Clinical Director and Speech Language Pathologist
Our Director of Clinical Services and Founder of The Sensory Studio, Dr. Michele DeSimone CCC-SLP, built the practice based on clinical foundations of teamwork with professional collaboration and mentorship in mind. Michele holds a Doctoral Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Kean University. She obtained a Master’s Degree from New York University in Communication Sciences & Disorders as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology. Michele holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is an active member of The Special Interest Groups in Speech-Language Pathology for Language Learning & Education, Neurogenic Communication Disorders, Craniofacial & Velopharyngeal Disorders, Issues in Higher Education, Administration & Supervision, Swallowing Disorders, School-Based Issues, and Global Issues in Communication Sciences & Related Disorders. Dr. DeSimone is licensed from the New York State Office for the Professions and holds a Teacher of Speech and Language Disabilities certificate from The New York State Education Department, as well as a Speech-Language Pathology Certificate from The New York State Department of Health. Michele has extensive training in the treatment of pediatric motor speech disorders (including PROMPT and Kaufman Protocol Training), Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Peer Socialization Skills, and Early Childhood Language Development.
Michele is very happily married and resides in Staten Island with her husband, eight-year-old son, 7-month-old daughter, and Boston Terrier, Rocco. She enjoys traveling for work and pleasure, practicing yoga, and cooking for her family.
Jaimie received her Bachelor of Arts degree from St. John’s University in Speech Language Pathology/Audiology. She then attended St. John’s University in Queens where she received her Master of Arts degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders. During her graduate studies, Jaimie experienced working with both children and adults in a variety of settings including a District 31 public school, a skilled-nursing facility, and inpatient and outpatient settings within Northwell Health Medical Center. She also volunteered for Loving Spoonfuls ensuring the safety of elderly adults during feeding. Additionally, Jaimie has participated in research on patients with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) at the graduate level. From these experiences, Jaimie has developed her clinical skills working with both children and adults with expressive and receptive language impairments, fluency disorders, articulation, phonological disorders, developmental delays, Apraxia, and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Jaimie recently transitioned into an additional role at The Sensory Studio completing her clinical fellowship in Speech-Language Pathology. She is eager and motivated to continue advancing her clinical skills within this field. In her free time, Jaimie enjoys spending time with her family and going on spontaneous adventures.
Speech Language Pathologist
Christine is from Staten Island, New York. In 2014, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology with a minor in Occupational Science from Ithaca College. Christine then received her Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Brooklyn College, one of the most competitive programs in the United States. Her graduate school clinical experiences included pediatric populations in early childhood and preschool settings, as well as adults in an outpatient hospital setting.
Since graduating from Brooklyn College, Christine has been working for The Sensory Studio. She has been servicing early childhood, preschool, and school-age children in both school and outpatient settings. Christine has experience working with children with receptive and expressive language impairments, articulation and phonology disorders, language learning disabilities, developmental delays, fluency disorders, voice disorders, and autism. She is trained in PROMPT therapy, which she incorporates into her assessment and treatment. Christine also organizes and leads Peer Socialization Groups at The Sensory Studio. She is passionate about providing child-centered intervention that includes play-based activities in naturalistic settings to increase engagement and generalization of skills.
Christine is licensed by the board of New York State, has her Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities initial certification, and currently holds a Certificate in Clinical Competence from the Speech-Language-Hearing Association. When she’s not in the office, Christine enjoys traveling, reading, taking her dog to the park, and practicing yoga.
Speech Language Pathologist
Samantha received her Bachelor’s Degree from Kean University in Speech Language Pathology. She then attended Brooklyn College where she completed an Advanced Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Samantha graduated with a Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Long Island University- Brooklyn, with her Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities initial certification. Her graduate school experiences included pediatric populations in public elementary-middle school in Staten Island, New York, and a public high-school in NY, NY. Since graduating, Samantha has been working for The Sensory Studio. She has been servicing early childhood, preschool, and school-age children.
Samantha has experience working with children with receptive and expressive language impairments, developmental delays, auditory processing disorder, articulation and phonological disorders, fluency disorders, Cleft-Palate Rehabilitation, autism, feeding therapy and behavior management.
She is trained in PROMPT therapy, which she incorporates into her assessment and treatment. Samantha values creating activities around a child’s interest to increase engagement and motivation. Outside of the office, Samantha enjoys being a mother, spending time with her family, being outdoors, and traveling.
