Meet Our Team
Michael V. Webb, MS CCC-SLP, MHA
Chief Executive Officer
Michael Webb is a graduate from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY with his master’s degree in Communication Disorders and more recently earned his Master of Healthcare Administration from the University of Ohio. He has presented at the American Speech Language and Hearing Association, on the use of assistive technology and the New York Speech Language Hearing Association on student and clinical fellow support and mentorship, New York State Health Facilities Association, as well as the National Convention of State Veterans Homes on Patient Driven Payment Model implementation and the new role of Speech-language pathology.
Michael serves as an instructor in the Communication Disorders Department at SUNY New Paltz, instructing graduate students in FEES.
Additionally, He served as a member of the department chair search committee for the newly developed State University of New York at Stony Brook University Communication Disorders program and was since appointed to the position of Clinical Instructor in the School of Health Technology and Management. In the fall of 2020, Michael began instructing Stony Brook’s first group of graduate level speech therapy students.
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 Language Fundamentals’ provides service.
Melissa C. Webb, MS CCC-SLP
Chief Operating Officer
Melissa Webb is a graduate from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY with her master’s degree in Communication Disorders. Following graduation, Melissa dedicated her professional career to gerontological and medical speech pathology. Melissa is passionate about being a strong advocate for those in need and applies that passion in her day to day work.
In 2003, at a time where on-site instrumental dysphagia assessments were unheard of, Melissa completed advanced studies over the period of six and half months to gain proficiency in administering Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Aviv at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. This training went far beyond competency and allowed Language Fundamentals to be one of the pioneers in bringing portable FEES into skilled nursing facilities in New York State. Melissa was also integral in developing a comprehensive training program based on her experience to ensure that any Language Fundamentals FEES certified staff are trained beyond competency to proficiency.
Within the operations and oversight systems, Melissa creates strategic weekly plans targeting each area’s needs, as well as individualized daily problem solving as additional changes are needed within specific buildings or regions. Additionally, Melissa oversees Language Fundamentals’ corporate compliance programs and ensures policies and procedures fall within Medicare guidelines. She also developed the company’s extensive Clinical Fellow (CF) training and professional development program to help beginning clinicians gain the experience and expertise needed to provide outstanding service.
Matthew P. 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 facility industry leaders on Clinical Reimbursement, the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM), OIG audits, PEPPER and more to NYSHFA, The New England Alliance, The Florida Health Care Association, Marcum & Associates, Healthcare Financial Managers of Central New York.
In his spare time, Matt enjoys being Dad to his son, golfing, baseball, hockey, exercise and comedy.
Elizabeth Almansa, M.A. CCC-SLP
Regional Manager – Queens
Elizabeth is a graduate of Queens College with a BA in Communication Disorders and Lehrman College where she earned a MA in Speech-Language Pathology.
She prides herself in working with traumatic brain injury population on improving overall speech-language, cognitive-linguistic and swallow function.
In her time off, Liz loves spending quality time with family & friends, dancing, arts & crafts, and baking.
Nicole Calderin, MA CCC-SLP
Early Intervention Program Director
Nicole holds a Bachelor of Science degree from SUNY New Paltz and a Masters in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Nicole is passionate about providing quality speech therapy to the pediatric population and working closely with families to support them & their children to encourage language development. She thoroughly enjoys mentoring new clinicians.
In her spare time, Nicole enjoys traveling and spending time with family & friends.
Jaime Faitlowicz, MS CCC-SLP
Regional Manager – New York City
Jaime is a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech & Hearing Sciences. She also earned a Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Florida Atlantic University.
Jaime has dedicated her career toward helping adults who have suffered strokes/neurological disorders rehabilitate their ability to communicate their wants/needs and to safely regain their ability to safely enjoy food due to Dysphagia.
In her spare time she enjoys exercising, cooking, and traveling.
Jennifer Maher, MS, CCC-SLP
Regional Manager – Long Island
Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology from Queens College and a Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from St. John’s University.
