About Language Fundamentals

Language Fundamentals is a privately-owned corporation with the philosophy to provide excellent Speech Language Therapy and Swallowing Services with caring and compassion. We work collaboratively with other disciplines such as nurses, doctors, dieticians, physical and occupational therapists to ensure our clients maintain a strong quality of life. Unlike a staffing agency, our Speech Therapy Service provides an entire team of Speech Therapists dedicated to senior care and highly skilled in treating today’s medically complex patients with swallowing disorders, speech language deficits, and cognitive issues. As an organization, we are sensitive to your clinical needs while ensuring a return on investment. Our team provides services to Post-Acute Care Facilities while maintaining our commitment to excellence and understanding towards our clients as well as their family and loved ones.

Our History
Michael & Melissa

Language Fundamentals was founded in 2001 by Michael Webb and Melissa Webb to provide speech therapy to Skilled Nursing Facilities. Because of the outstanding service provided, it became clear to Michael and Melissa that there was a need in the community to provide speech therapy in a whole new way. Since then, the Webb’s reputation for honesty and integrity has fostered Language Fundamentals’ growth and expansion across the region and across the continuum of care. In 2017, Communication Foundations was born to provide Early Intervention Services to the community. Communication Foundations is rapidly expanding across New York State, currently approved in 15 counties. Soon to be more! Also, in 2017 we moved into our new home at 1032 Main Street in Fishkill, NY. The home office has office space for a staff of 5 with space for our outpatient services and FEES testing.

Meet The Team

Michael Webb

Chief Executive Officer

Michael Webb is a graduate from the college of Saint Rose in Albany NY with his Masters degree in Communication Disorders and more recently earned his Masters of Healthcare Administration from the University of Ohio. He has presented at the American Speech Language and Hearing Association, the New York Speech Language Hearing Association as well as the National Convention of State Veterans Homes.

While Michael continues to provide clinical services and perform flexible endoscopic evaluations, his role in Language Fundamentals includes both business and program development. In addition, he ensures regulatory compliances and how they relate to the hospitals and skilled nursing facilities for which we provide services.


Melissa Webb

Chief Operating Officer

Melissa Webb is a graduate from the College of Saint Rose in Albany NY with her Masters Degree in Communication Disorders. In 2003, she completed advanced studies to provide Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Aviv at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. This training and information allowed Language Fundamentals Inc to become one of the first providers of portable FEES in skilled nursing facilities in New York Sate.

Melissa oversees Language Fundamental’s corporate compliance programs and ensures policies and procedures fall within Medicare guidelines. In addition she has developed the company’s extensive CF training and professional development program to help educate beginning clinicians gain the experience and expertise needed to provide outstanding service.


Matthew McGarvey

Vice President of Business Development

Matt McGarvey is a graduate of Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY and also earned an MBA in Health Systems Administration from Union Graduate College in Schenectady, NY.

As a senior business-to-business sales leader, Matt is passionate about improving the delivery of healthcare and is skilled in developing new business relationships. Matt’s experience includes developing prospecting plans, creating and leading targeted sales efforts, inbound marketing, competitive analysis, group presentations, and spearheading significant increases in new business sales.

Matt has also presented to Skilled Nursing Industry Leaders on Clinical Reimbursement, Payment Reform, PEPPER and more to NYSHFA, The New England Alliance, The Florida Health Care Association, Marcum & Associates, Healthcare Financial Managers of Central New York.

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  • I’ve known Mike and Melissa for many years. I have great respect for their efforts to grow and develop a successful family business. They have created a unique and reputable organization that I am proud to be associated with. I also note their success at maintaining the work /life balance that is the sign of well-rounded people with the right priorities. I would recommend their services to anyone.–Joseph Murabito, President/Administrator, Morningstar Care Center, Inc.

  • Language Fundamentals provides excellent therapists and top quality care. They always provide dedicated and dependable staff.–Steve; Administrator at Friedwald Center

  • Mike and Melissa are always just a phone call away. They really help us with RUG utilization.–Steven Share, Administrator, Sky View Rehabilitation & Health Care Center

  • We never have to worry about speech staffing. Language Fundamentals is dependable. Vacations, sick days, and holidays are always covered and we never have to worry about needing to get per diem staffing.–Chris O’Toole; Administrator at Elant at Meadowhill

  • Language Fundamentals have assisted our facility with identifying projects and strategies to improve the delivery of Speech Services while also improving our Case Mix Index. Michael and Melissa Webb are often on-site providing the facility staff with bedside in-services and will often come in to discuss speech pathology management with both the residents and their family members. I highly recommend this wonderful team who has a vast knowledge of a complex profession.–Darrell A. Sokol, Administrator of Port Chester Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre, President of NYSHFA District 3