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OUR STAFF

 

Kati Anderson, M.S., CCC-SLP

Owner, Director of Clinical Care

 

Kathleen Anderson, M.S.,

CCC-SLP is an American Speech-

Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

and Delaware certified speech-language

pathologist. Kathleen is a 2003 graduate

of Loyola College, where she graduated

Summa Cum Laude and was first in her

class for Speech-Language Pathology.

She went on to receive her Master’s

Degree in the Communication Sciences and Disorders department of James Madison University in Virginia.

 

Kathleen has extensive professional experience working with children diagnosed with a wide variety of communication and related disorders. In New Jersey, she served as Program Coordinator and Staff Speech Pathologist for Bancroft Neurohealth, serving children with special needs, including those with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Traumatic Brain Injuries, developmental disabilities, behavioral challenges, genetic syndromes, and other impairments. Kathleen also worked for the Communication Station in New Jersey, serving as Staff Speech Pathologist and Supervisor of Feeding Services. In addition, she served both children and adolescents as the facilitator for social skills development groups run through Interactive Kids. Her areas of expertise include evaluating and treating children with articulation disorders, expressive/receptive language disorders, auditory processing disorders, apraxia of speech, phonological disorders, voice disorders, fluency disorders or “stuttering,” and pragmatic/social skill delays.

 

Kathleen has presented nationally on topics in speech pathology, including technology and telecommunications in speech pathology, feeding therapy, HIPAA and health services, and social skills and language, and has published research on those topics. She has trained under supervisors and professors from Johns Hopkins, A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children, and other prominent institutions. Believing strongly in continuing education and “cutting edge” therapy techniques, Kathleen has received training in Physical Restructuring of Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT), Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), and the Sequential-Oral-Sensory (SOS) program for feeding. Also active in the community, Kathleen is on the Board of Directors of the Next Generation Committee, Southern Delaware, of the Delaware Community Foundation.

 

Kathleen was raised in Delaware, and is honored to achieve her lifelong dream of operating a speech-language clinic in her hometown. She is a proud mother to her young son, Ryan.  Her philosophy in therapy is, “Every child has limitless potential. An excellent therapist is one who provides the foundation, the tools, and the encouragement for each child to achieve his or her personal best."

 

Philip L. Concors, M.Sc.Ed., BCBA

Behavior Analyst

 

Philip is the Clinical Director of ABC

Consultants. He is a doctoral candidate

(Ph.D. ABD) in Lehigh University’s

Pediatric School Psychology program,

has earned a Masters of Science in

Education (M.Sc.Ed.) in Applied

Behavior Analysis from Temple University, and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). He began his work as a Special Education Teacher and has over eighteen years of experience providing clinical and educational support to special needs children, adolescents, and young adults. Mr. Concors specializes in students with significant Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, Asperger’s Syndrome, and children with pediatric feeding disorders. Class-Wide Positive Behavior Support and academic assessment /intervention are his areas of expertise, with emphasis on school-based consultation and research. He has presented at regional and national conferences and has other current research interests focusing on Behavioral Medicine, including the promotion of healthy behaviors, treatment adherence, and assessment of physiological influences on student behavior. Philip is a Master-Level Crisis Prevention/Intervention trainer and provides frequent district-level training for non-classroom and classroom-behavior management, de-escalation and safety techniques for disruptive and aggressive students, as well as safe and positive approaches to school violence. Philip is currently an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Rowan University.

 

 

Shawna Schmiedlin, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

 

Shawna is originally from

West Virginia, where she 

earned her Bachelors of 

Science in 1997 at West

Virginia University.  She 

received her Masters of

Science at Indiana University

of Pennsylvania in 1999.                                                    

 

 Shawna has had 17 years experience thus far assisting infants, toddlers, school age children, and adults with special needs, and providing services for the rehabilitation of the adult acquired brain injury population.

Shawna moved to Virginia to work for the public school system for two years, providing therapeutic intervention to ages 3 -21 for social, emotional and communication challenges. Shawna then moved to Delaware to work for Nurses ‘n Kids home care and PPEC (Patient Prescribed Exceptional Care) assisting the medical fragile population in a Skilled nursing /daycare facility for infants though school age for almost 10 years. There Shawna embraced her passion for helping children discharged right out of the NICU, working closely with nursing and physical and occupational therapy to meet their developmental milestones to the best of their potential.  Shawna was the lead speech pathologist at this facility, heading the development of the policies, procedures and practices of the oral motor and feeding program.  Shawna worked extensively with tracheostomy and vent dependent children, facilitating their communication needs with Passy Muir Valves and augmentative communication devices.

