Felix A. Matias was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He attended the University of Puerto Rico, where he attained a Bachelors Degree in Biology, and later a Masters Degree in Speech Language Pathology. Felix moved to Tampa, Florida after completing his degree in Speech Language Pathology. He worked in Skilled Nursing Facilities, rehab Centers, home health settings with medically fragile children, outpatient clinics, schools, hospital, and private practice. Most of his caseload consisted of Spanish speaking clients.
In 1994, Felix became certified as an Early Steps provider in the state of Florida. In 2008, Felix joined the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at the University of South Florida (USF). Four years later, Felix became the Clinic Director and Externship Coordinator for the USF Speech Language Clinic. His work has concentrated mostly on bilingual (Spanish/English) children. His area of interest is early intervention and identification and remediation of speech and language disorders in bilingual children. Felix is certified as an Early Intervention provider and is also a member of the Board of Directors for Learn Tampa Bay, a non-for profit organization helping Hispanic families. Prior to that, he was a board member for Infants and Young Children of West Florida, which was an agency in charge of administrating the Early Steps program in several counties in Florida.
Felix has a graduate certificate in Program Evaluation from the University of South Florida. He was selected to participate on the ASHA Leadership Program in 2015, has received several ACE awards for continuing education, and participated as a mentor on ASHA’s S.T.E.P. Program. He has presented locally and at the state level on topics related to supervision, multiculturalism and bilingualism, early intervention, and family centered services.
Elise Wagner, MS, CCC-SLP has been the Assistant Director of the Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders since the summer of 2005, having joined our staff in the fall of 2004. At the University of Pennsylvania, Ms. Wagner studied the Biological Basis of Behavior (biopsychology) and completed an unofficial minor in Spanish. At Sargent College of Boston University, she received, with distinction, a Master's degree in Communication Disorders. Working in a pediatric rehabilitation facility in Boston, she developed an interest in children with autism and communication differences and disabilities in bilingual/bicultural children. Her interests and expertise in pediatric populations were further enhanced with training in Neuro-Developmental Treatment, a holistic approach to working with cerebral palsied children. Returning to the New York area and focusing on bilingual/bicultural issues, she completed the bilingual extension of the NYS Teacher of Speech/Language Disordered certificate while servicing infants, toddlers and preschoolers at Cassidy's Place, until she joined our staff. She has recently begun doctoral studies here at Teachers College, intending to focus on bilingual/bicultural aspects of communication disorders.
Bernadine Gagnon, MS, CCC-SLP has been a supervisor at the Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders since the fall of 2004, moving into her current position as Chief Clinical Supervisor in the fall of 2005. Bernadine has been in the health profession for over fifteen years, with nursing being her first profession. She later graduated magna cum laude from SUNY Stony Brook with dual majors in Linguistics and Biology and a minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. After teaching ESL in public schools, as well as university settings, she received her MS degree in speech and language pathology from Teachers College in 2001 and worked in various health care settings before joining our staff. Bernadine's clinical experiences range across the lifespan from infants and toddlers through geriatrics. Primary clinical interests are pediatric feeding and swallowing and working with adult patients with neurogenic speech and language disorders. Bernadine has published in peer reviewed journals and speaks at conferences nationally. In addition to her role as Chief Clinical Supervisor, Bernadine oversees the Aphasia Clinic within the Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders. The Aphasia Clinic provides therapy for up to 80 patients monthly in our Monday and Saturday Aphasia Programs.
Lindsay Milgram, MS CCC-SLP, has been a Clinical Instructor at the Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders since the Fall of 2011. Prior to joining the staff at the Mysak Clinic, Lindsay served as a Speech and Language Pathologist for the New York City Department of Education for over five years. She specializes in working with children with severe to profound developmental disabilities including cognitive disabilities, cerebral palsy, and various degrees of Autism. She shares her knowledge and expertise in Augmentative and Alternative Communication; school-age language disabilities; and state educational standards. Lindsay's clinical experience also includes targeting therapy in articulation, auditory processing, syntax and grammar, semantics and vocabulary, word finding, oral and written language, narrative language, pragmatic language, and executive functioning. During her time with the Department of Education, Lindsay supervised graduate students during their externships, providing hands-on clinical experience and fostering an understanding of multi-disciplinary service delivery. Lindsay earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, with high distinction, at The Pennsylvania State University and received a Master of Science Degree in Speech and Language Pathology at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Lauren Liria, MS, CCC-SLP has been a Clinical Supervisor and Instructor at the Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders since the fall of 2016. Prior to joining the team at the Mysak Clinic, Lauren worked as a bilingual speech-language pathologist in the New York City Department of Education, serving children from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds in community schools. There she developed an interest in issues specific to this population, including appropriate identification of language difference vs. language disorder; improving interdisciplinary collaboration; and strengthening professional development to ensure implementation of culturally- and linguistically-appropriate, evidence-based practices across settings. In addition, Lauren has worked as a clinical supervisor and speech-language pathologist in a private practice, providing intensive services to pediatric and adult populations with a variety of communication disorders and needs, including aphasia, dysarthria, apraxia, executive function deficits, social communication disorder, fluency disorder, voice disorder, articulation, and receptive-expressive language issues. Lauren has supervised graduate students, clinical fellows, and licensed clinicians across settings; she has also spoken at workshops and conferences across the New York metropolitan area. Lauren received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston University in 2010, graduating summa cum laude with a dual major in linguistics and Spanish, and a minor in speech-language pathology. She received her Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology from Teachers College in 2012.