About E-Therapy

Experts in Teletherapy for PreK-12 Schools

Your Students. Our Focus.

Experts in Teletherapy for PreK-12 Schools

E-Therapy is the leading tele-therapy company focused on providing Direct Service to students with special needs across schools in the United States. Over the past 13 years, E-Therapy has upended the delivery of speech, language, occupational, and physical therapy, along with counseling, mental health services, and psycho-educational evaluations for schools nationwide by emphasizing an innovative and creative approach that delivers fresh, engaging sessions to children using streaming video technology. Your school can license our eSMART teletherapy platform for quick on-boarding, on-demand videos and webinars, private online therapy rooms and communication tools that your therapists will love.

Listed on CIO's Most Promising Education Technology Solution Companies of 2021, E-Therapy has received a variety of acknowledgments, including founder Diana Parafiniuk receiving the Women Achievers of Arizona award in 2019.

Our Mission

E-Therapy's visionary and innovative passion to serve, coupled with its best-in-class technology, brings excellence to your exceptional educational program, allowing your students to thrive.

Our Promise

Your Students are Our Focus! E-Therapy is dedicated to engaging students on every level of their teletherapy experience.

Our Essence

E-Therapy believes the foundation of success lies within finding the spark and determination that drives students to engage in the learning process on the deepest level.

Our Culture

At E-Therapy, we operate with expertise, innovation, inclusivity, and impact. Think of it as related services, reimagined.

How E-Therapy Began

E-Therapy's Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Diana Parafiniuk, is an experienced speech therapist and had been commuting long distances to serve students across Arizona. She began to ruminate during her hours of drive time on how she could reach more students and be more effective with the therapy she was providing. She asked herself, how could she be more efficient? How could she be in front of those who needed her, instead of driving? Diana understood that traditional onsite therapy wasn't enough. There had to be other ways to provide speech therapy to kids wherever they were located.

Diana set about finding a solution. In 2009 it was a challenge to explain the benefits to educators and therapists that telepractice was a successful delivery model due to the technology available at the time. Thanks to ASHA and its support, Diana became a pioneer in the teletherapy space and charted a path that brought teletherapy into the related services mainstream of education. Through her innovation, research, and investigation, she was able to leverage existing technologies to provide teletherapy services remotely. At that time, it was a new and innovative service delivery model and E-Therapy was born!

For 12+ years, Diana has been building upon E-Therapy's teletherapy expertise. Today she is recognized as an online therapy expert sharing her in-depth knowledge on the topic of telepractice and special education by speaking to schools and organizations across the USA. Through her hard work and commitment to special education, E-Therapy has grown over the years. E-Therapy now reaches more students across the country from those who didn't have access to services and therapy, like students in remote areas, such as the Navajo Reservation to the suburbs and large cities. Our therapists are able to serve students who may otherwise not be served and support a school’s ability to best serve their special education students’ needs; enhancing their opportunities for an overall higher quality of life.

Had Diana not been driving hundreds of miles every week, perhaps none of this would have happened.

"I am grateful to share with you the story that brought E-Therapy into being, and that changed my life, thousands of E-Therapists' lives, and the tens of thousands of countless students in schools across the United States." - Diana Parafiniuk

Meet Our Leadership

Derek Vogel

Chief Executive Officer

Derek Vogel is a highly experienced and results-driven leader, currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer of E-Therapy. With over 15 years of experience in executive leadership, he has a proven track record of driving business growth and success. He is skilled in business development, organizational strategy, and employee engagement and has a reputation for designing effective strategies that have consistently yielded significant increases in revenue and cost savings. He has successfully managed businesses ranging from $10M to $100M+ in annual revenue, and has experience in leading organizations through post-acquisition integration processes. Prior to joining E-Therapy, Derek was the President of AMN Healthcare’s Education Healthcare Staffing business, where he provided on-site and virtual solutions for students in need of therapy services. He is known for mentoring and developing his team members and inspiring a sense of pride and ownership in the collective success of the organization.

Diana Parafiniuk

Founder and Chief Innovation Officer

Meet Diana Parafiniuk, Founder and Chief Innovations Officer of E-Therapy. Diana is a seasoned leader in the teletherapy field, with over 20 years of experience. She is committed to achieving results through innovative practices and first-to-market approaches.

Diana founded E-Therapy with the mission to provide teletherapy services and solutions for PreK-12 schools and students, and her passion for the field has led to the company's recognition as a nationally recognized leader in the teletherapy market. Her commitment to ensuring that every child receives the therapy they need, has earned her numerous accolades, including the inaugural Women Achievers of Arizona Award for her outstanding leadership in the online therapy field and the Top 50 Women Leaders in Arizona Award.

Prior to starting E-Therapy, Diana was a highly skilled speech-language pathologist and recognized the need for teletherapy as a more efficient method of delivery. She holds a MA degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a BA in Spanish and Linguistics from Northern Arizona University (NAU) and also served as an adjunct professor at NAU. Diana's goal is to improve the scalability and effectiveness of therapy delivery through teletherapy and she is dedicated to making it more accessible to those who need it.

Kevin Ziesemer

VP Finance and Operations

As CFO, Kevin Zeisemer combines his passion for leadership, strategy, and finance to drive strategic financial decision-making and operational efficiency in top-performing firms. He has a track record of reducing costs, improving procedures, growing revenues, and maximizing ROI. Throughout his career, Kevin has led M&A integrations, FP&A analysis, and substantial revenue expansion in various professional service firms. He has experience across various industries, including healthcare, consumer package goods, manufacturing, information technology, industrial goods, financial services, and non-profit. Kevin has held leadership roles at Risk Investor Advisor (Private Wealth) and Boston Consulting Group. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Illinois and an MBA from DePaul University.

Punit Raizada

Chief Product Officer

Punit Raizada is a seasoned executive with 20-plus years of experience in software product development and leading technology organizations. Punit serves as the Chief Product Officer of E-Therapy. Before E-Therapy, he led technology and product development teams at Lingraphica and Scanbuy, Inc. He has a Master in Computer Science from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and a B.Tech in Electronics from Shivaji University in India. Punit is passionate about leveraging technology for positive change in healthcare and is committed to driving innovation in our products.

Robyn Ewing

VP of Marketing

Robyn Ewing is an experienced and results-driven professional, serving as the VP of Marketing at E-Therapy. With over 25 years of experience in the education and franchise industries, she possesses a unique blend of skills and expertise in information technology operations and marketing. She is highly organized, performance-focused and excels in leading cross-functional teams, solving complex problems, and developing and delivering effective programs. With a strong background in integrated and digital marketing, and a data-driven approach, she is responsible for the overall success of the brand. Robyn's passion for the education industry and her unwavering commitment to achieving the best possible outcomes for students and their families, makes her an invaluable asset to the E-Therapy team.

Jennifer Martin

VP of Staffing Operations

With over 20 years of dedicated experience in supporting children, Jennifer Martin adds immense value to E-Therapy as a Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist. Prior to E-Therapy, she held the role of Director of Teletherapy for a significant staffing firm for five years, deepening her insights on optimizing support for school partners and clinicians. Now at E-Therapy, Jennifer collaborates with each division to streamline processes in an evolving educational landscape. With a steadfast focus on student success as her guiding light, she passionately elevates E-Therapy's mission, ensuring meaningful outcomes on a broader scale.

Mary Liz

Director of Operations

As Director of Operations at E-Therapy, Mary Liz Renick is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the day-to-day operations of the organization. Mary plays a key role in managing and supervising staff, developing and implementing policies and procedures, and ensuring that the services provided to students are of the highest quality. She works closely with E-Therapy’s schools and staff to ensure that they have the resources and support they need to effectively serve students with special needs. Additionally, Mary plays a key role in the strategic planning and long-term growth of the organization, and works to continuously improve the services and support provided to students and their families. With her background in Child Psychology, she brings a unique perspective and understanding to her role, and is dedicated to helping students achieve their full potential and reach their goals.

Sam Elizondo

VP of Sales

Sam Elizondo is a seasoned professional with a rich background in education, serving as the Vice President for Sales at E-Therapy. Holding a B.A. in Psychology from Texas A&M at Corpus Christi, Sam brings over 16 years of experience in higher education, focusing on special education in K-12 school districts. His expertise has expanded through a two-year engagement in the staffing industry, where he refined his strategic approach to talent management and organizational growth. Sam's commitment to the mission of E-Therapy is mirrored in his personal life, where he and his wife, a School Counselor at Leander ISD, raise their two children in Texas. His leadership at E-Therapy is marked by a deep understanding of the educational landscape and a passion for leveraging teletherapy to enrich students' lives.

Megan Magee

Director of Account Management

Megan Magee, with a background in education and speech pathology, serves as the Director of Account Management at E-Therapy. Her 18-year career in education includes 14 years specifically in teletherapy. Starting as a Teletherapy Trainer and eSMART Account Manager at E-Therapy, she rose through various leadership roles to her current position. Megan's hands-on approach has enabled her to support and train schools, therapists, and teachers nationwide on the essentials of teletherapy. Her passion for problem-solving and unwavering commitment to special education reflects in her ability to ensure seamless teletherapy services. Megan's innovative and empathetic leadership makes her an integral part of E-Therapy, championing therapy without boundaries.

Chirag Lathiya

Chief Technology Officer

Chirag Lathiya joined E-Therapy as Chief Technology Officer in 2016. Mr Lathiya leads the core technology and development teams supporting the work of the E-Therapy, STAR system, and eSMART.

Before joining E-Therapy, Mr. Lathiya was Senior Software Development Engineer at Capgemini, during which he developed highly scalable web application and management systems.

Mr. Lathiya is an alumni of India institute of Management (IIM-A) and holds a Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech) in Electronics and Communication. He is also a Global Research Panelist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Techreview. His area of interests are Virtual Realty & Blockchain.

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We’re continually hiring and always on the lookout for talented SLPs, PTs, OTs, and mental health professionals. Join our team of therapists today!