Our Team of Speech-Language Pathologists

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Janene Besch

Director/Speech-Language Pathologist

Janene Besch, née Martin, holds a Master's degree in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences from San Diego State University and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of California at San Diego. Janene is a member of the American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology (AAPPSPA), the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and was a recipient of the 2011 and 2016 ASHA ACE Award in recognition of continued professional study. Janene has considerable training in articulation, receptive and expressive language delay, stuttering, reading comprehension, dyslexia, and writing remediation. She is trained in LiPS®, Seeing Stars®, and Visualizing and Verbalizing® of the Lindamood-Bell® programs. Additionally, Janene has training in Social Thinking® by Michelle Garcia Winner and Talk Tools® for Oral Placement Therapy (OPT). Janene also received her PROMPT-trained certificate in February of 2016. Before starting her own private practice, Janene worked in the Alexandria City Public School system at the elementary and preschool levels for 7 years and as a private speech contractor for 3 years. When she is not at work, Janene can be found training for half marathons, walking her 110-pound dog, Diego, or dreaming of her next travel destination.

 
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MElissa Adler

Speech-Language Pathologist

Melissa Adler received both her Bachelor’s degree and her Master's degree in Communication Disorders from Auburn University. Originally from McDonough, GA, Melissa and her husband moved to Northern Virginia in January 2017 from Savannah, GA. Melissa holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed to practice in the states of Georgia and Virginia.  Melissa has experience working with children with a variety of developmental disabilities in the areas of oral motor, apraxia of speech, augmentative and alternative communication, articulation, and language in the private practice setting. She has been formally trained in the Beckman Oral Motor, Talk Tools®, PROMPT, and Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) therapy approaches. Melissa has experience working in a multidisciplinary private practice where she collaborated with occupational and physical therapists to implement sensory integration strategies and determine how to meet the physical needs of children (e.g., appropriate seating and adaptive equipment). She is passionate about making a difference in the lives of children and helping them reach their fullest potential.

 
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Alison Trumpore

Speech-Language Pathologist

Alison Trumpore received her Master's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Washington State University after working as an in-home ABA tutor for children with autism. Alison holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed to practice in the states of Arkansas and Virginia.  Additionally, Alison was a recipient of the 2019 ASHA ACE Award in recognition of continued professional study. Having worked in the school system for four years and in an interdisciplinary setting for four years, she gained invaluable experience working with children from birth to 20 years in the areas of articulation, autism, language, and stuttering. Alison is a trained Orofacial Myologist giving her extensive knowledge of the muscle patterns needed for proper articulation and swallowing. Alison currently resides in Arlington with her husband and son.  

 
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Cara Koshut

Speech-Language Pathologist

Cara Koshut received both her Bachelor’s and her Master’s degree through Duquesne University’s 5-year Speech- Language Pathology program.  She is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and relocated to Northern Virginia in 2016. Cara is licensed to practice in the state of Virginia, holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and was a recipient of the 2019 ASHA ACE Award in recognition of continued professional study. She has experience with both pediatric and adult populations in a variety of settings, which include: specialty school, acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient pediatric and adult clinics. Cara has worked extensively with children with a variety of disabilities in the areas of articulation, phonology, expressive/receptive and pragmatic language disorders, auditory processing, fluency, childhood apraxia of speech, autism, and feeding disorders. Cara is trained in Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) therapeutic approach, Talk Tools® “Feeding Therapy: A Sensory Motor Approach” and Melanie Potock’s “Feeding Therapy: It’s Not Just about Swallowing,” and The Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding. She has presented clinical research at PSHA (Pennsylvania Speech- Language-Hearing Association), SHAV (Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia), and ASHA and has guest lectured for a graduate level course at the University of Southern Florida. Cara is passionate about the field of speech-language pathology and helping children and their families! 

 
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Karen Nirschl

Speech-Language Pathologist

Karen Nirschl earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, with a minor in Special Education at Longwood University and her Master’s degree in Speech Pathology at Syracuse University. She has her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in Virginia. Karen has experience working in a clinical setting where she has evaluated and treated a pediatric population for a variety of speech and language disorders, including articulation/phonology, receptive and expressive language, fluency, voice, social/pragmatic language and childhood apraxia of speech. Karen is formally trained in LiPS®, Seeing Stars®, and Visualizing and Verbalizing® of the Lindamood-Bell® programs for dyslexia, written expression, and reading comprehension. Karen has had the opportunity to work closely with a team of occupational therapists and physical therapists where she developed her collaboration skills and gained hands-on experience incorporating sensory integration strategies into therapy sessions to promote success towards speech and language goals. Aside from being a speech language pathologist, Karen is an avid runner and devoted Washington Capitals fan. Karen currently resides in Arlington, Virginia with her black lab puppy, Oshie.

 
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NIKKI seaman

Speech-Language Pathologist

Nikki earned her Master's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Western Carolina University and a Bachelor's degree in Education from Furman University. She has her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in Virginia. Nikki has experience working in a pediatric clinical setting, with exposure to multidisciplinary collaboration and incorporation of movement and sensory integration strategies in order to advance speech and language goals. She has evaluated and treated a variety of speech and language disorders, while prioritizing collaboration with families to implement and adapt home-exercise programs. Nikki is formally trained in DIR Floortime® and the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol. She is also trained in LiPS®, Seeing Stars®, and Visualizing and Verbalizing® of the Lindamood-Bell® programs for dyslexia, written expression, and reading comprehension. When Nikki is not at work she enjoys writing and reveling in her love of Disney movies. She has a passion for serving children and helping them find their voice. 

 

Megan Hassan

Speech-Language Pathologist

Megan Hassan earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, with a minor in Special Education at The Pennsylvania State University and her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh. She has her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in Virginia. Megan has experience with the pediatric populations, specifically in the public-school setting.  Megan has evaluated and treated children with a variety of speech and language disorders including articulation/phonology, expressive/receptive language, pragmatic language, fluency, and autism. When Megan is not working, she loves to watch sports (especially all things Penn State), enjoys traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.