Scott Matthews, OT, MS
Scott is the founder and Executive Director of Intensive Therapeutics. Prior to becoming an occupational therapist, Scott was a social worker for 7 years in both pediatric and geriatric settings. In 1997, Scott graduated from Kean University with a post-baccalaureate major in occupational therapy. He earned a post-professional Master of Science degree in Health Science, with a specialization in movement science, from Seton Hall University in 2005. As an occupational therapist, Scott has worked in various settings with adults and children. He has been an adjunct professor at Kean University.
Alexandra Clayton, MS OTR/L
Director of Occupational Therapy
Alexandra earned her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Kean University in January 2013. Previously, she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Rutgers University in May 2009. During her time at Kean, Alexandra completed a pediatric internship with Intensive Therapeutics, and an internship in adult rehabilitation at Universal Institute. She has gained experience from working in a variety of pediatric settings including the New Jersey Early Intervention Program, as an independent contractor for the New York Board of Education, and as a staff occupational therapist at a pediatric private clinic in New Jersey and New York. Alexandra has worked summers at Intensive Therapeutics since 2013, and started full-time in December 2014.
Brielle Hassa, MS OTR/L
Supervisor of Occupational Therapy
Brielle earned her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Kean University in January of 2015. She previously obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Substance Abuse Counseling from Ramapo College of New Jersey in January of 2012. During her time at Kean, Brielle completed a pediatric internship with Intensive Therapeutics, and an internship in adult rehabilitation at Kessler Institute in outpatient neurology. Brielle has also completed research for her group masters thesis on the topic of children with hemiplegia, entitled “How Goals Identified on the COPM Change for Children with Hemiplegia at a CIMT Camp Across Factors of Age, Gender, Time and Botox: A Retrospective Study.” Brielle’s interests include hiking and photography.
Alexandra Edwards, MS CCC-SLP
Director of Speech-Language Pathology
Ali is a speech-language pathologist who joined Intensive Therapeutics in June 2016. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from ASHA and licensure in New Jersey. Ali completed her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Seton Hall University in May of 2013. Previously, Ali obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in human development and family studies from the Pennsylvania State University in May of 2011. During her time at Seton Hall, Ali completed three clinical internships at The Lewis School of Princeton, The Lakeview School of Edison, and Children Specialized Hospital – Early Intervention program where she provided speech and language therapy to children ages birth to 12 with a variety of special needs. Ali has previously gained work experience as a certified speech-language specialist working in a public school setting providing individual and small group speech and language services for preschool and kindergarten special education students with a wide range of disabilities.
Stephanie Kaliades, MOT OTR/L
Stephanie earned her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Colorado State University in 2016. Previously, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in History of Art at Johns Hopkins University in 2004. During her time at CSU, Stephanie completed a pediatric internship with Intensive Therapeutics, and an internship at an adult inpatient skilled nursing facility. Prior to working at Intensive Therapeutics, Stephanie has worked as an occupational therapist at a private pediatric clinic in New Jersey, and within the public school system in Hudson County, NJ. Stephanie has been working with children for almost 10 years and previously worked as a pre-school teacher and childcare program director before deciding to move into occupational therapy. In the summer of 2018, Stephanie became a certified 200 hour yoga teacher. She enjoys incorporating yoga and mindfulness into her occupational therapy sessions.
Lauren Armenti, MS OTR/L
bio coming soon
Danielle Cordova, MS OTR/L
Danielle earned her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Kean University in January of 2020. She previously obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science with a minor in Behavioral Neuroscience from Stockton University. During her time at Kean, Danielle completed a pediatric internship with Intensive Therapeutics, and an internship in adult rehabilitation at Kessler Institute in outpatient spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries. Prior to becoming an occupational therapist, Danielle taught gymnastics at The Little Gym for 8 years. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family, watching movies, and eating pizza.
Tara Horvat, MA CCC-SLP
Tara found her passion to begin a career in speech-language pathology after watching her younger sister work with a speech therapist for years throughout their childhood. She began her journey by obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics from Montclair State University with a minor in Communication sciences and disorders, as well as a minor in cognitive science. Tara was accepted into the Montclair State University Master’s program for Communication Sciences and Disorders where she completed two internships, one at the Adler Aphasia Center in Maywood and the other at Intensive Therapeutics! Tara is a certified speech-language therapist in NJ, and she currently holds a certificate of clinical competence from ASHA (American Speech and Hearing Association). Tara also has experience working with school aged children as a substitute teacher, a 5th grade paraprofessional, and as a gymnastics coach for 6 years. Tara loves using a multi-sensory approach in her sessions inspired by her love for cheerleading, gymnastics, and yoga.
Alyssa completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and Sport Studies with a minor in psychology from Rutgers University in 2017. During her final semester, she completed an undergraduate internship with Intensive Therapeutics; she officially joined the team in September 2017. While completing her degree, Alyssa gained experience working in a variety of settings including childcare, an optometry practice, and in-school settings for children with special needs, including the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center at Rutgers, a school for children with autism spectrum disorder, where she was an undergraduate fieldwork intern.