About Meghan Murphy & Associates

Meet the Associates and Contractor Therapists

Meghan Murphy hand-picked her team slowly and with great care. Her therapists provide highly personal, individualized treatment for children in a variety of settings—and they value continuing education too. 

Each person at Meghan Murphy & Associates is a integral part of how and why we’re able to help the kids we see reach their full potential. 

Meghan Murphy, MA, CCC-SLP

Meghan has been a speech and language therapist for over 13 years and is the owner/therapist of Meghan Murphy and Associates, LLC. Meghan graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2000 and then went on to earn her Masters in Arts in Communication Sciences from Northwestern University.  Read more...

 

Julie Wickery, MA, CCC-SLP/L

Julie received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Speech and Hearing Sciences. She then completed her graduate work at Northwestern University in 2009, receiving a Master’s in Speech Pathology and a Master’s in Learning Disabilities.  Julie has been working full time for 4 years in an outpatient pediatric clinic, addressing the needs of children aged 16 months to 16 years.  Read more...

 

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ROBYN NICKELSON, MS, CCC-SLP

Robyn began her undergraduate career as an Elementary Education major at Illinois State University. It was here that she discovered her passion for working with children with special needs, specifically those with language impairments. As a result, she transferred to Southern Illinois University Carbondale to pursue a degree in speech-language pathology. Robyn received both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Robyn has extensive experience working at a self-contained school for children significantly impacted by autism spectrum disorders. She has additional experience working with clients with varying diagnoses across the lifespan, in both schools and hospitals. Her clinical interests include: social communication deficits, receptive and expressive language disorders, and traumatic brain injuries.  Robyn has had formal training in the PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) as well as Social Thinking among others.

Robyn grew up in the Northwestern suburbs of Chicago her entire life, and currently resides in Roscoe Village with her fiance, Jeff and dog, Lola. In her free time, Robyn enjoys cooking, going to farmer’s markets, and exploring all that Chicago has to offer!

 

Amanda Markowski, MA, CCC-SLP

Amanda has worked in the field as a speech and language therapist since 2008 and has worked with Meghan Murphy and Associates for almost five years.  Growing up in Georgia, it was a great fit for Amanda to pursue her Bachelor degree from the University of Georgia.  She then moved to the Midwest to earn a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Rush Medical Center in Chicago.  Read more...

 

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Christie Ramsey, MA, CCC-SLP/L 

Christie received both her bachelors and masters in the field of Speech and Language Pathology from Saint Louis University. She has been practicing in an outpatient pediatric rehabilitation setting since graduating with her masters in 2005, as well as working with Meghan Murphy and Associates.  Read more…

 

Sarah Ahlm, MA, LCSW

Sarah holds a degree in social work from the School of Social Work Administration at the University of Chicago. She has been working with children and families for 13 years specializing in understanding the impact of developmental differences on behavior. Sarah focuses much of her work helping children with sensory processing disorder, learning differences and ADHD to successfully function at home, school and with peers.  Read more...

 

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Ari Graff, Psy.D.

Ari is a licensed clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist.  He received his doctorate from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and completed the postdoctoral neuropsychology program of the Fielding Institute.  Ari has practiced in a range of residential, medical, and school settings, and he enjoys collaborating with schools, medical providers, psychotherapists, and learning specialists.  Read more...

 

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KRISTIN MORAN, MS, CCC-SLP/L

Kristin received her Bachelor's degree from Marquette University Department of Communication Disorders, and her Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Purdue University. Kristin has extensive experience in pediatrics for a number of years as a speech-language pathologist in a variety of settings including hospital, schools and private practice. Her specialties include autism, apraxia, auditory processing, receptive/expressive language, pragmatic/social use of language, oral motor skills and academic skills (ex. reading/writing). Kristin enjoys her free time studying improvisation at Second City in Chicago. She often incorporates learned concepts into social groups for a well rounded therapeutic experience. She is married with two children, a son and a daughter.

 

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 SHANNON MAY, MA, CCC-SLP

Meghan Murphy and Associates, LLC, is pleased to announce the addition of Shannon May, M.A., CCC-SLP to our team of experienced therapists.

Shannon has extensive experience providing therapy in a variety of clinical settings to both pediatric and adult clients. She is a motivated, dedicated and caring professional who enjoys working with children of all ages and their families to provide personalized therapy to help children and families achieve communication goals. Shannon received her Master of Arts degree in Speech and Language Pathology from Northwestern University in 2001, and is a certified member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). She is licensed within the State of Illinois.

Shannon has received additional training in the Beckman Oral Motor Program, the Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S) Approach to Feeding, NeuroNet Learning Readiness Program, the Lindamood Bell Visualize and Verbalize reading program, the Floortime model of therapy, and is a Certified provider of Vital Stimulation swallowing therapy. She has received extensive cross training from occupational therapists in sensory integration issues. She lives in Chicago with her husband and three young sons, where she enjoys artistic endeavors of all sorts and exploring nature.

 

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 KRISTIN PLATT, MA, CCC-SLP

Kristin completed her undergraduate education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received her Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from Northern Illinois University. She has extensive experience treating the pediatric population in a variety of settings, including Early Intervention, elementary schools, rehabilitation programs and private practice. Kristin has provided clinical supervision to many graduate students both in the field and in her previous position as a clinical faculty member in a speech-language pathology graduate program. Kristin holds her Early Intervention credential and has a passion for helping toddlers and families communicate more effectively. 

Kristin lives in Roscoe Village with her husband and young son. She enjoys cooking, traveling, and reading.

 

 

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TUANE (TUTTY) COSTA – OFFICE MANAGER

Tuane was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil. It was in 2009 when she first decided to experience something new and become an Au Pair in Chicago. After a few years of incredible experiences and a lot of traveling, Tuane decided to go back to school and work towards her bachelor’s degree. She recently received her Associates degree at the City Colleges of Chicago and is a proud member of the PTK Honor Society, which is a result of her very hard work and commitment with school.

Tuane will soon be continuing her education at UIC and her goal is to become an Occupational Therapist someday. Working as an Office Manager at Erin Anderson and Meghan Murphy and Associates has taught her a lot and Tuane can’t wait to be the one making the difference in little ones’ lives.

Besides being an office manager at Meghan Murphy and Erin Anderson and Associates, Tuane is also a swimming coach at Goldfish swim school, where she teaches children as young as 4 months and up to 12 years old how to swim and be safe in the water.

In her free time, Tuane likes to watch and play sports, go for bike rides with her husband, and explore Chicago. She’s also a youth leader at the Brazilian church she attends in Chicago where she loves hanging out and sharing experiences with high schoolers.