Staff

Meet Our Speech-Language Pathologists

Nicole Gerami

Nicole Gerami

M.A., CCC-SLP

Owner/Founder

Nicole Gerami is the founder and owner of Nicole Gerami, LLC.  She is a certified speech language pathologist who received her master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University. She is best known for her work with children with autism spectrum disorders. Nicole has created many successful social skills programs and camps including the FIT Program, Friends in the Forest, FIT for College and Friendship Groups. Nicole is the recipient of the 2017 Milestones Community Innovator Award.  She is a member of the adjunct faculty in the Department of Communication Sciences at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and is a frequent lecturer for the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Milestones, and Northern Speech Services. She lectures on a variety of autism related topics including building narrative skills, improving conversation and social skills and using the forest as a context for learning. Nicole is the creator of the Narrative Builder Tool and online course, published in 2011 by Northern Speech Services.  Nicole is highly experienced in the area of forensic speech language pathology, and has provided expert testimony.  Nicole is multilingual and conducts speech and language therapy in German and French as well as English.

Nicole is fully licensed by both the Ohio Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology and the Ohio Department of Education, and she is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

“Everything I have ever created, whether a new game, an online e-course, or a published book, has come from the childrens’ needs and ideas. They are my inspiration.”

Bethany Burkhart

Bethany Burkhart

M.A., CCC-SLP

Bethany Burkhart is a dedicated therapist with over a decade of experience working with children ages 1-22. Prior to joining Nicole Gerami, LLC in 2015, Bethany worked in the public schools for 6 years, providing a deep understanding of school educational processes. Her experience also includes individual and group therapy in public and private schools, FIT camp, and classrooms for students with ASD.  She has completed research on methods for language facilitation with children. Bethany is passionate about working with children of all ages and ability levels.  She also enjoys mentoring and training Speech Language Pathology graduate students.  She strives to take a collaborative approach by working together with children, their families, and other members of a child’s support “team”. Bethany’s drive comes from seeing growth in her students and the positive impact on their lives and relationships.

She is fully licensed by both the Ohio Board of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology and the Ohio Department of Education, and she is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

“I knew I wanted to be an SLP the moment I saw the look in my grandpa’s eyes after losing his speech due to a stroke. In that moment, regardless of the method of communication, I realized the true power of helping people find their voice.”

Helen Carter

Helen Carter

M.A., CCC-SLP

Helen Carter has worked with Nicole Gerami and the FIT Program since 2010. After working as a librarian for 15 years in public, academic, and fine arts libraries, she realized that her first love was working with children. She received her Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Akron in August 2013. She works full-time in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, in addition to private practice. Helen provides speech and language therapy services in public school, private practice, and home-based settings for a variety of speech and language delays and disorders. She has also been providing teletherapy services since March 2020 for all of her students and clients, both individually and in small groups.

She is fully licensed by both the Ohio Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology and the Ohio Department of Education. She is also a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

“I love to watch my students learn to use their own ‘voice’ to communicate and develop relationships with peers and adults in a variety of authentic settings.”

Marilyn Gardner

Marilyn Gardner

M.A., CCC-SLP

Marilyn Gardner earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology from Ohio University and a principal’s certificate from John Carroll Universi-ty. She has 30 years of experience in public education, successfully providing speech/language services and support within a diverse range of service delivery models while serving as a school wide consultant and resource for staff and families. Additionally, she has provided coaching to day care workers and parents of children with disabilities to support communication skills in the home and community.  Marilyn delivers teletherapy services to children with a range of communication disorders in both school and home settings including speech, language and social competency skills.

She is fully licensed in both Ohio and New Mexico by both Boards of Speech Pathology and Audiology and Departments of Education, and she is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

“I give the services but receive so much more from the children and families I work with. They are at the heart of it all: the ones that energize, inspire and motivate me to be the best practitioner I can be.”

Caroline Gerds

Caroline Gerds

M.A., CCC-SLP

Caroline Gerds has been working at Nicole Gerami, LLC since 2013. Prior to joining the practice, she worked in the public school setting (Pre-Kindergarten – 8th grade), in both Illinois and Washington. Caroline has experience with treating a variety of speech and language delays and disorders, however, her areas of specialty include language and literacy, speech sound disorders; and social language. She has received training in the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and in PROMPT (Level 1).

