• We offer speech therapy and rehabilitation for communication and swallowing disorders for all ages.

    Difficulty speaking or swallowing can be a consequence of a wide variety of conditions—from a severe cold to throat and neck cancer. Speech-language pathologists are specially trained to provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment of communication and swallowing disorders.

    We work closely with adults, children and babies struggling with:

    • Voice impairment (strained or hoarse voice)
    • Swallowing difficulties
    • Delayed speech or language development
    • Communication problems due to stroke, Parkinson's disease, ultiple Sclerosis, radiation treatments or neurological disease, Alzheimer's disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or other neurological disorders
    • Stuttering

    Meet our Speech-Language Pathology Team

  • Make an Appointment

    Vassar Brothers Medical Center
    (845) 483-7391

    Fishkill Medical Mall
    (845) 838-8191

    Putnam Hospital Center
    (845) 279-5711 x-2475

    Northern Dutchess Hospital
    (845) 871-3427

    Sharon Hospital
    (845) 364-4065

    NY TTY/Accessibility
    (800) 421-1220

    CT TTY/Accessibility
    (800) 842-9710

Whether you are an outpatient or hospitalized at one of our inpatient facilities, our speech-pathology team will help customize treatment for your specific needs. All of our speech-language pathologists are licensed in New York State or Connecticut, and are nationally certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. 

Becky Connolly, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathology
Northern Dutchess Hospital


Rosemary Griffin, MA, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathology
Vassar Brothers Medical Center


Sarah Hyatt, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathology
Vassar Brothers Medical Center


Mary Ell Izzo, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathology
Vassar Brothers Medical Center

Jenny Kalanz, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS 
Speech Therapy
Putnam Hospital Center


Barbara Kellerhouse, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Therapy 
Putnam Dutchess Hospital


Diane Mandel, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Therapy
Putnam Hospital Center


Irene Pieza, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Therapy
Putnam Hospital Center


Dana Premuto, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathology
Vassar Brothers Medical Center


Jessica Pugliese, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathology
Northern Dutchess Hospital


Helena Trainor, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathology
Vassar Brothers Medical Center


Dilnaz Unwalla, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathology
Vassar Brothers Medical Center


Nahida Unwalla, MEd, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathology
Vassar Brothers Medical Center

Voice Impairments

Speech-language pathologists deal with a wide range of voice disorders. For example, you might develop a hoarse or strained voice from a chronic cold, allergies or overuse of your voice and require therapeutic assistance to regain functioning. People whose jobs involve loud or frequent talking, such as teachers, coaches and singers, may be referred for voice therapy by their ear, nose and throat (ENT) physicians.

Voice therapy involves instructing patients through various exercises how to improve the quality and timbre of their voice without putting excess strain on the vocal cords.

 

Health Quest also offers a variety of specialized programs and technologies to address a weakened or damaged voice.  These therapies include: 

 

  • Videostroboscopy using a small video camera to examine in slow motion how the vocal cords move. Videostroboscopy is a state-of-the-art technique used by physicians and speech-language pathologists to assess the voice box and vocal cords. 
  • The Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT®) program to help individuals with Parkinson’s disease improve the loudness and clarity of their speech. 

Swallowing Difficulties and Speech Therapy

Any condition or disease that makes chewing or breathing difficult or that makes tongue movements slow or awkward can impact swallowing. We treat adults as well as premature babies and children with cerebral palsy and other medical conditions that inhibit swallowing.

To determine the nature of a patient’s swallowing problem and to effectively address swallowing safety and comfort concerns, we use the latest radiological and fiberoptic technologies including:

  • Modified barium swallow studies that help us to understand painful swallowing or difficulty swallowing.
  • Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) that assesses important factors like how you are swallowing food and what foods are safest for you to swallow.

These procedures are very well tolerated methods for studying swallowing disorders. For treatment, we offer neuromuscular electrical stimulation of swallowing, including VitalStim®, which when combined with swallowing exercises, accelerates strengthening of the muscle movements essential to swallowing.

