ABOUT

I am a licensed clinical speech-language pathologist with a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language Hearing association.  I have a license from the North Carolina State Board of Examiners and State of California Board of Medical Quality Assurance in Speech Pathology.  I received my B.A. from the University of North Carolina in 1995 in Latin American Studies and an M.A. in Speech-Language-Hearing in 1999 from Temple University in Philadelphia with an emphasis in Early Intervention and Bilingual (Spanish/English) Speech-Language Development.  

I began my career in Brooklyn, NY as a bilingual (Spanish/English) therapist in an Early Intervention infant-toddler program and a behavioral intervention program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders before relocating to Paris, France where I worked as a curriculum developer and Teacher of English as a Foreign Language for business professionals with dyslexia and language difficulties for 2 years.  I later worked as a Learning Support teacher at the International School of Paris and maintained a private practice where I worked with American expatriate families. In 2003, I relocated to Singapore and worked in a preschool providing individual and group speech-language services to local Mandarin/English speaking children.  

Consequently, I have gained extensive experience tailoring therapy programs to a variety of cultural and linguistic populations. I  speak Spanish, English and French fluently and provide therapy in all three languages. In 2005, I relocated with my family to the SF Bay Area where I founded Holistic Developmental & Language Therapy, P.C. and co-founded Therapy House, a multi-discplinary pediatric therapy clinic.  In addition, I was a  consultant therapist at  Weingarden Children's Center working with bilingual children with cochlear implants.  In 2013, I completed the program in Early Childhood Special Education from San Francisco State University. 

Currently, I am in private practice in Durham, NC where I founded Holistic Kids Speech & Language Center and I use an integrative approach to the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Expressive & Receptive Language Disorders, Auditory Processing Disorders, oral-motor dysfunction, communication issues related to sensory processing dysfunction, movement/Praxis disorders and feeding & swallowing difficulties. 

In 2014 I completed CASANA's Intensive Bootcamp for SLPs and am CASANA Recognized for Advanced Training & Expertise in CAS.  I am also is trained in P.R.O.M.P.T. Level 1  and integrate that with Dynamic Temporal & Tactile Cueing and a multi-sensory approach to treat CAS.  I also integrate breathing & respiratory techniques with Myofascial Release Therapy to address muscle-based difficulties affecting speech subsystems (respiration & phonation).  I use a combination of affect-based, family-centered  therapy via DIR/Floortime, SCERTS, Pivot Response Training & Hanen for the treatment of language and social skill development.