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.

Directors

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. 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 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. One of our outstanding supervisors is:

Frieda Shmuel, received her Bachelor of Arts with a dual major in Linguistics and Communication Disorders from State University of New York at New Paltz and received her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Adelphi University. She has worked at Broadlawn Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Fred J. Sparke Elementary, and Hy Weinberg Center for Communication Disorders. Frieda worked in a public school setting with children with special needs, grades ranging from kindergarten through 8th grade in the Bronx and has experience working in charter schools.

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. Outside All in 1 SPOT with Theratalk, Kelly is a servant-leader and holds various positions within Circle K International to extend her passion for bettering the lives of others. At All in 1 SPOT, Kelly maintains office filing, contracts with insurance companies, social media, and record keeping systems. She is also responsible for assisting Sima and Maria in their daily duties.

Alejandra Espinal received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Psychology from Queens College. She has experience working for the Neonatal Comprehensive Continuing Care Program (NCCCP) at Neonatology at NYU where she provided multidisciplinary integrated evaluation services and coordinated interventional services. She has experience as a teacher's assistant in diverse classroom settings. Alejandra 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. She also assists in translation with Spanish speaking patients and families.

Maria Kaloudis

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 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 also aides in health insurance reimbursement.

Occupational Therapists

Alexa Bello, M.S., OTR/L, received her master's degree from the University of Scranton in 2013. She has experience with documentation and implementation of treatment plans and evaluations at both Omni Childhood Center and at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center. She has been working here at All in 1 SPOT with TheraTalk since May 2014 and since then has been providing school-based occupational therapy services to students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in District 75 elementary school and high school. She also has experience providing clinic-based services to children of varying ages and diagnoses, including Down Syndrome and Autism, and home-based Early Intervention to children with 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".

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 and diagnosing and treating Torticollis.

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. Billy has worked in pediatrics including Early Intervention for over 5 years treating infants with various musculoskeletal and neurological disorders as well as Autism. 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.