Anat Sohn

Anat Sohn, M.A., CCC-SLP, owner of Metro Speech Therapy, is a Maryland State-Licensed speech language Pathologist and is nationally certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA).  Anat has more than 20 years of experience in outpatient, in-patient, home health, and, academic settings in NYC, Florida, and Maryland. Anat specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children, adolescents and adults in Montgomery County, MD with communication, cognitive and swallowing concerns related to autism, ADHD, auditory processing disorders, apraxia, dysphagia (swallowing problems), Cerebral Vascular Accidents, Traumatic Brain Injuries, genetic disorders, stuttering, developmental delays, and articulation disorders.

Anat has served students in special needs learning centers within the Montgomery County Public School System. She has experience conducting speech and language evaluations for bilingual and severely impaired students and is committed to compliance within all aspects of special education services.  Anat currently provides therapy at both office locations, and on a case-by-case basis in client homes, assisted living facilities, preschools and day care centers.

As one of the few Speech–Language Pathologist certified to provide Interactive Metronome in Montgomery County, MD, Anat incorporates this technology into her sessions when appropriate, to address communication and cognitive goals.  She participates in continuing education, and integrates emerging technologies in the field to assure that top quality therapy is provided to her clients and their families.

Anat currently resides in Edgewater, MD with her husband, 15-year old son and 12-year old daughter.

Speech Therapists

Erika Baldwin

Erika Baldwin, M.S., CCC-SLP, Clinical Lead, received her undergraduate degree from Ohio State University and her Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has experience providing speech, language, cognitive-communication, and swallowing treatment to both adults and children in outpatient, acute, school, teletherapy, and community-based settings. She started her career in East Tennessee schools focusing on speech sound disorders, stuttering, and cluttering. Since joining the team at Metro Speech Therapy, Erika has discovered an additional love for working with her Autistic clients and gestalt language processors. She is now certified as a Natural Language Acquisition Clinician after participating in the Meaningful Speech program. Since discovering the impacts of her own tongue and lip ties, Erika has pursued mentorship in tethered oral tissues, tongue thrust, and myofunctional therapy. She also has taken extensive continuing education coursework in pediatric feeding therapy, AAC, and Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC) for Childhood Apraxia of Speech.

Erika is passionate about building a relationship with her clients and families. Therapy with Erika aims to be client-led and play/interest-based: she strives to be neurodiversity affirming in her practice every day. Outside of work, Erika enjoys rock climbing, bubble tea, and searching for bargains at her favorite resale shops.

Peter Stoll

Peter Stoll, M.S., CCC-SLP received his Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Long Island University–Brooklyn. He is a Maryland State-Licensed Speech Language Pathologist and is nationally certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). Peter has worked in evaluating and treating clients with speech, language, and swallowing disorders in both pediatric and adult settings, which includes adults with cognitive linguistic disorders and children/adults with TBI (Traumatic Brain Injuries). He has extensive experience in the evaluation and treatment of speech sound disorders (phonology and articulation) and language disorders, particularly expressive and pragmatic language skills in clients. Further, Peter has a strong interest in using music as a tool for applicable clients to build upon their language skills having co-developed, with Anat Sohn, a unique program called Melodic Connections © that targets speech-language objectives through melodic and rhythmic arrangements. Peter considers the most effective approach in helping clients to improve their speech and language skills – in turn, working towards improving their quality of life through communication – is therapy tailored to the individual’s interests and functional needs. Peter is certified to provide Interactive Metronome Training, where he integrates this technology into his sessions when appropriate, to address communication and cognitive goals. Peter is also a songwriter and musician and resides in Rockville, MD with his wife, son and dog.

