Our Staff

Did you know?

Speech-Language Pathologists have extensive education and training!


120 credits for a Bachelor's degree as a pre-requisite to a required Master's program


A Master's program that includes 38 or more credits


400 Clinical practicing hours


9 month full time employment with direct supervision


State License


Certification through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association ( ASHA )


At least 30 continuing education credit hours every 2 years



Loren began her career as a speech-language pathologist after receiving her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at Towson University. While at Towson, Loren graduated Magna Cum Laude in her undergraduate studies and was a recipient of the Faculty Award for Graduate Academic Excellence in graduate school. She has been a practicing speech-language pathologist for over 19 years. Loren has experience in evaluating and treating children and adults with varying diagnoses and disorders in a variety of settings. However, she has a passion for pediatrics and has chosen to specialize in childhood disorders and delays. She has received specialized training in Hanen’s “It Takes Two To Talk,” PROMPT and PECS. Loren holds her Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed to practice in the state of Maryland. She has received an ASHA Award for Continuing Education (ACE) in 2008 and 2017 for her commitment to lifelong learning by attending above and beyond the required hours of course work to further her expertise within the field of speech-language pathology. She also subscribes to The Informed SLP to stay up to date monthly on the most recent research to implement into her evaluations and treatment sessions.

Amy Hammond


Amy was born and raised on a dairy farm in Mars, Pennsylvania and grew up doing daily chores, milking and showing their cattle during the summer months. After high school she attended Butler County Community College in Butler, PA receiving her Associates degree in Applied Science with an emphasis in the medical field. Amy has several years experience working with children, their families and the public. Helping people, no matter what the age, has always been a passion for Amy. She became a stay-at-home mom for 7 years while her 3 children were young and then rejoined the workforce as a family liaison for a school-based behavioral health program. Amy then moved into a billing specialist position with the same agency and still works part-time for them. She is also still milking cows 3 days a week for a local farm to help pay for her horse habit. She currently resides in Greenville, PA and enjoys spending time with her kids, her animals and her friends. She has 2 dogs, 5 cats (only 2 indoor) and 4 horses. Her favorite thing to do in her spare time is haul her daughters to barrel races on the weekends and camp. She is a member of the Penn-Ohio Barrel Racing Association where she holds a position on the board and has held the website coordinator position for the last 3 years. Amy also loves watching her son play football.



Bethany’s passion for speech language pathology started early in her life. While working on her undergraduate degree
at Bloomsburg University, she was a member of the Bloomsburg University Honors Program. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Additionally, she received a minor in Psychology at Bloomsburg University and was invited to be a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. She was selected to present her own Honors research study related to the field of speech language pathology at the National Collegiate Honors Council conference in Chicago in 2015. She went on to earn a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Towson University. During graduate school and beyond, she has worked in diverse settings to treat and evaluate both children and adult clients with widespread diagnoses and disorders.



Julia’s passion for language and communication began early in life when she learned English as her second language at the age of 8. This experience emphasized the importance of language and communication. She earned her undergraduate degree in Hearing and Speech Sciences at the University of Maryland and her Master’s of science in Speech Language Pathology at Loyola University of Maryland in 2014. Julia has experience working with clients of all ages (infants-geriatric) in a variety of settings. Currently Julia services students in local public schools as well as our clinic.

Erin Taylor, M.S. CCC-SLP


Erin received her Bachelor and Master of Sciences in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She has over 12 years of experience working in the educational setting with a few years of home health and SNF sprinkled in. Erin started her career as a CF in Pittsburgh, PA. She then moved to Orlando, Florida for two years. However, the majority of her time was spent in Phoenix, Arizona where she worked in both the public and private school settings. During her time in the public schools, she serviced students in all areas of educational disabilities from Preschool- 12th grade. Her last two years in Phoenix were spent at Foundation for Blind Children, a private day school for students with Visual Impairments. Servicing these students became a passion of hers and she spent an abundance of time learning all she could about the VI world. She was then able to take her knowledge learned to train other therapists at local universities, schools and the National ASHA Convention. Later in her career, she served as both the Related Services Manager and the Assistant Director of School Based services at the Foundation for Blind Children. She enjoys the opportunity to lead, train and develop staff in all areas of special education. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her husband, Conor, and their family. She recently relocated back to Pennsylvania to be closer to family. 


