Helping your Child Achieve their goals through a holistic and family centered approach
Back Bay Speech & Occupational Therapy is a home based private practice that provides holistic and family centered services to the greater Boston area. We provide services to all ages in their home, community, or virtually. We offer speech, language, feeding, and occupational therapy evaluations and treatments. Consistent therapy is essential for progress, with an in-home model we see more consistent therapy and faster progress then clinic based therapy.
All of our therapists have advanced training in their areas of specialty and utilize an evidence-based, patient-centered, holistic approach to provide the best possible services. Services are individualized to improve engagement and therapy outcomes for each patient.
Back Bay Speech Therapy was established here in Boston in 2014. Our foundation is based on the core values of being the best possible therapists through continuing education and advanced training, helping others achieve their goals, and finding fun and happiness in all areas of life. And it all started with our founder, Lisa Butler. Using the company’s core values and providing therapy in a natural environment allows our patients to achieve the best possible outcome. We also want every patient to have access to quality therapy so our therapists travel to you. As more and more families came to us in need of specialized and personalized care, the team expanded. All of our therapists have specialty areas and we match each patient to the best-qualified therapist to facilitate the most positive individual outcomes. Each of our therapists has a smaller caseload than most clinic-based companies to allow for more time to focus on your treatment. In 2021, Back Bay Speech Therapy became Back Bay Speech & Occupational Therapy to continue to bring quality services to families in the comfort of their homes.
1) Sign up for a free consultation or call our office to go through the initial intake process.
2) Our administrative staff will complete a complementary benefits check with your insurance company to verify coverage and patient responsibility so you have an idea of what treatment will cost before getting started
3) In the interim, you will be matched with the best qualified therapist and provided with a day and time for your evaluation.
4) We ask that you complete our new patient paperwork a minimum of three days prior to your evaluation to give your therapist time to review and adequately prepare.
In most cases your child will need an evaluation as it allows the therapist to get to know your child’s strengths and weaknesses and formulate a treatment plan for therapy. If your child has been evaluated recently we may be able to use this evaluation in place of our own evaluation but must be reviewed by staff before making this decision.
Your therapist will review your/your child’s medical history, inquire about current concerns and discuss your goals and what you hope to achieve in therapy. Your therapist will then perform an objective evaluation and need time to score and report the findings. The therapist should be able to give you initial findings at the time of the assessment but likely needs time to analyze the results before recommending the type and frequency of therapy. Finally, there will be time to ask questions or revisit any topics needing additional clarification. You will receive a call from our administrative staff to book future appointments that will facilitate optimal progress and ensure you have appointment dates and times that work best for your schedule.
Your therapist will make a recommendation based on the results of the evaluation. It is hard to predict the frequency of therapy without a formal evaluation.
Our therapists are constantly evaluating their patient’s goals and updating based on progress. It is difficult to state an exact number for any therapy service as everyone responds differently to therapy and progresses at their own pace. Your therapist will discuss progress made in session regularly and prepare you for discharge when agreed upon by the therapist and client/client’s family.
Meet Our Staff
Lisa Butler, MS CCC-SLP, QOM
Lisa is the owner and director of Back Bay Speech Therapy and a Speech-Language Pathologist who works with children and adolescents with speech, language, swallowing and literacy disorders. Lisa’s passion for helping others in conjunction with her enthusiasm for working with young children has set the core values and standards of Back Bay Speech Therapy. Lisa finds it so rewarding to assist her clients and their families in achieving their goals while having fun in the process.
Lisa has been practicing pediatrics since the start of her career in multiple settings including, acute inpatient, outpatient, and in-home services, working with a variety of congenital and acquired disorders. Lisa holds advanced training in PROMPT, Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking™ program, Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing™ Program (LiPS), Talks Tools and is a Qualified Orofacial Myologist. Lisa specializes in articulation and phonological disorders, language disorders in ages 0-5 and pediatric feeding and swallowing. She is licensed by the state of Massachusetts and is certified by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association.
Lisa holds a Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions as well as a Bachelors of Science in Communications Sciences and Disorders from Emerson College in Boston, MA.
Micayla Bowman, MA CCC-SLP
Micayla is a licensed and practicing Speech-Language Pathologist at Back Bay Speech Therapy with advanced training in PROMPT. Micayla began her career working in the Plymouth, MA public school system where she provided speech and language treatment for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Micayla has experience provided treatment in the areas of articulation, phonology, fluency, expressive and receptive language, as well as pragmatic language/social skills. Micayla has provided treatment across these areas to clients with concomitant disorders including Autism, Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD), learning disorders and social/emotional disorders.
