with children and has spent a lot of time deciding how she could make the biggest impact and get to work with amazing kids one-on-one. She received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Iowa in Health and Human Physiology, originally intending to become a Speech Pathologist. In her time between undergraduate and applying for Speech programs, she began working as an RBT, and immediately fell in love with the kids and the work that she was doing. She then decided to pursue her master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis at Ball State University to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She feels lucky to have found a field where she is able to get to know her clients so well and help them to achieve whatever their goals may be. Hope has been an RBT for nearly two years and expects to complete her masters degree and sit for her board exams later this year. When she is not at work, she loves to waterski, hike, camp, and just be outdoors and traveling as much as possible! To relax, she enjoys puzzles and movies.

Rianna Chupeyda, RBT

Rianna has been an RBT for a year and half. She fell in love with the field right away and decided that ABA is her forever career. She is currently majoring in Autism Studies and Applied Behavior Analysis at Mary Baldwin University with the goal of sitting for the BCBA exam in the future. When Rianna isn’t working or studying, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, cooking, and hanging out with her cat, Lucy.

Aubree Earnest, RBT

Aubree has been an RBT for almost a year now and fell in love with the field right away. As an RBT, Aubree has worked with children ages 2-11 in both clinic and home setting. Prior to working in ABA, she was a lead loan servicing officer at a Credit Union in Illinois for 5 years. Aubree is very passionate and dedicated to the field of ABA. She strives to form solid relationships with every child she works with and is devoted to being their biggest supporter. On the weekends, she tutors children in Elementary education. When Aubree is not working, she loves spending her time doing yoga, painting, and hanging out with friends. To relax, she enjoys reading and movie marathons. 

Giovanni Hudson, RBT

Gio has been a Registered Behavioral Technician for almost a year now, and in the ABA field over a year. He was born in the West Side of Chicago. Prior to the field and Gio finding each other, he was coaching youth wrestling & supervising/managing restaurant/amusement parks. He decided he wanted to pursue in a field to make a difference and give back as he applied for caregiving opportunities but ABA ended up connecting with him first, and from there he absolutely knew where he wanted to move forward. Gio connects with his clients and works tirelessly to help his clients reach their goals as he does NOT accept “I can’t do it” as a response, but accepts “I can’t do it YET”. Gio is a GREAT communicator and is driven to make a difference. Outside being an RBT Gio enjoys family/friend time as well as cooking, working out, playing volleyball, roller skating, and trying new fun things!

Yami Garcia, RBT

Yami has been an RBT for about a year. As an RBT Yami has worked with children ranging from the ages 2-6, but is excited to work with children a little older as well. Yami went to school for Psychology at Southern Illinois University. Prior to being a RBT Yami worked in a group home setting with adults. In her free time Yami likes to go shopping, enjoys doing outdoor activities like hiking or going for walks. Yami also enjoys journaling and is trying to get back into reading.