People



Susan R. Grant, Ph.D. - Neurolinguist
Edwin C. Oliver, Psy.D., LLC - Clinical Psychologist
Gretchen Montcalmo, M.S., CCC-SLP - Speech-Language Pathologist;
     Clinical Director
Julie Hemmeter, M.S., CCC-SLP - Senior Speech-Language Pathologist
Leah Zimmerman, M.S., CCC-SLP - Speech-Language Pathologist
     Reading Specialist
Patricia Galla, M.S., CCC-SLP - Speech-Language Pathologist

Susan R. Grant, Ph.D., LLC
Neurolinguist

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r. Grant holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, having studied at the Graduate School of Medicine and the College Park campuses of the University of Maryland. She specializes and did research in Neurolinguistics, the study of the relationship between brain and language development. She also holds a Master of Science and Maryland license in Speech and Language Pathology. Dr. Grant has been in private clinical practice for nearly 30 years, diagnosing and developing treatment plans for children with speech-language, reading and learning disabilities, working closely with many public and independent schools throughout the State of Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia and Pennsylvania. She oversees a staff of 11, including professionals and support personnel, who treat children with speech-language deficits and learning disabilities.

Dr. Grant chairs the Advisory Committee on Exceptional Children and Youth for the Office of Overseas Schools of the US Department of State. She was the founding Board member and Board president of a middle and high school, college preparatory program for students with learning disabilities and currently serves on several Boards of Trustees and Advisory Boards for independent schools in the Baltimore community. Dr. Grant lectures and has given many workshops nationally and internationally on the applicability of brain research to good teaching practice, language and reading acquisition, dyslexia, and learning disabilities.

Dr. Grant and her husband live in Northern Baltimore County. They have one son.

Edwin C. Oliver, Psy.D., LLC
Clinical Psychologist

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r. Edwin Oliver is a licensed psychologist practicing for more than 15 years, with two Master's Degrees and a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College in 1999. "Dr. Eddie" is a child advocate with extensive experience testing and providing a variety of therapies to students and their families. Since 2002, he has worked at the Baltimore Lab School (BLS), an independent school for children in grades 1-12 with language-based learning disabilities, attentional needs, anxiety, and social challenges. He was the Director of Research and Professional Partnerships at BLS. Prior to coming to this, Dr. Oliver worked as a school psychologist in Baltimore City and in a hospital-based therapeutic day school in Chicago.

Dr. Oliver serves as the lead psychologist at the Dyslexia Tutoring Program and presented in 2016 at the International Dyslexia Association Conference. He taught at the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Baltimore. In 2003, the Governor appointed him to the Maryland Advisory Council on Mental Hygiene, and he was appointed to the Special Education State Advisory Committee in 2007 by Maryland's Secretary of Education.

Dr. Eddie brings extensive expertise in psychoeducational and cognitive assessments, therapies, and school advocacy to this practice.

Speech-Language Pathologists

Gretchen Montcalmo, Julie Hemmeter, Leah Zimmerman, and Patricia Galla help to comprise our staff of dedicated and talented licensed speech-language pathologists with expertise in servicing children from 2 years through adolescence with a variety of speech and language disorders and language based learning difficulties. All of our speech-language pathologists have Masters Degrees in the field and are certified by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association.

Gretchen Montcalmo, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist; Clinical Director

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retchen Montcalmo is a Maryland licensed speech-language pathologist with a Masters in Science from Loyola College. She graduated in 1992 and has been working in the field of Speech-Language Pathology specializing in pediatric speech and language disorders for over 20 years. Gretchen joined the practice of Dr. Susan Grant in 1997, providing therapy and diagnostic services to children with speech and language needs, and in addition, serves as the Clinical Director for the practice. She has extensive expertise in servicing children with a variety of speech and language issues including: language processing disorders, articulation disorders, apraxia, oral motor disorders, pragmatic language deficits, autism spectrum disorders, and tongue thrust. Gretchen resides in Perry Hall with her husband and three daughters.

Julie Hemmeter, M.S., CCC-SLP
Senior Speech-Language Pathologist

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ulie Hemmeter has a Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from Loyola College and a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Towson University. She has worked in the field since graduating in 1994, joining Dr.Grant's practice in 1998. She holds a Maryland license in the field and specializes in working with children with speech and language disorders including: auditory processing disorders, articulation and myofunctional disorders, apraxia, and autistic spectrum disorders. Julie, her husband, and their three children live in northern Baltimore County.

Leah Zimmerman, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist; Reading Specialist

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eah Zimmerman has a Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. She also has a Reading Specialist Certification from MGH-IHP. She has worked in the field since graduating in 2004 and joined Dr. Grant's practice in 2015. She previously worked in middle and high schools as well as a private practice in the Boston Suburbs and in Baltimore County at an elementary school. She specializes in working with children with a range of speech, language, and reading disorders including: articulation, spoken and written language disorders, higher-level language, organization and planning, social pragmatics, autism spectrum disorders, decoding and encoding, fluency, and comprehension. Leah and her husband live in Fells Point in Baltimore City.

Patricia Galla, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist

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atricia Galla is a Maryland licensed Speech-Language Pathologist with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Science and Disorders from Towson University and a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Loyola College. She graduated in 1990 and has been working in the field of Speech-Language Pathology specializing in pediatric speech and language disorders for over 26 years. Patty joined the practice of Dr. Susan Grant in 2003. She has expertise in servicing children with a variety of speech and language issues including language processing disorders, auditory memory difficulties, articulation disorders, apraxia, expressive and pragmatic language deficits. Patty resides in Northern Baltimore County with her husband and two sons.