Founder/Owner, Speech-language Pathologist

Brief info

Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Southwest Missouri State University, 1997

Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology, Bombay University, India, 1994

Certifications & Acknowledgements:

  • Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, Illinois
  • ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Illinois Early Intervention Credential - Speech Language Pathology
  • Illinois Early Intervention Credential - Evaluation/Assessment Speech Language Pathology
  • 2 times Award for Continuing Education (ACE), ASHA
  • Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Northwestern University

Specialized Trainings:

  • Sensory Oral Sequential Approach (SOS)
  • Food Chaining
  • Vital Stim Certification
  • Beckman Oral Motor Approach
  • Wilbarger Brushing protocol
  • Therapeutic Listening and Astronaut Training
  • How Does your Engine Run?


  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Illinois Speech Language Association
  • Feeding Matters
  • North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition (NASPGN)

Smita is a passionate pediatric feeding specialist. She works with children birth through 21 years of age and enjoys coaching parents, graduate students, and therapists. Smita founded Assential Therapies Inc. in 2002 and she has dedicated her time to helping Assential Therapies grow from within.  Smita has experience working in a variety of settings including: IL Early Intervention, pediatric outpatient care, schools, and facilities for developmentally delayed individuals.