About Us

Jeannine Lawler

Referral Coordinator

Jeannine is the first person you will talk to when calling Elgin Pediatric Therapy and will be able to guide you through the intake process with a smile. She is able to answer your questions while listening to your concerns and does an amazing job of coordinating care for all of our clients and therapists. Jeannine has a career worth of experience working with kids and families and loves to be around our families. Jeannine stays busy with her daughters and enjoys spending time in Wisconsin with her sisters and reading.


Melissa Andrews-Salvia

Speech and Language Pathologist

Melissa graduated from Minot State University in North Dakota with a master’s degree in speech-language pathology. She has experience working with children and adults in a variety of settings and enjoys helping children learn to communicate more effectively. She has worked at Elgin Pediatric Therapy since October, 2015. She has won the Award for Continuing Education (ACE) through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association three times. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, as well as volunteering, reading, and jogging.


Rolinda Joan Beltran

Speech and Language Pathologist

Joan is originally from the Philippines where she earned her Bachelor’s in Speech-Language Pathology in 2000.  There she practiced the profession for at least five years before she moved to Singapore and continued her practice for a year. When the opportunity to come to the US presented itself, she moved to New York where she worked as a Teacher of Speech and Hearing Impaired in an Early Intervention setting while working on her Masters in Communication Disorders and Sciences. In 2013, she graduated with distinction from California State University-Northridge and has since worked with the pediatric population.

During her free time, she loves to hang out with friends and family, watch movies, dine out, bike, and most recently, sing lullabies to her firstborn daughter.

Samantha Bates

Speech and Language Pathologist

Samantha received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Northern Illinois University in May 2020. She had the opportunity to have a clinical placement at EPT in the fall of 2019 and loved every minute of it! Throughout her clinical experiences, she developed a true passion for working with children and their families. She believes the most rewarding part is being able to provide tools for the children to be successful both in and outside of the therapy room. In her free time, Samantha loves to spend time with her friends and family, watching movies, and playing board games.

Maureen Cross

Speech and Language Pathologist

Maureen graduated from St. Xavier University with her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She gained great experience with clients across their lifespans, from birth to geriatrics. Maureen’s true passion is working with children. She finds it rewarding to help clients at EPT find their voice and learn how to communicate effectively. Maureen also enjoys helping children with feeding/swallowing disorders and their families work towards improving their skills and supporting their quality of life.

In her free time, Maureen enjoys spending time with family and friends, baking, and going on dates with her husband.

Ashley Matejcak

Speech & Language Therapist & Feeding Therapist

Hello Elgin Pediatric Therapy family and friends! I’m Ashley Matejcak, a Speech Language Pathologist who is extremely excited to join the EPT staff. My passion and specialties are in the area of treating swallowing and feeding difficulties in children, and supporting families to help mealtime return to being enjoyable.  Feeding and swallowing can be stressful when children are demonstrating difficulty swallowing and/or selective eating habits that hinder their exploration of new foods and limit their diet immensely. This leaves parents frustrated and concerned for their child’s overall health. This is why I practice a whole patient approach to help determine the key factors that are contributing to feeding and swallowing difficulties. Don’t let meal time be a stressor in your life, I can help! I also enjoy working with patients who have difficulties in the areas of motor speech, and childhood apraxia of speech. When I am not in the clinic, I love to spend time with my family, stay active, lip sync any 90s pop song and laugh with friends. I look forward to being a part of your Elgin Pediatric Therapy experience.

Heather Corbett

Speech and Language Pathologist, EI Coordinator

Heather Corbett is back to EPT by popular demand. Heather is our EI coordinator and can help families and therapists alike to navigate the EI system. She is also a treating therapist at EPT and has extensive work in a variety of pediatric settings including: home based services, schools and private clinics. In her free time Heather enjoys traveling, exercising and Scrabble.

Emily Gamze

Physical Therapist

Emily grew up in the Chicago suburbs, and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Psychology. She then went on to pursue her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Indianapolis. Throughout her diverse clinical experiences, Emily affirmed her passion for working with children and their families. She is dedicated to facilitating child and family centered care and having lots of fun along the way! In her free time, Emily loves to spend time with her fiancé, family, friends, and her sweet puppy named Ollie.

Jenna Skubisz

Physical Therapy Assistant

Jenna has been a practicing therapist for 11 years and is so excited to join the Elgin Pediatric Team. Her specialities are Pediatrics and Orthopedics.  She loves treating kids of all ages. Jenna has a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois and attended Elgin Community College for her PTA degree. She is a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and an Early Intervention Credentialed therapist. 

Jenna is a mom of two, and in her free time she loves to golf and go hiking with her dogs. 

Jennifer Andrews

Occupational Therapy Assistant

After working many years in the healthcare field, Jennifer found her passion for Occupational Therapy and returned to school to get her degree as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. She fell in love with pediatrics during her fieldwork and has a special interest in sensory integration. Jennifer is currently studying primitive reflex integration, total motion release and has completed her level 1 Learning Without Tears Certification. She enjoys working with children and their families and feels it is important to help children develop the skills they need to be as independent as possible. Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as snowmobiling and boating in Wisconsin.

Tessa Pfortmiller

Occupational Therapist

I grew up in the Elgin area and attended Concordia University Wisconsin, where I recently received my bachelors in Rehabilitation Sciences and Masters in Occupational Therapy. While in school and through fieldwork experience I gained a passion for working with children and their families to help them gain independence and feel supported. I have completed my Animal Assisted Therapy certificate and currently learning primitive reflex integration and total motion release. During my free time I love spending time with my family, friends, going for walks with my dog, and exploring the outdoors. Fun fact about me: I love penguins!

Becca Sheade Murphy

Therapist & Owner

Becca opened Elgin Pediatric Therapy in 2011 after leaving a private practice in Glenview where she was trained in NDT. Her hope was to create a multi-disciplinary clinic offering complementary therapies. Becca loves balancing the role of working hands on with clients, being a clinic administrator and her role as a mother of 3. Becca enjoys teaching and doing yoga, running and reading with her kids.