150-50 14th Road
Whitestone, NY 11357
Tel: (718) 767-0091/0071
Fax: (718) 767-0086
Email: info@spotwiththeratalk.com

About Us

All in 1 SPOT with TheraTalk, SLP, PT, OT, PLLC is a pediatric and adult rehabilitation center servicing Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk counties. All in 1 SPOT with TheraTalk, SLP, PT, OT, PLLC originated from Dr. Irene Christoforou-Gioules’ speech therapy private practice in Whitestone, Queens, called TheraTalk. TheraTalk expanded by adding physical and occupational therapy to provide a multidisciplinary approach to treatment, all in one location: All in 1 SPOT with TheraTalk. This facility includes a state of the art sensory gym that enhances all therapeutic services provided at the location.

We have a large gross motor and sensory gym with a rock climbing wall, slide, ramps, trampoline, tunnels, barrels, scooters, bolsters, balance beam, monkey bars, various swings, ball pits, crash mat, therapy balls, air pillows, sand/rice/bean tables. We also have a fine motor writing room with a wall of black chalk board. We have an additional smaller area for 1:1 private gym experience for children that get over stimulated in the large gym. Our beautiful private speech therapy suites are conducive for the most optimal therapy sessions. We provide a fun, safe and motivating environment for exploration and movement, as well as opportunities for imagination and pretend play. The gym as well as all therapy suites are under video surveillance and can be viewed by parents at any time.

All in 1 SPOT is also an Early intervention agency for New York State. Early intervention is a system of services that helps babies and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities. Early intervention focuses on helping eligible babies and toddlers learn the basic and brand-new skills that typically develop during the first three years of life. For more information about our early intervention program, please click HERE (link may also be found on our home page).


Dr. Irene Christoforou-Gioules, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, the founder of Theratalk Speech-Language Pathology, P.C., has been in practice since 1999. Dr. Gioules received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from St. John’s University and her doctoral/Ph.D. degree from Columbia University. Her initial training was in an acute care setting in which she worked with infants in the neonatal care unit, adults with neurological problems, and children with speech and language problems. Dr. Gioules then focused her work in the pediatric population by working in the early intervention setting, and finally opened a private clinic that grew instantly. The population in the private clinic, Theratalk Speech Language Pathology, consisted primarily of children and adolescents (0-18 years) with various speech/articulation deficits, and language delays/disorders, and some adults with neurological disorders.

Dr. Gioules began her doctoral work at Columbia immediately after receiving her master’s degree, during her clinical fellowship. Her doctoral work focused on swallowing/feeding and motor development in children. Dr. Gioules’ dissertation was titled “The Developmental Coordination of Breathing Movements and Swallowing.” Given that Dr. Gioules’ education surpasses the requirements for becoming a speech language pathologist, she has enlightened her staff with the most effective treatment programs for various speech/language disabilities. Dr. Gioules has treated over hundreds of children and trains over 8 speech therapists per year. Dr. Irene oversees the early intervention program to ensure quality assurance. She trains the early intervention therapists to make sure they follow all the New York State regulations for the early intervention program. Dr. Gioules guides her therapists to offer many of the innovative treatments and new technology that are endorsed by research. Dr. Gioules has substantial experience with dysphagia (swallowing disorder), feeding deficits, motor speech disorders (apraxia, dysarthria) and speech/language delays/disorders. Dr. Gioules, along with Maria, oversees the entire center and their programs.

Maria Panayiotou-Mamounas, M.A., CCC-SLP, co-director of All in 1 S.P.O.T. with TheraTalk, received her bachelor's degree from New York University, and her master's degree from St. John's University. Maria completed a Master's thesis titled "Temporal Patterns in the Speech of Persons with Parkinson's Disease: Compensatory Shortening and Final Lengthening." Her research was conducted at Columbia University's Motor Speech Disorders clinic, where she worked closely with neurologists specializing in movement disorders.

