Our Story

Express Yourself Therapy specializes in treating children 0-21 with a variety of speech/language, sensory/motor, and developmental disorders such as Autism, PDD, and Sensory Integration Disorder. Our therapy techniques are based on the most current developmental and neurodevelopmental research.

Express Yourself Therapy understands that development is an integrated process. Therefore our therapists have advanced knowledge in the areas of speech/language, sensory/motor, cognition, social/emotional, and visual-spatial development. In this way, programs are individualized by focusing on the foundational origins of speech and language constrictions in each child.

Express Yourself Therapy prides itself on supporting “the whole child.” Focus on the parent-child dyad during therapy sessions allows for the most meaningful and rapid progress possible. Additionally, we encourage ongoing multidisciplinary collaboration with your child’s school support staff and other team members via email, phone conferences, and team meetings.

Although deeply rooted in a Developmental, Individual Differences, Relationship-based model (DIR®/Floortime); Express Yourself therapists use a wide variety of therapy techniques and hold advanced certifications in an array of treatment approaches. We are confident that you and your child will feel safe, nurtured, and valued during the time you spend with us. We invite you to come and play!

Our Staff

Melissa Grosvenor PhD, M.S. CCC-SLP, I/ECMH-C, BCS-CL

Melissa is pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Director of Express Yourself Therapy. Melissa graduated with a Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Rush University and earned her Bachelor of Science from University of Illinois in Speech and Hearing Sciences. Additionally, Melissa has a doctorate in Infant and Early Childhood Development with Emphasis in Developmental Disabilities and Infant Mental Health from Fielding University.

Melissa is a certified DIR® practitioner and Training Leader affiliated with both ICDL and Profectum organizations. Melissa is available to provide speech/language therapy and developmental therapy to children and young adults. Melissa is a proud mother of a child with individual differences and uses her experiences to deepen her understanding of the children and families she works with.

Katie Hinrichs

Katie has been working as an aide with Express Yourself Therapy for four years. Besides supporting a variety of our groups and clubs, she additionally works one on one with children providing developmental based play therapy. Katie is innovative, compassionate, and has a passion for working with children with individual differences. Katie has three children (5, 3, 1) including one with sensory integration challenges.

Katie has a Bachelors Degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Community Health.

Laura Kyger

Laura is a speech-language pathologist who is located at our Kensington, MD branch full time. Laura earned her Master’s degree at Northwestern University and her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Maryland, College Park. Laura practiced at our Chicago and Palatine clinics for three years before relocating to Maryland and helping to develop the Bethesda branch. Laura is a certified DIR Floortime practitioner at the advanced level with the ICDL organization and is PROMPT certified. She has experience working with children and young adults in the clinic, home, and school settings.

Laura believes in using a child-centered, play-based approach to maximize engagement and learning and is a strong proponent of parental involvement in therapy. In her free time, Laura enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with family and friends. She is also an animal lover and is currently training her puppy to be a future therapy dog.

Andrea (Andi) Kwasigroch, OTR

Andrea (Andi) Kwasigroch is a certified Occupational Therapist (OTR). She earned her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Maryville University in St. Louis. She has experience in multiple pediatric settings where she treated children who presented with varying diagnoses, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder, and Developmental Delays.

In 2016 Andi was certified in Early Intervention which specializes in promoting the optimal development of children aged zero to three years in their home and natural environments. Andi enjoys working with children to help them experience success in all aspects of daily life.

Jaclyn Pizzoferrato M.S.

Jackie is a Speech-Language Pathologist who is located at our Palatine branch. Jackie earned her Master’s degree at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Elmhurst College. Jackie has experience working with the pediatric population in clinic, home-based, and school settings. Jackie believes in engaging children in play-based activities to foster language development.

In her free time, Jackie enjoys working out, doing any activity outdoors, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends.

Kelly Mitchell, MOTR/L

Kelly is an occupational therapist at Express Yourself Therapies. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy after earning her Bachelor of Health Sciences. Kelly has dedicated herself to a skillful approach to children using a client-centered approach with family involvement that provides therapy for children of all ages in a variety of settings. Her therapy methods focus specifically on social interaction, regulation, sensory-motor skills, visual- perception, and fine and gross motor skills.

