Marissa A. Barrera, MS, MPhil, MSCS, CCC-SLP, PHD

Dr. Marissa A. Barrera is an internationally recognized medical Speech-Language Pathologist and Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist. She has extensive specialized training in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with neurological conditions and is a leading expert on the use of modalities for speech and swallowing rehabilitation, including Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES), Surface Electromyography (sEMG) and Neuromuscular Taping. She is the co-creator and instructor of the educational seminar, “The Role of NMES and sEMG in Dysphagia Management: The Guardian Way®”.

As a researcher and author, Dr. Barrera has lectured around the globe on a wide range of clinical care topics ranging from dysphagia, NMES, motor speech disorders, cognition and neurogenerative diseases. She has over 70 research abstracts and has been featured in Women’s Health, Vice Magazine, ADVANCE for Speech-Language Pathology and MTV. She is a faculty at Yeshiva University, a member of the prestigious Clinical Advisory Committee of the National MS Society and the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation Advisory Board. She also serves as distinguished faculty for the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers.

Dr. Barrera is also the founder and owner of the New York Neurogenic Speech-Language Pathology and the ASPIRE CENTER for Health + Wellness, with offices in both New York City and Brooklyn. She graduated college summa cum laude, received her Masters of Science from Columbia University, as well as her Masters of Philosophy and PhD from the CUNY Graduate Center.

Tatiaana L. Laine, MA, TSSLD, CCC-SLP

Tatiaana L. Laine, MA, TSLD, CCC-SLP is the Director of Pediatric Services at New York Neurogenic Speech-Language Pathology, P.C. She is a New York State licensed speech-language pathologist and holds a New York State Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) certificate. Ms. Laine specializes in pediatrics, particularly those with medically fragile diagnoses and neurological impairments such as Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.

She has worked in several school districts and many school settings within those districts, including Autism, Multiply Disabled, Emotionally Disturbed, General Education, Learning Disabled, Specific Learning Impairment, and Hearing Impaired populations, from 6 months of age to adulthood.

She earned her BS from The University of New Hampshire, majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders, with minors in Psychology and Sociology. She earned her MA from The College of New Jersey, and is currently pursuing her PhD at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is bilingual, with Finnish having been her first language.

Additionally, Ms. Laine has also been writing book reviews for The Brooklyn Rail and several other publications since 2008.

Diane Brown, MA, CCC-SLP

Ms. Diane Brown is the Director of Clinical Education and a Senior Supervising Speech-Language Pathologist at NYNeuroSLP. She has an expertise in fluency/stuttering disorders and a special interest in treating adults with neurogenic communication disorders. Ms. Brown has extensive experience working with adult clients who have suffered strokes, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), and speech deficits related to Parkinson's Disease and Multiple Sclerosis.

She is an LSVT LOUD® and Guardian NMES® certified therapist. Her innovative techniques allow her to effectively work with patients both on-site and remotely, via Zoom, Skype, WebEx and/or Face Time.

Ms. Brown earned her MA from the Speech-Language and Hearing Science Department at CUNY Lehman College and has worked along Ms. Barrera since 2008.

Michaela Medved, MA, TSSLD, CCC-SLP

Michaela Medved is the Director of Patient Care and has extensive clinical experience working with both the adult and pediatric populations.

Ms. Medved, a native and fluent Russian speaker, earned her BA in Psychology from Binghamton University, completed her MA in Speech-Language Pathology at CUNY, Lehman College, and holds a New York State Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) certificate.

As a LSVT LOUD® certified therapist, Ms. Medved has provided individualized voice treatment sessions as well as a variety of group therapy programs. She has additional experience providing elective accent reduction therapy and participated in an intensive program focused on providing treatment to individuals who stutter. Ms. Medved’s pediatric experiences include administering treatment to children with expressive/receptive language disorders and pragmatic deficits, specifically children classified as having an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

With over 250 hours of specialized training specific to neurorehabilitation, her clinical experience with adults include individuals with aphasia, Parkinson’s disease, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and dementia. Additionally, Ms. Medved is a certified Guardian Way® NMES Dysphagia training course instructor and has trained hundreds of clinicians across the country. In short, Ms. Medved’s services always focus on improving the health and quality of life of her patients!

P. Olivia Goodell, MS, CCC-SLP

Ms. Goodell is a Senior Supervising Speech-Language Pathologist and Research Manager who is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Upper West Side location of New York Neurogenic Speech-Language Pathology. P. Olivia has extensive experience working with both the adult and pediatric populations and has worked in numerous clinical settings such as public schools, inpatient rehabilitation, and private practice.

Her clinical experiences include the evaluation and treatment of articulation, phonological, language, voice, swallowing and fluency disorders. She is a Guardian NMES® certified clinician and has taught in several New York City universities alongside Ms. Barrera. P. Olivia has a love for research and has participated in research analyzing the variability of children’s speech sounds which was presented at the 2012 Florida State University NSSLHA conference. In addition, she was part of the research team that measured the duration of stutters for the development of the TOCS: Test of Childhood Stuttering.

Ms. Goodell has extensive experience in evaluation and treatment of adults with language, neurocognitive, motor speech, swallowing, voice, and fluency disorders. She co-authored a case study titled “Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy in the treatment of hypernasality following traumatic brain injury” which is being presented in November 2012 at the American Speech and Hearing Association’s (ASHA) annual conference.

P. Olivia is a graduate of Florida State University’s School of Communication Science and Disorders where she earned her Masters of Science.

Erica Astanehasl, MA, CCC-SLP

Ms. Astanehasl is a speech-language pathologist licensure applicant and runs the the day-to-day operations of the Brooklyn location of New York Neurogenic Speech-Language Pathology. She received her Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Lehman College, City University of New York. She has experience working with both pediatric and adult patients in various areas of communication including language, motor speech, literacy, social pragmatics, voice, and augmentative and alternative communication. Ms. Astanehasl’s scope of experience has ranged from early childhood intervention to patients with advanced neurological disorders.

Ms. Astanehasl is passionate about the right to self-expression, and believes in empowering patients and their families through holistic and individualized treatment plans. She loves living in and serving patients in Brooklyn, and particularly enjoys working with culturally and linguistically diverse families. Before becoming a Speech-Language Pathologist, Ms. Astanehasl was an English as a Foreign Language teacher in Seoul, South Korea.