Our Staff

C. Renee Gwin

C. Renee Gwin M.S. CCC-SLP is a speech language pathologist who graduated from Geneva College in 1997 and Clarion University in 1998 with her master of science in speech pathology. She has experience working in clinics, hospitals, schools, early intervention, and homebased care. Renee begin Nurture Feeding in Communication Support, LLC in 2011. At that time, she was the only provider in the practice working with children experiencing feeding/swallowing and speech/language difficulties. The practice has continued to grow and now offers additional therapies. In 2020 the practice changed its name and became Nurture Support, Therapy for Kids.

Renee has extensive continuing education in feeding/swallowing disorders and speech/language skills. She is proud to be recognized as a provider with Feeding Matters International. She is trained in the SOS-approach for feeding. She is a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association and the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Renee is thankful for the infants, children, families, and therapists she has had the opportunity to work with and is excited for new growth opportunities.

Traci Ziemkiewicz

Traci Ziemkiewicz OTR/L is an Occupational Therapist who graduated from Gannon University in 1998. She has an extensive resume which includes outpatient, school based, and early intervention therapy. She has spent the last 10 years at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh where she managed the Pine center site.

Traci has extensive training in the management of feeding disorders. She is vital stim certified, and has specialized training in the SOS approach. In addition to feeding disorders Traci has 17 years of therapy experience in the areas of fine motor, sensory integration, vision, visual perceptual, movement disorders, and development disorders.

Traci is excited to provide therapy in a child’s natural environment, as in the past transitioning progress made in the clinic to the child’s home has been a barrier to a child’s success. Providing therapy in the child’s home is also convenient for busy parents who find driving to a clinic weekly difficult.

Beth Sinteff-Battaline

Beth Sinteff-Battaline, M.S. CCC-SLP is a speech language pathologist who obtained her graduate degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1982. Beth has experience working in clinics, hospitals, schools, early intervention, home based care and teleintervention.

Beth has extensive continuing education in early intervention, augmentative communication, speech-language-communication needs of individuals with autism, and speech therapy for a variety of speech challenges (e.g. apraxia and phonological challenges). Beth is a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association. Beth has presented both internationally and nationally. She is now focusing her services in the western PA area and increasing her interests in tele-interventions.

Beth is thankful for the opportunity to be in a career where she has developed longtime relationships with strong clients and families. A therapeutic relationship relies on therapists, clients and families listening and sharing what can be done to support new skills being taught. Outside of work, Beth enjoys cooking, walking, biking, traveling and being with family and friends.

Colleen Chester

Colleen graduated from West Virginia University in 1989 after completing a Masters Degree in Speech Pathology and a graduate assistants program that focused on Augmentative and Alternative Communication,  She has had experiences in a number of different settings including inpatient, outpatient, school based, home based, early intervention as well as tele-health.

 

Colleen has extensive continuing education and experience in the areas of functional feeding, early language development, language disorders, speech sound disorders and early intervention.

 

What she enjoys most about her job is all of the wonderful relationships that she has been able to develop with children and families over the years.

Lindsay Passaretti

Lindsay Passaretti, M.S. CCC-SLP is a speech language pathologist who graduated from Duquesne University with her masters in 2013. She has experience working in skilled nursing facilities, outpatient clinics, schools, and early intervention. She has spent the last 4 years at The Children’s Institute where she taught the Autism 1 training to new staff.

Lindsay has extensive continuing education in feeding/swallowing, speech/language skills, AAC, and Autism. She holds a certificate in ABA Intensive Teaching for Students with Autism and an Instructional 1 Teaching Certificate in the state of Pennsylvania. She is also a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association.

Lindsay is thankful to have the opportunity to work with children of all ages and their families in the comfort of their homes.

Kristin Bowman

Kristin Bowman OTR/L is an Occupational Therapist who graduated from James Madison University in 2005. Kristin started out working with adults in an inpatient rehabilitation and acute care setting at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, where she focused her work and training with spinal cord and neurology patients.

Once moving to Pittsburgh, Kristin realized that her passion was to work with children and transitioned to working in the inpatient rehabilitation unit as well as the outpatient setting at The Children’s Institute starting in 2010. Kristin has experience with a variety of diagnoses and treatment approaches, such as upper extremity involvement and constraint movement induced therapy, feeding disorders, sensory integration, vision and visual perception concerns, concussion, and developmental disorders.

Jeanne Herbert

Jeanne Herbert BS, MS is a physical therapist who received her BS from the University of Pittsburgh in 1981 and her MS in Orthopedics from the University of Pittsburgh in 1985. She spent the last 20 years of her career working with pediatric clients in subacute rehab, out patient rehab and school based settings. Her wide range of experience includes treating all ages of children from infants to transition age students. Her emphasis is to empower children to gain the skills to allow for maximum independence within the home, school and community environments. Her favorite part of physical therapy is working with and educating families. She began working for NURTURE Feeding and Communication Support, LLC in 2020.

Blythe Westendorf

Blythe is a pediatric occupational therapist with clinical and home-based experience working with patients between 0 – 25 years old.  She is certified in Interactive Metronome and Therapeutic Listening, and has completed extensive training in Handwriting Without Tears, the Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding, and sensory integration through University of Southern California. She completed a post-graduate OTD at Boston University, with her doctoral project focused on development of research-based aquatic safety curriculum for children with autism. She is passionate about serving families with diverse ethnic and social backgrounds and working to enhance children’s participation in everyday routines and throughout their natural environments.

Our Trainings

SOS Approach to Feeding
Vital Stim
Beckman Oral Motor
Handwriting Without Tears
Sensory Integration
Autism Training
Torticollis Training

Partnered Organizations

ASHA- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
PSHA- Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association
National Board Certification in Occupational Therapy
Feeding Matters