Swallowing and Speech Difficulty Resulting from Cancer Treatments

We work in concert with cancer specialists to provide highly specialized services to patients who have undergone surgery and/or radiation treatment to their mouth, head, neck and throat for cancer. Patients who have had their vocal cords removed also benefit from our voice restoration program. Vassar Brothers Medical Center is the only regional provider of voice prosthetic fitting and training for patients with tracheo-esophageal punctures (TEP) following removal of the voice box.

The Laryngectomy Support Group at Vassar Brothers Medical Center offers opportunities for individuals facing laryngeal cancer surgery and individuals treated for laryngeal cancer to share their experiences, learn about communication options (electrolarynx and/or voice prosthesis) and participate in community awareness projects. This group is open to family members and caregivers as well. Some members meet with patients facing decisions about their treatment options.

Speech Therapy for Stroke and Other Neurological Conditions

A stroke can impact communication in a number of ways, including the ability to understand follow and create sentences as well as recall names accurately and quickly. Diseases such as multiple sclerosis or Parkinson's disease can also make it difficult to speak loudly and clearly.

In addition to working directly with our patients, we make every effort to involve family members and other caregivers in the communication rehabilitation process whose lives are also impacted by these challenges.

Services for Children

We offer traditional speech therapy to address your child's ability to pronounce sounds and words as well as the ability to effectively use language to express ideas. We also address stuttering. In addition, our speech-language pathologists at Vassar Brothers Medical Center also work with NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) premature babies and babies born with cleft lips and palates to address feeding concerns.

In addition to inpatient care at all three hospitals, Paul Rosenthal Rehabilitation Center and The Thompson House, find outpatient services at the following locations:

Northern Dutchess Hospital Services in Rhinebeck

Northern Dutchess Hospital
Main Campus
6511 Springbrook Avenue
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy...
(845) 871-3427
Hours:

Monday to Thursday 7:30 AM to 7:30 PM
Friday 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Northern Dutchess Hospital
Women’s View Health Annex
107 Montgomery Street
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
(845) 871-4380
Hours:
Monday 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Tuesday 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Hyde Park

Hyde Park Rehabilitation Center
11 Crum Elbow Road
Hyde Park, NY 12538
Physical and Occupational Therapy...
(845) 229-2899
Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Tuesday, Thursday 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Putnam Hospital Center Services in Carmel

Putnam Hospital Center
Main Campus
644 Stoneleigh Avenue, Suite 203
Carmel, NY 10512
Physical Therapy ...
(845) 279-1785
Occupational and Speech Therapy...
(845) 279-5711, Ext. 2475
Physical Therapy Hours:
Monday to Friday 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Saturday 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Occupational Therapy Hours:
Monday, Thursday 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Tuesday 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Wednesday 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Saturday 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Speech Therapy Hours:
Monday, Thursday 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Tuesday, Wednesday 9:00 AM to 2:00 AM
Friday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Jefferson Valley

Jefferson Valley Rehabilitation Services
Jefferson Valley Professional Building
2985 Navajo Road
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy ...
(914) 248-5425
Physical Therapy Hours:
Monday, Wednesday 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Tuesday 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Thursday 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Friday 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Occupational Therapy Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Pawling

Pawling Rehabilitation Services
551 Route 22
Pawling, NY 12564
Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy...
(845) 855-7300
Physical Therapy Hours:
Monday 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Tuesday, Thursday 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Wednesday 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Friday 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Occupational Therapy Hours:
Tuesday, Thursday 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Speech Therapy Hours:
Tuesday, Thursday 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM

Katonah

Katonah Rehabilitation Services
160 Harris Road
Bedford Hills, NY 10507
Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy ...
(914) 242-1823
Physical Therapy Hours:
Monday, Wednesday 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Tuesday, Friday 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Occupational Therapy Hours:
Tuesday, Thursday 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie

Vassar Brothers Medical Center
Center for Speech and Physical Rehabilitation
21 Reade Place, Suite 2000
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 483-7391
Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Tuesday, Friday 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Fishkill

Vassar Brothers Medical Mall

Vassar Brothers Rehabilitation Services
200 Westage Business Center Drive, Suite 311
Fishkill, NY 12524

Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy...
(845) 838-8191
Hours:
Monday, Wednesday 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM