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.

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!