About The Cliniciansprestige2019-06-09T01:29:09+00:00
Courtney Langello, M.S. CCC-SLP
Welcome to Prestige Therapy. My name is Courtney Langello. I am the clinical director and founder of Prestige Therapy, LLC. I earned a Master of Science degree from Northeastern University in 2003. I am a certified American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) member and hold dual certification through the Rhode Island Department of Health and the Massachusetts Department of Health. I also hold a Rhode Island teaching certificate specifically for speech-language pathology. I continue to maintain licensure and certification through continuing education courses and regular attendance of ASHA conventions.
Over the years, I have worked in several settings with a variety of age ranges (infants-geriatrics) including private schools, public schools, trauma centers, skilled nursing facilities, hospitals and home therapy.
I have attended the following conferences in Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking® methodolgy:
Thinking About You Thinking About Me
Implementing Social Thinking Concepts and Vocabulary: A Day To Develop Creativity
Social Detective, Superflex®, and Friends Take On Social Emotional Learning
Other unique workshops and trainings I have attended include:
PROMPT® Level 1 (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets)
Talk Tools® A Three Part Treatment Plan For Oral Placement Therapy
I opened Prestige Therapy, LLC in 2015 to allow children and young adults the ability to further their speech-langauge and social skills in a private setting enabling each client the opportunity to enhance learned skills as well as to target areas in which the client may not qualify for in the educational setting.
When away from my clients, I enjoy spending time with my husband and three children ages 19, 10 and 4. I have personal experience parenting a child on the Autism spectrum as well as parenting a child with a severe phonological disorder.
I am eager to meet with you to discuss how to enhance your child’s speech-language and social skills!
Sara Russo, M.S. CCC-SLP
Sara earned her Master of Science degree for Speech Language Pathology from the University of Rhode Island in 2007. Sara is nationally certified through ASHA and tri state licensed in RI, CT and MA.
Sara has extensive experience working with Early Intervention and School Age children. She has completed volunteer work for the Yellow House Children’s Services in Kisumu, Kenya from Sept-Dec 2015.
Sara is PROMPT Level 1 trained and Hippotherapy Level 1 trained as well.
Louanne Mackenzie, M.S. CCC-SLP
A native Rhode Islander, Louanne received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Rhode Island in 1985 and a Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from Worcester State University in 1992. Since then, Louanne has maintained a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association and has been a recipient of ASHA’s ACE award, which is a formal recognition of professionals who have demonstrated their commitment to lifelong learning. Louanne is licensed as a Speech-Language Pathologist in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts. In addition, she holds teaching certificates specifically for speech-language pathology in both those states. Louanne brings over 20 years of experience to the practice, working with preschoolers, school age children, teenagers and adults. She is trained in Social Thinking (M. Garcia Winner), D.I.R.Floortime®, the Lindamood Bell LIPS,Talk Tools® A Three Part Treatment Plan For Oral Placement Therapy, and Lindamood Bell LIPS. When she is not wearing her Speech Pathologist hat, Louanne enjoys performing as a musician, hiking and skiing with her husband, and planning her next travel adventure.
Jane Murray, M.S. CCC-SLP
Jane is a semi-retired clinician who has been practicing speech and language for more than 35 years. Her vast experience includes: private practice, public and private schools, clients’ homes, and hospitals. The populations she serves range from school age to young adult.
Jane is licensed in RI and MA. She holds the Rhode Island Department of Education certificate, pre k through 12, the Rhode Island Department of Health certificate, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts professional license in Speech-Language Pathology.
From the North Shore Children’s Hospital in Salem, MA, to the Providence Public Schools, here in RI, Jane has developed specific interests in language-learning disorders, phonological impairment, and literacy.
Marissa Meisler, M.S. CCC-SLP
Marissa received her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Worcester State University in 2007. She is nationally certified through ASHA. Marissa is a licensed speech-language pathologist in RI and MA. Additionally, she maintains a RI and MA teaching certificate specifically for speech-language pathology.
Marissa has vast experience working in the public schools with preschool aged children. She has participated in Social Thinking conferences presented by Michelle Garcia Winner. Marissa has completed several courses and attended conferences focused on improving communication for childhood apraxia of speech with the Kaufman speech to language approach. Marissa is also trained on DIR Floortime®.
