Marissa A. Barrera, MS, MPhil, MSCS, CCC-SLP, PhD
Dr. Barrera is an internationally recognized medical Speech-Language Pathologist and Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist.
She has extensive specialized training in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with neurological conditions and is a leading expert on the use of modalities for speech and swallowing rehabilitation, including Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES), Surface Electromyography (sEMG) and Neuromuscular Taping. She is the co-creator of the well-known educational seminar, “The Role of NMES and sEMG in Dysphagia Management: The Guardian Way®”.
As a researcher and author, Dr. Barrera has lectured in over 12 countries on a wide range of clinical topics ranging from dysphagia, NMES, motor speech disorders, cognition and neurogenerative diseases. She has over 70 research abstracts and has been featured in Women’s Health, Vice Magazine, ADVANCE for Speech-Language Pathology and MTV. She is the Program Director at Yeshiva University's Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology, a member of the prestigious Clinical Advisory Committee of the National MS Society and the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation Advisory Board. She also serves as distinguished faculty for the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers.
Dr. Barrera is also the founder and owner of the New York Neurogenic Speech-Language Pathology and the ASPIRE CENTER for Health + Wellness. She graduated college summa cum laude from Marymount Manhattan College, received her Masters of Science from Columbia University, as well as her Masters of Philosophy and PhD from the CUNY Graduate Center.
Diane Brown, MA, CCC-SLP
Diane is the Director of Clinical Education at New York Neurogenic SLP and has been with the company for 10 years.
Ms. Brown organizes and supervises all aspects of New York Neurogenic’s graduate clinical program, working with graduate student clinicians from speech programs in the New York City area and hosting students from universities around the world.
Ms. Brown has extensive experience working with adult clients who have suffered strokes, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), and speech deficits related to Parkinson's Disease and Multiple Sclerosis. She enjoys all aspects of clinical work, and has a special interest in pediatric and adult stuttering and voice disorders. She is an LSVT LOUD® and Guardian NMES® certified therapist. Her innovative techniques allow her to effectively work with patients both on-site and remotely, via Zoom, Skype, WebEx and/or Face Time.
Ms. Brown earned her MA from the Speech-Language and Hearing Science Department , CUNY Lehman College.
Michaela A. Medved, MA, TSSLD, CCC-SLP, ClinScD, Director of Patient Care
Dr. Medved is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Yeshiva University’s Katz School of Graduate Studies.
She completed her clinical doctorate at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions with her research focus on swallowing disorders in individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. She has extensive training in evaluating and treating both the adult and pediatric populations with neurological and complex medical conditions. Dr. Medved has had the opportunity to train clinicians within the United States and internationally on the use of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) and Surface Electromyography (sEMG) for dysphagia intervention. In addition to providing individualized patient care, she is passionate about supervising graduate clinicians during their externship experience and serving as a mentor for those working towards completing their doctoral degrees.
As the Director of Patient Care she has extensive experience working with both the adult and pediatric populations. As a LSVT LOUD® certified therapist, she has provided individualized voice treatment sessions as well as a variety of group therapy programs. She has additional experience providing elective accent reduction therapy and participated in an intensive program focused on providing treatment to individuals who stutter. Her pediatric experiences include administering treatment to children with expressive/receptive language disorders, pragmatic deficits, articulation and phonology disorders, and voice disorders. Her clinical experience with adults includes working with individuals with aphasia, Parkinson’s disease, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), voice disorders, head and neck cancer, fluency disorders and dementia. In short, Dr. Medved’s services always focus on improving the health and quality of life of her patients!
Keith Anderson, MA, TSSLD, CCC-SLP
Keith Anderson is a Supervising Speech-Language Pathologist who graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a Bachelors is Communication Disorders and Science with a minor in Linguistics, and earned a Masters Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (Cum Laude) from Iona College.
Keith completed both his graduate externship and clinical fellowship at New York Neurogenic SLP P.C. and has been apart of the clinical team since 2017. He prides himself in being a NYS licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD).
Keith's special interests include articulation and language delays in the pediatric population and cognitive disorders in the adult population.
Nicole Acquafredda, MA, CF-SLP
Nicole is a Clinical Fellow and NYS licensure applicant at New York Neurogenic SLP P.C.
from Iona College with a Bachelors in Communication Disorders and Science, Nicole taught English abroad in Prague, taught at a bilingual French-English preschool, and worked with high school aged children with special needs. She graduated Iona College with a Masters Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (Cum Laude).
Nicole completed her clinical externship at NYNeuroSLP and is proud to be a clinical fellow with a special interest in working with children with articulation issues and language delays and adults with voice and cognitive disorders.