Caroline earned her M.A. in Speech – Language Pathology from Northwestern University in 2005. She is fully licensed by the Ohio Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology and is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Caroline is also an approved Ohio Department of Education Jon Peterson and Autism Scholarship provider.

“I chose to become a pediatric SLP because I love both working directly with children and collaborating with their family to help them reach their therapy goals.”

Michelle Grande

Michelle Grande

M.A., CCC-SLP

Michelle Grande graduated with her Master’s degree from Cleveland State University in 2017, after which she completed her Clinical Fellowship in Speech-Language Pathology at Nicole Gerami LLC. Michelle has had an active role in both Nicole Gerami’s Friendship Groups as well as Friendship in Teams (FIT) since 2015. In addition to social language, Michelle has experience treating children with various speech and language difficulties however her areas of specialty include articulation delays, social language, and conversation skills, and early childhood language intervention. Michelle is motivated to provide engaging, evidence-based therapy to children of all ages.

She is fully licensed by both the Ohio Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology and the Ohio Department of Education. She is also a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

“I knew I was going to love being an SLP when I had my first student ‘get’ his speech sound target for the first time. Seeing the level of pride on his face for working hard and achieving something, and knowing I was a part of it, is the best feeling in the world!”

Rita Gregg

Rita Gregg

M.S., CCC-SLP

Rita Gregg joined Nicole Gerami, LLC in 2007. She has practiced in public schools, adult and pediatric hospitals throughout the United States, including Virginia, Arizona, Washington, and Delaware. Rita is also currently on staff at a local private school. Her areas of expertise include speech sound disorders, language, and literacy in school-age children, though she serves individuals with a wide variety of speech and language delays and disorders. Rita loves witnessing the children she helps gain confidence as they become more efficient in their communication, language, and literacy skills.

Rita is fully licensed by both the Ohio Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology and the Ohio Department of Education, and she is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Additionally, she is a Certified Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner and Structured Literacy Dyslexia Interventionist.

“ I am inspired by the level to which parents are willing to partner with me to help facilitate the development of their child’s speech and/or language skills.”

Celia Lupton

Celia Lupton

M.A., CCC-SLP

Celia Lupton graduated from Case Western Reserve University with her M.A. in 2011 and joined Nicole Gerami, LLC as a full-time speech-language pathologist in 2012. Celia has worked with toddlers in the Early Intervention system of Massachusetts and has completed research on the use of Social Stories Intervention with children with ASD. Celia currently provides treatment to children with a variety of delays and disorders at Nicole Gerami, LLC. She loves seeing the look of accomplishment on her students’ faces for each little step of progress they make toward their goals.

Celia is fully licensed by both the Ohio Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology and the Ohio Department of Education, and she is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

“It is so rewarding when I see my students gaining confidence in their own speech and knowing that they can take that confidence outside of the therapy room and apply it to their everyday life.”

Nardine Taleb

Nardine Taleb

M.A., CF-SLP

Nardine Taleb joined Nicole Gerami, LLC as a clinical fellow after graduating with her M.A. from Case Western Reserve University in May of 2020. During her graduate education, she held clinical placements with Nicole Gerami, LLC in FIT Camp, the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation, and the Cleveland Clinic Lerner School for Autism. Her passion is getting to know families and the kids while getting them excited about therapy!

She holds her clinical fellowship license from the Ohio Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology and is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

“Every kid is different, and that is my favorite thing about this job. I get to know each individual child and what they love. Getting to know them makes therapy and life so much more exciting – they remind me every day to pay attention to the good things in life!”

Allison Tyson

Allison Tyson

M.A., CCC-SLP

Allison Tyson graduated from Case Western Reserve University with her M.A. in May 2018 and completed her clinical fellowship year at Nicole Gerami, LLC. Allison has worked with children with ASD, fluency disorders, and language disorders. She completed her graduate research on the use of Social Story intervention with children with ASD. During her graduate coursework, Allison had externship placements with Nicole Gerami, LLC, participating in FIT Camp and the Mayfield ESY program. She loves helping children communicate more effectively and more easily!

Allison is fully licensed by the Ohio Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology and is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

“One of the most rewarding parts of being a speech-language pathologist is observing a child’s increased confidence in their ability to communicate. It’s great to see kids recognize their progress and the pride that comes along with it!”