MEET OUR TEAM
Our experienced team is made up of 4 speech-language pathologists who offer pediatric and adult speech and language therapy to address a variety of communication difficulties.
Alexandria Laris Zachos, MS, CCC-SLP/L
Alexandria is a licensed speech-language pathologist in the state of Illinois and has been practicing since 2003. Over the past sixteen years, she has provided therapy for all ages in a variety of clinical settings, including public schools, home therapy, acute care and rehabilitation hospitals and outpatient clinics.
Alexandria holds a certificate of clinical competence (CCC) and is accredited by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). She holds a Type 73 Public School Service Personnel Certificate in the state of Illinois. She has attended several professional seminars featuring Michelle Garcia Winner's Social Thinking strategies and incorporates Winner's work into pragmatic therapy sessions and groups. Alexandria has a special interest in social communication and helping both children and adults navigate the social world.
In both November 2017 and 2018 Alexandria presented at the American Speech-Language Hearing (ASHA) Convention in Los Angeles, CA and Boston, MA on Natural Language Acquisition and delayed echolalia. She is passionate about educating others on gestalt language processors and how to treat delayed echolalia.
Alexandria is also a fluent Greek speaker and is available to provide therapy and evaluations in Greek. She has completed several bilingual Greek-English evaluations for many Chicagoland school districts.
Alexandria received her Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA in 2003 and her Bachelors Degree in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2001.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys traveling, reading and volunteering.
Laura Brummels, MS, CCC-SLP/L
Laura Brummels is a licensed speech-language pathologist in the state of Illinois and has over fifteen years of experience. Laura has provided therapy for all ages in a variety of clinical settings, including public schools, home therapy, hospitals, and clinics. Laura holds a certificate of clinical competence (CCC) and is accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Laura serves clients in our clinic as well as providing in-home speech therapy in the Roscoe Village area.
Laura’s primary focus has been studying and implementing unique approaches in order to foster a better understanding of one’s own and others social cognition, and in turn, promote happiness and well-being in all of her clients. In 2010, Laura completed Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking™ Clinical Training Program in San Jose, CA.
Laura holds an MS in Communication Disorders from San Francisco State University and a BA in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Iowa.
During her spare time, Laura enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.
Emily Anzelmo, MS, CCC-SLP
Emily Anzelmo is a licensed speech-language pathologist and has over seven years of experience. Emily has provided therapy for all ages within public schools and private clinics. Emily holds a certificate of clinical competence (CCC) and is accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Emily serves clients in our clinic as well as children within a local school district.
Emily’s primary focus has been working with students that have speech sound disorders, language disorders, pragmatic language disorders, and autism. She works with an autism program within her school district. It is important to Emily to develop a strong relationship with her clients and their families. Emily’s goal is to individualize therapy to meet the needs of each and every client/student she works with.
Emily holds an MS in Communication Disorders from Governors State University and a BS in Speech and Hearing Science from Illinois State University.
During her spare time, Emily enjoys going to concerts and spending time with her family, friends and new puppy!
Michael Guidotti, MS, CCC-SLP/L
Michael completed his clinical fellowship under the mentorship of Alexandria Zachos after graduating from Fort Hays State University in Kansas with an MS in Speech-Language Pathology. Michael has experience working with both pediatric and young adult clients in both private practice and the therapeutic day school setting. Michael's special interest areas include articulation, voice, social communication, and autism.
Michael emphasizes individualizing treatment to a child’s specific interests and developing strong and meaningful relationships with the children and families he works with. Michael believes that strong communication skills are key to successful relationships with family, friends, and professional success in future endeavors.
Michael has a background in the performing arts, specifically music and theatre. Michael has been involved in choir since he was in high school which eventually led to his interest in voice. In his free time, Michael enjoys playing music, running/fitness activities, traveling, and spending time with his three dogs.
Christine Jurjovec, OT
Social Butterfly has partnered with occupational therapist, Christine Jurjovec, owner of The Balanced Kid, Inc. Our pediatric OT services specialize in quality evaluations, treatment planning, direct therapy, parent education and support, and professional collaboration with team members. We offer therapy in a sensory-rich environment to best support our clients' needs to reach their fullest potential in all areas of functional daily living. You can learn more about Christine at www.thebalancedkid.com or email her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.