Andrea Pham

Andrea Pham, M.A., CCC-SLP, Provider Relations Coordinator, received her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Maryland, is a Maryland State-Licensed speech-language Pathologist, and is nationally certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). She completed her graduate thesis in voice disorders at the University of Maryland and is published for her research (e.g., Solomon, N. et al. (2022)). Resting Respiratory Resistance I’m Female Teenage Athletes With and Without Exercise-Induced Laryngeal Obstruction. Journal of Voice, 36(5), 734.e1-734.e6). Andrea has evaluated and treated both adults and children with a range of speech, pediatric feeding disorders (e.g., dysphagia), gestalt language processors,  vocal cord dysfunction (e.g., EILO), receptive/expressive language, articulation, voice, transgender voice, fluency (stuttering), auditory processing disorders, autism spectrum disorders (ASD), augmentative-alternative communication (AAC) evaluations/treatment, aphasia, executive functioning, cognitive-linguistic disorders, and more in clinical and school settings. Andrea draws from her experience with Montgomery County Schools, where she has experience with all ages in various settings including working in the preschool setting, elementary school, and high school in a variety of programs to include:  the Preschool Education Program (PEP),  elementary school, and high school in a variety of special education programs (e.g., Preschool Education Program (PEP), Homeschool Model, Private-Religious, Bridge Program, Autism Program, Learning and Academic Program, Autism Resources Program, etc.).  Additionally, she utilizes her skill set, while serving in the medical field for over 10 years in the United States Navy and at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, as a medic (Hospital Corpsman) in various areas of healthcare: Internal Medicine, Immunization, Emergency Medicine, Neurology, and Sleep Medicine, including provision of healthcare to President George W. Bush.  Her passions have led to the initiation and implementation of two sub-specialty clinics at Metro Speech Therapy: 1. Feeding Clinic and 2. AAC Clinic to meet the demand within the community, which comes from her own perspectives as a mother with a child with needs (we all have needs!) and as a professional to fill a gap needed in the DMV area. Andrea currently resides in North Bethesda, MD with her husband and son, Rowan.  Additionally, she draws from her experiences as a foster parent using trauma-informed practices. She looks forward to growing professionally by seeing the unique needs of her clients as an opportunity to help others and to challenge herself to grow a deeper practice.

Erika Harmon

Erika Harmon, M.S., CCC-SLP, received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Texas Women’s University (TWU) and is nationally certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). She has worked with the pediatric population for over 10 years and has worked in clinical, private, daycare, and home settings. Erika has experience in evaluating and treating bilingual (Spanish) children with a range of speech and language disorders. Treatment should be fun, functional, and tailor made to fit the needs of every client and their families. Play-based therapy, is an approach Erika likes to implement as it helps with maintaining attention in order to help build positive interactions between client and clinician. Erika believes that providing families with the proper tools and strategies for the home environment is extremely important for carryover of skills learned in therapy. Erika is fluent in English and Spanish. In her free time she enjoys exploring Maryland and spending time with her husband and two boys (2 & 7). She currently resides in Germantown, MD.

Sydney Anshel

Sydney Anshel, M.S. CCC-SLP received her B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2018 and completed her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology at Loyola University Maryland in 2021. She maintains active certification and membership with ASHA (the American Speech and Hearing Association) and full licensure to practice in the state of Maryland. Additionally, she is a member of Sigma Alpha Nu, the Jesuit honor society and holds a current certification in Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT). 

Sydney has prior professional experience using evidence-based practice to holistically and comprehensively evaluate and treat individuals with a variety of diagnoses in school, telehealth, clinic, and private practice settings. Her experience includes clinical work serving clients with speech sound disorders, language disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, aphasia, voice disorders, cognitive communication disorders, literacy needs, and apraxia of speech. Sydney’s approach to therapy is both communication focused and neurodiversity affirming, with an emphasis on collaboration and flexibility. In her free time, Sydney enjoys spending time researching topics of personal and professional interest, hiking with her partner, writing fiction, and taking too many pictures of her cat, Marvin.