Micayla is passionate about working with children, adolescents and young adults to improve their communication skill set and ability to interact within their homes and community. Micayla creates a positive, patient and motivating environments to help clients achieve their goals. Micayla is also a registered yoga teacher and enjoys incorporating movement into sessions with clients to maximize motivation and participation, as needed.
Micayla obtained her Bachelors of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders, as well as her Masters of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Micayla holds her Certificate of Clinical Competences from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), and is licensed to practice in the state of Massachusetts.
Jody Petersen, MS CCC-SLP
Jody is a licensed and practicing Speech-Language Pathologist at Back Bay Speech Therapy. Jody began her career working at a school for children with Autism and multiple disabilities. She later moved to providing Early Intervention services for children in their home, focusing on parent training. Jody has experience providing treatment in the areas of articulation, fluency, expressive and receptive language, as well as pragmatic language/social skills. She is also trained in implementing Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS).
Jody enjoys evaluating and treating children across age groups and incorporating families and caregivers into the treatment process to ensure a child’s greatest communicative success. She is passionate about providing home exercise programs and training caregivers to assist in the treatment process. Jody aims to provide therapy that is function, engaging and fun!
Jody obtained her Bachelors of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders at James Madison University, as well as her Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Loyola College. Jody holds her Certificate of Clinical Competences from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), and is licensed to practice in the state of Massachusetts.
Megan Buckingham, MS CCC-SLP
Megan is a practicing Speech Language Pathologist with Back Bay Speech Therapy. Megan started her career in a private preschool setting. She has experience working with children with fluency, language, phonological and articulation delays. Megan enjoys working with infants through adolescents. Her goals are to provide customized treatment plans that involve the whole family dynamic. Megan received her Masters of Science Education in Speech Language Pathology from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY and completed her bachelor’s degree at The State University of New York at Geneseo. She is licensed by the state of Massachusetts and New York. Megan is certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.
Tara Whyte, MS OTR/L
Tara is a licensed and practicing Occupational Therapist at Back Bay Speech and Occupational Therapy who works with children who are experiencing fine motor, sensory processing, and feeding concerns. Tara has practiced in multiple settings, including inpatient, outpatient, school-based, and home-based, providing OT services to clients with a wide variety of diagnoses. While Tara has provided therapeutic intervention to clients aged 0-102, she is most passionate about working with young children and their families. Tara believes that children make the most progress when participating in therapeutic, play-based activities, and she strives to make each OT session as fun and enjoyable as possible.
Tara has advanced training in Primitive Reflex Integration, and special interests in the areas of Prematurity, Sensory Integration, Feeding, and Upper Limb Contracture Management. She is licensed by the state of Massachusetts and is certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. She holds a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from New York University.
Araiana Faustini, MS CCC-SLP
Ariana is a licensed and practicing Speech-Language Pathologist at Back Bay Speech Therapy with training in orofacial myofunctional disorders. Ariana began her career working in Maryland within the Infants and Toddlers program as well as within a private practice where she provided speech and language treatment for children from birth through 21 years of age. Ariana has experience providing treatment in the areas of articulation, phonology, early language, feeding, orofacial myofunctional disorders, expressive and receptive language, as well as pragmatic language/social skills. Ariana has provided treatment across these areas to clients with disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Down Syndrome, feeding disorders, learning disorders, and social/emotional disorders. Ariana loves using daily routines, movement, play, and song within her sessions to engage each of her clients.
Ariana obtained her Bachelors of Arts in Elementary and Special Education from Providence College and her Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Sacred Heart University. Ariana holds her Certificate of Clinical Competencies from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), and is licensed to practice in the state of Massachusetts.
Tracy is the Administrative Coordinator here at Back Bay Speech Therapy. Tracy assists families through the intake process, handles all of our direct billing, insurance authorizations and benefit claims.
Tracy brings over 20 years of experience in business support to our team. She has a proven track record of taking personal pride in providing quality client support. Her philosophy centers around what role she can play in finding solutions that take the administrative burdens off of our families and therapists so that they can focus on each child’s success.
Tracy attended North Central University in Minneapolis, MN. She started her career in 1993 where she provided executive support during the foundation of a state-of-the-art cancer research facility in New Orleans. It was there that her passion for supporting health and wellness teams was born. When she’s not busy with our team here, she wears the hat of Chaos Coordinator (better known as mom) at home.