Who We Are

Barbara Laufer

Barbara received her Masters Degree from Teachers College, Columbia University in 1975 and is ASHA certified and New York state licensed. She has 30 years experience in the field treating children with various speech and language deficits.

Alexandra Laufer Lobo

Alexandra co-founded Dramatic Pragmatics Speech and Language Center in 2008. She co-developed the Dramatic Pragmatics methodology and continues to create new strategies and concepts for social communication groups for both children and teens, individualizing to meet each client's unique needs.

Briana McKenna

Briana is a full time clinician at our center who combines her clinical knowledge, enthusiasm, and creativity to each client on her caseload. With dedication and professionalism, Briana utilizes her clinical expertise to individualize treatment to children with a variety of communication disorders through individual language therapy and pragmatic language groups.

Emily Grant

Emily earned her Bachelors degree from Penn State University and her Masters in speech-language pathology from Hunter College. With a strong clinical skill set and a warm, child-friendly personality, Emily is able to help children progress towards their speech and language goals while engaging them in the process.

Allison Traister

Allison Traister (Ally) earned her B.A. from Emory University in sociology and her Master's degree from New York University where she received a prestigious academic award for outstanding scholarly achievement. After college, Ally tutored both children and young adults with emotional and learning challenges to help them achieve their highest potential.

Amanda Tighe

As a full-time speech- language pathologist, Amanda brings a wide knowledge base and clinical expertise in treatment of various speech language disorders. Prior to pursuing a career in speech language pathology, Amanda was employed by TheraCare in Early Intervention developing IFSP's and treatment programs for children under three years of age and as a Service Coordinator.

Lina Fox

Lina Fox earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the State University of New York College at Oneonta and a Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from New York Medical College. She was inducted into the Alpha Eta Honor Society for academic excellence and leadership while completing her graduate studies.

Lindsay Cardinali

Lindsay Cardinali earned her B.S. in Communications from the University of Miami and her M.A. in speech-language pathology from CUNY Queens College where she graduated with high honors. While in graduate school, Lindsay received the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s SPARC award.

Emelia Kassner

Emelia Kassner, M.S. CF-SLP received her Bachelor’s degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from the University of Wisconsin and her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Marquette University. While pursuing her masters, she was selected for a prestigious research position in the field of motor speech disorders.

Hillory Peters

With over 10 years of clinical experience, Hillory is a seasoned speech-language pathologist who has expertise in treating a broad range of speech and language disorders in the preschool, school age and adolescent population.

Kate O'Connell

Kate is a talented, experienced speech pathologist who brings her varied experience and warm, up-beat demeanor to all of her clients at Dramatic Pragmatics. Kate served as a full-time speech-language pathologist for the Katonah-Lewisboro school district for three years, working with students in both elementary and middle school.

Stefanie Blanco

Stefanie brings her confidence, warmth and enthusiasm to each client in our center.  A dynamic, and skilled speech-language pathologist, Stefanie is experienced in treating children from infancy to adolescence with various presenting speech and language deficits.   Presently at Blythedale Children's Hospital, Stefanie possesses clinical expertise in all areas of speech and language.

Erica Crocco

After earning her masters in speech and language from Mercy College, Erica has worked as a full-time speech-language pathologist in Westchester elementary and high school settings since 2011, where she provides group and individual therapy to students with speech and language impairments, learning disabilities, pragmatic language deficits and difficulties with executive functioning.  In additio

Kate Bither

Kate brings enthusiasm and expertise in the areas of speech and language development and education. Prior to working at DP, Kate worked as an SLP at a NYC charter school, providing therapy to children from kindergarten through 8th grade with various speech, language and learning needs.

Kikki Short

Kikki Short has both a Bachelors and a Masters degree from Yale, and has been teaching both learning and non-learning disabled students for the past 14 years.  She excels in helping students write, study, organize, and learn in their own best way.  She has served as an "executive functioning coach" teaching and empowering students to plan, initiate and break down their assignments into manageab

Kristina Cafagno

Kristina Cafagno, who earned her Bachelors degree at Mercy College in speech language pathology, is our valued Office Manager and the "glue" that holds all of us together at Dramatic Pragmatics!