Autumn Perrotti, M.S., CCC-SLP, Director of Community Services
Autumn Perrotti received her Master’s in Speech Language Pathology at West Virginia University. Autumn has worked as a clinician for seven years with experience in various settings including the school system, daycares, and pediatric outpatient practices. Autumn has extensive experience with special programming for children. Autumn is a SOS Approach to Feeding trained therapist, is PROMPT Level 1 trained, has training in Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) and is a Recognized by Apraxia Kids as an experienced provider. Autumn’s favorite part of working in this field is finding ways to make therapy new and fun. She enjoys being able to support children, families and teachers to promote development of skills while incorporating fun engaging activities during each session. Autumn currently resides in Thurmont, Maryland where she enjoys going to the beach, baking, and hiking with her dogs.
What drives Autumn’s #ProgressThroughPassion?
“I love my job and I love learning more every day. I strive to see progress in my clients’ lives as well as progress in my journey as a therapist. I want to do better and learn more so that I can apply everything that I know to the children that I am supporting. I am excited about all of the new opportunities to reach more children in our community, providing services in daycares, private schools and even homes.”
Angie Keeney, Basal Preschool Director
Angie Keeney attended West Virginia Wesleyan College where she received her degree in Primary and Elementary Special Education. Angie taught as an Early Education and Special Education teacher for nine years and spent two years as a special educator for the Infants and Toddlers program. Angie has also spent time as a teacher for students with behavioral disorders and Autism diagnoses. Angie’s certifications include MSDE certified Special Educator Birth-Adult, she holds a Early Intervention Certificate, LSCI- Life Space Crisis Intervention Training and is trained in Social Thinking. Angie has also completed MSDE’s Child Care Directors course. Angie’s favorite part of working in this field is seeing a child make progress and watch their confidence and independence grow. Angie currently resides in Middletown, Maryland where she enjoys being a mom to her two children, party planning, and DIY crafting.
What drives Angie’s #ProgressThroughPassion?
“I am extremely passionate about learning about and supporting children of all unique abilities. I believe that when provided the tools to feel successful a child can make progress beyond what families and doctors may expect. “
Laine Crouse, M.S., OTR/L, Riverside location Site Director
Laine Crouse received her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Shenandoah University. Laine has worked in various settings including private pediatric outpatient clinics and preschool facilities. Laine’s certifications include being a Level 1 Sensory Certified Clinician and an SOS Approach to Feeding trained therapist. Her favorite part of working in this field includes being a part of growth and development and helping to make families successful. She is most passionate about working with families, as a team, and providing caregiver education to ensure success. Laine currently lives in Frederick, Maryland where she enjoys hiking with her husband and two dogs, teaching therapeutic riding lessons, and spending time with friends.
What drives Laine’s #ProgressThroughPassion?
“My favorite quote has always been, ‘Follow your passion and it will lead you to your purpose’ because I feel like it is the ‘why’ for my job. The most rewarding part of my job is being a part of a child’s growth, joining them to celebrate their gains, and supporting them through challenges. I leave each day feeling a full heart from working alongside determined children and families who remind me why I love my job.”
Kathryn Ferro, M.S., CCC-SLP, Founder/Clinical Director
Kathryn Ferro completed her Master’s in Speech Language Pathology degree at Towson University. Kathryn has worked as a speech language pathologist for eleven years. She has worked in various settings including early intervention and private outpatient practice. Kathryn is a State of Maryland Certified Routines Based Interview (RBI) Trainer and is certified in Reflective Coaching Practices. Kathryn’s favorite part of working in this field is watching people have “ah-ha” moments, whether it’s a young client, a parent, or a member of the Basal Therapies team! Kathryn currently resides in Mt. Airy, Maryland where she enjoys spending time with her three children and husband, teaching fitness classes and working out, as well as coaching Linganore Youth Cheerleading.
What drives Kathryn’s #ProgressThroughPassion?
“Building relationships that foster growth and change; reflecting on situations to help make future experiences even better for myself, my clients and families, and for the team”
Michele Schultz M.S., CCC-SLP, Westview location Site Director
Michele Schultz received a Master’s of Speech Language Pathology from Molloy College. Michele has practiced as a clinician for seven years where she has experience in various settings including early intervention, home-based care, the public school system, private outpatient practice. Michele holds trainings and certifications including Lori Overland’s Sensory Motor Approach to Feeding Therapy, Oral Placement Therapy, PROMPT (Level 2) and NDT-based courses with Lois Bly. Michele’s favorite part of working in this field is being able to provide education to families and collaboration with families to develop treatment plans and determine effective strategies for carryover at home and across generalized settings. Michele currently lives in Mt. Airy, Maryland where she enjoys traveling, hiking, and curling up on the couch with a good book!