At the present time Maria is co-director of All in 1 S.P.O.T. with TheraTalk and has supervised over 20 clinical fellows. Maria is an active member of the American Speech and Hearing Association. She works closely with pediatricians, neurologists, psychologists, occupational and physical therapists to provide a multidisciplinary approach to treatment. Maria is a PROMPT trained and Lee Silverman Voice Treatment certified therapist with experience in behavioral feeding, apraxia, speech/language delays, developmental/neurological disorders and autism. Maria, along with Dr. Gioules are the co-creators of the S.P.O.T. Feeding Hierarchy©, an intensive sensory/behavioral feeding program for picky eaters. Maria frequently provides training to her staff and medical colleagues on augmentative/alternative communication devices, behavioral feeding and other various speech and language disabilities. Maria programs augmentative/alternative communication devices and aides parents in obtaining funding for these devices. Maria holds conferences on the S.P.O.T. Feeding Hierarchy and is often asked to supervise and consult in various school affiliations as well. Maria works hard to make sure the early intervention program is running smoothly and that the best quality of service is provided to all the children. Maria is an outstanding co-director and puts her whole heart into running the practice.

Speech Therapists

We currently have over 20 Speech-Language Therapists who work with our families that have expertise in speech, language, voice, fluency, and swallowing/feeding disorders/delays.

Early Intervention Team

Christiana Neophytou, M.S. received her Masters degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Adelphi University in 2014. During her studies, she provided therapeutic treatments and evaluations to clients of all ages. After graduating, she competed her clinical fellow year at All in 1 S.P.O.T. with Theratalk. During this year, Christiana began specializing in the treatment of children ages birth through age three, creating individualized treatment plans to maximize progress. After deciding to specialize in the younger pediatric population, Christiana began overseeing the day to day duties and activities of SPOT's early intervention program. She educates families seeking Early Intervention of the process and benefits of receiving therapeutic services through the Early Intervention Program. Christiana also researches and introduces early intervention therapists to new technologies and treatment approaches to utilize in the provision of services. Christiana oversees 20 Speech-Language Therapists who service children in the early intervention program in the NYC, Nassau, and Suffolk areas.

Chelsea Rosario is head office manager of Early Intervention. She is currently a full time college student dual majoring in Communication Sciences & Disorders and Psychology, in addition to working full time as head office manager for EI. Chelsea's love and passion for a future of working with the pediatric population, makes her position in the EI genre, a perfect one. At All in 1 SPOT, Chelsea maintains all Early Intervention based activities, including staffing coordination, casework management, keeping constant contact with our numerous EI therapists, and other various positions. She has been working for All in 1 SPOT for over a year, and has been an amazing asset with the drive and hard work she constantly strives for.

Office Managers

Sima Mobasheri is currently the executive office manager at All in 1 SPOT with TheraTalk holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business. Sima has been with All in 1 SPOT with TheraTalk for over 8 years. She works closely with Board of Education administrators and parents to provide a smooth transition from the initial IEP meeting to scheduled therapy sessions. Sima's good nature and large heart makes her loved by parents and children. Sima's duties include scheduling, paperwork tracking, and billing. Sima puts her whole heart and effort into her work.

Kelly Chan is currently an office assistant at All in 1 SPOT with TheraTalk. She received her Bachelor of Arts at Queens College, with a major in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor in Psychology. She is now working towards her Masters of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from St. John's University to pursue a career, working with the pediatric population. Kelly has strong communication and networking skills which has been a huge benefit to the workplace. At All in 1 SPOT, Kelly maintains office filing, contracts with insurance companies, social media, website, assisting with early intervention service coordination, and record keeping systems. She is also responsible for assisting Sima and Maria in their daily duties.

Marianthi Makris-Pasvatis received her Bachelor and Master of Arts from St. John’s University. She has teaching experience in both private and public schools. Marianthi works at All in 1 SPOT with TheraTalk as an office manager and is a critical component in ensuring that each client and family receives the services they need. She works directly with insurance companies and families to schedule their evaluations and initial sessions.

Maria Kaloudis has been working at All in 1 SPOT with TheraTalk for over a year as an office manager. She works directly with insurance and medical billing companies to receive authorizations for our clients and families. Prior to working at All in 1 SPOT with TheraTalk Maria worked at many other facilities, familiarizing herself with various amounts of medical billing departments.

