nova@northernvalleysll.com    T: 201-399-7078    F: 201-399-7080
300 Knickerbocker Road    Suite 3600    Cresskill, NJ 07626

About Northern Valley Speech Language and Learning Center

Allison Egert, Ed.D., CCC/SLP is a dual certified Speech and Language Pathologist and Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant who has been in practice in Bergen County since 1986. Dr. Egert has extensive experience providing individualized treatment to children that have been diagnosed with Delayed Language, Dyslexia, Specific Reading Disability, Language Processing Disorders, Phonological and Articulation Disorders, Verbal Apraxia, Non Verbal Language Disorder, and Executive Functioning issues.

Dr. Egert’s private practice provides Speech, Language, and Learning Diagnostic Evaluations, Speech and Language therapy, educational remediation including Orton-Gillingham multisensory instruction for reading and spelling as well as reading comprehension strategies, multi-age language groups, and executive functioning workshops for young adults. Dr. Egert also consults with teachers in public and private schools to collaboratively plan treatment and integrate recommendations necessary for children’s success. Dr. Egert’s philosophy is positively influenced by current evidence-based research which supports the integration of content curriculum with remediation to help children actualize their potential and improve self-esteem. A skills approach coupled with curriculum is the best prescription for success.

In addition to her private practice, Dr. Egert is the Director of Special Learning Services at The Elisabeth Morrow School in Englewood, New Jersey. Dr. Egert was the previous Director of Special Services at The Moriah School also located in Englewood, New Jersey. Her extensive school experience has helped her understand and employ a best practices approach for educating the whole child – socially and academically.

Dr. Egert received her doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Egert holds two Master of Arts Degrees from New York University (Speech and Language Pathology) and Columbia University (Special Education).

Dr. Egert has presented numerous workshops on a variety of topics including the Oral to Written Language Connection, Phoneme Awareness, Making Inclusion Work, and Early Signs of Difficulty: What Parents Need to Know.

Professional affiliations include the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association and the International Dyslexia Association.
Jill Sendik is a Speech Language Pathologist who specializes in pediatric therapy. She has been working with children ages eighteen months through fourteen years of age since 1998. She enjoys working with children of all ages with articulation and phonological disorders, apraxia, receptive and expressive language disorders, auditory processing disorders, oral motor difficulties as well as engaging in cognitive language therapy.

Jill engages in professional development and incorporates modern research in phoneme awareness and phonological processing necessary for emerging literacy. Collaboration on a frequent basic with Jill’s client’s and long term relationships with school personnel are naturally established. She consults with private and public school teachers and therapists to effectively support her patient's needs.

Jill has worked in private practice since September 1998. She has also worked in early intervention. Jill received her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland and her graduate degree from Emerson College in Boston. She is a member of the American Speech Hearing Association and the New Jersey Speech Hearing Language Association.
Vidya Pingale is a registered and licensed occupational therapist with 15 years of clinical experience. She received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University and her Bachelor’s in Occupational Therapy from Bombay University in India.

Vidya is certified in administering Sensory Integration and Praxis Test ( SIPT). She has in depth knowledge and training in Sensory Integration and sensory processing issues. She has additional certifications and training in Interactive Metronome, Neurofeedback, DIR floor time, and the Therapeutic Listening Program. She believes in individualizing treatment plans and using treatment modalities that are best suited for the child. Vidya’s pediatric work experience settings include public and private schools in Bergen

county, private clinics, and home environments including the Early Intervention setting. She has expertise in treating children with sensory integration disorder, developmental delays, developmental coordination disorder, visual perceptual issues, and children with ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Vidya believes in treating a child using a collaborative model. She collaborates with other professionals, parents, teachers and caregivers.
 
Melissa Levine OTR/L is a pediatric occupational therapist that has practiced sensory integration therapy since 1996. Melissa graduated from Boston University and completed her affiliations at Mt. Sinai and Beth Israel Hospitals.

Melissa’s experiences include working at private practices, school based therapy, early intervention and home care.  She, also, has extensive experience working with the IEP process (Individualized Education Plan).

Melissa is a certified Handwriting Without Tears Specialist and is a certified Solisten practitioner (portable Tomatis Listening program).
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