Meet the Clinic Staff

Clinic

Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, and Pediatric Occupational Therapy

HASA provides speech-language pathology, audiology, and pediatric occupational therapy services to individuals both in our state-of-the-art offices and out in the community. An accurate assessment is the first step to successful treatment. Screenings, comprehensive evaluations, and a range of treatment options are available.

Make An Appointment

Due to COVID-19, please email Practice Manager Nyya Anderson nanderson@hasa.org or call our main office at 410.318.6780 to make an appointment for audiology, speech therapy, or occupational therapy or if you have questions. We look forward to working with you and your family!


Olga D. Polites, M.S., CCC-SLP
Director, Speech-Language Pathology and Hearing Health Services

Olga graduated from Loyola College in Maryland and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Pathology. She then earned her Master's Degree in Speech Pathology from Loyola College and subsequently began her career working for the Baltimore City Public School System. In 1983 Olga joined the staff at HASA.

Olga began as a speech-language pathologist in Gateway School, and she then transferred to the Clinical Services Program where she worked at The Scottish Rite Childhood Speech & Language Center. Since then, she was promoted to Director, Speech-Language Pathology and Hearing Health Services and is responsible for all audiology, speech-language pathology, and occupational therapy services.

Olga and her staff have developed the following programs: The Center for Fluency Enhancement, The Listening and Spoken Language Program, Maryland Keys to Communication, The Parent Resource Center for parents of children newly identified with hearing loss and the Cochlear Implant Lending Library for professionals working with children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Nyya Etheredge-Anderson, B.B.A, A.B.A, NCMA
Practice Manager

Nyya is the Practice Manager for the Clinical Services Program. She joined HASA in April of 2014.  Her prior professional experience was with Five Star Physicians as Practice Coordinator, the University of Maryland Hospital where she served as the Fellowship Coordinator for the Division of Vascular Surgery and Team Lead for Pediatric Nephrology. In her tenure, Nyya has worked in several capacities in the healthcare field for over 18 years. She has both clinical and administrative experience.

Nyya earned her Bachelor of Business Administration at UMBC and her Associate of Science degree in Business Management from Catonsville Community College. Nyya is now pursuing her Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Purdue Global University.

Audiologists

HASA's audiologists provide adult and pediatric services that range from comprehensive hearing evaluations to cochlear implant candidacy evaluations. We offer customized hearing protection, as well as hearing aid evaluations, selections, and repairs. Learn More

Julie Norin, AuD, CCC-A, ABA, FAAA
Director, Audiology

Dr. Norin has been with HASA since June 2009. She holds her Doctorate in Audiology, as well as two Bachelor of Science degrees in Speech Pathology & Audiology and Mass Communications from Towson University.

Her clinical expertise includes behavioral and evoked potential diagnostics of hearing loss and hearing-related disorders for both pediatric and adult patients, programming and dispensing of hearing aids, aural rehabilitation, central auditory processing disorder assessment, cochlear implant mapping, and hearing conservation. During her doctoral studies, Dr. Norin’s research focused on the impact of hearing protection devices on speech communication in noise, which was presented at the 2009 national convention for the American Academy of Audiology and subsequently published in Ear and Hearing (March 2011), the official journal of the American Auditory Society.

Dr. Norin is licensed by the State of Maryland and certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the American Board of Audiology. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, the Maryland Academy of Audiology, and she is a member of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology.

Cecelia Ward, AuD, CCC-A, FAAA
Audiologist

Dr. Ward has been with HASA since 2015. She holds her Doctorate in Audiology, and she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communicative Disorders from Towson University.

Her clinical experience includes performing adult and pediatric diagnostic audiological evaluations, hearing aid evaluations, fittings, and troubleshooting. Dr. Ward’s doctoral research focused on establishing a simple, reliable bedside hearing screening measure for use in the medical field by practitioners who are not trained to diagnose hearing loss. This research highlighted the importance of establishing an adequate method of communication between patient and practitioner, especially if hearing loss is suspected. Dr. Ward previously worked as a school special education teacher. Her experience also includes working as a job coach and job developer for Deaf adults with mental illness. While she was an undergraduate student at West Chester University in PA, she worked for the Center on Hearing and Deafness, a social service agency that serves people with hearing loss.

Dr. Ward is licensed by the State of Maryland and certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and the Maryland Academy of Audiology.

Aliyah Khalifa
Audiology Assistant

Aliyah joined our team in July of 2020. She moved to Baltimore from South Jersey to study Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at Towson University. Aliyah has been working in patient care since 2016 and loves connecting with patients and witnessing their joy after they get acquainted with their new devices. When Aliyah has free time, she enjoys cooking, playing tennis, roller skating, and spending time with family.