Ellen Greenblatt

Ellen Greenblatt, M.A., CCC/SLP received her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Kean University in Union, New Jersey.  Ellen has provided evaluation and treatment for articulation, language, and social skills in school settings with both typically developing and multiply disabled students.  She has worked with adults in developmental and psychiatric settings addressing language, cognition, and swallowing disorders.  Ellen has also worked children and teens in private practice for many years.  In all settings, she believes in using a multi-modal approach to therapy including visual and auditory input, gesture, sign and augmentative communication to help students achieve their speech and language goals.  Ellen recently moved from New Jersey to Rockville, MD where she lives near her children and grandkids.

Kayla Kaplan

Kayla Kaplan, M.A., CCC-SLP received her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Maryland, is certified by ASHA (American Speech and Hearing Association) and is licensed to practice in Maryland and Virginia. She has experience working with individuals across the lifespan in settings such as schools, rehab facilities, skilled nursing homes, and telehealth. Kayla values neurodiversity and cultural-linguistic diversity and believes that therapy should be collaborative, client-centered, and functional in order to help each family and individual meet their communication goals. She continuously strives to learn more about her patients and about current evidence-based treatments to best help each client. Kayla has experience treating individuals with fluency disorders (stuttering/cluttering), voice disorders, articulation disorders, accent modification, cognitive disorders, and language disorders. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing, playing board games, and learning how to make new recipes.

Erin Thomas

Erin Thomas, M.A. CCC-SLP, received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the Pennsylvania State University, and her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a Maryland State-Licensed Speech Language Pathologist and is nationally certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). Erin has provided evaluation and treatment for children with a variety of speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing needs in an outpatient, inpatient rehabilitation and school setting. She has experience working with children with severe complex communication needs and utilizing Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) supports to promote independence. She also has provided teletherapy services to children using low-tech and high tech AAC supports. Erin is passionate about using a multi-modal approach for treatment. She is dedicated to providing functional and meaningful therapy that is oriented to the specific needs of children and their families to improve their overall quality of life. She recently moved from Pittsburgh, PA and currently lives in Gaithersburg, MD. She enjoys spending time with her loved ones, traveling, exercising, and exploring new places in Maryland.

Kimberly Harrity

Kimberly Harrity, M.S., CF-SLP, received her undergraduate degree from University of Maryland, College Park and her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She has experience evaluating and providing treatment to individuals with speech, language, cognitive-communication, and feeding needs across the lifespan. Kim is passionate about providing a therapeutic environment that is neurodiversity-affirming, positive, and individualized to the unique treatment each patient deserves. She believes that evidence-based practice is at the forefront when aiming to provide those she works with an opportunity to meet their goals. In her free time, Kim enjoys hiking with her dog, crocheting, and traveling to new places.

Madeline Swerdlow

Madeline Swerdlow, M.A. CF-SLP, received her B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience from the University of Michigan and her M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Maryland. She has worked with children and adults in school, clinic, tele-therapy, and private practice settings. Her experience includes work with Autism Spectrum Disorder, cognitive communication disorders, apraxia of speech, stuttering, social skills, executive functioning, and alternative and augmentative communication. Madeline is also certified in Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT). She aims to provide therapy focused on goals that are functional and meaningful to each client in order to maximize their participation and enjoyment of daily life activities. In her free time, Madeline enjoys traveling and spending time with her friends, family, and dog. 

Chloe Yates

Chloe Yates, CCC-SLP, attended James Madison University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Health Science with a concentration in Public Health Education and a Minor in Medical Spanish. She received her second Bachelor’s degree from Utah State University in Communication Disorders and Deaf Studies. Chloe provided speech and language therapy to Pre-K through 5th grade students in West Virginia as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant for 4 years. During this time, she attended Western Kentucky University online and received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2019. 

Chloe has experience working with  children (ages 1-17) and young adults in private practice with speech sound, oral motor, language, feeding, and fluency disorders. Chloe incorporates DIR Floortime, yoga, music and movement into her therapy sessions. She is certified in performing Beckman Oral Motor and Simon Says Orofacial Myofunctional assessments and interventions. She is also a certified Talk Yoga provider. Chloe has additional training and experience helping clients use AAC to communicate their needs and ideas. She is passionate about coaching parents and caregivers on neurodiversity affirming practices and language strategies. In her free time she enjoys hiking, thrifting and trying out new restaurants with friends, family and her new puppy, Chip.