Rachel Zeleznik is an office assistant at All in 1 SPOT with TheraTalk. She is completing her fourth year at Queens College with a dual major in Communication Sciences & Disorders and Psychology. Having always held an incredible passion for the field of Speech-Language Pathology, Rachel has devoted much of her undergraduate career to working with special needs children in various clinical and research-based settings. She continues to seize each new opportunity with an open mind and a positive, enthusiastic attitude. Rachel helps with insurance reimbursement, in addition to marketing the Early Intervention program at All in 1 SPOT.

Alyssa Zulijani is an office assistant at All in 1 SPOT with TheraTalk. Alyssa graduated from Queens College magna cum laude with a Bachelor's of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor in Psychology. Alyssa is beginning her Speech-Language Pathology masters degree at Brooklyn College during the fall of 2014. She is dedicated and enjoys her time working at All in 1 SPOT. She acts as office receptionist greeting and directing visitors. She aides in health insurance reimbursement. She also assists with marketing the Early Intervention program and assists with communicating with all of our early intervention therapists in the Queens, Bronx, Nassau, and Suffolk regions.

ABA Therapists

Daniel Gatto M.A., M.S. Ed., L-B.C.B.A., Clinical Early Intervention ABA Program Director at All in 1 S.P.O.T. with Theratalk. He is responsible for the supervision, development, and oversight of all clinical aspects related to our ABA program. He is a New York State Licensed Behavior Analyst and has been working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) since 2006. He received a graduate degree in psychology from Queens College in 2009 as well as a graduate degree in Special Education (B-2) from Touro College in 2010. Daniel has been working as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2010. He has experience working with children from ages 2-21, previously working as a special education teacher and a behavior consultant/special educator. Daniel currently works as a behavior analyst/classroom supervisor. Daniel has prior experience working as a teaching assistant, classroom teacher, SEIT/SETSS provider, school district behavior consultant, parent trainer, case supervisor, EI team leader, staff trainer, and classroom supervisor. Daniel has presented at various workshops within the field of behavior analyst and current conducts an ABA workshop training series.

Occupational Therapists

Alexa Bello, M.S., OTR/L, received her master's degree from the University of Scranton in 2013. She has occupational therapy experience working with various populations at facilities including Creedmoor Psychiatric Center and Omni Childhood Center. Alexa creates treatment plans and implements interventions for children ranging from ages 0-3 in Early Intervention and school-aged children as well. Alexa also has experience with documentation and conducting evaluations. She has been working here at All in 1 SPOT with TheraTalk since May 2014 and since then has been providing school-based, clinic-based, and Early Intervention (homecare and facility-based) occupational therapy services to children with varying diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorders and developmental delay. Alexa is great with collaborating with clients, families, and interdisciplinary teams to promote client-centered treatment.

Gary Matthesen MPA OTR has been an Occupational therapist since 1972, as a graduate of the Bachelors degree program from Utica College of Syracuse University. Initially beginning work as an OT in day hospital Psychiatry, he has throughout his career worked in cerebral palsy, pediatric physical disabilities, geriatrics, group homes and drug and alcohol rehabilitation. He received his Masters from CW Post in Health Care Administration. Most of his career however, has been spent working in pediatrics. Joining SPOT in early 2011, he brings with him wide experience working with children. Presently Gary is the Director of Occupational Therapy at Lifeline Center, a preschool in Queens NY. Part time jobs include SPOTS and Dove Rehabilitation Services where he has worked specializing in Sensory Integration for over 22 years. Working at Dove he has become certified in the administration and interpretation of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test. He has taken numerous continuing education courses, as well as having presented such seminars to OT's PT's and ST's. Gary has active student programs and has also guest lectured for local OT schools, professional presentations and "parent nights".

Donnielle Rome-Martin, M.S., OTR/L, ATR-BC received her master's degree in Occupational Therapy from from Columbia University in 2013. She has been practicing as an Occupational Therapist in home care, specifically with the medically fragile pediatric population. She gained experience at Harlem Hospital and Creedmoor Psychiatric Center, giving her extensive experience with inpatients with physical disabilities and psychiatric impairments. Donnielle has been a practicing Board Certified Art Therapist since 2005 after receiving her masters from Hofstra University. As an Art Therapist, she specialized in working with children and adults with special needs and in special situations including incarceration and the foster care system. With over ten years experience working with the special needs populations, Donnielle excels in family interventions.

