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Dr. Michele DeSimone, CCC-SLPD

Clinical Director/Owner

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. Dr. DeSimone has worked with children and their families for over 20 years. 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 and 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. The New York State Office licenses Dr. DeSimone for the Professions and she 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 (including Oral Tethered Ties), Autism Spectrum Disorders, Peer Socialization Skills, and Early Childhood Language Development. Michele is very happily married and resides in Staten Island with her husband, ten-year-old son, and 3-Year-old daughter. She enjoys traveling for work and pleasure, practicing yoga, and cooking for her family.

Dr. Michele DeSimone, CCC-SLPD

Clinical Director/Owner

Jaimie Delfino M.A., CCC-SLP
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Jaimie Delfino M.A., CCC-SLP

Jaimie Delfino M.A., CCC-SLP

Director of Operations

Jaimie received her Bachelor of Arts from St. John’s University in Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology in May 2017. She then attended St. John’s University in Queens, receiving her Master of Arts in Communicative Sciences and Disorders in May 2019. Jaimie holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is licensed by the New York State Office for the Professions and The State of New Jersey. In addition, Jaimie holds a Teacher of Speech and Language Disabilities certificate from The New York State Education Department. During her graduate studies, Jaimie experienced working with both children and adults in various 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 Spoonful’s’ 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. Jaimie had been an integral member of The Sensory Studio team since December 2015 as Practice Manager. Since graduating from St. John’s University with her Master’s degree, Jaimie has become a valued member of our clinical team as a Speech Language Pathologist. Currently, as Director of Operations, Jaimie works closely overseeing all departments. Jaimie has developed her clinical skills working with children and adults with receptive and expressive language impairments, articulation and phonology disorders, oro-myofunctional disorders, language learning disabilities, developmental delays, voice disorders, and autism. Jaimie has completed extensive training in assessing and treating orofacial myofunctional disorders through IOMI. Jaimie is motivated to continue advancing her clinical skills within this field. In her free time, Jaimie enjoys cooking, spending time with her family, and riding quads.

Jaimie Delfino M.A., CCC-SLP

Director of Operations

Jillian Twyford-Lanza
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Jillian Twyford-Lanza

Director of Business Development

Jillian attended Drew University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Business Management. She began her career in the nonprofit world focusing on program support, which quickly shifted to program management, operations, and development. From there, she moved into the corporate manufacturing industry of fine Spirits, further developing her financial and personnel operational skills and her understanding of overall production operations. After taking a short break to enjoy being a stay-at-home mom, she was welcomed as a new member of the Sensory Studio’s team. As the Business Development Director, Jillian is central to upholding the Sensory Studio’s cornerstone values, improving the operational systems, and enhancing the professional guidance offered to each employee. In this role, she also spearheads staff recruitment.

Jillian is happily married and the mother of two fantastic children, Ethan and Annabella. She’s an avid soccer player, overall games enthusiast, and loves anything outdoors and active.

Jillian Twyford-Lanza

Director of Business Development

Liz Loscialo
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Liz Loscialo

Director of Clinical Supervision

Elizabeth graduated Wagner College in 2004, where she received a Bachelor in Psychology. Shortly after, she attended College of Staten Island for a brief period with the intention of receiving a Masters in Social Work. However, Elizabeth began working in the Early Intervention Program as a Service Coordinator, and decided Early Childhood Education would be her career path of choice. During her time as a Service Coordinator, Elizabeth gained priceless experience developing therapeutic service plans, guiding families, and networking with OT/PT/ST/ SE professionals. She graduated from Touro College with a dual Masters in Early Childhood General Education /Special Education in 2010. Elizabeth transitioned from the role of Service Coordinator to Special Educator, providing home based therapy for almost a decade within the autism community. As a home-based therapist, she directly collaborated with families and the multidisciplinary teams in developing optimal treatment approaches catered to the individual child. Elizabeth expanded her education by obtaining a certificate in nutrition through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, as well as a 200 hour yoga certification. Elizabeth whole-heartedly believes in looking at each client comprehensively, pulling from her background in psychology, education, nutrition and yoga. Elizabeth is honored to have been a part of the Sensory Studio since the early days, and takes pride in the exemplary services provided by all. Elizabeth seeks to bring her 20 years of experience in this field to the therapists and families of the Sensory Studio with continued passion and determination. Elizabeth enjoys the simple pleasures in life, including watching her daughter grow, family, friends, belly laughs, and being outdoors.

