Meet the Therapists

Lisa Butler, MS CCC-SLP

Lisa is the owner and director of Back Bay Speech Therapy and a Speech-Language Pathologist who works with children and adolescents with speech, language, swallowing and literacy disorders. Lisa’s passion for helping others in conjunction with her enthusiasm for working with young children has set the core values and standards of Back Bay Speech Therapy. Lisa finds it so rewarding to assist her clients and their families in achieving their goals while having fun in the process.

Lisa has been practicing pediatrics since the start of her career in multiple settings including, acute inpatient, outpatient, and in-home services, working with a variety of congenital and acquired disorders. Lisa holds advanced training in Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking™ program, and Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing™ Program (LiPS). She is licensed by the state of Massachusetts and New Hampshire and is certified by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association.

Lisa holds a Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions as well as a Bachelors of Science in Communications Sciences and Disorders from Emerson College in Boston, MA.

Kelsey Thompson, MS CCC-SLP

Kelsey is a practicing Speech-Language Pathologist with Back Bay Speech Therapy.  Kelsey started her career at Playworks Speech Therapy,  a private practice outside of Washington, D.C. There she gained experience working with children and adolescents with a variety of diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Down Syndrome, expressive/receptive language disorder, fluency, articulation/phonological disorder, as well as a number of genetic and feeding disorders.  In addition to this experience, Kelsey has worked with children in school and early intervention settings.  Kelsey is trained in PROMPTS for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT) and Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding.

Kelsey feels passionate about equipping children and their families with the tools necessary to achieve functional skills across settings.  She loves to incorporate play and child interest into therapy to keep learning motivating and engaging.  Working closely with families and caregivers are fundamental to her therapy approach.

Kelsey received her Masters and Bachelors of Science degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from Northeastern University in Boston, M.A.  In addition to her clinical work, Kelsey is currently a doctoral student at Northeastern University studying feeding and neurodevelopment in premature infants.  She is licensed by the state of Massachusetts and is certified by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association.

Laura Hundley, MS CCC-SLP

Laura is a practicing Speech-Language Pathologist with Back Bay Speech Therapy.  Laura started her career at a private practice in Foxboro, MA, where she continues to see a diverse caseload of primarily pediatric clients.  Her experiences include working with children with a variety of diagnoses, including Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Dysarthria, Cleft lip/palate, Autism Spectrum Disorder, expressive/receptive language disorder, dysfluency (stuttering), articulation/phonological disorder, and voice disorder.  Laura also has experience working in the school and outpatient rehabilitation settings.

Laura enjoys working with children and adolescents of all ages and focuses on tailoring therapy to improve each child's communication skills at home, school and everywhere in-between.  She focuses on integrating the goals of family members and teachers so that therapy goals are as functional as possible.  Laura also aims to keep therapy sessions fun, dynamic, and engaging for each child.

Laura received her Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and completed her Bachelors of Science degree in Communication Disorders at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Amherst, MA.  She is licensed by the state of Massachusetts and is certified by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association.

Joan Lyall FitzGerald, MS CCC-SLP

Joan is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist with Back Bay Speech Therapy. Joan began her career in Philadelphia working in a variety of settings including: schools, early intervention, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation.  Since moving to Boston in 2015, Joan has enjoyed working in both early intervention and outpatient settings.  Over the years Joan has gained experience working with all populations including children with medically complex needs, infants and children with feeding disorders, children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, articulation disorders, expressive/receptive language disorders, and adults and children with traumatic brain injury.  Joan is trained in PROMPT for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT).

Joan is passionate about her profession and believes in empowering her clients and their families to achieve communicative success.  Joan employs a variety of therapeutic techniques throughout her practice allowing for dynamic and successful treatment sessions.

Joan received her Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, PA.  She is licensed by the state of Massachusetts and is certified by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association.

Kaitlyn McClain, MS CCC-SLP

Kaitlyn is a practicing Speech-Language Pathologist with Back Bay Speech Therapy.  Kaitlyn began her career in Southern California where she worked with both pediatric and adult populations in a variety of settings, including schools, acute/inpatient, and outpatient.  Her experience includes working with children with receptive/expressive language disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, articulation and phonological disorders, voice and fluency, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. In addition, she has worked with children and adults with feeding and swallowing disorders.  Kaitlyn is trained in PROMPT for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets.  She is certified in Vital Stim, targeting Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation for swallowing disorders.  

Kaitlyn believes strongly in collaborating with families and teachers to facilitate communicative success with her clients.  She enjoys incorporating a  variety of therapeutic techniques, including play, music, and literacy into therapy session to target functional goals.

Kaitlyn received her Masters of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Chapman University in Orange County, CA and completed her Bachelors of Arts degree at University of Michigan.  She is licensed in the state of Massachusetts and certified by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association.