About the Illinois Therapists
Abby Anderson, M.S. CCC-SLP
Abby is an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist based in the Chicago suburbs of Illinois. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Elmhurst University in Illinois and a Certificate in Telehealth from the American College of Education. She also works as an elementary school speech-language pathologist-- at the elementary school she attended! Abby has a wide variety of experience working with children in the areas of articulation, expressive/receptive language, fluency, and pragmatic language.
Abby has always known she wanted to work with kids, which gave her the opportunity to have wonderful experiences working with children ages 2-21 in both the clinical and school settings while in graduate school and into her professional career as a speech-language pathologist. Abby highly values the rapport between her clients and herself so each child can feel comfortable and confident to pursue their unique learning process at the pace they require to learn. She believes her role is to create an environment that sparks inspiration so that kids feel empowered to learn and provide opportunities for kids to learn the specific speech and language skills they need to thrive. Abby is also passionate about developing collaborative and understanding relationships with families. Outside of speech therapy, Abby enjoys listening to music, traveling, reading books, and spending time with family.
Melanie Krupowicz, M.S. CCC-SLP
Melanie Krupowicz is an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist licensed in Illinois and is also a credentialed Illinois Early Intervention provider. Melanie received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and her Master’s from Illinois State University. She has over 7 years experience working with the pediatric population aged birth-21 in homes, at schools, in a clinic, and via teletherapy. She currently resides in the Northwest suburbs with her husband and young daughter.
Melanie has had the opportunity to diagnose and treat children with a wide variety of communication disorders. She has extensive experience in the areas of expressive and receptive language, articulation, phonological disorders, social pragmatic language, and stuttering/fluency. If you live in the Northwest suburbs, Melanie will come to your home!
Melanie is committed to providing fun, play-based therapy tailored to meet her clients’ individual needs. She is a warm, compassionate therapist who prioritizes building positive relationships with the families she works with and focuses on each child’s unique strengths. She is passionate about collaborating as a team with her families to help their child become confident communicators!
Sarah Muer (Richards), M.S. CCC-SLP
Sarah is an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist who has practiced for over 5 years. She is licensed in Illinois. She received her Master’s degree from Northwestern University and her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. Sarah currently resides in Chicago. She has worked in an outpatient pediatric hospital and in the school district, and has a wide variety of experience working with children from birth to 21 with articulation, receptive language, expressive language, pragmatic language and feeding disorders/difficulties. Sarah was recently awarded the Distinguished Early Career Professional Certificate from ASHA. She also has participated in research studying reading difficulties and children with articulation disorders. If you live in Chicago or a nearby suburb, she will travel to your home!
Sarah strongly believes in treating the whole child, and is passionate about working with children to help them best communicate their wants and needs. She believes that therapy should be a fun, warm and engaging environment to help the child reach their full potential!
Sarah O'Connor, M.S. CCC-SLP
Sarah O’Connor is a Speech and Language Pathologist with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University Long Beach (CSULB) and a Masters of Science in Communication Disorders from Chapman University. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed as a Speech-Language Pathologist by the States of California and Illinois.
Sarah has worked as a speech-language pathologist in both private practice and school-based settings with children and adults ranging in ages from 16 months to 23 years of age. Sarah began her career with internships and leadership roles at the Friends Who Stutter Organization in Southern California, Special Olympics, Illumination Foundation and Autism Speaks.
Given her training and experience, Sarah has cared for patients with voice disorders, social communication disorders (pragmatics), expressive and receptive language disorders, memory difficulties, stuttering/fluency, and experiences with a variety of high tech communication devices such as Proloquo2go and Tobii Dynavox. If you live in Chicago or a nearby suburb, she will travel to your home!
Sarah prioritizes developing strong relationships with children and families in order to increase motivation and facilitate positive therapy outcomes. She believes treatment should be individualized to each child, collaborative in nature to involve the entire family, and fun!
Erica Schwerman, M.A. CCC-SLP
Erica is a licensed speech-language pathologist in Illinois and holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She received her Bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University in 2017 and her Master’s degree from Truman State University in 2020. Erica recently moved to the Naperville area with her husband to be closer to family.
Erica also works full-time as a school speech-language pathologist and has worked with adults in skilled nursing facilities. She has experience in the areas of receptive and expressive language, articulation, phonology, fluency, pragmatic language, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), and autism spectrum disorder.
Erica is a dedicated therapist and thrives on seeing progress with her clients. She is compassionate and provides therapy that is fun and engaging. Erica enjoys working alongside children and their families to help improve communication skills. She strongly believes that therapy should be individualized based on each child’s needs. In her spare time, Erica loves running and spending time with her husband, dog, family, and friends. She strives to make a difference in the lives of children with communication disorders and looks forward to helping your child reach their speech and language goals!