 

Shawna has also worked in Skilled Nursing, assessing and treating neurological diseases, dysphagia, and stroke rehabilitation, further improving her skills and practices and providing skilled dysphagia therapy services, as well as memory impairment training practices and procedures. Shawna earned her Vital Stimulation, NMES certification for dysphagia therapy in 2016.

 

Shawna is now back to pursing her passion for serving the pediatric population -  to help them find their voice, facilitate the stepping stones to recovery, and facilitate their ability to meet their social, communication and feeding developmental milestones.

 

Shawna ‘s philosophy is that all people deserve a voice, a way to be heard and everyone deserves, love, compassion and kindness. Helping others, treating others they way you want to be treated and paying it forward. 

 

“We have two hands, one for helping ourselves and one for helping others. I alone cannot change the world. But I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”

 

Caroline Gigon, M.A., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Caroline is an American Speech-Language 

Hearing Association (ASHA) certified and 

Maryland and Delaware licensed speech-

language pathologist.  Caroline grew up in

the northwest suburbs of Philadelphia.  She

attended the Pennsylvania State 

University, where she graduated with a 

Bachelors of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

From there, she attended At. John's University, where she graduated Cum Laude with a Masters degree in Speech-

Language Pathology.  in 2013, Caroline relocated to Delaware for a clinical fellowship experience.  After falling in love with Sussex county, Caroline decided to make Delaware her 

permanent residence.  

Caroline's post-academic work work began in the medical setting, where she served as lead speech-language pathologist for multiple buildings in eastern Sussex county, including placement in medical offices, independent living centers, hospice, respite care, dementia care units, traumatic brain injury facilities, veteran's hospitals, and regional medical hospitals. Caroline continues to maintain her medical experience by providing hours to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, where she works alongside some of the most experienced doctors and specialists on the eastern shore. Caroline is thrilled to offer her expertise in the field of pediatric speech and language, self-regulation, social skills, articulation disorders, apraxia of speech, and fluency disorders with Central Delaware Speech-Language Pathology, Inc., and is excited to bring the quality service that CDSLP is known for to Sussex County.  She looks forward to forging new relationships in lower Delaware with patients and specialists alike.

Caroline's philosophy on Language:

"Language comes in many forms. It is our responsibility and privilege to facilitate and allow each one of them to grow."

Thelma Staten, Office Assistant/Medical Billing Specialist

Bio to come...Stay tuned! 

Our work speaks for itself.

Christine Stang, M.S., CCC-SLP

Owner/Director of Patient Services

 

Christine is an ASHA certified
Speech Language Pathologist with over 25
years’ experience working with children in
schools, early intervention and private
practice. She is thrilled to partner with
Kati and Donna to provide the best
speech and language therapy, and
communication development, for children.


Christine completed her Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology at Loyola University Maryland in 1986 and stayed on to complete her Master of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology at Loyola University Maryland in 1988. She has passion for helping all children with significant communication disorders, including childhood Apraxia of Speech and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Evidenced based practice including natural routine, family centered strategies of engagement, movement, play, and visual supports are used in all aspects of therapy so that therapy is fun and rewarding to the child. She has a passion for literature and strong background in language and literacy development.

 

A mother of four, Christine understands family dynamics play a large role in child development and seeks to empower families with knowledge and skills to support their children. Continually seeking a better understanding of child development and knowledge of intervention strategies, Christine completed her Professional Concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorders, University of California UC Davis, in 2014. She became Hanen Certified in 2015 and is planning to offer Hanen More Than Words Workshops for families of young children with suspected Autism Spectrum Disorder and social communication disorders. (Please visit Hanen.org to learn more.) In recognition of the connection between communication disorders and feeding disorders, Christine is an S.O.S certified feeding therapist (Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding).
 

Christine and her husband, Mike, have lived in Dover for 22 years where they have raised four children and are actively involved in numerous community organizations and events.
 

Christine’s philosophy on Speech therapy is:
 

“Children learn best through joyful interactions which are self-rewarding and meaningful to the child’s
life experience.”

 

 

Donna Ortelli, M.S., CCC-SLP

Owner/Director of Therapeutic Services

Donna is a native to Delaware, having
grown up in the Dover area, and graduating
from Dover High School and Delaware State
College. She moved to Massachusetts
shortly after college where she raised her
two children. While teaching high school
marketing, Donna decided to pursue a
graduate degree in Communication
Disorders. She graduated in 2000 from
Worcester State University in Massachusetts
with a Master’s of Science degree in
Communication Disorders.