Marissa enjoys spending time with her husband and two small children when she is not working with clients. Her family enjoys traveling, playing outside, visiting the zoo, going to the children’s museum, and discovering local playgrounds. They are always on the go.
Alicia Rathbun, M.S. CCC-SLP
Alicia received her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Worcester State University, where she was chosen for the Graduate Research Project Award by the Dean of the University. She comes with many years of experience working at various settings, such as an elementary school, private clinic, home-based therapy, as well as, many Early Intervention agencies throughout the state. She thoroughly enjoys working with pre-schoolers, school-aged population, and adults. She has participated in many Social Thinking conferences by Michelle Garcia Winner, as well as, conferences that focus on Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), articulation/phonological disorders, and the use of a multi-sensory approaches to improve receptive and expressive language delays/disorders. Alicia utilizes various research-based materials such as the Expanding Expression Tool (EET), Story Grammar Marker (SGM), and the Superflex program.
Alicia enjoys spending time with family and friends traveling to various places in New England, as well as, participating in various hobbies such as hiking, kayaking, photography, painting, and collecting records.
Leslie Carter, M.S. CCC-SLP
Leslie received her Undergraduate degree at the University Of Maine at Farmington in a program specifically geared toward working with the pediatric population. She earned her Master Of Science Degree from the University Of Rhode Island, and maintains her clinical certification through the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). She holds lifetime certification as a Speech Language Pathologist through the RI Department of Education and her Department of Health Certification through the state of Rhode Island.
Leslie has over 27 years experience working with students aged 3-21 in RI public schools with a specific interest in evidence based therapy techniques. In addition, she has done private practice work with the homeschool population. Leslie has participated in many conferences led by Michelle Garcia Winner and her colleagues focusing on the use of Social Thinking Techniques. In addition, she has attended training conferences focused on areas including verbal apraxia, articulation and phonological disorders, autism spectrum disorders, vocabulary development, narrative structure development, Common Core Standards, fluency and cluttering disorders, APPs for speech and language therapy, and Executive Funcioning. She is versed in the use of specific strategies including: Visualizing and Verbalizing, Story Grammar Marker, the Expanding Expression Tool and the AAC APP Proloquo2go.
When not working with clients, Leslie enjoys spending time with family, kayaking, reading, volunteering with local theater and attending theatre events, and working with international high school exchange students.
Schellie Johnson, M.S. CCC-SLP
Schellie grew up on the East Side of Providence and traveled away to earn her Master of Science Degree from the University of West Virginia in 1992. Schellie has traveled to four different states practicing speech language pathology and has recently found her way back home to East Side of Providence.
Schellie has over 25 years experience working directly with the pediatric population on developing and enhancing speech and language skills.
Schellie has attended various workshops related to speech language pathology training including Lively Letters, PODS, PECS certification and even earned the ACE Award (Award for Continuing Education) from ASHA in 2015.
Schellie stays busy with her husband, three children and six grandchildren. She looks forward to helping your child communicate to the best of their ability.
Julia Strobel, MA, CCC-SLP
Julia recently received her Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Connecticut in 2017. She is nationally certified through the American Speech and Hearing Association and is licensed in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Julia has had experience in a variety of settings with many different ages. These settings include schools, adult and pediatric outpatient clinics, acute care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and home therapy (early intervention). Her passion lies working with children where she has a strong desire to continue to grow as a professional. She has been actively engaging in continued education and attending conferences in order to stay up to date on the current trends in the field to provide great therapy.
Outside of Speech Therapy Julia enjoys exploring Rhode Island as she is originally from Connecticut, going out to eat, traveling, and relaxing on a Sunday night with popcorn and a good movie!
Sarah Zimmerman, MS, OTR/L
Sarah is an enthusiastic occupational therapist with experience working with the pediatric population including children with developmental delays, autism spectrum disorder, visual-motor and perceptual deficits, behavioral difficulties, and sensory processing disorder. She has experience in a variety of settings including schools, outpatient clinics, and acute care hospitals. Sarah received her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Quinnipiac University. She is nationally certified through the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and maintains licenses in both Connecticut and Rhode Island.