Her continuous goal is to help children gain independence and promote development in order to function and socialize in their home, play, school, and community environments. In her free time Kelly enjoys exercising, cooking, and dancing. She also loves to travel and spend time with her family and friends.

Danielle Leporace M.S. CCC-SLP

Danielle is a pediatric speech language pathologist at Express Yourself Therapy’s Kensington, MD branch. She earned her Master’s degree at Northwestern University and her Bachelors of Science at Loyola University Maryland.

Danielle practiced in Annapolis, Maryland for two years before relocating to Washington D.C., in 2020 where she began her journey at Express Yourself Therapy. She specializes in pediatric feeding and swallowing and working with children on the spectrum.

Danielle loves to be silly and playful when working with children while also reaching their goals. She believes that in order to connect with a child, you have to be one yourself! Danielle loves creating client-centered activities and discovering new ways to engage in the environment around them! She is currently earning her DIR Floortime Certificate of Proficiency.

In her free time, she loves listening to music, karaoke, traveling, hiking and spending time with friends.

Alexis Montgomery, M.S. CCC-SLP

Alexis is a pediatric speech language pathologist at Express Yourself Therapy’s Kensington, MD branch. She earned her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from George Washington University, her Certificate in Early Intervention from Georgetown University and her Bachelor of Arts in Hearing and Speech Sciences from the University of Maryland. ⁠

Alexis is a patient, flexible and energetic clinician. She was driven to pursue Speech-Language Pathology because she would be able to use her abundance of energy to make therapy fun for children while at the same time addressing goals to help children engage in their environment. Alexis loves facilitating client-centered activities in the most functional way for the client. She is not afraid to be silly or jump right into any play. She currently holds her basic certification as a DIR Floortime Practitioner and Introduction to PROMPT Certification.

In her free time, she loves going to the beach, hiking, spending time with her family and playing with her dogs!⁠

Samantha Miseta, M.S., OTR/L

Samantha is our occupational therapist at our Kensington, MD branch. Samantha was an early childhood educator before OT won over her heart. She earned her Master’s degree from Towson University and her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Salisbury University. ⁠

She was driven to OT as she would be able to work with children through play in order to help them thrive and successfully engage in all of their environments. Samantha loves creating client-centered, playful experiences to help children reach their goals. She has taken an interest in learning more about retained primitive reflexes and their implications on daily functioning. She currently holds her basic certification as a DIR Floortime practitioner and is qualified in Astronaut Training.

In her free time, she loves reading, hiking, spending time with family and friends, playing with her dog and boating.

Allison Riley

Allison is a licensed physical therapist assistant who is located at our Palatine clinic. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Physiology and Family & Consumer Sciences from Eastern Illinois University and later pursued her license in physical therapist assisting in 2014. Allison specializes in pediatrics in the school, home-based and outpatient clinic setting. Previously Allison gained extensive experience at Northwestern University in the hospital setting in ICU, acute care and rehabilitation.

Allison is also a certified DIR Floor-time practitioner at the advanced level with the ICDL organization.

Allison is a proud wife and mother of two amazing sons ages 3 and 6 years old. In her free time she enjoys being outdoor, volunteering for her local animal shelter and women & children’s shelter, and being silly with her children.

Meghan Guinane M.S., CCC-SLP

Meghan is a speech-language pathologist who is located at our Palatine and Chicago locations. Meghan earned her Master’s degree at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL and Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Indiana University-Bloomington. 

Meghan has experience in multiple pediatric settings including clinic, home, schools, and daycares. She believes in a client-centered approach with family involvement to maximize engagement and language facilitation in all the child’s environments. Meghan is certified in PROMPT Therapy and is earning her DIRFloortime® Certificate of Proficiency.

In her free time, she loves trying new restaurants and spending time with family and friends!

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887 E. Wilmette Road Suite J Palatine, Il 60074 Get Directions ►
(847) 345-3384

1820 West Webster #106 Chicago, Il 60614 Get Directions ►
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3930 Knowles Ave, Suite 306 Kensington, MD 20895 Get Directions ►
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