She received her competency in fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallow studies and is currently pursuing her board certification as a swallowing specialist. Jennifer is passionate about providing professional and clinical support for new clinicians and has mentored numerous graduate externs and Clinical Fellows.
In her time off you are likely to find her traveling, exploring New York City, or enjoying the outdoors with her husband and 1 year old daughter.
Caroline Plank, MA CCC-SLP
Regional Manager – New York City / Brooklyn
Caroline is a graduate of Old Dominion University where she lettered in women’s soccer. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Virginia.
Caroline is passionate about treating patients with dysphagia and speech-language deficits. She is an advocate for men and women fighting breast cancer and her amazing story can be found on her blog badlemonsblog.com
In her spare time, Caroline enjoys sports, running, and family. She has competed in both the Boston and New York City marathons.
Christine Rienzi, MS CCC-SLP
Regional Manager – Orange / Southern Dutchess
Chrissy holds a Bachelor of Science from SUNY New Paltz and a MS in Speech-Language Pathology also from SUNY New Paltz.
She is passionate about improving her patients’ lives by working with them, families and staff to improve their ability to communicate and participate with daily and social activities. Chrissy believes in providing quality education to patients, staff and families and implementing strategies to provide better care and improve quality of life of patients and loved ones
In her spare time, Chrissy enjoys reading and traveling.
Sandra Schwartz, MS, CCC-SLP
Regional Manager – Eastern Dutchess & Westchester
Sandy is a graduate of University of Wisconsin- Madison and holds an M. S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Emerson College in Boston.
Sandy is passionate about the treatment of dysphagia and loves the teaching new speech therapists and supporting their education & professional development.
In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and visiting specialty grocery stores.
Tara Tyler, MA CCC-SLP
Regional Manager – Northern Dutchess / Ulster
Tara is a graduate of the College of Saint Rose Communication Sciences Disorders program and also holds a Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from St. John’s University.
She is passionate about helping others, especially patients with memory deficits and dysphagia. Tara enjoys working with student SLPs and helping them develop into wonderful clinicians.
In her spare time, she enjoys reading and spending time with friends & extended family.
Marielos Wenskoski, MS, CCC-SLP
Regional Manager – Capital District
Marielos holds a Bachelor of Arts in Childhood Education from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA and a Master’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the College of Saint Rose, in Albany, NY.
Marielos is passionate about learning new evidence-based practices and techniques to ensure an effective outcome for her residents. She is also excited about getting the opportunity in mentoring new clinicians.
In her spare time, Marielos likes to spend time with her husband and pup, Luna, seeking new adventures, hiking, camping, reading and watching movies.
Kailee Willett, MS, CCC-SLP
Regional Manager – Central New York
Kailee holds a BS in Speech Learning Disabilities from Elmira College and an MS from the College of St. Rose in Communication Sciences & Disorders.
Kailee prides herself on being a mentor & guide to new speech therapists and helping them transition from school life to work life. She also enjoys starting up new buildings and building up their speech departments in order to enhance the residents’ quality of life.
In her spare time, Kailee enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and chasing the sunshine & warm weather.
Amanda M Guida
Amanda is a graduate of SUNY Albany with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.
In her role as Office Manager, Amanda is responsible for coordinating all business functions including Human Resources, Billing, Payroll, and Accounts Payable. For outpatients who visit our home office in Fishkill, she is the first smiling face that they see. Amanda has been with the company since 2010 playing a key role in organizational growth.
In her spare time, Amanda enjoys cooking, line dancing, and spending quality time with family & friends. She also coached the John Jay High School Varsity Cheer Team to multiple Section I Championships and to the 2019 Ameri-Cheer National Championship in Orlando, Florida.
Tina Marie Warnstadt
Early Intervention Program Coordinator
Tina is passionate about helping children with special needs and their families, always making certain they receive access to the early intervention program. Having spent most of her career in early intervention and preschool special education, Tina is proficient in navigating the complex regulatory landscape of the ongoing service coordinators, school districts, bureau of early intervention, counties, and State of New York.
Tina, her husband Kurt, and daughters live in the Catskills. In their spare time they enjoy shopping, movies, and weekend get-aways.
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