About Our Practice

We provide speech, language, feeding, and occupational therapy for children and adults. Using a client-centered approach, we work closely with clients and their families to identify their goals and deliver individualized therapy to achieve lasting results. We believe speech and occupational therapy should be convenient, functional, and fun! By building trust and familiarity with our clients, we can work together to create a therapy plan that allows us to see progress and growth in amazing and unexpected ways. 

 

Why our adult and pediatric therapy approach at Leading Therapy Home is unique:

  • We focus on skills where they are most naturally occurring. Research tells us that we learn best in our natural environments. Therefore, our services take place where our patients are most comfortable, allowing them the security to learn and practice new skills in the settings that matter most.

  • Online and in-home speech and occupational therapy are easier to schedule and save time. There is no driving or waiting; we reduce the burden on families by coming to their doorstep. The added convenience adds up to more consistent therapy and faster progress.

  • Family members and caregivers can organically participate in speech and occupational therapy sessions which facilitates a greater understanding of the therapists' goals and techniques, greater carryover, and greater progress.

  • Our priority is our patients, not standardized testing scores. We pride ourselves in developing strong connections with our patients and their families to develop goals and treatment approaches based on what's impacting their lives the most. This is where the change happens, and to us, this is what is most important.

 
 

Meet Our Team

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Christi O'Donovan

Owner, Speech-Language Pathologist

Christi received her bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Loyola University Maryland and her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Northeastern University. After working in a pediatric outpatient clinic, Christi started Leading Therapy Home as a way to provide high quality care with tremendous emphasis on functional communication skills.  

 

Christi strongly believes in an organic and family-centered approach to enhancing communication. Her ability to connect, listen, and empower clients and their families is the foundation of her therapy. With an understanding that children learn best when they are engaged in fun and motivating activities, Christi's sessions have included therapeutic playdates, making slime, working with siblings to make pizza, and scavenger hunts in the backyard. 

 

Christi specializes in feeding therapy, AAC, early intervention, motor speech disorders, and providing parent trainings. Christi has specialized training in PROMPT, Social Thinking, and a certification in early intervention.

 

In her free time, Christi loves spending time with her husband, two young children and their scruffy rescue dog.

Danielle Mastrangelo

Speech-Language Pathologist

Danielle received her bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders from UMass Amherst and her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Northeastern University. Danielle has experience working with all ages, with a focus on working with children between 15 months to 8 years old. Her primary interests are in feeding and swallowing disorders and parent trainings.

 

Danielle connects with clients and families through engaging therapy sessions using the natural environment to create meaningful interactions. Danielle loves to incorporate siblings and parents into each session so they can support continued progress outside of the therapy session. When parents are directly involved in therapy they are able to see and celebrate their child's strengths as well as identify areas that require practice during the week. Danielle also has a strong focus on parent coaching and counseling during her sessions and is committed to empowering patients and families to become advocates to help their child succeed in all areas of life. 

 

In her free time, Danielle loves spending time with her husband,  two young daughters, and their bulldog, Buddy. They enjoy going to the beach and are always looking forward to their next vacation.

 

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Tai Diamond

Speech-Language Pathologist

Tai received her bachelor’s degree in communication disorders and her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Tai has experience working with children of all ages, with a clinical focus and expertise in infant and pediatric feeding/swallowing disorders.

 

Tai's ability to empathize with her clients and their families allows her to build a trusting relationship where she can empower parents and educate them in their role in the therapy process. Her enthusiastic and naturally friendly personality means therapy is always fun and engaging. 

 

In her free time, Tai enjoys spending time with her 18-month-old son, husband, and their dog. She loves to run, practice yoga, and travel.

Katie Dougherty

Speech-Language Pathologist

Katie received her bachelor’s degree in communication disorders from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Northeastern University. After working in a long-term acute care hospital working with adults, an outpatient clinic working with adults and pediatrics, and a pre-k - 8th-grade public school, Katie joined Leading Therapy Home where she works with children and teens experiencing speech, language, and literacy challenges. In the spring of 2018, Katie received a Level 1 Wilson Reading certification.

