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

Erin Kelly

M.A., CCC-SLP

Erin earned her M.A. from Cleveland State University and joined Nicole Gerami in 2021. Erin has led several FIT camps and assisted in the creation of the social lessons. Prior to becoming a speech-language therapist, Erin worked as an elementary teacher. She made the career switch so that she could work one on one and establish longer relationships with the children she serves. Her favorite part about her job is connecting with families and children. She strives to collaborate with families to develop functional, realistic, and achievable goals.

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

“As a speech-language therapist, it doesn’t feel like I’m coming into a job every day. It’s a privilege to work with these children and it gives me my purpose, it’s something I enjoy everyday.”

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

Sarah Mikusa

M.A., CCC-SLP

Sarah Mikusa is one of our senior therapists, and has over 13 years of experience working with the pediatric population.  Her experience includes working in both the private sector, as well as a hospital setting.  Sarah is skilled in working with toddlers and preschoolers that have language and/or motor speech disorders.  She feels very strongly about the relationship between the parent/caregiver and the therapist, and holds a certification in the Hanen – It takes Two to Talk program.  Sarah is passionate about her work, and loves being able to help a child gain their voice, as well as provide parent(s) with the confidence they need to support their child’s language growth.  In her spare time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

“I feel privileged to be able to help my clients become confident with their communication. The families I work with become like family, and I truly love being a part of the change they see in their child.”

Michelle Grande

Natalia Just

M.A., CF-SLP

Natalia Just joined Nicole Gerami, LLC as a clinical fellow after graduating with her M.A. from Kent State University in December of 2021. During her graduate education, she held clinical placements with Alliance Local Schools, Kent State University’s English Language Proficiency Clinic, Salem Community Clinic, Bath Elementary School, and Nicole Gerami, LLC in FIT Camp. Natalia has experience with providing a range of different therapies for apraxia, autism, AAC, fluency, language, and articulation. Her passion for speech comes from her love for working with children and their families. 

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).

“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!”

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!”

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.”

Christine Hanley

Christine Hanley

Office Manager/Billing

Anita Dacanay

Maisie Hanley

Teen Program Coordinator

Debbie Metzger

Debbie Zimmerman

Front Desk Associate/Insurance