Liz Loscialo

Director of Clinical Supervision

Kayla Cabanas
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Kayla Cabanas

Lead Parent Coordinator

Kayla graduated from Binghamton University in May of 2021, where she obtained her bachelors degree in Psychology. She hopes to continue her education in the near future to become a Speech Language Pathologist. She is excited to gain valuable knowledge from joining The Sensory Studio team. Kayla’s interests include traveling, baking, and trying new restaurants.

Kayla Cabanas

Lead Parent Coordinator

Wendi Lee
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Wendi Lee

Parent Coordinator

Wendi graduated from SUNY Cortland in May of 2022, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Business Economics with a minor in Computer Application. Throughout her studies at SUNY Cortland, she was a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, Investment Club, Habitat for Humanity (since 2016!) and earned a spot on the President’s list for her academic excellence. In her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball, camping and taking her dog Subie to the park.

Wendi Lee

Parent Coordinator

Regina Onal
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Regina Onal

Parent Coordinator

Regina graduated from Brooklyn College in June of 2015, where she obtained her Bachelors of Science in Business Management and Finance. After graduating, she was accepted into the Disney College Program and was able to be a part of Disney’s unique culture and diverse community. While being in the program, she was able to create magical moments for children and families! When she moved back to NYC, Regina pursued her love for cooking and graduated with a diploma in Culinary Arts and received a leadership award at the Institute of Culinary Education in 2019. She then launched her first food business called “Oohlam” in 2021. While working at The Sensory Studio, Regina hopes to continue helping children and their families achieve their goals and milestones.

Regina Onal

Parent Coordinator

Brianna Somma
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Brianna Somma

Parent Coordinator

Brianna is from Staten Island, New York. She graduated from Kean University in 2020 with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a focus in Occupational Therapy. She is currently continuing her education at Kean University, studying to obtain her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Brianna has a love for learning and an interest in various therapeutic settings. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with loved ones, cooking, traveling and going on walks with her golden retriever.

Brianna Somma

Parent Coordinator

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Emily Rodriguez CCC-SLP, TSSLD

Speech Language Pathologist

Emily received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology in 2017 and her Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2019 from St. John’s University. Since graduating, Emily has been working for The Sensory Studio, servicing early childhood, pre-school and school-aged children in both school and outpatient settings while continuing to grow within her field. Emily holds a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language disabilities certification, is Level I PROMPT trained, is completing course-work in Gestalt Language Processing, and has completed workshops in clinical supervision for graduate clinicians.

Emily Rodriguez CCC-SLP, TSSLD

Speech Language Pathologist/ Lead North Shore SLP Mentor

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Nicole Ianni CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Nicole received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics with a minor in Speech-Language Pathology from the College of Staten Island Verrazano Honors Program in June of 2019. Nicole then received her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Brooklyn College in September of 2021, with her NYS Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) initial certification. She was President of the Speech-Language Hearing Graduate Student Organization at Brooklyn College. During her graduate studies, Nicole worked with the pediatric populations in a variety of settings including the Diana Rogovin Davidow Speech-Language Hearing Center, the Early Childhood Center, and District 75 public schools on Staten Island. She has experience working with a variety of diagnoses including but not limited to Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, expressive & receptive language disorders, articulation disorders, and the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Population.

Nicole Ianni CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist/ Lead Mid-Island SLP Mentor

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Diona Rosano CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Diona received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at St. John’s University in Queens in 2016. She then received her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology at Monmouth University in 2018. Diona holds a Teacher of Speech and Language Disabilities certificate from The New York State Department of Education and a Certificate of Clinical Competence from The American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. Diona has gained experience during her graduate career with pediatrics and adults within the school setting and nursing facility. Diona has experience working in the school setting with students with autism, Down Syndrome, phonological disorders, language impairments, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices. She is trained in PROMPT therapy, which she incorporates into her assessment and treatment.

Diona Rosano CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist/Lead Mid-Island SLP Mentor

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Kristen Raskin CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist/Mid-Island SLP Mentor

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 initial 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 Pediatrics, 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. She is trained in PROMPT therapy and is a trained Orofacial Myologist Provider, which she incorporates into her assessment and treatment daily. 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 hiking and traveling, listening to country music, spending time with family and friends, and exercising.

Kristen Raskin CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist/Mid-Island SLP Mentor

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Samantha Cisternino CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist/South Shore SLP Mentor

Samantha received her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from Kean University in 2012. She then attended Brooklyn College where she completed an Advanced Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders. In 2015, Samantha received her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Long Island University (Brooklyn). In addition, Samantha holds a Teacher of Speech and Language Disabilities certificate from The New York State Education Department. 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 became a clinical supervisor in 2021. Samantha has been servicing early childhood, preschool, and school-age children in both school and outpatient settings. She has experience working with children with receptive and expressive language impairments, developmental delays, auditory processing disorder, oro-myofunctional disorders, 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 treatments. Samantha is passionate about building relationships with her clients and families. She values mentorship, collaboration amongst providers and outside professionals, and is eager to continue advancing her clinical skills within this field. In her free time she enjoys traveling and making memories with her husband and two children.