Sarah is passionate about helping kids improve to their greatest potential to engage in functional activities of daily living while working to support families. In the past, she has advocated for the rights of her clients and their families in order for them to receive services or equipment they require in their home environment. Sarah also believes that consistent communication with other professionals in your child’s life is of the utmost importance to create a team-like, client-centered approach. Sarah also is a strong believer in continuing education and is frequently attending conferences and online training in order to further develop her skills and maintain current knowledge in the field of OT. She recently became certified in certified in the Astronaut Training Program: A Sound Activated Vestibular-Visual Protocol which is designed to develop ideal vestibular function, an essential foundation for sensory processes, bilateral integration, coordination, and motor control.
When Sarah is outside of occupational therapy, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, working on DIY projects, singing, rock climbing, going to the beach, and exploring Providence as she is new to the city!
I can’t wait to help you and your child along this journey towards furthering their independence in daily living skills!
Ashley Pereira , MS, OTR/L
Ashley is a motivated and passionate Occupational Therapist. She graduated from the American International College in 2011 with a Masters of Occupational Therapy. Ashley completed her undergraduate studies at The University of Massachusetts Lowell with a Bachelors of Liberal Arts along with Psychology and Sociology concentrations.
Ashley is a well versed Occupational Therapist and has experience working with populations ranging from infants to geriatrics in a wide variety of settings including early intervention, day programs, educational settings, acute care settings, outpatient clinics, and skilled nursing facilities.
Ashley is registered and licensed in both the state of Rhode Island and Massachusetts as an Occupational Therapist and maintains national certification through NBCOT.
Ashley enjoys working with a wide range of clients with various abilities and diagnoses. She has experience in sensory processing, oral motor, feeding aversions, assistive technology, adaptive equipment, performing client home and workplace/classroom evaluations for ergonomic, ADL, and functional assessments. She also develops, manages and modifies individual care plans for optimal results.
Ashley believes that it is important to incorporate all individuals in a clients life in order to achieve the best possible health outcomes for the client.
She is a self-motivated professional who is extremely passionate about caring for clients and getting the best results for achieving their independence.
In herfree time, Ashley enjoys spending time with her husband and two children ages 3 and 1. She enjoys exploring the outdoors and living her best life. She is eager to helping you and your loved ones to live your best lives as well.
Rebecca Visaggio, MS, CCC-SLP
Rebecca graduated with her Masters of Science in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from New York University. She began working in early intervention while living in New Jersey, and later relocated to Rhode Island to be closer to family. More recently, she has worked in long term care facilities with the geriatric population, but has made it her mission to return to work with pediatrics. Rebecca is nationally certified through the American Speech and Hearing Association and currently holds a license through the department of health in RI.
Rebecca has an array of pediatric and adult experiences through her clinical components at NYU, which included working at a private clinic, school, hospital, skilled nursing facility, and farm with hippotherapy. Additionally, she received specialized training in autism spectrum disorders, child language development, and hearing loss rehabilitation.
Rebecca enjoys bringing a creative piece to therapy in hopes of engaging with patients and bringing out their best. She maintains her licensure through continuing education and is active in several SLP groups. When she is not working, Rebecca can be found spending time with her son and husband, traveling, and enjoying the beach!
Emma Rogers, MS, CCC-SLP
Emma earned her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Rhode Island in 2015. She maintains her certificate of clinical competence from ASHA. She holds RI Department of Health and RI Department of Education certifications.
Emma has experience with pediatrics aged 3-21 in the school setting. Her interests are working with children and utilizing evidence based therapy techniques. She actively attends continuing education courses to acquire knowledge regarding an array of therapy techniques.
Shannon Witter, MS, CCC-SLP
Shannon earned her Master of Science degree for Speech–Language Pathology from the University of Rhode Island in 2013. She is nationally certified through ASHA. Shannon is licensed in RI and MA. She is currently pursuing a post-graduate certificate in Assistive Technology (AT) through the University of New Hampshire.
Shannon has worked with children and young adults of all ages in outpatient hospital and private practice settings. Her focus of therapy is helping individuals to communicatein effective and meaningful ways. She enjoys incorporating visual supports, interactive songs, and engaging games into the therapy routine. Shannon is trained on DIR Floortime®. She has attended seminars on Social Thinking, Evidence-Based Teaching: The PACT, Success in the Workplace for Adults with ASD, and Effectiveness of Parent-Implemented Interventions. Shannon currently teaches life skills at a college certificate program for adults with Autism and facilitates themed social skills groups.
In her free time, Shannon enjoys baking, crafting, and beekeeping. She is an avid fan of Broadway plays and musicals. She loves attending any conventions – from ASHA to ComicCon.