Clinical Staff Bios
Lynn Medley M.S., CCC-SLP - Communication and Educational Specialist, Co-Director, MMTA
Lynn is a speech-language pathologist, with a rich variety of training from which she combines current methods for the treatment of individuals with ASD, dyspraxia, and other significant communication disorders. Lynn earned her undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University, and her Master’s Degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she received additional training at the TEACCH program, in a Sensory Integration private practice, and in a range of home programs utilizing Applied Behavioral Analysis principles.
In 1995 Lynn moved to Baltimore, where she worked for the Center for Autism and Related Disorders of the Kennedy Krieger Institute. During her time at CARD as a communication specialist and later as the Clinical Director and eventually Assistant Director, Lynn assisted in starting the Achievements Therapeutic Day Program, consulted to school systems in several states, lectured internationally, and provided advocacy and expert witness services for children with autism and their families, while also participating in direct interdisciplinary evaluation and therapy service provision. From 1999-2000 Lynn served as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Continued Studies in Business and Education at the Johns Hopkins University, where she taught students in the Masters Certificate program in Autism, the first of its kind in the country.
Early in 2002 Lynn moved to Pennsylvania and opened a private practice providing therapy, advocacy, and consultation to individuals with autism and their families, and consultation and training to school systems. In 2005, Lynn’s friend and colleague from Kennedy Krieger, Janice Mesaric, joined her in partnership, and they opened Medley & Mesaric Therapy Associates, LLC. Lynn continues to specialize in social engagement and social cognition across ages and diagnoses, providing evaluative and therapeutic services with individuals with communication disorders, and consultative services to schools and school systems
Jan Mesaric M.S., CCC-SLP - Communication and Educational Specialist, Co-Director, MMTA
With more than 25 years of experience working with autistic individuals, Janice brings both research and clinical experience to her roles as a treating speech-language pathologist, clinical supervisor, personnel manager, and office overseer of MMTA.
Janice earned her undergraduate and Master’s degrees at Loyola University in Baltimore, and began her career there at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. At KKI, Jan participated in research, multi-disciplinary evaluations, and individual therapy, taught in the Achievements Therapeutic Day Program, and lectured at the local and state level. She worked closely with a range of professionals, including psychiatrists, neurologists, psychologists, occupational therapists, and behavioral specialists.
In 2002, Janice moved to San Francisco, CA where she worked at SPEECH, Inc., a private pediatric speech-therapy practice, initially as a staff clinician, later as a clinical supervisor and the practice’s clinical specialist in autism, and eventually as the acting Assistant Director. There she provided direct therapy to a continuum of ages ranging from 12 months to 21 years and to a wide spectrum of neurological and genetic disabilities including autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and 18P. In addition to direct therapy, Janice consulted to classrooms and was a member of many children’s therapeutic home teams where she worked closely with behavior therapists, early interventionists, and occupational therapists.
In July, 2005 Janice moved to the Philadelphia area to join forces with Lynn Medley to form MMTA. Here she specializes in working with children with dyspraxia, and engagement and social cognition skills in individuals ranging from toddlers through to young adults. Her passion is working with those individuals who clearly have something to say but haven’t yet found their voice.
Brittany O'Brien M.A., CCC-SLP
Brittany joined MMTA as a full-time clinician in 2015. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Pennsylvania State University, where she graduated with honors. Following the completion of her Bachelor’s degree, she continued her education at Temple University, where she earned her Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language-Hearing Science. While she was a student at Temple, she worked with children and adults in a variety of settings including public schools, specialized schools, private practice, and skilled nursing facilities. She also aided in the development and implementation of an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) summer camp and a therapeutically-driven playtime program for children with autism and Down Syndrome.
At MMTA, Brittany provides individual and group therapy services to clients from toddler to adult ages, with a special focus in AAC, childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), and social cognition. She also runs MMTA’s AAC clinic. In addition to her practice with private clients, she provides direct therapy services at Capstone Academy in East Norriton, and provides consultative services and trainings to schools in the areas of AAC, CAS, social engagement, and social cognition. She has completed a variety of specialized trainings in CAS, including advanced training in the dynamic, temporal, and tactile cueing (DTTC) treatment method.
She is passionate about working with children and their families to facilitate communicative, social, and academic success across all environments, and in helping children find their voice!
Alexa Busler M.A., CCC-SLP
Alexa began her journey into the speech therapy world after exploring possible careers while getting her undergraduate degrees in psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. She has enjoyed working with children in many different capacities, working summer camp and after-school jobs during high school and college. This passion followed her through graduate school where she received her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology in 2015 from the University of Pittsburgh. While in graduate school gained experience working with both children and adults with diverse speech and language disorders in schools, outpatient offices, and hospitals.
After graduating, Alexa returned home to the Philadelphia area working at a pediatric outpatient center as well as preschool and early intervention services. She gained experience working with a diverse caseload of clients, including Autism, fluency disorders, apraxia of speech, articulation/phonological disorder, and language delays. She especially enjoyed collaborating with a team of occupational therapists to support her client's sensory processing needs.
Alexa joined MMTA in 2017. She conducts comprehensive communication evaluations and provides individual or group speech and language therapy to clients with a range of speech and language challenges. Her interests include Autism Spectrum Disorders, early language development, CAS, and the intersection between sensory processing and speech and language. Alexa is trained in Natural Language Acquisition (NLA) and Gestalt Language Processing. Additionally, she works in early intervention, providing community based therapy to children birth to 3 years old.