Samantha Cisternino CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist/ South Shore SLP Mentor

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Nagwa Ahmed CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Nagwa is a Speech-Language Pathologist, born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Nagwa received her Bachelor’s Degree from Monmouth University in Biology with a minor in Communications Sciences and Disorders. She continued her education at Monmouth University to receive her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2018. During her graduate school clinical experience, Nagwa worked with both children and adults across a variety of settings including a specialized school, private practice, and both inpatient and outpatient hospital settings. Nagwa holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is licensed by the New York State office of the Professions. Since graduating, Nagwa has experience working with children across the lifespan in the home-health setting. She is experienced in working with clients with a variety of communication and developmental disorders including autism spectrum disorder (ASD), articulation deficits, expressive/receptive delays, and children with pediatric feeding disorders. Nagwa is passionate about providing care to these populations and building relationships with children and their families.

Nagwa Ahmed CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

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Kaylee Ritchie CF - SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Kaylee graduated Cum Laude from La Salle University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Science and Disorders in 2021. She pursued her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology, graduating in May of 2023 from Rutgers University. She presented at the 2021 NJSHA Convention about Low/High tech AAC devices.

She has clinical experience providing speech-language therapy to children and adults with various communication needs, which include: articulation/phonological disorders, language disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, hearing impairments, voice disorders, various sensory diets, and more.

Kaylee is passionate about working with the pediatric population and she enjoys creating a fun, safe, and positive environment for children to flourish and learn. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, working out and taking on new hobbies.

Kaylee Ritchie CF-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

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Emily DiGiacomo CF-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

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Danielle Cannatella CF-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Danielle is a Speech-Language Pathologist, born and raised in Staten Island, NY. Danielle enjoys spending her free time with her family and friends, going on adventures, and exercising. Danielle received her Bachelor’s Degree in June of 2020 from Brooklyn College in Communications Sciences and Disorders. She continued her education at Touro College to receive her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology in September of 2022. During her clinical experience, Danielle worked with both children and adults who presented with a variety of diagnoses including, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Apraxia, Learning Disabilities, Expressive/Receptive Language Disorders, Articulation Disorders, Fluency Disorders, and the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Population. Danielle will be receiving her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Spring of 2023.

Danielle Cannatella CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

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Gina Abraham CCC-SLP, TSSLD

Speech Language Pathologist

Gina is a Speech-Language Pathologist born and raised in Staten Island, New York. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Queens College in 2017 and her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from New York Medical College in 2019. Gina is a dual-licensed Speech-Language Pathologist practicing in both New York and New Jersey. She holds her Certification of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is a certified Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities in New York and a certified Speech Language Specialist in New Jersey. Gina has previously worked in school settings ranging from Pre-K to 8th grade as well as in outpatient clinics with toddlers, preschoolers and school-aged children. She has experience working with children and adolescents experiencing deficits related to articulation disorders, phonological disorders, receptive and/or expressive language disorders, pragmatic language disorders, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy and Down’s Syndrome. Gina loves to travel with her family, spend time at the beach, try new cuisines and see live performances of theater shows, musicals and plays!

Gina Abraham CCC-SLP, TSSLD

Speech Language Pathologist

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Julia Cali CF-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Julia received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology in 2020 from Iona University and her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology in December 2022 from Emerson College. Through graduate clinical experiences, Julia gained exposure in a variety of settings and populations. She has experience with early intervention, adolescents with autism spectrum disorder, and the adult population including aphasia, dysphagia, and cognitive linguistic disorders. Julia’s first externship was at The Sensory Studio and she is excited to start her career working here and with the pediatric population.

Julia Cali CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

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Nicole Nardone CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Nicole is a Speech Pathologist from Staten Island, New York. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology from St. John’s University Staten Island Campus in January of 2017 and her Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from St. John’s University Queens Campus in May of 2019. Holding a dual-license, Nicole has practiced speech-language pathology in both New York and Maryland. She also holds her Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities Initial Certification and Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Through her work and graduate clinical experiences, Nicole has gained exposure to whole lifespan needs of diverse populations. She has worked in the school setting providing speech and language therapy to students from pre-K through eighth grade both in person and virtually. Her internship and externship experience within the clinic, nursing home, and hospital settings has provided her with the practical knowledge to treat patients within the expressive and receptive language, fluency, articulation, hearing, and cognitive domains. Nicole is enthusiastic about continuing her work in speech pathology with The Sensory Studio, providing care and support to the pediatric population.

