Meet Our Clinicians

Jeannette Kahn

Jeannette KahnJeannette’s patience and ability to build rapport with children are her greatest strengths. Her ener­getic and enthusias­tic personality makes her a perfect match for any child.

She has an evident passion for what she does and weaves her creative skills into her practice. She will set high expecta­tions for your child and offer the support needed to help them meet and exceed these goals.

Jeannette holds a Masters in Speech-Language Pathology, Massachusetts state license, and Certificate of Clinical Competence. She received her under­graduate degree from Boston University and her graduate degree from North­western University.

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Kirsten Withers

Kirsten BellKirsten is a dynamic and dedicated speech therapist who is passionate about working with children and their families. She creates individualized treatment plans and collaboratively works with parents and outside team members to optimize patient success. Her warm and upbeat nature immediately engages children.

Kirsten has worked with toddlers, preschoolers and school age children in a variety of settings including private clinics and elementary schools.

Kirsten holds a Masters in Speech-Language Pathology, Massachusetts state license, and Certificate of Clinical Competence. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of New Hampshire.

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Jacquie Mishel

Jacquie MishelNorth Shore Children’s Therapies is so excited to bring on Occupational Therapy as one of our provided services and welcome the phenomenal Jacquie Mishel to our staff!

Jacquie is passionate about caring for children and families through evidence based practice. She is an Integrative Listening Systems provider, trained in the Deep Pressure Proprioceptive Technique and the Astronaut Training Sound Activated Vestibular-Visual Protocol. She incorporates sensory integration techniques as well as postural control, fine motor, and visual-perceptual direction with all of the children who she sees.

Jacquie is a licensed and registered Occupational Therapist.

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Shannan Barry

Shannan BarryShannan is an insightful and determined clinician. She has extensive experience with a wide range of abilities and structures her sessions in a way that puts her clients at ease. Shannan’s ability to incorporate augmentative supports allows for optimum success within therapy sessions.

Shannan holds a Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology, Massachusetts state licensure, Certificate of Clinical Competence, and is also a certified reading specialist. She received her undergraduate degree from Marywood University and her graduate degree from MGH Institute of Health Professions.

Erica Anastas

Erica HenricksonErica is an enthusiastic and passionate clinician who is dedicated to providing therapy that enhances communication skills for children. She creates an inviting environment by keeping children engaged and motivated during therapy and providing individualized therapy tailored to each child’s specific needs and interests. A central priority for Erica is establishing strong relationships with families as it provides important carryover of speech and language skills. Erica’s goal is to help children feel confident about their abilities and achieve their highest success.

Erica has experience working with children ranging from early childhood to school age. She has worked in a variety of settings including elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and private clinics.

She holds a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Certificate of Clinical Competence. She received her undergraduate degree from Assumption College and her graduate degree from Worcester State University.

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Sam Marino

SamSam is a cheerful, engaging and resourceful clinician who takes the time to develop rapport with children and their families to help make speech therapy a positive process. She brings both dedication and enthusiasm to her role at NSCT.

Employing the latest evidence-based strategies to help achieve optimal success, Sam works diligently to create individualized treatment plans for each of her patients. She strives to have each child feel confident in his or her communication abilities, celebrating each little step along the way.

Sam has experience in working with children from early childhood to young adulthood with a variety of needs and disorders. She has worked in diverse settings, ranging from a hospital, to outpatient clinics as well as elementary and middle schools.

Sam holds a Masters in Speech-Language Pathology, Massachusetts state license, and a Certificate of Clinical Competence. She received her undergraduate degree from Elmira College and her graduate degree from the University of New Hampshire.

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Katie Fithian

KatieKatie is an adaptable, fun and passionate clinician who has extensive experience evaluating and treating children with a variety of mild to severe speech and language disorders. She works hard to make sessions fun so that her patients look forward to therapy, while still challenging them to reach their full potential. Deeply committed to her patients’ success, Katie is dedicated to collaborating with all team members to develop individualized treatment programs, promote carryover and facilitate maximum progress.

She received her B.A. in Linguistics and Italian from UC Davis and her M.S. in Communication Disorders from Emerson College. She has a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) and is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in the states of Massachusetts and California. Katie is formally trained in Reading with TLC’S Lively Letters and Sight Words You Can See programs and is a member of two ASHA special interest groups: Language Learning and Education and Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders.

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Melissa Bonn

MelissaMelissa is an enthusiastic and engaging clinician who is dedicated to helping each child she serves communicate more effectively. She is very passionate about her work and finds true joy in helping children learn the strategies and skills they need to succeed both socially and academically. Melissa designs treatment plans by looking at the whole child, setting high expectations while also meeting their individual needs. Her patience and positivity allow each child to progress at their own pace while also being encouraged to achieve their goals.

Melissa’s clinical experiences range from early childhood to school age. She has worked in a variety of settings including: private school, public school, and in-home therapy.

Melissa holds a Masters of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She earned her undergraduate degree in Childhood Development from Texas Tech University where she received her teaching certification and earned her graduate degree from the University of Texas at Dallas.

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Rachel Schraeder

RachelRachel is an energetic and engaging therapist who is passionate about providing fun and meaningful occupational therapy services. She utilizes play to help children feel confident about their abilities and help them meet their individualized goals. Rachel incorporates sensory integration techniques with gross motor, fine motor, and visual-perceptual therapeutic activities to work with each child.

Rachel holds a Masters degree in Occupa­tional Therapy, a Massachusetts state license and is registered through the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy. She also holds two Bachelors degrees, one in occupational science and the other in psychology. Rachel received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University at Buffalo.

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Cliff Garber

Honorary team member Cliff Garber works in the website division of NSCT. If your website needs therapy or you’re thinking of starting a website, get in touch with Cliff at mutabletype.com.

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North Shore Children's Therapies today to let us know how we can help your child.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact:

Jeannette Kahn
Phone: (978) 535-3355
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Hedbanz

HedbanzHedbanz is one of our favorite games for older children because it involves a lot of language and working memory. It can be used to target vocabulary through cate­go­rization or description using adjectives (e.g., it’s big, it’s furry, it’s dangerous). You can work on inverted question forms (e.g., is it a…? Am I a….?) or articulation at the sentence level. To target fluency, you might have the child use a strategy, such as Easy Onset, to ask each question.