Meet Our Clinicians

Jeannette Kahn, M.S., CCC-SLP

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 Master’s 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, M.S., CCC-SLP

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 Master’s 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 Pierro, M.S., OTR/L

Jacquie PierroJacquie joined the North Chore Children’s Therapies team in 2015 in order to start up the Occupational Therapy department. She attended Quinnipiac University, where she received a bachelor’s in Health Science and her master’s in Occupational Therapy. Jacquie has experience working with children of all ages, as well as with adults in an acute care setting. She has specialized training in sensory integration approaches, such as the Integrative Listening Systems, Deep Pressure Proprioceptive Technique, the Astronaut Training Sound Activated Vestibular-Visual Protocol and Rhythmic Movement training for reflex integration. She also is trained in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding and the Handwriting Without Tears program.

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Shannan Barry, M.S., CCC-SLP

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.

Sam Marino, M.S., CCC-SLP

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 Master’s 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, M.S., CCC-SLP

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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Rachel Schraeder, M.S., OTR/L

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 Master’s degree in Occupa­tional Therapy, a Massachusetts state license and is registered through the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy. She also holds two Bachelor’s 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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Megan Krane, M.S., CCC-SLP

MeganMegan is a cheerful and passionate speech therapist who strives to meet the unique needs of each client. Her desire to help individuals communicate was sparked by having a sibling with a disability. Megan’s ability to quickly build rapport with clients and their families promotes a safe and welcoming learning environment. She believes that building strong relationships will facilitate carryover of newly learned skills from the therapy session to the home and other settings. She is committed to working with team members to optimize client success and to provide the most effective treatment.

Megan has experience in working with children from early childhood to school-aged with a wide array of speech and language disorders. She has worked in public schools and home-based settings. She holds a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University. She received her under­graduate degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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Tracy Caron, M.S., CCC-SLP

TracyTracy is a creative, dedicated and compas­sionate clinician with an extensive background working with children with various developmental disabilities in the areas of speech, language and early education. Her endearing and charismatic personality allows her to make connections effortlessly with children and parents alike. She makes therapy fun and engaging for kids while promoting maximum growth across all areas of development. Tracy recognizes the importance of open communication and easily collaborates with parents, teachers and specialists to assist in the generalization of skills across environments. Tracy is passionate about language development and education and works tirelessly to help children to meet their individual goals.

Tracy holds a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology, a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) as well as Massachusetts State Licenses in Speech Pathology and Severe Disabilities-Special Education. She received her under­graduate and graduate degrees through the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Katie Westerduin, M.S., CCC-SLP

Katie WKatie is a friendly and upbeat speech therapist who is passionate about improving her clients’ speech and language skills. Her patience and ability to quickly build rapport with her clients, their families, and other team members are among her strengths. Katie is committed to providing a positive and motivating environment by selecting fun and engaging activities that are tailored to each client’s individual strengths, interests, and objectives. She believes that scaffolding her clients’ communication abilities within the context of a supportive environment will help her clients maximize their academic and social success.

Katie holds a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Emerson College and received her under­graduate degree from Stonehill College. She has experience working in school-based, community clinic, and private clinic settings, with a range of communication disorders in toddlers to school-aged children.

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Kristin Gilman, M.S., OTR/L

KristinKristin has a special interest in sensory integration and enjoys working with families to provide sensory-based strategies to facilitate participation in meaningful occupations throughout a child’s day. She utilizes play to fully engage a child in therapeutic activities in order to gain foundational skills required for higher level learning. Kristin received a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Science and a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of New Hampshire. She is licensed to practice in Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire and is registered with the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy. She has experience working with children ages 2 to 18 in clinic and school-based settings throughout New England. 

Kristin has received specialized training in sensory processing theory and intervention through the Spiral Foundation’s Program of Essential Competencies in Sensory Integration. She is certified in the Kawar Astronaut Training Protocol and has taken additional continuing education courses in the areas of feeding and reflex integration.

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Jill Higdon, M.S., OTR/L

JillJill attended Husson University, graduating with her bachelor’s in Health Care Studies and a bachelor’s in Psychology, as well as with her master’s in Occupational Therapy. Jill’s clinical experience includes working at various Sensory Integrative Occupational Therapy clinics throughout the greater Boston metropolitan area. She also has experience working as an OT at a specialized school for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Jill has additional specialized training in Therapeutic Listening and Handwriting without Tears program.

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Samantha Lovegreen, M.S., CCC-SLP

SamanthaSamantha is a patient and enthusiastic clinician who is dedicated to helping each child she serves communicate more effectively. She is extremely passionate about her work and believes in building strong relationships with her clients and their families. Samantha creates an inviting environment by providing treatment that is tailored to meet the specific needs and interests of each child. Her positivity and use of a child-centered approach keep her clients engaged and motivated to participate in therapy. She provides evidence-based treatment and allows each child to progress at their own pace while building confidence in their abilities.

Samantha has experience working with children from early childhood to school-age with a wide range of speech and language disorders. She has worked with children of all ages on the Autism spectrum in both the school and home-based setting.

Samantha holds a Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology, Massachusetts state license, and Certificate of Clinical Competence. She received her under­graduate degree in psychology from Providence College and holds a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from Sacred Heart University.

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Alexandra Devlin, M.S., CCC-SLP



AlexAlex is a patient, fun, and energetic clinician who has developed a
strong passion for working with the pediatric population. Her enthusiasm 
is reflected into her work with children. Alex individualizes her
 treatment sessions to keep therapy motivating, and to meet the unique
 needs of each and every client. She takes pride in her ability to build
 a positive rapport with clients, and works closely with families and 
team members to maximize client progress and facilitate generalization of speech and language skills.

 Alex has experience working with children ranging from early childhood 
to school age. She has worked in a variety of settings including a multidisciplinary private clinic as well as a public school setting. 

Alex currently holds state licensure in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. She holds a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and
 a Certificate of Clinical Competence. She received her under­graduate degree from Bridgewater State University and her graduate degree from the College of Saint Rose.

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Amanda Ranttila, M.S., OTR/L

AmandaAmanda is excited to join the occupational therapy team as a per-diem OT!
 Amanda is a passionate and driven therapist who strives to integrate play 
and learning to bring out the best skills in children of all levels. Amanda has experience working in pediatric settings, and with children with an
 Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis. Amanda enjoys using her creativity to
engage children in therapy sessions to help meet the children’s 
individualized goals. Amanda received both her under­graduate and Master’s degree in Occupational
 Therapy from Boston University. Amanda holds a Massachusetts state license,
 and is registered through the National Board of Certification in
Occupational Therapy. Amanda is certified in Handwriting Without Tears.

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.