Nicole Nardone CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

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Grace Reinertsen CF - SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Grace is a born and raised Staten Islander hailing from West Brighton. Growing up, she enjoyed singing in choirs and performing in school musicals. Her first experience shadowing a Speech-Language Pathologist was during her senior year of high school. From that moment on, she knew this was the career for her! Grace obtained both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication sciences and disorders from SUNY Cortland. While there, she gained experience working with clients in a variety of settings, such as outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities, elementary schools, and via telepractice. Grace has experience providing skilled speech services (screening, assessment, and treatment) to clients with a variety of diagnoses. These include motor speech disorders (e.g., childhood apraxia of speech), phonological disorders, articulation disorders, language delays and disorders, fluency disorders, dysarthria, dysphagia, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), cognitive-linguistic impairment, intellectual disability, hearing loss, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). While Grace enjoys working with clients of all ages, she has a special passion for working with the pediatric population. Grace is so excited to come back to her Staten Island roots and join the team here at The Sensory Studio!

Grace Reinertsen CF - SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

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Alexandra Macri CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Alexandra Macri CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

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Kaila Shea CF-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

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Gianna Gentile CCC-SLP, TSSLD

Speech Language Pathologist

Gianna attended Seton Hall University for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Special and Elementary Education with a minor in Social Work in 2018. She graduated with her Masters of Science in Speech Language Pathology in 2020. She has worked in many public elementary schools with students ranging from ages 3 to 16 years. Gianna has worked with students with Autism, Expressive/ Receptive Language Disorder, Hearing Impairment, Learning Disability, ADHD, Dyslexia and more towards goals in language, articulation, fluency, pragmatics, syntax, morphology, and auditory processing. Her favorite part of her job is working with children and collaborating with other professionals. In her free time, she enjoys reading, crocheting, and playing with her dog, Tater Tot, and kitten, Gnocchi.

Gianna Gentile CCC-SLP, TSSLD

Speech Language Pathologist

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Nicole Lewis CCC-SLP, TSSLD

Speech Language Pathologist

Nicole attended Macaulay Honors College where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a focus on language development. She then obtained her Masters of Science degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders. Nicole has experience working with clients of all ages for a variety of communication, cognitive, acquired and developmental disorders.

Nicole Lewis CCC-SLP, TSSLD

Speech Language Pathologist

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Nicole Della Bella CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Nicole is a Speech-Language Pathologist from Staten Island, New York. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in English with a double minor in Communications and Speech Language Pathology from St. John’s University in 2008. She received her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from St. John’s University Queens in 2011. She holds her Certification of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is a certified Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities in New York. Nicole has previously worked in school settings ranging from Pre-K to 5th grade as well as in outpatient clinics with toddlers, preschoolers and school-aged children. She has experience working with children and adolescents presenting with deficits related to articulation, fluency, phonological, and overall receptive/or expressive language disorders. She has taken a variety of coursework to further her knowledge and training in treating children with Autism Spectrum disorders, Auditory processing disorders & various learning disabilities.In her free time, she enjoys being with her family, reading, and seeing new movies and plays.

Nicole Della Bella CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

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Olivia Betulia CF-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Olivia is a Speech Language Pathologist from Staten Island, New York. She received her Masters of Science from Touro University in 2016. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is on track to receive her Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities  Certification. Olivia has just moved back to New York after practicing in Colorado for five years and California for two years. She has provided therapy mainly with the pediatric population across settings including home health, outpatient, and schools.  She has experience with a variety of diagnoses and deficits in communication, language, and articulation. During her free time, Olivia loves to hang with her family and her dogs, Santino and Duke, and loves to travel.

Olivia Betulia CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

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Maria Guzzo CF-SLP, TSSLD

Speech Language Pathologist

Maria obtained her Master’s Degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from New York University. She also received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Brooklyn College. In addition, Maria holds a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) certificate from the New York State Education Department. Maria is a clinical fellow at The Sensory Studio working towards obtaining her Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Her graduate clinical experiences include working with the pediatric and geriatric population in a variety of settings such as New Jersey public school, Skilled Nursing Facility, and The Sensory Studio. Maria loved working with the staff and children at The Sensory Studio and was excited to join the team. Her passion for working with children first started when working as a paraprofessional in the NYC DOE public school setting working with special education students. Maria is eager to continue to learn and grow as a speech language pathologist at The Sensory Studio.

