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About Us

Welcome to our family

Carissa Jannicelli Pampanin, MS, OTR/L is the Director of Occupational Therapy at the Pediatric Therapy Center of New Jersey in Cedar Grove. Carissa holds a bachelor's degree in Health Science and a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from Russell Sage College.

Carissa is registered and certified by the National Board of Occupational Therapy. She holds licenses to practice in the states of New Jersey and New York. Carissa has advanced training and a specialist certification from the Ayres Clinic in California in Sensory Integration. She is an approved provider for Early Intervention services in New Jersey according to the requirements of the NJEIS program. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, New Jersey State Occupational Therapy Association, and a provider of therapy services for the State of New Jersey Department of Education.

Carissa completed her clinical affiliations at Kessler West Orange, Kessler East Orange, The Children’s Therapy Center in Fairlawn, and also at the Montclair State Demonstration Program for Children. Carissa is also a Certified Pilates Instructor (CPI) by the Professional Health and Fitness Institute as well as a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine in California.

Carissa Jannicelli Pampanin, MS, OTR/LDirector of Occupational Therapy


Deanna Jannicelli Corby, MS, CCC-SLPDirector of Speech and Language Pathology

Deanna Jannicelli Corby, MS, CCC-SLP is the Director of Speech-Language Therapy at Pediatric Therapy Center of New Jersey. Deanna holds a Bachelors of Science degree in both Elementary Education and Special Education and a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Seton Hall University’s School of Graduate Medical Education.

Deanna is registered and certified (CCC) by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds a license to practice in the state of New Jersey. Deanna also holds a certificate by the State of New Jersey Department of Education as school-based Speech-Language Specialist. She is an approved provider for Early Intervention services in New Jersey according to the requirements of the NJEIS program. Deanna is trained by the PROMPT Institute and is able to provide PROMPT therapy services. She is a member of the New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NJSHA) and the American Speech- Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).


Caring Runs in the Family

With their father’s guidance Carissa & Deanna Jannicelli began practicing pediatric speech therapy and pediatric occupational therapy at their father’s practice in Bloomfield, New Jersey.

The story however started many years earlier, with both girls just wanting to spend more time with their dad. They would answer calls, fold towels, assist with bringing patients to therapy rooms, type cards, and organize files and charts. They learned the ins and outs of his business. That office was truly his pride and joy and he absolutely loved seeing his family being part of every aspect of it.

Don ran a successful physical therapy clinic in Essex County for over 40 years. His influence instilled & cultivated in Carissa & Deanna a lifelong passion for helping others. Though Don sadly passed away in 2019, his legacy lives on through his daughters. Today they operate their own therapy center in Cedar Grove, focusing on pediatric speech therapy and occupational therapy services for kids.

Patients loved interacting with our father. They loved to talk about sports and his joy for golf and spending time with his four grandchildren. He was known for his dry, yet funny sense of humor. He always had a way of making patients feel like they were part of our “family”. Patients always continued to return even many years later to become repeat clients.

Our father paved the way and was the influence in our life’s work. We always admired the way he could interact and connect with all of his patients. He always instilled the value of hard work, to stay strong and to have confidence and to believe in ourselves. All of the motivation and perseverance in our lives came from him.