 

Speech, Language & Hearing Health

Our speech-language pathologists and audiologists are certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and are licensed by the Maryland Board of Audiologists, Hearing Aid Dispensers & Speech-Language Pathologists.

Brittany O'Neill, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist  

Brittany O’Neill is a nationally certified and state licensed Speech-Language Pathologist who has been a part of our team since January 2019. Originally from New Jersey, Brittany attended Loyola University Maryland to earn both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. While Brittany began her career working with adult and geriatric populations in a variety of settings including acute care, acute inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation, and subacute rehabilitation, she transitioned to working with the pediatric population at HASA. Brittany focuses on conducting assessments and providing treatment to infants, toddlers, children, and school-aged populations with a variety of diagnoses. Additionally, Brittany has become certified in Hanen, It Takes Two to Talk; The Picture Exchange Communication System, Level 1; and the Lidcombe Program to further increase her skill set when conducting treatment for individuals at HASA.

Sara F. Semesky, MS Ed, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist

Sara Semesky began at HASA in September 2016. She received her Master’s of Science in Education in Speech-Language Pathology from Old Dominion University and her Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, with a minor in Psychology from Towson University.

Mrs. Semesky provides diagnostic and treatment services within HASA’s clinic, within private school contractual sites, and virtually via telepractice. She also serves on multidisciplinary teams to evaluate the speech, language, social, and adaptive skills of infants and toddlers. Her clinical experience includes assessment and treatment for children and adults with articulation/phonology, expressive and receptive language, fluency, vocal health and hygiene, gender-affirming communication, and social/pragmatic goals. Mrs. Semesky is currently certified in:

  • Hanen It Takes Two to Talk
  • Hanen Learning Language and Loving It
  • The Lidcombe Program

She is licensed by the State of Maryland and is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Christine Wandishin, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist

Christine Wandishin began at HASA in May of 2004 as a speech-language pathologist. She received her Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and her Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, with a minor in Psychology from Towson University. Ms. Wandishin is licensed by the State of Maryland and is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Ms. Wandishin provides diagnostic evaluations and treatment services at HASA’s clinic, within private school contractual sites, and via telepractice. She has helped develop and lead a summer literacy program for children ages 2-6 and occasionally works as part of a multidisciplinary team to evaluate the speech and language skills of infants and toddlers. Her clinical experience includes assessment and treatment for children with articulation/phonology, expressive and receptive language, fluency, pre-literacy, and social/pragmatic goals. Ms. Wandishin is currently certified in:

  • Hanen Learning Language and Loving It
  • Hanen It Takes Two to Talk
  • The Lidcombe Program
  • PECS Level I

Center for Fluency Enhancement

Fluency disorders, including stuttering, are complicated diagnoses. By understanding what they are and where they come from, we can help to support people who stutter and everyone they communicate with—including ourselves!

John M. Sloan, CCC-SLP, Fellow/ASHA
Director, Center for Fluency Enhancement

John Sloan is a speech-language pathologist with 30 years of professional experience in public schools, university, and clinical settings.  John is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a Board Certified Specialist in the treatment of stuttering.  He has presented over 100 professional workshops and has taught college-level courses in speech-language pathology and special education at Loyola and Villa Julie colleges.

John has had extensive experience in the development of electronic resources for use in educating clients, families, and professionals.  Most recently he was involved in the development of both distance learning and on-line learning courses as a cooperative grant between Loyola College and The Maryland State Department of Education.  During the summer of 2003, John developed and administered an online course entitled, Introduction to Exceptionality. 

Learn more about The Center for Fluency

Occupational Therapy

Through “targeted play,” we help children develop the skills needed to carry out their daily living activities.

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Galya Elbaum, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Galya has been with HASA since July 2007, providing outpatient occupational therapy services to children ages 0-18. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Brandeis University and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Columbia University.

Galya has worked in pediatrics for 20 years in a variety of settings and with children with varied diagnoses. She has provided home-based services through Early Intervention, worked in special education preschools, and serviced children in local clinics. She has also assisted in lab instruction for physical and occupational therapy graduate students at the University of MD and Community College of Baltimore County.

Currently, at HASA, Galya treats children with developmental delays, physical disabilities, and sensory processing disorders. She provides direct therapy to the children as well as training for their parents to ensure the carry-over of learned skills to the home setting. In addition to her outpatient clinical responsibilities at HASA, Galya also supervises Level I and Level II occupational therapy students and provides occupational therapy services to a number of children in the Gateway school. She also works with a team of therapists to complete eligibility assessments for the Baltimore Infants and Toddlers Program.

Galya is licensed by the state of Maryland and is certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc.