About / History
Therapeutic Link for Children was founded in 1999 by a group of dedicated professionals with a shared vision of service to families and children throughout Western New York. At the core of our mission is an emphasis on quality and impact. We strive to use the most up-to-date evidence driven practices and methods to ensure that each and every child is afforded an opportunity to grow and learn. We understand that the best way to accomplish our goals is to listen to families and honor their unique perspectives, recognizing that the path forward will be different for every individual. Most of all, we appreciate the importance of exploration and play in the development of a child’s mind, body, and soul. We all remember what it is like to be young, and curious, and full of imagination, and we rely on these inherent traits to drive our practices.
Therapeutic Link for Children is a therapist-driven agency. Our owners are all active licensed service providers who have spent the entirety of their careers striving to have a positive impact on children’s lives. We provide Early Intervention, Preschool/School-Aged, and private or insurance-based evaluation, therapy and service coordination services. Among our professionals are NYS Licensed Physical and Occupational Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists, School and Clinical Psychologists, Music Therapists, and Certified Special Education Teachers.
Adam Finley is a founding member and serves as the agency’s Clinical and Educational Services Director. Adam provides oversight to the agency’s Early Intervention, Preschool, and School-Aged programs. A 1987 graduate of Nazareth College with a Master’s of Sciences degree in Education, Adam presently holds NYS Licensure and Teacher Certification, and ASHA Certification in Speech- Language Pathology. Adam has over 30 years of experience providing professional services to families and children throughout Western New York. As both Director and Provider, Adam has consistently promoted the use of evidence-based techniques with a child-centered focus to positively influence growth and development. He also recognizes the vital importance of play, imagination and discovery in the learning process. Adam values service to community, and currently serves as Board Chair for a local Boys and Girls Club. To reach Adam, call 716-662-4800 or email.
Joseph Filipski is a founding member of Therapeutic Link for Children. Joe is a 1992 graduate of Ithaca College with a degree in Physical Therapy. Joe has experience working with a variety of populations including orthopedics, geriatrics, and individuals with developmental disabilities. He has been treating children through the Early Intervention and Preschool programs in Western New York since 1995. Throughout his career, Joe has had experience with adaptive equipment (wheelchairs, gait trainers and walkers), braces and splints, Kinesio taping, NDT and aquatic therapy. Joe has thoroughly enjoyed helping children and their families. Joe and his wife Debbi, also a Physical Therapist, currently reside in Orchard Park, NY where they are raising their four children. To reach Joe, please call 716-662-4800 or email.
Robert Meinhold is a founding member and serves as the agency’s Financial Director. With a background in emergency medical services, Robert graduated from Daemen College, Amherst, NY in 1990 with a BS degree in Physical Therapy and minor in Biology. As a therapist, Robert has served acute care, orthopedic, geriatric, and developmentally disabled populations. In 1994, he began a pediatric focus at Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and soon after entered service with the newly-formed Early Intervention Program. For over 2 decades, Robert has had extensive clinical experience with wide variety of pediatric disorders, diagnoses, and delays. His therapeutic approach focuses on obtaining and mastering first year-of-life motor milestones as an essential corner stone on which to build a lifetime of stability and mobility. His treatment style is low stress and promotes family carry over.
To reach Robert, please call 716-662-4800 or email.
Angelo Saladino is a founding member of Therapeutic Link for Children. Angelo has been engaged as a practicing Physical Therapist since graduating from Columbia University's program in 1979. Additional educational background includes studies at Amherst College, where he earned a BA, and graduate studies at SUNY Buffalo. He has worked in a range of settings, initially in acute care in NYC, and eventually in developmental and pediatric settings in Buffalo. Fluent in Spanish, over the years Angelo has developed expertise in forming positive and therapeutic relationships with young children and their families, especially those from ethnically diverse backgrounds. To reach Angelo, please call 716-662-4800 or email.
Renee Mazgaj is a licensed Occupational Therapist with 20 years of experience providing high quality services to families and individuals throughout the region. Renee joined Therapeutic Link in 2003 and currently functions as a partnership member, providing Quality Assurance support within our Occupational Therapy Department while maintaining an active caseload of children with special needs.
To reach Renee, please call our office at 716-662-4800 or email.