NESCA Founder and Director Ann Helmus, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical neuropsychologist who has been practicing for many years. A highly-skilled clinician, consultant and compelling speaker, she is prominent locally and in high demand internationally.
Neuropsychology and Therapy Services
YVONNE M. ASHER, PH.D.
Londonderry Office; Newton Office
Dr. Asher enjoys working with a wide range of children and teens, including those with autism, developmental delays, learning disabilities, attention difficulties and executive functioning deficits. She works with children whose complex profiles are not easily captured by a single label or diagnosis. She has a passion for helping young children and parents navigate their “first touch” with mental health care or developmental concerns.
MOIRA CREEDON, PH.D.
Dr. Creedon has expertise in evaluating children and teens with a variety of presenting issues. She is interested in uncovering an individual’s unique pattern of strengths and weaknesses to best formulate a plan for intervention and success. With experiences providing therapy and assessments, Dr. Creedon bridges the gap between testing data and therapeutic services to develop a clear roadmap for change and deeper of understanding of individual needs.
ANGELA M. CURRIE, PH.D.
NH Director, Pediatric Neuropsychologist
Dr. Currie specializes in the evaluation of anxious children and teens, working to tease apart the various factors lending to their stress, such as underlying learning, attentional, or emotional challenges. She particularly enjoys working with the seemingly “unmotivated” child, as well as children who have “flown under the radar” for years due to their desire to succeed.
ERIN GIBBONS, PH.D.
Plainville Office; Newton Office
Dr. Gibbons evaluates children presenting with a range of attentional, learning, and developmental disabilities. She has a particular interest in children with autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, and those with complex medical histories.
CYNTHIA HESS, PSY.D.
Therapist; Pediatric Neuropsychologist Fellow
Dr. Cynthia Hess recently graduated from Rivier University with a Psy.D. in Counseling and School Psychology. Previously, she earned an M.A. from Antioch New England in Applied Psychology. She also worked as an elementary school counselor and school psychologist for 15 years before embarking on her doctorate. Currently, Dr. Hess is a second-year post-doctoral fellow in pediatric neuropsychological assessment, working with NESCA Londonderry’s Dr. Angela Currie.
AMITY KULIS, PSY.D.
Dr. Kulis graduated from the Univ. of Massachusetts Magna Cum Laude as a Commonwealth Scholar, and earned her doctorate at Mass. School of Professional Psychology. She sees children with developmental, intellectual, learning and executive functioning challenges.
RENÉE MARCHANT, PSY.D.
Dr. Marchant is a pediatric neuropsychologist who specializes in neurodevelopmental evaluation, early diagnosis of autism and psychological/projective testing. She has worked in both outpatient and inpatient settings and is passionate about understanding the effects of family, peer, and cultural factors on youth who present with complex trauma histories and high-risk behaviors.
MIRANDA MILANA, PSY.D.
Dr. Miranda Milana provides comprehensive evaluation services for children and adolescents with a wide range of concerns, including attention deficit disorders, communication disorders, intellectual disabilities, and learning disabilities. She particularly enjoys working with children and their families who have concerns regarding an autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Milana has received specialized training on the administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS).
STEPHANIE MONAGHAN-BLOUT, PSY.D.
Coordinator of Therapy Services;
Dr. Monaghan-Blout specializes in the assessment of clients with complex learning and emotional issues. She has a particular interest in working with adopted children and their families, as well as those impacted by traumatic experiences.
ALISSA TALAMO, PH.D.
Dr. Talamo specializes in working with children and adolescents with language-based learning disabilities including dyslexia, attentional disorders and emotional issues. She is particularly interested in, and has worked extensively with, highly gifted children.
KELLEY CHALLEN, ED.M., CAS
Director of Transition Services; NESCA Assistant Director
An expert transition specialist, Kelley Challen directs NESCA’s person-centered and highly individualized transition services. She specializes in comprehensive assessment, vocational/life skill assessment for students with complex disabilities, planning/prep for college-bound students, and consultation, program development, and/or case management regarding post-12th grade programming.
Newton and Plainville Offices
Becki Lauzon, M.A., CRC, works with teens, young adults and their families out of the Newton, MA and Plainville, MA offices. Lauzon has unparalleled experience as a Transition Specialist, Transition Consultant and Vocational Program Coordinator. Lauzon will be providing transition assessment (including testing, functional evaluations and observations) consultation, case management, training and professional development for schools; and transition planning, consultation and coaching for transition-aged students and their parents.
