Dana received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communicative Disorders from the University of Rhode Island, with a Minor in Psychology in 2005. She then furthered her studies and received a Master's of Science Degree from Mercy College in New York in 2008. She has her teaching certifications in New York and Rhode Island, and she is a PROMPT certified therapist. PROMT is a globally recognized certification ideal for individuals with speech production disorders, specifically in the area of motor performance and cognitive-linguistic deficits.
In her first three years of practice, Dana worked at a private pre-school setting in New York integrating children with special needs into regular education settings. She has had extensive experience with children on the Autism Spectrum, children with Downs Syndrome, varieties of neurological and chromosomal disabilities, feeding impairments, and developmental speech and language impairments. She also did private practice in New York and further extended her experience with children, and treated adults who suffered traumatic brain injuries resulting from a stroke.
Dana worked for the Providence Public School Department, servicing the pre-kindergarten population of kids three-five years of age. In addition to her private practice at Live Proper Health Center, Dana currently works for Chariho Regional School District servicing students, 5th grade up to the age of 21, with severe to profound special needs.
Dana recognizes and pays strict attention to each child on her caseload and formulates therapy plans according to each of their individual needs. She maintains that successful speech therapy is a whole team approach involving efforts of: the child, therapist, and family members. She offers parent education through weekly session observations, phone calls, weekly meetings, and literature. She is dedicated and devoted to all individuals she services, and strives to do her best to bring out their best!