Speech Language Pathologist
Lauren received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University Maryland in Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology with a minor in Italian Studies. She then attended New York University where she received her Master of Science degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders, including her Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities Initial Certification
During graduate school, Lauren had the opportunity to work with both children and adults in a variety of settings throughout New York and New Jersey, including a pediatric and adult rehabilitation center, a pre-school, an early care & education center, a skilled-nursing facility, the NYU clinic, and the inpatient unit at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation. She also volunteered as a graduate intern at the American Institute for Stuttering where she collaborated with other speech-language pathologists in guiding group therapy for teenagers who stutter. Additionally, Lauren has participated in research at both the undergraduate and graduate level related to Public Health as well as self-acceptance in individuals who stutter. From these experiences, Lauren has developed her clinical skills working with children with expressive and receptive language impairments, articulation and phonology disorders, developmental delays, fluency disorders, and apraxia.
She recently joined The Sensory Studio in January and is completing her clinical fellowship in Speech-Language Pathology as a new member of the team. Lauren is so excited to continue developing her clinical skills and expanding her knowledge while working in collaboration with other therapists at The Sensory Studio. Outside of the office, Lauren enjoys cooking, playing piano, going on runs, and spending time with family and friends.
Speech Language Pathologist
Kristen is from Staten Island, New York. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from St. John’s University (Staten Island) in 2015 and her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from St. John’s University (Queens) in 2017. Kristen is dual licensed in New York State and New Jersey, has her Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities certification and currently holds a Certificate in Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association.
Kristen’s graduate school clinical experience included pediatric and adult rehabilitation working in a variety of settings including: Acute Care, Skilled Nursing, Inpatient Rehabilitation at JFK Medical Center, Outpatient Pediatric, and Elementary and Middle school experience.
Kristen has gained experience working with children with receptive/ expressive language impairments, articulation/ phonology disorders, developmental delays, autism, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices.
Kristen spent time in Antigua, Guatemala working hands on with infants, children and young adults diagnosed with swallowing disorders in a hospital/ orphanage located in Guatemala. Outside the office, Kristen enjoys traveling, listening to country music, spending time with family and friends and exercising.
Emily received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from St. John’s University Staten Island Campus in 2017. She continued her education at St. John’s University and received her Master of Arts degree in Speech Language Pathology in May of 2019. Emily holds a Teacher of Speech and Language Disabilities Certificate from The New York State Department of Education.
Her graduate experience included both Pediatric and Adult populations within various settings such as a private clinic, medical center, nursing home and District 75 public school.
Emily is beginning at The Sensory Studio, completing her clinical fellowship in Speech-Language Pathology. She is eager to continue developing her clinical skills and work closely with patients and families.
Outside of the office, Emily enjoys spending time with her friends and family, mastering new recipes and traveling as much as possible.
Julia graduated from Hofstra University studying Speech-Language Pathology. Julia has excelled throughout her education and remained on the Dean’s List of exceptional students every semester. She is a member of the National Speech Language Hearing Association and attended the 2017 American Speech Language Hearing Association Annual Conference with The Sensory Studio Team.
Julia has gained experience working and interacting with children through volunteer opportunities and with patients at The Sensory Studio. In her spare time, Julia enjoys traveling and making memories with friends and family.
Gabrielle is a certified Occupational Therapist, born and raised in Staten Island. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from St. John’s University and later went on to obtain her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from New York University. Gabrielle has always had a passion for working with children in many different settings. She has experience working with children with a variety of diagnoses including, but not limited to: ASD, ADHD, sensory processing delays, emotional and behavioral challenges, and learning difficulties.
Gabrielle finds the importance in taking a strength-based approach when treating clients, by focusing on what the individual enjoys and does well, rather than looking at their deficits. She is excited to be a member of The Sensory Studio, where she believes she can grow in her own profession while helping children to grow and function successfully in a variety of age-appropriate roles. In her spare time, Gabrielle enjoys cooking, spending time with family and friends, and traveling to new places.