Rachel Hoover

Rachel Hoover, M.S. CCC-SLP received her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Loyola University Maryland. Her passion is taking an individualized and play-based approach to help clients to improve their communication in the areas that make the most impact on their lives and the lives of their families. She has worked with adults and children in school, home, hospital and group home settings in both the United States and England. Her background includes working with autism, behavioral regulation, social thinking, articulation, early intervention, gifted children, accent modification, stroke and aphasia, cerebral palsy, a variety of syndromes, and high- and low-tech augmentative & alternative communication (AAC). Rachel has also worked with clients with complex communication needs, and enjoys collaborating with AAC providers to find devices that are appropriate for her clients who could benefit. She enjoys doing parent and community trainings. Rachel has been PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) trained and incorporates PROMPT into her treatment plans, when appropriate. She’s passionate about always continuing to learn and grow as a therapist. Rachel resides in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and enjoys going on weekend hikes, spending time with friends, reading and exploring new places with her husband and children (ages 2 and 5).

Occupational Therapists

Mary Rose Soniregun

Mary Rose Soniregun, M.S., OTR/L, graduated Summa Cum Laude from an Accelerated Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy Program of Duquesne University and is a Maryland State-Licensed Occupational Therapist and is nationally certified by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Mary Rose has experience in Outpatient, Inpatient, Home Health, and Aquatic settings. She has years of experience evaluating and treating adults and children with developmental, neurological, visual, sensory processing, physical, and functional needs. She has extensive experience with sensory processing, visual, and developmental deficits in diagnosis including sensory processing disorder, genetic disorders, and visual impairments. Other modalities include vestibular processing, ataxia, fine motor, sensory motor, visual-perceptual, ocular motor disorders, sound-based listening interventions, self-regulation programs, and executive functioning programs. Mary loves believing a combination of top-down and bottom-up approaches are a powerful combination to achieve goals.

Mary Rose strives to craft creative person-and-family-first oriented treatment plans to give patients the best tools to be successful in making lasting change. She is consistently engaging in further certifications and self education to learn about innovative treatment approaches that will help her patients. Mary Rose believes caregivers and extended family members are all integral parts of the therapy process and ensures that these individuals are appropriately educated so that they can be empowered to affect positive change toward their child’s progress. She is certified in specialized treatment techniques including Therapeutic Listening, The Astronaut Protocol, and Interactive Metronome.

Dru Harwood

Dru Harwood, M.S., OTR/L, graduated from Towson University with a Masters in Occupational Therapy.  She has worked in various settings including private pediatric outpatient clinics, hospital, preschool, home-based, and school-based facilities. Dru’s certifications and training include “SOS Approach to Feeding”, all “Learning without Tears” curriculum, “Safe and Sound Protocol”, as well as reflex integration, and executive function for children with Autism and ADHD.  Dru also has experience working in aquatics, social skills groups, sensory integration, handwriting, keyboarding, self-regulation, and parent training.  Dru loves watching kids grow confident in their skills and succeeding in their daily life and she is eager to meet and work with your family!

Kanan Shah

Kanan Shah, M.S., OTR/L, is a pediatric occupational therapist with over 20 years of experience. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from The Ohio State University in 2001, and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Boston University in 2010. 

Kanan has dedicated herself fully to the field of pediatric OT and has extensive experience serving infants, children, and families in diverse settings, including Level III neonatal intensive care units, pediatric acute-care and hospitals, early intervention, private practice, and school-based special education programs. She specializes in a multitude of modalities including but not limited to sensory integration and processing disorders, pediatric vestibular processing disorders, dysgraphia, fine-motor, sensory-motor, visual-perceptual, and ocular motor disorders, infant feeding, and developmental therapy, sound-based listening interventions, self-regulation programs, and executive functioning programs. 

