During her childhood in Germany, Christina was referred to a speech-language pathologist by her dentist to correct a tongue thrust. Her experience and success in speech therapy, among other things, gave her the inspiration to follow the path professionally to hone her skills to help others. After high school, Christina earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She then moved from Chicago to New York City, where she completed her master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders in 2013 from Long Island University in Brooklyn. Three years later, she continued her studies formally and earned an advanced diploma from New York University in Healthcare Informatics for Clinicians. Early in her career Christina worked closely with adults, school age children and teens, to advance or regain their language, speech, voice and/or swallowing skills. After transitioning from hospital and outpatient settings to home-care and private practice, she found her true calling in early intervention and pediatrics, facilitating communication, articulation, lactation, feeding and social/pragmatic skills with fierce passion, patience and perseverance. Her areas of experience include: articulation, expressive/receptive disorders & delays, cleft lip and palate, Down syndrome, ASD, dysarthria, dyspraxia, and feeding/swallowing disorders. When working with individuals, Christina approaches assessment and treatment of the whole child to ensure the development of all areas. She greatly enjoys collaborating with related professionals to meet common goals. Most of all, Christina enjoys finding ways to make learning and therapy fun and motivating for everyone. She continues to be absolutely humbled by the experiences, successes and positive influences her coaching brings to her clients. Christina speaks both English and German fluently.