 

Katie is dedicated to supporting communication through play and engagement with those important to them. She has experience treating childhood apraxia of speech and developmental speech and language disorders. When working with school-age children with reading and literacy disorders, she works to empower her clients with self-advocacy skills and helps them understand their strengths and unique gifts. 

 

In her free time, Katie enjoys being active by running, biking, and hiking. She coaches an elementary school running team, Girls on the Run. Katie also loves food - cooking, trying new restaurants, and watching Chef's Table. 

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Katherine "Kate" Cully 
Speech-Language Pathologist

Kate received her bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Studies with a focus in Child Development and a minor in Child Psychology at Syracuse University. She received her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Northeastern University. She has been a certified Speech-Language Pathologist since 2008 and has spent most of her career working in outpatient rehab clinics with pediatric and adult patients, as well as working at school contracted sites and a skilled nursing facility. Kate joined Leading Therapy Home in Spring 2019 where she loves working with expressive and receptive language, social communication, and articulation disorders.

 

Kate’s personable and friendly attitude helps build a trusting and comfortable rapport with both her patients and their families. She feels it is important to work with families in order to provide successful carry-over of newly learned skills. Her approach to therapy is knowing the importance of finding the right balance between flexibility and structure for each child in order for them to reach their full potential in language and communication.

 

When Kate is not working, she is spending time with her husband and two young children. She also enjoys cooking, skiing, going to the beach, and traveling.

Erin Margie

Speech-Language Pathologist

Erin earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Bridgewater State University and her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Northeastern University. Erin has vast experience working with children and adults in a variety of settings, including schools, long term care, sub-acute rehab, home care, and outpatient rehab.

 

Erin believes families are an integral part of the therapy process, and thus uses a family-centered approach to her sessions. Her friendly personality and positive attitude foster strong relationships and trust among her clients and their families. 

 

It is important to Erin that she understands her client’s interests in order to develop fun, engaging, and successful sessions.  She encourages clients’ families to take part in sessions, strategizes with them to develop functional goals, and provides ongoing support and training to promote the carryover of new skills.

In her free time, Erin enjoys spending time with her husband, young daughter, and their dog, Bentley. She enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors.

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Michelle Clapp

Speech-Language Pathologist/Early Intervention Specialist

Michelle earned her bachelor’s degree in communications at the University of Delaware and her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Ohio University.  Michelle is a “seasoned” therapist, with over 20 years in the field of early intervention and 40 years overall working in a large variety of settings.  There is nothing that gives Michelle more pleasure than being on the floor with her little ones, engaging them and their parents in play activities that encourage them to want to sing, make silly sounds and use their language to express themselves.  Communication should be fun and Michelle works hard at having fun with her clients, no matter what their age.  

Michelle believes that family, friends and caregivers are all a part of the learning process and that anything and everything are language opportunities.  She loves talking to parents about how to be their child’s number one advocate.  She enjoys sharing stories and ideas from raising her own children and is always interested in others’  approaches, ideas and silly stories.

In her free time, Michelle spends time gardening, bird watching, meditating, and listening to music.  Her favorite holiday is Halloween and she even got married on October 31st!  She lives in a cute little house with her spouse, special needs stepdaughter, Jennifer,  and two special needs cats, Howard and Zoe.

Alicia Rogers

Speech-Language Pathologist

Alicia received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Bridgewater State College and her master’s degree from the University of New Hampshire. Alicia has 9 years of experience working with children in a variety of settings, including schools, early intervention and outpatient clinics. She adores working with children of all ages and abilities with additional clinical focus and expertise in the areas of autism spectrum disorders and social skills, articulation and phonological disorders, early language acquisition, and fluency disorders.


Alicia’s open, friendly and empathetic personality allows her to build strong rapport and trusting relationships with her clients and their families. She feels that family involvement and participation in therapy sessions is an important key to opening the door for successful therapy outcomes. 


In her free time, Alicia enjoys spending time with her husband and their two dogs, Oliver and Finn. She has a passion for animals and all things fun!

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Kimberly Sprague

Speech-Language Pathologist

Kimberly received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences from State University of New York at Plattsburgh, and her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Boston University. Over the past 11 years, Kimberly has gained experience working with children of all ages, though the majority of her experience has been with children ages 2-5. Kimberly’s areas of interest and expertise are in early language development, articulation and phonological disorders, and childhood apraxia of speech.

