Simucase is the leading developer of clinical simulations in the field of speech-language pathology, audiology, and occupational therapy.
Our patented technology allows users to assess, diagnose, make recommendations, and provide intervention for virtual patients.
The Simucase Team
Stacy L. Williams, PhD, CHSE
Chief Executive Officer - Simucase, Chief Operations Officer - continued
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Simucase and Chief Operations Officer at continued, Stacy is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in the Communication Sciences Department in Cleveland, OH. She is also an OSLHA fellow of the association and a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator. Her ongoing research focuses on integrating simulation technology into the field of speech-language pathology by providing clients and professionals with online learning applications. In 2004, she founded and directed the Virtual Immersion Center for Simulation Research at CWRU. The recipient of numerous honors and awards, Stacy earned her doctorate degree at the University of Cincinnati and has worked in the SLP field for over 15 years.
"Every day I get to do what I love - develop innovative online technology applications for the allied health professions that provide a valuable service and resource to clinicians across the world. I'm proud to be a part of that innovation and to work with such talented people."
Katie Ondo, MA, CCC-SLP, CHSE
Editor in Chief
Katie has been creating computer-based simulations for Simucase since the program's launch. She is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator who specializes in medical simulation and the use of simulation for student and family training. She brings a wealth of clinical experience to her role as Editor in Chief. She also serves as a pediatric speech-language pathologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where she specializes in acute care. Katie is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, OH.
"Working with the clients is very rewarding. I love to tell the client’s story within a simulation and know that we are having a positive impact on the training and education of our users."
Clint Johnson, MA, CCC-SLP, CHSE
Vice President of Simucase Education
A graduate of the University of Georgia with a master’s of fine arts in Communications Sciences and Disorders, Clint has more than 21 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist and 14 years experience in product development and marketing of speech-related products. In his previous roles, he has authored or coauthored over 30 special education publications, collaborated with software developers to create products specifically geared to the needs of SLPs, and managed groups of editors to meet deadlines and produce quality content. Currently, he trains faculty and students to use computer-based simulations successfully.
"I am proud to be a part of the Simucase Education Team. I believe that Simucase has the potential to truly revolutionize clinical training in universities."
Brenda Pantalone, MEd
From 3-year-olds to adult learners, Brenda has been serving as an educator for nearly 25 years. A graduate of Purdue University, Brenda has worked in early education settings, elementary schools, and at the university level. She has been an integral part of the Simucase team since 2013.
"By working with faculty and students directly, I have the unique opportunity to see how the case studies are incorporated into a course and watch the students grow professionally as they get to know the variety of clients on Simucase."
Carol Szymanski, PhD, CCC-SLP, CHSE
Carol is a speech-language pathologist with 25 years of experience. She has worked extensively at the university level, where she taught, supervised clinical practicum, conducted research, and served in an administrative capacity. Her current research interests include pedagogy in graduate education, specifically clinical education through simulated clinical experiences. She is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator and has been teaching assessment coursework utilizing computer-based clinical simulations for the past six years. Carol is active in state of Illinois speech-language pathology advocacy and leadership and is a Fellow of the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the Urbana-Champaign campus and her doctorate at the Chicago campus.
"It is an honor to be a member of the Simucase team! I am fortunate to be involved in the development of cutting-edge technology and clinical innovations for programs in speech-language pathology and audiology."
Maura Lavelle, MS, OTR/L
Maura is an occupational therapist who has worked in adult rehabilitative medicine across various care settings. In addition to practicing as a clinician, she has experience in robotics, cutting-edge technologies, and clinical trials for neurological populations. Maura is a Certified Telehealth Facilitator and a peer reviewer for the American Journal of Occupational Therapy. Her research interests include the use of technology platforms for motor and learning outcomes. Maura holds a master’s in occupational therapy from Columbia University and a bachelor’s in human development from Cornell University.
"It is a pleasure to work with the inspiring and dedicated Simucase team. We are thrilled to be bringing this innovative platform to the occupational therapy profession."
Having spent several years developing web applications for different organizations prior to joining the Simucase team, Aaron has a diverse background in both web development and IT. Knowing that there is always more to be learned, he scours the internet in an effort to uncover the “next big thing” for development. Outside of the office, Aaron is a full time vegan traveler, food blogger and landscape photographer.
"I love the rewarding feeling of knowing that our hard work is helping students become better medical professionals and in turn, helping to improve people’s quality of life."
Wendy Brzozowski, BS, COTA/L
OT Account Manager
Wendy has been working in occupational therapy for over 18 years, in the areas of outpatient, skilled nursing, rehab management, and for three years in academia as an OTA instructor. Her associate’s degree in occupational therapy is from ICM School of Business and Medical, and she received her bachelor of science in business management/healthcare administration from Kaplan University in 2010. She is passionate about occupational therapy and simulations to improve clinical reasoning and patient outcomes.
"I love being part of the Simucase team. As we provide technology and support to students and faculty, we are impacting student development, and in turn improving patient outcomes."
Andrew has developed apps and websites with digital and development agencies in a breadth of fields before joining the Simucase team. Constantly learning new technologies and offering up information in the field, he spends his free time between side projects, blog posts, and streaming tutorials. Away from a computer screen, you’ll find him tending to his plants or building a new piece of furniture.
"I'm very proud to be working alongside the Simucase team. They're an incredible group of people with a passion for innovation and education, shaping this platform to be the best that it possibly can."
Emily Gherghel, PT, DPT
Emily is a physical therapist with experience in various adult rehabilitation settings and holds licensure in multiple states having practiced across the country. She earned both a bachelor’s in English and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Misericordia University. She has authored research published in the Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine and is certified in the modified New Zealand Otago Exercise Program for the prevention of falls by the Carolina Geriatric Education Center. She is passionate about how simulations can elevate physical therapy education and the profession as a whole.
“It is the greatest honor to be able to serve clients and share their stories, network with fellow colleagues, create innovative educational tools, and work alongside a brilliant team at Simucase.”