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Meet Our Therapists

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Beth Ciangiulli, M.A. CCC-SLP

Beth received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1994 and her Master of Arts Degree from Queens College in Flushing, NY in 1996. She has experience evaluating and treating children with a variety of communication disorders. Beth has worked in both private schools and private practices and has been the owner of Stepping Stones Therapy, LLC since fall, 2000. Beth specializes in working with children with receptive and expressive language disorders, reading disorders and language learning disabilities. Beth is trained in the Phono-Graphix Reading Program as well as the PROMPT program. In her free time, Beth enjoys spending time with her husband and two active sons.

E-mail Beth: bethc@steppingstonestherapy.com

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Beth Morchower Douek, M.S. CCC-SLP

Beth graduated from Cornell University in 1992 with a B.S. degree in Human/Environment Relations. After working to develop training for a large consulting firm, she decided to make a career change and went on to study speech therapy at University of Texas at Dallas. Beth graduated in 1999 with a Master's of Science degree in Communication Disorders. She initially worked with the birth to three-year-old population and still very much enjoys working with toddlers and elementary school aged children. Beth particularly likes helping children to overcome the difficulties of apraxia and reading disorders such as dyslexia. Beth has attended many training programs and conferences, including PROMPT and the Kaufman Method for Childhood Apraxia of Speech. She has two adorable children, Naomi and Joseph.

E-mail Beth: bethd@steppingstonestherapy.com

Speech therapist, Holly Rosensweig who provides treatment to kids at Stepping Stones Therapy in Bethesda, MD.
Holly Rosensweig, M.A. CCC-SLP

Holly is a Baltimore native who holds a Bachelor's degree from The Pennsylvania State University in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a Minor in Human Development and Family Studies. She obtained her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from The University of Maryland-College Park. Holly has received training in the PROMPT treatment method for apraxia, the LAMP Words for Life augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) system, and Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson's oral motor therapy techniques. She took American Sign Language courses in college and is currently working with a Deaf instructor to increase her ASL communication skills. Holly enjoys addressing a variety of speech-language differences and disorders with individuals of all ages. She has led a young adult social-language therapy "Guys' Group" at Stepping Stones for the past fifteen years. When not working as a speech-language pathologist, Holly enjoys designing educational resources including digital games, and writing children's books; her first board book, Let's Go, Puppy! was recently published through Ninewise Publishing. Holly also loves spending time at the beach, volunteering with a local animal rescue, and playing with her two rescue pups, Ivy and Maisy.

E-mail Holly: holly@steppingstonestherapy.com 

Occupational therapist, Jackie Proto who provides treatment to kids at Stepping Stones Therapy in Bethesda, MD.
Erin Basquill, M.S. OTR/L

Erin received her masters degree from Boston University and has been working as a pediatric OT for over 15 years.  She has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient pediatrics, acute care/rehabilitation and schools. Erin has worked extensively in early intervention, going into the homes of children ages 0-3. She is comfortable treating a variety of students, including those with developmental disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Sensory Integration Dysfunction, and handwriting difficulties. When she’s not working, Erin enjoys yoga and exploring Washington DC. 

E-mail Erin: erin@steppingstonestherapy.com

Occupational therapist, Jackie Proto who provides treatment to kids at Stepping Stones Therapy in Bethesda, MD.
Jaime McKenna

Jaime is the office and billing manager at Stepping Stones Therapy. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Colgate University and a Post Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Certificate from Mills College. She spent the first part of her career managing laser eye surgery centers in California, Northern Virginia, and Maryland. She now enjoys helping small businesses with bookkeeping and back office needs. As a mother of three boys, she especially enjoys working with speech therapy and occupational therapy practices that help children develop and grow.

E-mail Jaime: billing@steppingstonestherapy.com

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Michelyve was born in New York and raised in Philadelphia, PA. She received her undergraduate degree in English from Drexel University. She went on to receive her Masters Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. During her time at LSU, Michelyve completed a Master's thesis in the area of dyslexia and articulation. She currently specializes in treating children with needs in the following areas: early literacy/phonological awareness, articulation/phonology, receptive and expressive language, and social and pragmatic skill development. She has been a licensed speech-language pathologist since 2020. During her free time, Michelyve enjoys keeping up with the latest scientific research, exercising, being outdoors, and baking sweets! 

E-mail Michelyve: michelyve@steppingstonestherapy.com

Michelyve Petit, M.A. CCC-SLP
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Cassidy Tuohy, MOT, OTR/L

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E-mail Cassidy: cassidy@steppingstonestherapy.com

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Catherine Leach,  M.S. CCC-SLP

Catherine received her Bachelor’s degree in Hearing and Speech Sciences from The University of Maryland in College Park and continued her education at Loyola University of Maryland where she received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Catherine is a recent graduate who has worked in both private practice and outpatient settings with a variety of populations and speech-language disorders. Catherine has experience treating and assessing motor speech disorders, expressive and receptive language disorders, articulation disorders, voice disorders, and language related to literacy/phonological awareness. She is passionate about making sure communication is accessible for all kids and families. Catherine enjoys working with toddlers to teens and has a special love for social skills and increasing expressive/receptive language abilities. When she’s not at work, Catherine loves going to the beach, working out, and being around friends and family.

