My philosophy: Self-expression is the essence of living. I believe in supporting family members using a holistic parent-child interaction approach to build communication skills for a lifetime.
My Background: Many people ask how I became a speech-language pathologist, knowing it normally ranks as a best job on the career lists. I admit, I did not dream of being a speech-language pathologist when I wrote my college essays. I was pretty unaware of this growing field with the exception of watching my brothers receive speech therapy for their respective sounds. I originally set off to study Psychology and minor in Education, and switched to Communication Sciences & Disorders in my last few semesters because the results felt tangible. I liked how therapy was goal-oriented and I could see myself affecting change with clients quickly. (See the connection to coaching?)
I received my graduate degree from San Diego State University in 2002. SDSU has been a top-25 ranked graduate school for speech-language pathology and one of the strongest programs on the west coast. (My little plug for my alma mater! My undergraduate program, James Madison University has a prestigious ranking and excellent training as well, for anyone asking what schools I recommend if interested in the field).
I returned to New Jersey in 2003, and completed my Clinical Fellowship at Children’s Specialized Hospital’s Early Intervention Program and Preschool-Primary School in Fanwood, NJ where I gained extensive experience working with children birth – 9 years old. I treated medically fragile children in feeding and use of Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC) systems. I received my Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language & Hearing Association in 2003, and I’m currently licensed to practice in California and New Jersey. I have been a Hanen-certified therapist since 2005, leading It Takes Two to Talk, More than Words, and Learning Language and Loving It workshops. I presented and developed workshops for medical professionals and educators in the areas of fostering communication and interaction skills with children, attachment, healing burn-out in the medical profession, respectful communication, feeding, augmentative communication systems, and specific speech and language diagnoses.
I held the roles of Early Intervention Evaluation Supervisor from 2005-2007. Since 2004, I’ve evaluated hundreds of children for the New Jersey Early Intervention program normally conducting between 4 – 6 evaluations per week, and facilitated trainings for evaluation teams to insure best practices. I was promoted to Clinical Coordinator for the Children’s Specialized Hospital Early Intervention Program from 2007 – 2013, supervising staff speech-language pathologists, clinical fellows, and graduate students. I am passionate about teaching and mentoring others, which led to personal transformational coaching work and coaching certification in 2014.
I currently have a small private practice based in Ojai, California where I mesh my professional hats as a speech-language pathologist and coach to empower my clients’ understanding and appreciation of communication skills. I serve on the Board of Directors at the Nan Tolbert Nurturing Center, where I facilitate the Baby FloorTime class supporting maternal-child attachment. I’m excited to join a team of local speech-language pathologists who share my passion for teaching communication skills through Hanen workshops this fall.
If Your Child is Seeking Help in the Areas of:
- Language Development
- Articulation & Phonological Skills
- Social Skills
- Social Anxiety related to Communication: (see selective mutism resources)
- Alternative and Augmentative Communication Systems
Contact me for an initial consultation. I am an innovative therapist, and if you are looking for an “outside of the box” solution, this is where I shine. I create individual treatment plans based on your needs.
What parents are saying…
– Ventura, CA mom
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where are services provided?
A: Services are provided in your home or at your child’s school. There may be a travel fee added to the session for this convenience. Sessions are scheduled for 45 or 60 minutes.
Q: Can I be a part of my child’s therapy?
A: I absolutely encourage you to partake in therapy. My background consists of communication coaching and training for parents as a certified Hanen speech-language pathologist. You will get the most out of sessions if you are able to carry over strategies throughout the week
Q: Will you accept an evaluation completed by another facility?
A: The evaluation needs to be less than one year old, or I will conduct my own to make sure it is the most accurate and up-to date for your child.
Q: Can you put diagnostic and therapy codes on my invoice?
A: A formal evaluation needs to be completed in order for codes to be provided. Please note that if you provide an evaluation completed by another facility for review, you must have the codes the evaluating therapist used in order for me to document them.
Q: Do you have evening and/or weekend hours?
A: Yes, depending on my current availability.
Q: What methods of payment do you accept?
A: Cash, Check, Paypal.
Q: Do you take insurance?
A: No. My practice is a “fee for service” agency. Payment is expected weekly for services rendered. A monthly invoice will be provided for you to submit to your insurance company at your out-of-network benefit.
Q: What is your cancellation policy?
A: As a busy mother, I do understand that cancellations and illness happen. For non-illness cancellations, I request a 24-hour courtesy.