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.
Tara Miller, M.A., CCC-SLP, received both her Bachelor of Arts degree and her Masters degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She currently holds a Massachusetts State License and is a certified member of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA).
Tara joined TDS in June of 2010 and has worked throughout the Pioneer Valley in several local school districts performing evaluations and providing speech/language therapy. In addition to her private sessions at TDS, Tara has also been involved with both the Social Coaching and Theatre for Social Success programs. Tara has always enjoyed working with children. Prior to enrolling in graduate school, to begin her training as a speech-language pathologist, Tara worked as a pre-school teacher in Leverett, Massachusetts.
Tara is married and has an amazing daughter. She enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors with her family.
Suzanne F. Warren, M.A., CCC-SLP, received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Delaware and her Master of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She currently carries a Massachusetts State License and is a certified member of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA).
Suzanne has been in the field of speech/language pathology since 1991 and joined TDS in December of 2006. She has had extensive professional experience working with both children and adults in a variety of settings. Suzanne began her career at Burbank Hospital in Fitchburg, MA and later created the speech therapy department at Athol Memorial Hospital. Suzanne also spent four years as a clinical supervisor in the graduate speech/language program at UMass/Amherst. Prior to finding her wonderful “family” at TDS, Suzanne was employed by Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam, CT. Additional career experiences include working as a technical writer and a professional musician.
Suzanne has a special interest in articulation and language processing disorders in children, but she enjoys the variety in her work and the challenge of finding the right therapy approach for each individual and his/her family. In addition, she greatly enjoys mentoring other speech/language clinicians.
Outside of work, Suzanne enjoys spending time with her husband and two children as well as reading, singing and baking.
Melanie C. Kiniry, B.A., SLPA, received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Maine at Orno. She also completed a semester of graduate courses in Autism at Rutgers University. Melanie has been a licensed, practicing therapist since 1994 and has been with TDS since 2003.
Melanie began her speech career at Mercy Hospital in 1994, where she coordinated the Oral Facial Clinic for kids with cleft palate at their Children’s Rehabilitation Center; additionally, she provided speech therapy for children. Melanie’s expertise is in augmentative communication, and she works with a range of children—from preschool through high school—with multiple diagnoses, including those diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Her extensive experience programming devices, and with providing instruction for their use, has helped both parents and colleagues create stable home/school carryover environments to satisfy the individual needs of each client. Because of this background, Melanie has been instrumental in helping us pioneer clinical and training work with the latest iPad technology.
Melanie is a very dedicated, family-oriented mother of three, dividing her free time between her own children’s extra-curricular activities and supporting and participating in various organizations and charities geared to helping children around the world.
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.