Maria Guzzo CF-SLP, TSSLD

Speech Language Pathologist

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Arieta Kortoci CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Arieta graduated from Montclair State University in 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family Science and Human Development. She continued on to pursue a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology, from Rutgers University, graduating in 2023.

Arieta has clinical experience providing Speech-Language Therapy to children and adults with a wide range of diagnoses, ranging from Expressive/Receptive Language Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), Deaf/Heard-of Hearing Population, Feeding/Swallowing, and Adult Cognitive Communication. Arieta is also a current Speech-Language Pathologist in a school setting, servicing students in grades 6-8.

Arieta Kortoci CF-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

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Samantha Dolcimascolo CF-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Samantha attended Seton Hall University for both of her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She received her Bachelor’s in Elementary and Special Education in May 2021 and her Master’s in Speech Language Pathology in May 2023. Throughout her graduate clinical experience, she has had the opportunity to work with both pediatric and adult populations in a variety of settings, such as school settings, outpatient rehab, and inpatient acute rehab. She has a passion for working with the pediatric population and is a certified Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) in New York. She has experience working with children with autism, AAC, Expressive/Receptive delays, and a variety of communication disorders.

Samantha Dolcimascolo CF-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

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Francesca Costanza CCC-SLP, TSSLD

Speech Language Pathologist

Francesca received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Marymount Manhattan College and her Master of Science degree also in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is licensed in both New York and New Jersey and holds a Certificate in Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). Further, she also has her Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) Certification. During her graduate studies, Francesca worked with both pediatric and adult populations, in a variety of settings including a District 75 public school, private practice, and a skilled nursing facility. She is experienced in working with clients with a variety of communication and developmental disorders including autism spectrum disorder (ASD), receptive and expressive language delays, and children with feeding disorders. When she’s out of the office, Francesca enjoys cooking, reading, watching movies, and spending time with her baby, family, and friends!

Francesca Costanza CCC-SLP, TSSLD

Speech Language Pathologist

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Magdaleen Barakat CF-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Maggie Barakat is originally from Arizona where she graduated with a Masters in Communication Disorders from Arizona State University in 2023. She had a series of impactful internships that allowed her to work with various populations and address diverse communication needs. These experiences covered a wide spectrum, including voice, language, cognitive communication, articulation, and augmentative and alternative communication. She is passionate about pursing her career as a Speech Language Pathologist and making a positive impact in peoples lives. Outside of work, Maggie enjoys exploring New York and hanging out with family and friends.

Maggie looks forward to collaborating with the team at Sensory Studio!

Magdaleen Barakat CF-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

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Emily Levkovich CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Emily Hannah Levkovich received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an emphasis on Childhood Development from Hunter College in 2017. She then went on to receive her Master of Sciences in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from New York University in 2020. While completing her education, Emily worked in Community Habilitation for four years with young adults on the Autism Spectrum, focusing on socialization and life skills training to increase their independence.

Emily is currently licensed as a Speech-Language Pathologist in New York and New Jersey, and she holds both a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities certificate by the NYDOE, and a Certificate of Clinical Competence by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. During her graduate clinical rotations, Emily gained experience working with Autistic students at the Eden II School, incorporating teletherapy during the COVID-19 pandemic with the pediatric population at ABLE Acres in Arizona, and addressing aphasia, TBI, and dysphagia with the adult population at a skilled nursing facility. She has since gone on to work with the pediatric population in home-based and clinical settings, treating children who present with a variety of diagnoses, including receptive and expressive language delays, pragmatic language disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, phonological and articulation disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, oral-motor delays, and feeding disorders.

Emily believes in incorporating play into treatment and following each child’s lead to create a motivating, individualized treatment plan that emphasizes strengths and natural interests, and she is passionate about implementing Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) methods to provide unrestricted access to communication to all. She is currently learning more about Gestalt Language Processing in order to better support her Autistic clients. When she’s not working, you can find her traveling to new locations, baking up some treats, reading a book on her endless wishlist, or untangling yarn for her next project. She is learning amigurumi, the style of crocheting stuffed animals, and can’t wait to see what her clients think of them!

Emily Levkovich CCC-SLP, TSSLD

Speech Language Pathologist

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Carlie Sebastiano OTR/L

Occupational Therapist/ Occupational Therapy Supervisor

Carlie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in June of 2015 and later went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from University of the Sciences in January 2018. During her graduate studies, Carlie experienced working with both children and adults in various settings, including New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell, District 31 Public schools, and outpatient settings. While practicing as an Occupational Therapist, a majority of Carlie’s experience was working with pediatric oncology patients at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She also has experience working in early intervention and the school setting, while working with a variety of diagnoses, including but not limited to: ASD, sensory processing delays, learning difficulties, ADHD, emotional and behavioral challenges, and neurological impairments. Carlie holds a certification as a Living in Place Specialist, helping individuals make their homes accessible and functional to allow independence in every day life. Carlie is passionate in providing care and working with the pediatric population, while providing a safe and fun environment to foster independence.

Carlie Sebastiano OTR/L

Occupational Therapist/ Occupational Therapy Supervisor

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Raquel Lara-Gagliano OTR/L

Occupational Therapist/ Occupational Therapy Supervisor

Raquel is 56 years young, born and raised in the Philippines and came here in 1990 on a work visa to work as an Occupational Therapist. She has continued to work in the occupational therapy profession since. Raquel is married and blessed with 2 beautiful children who she describes as the love of her life. She currently lives in Staten Island with her husband, 2 children, and their beloved Bichon Frise, Louis. Other than being a wife and mom, Raquel works full-time as an Occupational Therapist with the NYC EI PROGRAM through the DOH.

Raquel Lara-Gagliano OTR/L

Occupational Therapist/ Occupational Therapy Supervisor

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Farwa Qaiser OTR/L

Occupational Therapist/Director of Technology

Farwa received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Wagner College. She then attended SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University where she received a Master of Science degree with Honors in Occupational Therapy. Having worked with diverse populations in various esteemed settings such as NYU Hassenfeld’s Children’s Hospital, NYU’s Neurorehabilitation clinic, and the Department of Education, Farwa has gained invaluable clinical experience. Her dedication to integrity shines through in every aspect of her work, be it her interactions with patients and colleagues or her relentless pursuit of professional growth. Farwa finds great fulfillment in educational pursuits and actively engages in research. In fact, her research on executive dysfunction in school-based practice was not only accepted but also presented at the 2022 NYSOTA Annual Conference. Farwa’s love for OT stems from the importance of seeing the whole person and being able to work on practically anything! She firmly believes in tailoring treatments to the unique needs and goals of each child and their family. Farwa sees occupational therapy as a gateway to endless possibilities, constantly striving to empower her little patients and help them reach their BIG potential. In her free time, Farwa loves watching movies/tv shows, reading books, and spending time with her huge family (one of six!). If she could have any superpower, it would be to heal people/stop time/fly/invisibility/super strength (she refuses to pick just one).

Farwa Qaiser OTR/L

Occupational Therapist / Director of Technology

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Alexandra Mandara OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Alexandra attended Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut where she received a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy through a five and half year accelerated MOT program, as well as received a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science. She was an executive member of Quinnipiac’s Student of Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) during her senior year. She also was a committee member of QTHON, a fundraiser for Connecticut Children’s Hospital. During her graduate clinical rotations, she was able to gain experience at a neurorehabilitation outpatient center, sensory gyms, general education elementary school districts, and a school for children with Autism. Throughout these experiences she was able to work with a variety of adults and children with different diagnoses: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Global Developmental Delays, Sensory Processing Disorder, Social Emotional Dysregulation, CVA, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Functional Movement Disorder, Guillain-Barre, and more.

As a new grad, she is eager to grow as a professional and continuously expand her knowledge. She hopes to help her clients reach their full potential and exceed their goals.

Alexandra Mandara OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

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Stephanie Vanasco OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Stephanie attended Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. She received her Bachelor’s in Health Sciences with a minor in Biology. She then went on to receive her Master’s in Occupational Therapy. During her graduate studies, she was a graduate assistant for the Anatomy and Kinesiology courses within the occupational therapy program. Stephanie has experience working with a variety of populations including pediatrics, adults, and geriatrics. Her graduate school clinical experiences included elementary and middle schools, outpatient rehabilitation, and assisted living communities. Stephanie values using a client-centered and strengths-based approach in order to help her clients achieve their goals.

Stephanie Vanasco OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

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Gina Bariletti OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Gina graduated from New York Institute of Technology in 2020 with honors. She has treated patients of all ages, worked with children through the DOE, and volunteered in sensory gyms. Since graduating from OT school, she has gained experience in various settings such as outpatient hand therapy, skilled nursing facility, home care and early intervention. Although she has treated patients of all ages, she feels her time working with children has been the most rewarding. Her special interests within the pediatric population include orthopedics, and visual motor integration. In the future, she hopes to become board certified in pediatrics through the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

Gina Bariletti OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

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Rebecca Adamo OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

In June of 2023, Rebecca graduated from Stony Brook University, where she received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Rebecca has experience in a multitude of settings including outpatient orthopedics, neuro rehabilitation, sensory and ABA therapy. Additionally, she completed a Fieldwork experience in an elementary school with the NYC Department of Education, taking a leadership role in conducting sensory-based sessions through the Sensory, Exploration, Education & Discovery (SEED) program. During the final semester of her graduate program, Rebecca, along with two colleagues, completed a capstone project. This project focused on training the staff of a local Long Island wildlife refuge in the integration of sensory elements into their curriculum, tailored to best meet the needs of neurodivergent learners. Rebecca is very excited to begin her career with the Sensory Studio, and eager to apply her skills in this incredible field.

