About Nicolette Komie and Associates, LLC
We are a diverse team of therapists specializing in developmental therapy, applied behavior analysis, speech-language therapy and clinical psychology services. Our team includes credentialed developmental therapists, BCBAs, speech-language pathologists and clinical psychologists.
Meet Our Therapists
Therapist: Nicolette K. MS, DT
Nikki Komie founded Nicolette Komie & Associates LLC from a strong desire to merge relationship-based approaches with behavioral models so that each child and family could have an individualized model to grow from. Nikki holds a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and audiology and a masters degree in child development, with a specialization in birth-3. Nikki’s passionate about working with children and families impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), disorders of relating and communicating and sensory processing challenges. She is a credentialed state evaluator and developmental therapist that has worked with children and parents for over 20 years. She is an advanced DIR/floor time model provider with extensive training in sensory processing, ABA, TEACCH, Social Thinking, RDI and Handle with Care. Nikki is passionate about helping each child reach their fullest potential, collaborating with schools, as well as building social experiences that match each child’s profile. Nikki enjoys spending her free time with her 3 children and husband, traveling, baking and gardening.
Therapist: Candice K., MA, DT
Candice has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from National Louis University and a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum Development from National Louis University. Candice has always loved working with children and came into this field after working as a teacher in first- and second-grade classrooms. She most enjoys figuring out each child’s learning style to help them learn new skills. Candice enjoys spending her free time with her family, working on arts and crafts, and playing games with her children.
Therapist: Heather S., MS, DT
Heather has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Roosevelt University and a Master of Science in Child Development from Erikson Institute. Heather realized her passion for working with children while caring for her nephew and working at a day care center in high school. Heather feels that the most rewarding part of her job is seeing children smile during her interactions with them. She also loves watching children accomplish new skills and reach their developmental milestones. In her free time, Heather enjoys spending time with her large family, creating scrapbooks, and playing softball.
Therapist: Mariana B., MS, CCC-SLP
Mariana has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Roosevelt University and a Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from Midwestern University. Mariana discovered her love for teaching children after working at a day care center in high school. She feels that the most rewarding part of her job is watching children gain independence and confidence when they are heard by others in the world around them. Mariana enjoys spending her free time in the outdoors whenever possible; she especially loves running, hiking, and reading.
Therapist: Deana J., MA, DT
Deana has a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology from Northern Illinois University and a Master of Arts degree in Special Education from Saint Xavier University. Deana is also a Learning Behavior Specialist I, endorsed in English Language Learning. Deana has a deep passion for the field both professionally and personally, as she is a mother of three children who were all born premature, providing her special insight to having a child with various medical and developmental challenges. She enjoys using children’s individual strengths and interests to help them reach their full potential. Deana loves to spend her free time with her family.
Therapist: Beth S., MS, DT
Beth has a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development and Family Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Science degree in Child Development with an Infants and Toddlers specialization from Erikson Institute. Beth enjoys working with children and families using a parent-focused model to build on the strengths of the parent-child relationship. She finds building collaborative partnerships with parents to promote each child’s secure attachment, playful exploration, and communication skills to be a very rewarding part of her work. Beth loves to spend her free time with her family.
Therapist: Dr. Jennifer M.
Dr. Jenn is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She has a Bachelors degree in General Studies with minors in Psychology and Sociology. She earned her Doctorate of Psychology from Midwestern University. Dr. Jenn has always known she wanted to work with children; spending her summers as a counselor at a day camp solidified her passion. She feels that the most rewarding part of her work is building a special relationship with each child and learning about their interests. In her free time, Dr. Jenn loves spending time with her family, especially her son.
Therapist: Alexia H., B.S., MSW
Alexia has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Northeastern Illinois University and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Aurora University. Working with children has always been Alexia’s passion. She came into this field after working in different schools. Alexia enjoys seeing the progress the children make and being part of the process is rewarding to her. In her free time she loves to spend time with her family and friends.
Therapist: Emily E., M.Ed., DT
Emily received her Masters of Education in Early Childhood Education with an endorsement in Special Education from University of Illinois at Chicago. She also has her type 04 certification from the State of Illinois. Emily has experience working with children in CPS as well as private learning centers. Emily loves working with children. She enjoys working to understand their needs, strengths, emotions and goals. In her free time, Emily enjoys theater, acting and singing.