OUR TEAM

We are privileged to have assembled a team of some of the most qualified, dedicated and caring therapists in our field. In addition to obtaining the advanced degrees required for both national certification and state licensure, CommuniKids’ therapists continually pursue opportunities to expand their knowledge of new and developing therapeutic techniques.  These include advanced training in The PROMPT method, Oral-Motor Therapy, Myofacial Release, The Listening Program, Sensory Integration Praxis Testing and both the Floor Time and ABA approaches to Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

Rachel Fisch-Kaplan

“Twenty-five years ago, when I began looking for a profession, I wanted to find a field that would allow me to use my creativity while helping children to reach their potential.  When I discovered speech-language pathology I knew I had found my calling. While I love every aspect of what I do, the evaluation of a child’s speech and language strengths and challenges is both my favorite and forte.  My evaluation process allows me to be a detective, uncovering layers of a child’s adaptive strategies to discover the root of what is often holding them back from being the effective and social communicator we all wish to be.

Communication is power and empowering children to be the best they can be is the primary reason I love what I do: taking a child who is frustrated and illuminating the path to clear expression.”

Rachel-Fisch Kaplan

Meet The Team

Rachel Fisch-Kaplan
Rachel Fisch-Kaplan, MS CCC-SLP

Clinical Director & Senior Speech-Language Pathologist
New York & New Jersey

As the clinical director of CommuniKids, Rachel is responsible for the clinical supervision of more than a dozen therapists and continues to provide therapeutic and diagnostic services for children with articulation concerns, oral motor/feeding deficits, receptive/expressive/pragmatic language delays, dysfluency, cleft palate/lip issues and autistic spectrum disorders.

Her work with adult clients includes voice therapy, accent reduction, and public speaking strategies.

Rachel regularly leads professional development courses as well as parent-training seminars at schools in New York City and suburban New Jersey.  She has professional affiliations with ASHA, the New York State Speech-Language and Hearing Association, the New York City Speech Language and Hearing Association, and the New Jersey Speech Language Hearing Association; and she is a NY state teacher of students with Speech-Language Disabilities (TSSLD).
Rachel holds degrees from Columbia University and the University of Maryland and specializes in dealing with the unique needs of children from birth to fifteen years of age.  She has special training in oral-motor/feeding therapy, craniofacial/deep tissue release, augmentative communication, sensory integration therapy, PROMPT, and Stanley Greenspan’s Floor Time approach to autistic spectrum disorders.  In addition, Rachel is trained in the Hanen parent education program “It Takes Two to Talk,” a certified provider of The Listening Program, a music based, auditory stimulation method used to address auditory processing issues and has training in craniosacral therapy.
Laura Martucci
Laura Martucci, OTR/L

Director of Occupational Therapy
New York & New Jersey

“After becoming a mother myself, I developed a deep passion for working with children and making sure that each and every family I treat is cared for in the way I would want to be treated! My favorite area of practice is sensory integration and I am continually fascinated by what can be achieved with this treatment strategy.”

Practicing occupational therapy for over 14 years, Laura is a certified sensory integration therapist and worked in numerous settings including hospitals, school systems, home care, and private clinics before joining CommuniKids in 2007.

In addition to her certification in sensory integration, Laura’s post-graduate training includes courses in Handwriting Without Tears, Yoga, and The Listening Program. In addition to her direct work with parents, Laura regularly collaborates with developmental pediatricians, neuropsychologists, pediatricians, teachers, nutritionists and developmental optometrists. She frequently conducts seminars for teachers, parents and allied health professionals throughout the tri-state region.
Laura holds a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from New York University as well as a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hartwick College. Practicing occupational therapy for over 14 years, Laura is a certified sensory integration therapist and worked in numerous settings including hospitals, school systems, home care, and private clinics before joining CommuniKids in 2007.

The New York Team

Lindsay Barret

Lindsay Barret
MS CF-SLP

Speech Therapist

Carolyn Hatfield

Carolyn Hatfield
OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

JJ Mejasic

JJ Mejasic
OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Kyle Mutch

 

Kyle Mutch
MS CCC-SLP

Speech Therapist

 

Elyse Schultz

 

Elyse Schultz
MS CCC-SLP

Speech Therapist

 

The New Jersey Team

Jessica Gantman

Jessica Gantman
MS CCC-SLP

Associate Director
Speech-Language Pathology

Carolyn Hatfield

Carolyn Hatfield
OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

JoAnna Poyssick

Stephanie Kaliades
OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Robin Karpenski

Robin Karpenski
OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Kristy Maloney

Kristy Maloney
MS CCC-SLP

Speech Therapist

Christina Rossi

Christina Rossi
OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Michele Sullivan

Michele Sullivan
OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Sara Sciarrino Communikids

Sara Sciarrino
OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Katrina Wasserman

Katrina Wasserman
MA CCC-SLP

Speech Therapist

New Jersey Speech-Language and Occupational Therapy