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

Chicago/Palatine Location:

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

Melissa is the proud owner of Express Yourself Therapy. Melissa earned her master’s degree from Rush University in Speech-Language Pathology and her doctorate in Infant and Early Childhood Development from Fielding University. Melissa is a board-certified child language specialist and credentialed Infant Mental Health Specialist. Additionally, Melissa is an expert DIR/Floortime provider with over 10 years of experience teaching courses through ICDL, Profectum, and Erickson Institute. According to Melissa, ” I love the ‘family feel’ culture of EYT and believe our nurturing environment drives growth and development across our wonderful therapists, children, and families alike.” Melissa attributes much of her success to her two beautiful children, who have taught her the most important lessons about child development and parenting.

Katie Hinrichs, Director of Operations

Katie has been working with Express Yourself Therapy for years. She is the Director of Operations. 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 four children including one with sensory integration challenges.

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

Kelly Mitchell, MOTR/L, Executive Director

Kelly is an occupational therapist at Express Yourself Therapy at the Palatine and Chicago branch. Kelly is also the executive director at Express Yourself Therapy. 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.

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.

Janelle Beamish, PT, DPT

Janelle is a Doctor of Physical Therapy at the Palatine location. She graduated with her bachelors in kinesiology from San Diego State University in California before going on to earn her doctorate in physical therapy at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in Austin, Texas. While in Texas, she also worked as a licensed massage therapist. Janelle has previous experience in pediatrics and worked at a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children with various diagnoses such as sensory processing disorder, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, down syndrome, autism, and more. Janelle is also a certified DIR Floor-time practitioner and in the process of advanced training. She is dedicated to fostering relationships with her clients by creating a safe and fun environment. She is always striving for optimal movement to help the child better explore their environment. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and music.

Ashley Holm, COTA/L

Ashley is a Certified and licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). She earned her Associates of Applied Science degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant at McHenry County College. She completed her fieldwork placements in various settings including school-based, outpatient, skilled nursing facility, and adult memory care.  Ashley is passionate about helping children reach their full potential. She enjoys discovering what motivates each child and finding innovative ways to support their participation in meaningful play, peer relationships, and functional activities. She is committed to building meaningful relationships with families to find new ways to provide the best support for a child’s development.  Ashley enjoys boating, traveling, sitting around campfires, and spending time with her family and friends.

Jaclyn Pizzoferrato, M.S. CCC-SLP

Jackie is a Speech-Language Pathologist who is located at our Palatine and Chicago branch. Jackie earned her Master’s degree at Midwestern University and a Bachelor’s degree from Elmhurst College. Jackie has experience working with the pediatric population in clinic, home-based, and school settings.

She has a passion for the littles and loves connecting with parents to foster development across all settings. Jackie believes in engaging children in play-based activities to foster overall language development. Jackie is certified in PROMPT Therapy and is DIRFloortime® Certified. She also has training in Interactive Metronome. 

In her free time, Jackie enjoys working out, exploring the city, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

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!

Trish Torres, M.S. CFY-SLP

Trish is a Speech-Language Pathologist at our Palatine branch. Trish earned her Master’s degree at Rush University and Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Trish has experience working with the pediatric population in the clinic and school settings.

She has a passion for working with children and utilizing play-based activities to help promote language development. She is also training in DIRFloortime®. In her free time, Trish likes to play volleyball, go on walks, and try new restaurants with friends and family.

Maryland Location:

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 to establish connections with clients and make therapy filled with joy. Alexis loves facilitating client-centered activities to support children in robustly engaging in their natural social environment. She is not afraid to be silly or jump right into any play.

Alexis is working towards earning her DIRFloortime® Certificate of Proficiency and Certified Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist title. She also holds an 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!

Kailey Caceres, M.A. CCC-SLP

Kailey is a 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 and her Bachelor of Science in Education degree from the University of Virginia.

Kailey was driven to speech-language pathology as she went to speech therapy for many years growing up. Her SLP always made therapy exciting and motivating, so Kailey strives to have the same effect on all of the kids she works with. She loves bringing out her inner child during sessions and being silly with kids while simultaneously targeting their goals in a meaningful and engaging way. 

In her free time, she loves working out, vacationing in Bethany Beach, and spending time with her family and friends.

Lauren Villa, OTR/L

Lauren is a pediatric occupational therapist located at our Kensington, MD clinic. Lauren earned her Occupational Therapy Doctorate degree at Towson University and graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Delaware. She fell in love with OT because it empowers each child through creativity, interest exploration, and child-directed learning!

Lauren has a research background focusing on neurodivergent sensory experiences and well-being. She believes everyday playful and creative experiences help a child learn and grow in their functional development. She loves creating meaningful goals and memories with children and their families!

In her free time, Lauren loves rock climbing, hiking trails with her dog, and exploring book stores in Baltimore City.

Chris Fagan, OTD OTR/L

Chris is an occupational therapist at our Kensington, MD branch. Chris earned his Bachelor of Arts in Health Services with a certification in Community Health Assessment from the University of Pittsburgh. He continued his education at University of Pittsburgh where he earned his Doctorate degree in Occupational Therapy. He has earned his basic certification as a DIR Floortime practitioner and plans to continue the DIR Floortime certification process. 
 
Chris has always had a passion to work with kids. From the days of being a summer camp counselor, or volunteer youth football coach, he knew he wanted to make an impact on children’s lives. Once he found OT, he knew he had found the perfect way to continue that passion in his professional career. Chris believes that children have such a large capacity to reach their highest potentials, and he believes that everyday play experiences can help support children in reaching their goals.
 
In his free time, Chris likes to work out and stay active, discover new eateries in the DC area, hanging out with his cat, and support his hometown Philadelphia sports teams!

Megan Bell, M.S. CCC-SLP

Megan is a speech-language pathologist at our Kensington, MD branch.  She earned her Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Radford University and her Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences at Penn State University.  Megan has worked at different private practices and provided early intervention services in the DMV area before beginning at Express Yourself in July 2022. 
 
Megan enjoys being playful and creative to establish positive rapport with each individual client.  She finds joy in following a child’s lead during play and observing the functional, meaningful interactions this provides.  She has particular interest in pediatric feeding disorders and speech sound disorders but is also thrilled to be establishing herself as a DIRFloortime® practitioner.  She has basic training in Dynamic Tactile and Temporal Cueing (DTTC) which is a motor-based intervention for Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). 
 

In her free time, Megan enjoys baking, exploring all the DMV has to offer (especially any and all ice cream shops), and spending time with her two nephews in PA!