TABITHA MONAHAN, M.A., CRC
Tabitha Monahan, M.A., CRC, is an experienced transition evaluator and vocational counselor. While she is well-versed in supporting a wide range of transition-aged youth, she is especially passionate and knowledgeable in helping clients and their families navigate the complex systems of adult services and benefits as well as medical and mental health systems. She is further adept in working individually with students of all abilities to empower self-advocacy and goal achievement.
SOPHIE BELLENIS, OTD, OTR/L
Real-life Skills Program Manager and Coach
Dr. Sophie Bellenis is Licensed Occupational Therapist in Massachusetts, specializing in pediatrics and occupational therapy in the developing world. Dr. Bellenis joined NESCA full-time in the fall of 2019 to offer occupational therapy assessment and treatment services as well as to oversee the Real-Life Skills Coaching program as part of NESCA’s transition team.
Pediatric Occupational Therapy and Speech & Language Services
JULIE ROBINSON, OT
Director of Clinical Services; Occupational Therapist
Julie Robinson is an occupational therapist with over 25 years of experience as a clinician. The work Julie does is integral to human development, wellness and a solid family unit. She particularly enjoys supporting families through the process of adoption and in working with children who are victims of trauma. Julie has extensive experience working with children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), or who have learning or emotional disabilities. She provides services that address Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and self-regulation challenges, as well as development of motor and executive functioning skills.
Madelyn (Maddie) Girardi is a Licensed Occupational Therapist in Massachusetts with experience in both school-based and outpatient pediatric settings. Maddie is a passionate therapist with professional interest in working with young children with neurodevelopmental disorders, fine and gross motor delays and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In her free time, Maddie enjoys going to the beach, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
ABIGAEL GRAY, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist; Feeding Specialist
Abigael has over six years of experience in assessment and treatment of a variety of disorders, including dysphagia, childhood apraxia of speech, speech sound disorder, receptive and expressive language disorder, autism spectrum disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She has a special interest and experience in working with children with feeding and swallowing disorders, including transitioning infants to solid foods, weaning from tube feeding, improving sensory tolerance, developing chewing skills, increasing variety and volume of nutritional intake and reducing avoidance behaviors during mealtimes.
JESSICA HANNA, MS, OTR/L
Jessica Hanna has over 10 years of pediatric OT experience in conducting assessments and providing treatment of children and adolescents with a broad range of challenges and disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing disorders, visual impairments, cerebral palsy, executive function deficits and developmental disorders of motor function.
OLIVIA ROGERS, MA, CF-SLP
Olivia Rogers evaluates and treats children from 2-18 years of age presenting with a wide range of diagnoses (e.g., language delays and disorders, speech sound disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, autism spectrum disorder, social communication disorder, and Down syndrome). Ms. Rogers enjoys making sure therapy is fun and tailored to each client’s interests.
LAUREN ZEITLER, MSOT, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist; Feeding Specialist
Lauren Zeitler is a licensed Occupational Therapist in Massachusetts, specializing in pediatric occupational and feeding therapy. Ms. Zeitler joined NESCA full-time in the fall of 2020 to offer occupational therapy assessment and treatment for children of all ages, as well as to work in conjunction with Abigael Gray, MS, CCC-SLP, on the feeding team.
Consultation and Educational Services
DOT LUCCI, M.ED., CAGS
Director of Consultation & Psychoeducational Services
Newton Office; Plainville Office; Londonderry Office
Dot Lucci is a national consultant and speaker who specializes in program design and the inclusion of children and adolescents with special needs, especially those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Dot directs NESCA’s consultation services to public and private schools, colleges and universities, businesses, and community agencies. She also provides psychoeducational counseling directly to students and parents.
Integrative Treatment Services - Newton Office
BILLY DEMIRI, CPT
Health & Life Coach; Certified Personal Trainer
Billy offers Personal and Social Coaching (PSC) at NESCA. Billy has several fitness certifications including: NSCA-CPT (National Strength Condition Association- Certified Personal Trainer) Certified and Autism Fit Certified.
DANIELLE SUGRUE, M.S.
Since her first yoga class at age 17, yoga has been a big part of Ms. Sugrue’s life. She loves the practice and the way it makes people feel. Upon completion of her schooling, she went to Costa Rica to become trained as a yoga instructor. She believes that combining yoga with counseling creates space to move freely and express any emotions. Yoga has taught her how to become more mindful and find peace from within rather than looking for external factors to help manage stress and anxiety and enjoys teaching others the same.