We are excited to announce that we will now offer in-home services with an expanded service area of Ocean County!

Staff Bios

Susan Evans – Teacher/ Tutor

Credentials: Certified Teacher K-8th Grade
Education: Rutgers University
Certifications: Wilson and Orton Gillingham Trained
Experience: 31 years

Susan has been a Kindergarten teacher for 30 years in the Atlantic Highlands school district and just recently retired. She has joined the clinic to provide tutoring and academic services for our kids. She loves being with the children and watching them grow! She says it is amazing to teach a concept, seeing it stick, and watching their faces light up when they know they have got it! When she is not having fun at the clinic with the kids she enjoys walking on the boardwalk, paddleboarding, and spending time with her family especially on her boat!

Jennifer Schnoor – Teacher/ Tutor

Education: The College of New Jersey
Certifications: Early Childhood Teaching Degree
Experience: 39 years

Jennifer has taught pre-school, pre-k, and kindergarten for the past 39 years at Seashore School in Long Branch. She has since joined our team at Shore Kids to run the pre-k and preschool education pod programs. She also does one on one tutor sessions with some of our young clients. What she loves most about teaching is the look of pride on the faces of the children when they accomplish a task or goal. Just being around their wonderful spirits gives her an amazing sense of joy. She does not just aim to teach, but she wants to inspire. When she isn’t teaching she loves to be with her family, spend time outdoors, and going to her girls sporting activities.

Patricia DeRosa – Reading Specialist

Credentials: M.S of Science as a Reading Specialist
Education: Graduate- Monmouth University
Certifications: Wilson Reading Trained since 2013
Experience: 28 years

Patricia has been working as a reading specialist for 28 years and received her certification in the Wilson Reading program in 2013. Patricia is an avid reader who says her greatest joy is watching the “light bulb” go off when her students begin to understand the mechanics of reading and spelling, and begin to read fluently, accurately, and with understanding. In her free time outside of work Patricia enjoys knitting, refinishing furniture, the wonders of nature, and of course reading for pleasure!

Cassandra Amicucci – Physical Therapist

Credentials: PT, DPT
Education: University of Scranton
Experience: 7 years

Cassandra has been a physical therapist for 7 years working both in our pediatric clinic as well as school for special needs children and per diem in an acute care hospital. She brings her upbeat personality and contagious smile to each session with her kids. Her favorite thing about being a therapist is seeing the joy in her children’s eyes when they achieve a new milestone and how proud their families are of them! She reflects on a favorite memory of a Shore Kids family sending her a picture of their child climbing the Sandy Hook lighthouse after all the hard work she put into physical therapy! When she isn’t working she enjoys simple days at home or the beach with her husband and young children. They enjoy baking, playing on the playground, and going for long walks together!

Amanda Russo – Speech-Language Pathologist

Credentials: M.S CCC-SLP
Education: Undergraduate and Graduate degrees from Seton Hall University
Certificates: Speech Language Specialist certification from the NJ Department of Education
Experience: 8 years

Amanda has been working as a speech therapist for 8 years in the public schools system and is currently in an Early Childhood Center where she works with preschool and kindergarten students. She has been providing private therapy for 5 years. The most rewarding aspects of being a therapist is watching a child build the skills necessary to help them effectively communicate their wants and needs! When she is not working Amanda enjoys spending time with her family and going to the beach!

Tziporah Silberman – Speech-Language Pathologist

Credentials: M.A, CCC-SLP
Education: Undergraduate – Bachelor of Science from Excelsior College
Graduate – Masters of Arts from University of Cincinnati
Experience: 2 years

Tziporah has been working as a licensed speech therapist for two years and has experience in various settings including our clinic, a specialized school for children with Autism, and in home care for medically fragile children. She specializes in working with children on their language, articulation, feeding, and pragmatic disorders. Her favorite thing about being a therapist is watching her kids progress, connecting with the families, and making a difference in their lives! Outside work you can find her spending time with family and friends cooking, baking, and hosting parties.

Marla Volpe- Speech – Language Pathologist

Credentials: M.S CCC-SLP
Education: Both Undergraduate and Graduate- Loyola University
Certificates: PROMPT and Alternative & Augmentative Communication (ACC) trained

Marla works in a variety of settings with the pediatric population including, our Shore Kids clinic, schools, early intervention, and as an independent contractor.

Kristen Hicks- Speech – Language Pathologist

Credentials: M.S CCC-SLP/SLS
Education: Undergraduate – Richard Stockton University (degree in SLP and audiology)
Graduate – William Paterson University
Experience: 14 years
Certifications: PROMPT trained

Kristen has worked with children as a SLP for the past 14 years both in a clinic setting and the school systems. Kristen loves watching the children she works with grow and progress with their ability to communicate. Outside of work Kristen enjoys walking with her German Shepard, Emma!