Jennifer Schuster, M.S., OTR/L received her master's degree from the University of Scranton in 2013. She has experience with administering evaluations and creating treatment plans for children with physical and cognitive disabilities. She gained experience at ACDS and Special Kids Intervention Program, giving her extensive experience with children with Down Syndrome and Autism. She has been working here at All in 1 SPOT with TheraTalk since May 2014 and since then has provided school-based occupational services, home-based Early Intervention services, and performed clinic-based services. Jennifer excels at administering evaluations, pediatric standardized assessments, and completing written reports for families and intervention teams to promote client-centered treatment.

Karla Sibrian, M.S., OTR/L has been an Occupational Therapist since 2007, as a graduate of the Masters degree program from Dominican College. Since then, Karla has worked in school-based settings with pediatrics ranging from age 2 to 21 years of age. Prior to her graduate studies, Karla gained extensive experience working as a certified Occupational Therapist assistant in a psychiatric setting, by working with the pediatric, adult, and geriatric populations for 12 years. She has also been an adjunct lecturer at York College, educating Occupational Therapy students.

Physical Therapists

Constadina Balis, M.S., P.T. began working with All in 1 SPOT with Theratalk in April 2012. Constadina received both her Bachelor of Sciences degree and Master of Arts in 1998 at Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY. She specializes in pediatric physical therapy and has been providing treatment to the pediatric population for over 15 years in various settings including early intervention, hospital rehab, school based therapy, and clinic based therapy. Dina has extensive experience providing services in various patient population including children diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Autism, Osteogenisis Imperfecta, Familial Dysautonomia, Developmental Muscular Torticollis, Down Syndrome, and Orthopedic Disorders. She also has continuous education in Sensory Integration, NDT, Ball Therapy, school-based treatment therapy, early intervention practices, and diagnosing and treating Torticollis.

Lamia Zitouni, DPT received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Columbia University in 2011. She has gained experience in New York Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, Long Island Jewish Hospital, Metropolitian Hospital, and Lenox Hill Hospital, evaluating and developing individualized treatment plans for patients with cardiopulmonary, orthopedic, neurological, and musculoskeletal problems. In addition to working at All in 1 S.P.O.T. with TheraTalk, Lamia works with the pediatric population at the United Cerebral Palsy in the Bronx, evaluating and treating patients with a multitude of diagnoses. Lamia excels in collaborating with the multidisciplinary team at All in 1 S.P.O.T. with TheraTalk and also works with families to implement home exercise programs.

Vasilios Pappas, DPT (Billy) has a bachelor degree in physical education with a focus on exercise physiology and kinesiology. He graduated with honors from NYIT with a doctorate of Physical Therapy. Dr. Billy has worked in pediatrics including Early Intervention for over 5 years treating infants with various musculoskeletal and neurological disorders as well as Autism. Dr. Billy is bilingual Greek and is certified in CPR and First Aid training.

Why choose All In 1 Spot With Theratalk?

Dr. Gioules’ goal is for her center to provide the most optimal therapeutic practices. She obtained a doctorate at one of the finest institutions to further her knowledge and share with future staff. She invests time, energy and passion in all of her clinical staff as they represent All in 1 SPOT with TheraTalk. The therapists she trains are clinical biproducts of Dr. Gioules and when they have completed their training at All in 1 SPOT they are able to work with various types of disorders and populations.

Dr. Gioules believes that a child’s success only goes as far as the therapist pushes him/her. Dr. Gioules continuously challenges all of her therapists to increase their knowledge base and provide the best therapy possible during each and every therapy session. The therapists that work for All in 1 SPOT with TheraTalk are highly trained, and carefully selected. During interviews for employment at All in 1 SPOT with TheraTalk, detailed clinical and theoretical questions are asked to ensure that therapists are at the top of their field. The therapists are trained to employ a passionate, thorough and intensive approach in therapy and provide each child with a highly individualized treatment plan specific to each child’s unique needs, as well as personalized strategies and goals to foster carryover at home, in school and in their community.

Expertise in the following:

Servicing children of all ages and adults.

Early Intervention Approved Agency.

RSA's from CPSE and CSE accepted, as well as transmittals.

Accepted by many insurances in and out of network.

We accept Medicaid.

PROMPT trained therapists.

LSVT certified therapists.