 

Over the past 17 years, Donna has worked in both public and private schools, in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Florida and Delaware, with both pre-school and school age speech and language delayed children.  Her areas of experience include: articulation, apraxia, auditory processing, receptive-expressive language, fluency, and pragmatic disorders. She has worked with a wide range of disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorders, developmental disabilities, genetic syndromes and other impairments.  After relocating to Delaware in 2009, Donna worked in the public schools, first for Lake Forest School District, and then Smyrna School District. She became part of the CDSLP team in 2011, originally as a part-time clinician, and then after retiring from the public schools, going to full time.


Donna has received two ACE awards from ASHA for her demonstrated commitment to lifelong learning through continuing education. She has a Certificate of Completion in Lindamood-Bell Phoneme Sequencing (LIPS), PROMPTS for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT), S.O.S. Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding (S.O.S), Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), and Barton Screening for Dyslexia.

 

Donna is active in her community, volunteering her time in both the Delaware Speech-Language and Hearing Association (DSHA) and serving as a Town Council member for her local community, Leipsic. Free time pleasures include working in her flower garden and being at the beach. She absolutely loves being “Mimi” to her two grandchildren!!! On working with kids, Donna simply says: “I love working with children, as I feel they help to keep me young!”

 

Donna is thrilled and excited to be partnering with Kati and Christine to continue to offer exceptional speech and language therapy in our communities!

Donna’s philosophy of care:

 

"A child is like a flower in your garden. Plant the seed, allow its roots to grasp and grow. Provide it with sustenance and nourishment. Tend to it daily. Keep the weeds from strangling out its ability to grow straight and strong and you will be delighted at how magnificent it will blossom and shine!"

 

Jason Anderson, MSA, Owner

 

Jason was a co-owner of
Central Delaware Speech-Language
Pathology with his wife and company
founder, Kathleen Anderson.

Jason’s primary focus was on 

marketing efforts and corporate finances.

 

In his full-time career, Jason served as the Senior Director of Ticket Sales & Operations at Dover International Speedway.  Jason played an integral part in our community by being a lead member of the “Autism Day at the Races” planning team. In 2012, the Speedway hosted the first-ever Autism-friendly event in NASCAR history in  conjunction with the “FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Families on the spectrum were treated to a day of educational speakers on a variety of topics, food and an  exciting NASCAR race. When necessary, families were able to migrate to a dedicated quiet-room away from the track, featuring muted lights and dampened sound.

 

Jason completed his Master of Sports Administration at Ohio University, was the Treasurer for the Brain Injury Association of Delaware, and was the chair of the Sponsorship Committee for the Delaware Sports Commission.

 

Jason tragically lost his life in a car accident in January of 2015, in which he saved the life of his wife and 1-year old son.  Jason was fully committed to Central Delaware Speech-Language Pathology's mission and to serving children.  The Jason Anderson Foundation for Youth Sports was created in his honor to continue his legacy of giving.  In loving memory of Jason - his example of living life to the fullest and always giving back will be carried on in all that we do.

 

 

Allison Gruwell, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Allison is an American

Speech-Language Hearing Association

certified and Delaware licensed

therapist. She is originally from

Dover, Delaware, she attended the

University of Delaware, where she

graduated with a Bachelor of Science

degree in Cognitive Science with a

concentration in Speech-Language

Pathology in 2015. From there, she attended Towson University, where she graduated with a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology in May, 2017.  

​Allison's experience includes internships in both educational and medical settings, with a wide variety of patients and clients.  During graduate school, she interned at the St. Elizabeth School and Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, both in Baltimore, Maryland, as a speech-language pathology student.  Most recently, she began her career working with the John S. Charlton School summer program.  Allison is thrilled to return to her hometown to begin her career with CDSLP, and offer her expertise in the field of pediatric speech and language. Her passion for the field is driven by her belief that everyone needs, and deserves, a way to communicate.

Krista Garofalo, Office Manager

Krista joined CDSLP in August of 2017.
Krista is originally from Connecticut and
moved to Delaware in early 2017. Krista
loves to travel, spend time with family and friends, and in the summer, kayaking. She is currently studying towards her bachelors in Psychology, with goals to focus in Pediatric and Adolescent Psychology, with hopes to explore a career in Social Work. She brings knowledge and previous experience in marketing, and is excited to continue to participate in CDSLP's growth. Krista also has a large experience in volunteer work, specifically for an organization previously known as KidPacks of America, Inc. The organization specialized in emergency relief efforts for the victims of hurricane Katrina, yearly back to school backpacks and Christmas gifts for underprivileged families, and gathering household essentials for those in need. Krista's outgoing personality allows her to form relationships with our patients and their families. Krista looks forward to growing and continuing to learn everyday at CDSLP.