Our Clinicians

Melissa Schachter, MS, CCC-SLP, TSSLD

Melissa Schachter

Melissa is Director of The Speech Language Place. She completed her BS at Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY with a Major in Speech-Language Pathology and Minors in Music, Psychology, and Business. She earned her MS in Speech-Language Pathology from Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY. She is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in the state of New York, holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC), and a New York State Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) initial certificate. Melissa is also trained in PROMPT and Myofunctional therapies. 

Melissa is a classically trained singer who has been studying privately for more than 12 years. She was a member of the Ithaca College Music Conservatory, participating in multiple choir ensembles. Her love of singing combined with her vocal training has allowed Melissa to specialize in voice disorders, including vocal nodules, polyps, muscle tension dysphonia, and more. 

Melissa is a member of American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the Long Island Speech and Hearing Association (LISHA). She is passionate about working with children and adults of all ages with a variety of communication difficulties and diagnoses. 

Samantha Renieris, MS, CCC-SLP, TSSLD

Samantha Renieris

Samantha Renieris received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences with a minor in Psychology of Children with Exceptionalities from the State University of New York College at Cortland. She then earned a Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in the state of New York, holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and holds a New York State Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities initial certificate. 

Through her academic, clinical and professional work, Samantha has had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings, including preschool, elementary school, middle school, the home environment and in private practice. Samantha has worked with children and adults treating a variety of disorders and difficulties, including articulation/phonology, receptive and expressive language skills, feeding and swallowing, fluency, voice, social skills/pragmatics, aphasia and apraxia of speech. Samantha is passionate about the power of communication and in giving each and every individual a voice. 

Samantha is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

April Panzenbeck, MS

April Panzenbeck

April is a Clinical Fellow at The Speech-Language Place. She completed her BA at SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY, with a major in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She earned her MS in Speech-Language Pathology from Baylor University, Waco, TX. April is working as a Clinical Fellow Speech-Language Pathologist under the supervision of the director of The Speech Language Place, Melissa Schachter. After this year, she will obtain her licensure in Speech-Language Pathology. 

April has experience working first-hand with those with communication difficulties, having worked at a BOCES school with students ages 5–21 with varying disabilities. She has experience working with populations such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Central Auditory Processing Disorder, Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), Aphasia, use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), and more. April researches the latest evidence-based practices related to the field of Speech-Language Pathology, incorporating such techniques into her therapy sessions. April has a passion for helping others succeed in their Speech and Language goals, and is excited to start this professional endeavor. 

Jessica Liberty, MS, CCC-SLP, TSSLD

Jessica graduated with her Bachelor’s of Science from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA where she majored in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology and minored in Special Education. While she was there, she played division one lacrosse throughout her undergraduate career. She went on to attend graduate school at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, NY where she graduated with her Master’s of Science in the area of Speech-Language Pathology. She is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in the state of New York, holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC), and a New York State Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) certificate. In addition, she is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). 

Jessica has a passion to work with individuals who have lost their ability to produce adequate speech and language. She has the utmost desire to treat these individuals and help them communicate their wants and needs with others. She has extensive training and experience in working with children and adults with swallowing deficits, AAC devices, expressive and receptive language delays, fluency disorders, speech-sound disorders, pragmatic deficits, neurodegenerative disorders, voice disorders, and auditory processing deficits. 

Erica Imbriani, MS, CCC-SLP, TSSLD

Erica is a Speech-Language Pathologist at The Speech Language Place. She completed her BA at Saint Joseph’s College, Patchogue NY, with a major in Speech Communication and a minor in Psychology. She earned her MS in Speech-Language Pathology from Adelphi University, Garden City, NY. She is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC), and holds the New York State Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities certificate. Erica is also a member of the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). 

Erica has completed additional graduate credits beyond her MS degree in the areas of Education and Psychology. 

She works with children and adults of all ages with a variety of communication difficulties and diagnoses. She is passionate about helping individuals improve their overall speech and language skills. 

Lori Medina, M.S.Ed., CCC-SLP, TSHH

Lori is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and a current member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She completed her undergraduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at East Stroudsburg University, PA. She earned her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology, with a concentration in education, from SUNY Buffalo.

Lori currently holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC), a NYS Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped (TSHH), and a permanent teaching certificate for grades K-12.

Lori is passionate about evaluating and treating individuals with a variety of communication disorders, ranging from articulation, language delays, cognitive-linguistic struggles, voice and social language skills.