Our Team

Megan Brazas, M.A. CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Megan earned her undergraduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and obtained her master’s degree at Northwestern University.  She has extensive experience in working with children with complex communication needs, including Autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, rare medical conditions, and complex orthopedic impairments.  Additionally, Megan has experience evaluating and treating a variety of speech and language conditions including apraxia of speech and is PROMPT Trained.   Megan has training in Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders and orofacial myology. Megan is also a credentialed Early Intervention provider and holds a State of Illinois Teaching License.  Megan is very passionate about her work and keeping people informed on current topics by speaking locally and nationally.  Megan is a U.S. Patent Holder for Communication Systems and Methods.   She has presented on topics such as language development, core vocabulary, low-tech communication systems, functional communication, supporting communication in the special education setting, curriculum adaptations for Autism spectrum disorder, and typical language development.   Megan’s contributions include presentations at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA), Infintec, Illinois Speech-Language Hearing Association (ISHA), Closing the Gap, and local school districts.  She is also the creator of the communication system Core Vocab Exchange System ™, a low-tech core vocabulary based communication system which aligns with typical language development. You can email Megan directly at meganb@slpathways.com or click here to be directed to the “contact us” page.

Jessica Leff, M.S. CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Jessica earned her Bachelor’s degree from Augustana College, where she majored in Communication Sciences & Disorders and Spanish. Jessica received her Master’s degree at Illinois State University. While at ISU, Jessica researched cross-linguistic transfer in English/Spanish speaking preschool children, as well as pursued clinical opportunities working with culturally and linguistically diverse individuals. Upon graduating with her Master’s, Jessica accepted a position as a speech-language pathologist volunteer with Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos, an international organization that provides homes for orphaned and abandoned children in Central and South America. After 18 months at NPH Honduras, Jessica gained invaluable evaluation and therapy experience working work children and adults in Spanish with a variety of communication needs. Since returning to the US in 2016, Jessica has worked as a bilingual speech-language pathologist in the schools, providing evaluations and therapy.

An avid traveler and bookworm, Jessica continues to seek out opportunities to improve her Spanish skills and provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services. Jessica is thrilled to join the Speech & Language Pathways team, and looks forward to servicing the wonderful Chicagoland community.

Lynanne Desai  M.S., OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Lynanne earned her Bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster, where she majored in neuroscience. She received her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Minnesota. She has worked with all ages from birth to 100 years old. Her primary focus has been on pediatric patients, with extensive experience working with
children of a variety of needs, including Autism spectrum disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, rare medical and genetic conditions, as well as generalized developmental delays. Lynanne has experience evaluating and treating pediatric patients who are experiencing dysfunction in daily routines. She is a credentialed Early Intervention
provider and provides in-home services to families who have qualified for this program. She is SOS feeding certified, and has training in Zones of Regulation and Sensory Motor interventions. She also has interests in using the natural world in her practice, using outdoor therapy to increase participation in activities of daily living.

Darina Yakimec  M.S., OTR/L

Darina Yakimec MS, OTR/L received her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Psychology from Dominican University in River Forest, IL. She relocated to Mesa, Arizona to pursue a graduate degree in Occupational Therapy. Darina graduated with a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Occupational Therapy from A.T. Still University in January 2017. Darina worked as an occupational therapist at John C. Lincoln Medical Center in the acute care therapy department for one year before transitioning to pediatric practice in 2018. Darina worked as a pediatric home based occupational therapist for several months before moving back to Illinois in late 2018. Darina worked as a school based occupational therapist at deLacey Family Education Center for the remainder of the 2018-19 school year. Darina is excited to collaborate with the multidisciplinary team at Speech and Language Pathways, LLC to enhance each child’s development utilizing evidence-based practice and family-centered care.