Dr. Howard C. Shane
Howard C. Shane Director of the Center for Communication Disorders and the Autism Language Program at Children’s Hospital Boston, where he also conducts a clinical practice that concentrates on persons with autism spectrum disorders. He is an associate professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School and professor of communication sciences and disorders at the MGH Institute of Health Professions.
He is renowned internationally for creating inventive communication procedures and technology applications for persons with autism as well as innovative ways to operate and control computers for persons with difficulty with motor control. With Boston Children’s Hospital’s endorsement and using Dr. Shane’s visual-based curriculum, we are branding his cutting edge methodology and proven treatment program. Our future growth strategies are to expand throughout the US and internationally.
Dr. Gerald Healy
Gerald B. Healy, M.D. is the emeritus Surgeon-in-Chief and the emeritus Gerald B. Healy Chair in Otolaryngology at Children’s Hospital Boston. He also served as a Trustee of the hospital. Dr. Healy is currently Professor of Otology and Laryngology at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Healy is a member of numerous honorary societies, including the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, American College of Surgeons, the Triological Society, the American Laryngological Association, the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, the American Society of Head and Neck Surgery and the American Surgical Association. He has served as President of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, the American Bronchoesophageal Association, and the Triological Society (the leading academic society in the specialty of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery). He has served as Secretary and President of the American Laryngological Association. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland and the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He has served as a Chairman of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons and is a past-President of the American College. He was the first Otolaryngologist to be elected President of the College. Currently he is a Fellow at the Institute for Health Care Improvement.
Elaine is a Social Entrepreneur and Philanthropist. She is the Founder of Puddingstone Place™ who had the vision for building a national brand to support the growing number of families in need of communication, behavioral and occupational therapies. Elaine is a member of the board of Autism Speaks (NE Chapter) dedicated to promoting solutions to families impacted by autism and other developmental disabilities. She is a Committee Member of the “Night to Shine” for the Flutie Foundation. Earlier, she owned/operated multi-sites for Boston Chicken franchises where she oversaw operations and a staff of over 200 employees. Prior to that, Elaine was an executive at Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank.
Greg Kelliher is the Co-Founder of Puddingstone Place™. He is a trusted financial leader in the medical industry for the past 20 years. Greg managed the Department of Otolaryngology & Communication Disorders at Boston Children’s Hospital, overseeing more than 200 staff members and establishing processes and systems to streamline and enhance billing/collections. In addition, Greg was the founder of a medical billing company that provided the back-office operational and financial support for numerous medical practitioners across the US.
Claire Flynn has joined our team as our new Director of Operations accompanied by over 30 years of experience in the educational, rehabilitative, behavioral, and health services. With her experience, she consistently uses the highest level of efficiency possible within the organization. Claire is an exceptionally thoughtful and detailed oriented individual who has a sharp eye for what is feasible and acceptable within the confines of our industry. She fosters a team environment; always supporting her colleagues and supervisees as a highly valued leader.
Dr. Anna Allen
Ph.D MS, CCC-SLP
Dr. Allen, a speech-language pathologist, received her Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Sciences from the MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2018. She has over 15 years of clinical experience providing speech-language intervention to children with developmental disabilities. Since 2013, she has been mentored by Dr. Shane at Boston Children’s Hospital, where she has participated in clinical research studies on the Visual Immersion System – VIS™*, and assisted in the creation of the VIS™ Clinical Compendium. Dr. Allen’s research focuses on the uses of mobile technology platforms for improving communication skills in children with moderate to severe ASD, and in training caregivers to apply strategies. Additionally, she is interested in caregiver stress and resilience in families of persons with disabilities. Dr. Allen will be overseeing the delivery of therapies and services at each Center.
Kara T. Morrison-Smith
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MS, LABA, BCBA
Ann became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst almost 10 years ago and has served a diverse population that includes individuals from 18 months old to young adulthood. Ann has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Adelphi University and a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education and Elementary Education from the State University of NY at Geneseo. Ann started her career as a special education teacher 30 years ago which is when she developed a passion for working with children with autism and behavior analysis. Ann continued her education and training at Simmons University where she studied Applied Behavior Analysis. Ann has had additional study and training in Applied Verbal Behavior, for which she is quite passionate. Ann also loves to provide training to family members, behavior technicians, and provide supervision to BCBAs and those studying to become BCBAs. She has worked in a variety of settings including homes, schools, and center-based programs. In the course of her career, teaching children with Autism to communicate has been a priority and a passion. She is excited to collaborate with Speech Therapists and Occupational Therapists at Puddingstone towards this goal. Ann will be overseeing ABA Services for Puddingstone Place across locations.
Ashok T. Kumar
Ashok Kumar will be primarily driving the technology enablement and adaptation for Puddingstone Place. His passion is in harnessing the new leading edge technologies and creating solutions to solve real world problems. He holds numerous patents in the artificial intelligence area. He holds Master of Business Administration from University of Massachusetts. He has a bachelors in engineering with more than 2 decades in the Software Industry designing and leading software solutions across various domains including health care. Ashok has extensive experience in leading teams internationally including Germany, India and Brazil.
Speech Language Pathology Team
Meg received her Masters of Science degree from the College of Saint Rose in New York, where she is originally from. She has worked with all populations ranging from infants to adults but her passion lies in working with children specifically in the areas of Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) and early intervention. Additionally, she has experience and a special interest in hearing loss and aural rehabilitation. Meg’s therapeutic philosophy focuses on building strong relationships with clients and their families, while accentuating their strengths in order to provide the most motivating and effective treatment strategies. She will be treating out of the Wellesley, MA location.
