Debra Goldman, M.S., CCC-SLP

Owner, Speech-Language Pathologist

debra goldman - speech and language therapistDebra is a native of Canada and she received her bachelor’s degree in Child Psychology at The University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, followed by a Master of Science in Communication Disorders from Northeastern University in Boston. Debra began her career treating the adult population, specializing in neurogenic disorders and dysphagia management in hospitals and rehabilitation facilities. Debra has been in private practice in the Merrimack Valley for over 20 years. She founded Speech Matters, LLC because of her commitment to the local community and her desire to bring a superior level of care and treatment to the Merrimack Valley. Throughout her career Debra has gained extensive experience treating children with phonology/articulation disorders, oral-motor disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, tongue thrust disorders, receptive/expressive language delays, social communication disorders, language-based learning disabilities, auditory processing disorders and treatment of children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, and other rare genetic syndromes.  Read More About Deb Goldman

Lisa Roland, M.S., CCC-SLP

Owner, Speech-Language Pathologist

lisa debrowski - andover speech and language therapistLisa settled in Massachusetts after leaving New Jersey to get her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Communication Disorders from Northeastern University. As a licensed speech-language pathologist, Lisa worked with children and adolescents in a variety of settings, including inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation, schools, and private centers before partnering with Deb Goldman to develop and manage Speech Matters. Lisa is committed to providing quality speech and language therapy in a family-centered environment surrounded by a team of skilled therapists and a community-based network of interrelated professionals. Lisa is dedicated to providing her clients and families with individualized services to support their speech, language, and academic needs. She is thoughtful in her approach to evaluation and treatment, and integrates her client’s personality, their goals, best practice, and inter-professional collaboration to achieve successful outcomes.   Read More About Lisa Roland

Nancy Chamberlin, M.A., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Nancy Chamberlin - Speech-Language Pathologist AndoverNancy is a licensed Speech Language Pathologist with a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Disorders from Boston University followed by her Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology from The George Washington University. Nancy has worked with children and families in evaluation and treatment in hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, schools, and private practice. She has significant experience working with preschool and school age children presenting with challenges across a comprehensive range of diagnoses. Read More About Nancy Chamberlin

Kassie Boilard, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Kassie Speech Pathologist AndoverKassie is a dedicated speech-language pathologist who is committed to helping her clients achieve their communication goals. She is licensed in the state of Massachusetts and she also holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA). Kassie received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders from Bridgewater State University. She went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders from Emerson College. Kassie has worked with clients across the lifespan in private practice, public schools, and hospitals.  Read More About Kassie Boilard

Hilary Gordon, M.S., CCC-SLP

Special Education Teacher, Reading Therapist

Hilary Gordon - Andover Reading TherapistHilary is a licensed educator and speech-language pathologist with a specialty in reading disorders and language-based learning disabilities. Hilary has level 2 certification in the Wilson Reading System as a Wilson Dyslexia Therapist and is a member of the Orton-Gillingham Academy of Practitioners and Educators at the Associate Teacher level.  In addition, Hilary has formal training and extensive experience using the Lindamood-Bell programs – LiPs (Phonological Sequencing Program), Seeing Stars and Visualizing and Verbalizing.  Read More About Hilary Gordon

Karen Cronin, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Karen CroninKaren is an enthusiastic clinician who is dedicated to helping each child communicate more effectively. She is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist who is certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association. Karen has worked with children and families for over 25 years in a variety of settings including schools, homes, and private clinics. Karen received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Disorders at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, followed by a Master of Science Degree at Northeastern University.  Read More About Karen Cronin

Nicole Martin, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Nicole Martin Speech Pathologist AndoverNicole is a Southern California native who moved to Massachusetts for college. She completed her undergraduate studies at Boston College and earned her master’s degree in speech-language pathology at Boston University. Nicole holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed in Speech-Language Pathology by the state of Massachusetts. She began her career in 2009 at a local private practice, where she developed a passion for helping children of all ages learn how to communicate. In 2015, Nicole began working as a speech-language pathologist at a local public elementary school, where she continues to work today. Through her work in both settings, she has gained extensive experience in working with children who present with receptive and expressive language impairments, word retrieval difficulties, ADHD, executive function challenges, autism spectrum disorder, social pragmatic difficulties, tongue thrust swallow, childhood apraxia of speech, and articulation/phonology. Read More About Nicole Martin

Gail Thursby, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Gail Thursby Registered Speech-Language PathologistGail is a highly skilled speech-language pathologist who worked with children of all ages for 24 years in school settings. She is licensed in the state of Massachusetts and is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Gail received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Fitchburg State College before earning her Master of Science in Communication Disorders from Boston University. Gail is dedicated to improving her professional knowledge and earned an ASHA Award for Continuing Education (ACE) which recognizes professionals who have demonstrated their commitment to lifelong learning. Gail has experience working with a wide array of communication disorders, and she enjoys working with students who have delays or disorders related to autism, articulation/phonology, apraxia of speech, receptive/expressive language impairment, word retrieval difficulties, stuttering, and social language challenges. Read More About Gail Thursby

Jeanne Marois, M.Ed

Reading Therapist

Jeanne Marois Reading TherapistJeanne received her Bachelor of Science in Education from the Plymouth State University and a Master of Education from Salem State University. Jeanne is a professional educator with a specialty in reading disorders and language-based learning disabilities. She has her Massachusetts certification in English Education 5-9 and 9-12 and is a Wilson Dyslexic Practitioner. Jeanne has been a public educator since 1997 and currently works in a local public elementary school. She has experience in a variety of educational settings working with children at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Jeanne has a wide variety of teaching experiences including reading decoding/encoding, comprehension, written language, and literature. Jeanne specializes in working with children identified with language-based learning disabilities and reading disorders/dyslexia. Read More About Jeanne Marois

Rachel Ziser, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Rachel Ziser Registered Speech-Language PathologistRachel is a compassionate and outgoing clinician who enjoys building connections with her clients and their families to achieve their communication goals. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Boston University. Rachel holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech and Hearing Association and is licensed in Speech-Language Pathology by the state of Massachusetts. Rachel has experience working with children and adults within the private practice, hospital and elementary school settings. She also has significant experience writing and developing Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) for young learners through her previous work within the charter-public school system. Read More About Rachel Ziser

Kathy Studley

Office Administrator

Kathy Studley - andover speech therapy office managerKathy is a skilled professional with over 30 years of marketing and customer service experience in the corporate environment. Speech Matters is the next chapter of her career where she enjoys working in a family-centered office.  Kathy specializes in day-to-day office management, resolving administrative issues, and juggling all the responsibilities that keep Speech Matters running smoothly. She enjoys developing relationships with the families we work with and supporting the therapists on our team. In her spare time, Kathy loves photography, traveling, and spending time with her family.


Associations

Massachusetts Speech-Language Hearing Association