Meet Our team

Our Mission

To help children thrive by providing high-quality pediatric therapy while making the process easier for parents.

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Our FOUNDERS

Erin Vollmer

Erin Vollmer

MS, CCC-SLP

Erin is a certified and licensed pediatric speech language pathologist originally from Traverse City, Michigan. She received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Speech Language Pathology from Marquette University. She has practiced in the Chicago area for over 18 years; treating children in a variety of settings including schools, early intervention and private practice. Erin credits her desire to become a speech pathologist to her uncle, Bob Gartland, her dad’s twin brother. Bob had Cerebral Palsy and communicated using a simple communication board attached to his wheelchair and an adapted typewriter. Erin knew that she wanted to surround herself with people like Bob and studied speech pathology in order to work toward making communication easier and more accessible for children with disabilities.

Erin is a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association, the Illinois Speech Language Hearing Association and the American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology. She lives in the northern suburbs with her husband, four children, and two English Bulldogs.

Michelle Worth

Michelle Worth

BA, MBA

Michelle received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Master’s of Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. She spent almost ten years at J.P. Morgan Chase (and predecessor organizations) executing subordinated debt and equity investment transactions as well as portfolio management. Michelle left her finance career to spend time raising her children. 

One of her children went through speech and language therapy so she brings her perspective of being a parent of a child with a speech and language need. She has always had a passion for entrepreneurship and is excited to be working with Erin to help families through TherapyWorks’ network of speech therapists! 

Michelle lives in the northern suburbs of Chicago with her husband and their three children. She is originally from the northwest suburbs of Chicago.

Our Team

Admin & Management

Tanya Topper

Tanya Topper MS, CCC-SLP

Director of Outreach

In addition to her role on the TherapyWorks administrative team, Tanya Lotzof Topper is a licensed speech-language pathologist who is devoted to making a difference in children’s lives. 

Tanya founded, owned and operated Therapy Buddies, a pediatric speech and language practice. She brings her unique expertise as the founder  of a successful private practice  to the TherapyWorks team. 

Tanya is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is a credentialed Early Intervention Provider through the Illinois Early Intervention Program. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology from Northwestern University. She lives in the Northern Suburbs with her husband and two children. 

Lainey Baron

Lainey Baron MS, CCC-SLP

Clinical Coordinator

In addition to her role as TherapyWorks Clinical Coordinator, Lainey Baron is a practicing speech language pathologist. She has experience treating in the schools with a focus on supporting children in preschool and elementary school with a variety of communication delays and disorders. Lainey has also worked in private practice, providing in-home therapy for families in the Chicago area.

As Clinical Coordinator, Lainey communicates with and supports both the TherapyWorks therapist team as well as the families of TherapyWorks. She hold her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association, her Illinois Professional Educators License and her Illinois state license. Lainey lives in Chicago with her husband and two daughters. 

Child Therapists

Debbie Smith

Practice Coordinator

Originally from Chicago, Debbie graduated from The Ohio State University with a BA in English, and then received her Masters Degree in Education from National Louis University. She was a reading specialist in San Francisco before moving back to Chicago to teach elementary school in the Chicago Public Schools.

After 6 years, she left teaching to stay home and raise her children, and since then has been an active member of her school community. She is excited to work with the team at TherapyWorks, which she initially learned about as a client for one of her children. She lives in the northern suburbs of Chicago with her husband, three boys, and two pugs.

COVID-19 Protocol

We hope you and your family are continuing to stay safe and healthy! We have outlined our protocols for in-person sessions during COVID-19. As you know, the health and safety of our clients and therapists remain our highest priority. As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we work together through these unprecedented times.


Hand Washing:
Upon arrival at your home, your therapist will wash their hands with soap and water and/or use hand sanitizer. We ask that you and your child also wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer upon your therapist’s arrival.
 
Facemasks:
We are asking our therapists to wear masks upon entering your home and throughout your child’s session. That said, we understand that some children have adverse reactions to seeing adults in masks and will leave it up to you and your therapist to decide your comfort level while still taking safety precautions.
 
We ask that parents and caregivers also follow the guidelines and wear masks when sitting in on sessions. We will not enforce that policy, but we do kindly ask for compliance.
 
As for your child, we realize that masks may not be appropriate for every child so we will not enforce the rule that children over the age of 2 should wear a mask.  However, if your therapist insists that your child wear a mask, then that will be a requirement directly between the two of you. We respect our therapists’ individual comfort levels with safety precautions and ask that you respect them as well.

 

Protocol Acknowledgment and Health Certification:

Before your child’s first in-person session, we are asking clients to submit an acknowledgment of these protocols and a health certification, which you can find here. Thank you again for your cooperation and for helping all of us stay healthy!