What drives Michele’s #ProgressThroughPassion?
“Growing up in New York, I was lucky enough to be raised, alongside my three siblings, by two incredible parents who taught us by example the power in helping others. I knew early on I wanted to find a career where I was able to not only foster the development of children but also be a source of support for their families throughout their journey. I truly believe there is nothing more rewarding than being a part of that first smile, first wave, first sound, first word, first bite and I feel humbled to be given the opportunity to be a part of the journey.”
Jessie Souders, M.S., CCC-SLP
Jessie Souders received her Master’s in Speech Language Pathology from Columbia University. Jessie has worked as a speech language pathologist for eight years in various settings including the public school system and early intervention. Jessie is a PROMPT trained clinician. Her favorite part of working in this field is being able to customize her therapy based on her client’s needs and interests to best engage and inspire. She also enjoys teaching storytime! Jessie currently resides in Mt. Airy, Maryland where she enjoys spending time with her three children and husband, working out, and cooking.
What drives Jessie’s #ProgressThroughPassion?
“I’m most passionate about not only helping children learn to communicate but also building their caregiver’s capacity to help them effectively communicate at home and in the community. I’m passionate about helping children find their voice!”
Randi Dwoskin, M.S., CCC-SLP
Randi Dwoskin completed her Bachelor’s of Arts in Hearing and Speech Sciences at University of Maryland and continued her education at James Madison University where she received her Master’s of Science in Communications Sciences and Disorders. Randi has worked as a Speech-Language pathologist for twenty years in a variety of settings to include: co-owner of a private practice, clinician in FCPS, MCPS, CCPS, preschool facilities, and early intervention. Randi has a special interest in working with children with language and articulation needs. Her favorite part of working in this field is being able to make a difference in the life of a child and their family. Randi currently resides in Urbana, Maryland with her husband and three children where she enjoys working out, cheering on her kids at their sporting events, and being a mom.
What drives Randi’s #ProgressThroughPassion?
“When you find your passion in life, you have found your happiness”
Amanda Mose, M.S. CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
Amanda Mose received her master’s in Speech Language Pathology from James Madison University. Amanda joins us after spending two years in a school setting and five years in early intervention. Amanda’s special interests include pre-linguistic skills and early language development, bilingual language development, Executive Functioning, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), and working with those with Autism. Her favorite part of working in this field is coaching caregivers on how to support their loved ones at home because they are the ones who make the biggest difference. Amanda loves being able to empower clients and their families so that they recognize and build upon their successes.Amanda currently resides in Hagerstown, MD where she enjoys gardening, singing, and archery.
What drives Amanda’s #ProgressThroughPassion?
“Being passionate about what I’m doing goes beyond being motivated. Passion is the driving force that pushes me out of my comfort zone to ensure that I’m making continual progress for myself professionally and especially for those whom I serve.”
Madeline Pillow, M.S., OTR/L
Madeline Pillow completed her Master’s of Occupational Therapy at James Madison University. Her clinical experience includes outpatient settings with a focus on neurological rehabilitation and outpatient pediatric clinics. Madeline is a SOS Approach to Feeding trained therapist and her interests include mental health and social skill building. Madeline’s favorite part of working in this field is watching children build confidence through the skills they gain at each session. Madeline currently resides in Hagerstown, Maryland where she enjoys hiking with her husband and dog, water skiing, and assisting with coaching the lacrosse team at Saint James School.
What drives Madeline’s #ProgressThroughPassion?
“Using a holistic approach to help caregivers and their child see progress in building skills and self-regulating in activities through a child’s main occupation – PLAY!”
Holli Meissner M.S., OTR/L, CKTP
Holli Meissner received a Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine Arizona School of Health Sciences. Holli has practiced as a clinician for twenty-two years where she has extensive experience with children birth to five years old and feeding. Holli has training and certifications in clinical enhancement in both baby treatment and feeding/swallowing, Handwriting without Tears Training and Size Matters Handwriting Program, she has training in treatment of Plagiocephaly and torticollis, as well as training in Pediatric massage. Holli’s favorite part of working in this field is working with the family as a whole. She currently resides in Eldersburg, Maryland where she enjoys exercising, reading, and family game nights.
What drives Holli’s #ProgressThroughPassion?
“I feel that without passion about what you are doing, there is little buy in from families and little carryover. When you are passionate about what you do it shows in your creativity, commitment, and relationships with families and I feel that families often are more invested when they can see you are passionate about their family’s success.”
