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Aphasia Speaks

Meet Our Directors
Dr. Carol Letzter                           Dr. John Amato 
Dr. Carol B. Letzter is a dually NYS Licensed Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathologist. She is also dually Certified by The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a Fellow of The American Academy of Audiology.

Dr. Letzter holds The Doctorate of Audiology Degree from Pennsylvania’s prestigious College of Optometry - School of Audiology. Prior to receiving her doctorate degree she received her Master of Arts Degree in Audiology from Hofstra University and a second Master of Arts Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University.

Dr. Letzter is a caring and sensitive professional who has dedicated many years to serving infants through geriatric patients who have a variety of communication difficulties and hearing loss resulting from medical, neurological and genetic disorders. Dr. Letzter specializes in evaluating individuals of all ages for speech-language-hearing disorders by using the latest diagnostic equipment and technology available.
She has a special interest in evaluating individuals who are experiencing communicative difficulties resulting from stroke and traumatic brain injury and, she has extensive clinical expertise in treating individuals experiencing aphasia which is impacting on their personal and professional lives.

In addition, Dr. Letzter evaluates patients of all ages who may benefit from the use of hearing aids which will assist in improving their hearing in many listening situations. She sits on the hearing loop committee of the Hearing Loss Association of America’s Manhattan Chapter, is a member of the Long Island Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America and is a member of The National Aphasia Association. 

Dr. Letzter is the owner of Harmony Hearing & Speech Center which has been serving families on Long Island and in Queens since 1988. At Harmony Hearing & Speech Center, patients receive modern technology with old fashioned care.

Dr. John Amato is a speech-language pathologist who is licensed by New York State and Certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. He holds a doctoral degree from Columbia University in speech pathology and neuroscience, and has over 30 years of clinical and research experience. 

Dr. Amato is a recipient of the Mimi Katzen Memorial Award for Clinical Excellence, presented by The Long Island Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is a certified provider of the Lee Silverman Voice Therapy Program for individuals with Parkinson’s disease. He is a trained and certified provider of VitalStim therapy for individuals with swallowing disorders which has proven successful for many patients with various forms of dysphagia. In addition, he has received numerous continuing education awards from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Assocaiation.

In addition, Dr. Amato is a tenured professor at a leading Long Island university where he currently teaches courses in neuroanatomy and neurophysiology as well as aphasia, dysphagia (swallowing disorders) and motor speech disorders in adults and children. 
He has also held faculty and research appointments at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Center for Cranio-Facial Disorders, as well as within the Department of Neurology, at Stony Brook University School of Medicine.

Dr. Amato specializes in the evaluation and treatment of adults and children who are experiencing a variety of speech, swallowing, voice, language, and cognitive disorders, many of which have been caused by neurologically based disorders such as stroke and traumatic brain injury. 

He is a member of The National Aphasia Association.

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