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Chelsey Yorks, M.A. CCC-SLP


Chelsey currently resides in Jacksonville, Florida, but was born and raised in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.  She graduated from Hampton University in 2014 with a Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders.  She has 9 years experience in the school setting working with students in Pre-K through 12th grade.  During her professional career, Chelsey has had the opportunity to work with a variety of populations and disorders.  She has worked professionally with children with Developmental Delays, Down Syndrome, Autism, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Language-Based Literacy Disorders, Fluency Disorders, Medically Fragile
Children, and Articulation/Phonological Disorders. She also has experience working with both high- and low-tech communication devices.  She has a strong passion for helping her clients improve their communication and empowering their families along the way.  In her free time, Chelsey enjoys long-distance running, road trips, and going on walks with her dog, Rocky.


Kirstel Mitra, Rph

Billing Specialist

Kirstel was born in Cebu, Philippines. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree and graduated with the highest honors in her class. She is a proud Certified Healthcare Virtual Assistant. She is a competent, responsible, honest, and passionate healthcare professional. She is well-versed in clinical research and excels at providing more tailored therapy that addresses the unique needs of each patient. She is good at establishing genuine connections with patients. As a pharmacist, she understands the importance of effective communication in achieving the best possible health outcomes, which is why she enjoys working with her team at Strides Therapy, where every child is thoroughly evaluated and treated to reach their full potential. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her one and only dog, family, and loved ones. She helps with their small family business as well as loves biking, traveling, dining, watching movies, and exploring new things. She also loves extending help to stray and abused animals.

Brittany Chelchowski, M.S. CCC-SLP


Brittany’s desire to become an SLP began in high school after observing the transforming impact a family friend had on his students as an SLP in a public school and charter school. In 2013, she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology from Andrews University in Michigan. During her undergraduate experience, Brittany spent a year of service teaching 4th and 5th grade in the Philippines. While learning the Palawano language in the Philippines, Brittany realized the importance of her training as an SLP. She completed her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at Towson University in Maryland. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed in the state of Maryland. Brittany has worked for Anne Arundel County Public Schools for 5 years where she evaluated and treated children with a variety of diagnoses and disorders. While working in the school setting, Brittany helped complex communicators use AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication). She is looking forward to collaborating with families to help their children grow in their communication skills. In her free time, Brittany enjoys traveling and hiking with her husband.

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Sarah Lloyd, M.S., OTR/L


Sarah received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) degree from Gwynedd Mercy University in Gwynedd Valley, PA. She has been living in the Philadelphia suburbs for the past 5 years, throughout this time she attended graduate school and began working within the elementary and middle school base, outpatient pediatric, and outpatient hand therapy settings. She has extensive experience working with sensory processing, primitive reflex integration, fine and visual motor needs, as well as a variety of diagnoses and conditions. Sarah recently relocated to Anne Arundel County and now works full time for Anne Arundel County Public Schools supporting children within the academic setting. Outside of being an occupational therapist, Sarah enjoys spending time with her dogs, running, and trying new things. She is excited to begin working and collaborating with families and kiddos to support their needs!

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Erica Pirolli, M.S., CCC-SLP


Erica has began her career as an SLP about 8 years ago after graduating from Ithaca College in upstate NY. She has worked with a variety of populations, including pediatrics and adults, in schools and outpatient settings. She has experience in treating childhood apraxia of speech, language disorders and delays, articulation and phonological disorders, and feeding disorders.
She loves the light children bring to the world, and loves making play a part of the therapy session! Erica is originally from the Philadelphia area, Go Birds! When she's not working, Ericaenjoys being active outdoors, hiking, and being with friends and family.

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Olivia zambruno, M.S. CF-SLP

Clinical Fellow Speech-Language Pathologist

Olivia Zambruno is from Mount Pleasant Pennsylvania. She attended Penn State University for both undergrad and graduate school. There, she completed her Master’s of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. While at Penn State she played on the Women’s Golf Team for four years and graduated with honors. During graduate school, she presented her research on Language Profiles and Individual Differences of Autistic Adults at the ASHA national conference. She is passionate about helping individuals communicate through Augmentative and Alternative Communication and she is looking forward to expanding her knowledge about pediatric feeding disorders and early intervention therapy. Her interests outside of Speech Therapy are golfing, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. She is looking forward to her Clinical Fellow year at Strides Therapy and being part of the team. 

