Marissa is originally from Asheville, NC and received her BS in Psychology from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. She moved to Boston, MA to achieve her MS in Speech-Language Pathology at the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Institute of Health Professions. There, she concentrated in medical speech-language pathology and found her passion for working with medically complex children, feeding and swallowing disorders, and neurodiverse populations.
Previously, Marissa has worked at pediatric outpatient clinics and a skilled nursing facility. Marissa is certified in the Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S.) Approach to feeding and has experience utilizing the Zones of Regulation and Social Thinking curriculum and loves to incorporate sensory integration and interdisciplinary collaboration into her therapy. She has wide clinical experience with a variety of diagnoses and disorders in both children and adults, including but not limited to: feeding and swallow disorders, speech and language disorders, literacy disorders and dyslexia, social-emotional-behavioral disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and congenital disorders. Marissa is passionate about working with children and their families to create a child and family-centered therapy plan to achieve success. In her free time, she loves to cuddle with her dog and cat, dance, and rock climb!