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TheraYouth Foundation

TheraYouth is founded on a belief that all children deserve a healthy, strong and bright future regardless of their socio-economic status or ethnic background. Due to limited third party reimbursement(Medicaid and health insurances) many pediatric clinics seek reimbursement through direct, private payment methods. As a result, families who cannot afford to pay high, out of pocket rates end up without much necessary healthcare services for their children.
TheraYouth is a nonprofit (with 501c3 status) organization looking to provide comprehensive pediatric therapy for families, in its home state of New Jersey at a substantially reduced cost. Upon setting its roots locally, TheraYouth is looking to expand its reach nationally. Supportive healthcare services should be available to all children!

Our Founder

Irina Marcoff DPT, is the founder and board president of TheraYouth Foundation. Dr. Marcoff started her career as a pediatric physical therapist in the New York City Department of Education. There, she provided physical therapy services for students in underserved communities. She worked with children who suffered from various congenital and acquired disabilities. Dr. Marcoff possesses the knowledge and the understanding of the struggles that the families in low socio-economic communities experience. She is aware of the challenges these families face in accessing the care their kids so desperately need. Dr. Marcoff went above and beyond to offer support to these families, but was also restricted by the system. School based therapy is not designed to address the medical needs that the children in her care needed most.

For the past nine years, Dr. Marcoff has been living in New Jersey. Here, she continues to witness the growing gap in access to therapeutic care between the families of various communities. In 2021, she founded TheraYouth Foundation, with the hope of  diminishing this inequity by providing pediatric therapy services to families in low income and racially diverse communities.

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Meet Our Staff

Dr. Irina Marcoff, DPT

Physical Therapist

Irina Marcoff DPT, is the founder and board president of TheraYouth Foundation. Dr. Marcoff started her career as a pediatric physical therapist in the New York City Department of Education. There, she provided physical therapy services for students in underserved communities. She worked with children who suffered from various congenital and acquired disabilities. Dr. Marcoff possesses the knowledge and the understanding of the struggles that the families in low socio-economic communities experience. She is aware of the challenges these families face in accessing the care their kids so desperately need. Dr. Marcoff went above and beyond to offer support to these families, but was also restricted by the system. School based therapy is not designed to address the medical needs that the children in her care needed most.

Stephanie Caputo, SLT

Speech Therapist

Stephanie Caputo M.A., CCC-SLP is a NJ State licensed speech therapist. Stephanie received her Master’s of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from West Chester University and holds a Certification of Clinical Competence in Speech Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She has worked throughout the state of New Jersey at various hospitals, acute care, and rehabilitation facilities. Her work experience covers a variety of patient populations including dysphagia, social communication, cognitive-communication, language, and speech disorders. Stephanie has extensive experience with neurodegenerative disorders, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury, stroke, developmental delays, and autism spectrum disorder.

Manshi Patel, OT

Occupational Therapist

Manshi Patel M.S., OTR/L is a New Jersey and New York State licensed occupational therapist. Manshi received her Master’s of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Seton Hall University in 2019. She has experience working with toddlers, preschoolers, school-aged children, and geriatrics. Currently, Manshi also works with Preschool-5th grade students in the public school setting. Manshi has a varied experience working with pediatric clients in the following areas: learning disability, sensory processing disorder, developmental delay, cerebral palsy, and autism spectrum disorder. More specifically, she works on skills including but not limited to fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, visual perceptual skills, cognitive skills, behavior regulation, life-skills, and more.

Erin Skotarczak, OT

Occupational Therapist

Erin is a 1994 graduate of Temple University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. She has worked throughout the Philadelphia and NY area at various acute care and rehabilitation facilities including Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Kessler Rehab, and Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Center. She has worked with a variety of patient populations including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, hand therapy, stroke and neurologic rehab, and work hardening. After taking time off to raise her 3 children she is excited to be back and working with the pediatric population.

DhulFiQaar Wadley

Dhul-FiQaar Wadley is one of our amazing licensed physical therapists and also part of our Board of Advisors. He has vast experience treating physical therapy patients. As someone who grew up in urban areas like Newark, Irvington, and Philadelphia, he understands firsthand the challenges of accessing essential services like physical, occupational, and speech therapy. That’s why he is passionate about his work here at TheraYouth, where he is dedicated to providing vital therapies to as many children as possible. His goal is to improve their quality of life and help them thrive.

Naya Hodge

Speech Therapist

his is Naya Hodge, one of our amazing Speech-Language Pathologists who has the pleasure of working with your child here at TheraYouth in Elizabeth, New Jersey. In Spring of 2020, she graduated from Montclair State University with a Bachelor of Art (B.A.) in Linguistics and went on to receive her Master of Art (M.A.) in Speech-Language Pathology from Kean University in August of 2022. For the past year and a half, she has been working full time in the Elizabeth Public School District and has absolutely fallen in love with the diverse population that it has to offer. Now, she has the pleasure of working here at TheraYouth, part-time, where she helps your child meet their speech/language goals.

Elisa Martinez

Front Desk

Svetlana Kozlova

Office Manager

Meet Our Board of Directors

Dr. Irina Marcoff, DPT

Founder & President

Svetlana Kozlova

Vice President

Hugo X. Carvajal

Director

Margery Ostrow

Secretary

Lucy Schwartzman

Director

Jaslynn Vesuvio

Director

Board of Advisors

Mila Teshler

Clininal Director of Occupational Therapy Services

Cheryl Eggert

Advisor

DhulFiQaar Wadley

Advisor

Larisa Henriquez

Secretary

Marian Cunningham

Advisor

Sue Seto

Advisor

Volunteers

Michelle Higgins

Volunteer

Kathleen Miller

Volunteer

Valerie Waterman

Volunteer

Robert Schroeder

Volunteer

Rona & Robyn Brown

Volunteer

Karen McLaughlin

Volunteer / Grant Writer

Will Asia

Volunteer

Roman Shamalov

Volunteer / Design / Print

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