Teresa Dooley-Smith, M.S., CCC-SLP, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders from Bowling Green State University in 1986 and her Master’s degree from the University of New Hampshire in 1994. Teresa holds a Massachusetts State License and is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She has experience in ABA, floortime, social skills programming, augmentative communication, bilingual therapies, program development and caseload management.
In 1996, Teresa founded TDS Speech Pathology Associates, Inc., where she continues as its Executive Director. Her professional goal is to create and maintain a private practice dedicated to uplifting and supporting both clients and their families.
"In my work, I pride myself on being innovative, approachable and knowledgeable. By dovetailing these traits into my vision of TDS, I’m able to focus on integrating education along with the development of our clients’ overall communication skills. At the same time, I drive myself and my practice to find cutting-edge technologies and unique therapeutic approaches that will help create ever more personalized, more valuable programs and solutions for children and families in need."
Teresa feels privileged to work alongside such an amazing group of dedicated and exceptional professionals. She is married to TDS partner Brian Smith and has four wonderful sons.
Brian earned his Bachelor of Arts in History in 1996 from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He holds a Certification in Secondary Language Arts Education, and he has taught both Theatre and Language Arts at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School, where he was also involved in curriculum development. He ran an after-school theatre program for Amherst Regional Middle School and was a lead teacher for the former Children’s Theater of Massachusetts.
Brian has extensive experience in the worlds of theatre and education. While working in professional theatre as both an actor and director, he brought amateur actors, graduate theatre students and professionals alike onto the stage together—a process that continues to inform many of the techniques he uses to communicate sophisticated acting theories into practical, real-world settings for the social coaching clients at TDS.
Brian also spent ten years as a co-founder and performer with Screaming with Pleasure Productions, a nationally-touring vaudeville troupe that presented educational programming in the subject areas of alcohol and drug abuse prevention, tobacco education, highway safety and disease prevention to tens of thousands of students across the country.
Each of these experiences has contributed to his preparation to help create and deliver a range of programs here at TDS. His work in our Social Skills and Social Coaching programs draws on his understanding of acting theory and rehearsal techniques while also incorporating many of his experiences in curriculum development and in the classroom.