Laine Crouse received her master’s and doctorate degrees in Occupational Therapy from Shenandoah University in 2018 and 2022, respectively. 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, MS, CCC-SLP, Founder/Clinical Director
Kathryn Ferro has spent her career providing therapeutic support to both children, and to their families in various capacities and settings. Specializing in early childhood language development and disorders, Kathryn shines while working with young language learners! She makes it her mission to help parents and caregivers learn about their child’s unique communication style, including their strengths and ways to promote growth outside of therapy sessions!
Kathryn graduated from Towson University in 2010 with a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Her 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.
With a passion for high-quality services and innovative solutions, Kathryn has brought Basal Therapies to life. By supporting a talented team of professionals, families are provided with support they need to thrive! Kathryn works tirelessly each day to help bring Basal Therapies’ vision to life: Progress through passion for the whole child and family!
What drives Kathryn’s #ProgressThroughPassion?
“Building relationships that foster growth and change motivates me every single day! I’m also a huge proponent of reflecting on situations to help make future experiences even better for myself, my clients and families, and for the team, and I try to encourage others to do the same!”
Autumn Perrotti, MS, 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. “
Michele Schultz, MS, CCC-SLP, Clinical Supervisor
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.”
Caroline Santos, LCSW-C
Group Programs Coordinator
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!”
Amanda Mose, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
Amanda Mose received her Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from James Madison University in 2014. She also received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish in 2005. Amanda brings experiences in school settings and early intervention with her to Basal Therapies. 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 a diagnosis of 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.”
Olivia Benson, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
Olivia Benson received her Master’s from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Olivia joins our team with experience in outpatient pediatric clinics where she has worked with a variety of diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Language Delay, and Feeding.
Her favorite part of working in this field is being able to play an important role in a child’s life through the power of communication. Olivia is also passionate about advocacy and providing parents with the tools and knowledge to seek and find care that matches their individual needs. Olivia currently resides in Frederick, MD where she enjoys walking or hiking, riding her motorcycle, and reading.
What drives Olivia’s #ProgressThroughPassion?
“In order to provide the necessary and quality of care to both the families and the children for progress to occur, the passion has to be present and felt. For every single family I meet, I am constantly driven to help them progress in both the understanding of their child’s diagnosis as well as ways to help enhance their lives in all aspects.”
Jen Gordon, MS, CCC-SLP
Jen Gordon received her Master’s from Towson University, joining our Basal Therapies team with experience in the school setting as well as the Infants and Toddlers program for Frederick County. Jen’s certifications include both PROMPT and PECS where her areas of interest include early speech and language development as well as Autism and related disorders. Her favorite part of working in this field is how she can work through play! Jen is also passionate about helping to build confidence in children and families to help them be successful. She enjoys helping children to realize that they are capable of achieving skills and then seeing them utilize them outside of the treatment session, with confidence. Jen currently lives in New Market where she enjoys yoga, hiking, spending time with her family, and reading.
What drives Jen’s #ProgressThroughPassion?
“I feel strongly that every child is uniquely different and the approach to intervention should cater to not only their individual needs, but to their personalities, their likes and dislikes. When treatment is developed with each individual in mind, progress is limitless.”
Kristen Schmeltzer, MS, CCC-SLP
Kristen received her master’s degree from West Virginia University. Kristen joins our team with experience in various pediatric settings, where she found her love supporting children to communicate through her previous work experience while in the school setting working as a behavioral therapist. Kristen is a certified feeding therapist under SOS Approach to Feeding and is Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) certified. Kristen’s favorite part of her job is watching children discover the power of their voice! Kristen is a South Jersey native, but currently lives in Carroll County. She enjoys exercising, styling charcuterie boards, and browsing through Target.
What drive’s Kristen’s #ProgressThroughPassion?
“I’m most passionate about helping kids discover the power of their voice as well as helping to provide access to communication whenever possible. The best part of my job is how I am able to work alongside families to utilize a child’s individualized strengths to help them to communicate!”
Jolee Raines MS, CF-SLP
Jolee received her Master’s from Towson University where she completed her degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2022. Jolee joins our team with experience in various pediatric settings where she has worked with students from both the early education setting and the high school setting. Jolee has a special interest in early speech and language development where her passion lies with helping children to find their own voice and feel heard. Jolee’s favorite thing about her job is supporting children as they develop new skills and become successful and confident communicators. Jolee is a Montgomery County native where she enjoys being outdoors, traveling to new places, and having game nights with family and friends.
