About Metro East Therapy

Our job here at Metro East Therapy as therapists is to analyze, investigate, address, treat and help to prevent an array of disorders under the scope of speech and occupational therapy. These disorders could exist anywhere within the realm of articulation, receptive and expressive language, voice, fluency, behavior or social language.

Located in Edwardsville, IL, we are in the perfect spot to serve the Midwest for any and all speech and occupational therapy needs. We offer individual speech-language and occupational therapy from birth-18 years and we evaluate and take the time to ensure that you and your child get the attention that you need and deserve. We also offer group therapy, feeding therapy, and dyslexia therapy, alongside consulting. These are just a few ways that we prove our commitment to helping you and your loved ones as speech pathologists.

Meet The Team

Meagan, M.S., CCC-SLP

Meagan graduated with her master’s degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2015. Meagan has taken numerous continuing education courses on childhood apraxia of speech, early language development, autism, pragmatic language development, and augmentative alternative communication (AAC). Her current passions include working with children with apraxia of speech as well as early childhood, but she is a diversified clinician who is able to work with a large variety of diagnoses. “I become passionate about giving someone a way to communicate and participate in the world in a way that they were unable to do before” Meagan believes in using evidence-based approaches to treatment, pulling from past clinical experiences, and advancing her knowledge-base through continuing education.

“My end goals are for clients to enjoy coming to therapy, to develop trusting relationships with both my clients and their families, and to know I did my best to provide a child and their family with the tools they need to be successful.”

Colleen, MOT, OTR/L, CNWC

Colleen graduated with her master’s degree from Saint Louis University in 2017. In addition to being an occupational therapist, Collen is also a certified nutritionist. She completed the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding training and has a knack for working with children that struggle with feeding. In addition to feeding therapy, Colleen also is passionate about working on developmental milestones, visual motor skills, sensory integration, strengthening, handwriting, and pre-writing strokes. Colleen uses a play-based approach for many clients to help them develop skills they need to live a balanced, happy life.

Her personal therapy philosophy is “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than a year of conversation”-Plato. Outside of the therapy room, Colleen loves to exercise, bake, travel to National Parks and is a true animal lover.

Jessica, M.S., CF-SLP

Jessica graduated with her master’s degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2019. Jessica is particularly interested in working with children that struggle with reading, phonological awareness, or have delayed communication. She believes that the key to successful therapy is to be adaptable. “I try hard to be flexible with each client that I see. If something is too difficult for them, it is important to know how to be flexible in the moment and adjust whatever we are doing to make it possible for them to have success.”. Jessica also believes that therapy cannot be rigid. It is an ever-changing process, and as a therapist she recognizes it is her job to modify and accommodate each lesson/activity for the client. She loves working at Metro East Therapy because she can build relationships with kids AND their families and she shares in their successes.

Rachel, M.S., CF-SLP

Rachel graduated with her master’s degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2019. Rachel loves working with children that have speech sound disorders. She uses a variety of cue delivery methods, like verbal, tactile, and gesture, to effectively help a child produce targeted sounds. While Rachel has a passion for articulation therapy, she has experience working with a large population of children including those with autism, cerebral palsy, developmental delays, language disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, stuttering, and dyslexia. Rachel strives to meet each child where they are with their communication abilities. She provides them with relevant resources and positive feedback in order to see their skills increase. She is alway prepared to modify therapeutic material to the specific needs of the child.  

“I believe that an ideal therapeutic scenario includes willingness from the client, support from the family, and evidence-based interventions by the therapist.”.

Meagan, M.S., CCC-SLP

Meagan graduated with her master’s degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2015. She has a particular passion for augmentative alternative communication (AAC) and autism and has taken several continuing education courses pertaining to LAMP. In addition to her extensive AAC experience, Meagan has also taken several continuing education courses for the Social Thinking program. She is a skilled clinician that works with all age groups but is clinically strong in early language development. Meagan’s personal philosophy is that compassion and care are key. “When I provide therapy, I am giving someone a way to communicate and participate in their world in a manner they weren’t able to before.”. Meagan relishes in her clients’ success and loves nothing more than when a parent calls to tell her their child said “mom” for the first time.

“Compassion and care lead to clients that want to do well in therapy to make you proud, and parents that feel confident that their child’s best interest are being taken care of.”

Heather, M.S., CCC-SLP

Heather graduated with her master’s degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2011. She loves using literacy-based approaches when working with children who present with a wide range of disorders. She feels strongly that therapy sessions must be adjusted and customized based on each child’s needs. Sessions must remain challenging, yet engaging and rewarding for each child to experience success. “I have as much to learn from the clients as they do from me, and that’s what makes everyday so exciting. We are never done learning”. In addition to her interest in literacy-based disorders, Heather has also received continuing education in childhood language disorders, autism, AAC and PECS/, dyslexia, and trauma/mental health in children. Heather is also CPI certified (Nonviolent Crisis Intervention) to help manage and de-escalate problematic, or emotional, behaviors a child may be experiencing.

Steffany, Billing Specialist/Right-Hand Person to owner, Maggie Block 

Steffany helps manage day-to-day operations at Metro East Therapy. She is the point of contact for many issues including billing and insurance. Steffany realizes how confusing insurance can be to navigate, which is why she considers it a personal goal to be an excellent resource to families. “There are many questions that go along with attending therapy. Whether it’s scheduling, billing, payments, or the many elements that go into insurance. I am here to help, and I truly enjoy interacting with each and every one of our families.” As a mom of three herself, she understands what it’s like to want the best for your child. She wants to ensure every family that comes into the office that she will be a positive part of your experience at Metro East Therapy.