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Molly received her Masters degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, Massachusetts. Molly’s main areas of clinical experience and passion include Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) and working with individuals with autism spectrum disorders across the lifespan. As a speech-language pathologist, Molly emphasizes family-centered intervention and developing her clients’ self-advocacy skills to promote trust and engagement throughout therapy sessions. Molly will be treating out of the Wellesley location.
Lissy is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she earned a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Pittsburgh. She prides herself on forming connections and building trusting, working relationships with patients and their families. She has worked in outpatient, public school, and home-based settings. Through her experience with diverse populations, she has developed a passion for working with people on the autism spectrum and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Lissy is also an animal-loving yogi who enjoys traveling, nature, and all things Disney.
Board Certified Behavior Analysts/LABAs
MS, BCBA, LABA
Ciara has her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from Bay Path University. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has worked with a diverse population, including children, adolescents, and young adults with Autism and other developmental disabilities. Ciara has provided ABA services in settings that include residential group homes, clinic-based facilities, schools, and local community settings. She has experience in developing and implementing behavior plans and provides research-based strategies. Ciara is passionate about verbal behavior, community integration, and training caregivers, staff, and families on the implementation of ABA procedures. She has seen the immense impact ABA can have on an individual and strongly believes in a collaborate approach to treatment. She looks forward to putting her knowledge and experience to work to improve the quality of life for individuals and their families. Ciara will be treating primarily out of our Wellesley, MA location.
Nikki Snizek, BCBA/LABA
Nikki has her Master’s degree in Autism Spectrum Disorders from Elms College. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has worked with a diverse population of individuals including children, adolescents, and young adults with autism, developmental disabilities, neurological disabilities, and individuals that are deaf and hard of hearing. Nikki has provided ABA services in a number of school and day program settings and has an extensive background creating and implementing behavior intervention plans and programming for individuals using research based methods and strategies. Nikki has a passion for ABA research, functional communication as a means to reduce challenging behaviors, and teaching functional and socially meaningful skills. She is always up for a challenge and loves to help individuals reach their greatest potential.
Calvin Stanley, M.Ed., LABA, BCBA
Calvin Stanley, M.Ed., LABA, BCBA is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst based in the Middleboro office. He received a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell in 2009 and a graduate certificate in Autism Studies in 2012. He has been working with children with special needs since 2013. Calvin has a background in skills assessment and acquisition, functional behavioral assessments, transitions to community settings, and providing training for staff, families, and the community. He has worked in home, at school, and in a center-based environment. He has also been a part of an Early Intervention team for kiddos as young as 12 months. Other interests within ABA include cultural competency of ABA professionals, the role culture plays in family and autism, bilingualism and ABA, technology use, and making ABA as family-friendly as possible. Previously he was a teacher and school administrator for 14 years at an international school in Guangzhou, China. He lives in the South Shore with his wife and two young children.
Registered Behavior Therapists/Behavior Therapists
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Samantha has her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Bridgewater State University. She has worked with children and adolescents with Autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, and other developmental disabilities. She has worked in home based and center based settings providing behavior analytic services. Her favorite part of ABA therapy is watching the children she works with succeed and progress. Samantha will be primarily treating out of the Middleboro, MA location.
Occupational Therapy Team
Gabriella recently graduated from Boston University with her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. She has worked with all populations, but her passion lies in working to better the lives of children with autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorders, and/or intellectual and developmental disabilities. Gabriella’s pediatric experience includes a three-month internship at a school dedicated to children with disabilities, volunteering at Easter Seals, and being a unified partner with the Special Olympics. She will be working out of the Danvers, MA office.
Morgan recently graduated with her Occupational Therapy Doctorate from the MGH Institute of Health professions. She has an undergraduate degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Kansas and worked as a behavior technician for 4 years before becoming an occupational therapist. Her special interests and previous research have been focused on delivering sensory strategies within a behavioral framework. She has worked in many settings, such as homes and specialized camps, and completed internships at an outpatient autism center and a pediatric hospital. She will be working out of the Wellesley, MA office.
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Andrea Jensen is an Insurance Specialist for Puddingstone Place, LLC. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Bridgewater State University. Andrea’s ability to adapt and eagerness to learn has been extremely helpful during the growth of Puddingstone Place. Andrea is reliable, compassionate, and most of all, patient communicating with insurance companies for the children and adults to receive the health and behavioral service needed.
At Andrea’s previous career, the Employee Recognition and Appreciation committee congratulated her for being selected for an Employee Spotlight Award in 2018. The award recognized the exceptional contribution of employees, and winners are nominated by their colleagues across the organization.
Maureen Kolvek joined Puddingstone Place in November. She is our office coordinator for our Danvers, MA location. Maureen comes from a senior living community where she was an activities instructor. She enjoys working with people and looks forward to helping our clients and their families.
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Anne Marie Miscioscia
Anne Marie is currently a student at Boston University pursuing a major in business management with a concentration in strategy and innovation in addition to marketing. Within the last few years she has eagerly volunteered many hours within the autism community. In the past, some of her volunteering has included working on The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism gala committee in addition to joining the Autism Speaks Walk Committee and becoming a designated grant reviewer for Autism Speaks. Within the last two years, she has obtained an internship with Puddingstone Place, eventually becoming the company’s Director of Marketing and Social Media Management. Her favorite part about working at Puddingstone Place has been interacting directly with children and seeing their self confidence and happiness flourish with each visit to the Puddingstone centers.
Nina has worked at Puddingstone Place for the last year as a marketing intern and event volunteer. In addition to volunteering for Puddingstone, she has also enjoyed volunteering for the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism and Autism Speaks. When Puddingstone was created, Nina designed the company’s logo, brightening the centers with her art!