Rebecca Adamo OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

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Amanda Neglia Tietzer OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Amanda received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Sacred Heart University in 2008 and continued on to receive her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2010. Since graduating Amanda has gained experience by working full time and as a traveler in a variety of settings for both pediatric and adult populations including: In-patient Rehabilitation, Acute Rehabilitation, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Home Health and Pediatric Clinics.

Amanda Neglia Tietzer OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

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Nicole Provenzano OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Nicole received her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science from Touro College. Her graduate school clinical experiences include patients and students across the lifespan, ranging from early childhood through adulthood. At this time, she gained experience in a variety of settings, including a District 31 community school, a rehabilitation center, as well as home-based and hospital-based early intervention services. After graduating, Nicole worked in a private preschool setting, providing services for students ages 2 through 5 with a number of sensory, fine motor, learning, and attentional difficulties.

Nicole currently works in a District 75 school for the NYC Department of Education, providing services to children with autism spectrum disorders, significant cognitive delays, and sensory impairments. She provides individualized treatment to each student and works on a range of skills to improve their ability to participate fully within the school environment. Nicole is eager to continue working with the pediatric population and their families to facilitate their growth and independence.

Nicole Provenzano OTR/L

Occupational Therapist/ Lead Occupational Therapy Mentor-North Shore

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Nicole Sanchez-Hope

Billing Associate

Nicole attended the College of Staten Island for two years and is certified in Personal Finance. 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 a billing associate, where she worked up to her current position as Billing systems manager. Here, she handles different aspects of the company’s finances, and finally has a place to call home. During this time she was able to complete a course in Medical billing and coding, which assisted her in the endeavor to provide the best knowledge and support to the team. She also enjoys availing herself to new experiences with her husband, three kids and fur baby, through traveling, new cuisine and meeting new people while sharing in her volunteer Bible based educational work.

Nicole Sanchez-Hope

Billing System Manager

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Stephanie DeMartino

Billing Process Manager

Stephanie DeMartino

Billing Process Manager

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Karen Gill

Manager of Authorizations

Karen Gill

Manager of Authorizations

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Darian Rinzivillo

Billing Claims Specialist

Originally raised in Brooklyn, Darian moved to Staten Island at the age of 14 and graduated from New Dorp High School in 2015. Darian enjoys time with her family and friends, baking and food! Darian is a Medical Claims Specialist in the billing department with over 2 years of medical terminology experience from previously working in Pediatrics. Recently accepted into CSI for Liberal Arts and Science with a major in Psychology, Darian is looking forward to starting her career in therapy. Darian is always motivated and looking for ways to better her skills within the billing department.

Darian Rinzivillo

Billing Claims Specialist

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Jennifer Kubiak

Billing Claims Specialist

Jennifer Kubiak

Billing Claims Specialist

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Arianna Keegan

Billing Assistant

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Raven Franqui

Billing Associate

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Raven Franqui

Billing Assistant

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Alexa DeVito
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Alexa DeVito

Alexa DeVito

Practice Coordinator

Alexa graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in May of 2019 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. 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 skills within the field, as well as gain experience in leadership and mentoring. In her free time, Alexa enjoys spending time with friends, family, and her rescue puppy, West. She also loves traveling and trying new foods.

Alexa DeVito

Practice Coordinator

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Nicholas Pressimone

Business Coordinator

Born and raised in Staten Island, Nicholas earned his bachelor’s degree at the CUNY College of Staten Island in Accounting with a double minor in finance & economics. He has always had a passion for finance and managing money both in his personal and professional life. After graduating, Nicholas worked at an elevator company as an Accounts Receivable Specialist and then moved to property management as an Accounts Receivable Manager. Nicholas is always looking to grow as a person and learn new things, and has recently taken an interest in studying and earning a certification in Data Analytics.

