Our team of highly trained pediatric therapists use a combination of sensory, behavioral, and oral motor approaches in the treatment of pediatric feeding disorders and dysphagia. Our team is committed to implementing innovative treatment methods to address complex feeding disorders to ensure positive outcomes.

Andrea Alifano, MS, CCC-SLP: Owner/Lead Feeding Therapist

Speech language pathologist and feeding specialist received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida in 2000 and continued her education at New York Medical College where she received a Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology in 2002. Andrea has worked in various settings including; acute care/NICU, sub-acute care, outpatient rehab, private practice, and early intervention in the natural environment setting. Andrea’s primary focus is the assessment and treatment of pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders. She is a member of the American Speech Language-Hearing Association and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence.

The majority of Andrea’s postmasters education and clinical practice has focused on oral motor feeding topics such as; the Beckman Oral Motor Assessment and Treatment Protocol, sensory integration disorders, and oral sensory feeding disorders as well as pediatric dysphagia. Andrea is certified in Vital Stimulation and the Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding. She has provided clinical supervision for speech pathology students and completed several in staff training sessions on various pediatric feeding and dysphagia topics.

Taylor Thomas, M.A., CCC-SLP
Owner, Lead Feeding Therapist/Speech Pathologist, Orofacial Myologist

Speech language pathologist and feeding specialist graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2004 with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders and went on to complete her Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Maryland from 2004-2006. Her interest in pediatric feeding and swallowing therapy began while in graduate school, where she completed her internship at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital’s interdisciplinary intensive feeding and swallowing program.

Since 2006, Taylor has practiced in a variety of medical pediatric settings, including inpatient, NICU, and outpatient hospital, private practice, and the home/natural environment. Her areas of specialized clinical practice include infant feeding and swallowing difficulties, infant oral reflex development, oral motor, sensory-motor, and behavioral feeding disorders and oral-pharyngeal dysphagia. Taylor has completed specialty continuing education including the Neonatal Oral Motor Assessment Scale, Beckman Oral Motor Assessment and Treatment, SOS Approach to Feeding-When Children Won’t Eat: Picky Eaters vs. Problem Feeders, The AEIOU Systematic Approach to Pediatric Feeding, Responsive Feeding, “When Babies Can’t Suck”, and Pediatric Vital Stimulation. She recently completed “Understanding the Orofacial Complex,” in order to work to towards certification in Orofacial Myology through the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM).

Meet Our Team

Sarah Friedman

MOT, OTR/L

Emily Pensler

MS, CCC-SLP

Diane Costulas

MS, OTR/L

Misha Davison

MS, CFY

Maribel Torres

Office Manager

Kerri Louati

MS, RD, LDN, CDE: Licensed Dietician

Samantha Gumula

MS, CCC-SLP

Our therapy team is trained in:

  • Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding
  • AEIOU Systematic Approach to Pediatric Feeding (Responsive Feeding)
  • Neonatal Oral Motor Assessment Scale
  • Beckman Oral Motor Assessment And Treatment
  • Vital Stimulation
  • Oromyofunctional Therapy 
  • Oral Reflex Development
  • Infant Feeding
  • Torticollis
  • Sensory Integration
  • Therapeutic Listening
  • AAC-Motor Speech Disorders
  • AND MORE!!!