About Us

Meet the Speech Matters Team

Linda Bejoian

Linda Bejoian has over thirty years of professional experience as a certified speech pathologist.

Through her private practice on the Upper East Side in Manhattan, she has gained expertise in treating a variety of speech and language disorders. 



  • Master of Science at Rutgers, The State Univesity

  • Bachelor of Arts at The State University at New York Buffalo

  • Central School of Speech and Drama  London, England



  • Clinical Supervisor: Responsible for training graduate students from numerous prestigious  graduate schools

  • Bejoian, L., Gordon, B., Juska, J., O'Grady, J., Pullara, O., & Thorne, J. (2005). Achieving Speech Production in a Nonverbal Adolescent with Autism. Department of Neurology, Cognitive Neurology, Neuropsychology, John Hopkins Medical Insitutions, Baltimore, MD. 

  • Founder and Developer: The Language Garden School 

  • Programs use thematic approach specialized for 3-5 year olds 

  • Former Adjunct Clinical Instructor: Tufts University School of Pediatric Dentistry 

  • Workshop Presenter for Dentists and Speech Pathologists: Columbia, Harvard, and Boston University 

  • Creator of "Mr. Wizard's Thumbs Out", Educational video designed to help 3-8 year olds stop thumb sucking.                                                                                  

    • "The video was very well done and the message was very clear. There is no doubt that it would be useful in assisting children with this particular problem." - Anthi Tsamtsouris, D.M.D.M.S. Assistant Chairwoman, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Tufts University 

  • Prompt Certified 

  • Expertise in treating children with oral motor problems, as well as PDD

Junerose Juan



  • Master of Arts in speech-language pathology at The George Washington University.

  • Bachelor of Arts in linguistics and anthropology at the University of California at Santa Cruz. 


Over the last six years, she has evaluated and treated patients with dysphagia in a variety of settings (private practice, skilled nursing facility, inpatient rehab, sub-acute hospital, day healthcare center) and from a range of diagnoses (stroke, brain injury, ALS, Parkinson’s/parkinsonism, ACDF.

Junerose has completed a dysphagia focused clinical fellowship at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics as well as a research fellowship at the Virginia Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center.  While finishing these fellowships, she also published her case study looking at the effects of tongue strengthening on swallow function post-stroke, as well as a pilot for normative data on tongue strength.

In the last year, she has provided guidance at a county hospital in 

California as the speech therapy group set up a practice for fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing.  During two medical missions, she trained and collaborated with non-SLP clinical staff (i.e. physio therapy, breast feeding/nutrition) at a pediatric hospital for patients with dysphagia and feeding issues.

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Shahnaz Terzi

Shahnaz is a speech-language pathology Clinical Fellow. Shahnaz holds a Certificate in Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities with a Bilingual Extension in Arabic. 



  • Master of Science from Teachers College, Columbia University

  • Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pittsburgh 


Shahnaz has worked in an acute care setting with adult patients who have speech, language and swallowing impairments related to stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, traumatic brain injury, and other neurological disorders. Shahnaz has experience treating a variety of communication disorders in adult populations, such as aphasia, dysarthria, voice disorders, cognitive disorders and stuttering. Shahnaz is LSVT certified (Lee Silverman Voice Therapy); a program designed for patients with Parkinson’s Disease. 



Shahnaz also has experience working with the pediatric and early intervention population in schools and an outpatient hospital setting. Shahnaz has treated communication disorders related to speech and language delays, literacy development, Autism Spectrum Disorder, articulation and phonological disorders, stuttering and social language. Shahnaz also has experience using a variety of alternative and augmentative communication systems (communication boards, keyboards, iPads, Lingraphica, etc.).

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Gaida Hinnawi

Gaida Hinnawi earned her BA in biological science and music from Wayne State University.  She went on to earn her MS in speech-language pathology from Columbia University.  Gaida holds a license of speech language-pathology and a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in speech-language pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).  She has experience working as a voice rehabilitation specialist and voice coach with a wide variety of clients.  Gaida is also an accomplished vocalist and songwriter specializing in classical Arabic, microtonal and contemporary folk & jazz fusion. 


Related Training Certificates: 

  • Vocology Certification, The National Center for Voice and Speech, the University of Iowa & the University of Utah

  • Certified provider of Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT), NY, NY

  • Laryngeal Imaging and Voice Therapy Workshop - Emory Voice Center, Atlanta, GA

  • Lessac-Madsen Resonant Voice Therapy (LMRVT) - Baltimore Medical Center, MD

  • Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES/sEMG Guardian Way)

  • PROMPT 1&2- Prompt Institute

  • Active participant in the ELR meetings curated by NYC Voice Center

Madeleine McCaughey
Administrative Assistant

Madeleine McCaughey is currently an undergraduate student at Queens College studying communication sciences and disorders. After spending a year at Binghamton University studying linguistics, Madeleine realized that she wanted to become a speech language pathologist and made the transfer to continue her studies. She is a Jewish Foundation for Education of Women scholar and is currently a research assistant for the CUNY Graduate Center’s Neurolinguistics lab. 

Quiana Craig
Office Administration

Quiana Craig is a Certified Medical Billing and Coding Specialist with 14 years of experience. Upon scheduling an appointment you will receive a detailed and clear email explaining your speech therapy benefits and your expected out of pocket responsibility. She is always available to answer any of your billing questions or concerns.

Meet the Speech Matters Team