Nicholas Pressimone

Business Coordinator

Sophia Molinari
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Sophia Molinari

Sophia Molinari

Site Supervisor – South Shore

Sophia Molinari is a Staten Island native beginning her graduate school journey this upcoming Fall. Recently graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders from The University of Alabama, Sophia will commence graduate studies in pursuit of her Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Kean University. Sophia is equipped with solid foundational knowledge relating to evidence-based practices and the latest research in the field. Sophia is driven by a genuine passion for improving the lives of others, and that’s what has her returning to Sensory Studio after her Summer work with us last year. She possesses exceptional communication and interpersonal skills that enable effective collaboration with clients, their families, and interdisciplinary teams. Sophia is a dedicated and compassionate team member, bringing a strong academic background and a genuine passion for helping individuals overcome communication challenges.

During her undergraduate program, Sophia gained valuable hands-on experience working with diverse populations and acquired a solid foundation in speech and language disorders assessment and intervention. In addition to her clinical expertise, she possesses strong administrative and organizational skills, along with an understanding of social media platforms. Sophia is thrilled to contribute her skills, knowledge, and passion to further the clinic’s mission of improving the lives of individuals with communication disorders. She is thrilled to contribute, leveraging her education, clinical knowledge, and interpersonal skills to provide exceptional support in Sensory Studio’s dynamic professional environment.

Sophia Molinari

Site Supervisor - South Shore

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Amanda Bonavita

Site Supervisor – South Shore

Hello, I’m Amanda! I am a current senior at Marymount Manhattan College, majoring in Speech Pathology and minoring in Psychology. I will be attending graduate school for my Masters degree in the fall. I have been lucky enough to intern at the Richmond Hill Road location during the summer sessions as well as the Johnson and Richmond Hill Road locations during the fall sessions. I am very excited to be joining the team as an administrative assistant!

Amanda Bonavita

Site Supervisor - South Shore

Kaitlyn Alavarces
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Kaitlyn Alavarces

Site Supervisor – North Shore

Kaitlyn received her Bachelors of Science degree in Health Promotions from Monmouth University with a minor in Communication Sciences and Disorders in January of 2023. She intends to further her education and receive her masters degree to become a Speech Language Pathologist with hopes to work in pediatrics as she has always had a strong passion for working with children. After having the opportunity to work as an intern at The Sensory Studio for two semesters, Kaitlyn is excited to be welcomed back to the team and contribute the skills and knowledge she has acquired. While working at The Sensory Studio, Kaitlyn looks forward to gaining valuable experiences to help her thrive in her future career as an SLP while being surrounded by a team of people who share the same interest in helping children and families reach their goals. Kaitlyn enjoys dining out and shopping in her free time and has a love for traveling and seeing everything the world has to offer.

Kaitlyn Alavarces

Site Supervisor - North Shore

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Kerry McCloskey

Site Supervisor – Mid Island

Kerry is a recent graduate from SUNY New Paltz with her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She has always had a passion for working with children, and has volunteered 100 hours as a teacher’s assistant in a kindergarten classroom in 2023. She has a good eye for detail, and her intuition and organizational skills are what makes her a strong leader. She is excited to apply her abilities to The Sensory Studio; and in turn, to gain knowledge, experience, and community from her peers. In the future, she plans to pursue graduate school and become a guidance counselor. On her time off, she is always ready for an adventure with friends and family. She loves the outdoors, but also makes time to stay in and read books.

Kerry McCloskey

Site Supervisor - Mid Island

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Katherine Cammayo

Social Media Manager

Katherine is a recently graduated psychology digital art student from Stony Brook University. She is passionate about public relations and social work and will be joining the Sensory Studio as a PR and social media manager. She loves engagement and making connections and hopes one day to pursue a masters in social work and work with veteran populations.

Katherine Cammayo

Social Media Manager

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Marigo Iseini

Social Media Manager

Marigo is a conceptual and performance artist, whose work delves into various realms, such as body art, endurance art, the dynamics between the performer & audience, and the possibilities of the mind.

Marigo pursued her education at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, North Macedonia achieving a Master of Visual Arts and Sculpture. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor of Sculpture and  Scenography from the same University. Her professional career began 13 years ago at her private ateliee. In addition to her visual and performance art endeavors, she began honing her digital art skills during her time as student union president and university social media manager.

Marigo’s way of life is grounded in exploration, research and continuous growth, as she has work and life experience spanning three different continents – Europe, the US, and Asia. She has a remarkable and diverse background that affords her a unique perspective, as well as a wealth of skills & knowledge. Beyond her artistic pursuits, Marigo holds over 5 years of experience in the hospitality industry and a special personal relation with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Marigo’s love for experimentation is evident in her approach to life, viewing it as the sole pathway to discovering innovative solutions. She is a proud cat mom, a passionate traveler, and her dream is to end poverty in the world. 

Marigo Iseini

Social Media Manager

Annemarie DiPaolo
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Annemarie DiPaolo

Social Media Associate