Gina Bisogna– Speech- Language Pathologist

Credentials: M.A CCC-SLP
Education: Kean University
Experience: 9 years

Gina has worked as a speech therapist for 9 years both in the sensory clinic and school systems. Her favorite thing about being a therapist is helping individuals succeed in becoming effective communicators. Her favorite hobby is spending time and playing with her young daughter, hence why she will tell you her life is one long speech session!

Amy Piekarski– Speech-Language Pathologist

Credentials: M.S CCC-SLP
Education: Undergrad– University of Rhode Island
Graduate School- Nova Southeastern University
Experience: 13 years

Amy has been working for 13 years and enjoys the pediatric population. Besides working in our sensory clinic she also works in the school system. Her favorite thing about being a therapist is seeing the growth and progress in a child. Her favorite hobbies include spending time with her three nephews and traveling.

Julie Schaeffer– Speech-Language Pathologist

Credentials: M.A, CCC-SLP
Education: Undergraduate– University of Wisconsin Madison
Graduate– Kean University
Certificate: Masters in Communicative Disorders
Experience: 20+ years

Julie has been working with both adults and children for over 20 years. She has extensive involvement in Early Intervention, Preschool, Elementary and Middle school, Acute Care, Long-Term Care, and private practice settings. Her particular areas of interest include articulation, receptive/expressive language and pragmatic language skills, phonological/phonemic awareness, fluency, aphasia, cognitive-linguistic impairments, and swallowing skills. She thoroughly enjoys working with families to help reach their loved one’s communication goals. In her spare time she loves spending time with her husband, their two sons, and two boxers! They can be found on the sport’s fields or relaxing at the beach!

Gail Vandewal– Speech-Language Pathologist

Credentials: M.A CCC-SLP
Experience: 21 years

Gail’s favorite thing about being a therapist for the past 21 years is helping students become confident communicators. She brings this passion to the clinic, early intervention, and schools. When she isn’t working Ms. Gail can be found raising her son and taking pottery classes. She says archery is next on her list!

Maria Restaino – Occupational Therapist

Credentials: M.S OTR/L
Education: Undergraduate and Graduate- Seton Hall University
Experience: 6 years

Maria has been working as an OT for 6 years both with the pediatric population in the sensory clinic and schools as well as with adults in a sub-acute rehab setting. Her passion has always been pediatrics and she has solely focused on this population for the past 3 years. She enjoys watching her kids (clients and students) flourish, develop, and improve in various areas while having fun “playing”! The highlight of her day is when a family member sees the difference in the hard work their child is putting in during their therapy sessions. She loves getting the family involved and provides lots of at home activities and suggestions to increase carry over and success! When she isn’t working you can find Maria spending time with her husband, daughter, and family. She loves going to the beach, shopping, and having get-togethers with friends.

Alyssa Woerner – Occupational Therapist

Credentials: M.S OTR/L
Education: University of Scranton
Experience: 3 years

Alyssa has been working as an Occupational Therapist for 3 years and works with both kids at our sensory clinic and with adults with TBI and SCIs in an outpatient day program. Her favorite thing about being a therapist is helping families to function more successfully as a whole unit, through building a more complete understanding of a child and his/her needs and meeting goals! Outside of work you can find Alyssa being a mom and baking!

Katie Desiere – Occupational Therapist

Credentials: M.S OTR/L
Education: Graduate- Towson University
Experience: 10 years

Katie has been working with the pediatric population both in schools and in the clinic setting for 10 years! She cannot picture herself working in any other setting/ population. Katie says that her favorite thing about being a therapist is when work becomes play and she becomes her kids favorite person to “play with.” The relationship she builds with families is also very special to her and very important in pediatrics. Outside of work Katie enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She loves living close to the beach and her biggest passion is running; which she does competitively!

Gabby Yosuico – Occupational Therapist

Credentials: M.S OTR/L
Education: Undergraduate and Graduate- Quinnipiac University
Experience: 3 years

Gabby has been working as an occupational therapist for the past 3 years. Her work experience includes our clinic at Shore Kids and in the sub acute rehab setting with adults. She absolutely loves working with her clients and her favorite thing about being a therapist is being able to laugh and have fun during the sessions. Outside of work you’ll find Ms. Gabby does yoga in her free time.

Lauren Gargiulo – Occupational Therapist

Credentials: M.S OTR/L
Education: Undergraduate and Graduate- Philadelphia University
Experience: 3 years

Lauren works in both the clinic and school settings and has been in these areas for the past 3 years. She truly enjoys collaborating with each child on their interests in bringing that into her treatment sessions. She also likes to work on daily activities through the occupation of play! Ms. Lauren can be found enjoying the beach when she isn’t working.

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Our convenient Oceanport Location services children in Oceanport, Little Silver, Monmouth Beach, Shrewsbury, Rumson, Fairhaven, Deal, Middletown, Red Bank, West Long Branch, as well as other surrounding towns in Monmouth County. We pride ourselves on developing strong relationships with each child and believe that involving the family is just as important. Our goal is to provide each child the necessary skills required to make him/her successful, while working towards the future.

Shore Kids Pediatric Therapies
14 Bridgewaters Drive
Oceanport, NJ 07757