What drive’s Jolee’s #ProgressThroughPassion?
“I have always known I wanted to work with children and be a part of their growth journey in some way. Being able to support a child as they learn to effectively communicate and connect with the world around them drives my passion.”
Madeline Pillow, MS, OTR/L
Madeline “Mady” Pillow completed her Master’s of Occupational Therapy at James Madison University in 2019. Her clinical experience includes outpatient settings with a focus on neurological rehabilitation and outpatient pediatric clinics. Mady is an SOS Approach to Feeding trained therapist and her interests include mental health and social skill building. Mady’s favorite part of working in this field is watching children build confidence through the skills they gain at each session. Mady 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 MS, OTR/L, CKTP
Holli Meissner received a Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine Arizona School of Health Sciences in 1999. Holli is a clinician with extensive experience serving children from birth to five years old, especially in addressing disorders related to 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 the 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.”
Lindsey Bugg, MS, OTR/L
Lindsey Bugg received her Master’s from Towson University. Lindsey was formerly a secondary school teacher, but soon realized her love for occupational therapy. Lindsey’s favorite part of her job is being able to use play to develop skills and confidence. She has a special interest in sensory processing and handwriting. Lindsey is passionate about building relationships with children and their families. Lindsey currently resides in Frederick, MD where she enjoys reading, hiking, and dancing.
What drives Lindsey’s #ProgressThroughPassion?
“Passion creates commitment, and commitment leads to progress. I believe that when we are engaged in a work that excites us, a work that we are passionate about, we are more committed to its success and committed to making progress. This is a guiding principle in both my personal and professional life and one of the reasons I chose to start my career at Basal Therapies.”
Amanda “Mandi” Kearney, LGPC
Amanda Kearney, “Mandi”, received her Master’s Degree from McDaniel College in 2008. Mandi joins Basal Therapies after spending time in education, where she began her career as an elementary school teacher before pursuing counseling. Following the completion of her degree, Mandi served as a school counselor for children from Pre-K through 8th grade. Mandi’s special interests includeanxiety, ADHD, emotional regulation, and cognitive behavioral therapy.Her favorite part of working in this field are the connections that arebuilt and being a part of personal growth and progress.Mandi currently resides in Frederick, MD where she enjoys running, hiking, and reading.
What drives Mandi’s #ProgressThroughPassion? “In order to make progress with any skill, you must want to improve and you must put forth the effort. When clients feel invested in themselves and know you are also invested in them, the desire and effort double.“
Meghan Georgoff received her bachelor’s degree from Towson University in Deaf Studies. Meghan cannot wait to incorporate her sign language skills into part of the preschool program! 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 early childhood education. Basal Therapies exudes a passion that families feel when they walk in the door.”
Aubrey completed her degree in Sports Management and Commercial Recreation Tourism at Shepherd University. Aubrey joins the Basal Team with experience working in both the elementary and high school setting with students in the special education setting for 12 years. Aubrey’s favorite parts of her job at Basal Therapies are supporting families, interacting with staff, and seeing the kids each day. She believes the most important part of her job is working with kids, and their families, to support them through this journey. She loves seeing the progress each week! Aubrey is a Frederick native where she enjoys coaching volleyball, hanging out with her family, and traveling.
What drives Aubrey’s #ProgressThroughPassion?
“I feel the most passionate about helping others. I love being a part of this journey for families as a way to connect them to our providers and support their experience at Basal. Kids recognize when you are excited and love what you do and our team strives to ensure that we show that.”
Holly completed her Master’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology at Ohio University. Holly joins our Basal Team with over six years of experience in a clinical setting as an exercise physiologist and health coach. Holly has a certification in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the workplace as she strives to ensure that everyone has a meaningful experience. Holly’s favorite part of her job is working with people and being a bright spot of their day, even when things aren’t going according to plan. She believes the most important part of her job is helping others to feel comfortable and safe during times of overwhelm and stress. Holly is a Howard County native, but currently resides in Frederick where she enjoys hiking, shopping, and spending time with family and friends.
What drive’s Holly’s #ProgressThroughPassion?
“Basal Therapies is all about helping people. When the people who work there are passionate about supporting children towards their goals, it is infectious and can be felt by all who participate. When people feel they are cared for, it produces buy in and helps our clients to see stronger results. I feel passionate about being a positive force in the life of anyone who enters our doors.”