Emily Benfer, M.S. OTR/L
Emily Benfer completed her Masters’ of Science in Occupational Therapy at Saint Francis University. Emily’s clinical experience focused on the outpatient pediatric setting where her interests include working with families and children who have feeding difficulties. Emily is Astronaut board trained, LAMP certified, Impact trained, and an SOS Approach to Feeding trained therapist. Emily’s favorite part of working in this field is helping children achieve skills and learn new things. Emily currently resides in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania where she enjoys listening to music, spending time with family and friends, as well as working out.
What drives Emily’s #ProgressThroughPassion?
“Passion is what helps me be a good OT! I want all my patients to succeed and reach their goals. My passion helps me make decisions for treatment plans that challenge patients to become as independent and successful as possible.”
Alexandra Klann, COTA/L
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Alexandra Klann received her Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science at Salisbury University. She continued her education at Trinity Washington University where she completed Occupational Therapy Assistant degree. Alexandra has worked as a clinician for six years in various settings including pediatric outpatient clinics, school programs, and has experience with the Easter Seals and at the Floortime Center. Alexandra has had training in the Floortime Approach and is a SOS Approach to Feeding trained therapist. Her favorite parts of working in this field are connecting with the children and families each session and sharing in their joyful engagement and progress. Alexandra currently resides in Frederick, Maryland where she enjoys going to the beach, working out, and skiing.
What drives Alexandra’s #ProgressThroughPassion?
“The passion I have for learning how I can help my clients progress is what keeps me driving towards becoming the best therapist I can be.”
Eva Warburton, PT, MA
Eva Warburton completed her Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Therapy at University of Maryland. She continued her education at George Washington University, receiving her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education with a concentration in age from birth to three years. Eva has worked as a physical therapist for thirty years in a variety of settings including outpatient private practice, in-home, and early intervention. Eva’s certifications include Routines Based Interview (RBI). Her favorite part of working in this field is the relationship that she builds with the family and the child. She strives to make sure that families know that they are their child’s best and most important teacher. Eva currently resides in Chevy Chase, Maryland where she enjoys walking, traveling, and reading.
What drives Eva’s #ProgressThroughPassion?
“Empowering families to help their child meet their full potential”
Amanda Zaykoski, BS, AAS, PTA
Physical Therapy Assistant
Amanda completed her Bachelor’s of Science at Stevenson where she studied Biology and Psychology. Amanda continued her education at Carroll Community College where she received her Physical Therapy Assistant degree. Amanda’s clinical experience includes treating both the geriatric population and the pediatric population in the pediatric setting. Her favorite part of working in this field is seeing how rewarding therapy, as a whole, can be to not only a child but also their families. Amanda enjoys working with a variety of patients every day and seeing their smiling faces throughout the treatment session. Amanda currently resides in Mount Airy, Maryland and she enjoys running and traveling.
What drives Amanda’s #ProgressThroughPassion?
“I believe being passionate for my career and the everyday treatment sessions of my clients helps them progress every day in order to achieve their goals.”
Caroline Santos, LCSW-C
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Caroline Santos received her Master’s in Social Work from Salisbury University. Caroline joins us after working with children, adolescents, and adults for over six years. Her clinical experience includes various settings such as inpatient, in home, school based, and outpatient services.
Caroline enjoys working with children of all ages and is dedicated to meeting each child where they are at in order to support individual concerns and needs. Her favorite part of working in this field is support both the child and the family as she values family engagement, as well!
What drives Caroline’s #ProgressThroughPassion?
“I strongly believe that with passion to work together and reach our goals, we can reach our desired progress!”
Maralee Coffey, LCPAT, LCPC, ATR-BC
Maralee Coffey completed her Master’s in Art Therapy at Mount Mary University. Maralee has been practicing for six years in various settings including schools, juvenile detention, community settings, and private practice. Maralee has a special passion for working with families impacted by substance use and mental health issues. Her favorite part about working in this field is helping children and families find sources of hope and support in their lives. Helping a family find success and recognize their own growth is what Maralee finds the most rewarding. Maralee currently resides outside of Frederick County, Maryland and she enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, and making art.
What drives Maralee’s #ProgressThroughPassion?
“Because I believe in the work I do and the families I work with, the Basal mission is close to my heart. My passion for art therapy, children, adolescents and families fuel my work the same way that it fuels all of the work done at Basal Therapies.”
Meghan Georgoff received her Bachelor’s degree at Towson University in Deaf Studies where she plans to continue her educational career towards getting her graduate degree in Speech Language Pathology. Meghan’s favorite parts of working at Basal Therapies are seeing families getting support and working alongside passionate clinicians. Meghan currently resides in Emmitsburg, Maryland where she enjoys golfing, running, and reading.
What drives Meghan’s #ProgressThroughPassion?
“Working with families to help and support them fuels my passion to work in the field of Speech Language Pathology. Basal Therapies exudes a passion that families feel when they walk in the door.”