Michelle HershMichelle (Hersh) Meltzer is a licensed speech-language pathologist and the owner of Chicago Speech and Reading Center. She is extremely passionate and dedicated to making a difference in children’s lives. Over the years, Michelle has gained a variety of experiences in preschool, elementary school, Jr. high school and private practice settings with children ranging from birth to 18 years of age.

Prior to opening CSRC, Michelle worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist at Elizabeth Meyer School in Skokie, IL, where she evaluated and treated preschool and kindergarten students, developed Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and participated as part of the Special Education Team. Michelle also worked at the La Grange Area Department of Special Education in the Early Childhood Education and the Phonological Programs.

Throughout her experiences, Michelle has developed special interests in articulation and phonological disorders, childhood apraxia of speech and early literacy instruction. Michelle is trained in the Orton-Gillingham Approach to Reading Instruction and has many years of experience working with children diagnosed with reading disorders, such as dyslexia. She is also trained in the PROMPT method for childhood apraxia of speech and continually pursues opportunities to expand her knowledge of other new and developing therapeutic techniques.

Michelle received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Northwestern University.


Chelsea ClementsChelsea Clements is a graduate of the Speech-Language Pathology program at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. As a native of the Northern Illinois area, she decided to relocate back to the city of Chicago to begin her professional career as a Speech-Language Pathologist within the pediatric setting. During her undergraduate and graduate studies, she had the opportunity to assist clients with a variety of communication disorders ranging in age from early intervention to adults.

Chelsea is very enthusiastic and has a strong desire for furthering her clinical experience and knowledge within this profession. She has had a variety of very successful pediatric experiences including a placement at Southbury Elementary School in Oswego, Illinois and positions at Liberty Elementary School and Hampshire High School in Algonquin, IL, working with elementary and high school age children. Through these experiences, she began developing a passion for the pediatric population and helping children improve communication through a variety of strategies.

In addition, Chelsea also spent time at the OSF St. Paul Medical Center providing services to infants, children, and adolescents. These children were experiencing developmental or behavioral difficulties and had received diagnoses such as feeding issues, C.H.A.R.G.E. syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome and autism spectrum disorders.

Chelsea is trained in the Orton-Gillingham Approach to Reading Instruction and enjoys working with children who have been diagnosed with dyslexia and other reading disorders.


Dana McNicholasDana McNicholas is a licensed speech-language pathologist with a passion for working with children and helping them communicate. Dana received a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from St. Louis University. During her graduate studies, she had numerous practicum experiences with children and adults in a variety of therapy settings. From these experiences, she developed a strong interest in working with children.Along with working for CSRC, Dana also works for Chicago Public Schools, providing services for students ranging from preschool through 8th grade. Dana participates on a special education team, develops Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), conducts evaluations and provides therapy to students with a wide range of diagnoses including autism spectrum disorders, specific learning disabilities, reading disabilities, cognitive impairments, developmental delays, articulation deficits, fluency deficits and phonological deficits. Working in the school setting has sparked Dana’s passion for literacy. She is trained in the Orton-Gillingham Approach to reading instruction.

Dana is a native of the Chicagoland area. After finishing her degree, she relocated back to the city of Chicago to begin her professional career as a Speech-Language Pathologist.


Megan NorrisMegan Norris is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist who is passionate about helping others improve their communication and reading skills. Megan received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and her Master’s degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from New York University. Megan has experience diagnosing and treating a variety of disorders including (but not limited to) language delays, receptive/expressive language disorders and articulation and phonological disorders.During her undergraduate career, Megan studied American Sign Language and worked as a camp counselor for children and teenagers with intellectual and physical disabilities, such as autism, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome. Megan continued her passion for working with children during her graduate career when she evaluated and treated children exhibiting early language delays and articulation and phonology disorders, as well as in a school in New York City exclusively for children with autism spectrum disorders. Additionally, she is trained in the Orton-Gillingham Approach to Reading instruction. Megan believes in communication by all means.

Along with working at CSRC, Megan works at Manor Care in Oak Lawn, IL providing inpatient rehabilitation services to adults with swallowing, expressive/receptive language, and cognitive-linguistic disorders.


Katie OrzechowskiKatie Orzechowski is a licensed speech-language pathologist who is devoted to helping children become stronger communicators. Katie has experience working through the Illinois Early Intervention Program with children from birth to age three and in private practice settings with children ranging from birth to 15 years of age.In addition to working for CSRC, Katie works as a speech-language pathologist in the western suburbs with children from birth to age three. She also supervises two speech-language pathology assistants. Furthermore, Katie serves as an Adjunct Faculty Member at College of DuPage teaching courses in their Speech Language Pathology Assistant Program. She is also a member of the Advisory Committee for that program. Katie is a fully credentialed initial evaluator and participates in co-treatment sessions with a variety of other professionals. She has given guest lectures at College of DuPage as well as Saint Xavier University.

During her experiences, Katie has developed special interests in receptive/expressive language delays/disorders, articulation disorders and Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). She is trained in the SOS Approach to Feeding method and has experience incorporating these techniques while working with feeding clients. Katie continually pursues opportunities to expand her knowledge of other new and developing therapeutic techniques.

Katie received a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences from Eastern Illinois University and a Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.


Samantha StrickerSamantha Stricker, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist who is extremely passionate and dedicated to helping children communicate. Samantha has gained experience in preschool, kindergarten, middle school, junior high school, a special education high school and private practice settings with children ranging from 2 to 22 years of age.

Samantha worked as Speech-Language Pathologist at a New York City based Speech Pathology clinic, where she evaluated and treated children from the ages of 3 to 18, provided home therapy sessions. She also worked in a middle school in Washington Heights, New York, where she worked with bilingual students, developed individualized education plans, and participated as part of the Special Education Team.

Throughout her experiences, Samantha has developed special interests in articulation and phonological disorders, pragmatic language disorders, childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), auditory processing disorders and early literacy instruction. Samantha continually pursues opportunities to expand her knowledge of other new and developing therapeutic techniques.

Samantha is a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence. She also holds a certification as a Teacher of Students with Speech-Language Disabilities (TSSLD) as well as certification as an Autism Specialist. Samantha is also trained in the PROMPT method for CAS. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and Journalism from the University of Iowa and a Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology from New York University.


Victoria VaccaroVictoria Vaccaro is a licensed speech-language pathologist who values forming relationships with clients and families and helping clients grow as communicators. She is a lifelong learner and has pursued many continuing education opportunities to enhance her practice. Some topics have included the Orton-Gillingham Approach to Reading, PECS, Aided Language Stimulation, and Social Thinking. She is also currently pursuing her certificate in assistive technology through UIC.Prior to becoming an SLP, Victoria was a classroom teacher. She has a Master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, focusing on bilingual education and English as a Second Language (ESL). She has spent the last four years working in the public schools serving students in preschool through 8th grade with a wide range of communication challenges. Victoria also teaches in an after school theater program for children with special needs.

Victoria received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from National Louis University and her Master’s degree in Speech, Language, and Learning from Northwestern University.