Having worked in both outpatient and public school settings, Kimberly has seen first hand the advantages to family involvement in treatment. She believes that communication and collaboration with families benefits everyone involved, and creates an environment where children can develop and generalize their communication skills seamlessly. Kimberly enjoys working with parents and family members to create fun and motivating treatment, while also showing families the abundant opportunities for building and developing communication skills in everyday activities.

When Kimberly is not working, she is spending time with her boyfriend, their 10 and 3 year old daughters, and their very large chocolate lab. She enjoys reading, exercising, and doing various projects around their fixer upper home.

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Wendy Lam

Lead Occupational Therapist/Certified Early Intervention Specialist 

Wendy earned her bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy with a minor in Psychology at Boston University’s Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. She has since gained 20 years of experience working with adults and children in a variety of settings including skilled nursing facilities, outpatient rehabilitation, early intervention, school systems, and pediatric sensory integration clinics.

Wendy is a certified early intervention specialist and genuinely enjoys working with infants, toddlers, and young children. She has training in feeding intervention including Dr. Kay Toomey’s Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding. She is a licensed provider for The Listening Program, Therapeutic Listening and Advanced Therapeutic Listening, and Integrated Listening Systems (iLs). Wendy has certification in Brain Gym, Brain Gym with Special Needs, and Bal-a-vis-x programs. She is skilled with the Astronaut Training Program and the Learning Without Tears handwriting program.

Wendy has specialized training in CranioSacral Therapy and has a passion for incorporating techniques within her treatment sessions as appropriate to facilitate optimal function and wellness. She believes that each individual has unique insight into his/ her own health and plays a key role in guiding the direction of intervention.

During her free time, Wendy enjoys reading, watching movies, journaling, going on nature walks and hikes, exploring new restaurants, connecting with her friends and family, and discovering the simple wonders in life.

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Devon Casey

Occupational Therapist 

Devon received her bachelor’s degree in Occupational Science and her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of New Hampshire. She has experience working within both clinical, outpatient, and school-based settings. Devon enjoys working with children of all ages to address gross and fine motor skills, visual and perceptual skills, sensory processing abilities, self-regulation and executive functioning skills, and participation in age-level feeding and self-care tasks. She joined Leading Therapy Home in July 2020.

 

Devon strives to create positive and meaningful, therapeutic relationships with all of her clients and their families. She uses play and evidence-based treatment approaches to support skill development and generalization. Devon strongly believes that parent involvement and working within a child’s natural environment can foster improved engagement, participation, and overall progress or development. She emphasizes parent coaching and consultation during all of her treatment sessions. Devon has specialized training in the Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding, Handwriting Without Tears, Brain Gym, Therapeutic Listening, Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), Bal-A-Vis-X, and the Social Thinking Curriculum.

 

During her free time, Devon enjoys spending time with friends and family, running, practicing yoga, reading, and watching movies.

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Karen Connell

Occupational Therapist

Karen received her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at the New England Institute of Technology in Rhode Island. She has experience working with adults, adolescents and children in the public school system, telehealth, outpatient adult and pediatric clinics, skilled nursing, and psychiatric settings. Karen’s practice includes working with children with autism spectrum disorder, developmental coordination disorder, sensory processing disorder, ADHD, intellectual and developmental disabilities. She enjoys working with children of all ages to address fine and gross motor skills; visual perception, sensory processing, self-regulation, and executive functioning skills, capitalizing on each child’s strengths to promote functional skill development.

 

Karen has a creative and fun approach to her sessions which are both child-centered and family focused--always mindful that a child’s primary occupation is play!

 

In her free time, Karen enjoys spending time with her husband, three adult children and other friends and family. She likes cooking and trying new recipes, fitness activities and reading.

Get started with one of our amazing speech or occupational therapists today!

Leading Therapy Home provides speech therapy and occupational therapy to clients in the South Shore area. Contact us today to discuss your concerns, get your questions answered, and determine the best next step for you, your child, or your loved one.