Kanan strongly believes in meticulously tailoring the right interventions for each child’s unique needs, and in engaging caregivers in the therapeutic process to best support the whole child – family unit. She uses a strengths-based approach and collaborates closely with other disciplines. Kanan is also a Certified Marma Therapist (vital energy points), and trained in coaching parents on infant massage modalities. She has a special interest and is trained in ayurvedic cooking, children’s yoga and meditation techniques to help restore balance and improve health outcomes. Additionally, she is an Orton Gillingham Associate Level Course graduate and is currently completing a post-graduate certificate program in Equity in Education at McDaniel College. 

Kanan is fluent in English, Hindi, and Gujarati. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, fostering dogs, and spending time with her husband, daughters, and dog, Grace.

Pet Therapists


Terp, a beloved therapy dog, spent the first 16 months of his life in training to become a guide dog. However, his path took a different turn, and he found his forever home with Kim. Terp embarked on a new journey to become a therapy dog, and he is now proudly certified through the Alliance of Therapy Dogs (ATD). Terp’s friendly nature and loving personality make him a true joy to be around. He has a knack for bringing smiles to everyone’s faces and brightening up even the toughest days. With his extensive training, Terp knows over 20 commands and is always eager to show off his skills. Terp is not only a furry companion but also a source of comfort and support. His gentle and caring nature makes him the sweetest therapy dog you’ll ever meet. Whether you’re in need of a listening ear or simply a warm snuggle, Terp is here to provide unconditional love and bring a little extra happiness to our office. We’re truly fortunate to have Terp as part of our team, and we invite you to spend some time with him and experience the incredible therapeutic benefits that only a dog as special as Terp can provide.

Administrative Staff

Julie Gonzalez

Julie Gonzalez, Office Manager, graduated with a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration degree from Suffolk University in Boston, MA. She has over 30 years’ experience in her field, working with large corporations to small start-up companies. When her son was diagnosed with developmental delay, she took a job as an Education Technician in the local school district working with children who had learning disabilities – a job she found challenging but rewarding. Having personal experience with a child who faced challenges while growing up, and the multiple therapy sessions he required, gives Julie a unique perspective as an administrator at Metro Speech Therapy. In her most recent role prior to joining Metro Speech, Julie was employed at a large women’s healthcare practice in Cincinnati, OH. She brings over 10 years’ experience in medical administration to Metro.

In Julie’s spare time, she enjoys cooking for her family, spending time outside with her two Boxer mixes, Roxie and Maia, and watching her beloved New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox. She resides in Montgomery Village with her husband and son and is excited to be a part of the Metro Speech family.

Kathie Branitsky

Kathie, Medical Receptionist, is our main front desk staff. She hails from Hershey, PA and appreciates a fine chocolate as much as the next girl. A mother of four and friend to all, she has an extensive background serving individuals in a variety of settings with compassion, poise, and respect. Her effortless confidence in caring for others comes from years managing Ritz-Carlton hotels and working in the fashion industry, among other service-oriented positions, including yoga instruction.

Always happy to assist (or discuss the latest Burberry), Kathie is our team’s go-to for scheduling needs and she can often be found on the phone or supplying much-needed communication opportunities for clients young and old. When not tirelessly providing top-notch coordination and care, Kathie enjoys spending time with her husband, children, and very small dog, as well as winning rounds of golf.

Angelina Araj

Angelina Araj, Medical Receptionist & Authorization Specialist, is currently attending University of Maryland College Park and is studying Hearing and Speech Sciences. Having resided in Montgomery County her whole life, she has had the privilege of engaging with a diverse community. Her fluency in both Arabic and English further enhances her ability to connect and communicate effectively with individuals from various backgrounds. Angelina is deeply committed to making a positive impact on individuals, not only within the school environment but also in her personal and professional life. Her affection for younger children is evident through her experience teaching invaluable lessons to her two younger brothers over the course of their lives. Her dedication extends to her work with families at Metro Speech Therapy, where she wholeheartedly strives to assist and support them. Angelina enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as having an active lifestyle, including spending time at the gym and playing soccer.