E-mail Catherine: catherine@steppingstonestherapy.com

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Jasmin Pritchett, M.S. CCC-SLP

Jasmin is an ASHA certified and Maryland licensed Speech Pathologist for school aged children with diverse communication abilities and needs. Jasmin received her Bachelor's degree from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her Master's degree from The University of the District of Columbia. Between collegiate experiences, she was a special education teacher to children with autism in grades Kindergarten-2nd grade. Her interests include pragmatic and social communication, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), functional language skills, and communication in the community. Jasmin has helped establish a social lunch group and a social thinking curriculum for middle school aged students with special needs. She hopes to provide services that will equip individuals with the tools needed to be heard and understood by the world.

E-mail Jasmin: jasmin@steppingstonestherapy.com

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Caroline Hahn,  M.S. CCC-SLP

Caroline received her Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The University of Texas at Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Washington and Lee University. Caroline previously worked at an elementary school in Atlanta, Georgia servicing children in Preschool through 5th grade. Caroline is passionate about providing individualized, person-centered care. She enjoys traveling, running, and spending time with her dog, Blue.

E-mail Carlone: caroline@steppingstonestherapy.com

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Leah Sheaffer,  M.A. CCC-SLP

Leah is an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist who is licensed in Maryland. Leah received her undergraduate degree in Diplomatic History from the University of Pennsylvania. and her Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Houston. Leah spent four years working with the expatriate community in The Hague, The Netherlands. During this time, she worked with pre-school and elementary school aged children at The American School of The Hague. As a private therapist she also worked with children (ages 2-14) and adults. Since returning to Maryland, Leah has worked with children and young adults in the public school and private practice settings.  Leah specializes in treating clients with needs in the following areas: articulation/phonology, receptive/expressive language, fluency, and pragmatic language/social skills. In her free time, Leah enjoys spending time with her family and children. She also enjoys traveling, reading and spending time outdoors.

E-mail Leah: leahs@steppingstonestherapy.com

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Biz Rajeswaran, M.S. OTR/L

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E-mail Biz: biz@steppingstonestherapy.com

Nicole received her Masters of Occupational Therapy from Duquesne University in 2000. She has over two decades of working in pediatrics. She has experience working with a wide range of diagnoses and looks forward to empowering children and families with her expertise. Nicole is the mother to three amazing children. She enjoys staying active with her children, hiking, traveling, tennis, lifting weights and spending time with family and friends. 

E-mail Nicole: nicole@steppingstonestherapy.com

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Nicole Gassner Taska, OTR/L
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Jennifer Rose Lazinsk, M.S. OTR/L

Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from the University or Maryland and her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Columbia University. Jennifer has also completed her advanced practicum from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and is a NBC-HWC, Nationally Board certified Health Coach and a certified children’s yoga instructor. Jennifer has been a licensed Occupational therapist since 1992 and has loved working with children in a private setting with a wide range of challenges to include: autism spectrum disorders, sensory integrative dysfunction to include handwriting difficulties, focus, attention, self-regulation, inattention, hyper activity and social engagement challenges. Jennifer is committed to children and is passionate about helping children to learn the skills they need to feel empowered in their lives. She is also committed to the whole family unit and helping parents thrive in health and wellness. When Jennifer is not working she enjoys cooking beautiful, healthy meals, reading, service work in the community, creating pottery, hot flow yoga, trail running, exploring with her amazing daughter and spending time in the woods with her furry buddies.

E-mail Jennifer: jennifer@steppingstonestherapy.com

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Melissa Weiner, M.S. CCC-SLP

Melissa earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Loyola University Maryland. Her undergraduate academic studies included a minor in Special Education. Melissa has provided pediatric intervention in school and outpatient settings. She has worked with children with various communication needs such as phonological/speech production disorders, fluency disorders, expressive and receptive language disorders, and social pragmatic communication disorders secondary to autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Melissa’s background in music as a former flautist and singer, influenced her passion in voice therapy and breathing re-training. Her expertise includes providing treatment for children and adolescents with vocal cord lesions, vocal cord dysfunction, Puberphonia, and chronic cough. Additionally, Melissa enjoys working with clients and their families, as well as other professionals, to determine functional goals and carry-over skills across multiple settings. When she is not working, Melissa likes to spend time outdoors hiking, camping, and going to the beach.

E-mail Melissa: melissa@steppingstonestherapy.com

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Alexandra Welsh, M.S. CCC-SLP

Alexandra received her Bachelor's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from Towson University. Before attending graduate school, Alexandra worked in the home, school, and early intervention clinic settings implementing evidence-based applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy to children on the autism spectrum. Alexandra continued her education and received her Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Loyola University Maryland. She has experience assessing and treating expressive and receptive language disorders, articulation disorders, feeding disorders, and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) needs. Alexandra is passionate about early intervention and treating the birth to three year-old population through family-centered care. Alexandra enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and cooking! 

E-mail Alexandra: alexandra@steppingstonestherapy.com

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