Alex Stec M.S., CCC-SLP
Alex joined MMTA as a clinical fellow in 2021. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing from Temple University. Following the completion of her Bachelor’s degree, she worked as a paraprofessional in a public school to gain more experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. After working for a year, she continued her education at Emerson College, where she earned her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. While she was a student at Temple, she worked with children and adults in a variety of settings including preschools, public schools, and private settings. She also worked as a camp counselor at a day camp for children on the autism spectrum.
At MMTA, Alex provides both individual and group therapy services to school aged clients. In addition to working with private clients, she provides direct therapy services at Capstone Academy in East Norriton. She is currently working towards earning her Certificate of Clinical Competence. She has had a passion for working with children all her life and attributes her love for speech pathology to her younger sister who received speech services as a child.
Valentina Giribaldi M.A., CF-SLP
Valentina joined MMTA as a clinical fellow in June 2023. She received both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from Temple University. As a student at Temple, she worked with children and adults in a variety of settings including, clinics, preschools, public schools, and specialized schools. Alongside fueling her love for learning, Valentina continued her work as a habilitative service support provider; where she implements in-home and community-based services that help individuals keep, learn, and improve skills and functioning for daily living. It was through this experience that Valentina’s passion for alternative and augmentative communication flourished.
At MMTA, Valentina provides individual therapy services to toddlers, children, and young teens. In addition to working with private clients, she provides direct therapy services at Capstone Academy in East Norristown. Valentina is currently working towards earning her Certificate of Clinical Competence. She attributes her passion for self-expression and communication, in whatever form that may take, to her love of and involvement in theater.
Laura Giglio M.A., CCC-SLP
Laura completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Temple University where she studied Speech-Language-Hearing Science. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the Temple University Honors Program where she graduated with honors. As an undergraduate student, Laura volunteered with adults with aphasia in a program called Coffee Hour Aphasia Time (CHAT), held a leadership position in Temple University’s chapter of the National Speech, Language, and Hearing (NSSLA), and was a preceptor for the Research Methods in Communication Sciences course. As a graduate student clinician, Laura worked with adults and children with a range of disorders and speech and language impairments including aphasia, dysphagia, voice disorders, autism spectrum disorder, and childhood apraxia of speech. She gained experience working with clients in a variety of settings including Temple’s clinic, both outpatient and inpatient hospital settings, and the school setting. Through clinical experiences and specific coursework at Temple, Laura gained special knowledge and training in the area of childhood apraxia of speech. As a part of Temple’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorder’s Proseminar Series, Laura presented case study research of male to female transgender voice therapy to faculty and fellow graduate students.
Laura began her professional career as a clinical fellow with Speech Pathology Consultants where she first worked at Mariana Bracetti Academy and later at Elwyn’s Davidson School. She gained experience working with a wide range of students including those with multiple disabilities and complex medical needs.
In February of 2020, Laura joined MMTA where she provides speech and language services to clients with a variety of difficulties and disorders. Her areas of interest include childhood apraxia of speech, early language development, and social cognition.
Jill Hendricks, M.A., CCC-SLP
Jill joined MMTA in 2011 as an intern and began working as a clinician during the summer of 2015. Jill received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Science and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Temple University Honors Program. As an undergraduate student, she volunteered in Temple University’s Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory under the direction of Dr. Gerry Stefanatos. During graduate school, Jill worked with a variety of populations from preschool through adulthood. She presented case studies to graduate students and faculty in the Communication Sciences and Disorders department on topics ranging from language regression in autism to assessing receptive language in bilingual children to multi-modal intervention for an adult with severe global aphasia.
Between degrees Jill became a behavior therapist in Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties and worked in home, school, and community settings in Early Intervention throughout graduate school. After graduate school she became certified in the Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT) program and briefly worked as a teacher assistant at the HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy and Multiple Disabilities in West Philadelphia.
At MMTA Jill conducts evaluations and provides individual and group therapy to the full age spectrum of clients. Jill’s interests include AAC, voice, social engagement, and social cognition. She enjoys collaborating with other professionals and with family members to help each child reach his or her full potential.
Lindsay Bacalas M.S., CCC-SLP
Lindsay first became interested in a career as an SLP after working as a TSS for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She attended Penn State University, where she transcribed language samples as part of the Speech, Language, and Literacy Project and volunteered in the Laboratory for Cognition and Action. She earned her masters degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY, graduating with distinctive honors. While in graduate school, she performed hearing screenings at local Head Start Programs and conducted research for the Early Language Literacy Project as a graduate assistant. She also provided speech and language therapy to clients in a variety of settings as a clinical intern.
After earning her degree at Hofstra, Lindsay moved to Baltimore where she completed her CFY in the Howard County Public School System. There she worked in an inclusive kindergarten classroom and with elementary school students in both inclusive and pull-out settings. Since 2009, Lindsay has worked for Central Bucks School District, gaining experience with both the elementary and middle school populations. Lindsay joined MMTA in the winter of 2010 to provide 1:1 and small group therapy to our after-school clients.
Lindsay is currently pursuing her ESL Certification from Eastern University to gain more of an understanding in the development of English as a Second Language.