Dr. Yampolsky, director of the clinic, is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist and licensed Literacy Specialist.
She holds a Doctoral degree in Speech-Language Pathology, with a focus on psycholinguistics, from Boston University. She holds a Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Reading from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions.
Dr. Yampolsky completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University, where she trained with Dr. Maryanne Wolf, co-author of the RAVE-O reading program and author of Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain. Dr. Yampolsky was recently a consultant and researcher at the Center for Reading and Language Research, and has published in peer-reviewed journals.
Sasha has extensive experience in comprehensive assessment and treatment of children and young adults with language-based learning disabilities, reading difficulties, and neurological disorders affecting language and cognition. Her clinical experience includes Mass General Hospital, Tufts University, and several Boston school systems. Sasha has trained clinicians and educators in assessment of reading disorders, in the relationship between language and reading, and in the use of the RAVE-O program.
Sasha is passionate about helping individuals achieve a sense of pride as successful learners. She believes that self-esteem is intimately related to the ability to read and learn.
Alexis Treat, MS CCC-SLP
Alexis Treat is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist and Literacy Specialist. She completed her undergraduate studies at Bowdoin College and received her graduate degree from the MGH Institute of Health Professions. Throughout her career, Alexis has developed an expertise in the assessment and treatment of language and reading disabilities. She has gained clinical experience through positions at the Lab School of Washington in Washington DC, Massachusetts General Hospital, Farmington, CT public schools and Chelmsford, MA public schools. By working in such a variety of settings, she has developed a strong understanding in how to best evaluate, treat and support school-aged children with a range of learning needs.
Alexis currently works as a speech-language pathologist and reading specialist servicing school-aged children. She also serves as a consultant for Lexia Learning Systems, a reading software company. As a consultant, Alexis uses her knowledge in the area of language and reading to assist in the development of material for Lexia’s programs.
Ann Waters, MS CCC-SLP
Ann Waters is a certified speech-language pathologist who has specialized in reading disorders. Elements of a child’s spoken language system can support or interfere with the challenges of reading, and so both systems must be understood.
Language has been Ann’s focus of interest since her undergraduate degree in English literature from Carleton College and her MAT in teaching literature from the University of Chicago. Trained at the University of Chicago Press, she worked as a manuscript editor for many years. A growing interest in dyslexia led her to become a speech-language pathologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions (MGH IHP). She worked in the Brookline Public Schools for several years with children with language disorders – such children benefit from specific instruction in both the form and content of language in order to use language effectively. Improving the child’s use of language helps the child work successfully in school and experience the pleasures of communicating. Ann then returned to the MGH IHP as a clinical instructor. There she taught graduate students and supervised their work with children and adults with reading disorders. Students of speech-language pathology traditionally learn about the form, content, and use of language, and at the MGH IHP Speech, Language & Literacy Center, that knowledge informs their use of appropriate diagnostic and remediation strategies for struggling readers. Ann also consulted for seven years to the Hansen Initiative for Language and Literacy. In addition, she was a trainer for the Massachusetts Reading First program and the BayState Readers Initiative.
Ann feels strongly that all children have the right to the specific help they need to meet their potential as communicators with language and as readers, for both joy and usefulness.
Erin M. Lackaye, MS CCC-SLP
Erin M. Lackaye is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist with expertise in language disorders, reading disabilities and disorders of executive function. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of New Hampshire and received her graduate degree from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions.
Over the course of her career, Erin has developed a great fondness for working with the school-aged population, including children and adolescents. She has practiced in school, home and clinical settings, including the Massachusetts General Hospital, where she was recognized as an Advanced Clinician. In addition to her direct clinical work, Erin has participated in the development of special education curricula and therapeutic resources. She has also served as consultant to teachers and parents on the fundamentals of language, literacy and learning.
Wendy Missouri, EdM, MS, CCC-SLP
Wendy is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist and an Associate Orton-Gillingham Practitioner. She holds a BA in Psychology from Yale University, an Ed.M. in Language and Literacy from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a concentration in Reading Disorders from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. Wendy is also a member of the Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. While at MGH Institute of Health Professions, Wendy explored a particular area of interest, the overlap between written and oral language difficulty in her thesis entitled, Developmental Dyslexia: Do Spoken Language Deficits Matter?
Over the past 7 years, Wendy has worked in a variety of settings including public and private schools with children in one-on-one sessions, small groups and whole classes. She has experience working with children with reading disorders, language disorders, articulation disorders and pragmatic language weaknesses. Wendy has evaluated and provided therapy to a wide age range including toddlers through teenagers. Given Wendy’s personal struggles learning to read as a child and later educational success, she understands the substantial impact of delayed acquisition of reading skills on a child’s self-image as well as the hard work that is necessary to become a successful reader. She is motivated each and every day to assemble the necessary puzzle pieces to create ideal learning environments for oral and written language.
Melissa Orkin, M.A.
Melissa Orkin is a doctoral candidate in the Applied Child Development Department at Tufts University working with Dr. Maryanne Wolf at the Center for Reading and Language Research. Currently she is a clinical intern at the Center for Children with Special Needs at Tufts Medical Center. Melissa received a B.A. from Arizona State University and an M.A. in Applied Child Development from Tufts University. She has worked as a Reading Specialist in the classroom, an Educational Clinician in private practices throughout the Boston area, and as Director of the Summer Reading Program at the Center for Reading and Language Research. Her research interests focus on how emotions affect motivation and learning. More specifically, she is investigating the ways in which the goals of children with reading disabilities relate to their ability to handle academic challenges.