Jessica is originally from Saratoga Springs, NY. She graduated with honors from The State University of New York at Buffalo in 2011, receiving both her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Science, and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. Since graduating, Jessica has worked in a variety of pediatric settings including a pre-school, inclusion-based school, pre-vocational setting, and residential setting. She also spent time working at The Center for Discovery, a center of excellence facility for the advanced care and medical treatment of individuals with significant disabilities, medical complexities, and autism spectrum disorders. She has advanced training in Autism Spectrum Disorders, SOS Approach to Feeding, DIR Floortime approach to therapy, primitive reflex integration, Swim Angelfish Aquatic Therapy, Handwriting without Tears, sensory integration, and assistive technology.
She enjoys continuing to expand her current repertoire of treatment modalities and approaches to care. She values holistically assessing a child and using a child-centered, strength-based approach to treatment. She enjoys providing environmental adaptations (adaptive equipment, visuals, strategies, tool modification) and resources to families and other disciplines to promote a child’s participation and independence in activities of daily living. She recently joined the Sensory Studio team in September and is excited to collaborate with therapists and families to provide comprehensive care! Jessica lives in Staten Island with her husband and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Cooper. Her interests outside of work include, spending time outside with her dog, visiting friends and family, reading, traveling, and renovating and flipping houses with her husband.
Taylor graduated from Mount Saint Mary College in May of 2019, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminology. She hopes to continue her education in the near future by working towards a Masters degree in the field of psychology. Taylor is an active member of the Psi Chi, International Honors Society in Psychology.
She enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends, as well as actively advocates for the mental health community through social media platforms. While working at The Sensory Studio, Taylor hopes to become more knowledgable about the pediatric population, as well as help create a happy and healthy experience for all those who attend.
Practice Manager Assistant
Alexa graduated from a Fairleigh Dickinson University in May of 2019 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She hopes to continue her education by attending graduate school for occupational therapy. Alexa is actively involved in school. She successfully balances her leadership roles in her sorority, achieving the dean list and working as a nanny for three young boys.
She has always had a passion for working with the pediatric population and children with disabilities. While working at The Sensory Studio, Alexa hopes to advance her knowledge and gain experiencing in working with these populations. In her free time, Alexa enjoys spending time with friends and family, and trying out new and delicious food to post on her food blog!
Nicole attended the College of Staten Island for two years and is certified in personal financing. Once getting married in 2010, she welcomed her first child and began working at Mount Loretto. There she had the privilege of working with individuals who had varying degrees of developmental disabilities. In early 2013, Nicole began her three-year journey in Emergency Services as an EMT.
Although loving the emergency aspect of care, she was still searching for a place of work that felt more like home and would be an extension of the life she shares with her husband and three young children. By 2018, she joined The Sensory Studio Team as Billing Associate. Here, she handles different aspects of the company’s finances and finally has a place to call home. She also enjoys availing herself to new experiences though traveling, new cuisine and meeting new people.
Stephanie is a graduate student at Kean University studying Occupational Therapy. She graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Recreational Therapy from Kean University in May 2019. Stephanie is a member of the Student Occupational Therapy Association on campus as well as the organization Love Your Melon and Operation Smile. She served as President of her sorority Theta Phi Alpha along with other leadership roles.
Stephanie has remained on the Dean’s list and is a part of the Lambda Alpha Sigma Honor Society. While working at The Sensory Studio, Stephanie completed fieldwork at JFK Hospital Inpatient Rehab and completed another fieldwork opportunity at Overlook Medical Center in Behavioral Health. Stephanie has always held the pediatric population and children with disabilities close to heart. She attends a summer sleepaway camp every year called Camp Fatima for children ages 5-18 with various disabilities. In her free time, Stephanie loves new adventures, music and spending time with family and friends.
Kayla Circolone is currently an undergraduate at St. John’s University and is majoring in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. She plans on obtaining a master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology after graduating in May of 2020 with her Bachelor of Arts. Since her freshman year, she has maintained a spot on the Dean’s list, has been a part of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association and the Honors Academy.
She is an active member of the Student Ambassador Program and in numerous honor societies such as National Society of Leadership and Success, Sigma Alpha Eta and Lambda Kappa Phi. Kayla is also the proud recipient of the Vice Provost’s Research Award. Through various observations and volunteering opportunities, Kayla has gained experienced working with the pediatric population. She plans on working with this population in the future. In her free time, Kayla loves traveling, crafting, baking and spending time with friends and family.