Nicole Spencer



Nicole is a licensed and ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathology Assistant. Although her career began in the legal field, she was drawn to the field of speech pathology when her mother suffered a stroke and lost her ability to speak (called “aphasia”). She began pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in 2018 and graduated from University of Maryland (UMD), College Park, with a Bachelor of Arts in Hearing and Speech Sciences in the Fall of 2020. At UMD, she gained valuable clinical experience through observation, volunteering, and internships. Nicole also has more than two decades of childcare experience and is passionate about helping her clients succeed. Nicole also has certification from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). She loves helping families facilitate speech, communication, language, and play. Nicole strongly believes that communication is a foundational building block to developing relationships, and therefore takes pride in her work as she strives to help others find their voice.



I am excited to join the Strides Therapy & Educational Services team! I am a former elementary school teacher and
a mom of 3 kids, 2 of whom currently receive speech therapy. I have 10 years of experience teaching in both MD and TX.
I have taught First, Second, and Third grade, as a General Educator as well as a Special Educator. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master‘s Degree in Special Education. I am also National Board Certified in Early Childhood Generalist. I enjoy CrossFit, reading, and snowboarding when I get the chance. I also love Disney! 

Linda Omole M.S. OTR/L


Ms. Omole received her Bachelor’s in Science in Rehabilitation Services from the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore. She furthered her education at Florida International University and received a Master’s degree of Science in Occupational Therapy (OT). Over the years, Ms. Omole has been able to customize treatment plans for each client. It has helped her develop, build, and strengthen relationships with parents in order to enhance the client’s quality of life. Working with the pediatric population brings Ms. Omole profound joy and fulfillment. Ms. Omole has several years of experience as she has maintained her license for Maryland and DC. She is a proud mother of two children and loves spending time with her family and friends.

Julie Guillory


Originally from NY, Julie now calls Maryland home with her husband and 2 young kids. She has been a stay at home mom for 3 years and is excited to have rejoined the workforce with Strides Therapy & Educational Services. Julie attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City majoring in Public Administration. She is passionate about helping others and prides herself on giving back to those in need. Julie has over 10 years experience in customer engagement managing staff and interacting with clients of all ages in various types of healthcare environments. She has an outgoing personality and a warm pleasant demeanour when dealing with any issues.  Outside of work Julie enjoys writing, traveling, trying new restaurants with her husband and arts and crafts with her toddlers. She is also a dog lover. 

Brenna Bohan, M.S. CCC-SLP


Brenna was born and raised in Syracuse, New York. She attended Duquesne University for both undergrad and graduate school, where she obtained a Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology with an undergraduate minor in Psychology. Throughout her education, Brenna gained valuable knowledge and practical experience working with a variety of populations and disorders. She finished her clinical fellowship in August of 2023, where she had experience working with K-8th grade students with a variety of neurogenic and developmental disorders. She enjoys treating patients of all kinds, but has special interests in cognitive, language, and swallowing disorders along with the use of both high-tech and low-tech AAC devices. Brenna is excited to work with kids and families to help improve their communication skills and develop meaningful connections.

Melissa J. Boston

Melissa J. Boston, ABD / M. Ed.


Melissa (she/her/hers) has worked across DC and Maryland in the field of special education for 20+ years mostly within nonpublic/specialized K-12 schools and spent 8 of those years as a Principal. She is trained and certified in several areas including restraint and seclusion, restorative practices, and the science of reading, specifically Orton Gillianham approaches, Wilson, and SPIRE. Currently, Melissa is an educational consultant and co-founder of her non-profit Mindworks Collaborative. She also serves as program site-supervisor for the Early Childhood Special Education program within the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at George Washington University while working on her dissertation for her Doctorate program. Melissa’s research interests include Restraint and Seclusion Practices, Equity in Education, Teacher & Administrator Wellbeing, and Education Policy.

Every child is gifted. They just unwrap their packages at different times.


Spread the light. Be the lighthouse.


Raise your words, not your voice. It's the rain that grows the flowers, not the thunder.


Every child is a different kind of flower and altogether make this world a beautiful garden.


One of the hardest things in life is having words you can't utter.

-James Earl Jones

Ther is no greater agony than hearing an untold story inside you.

-Maya Angelou