Alissa M. Tone, M.A., CCC-SLP
Owner and Clinical Director
Alissa has over 20 years of experience as a Speech-Language Pathologist. She is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, is licensed in the state of California, holds a Clinical/Rehabilitative Services Credential in Language Speech and Hearing and is a member of the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
She has assessed and treated clients with a variety of diagnoses including but not limited to Autism, Developmental Delays, Speech-Language Impairments, Traumatic Brain Injury, Post Stroke, Down Syndrome, Cleft Palate, Hearing Impairment, Dysphagia, Aphasia, Apraxia, and Williams and Prader-Willi Syndrome. Alissa has worked in a variety of settings in her career including skilled nursing facilities, client's homes to provide early intervention service, the clinical setting, and extensively in the public school system.
Alissa is an adjunct professor at San Jose State University sharing her knowledge and expertise in working with children through adults as a Clinical Supervisor and Lecturer to undergraduate and graduate level students in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences.
She has experience leading social skills groups for both adults and children. Alissa has presented to behavioral specialists, para-educators, teachers, parents, and school administrators on typical speech and language development, facilitation of language and carryover of communication skills outside of the therapy room. Alissa is PECS trained and is Hanen Certified. Alissa also holds a Certification in Introduction to PROMPT. Alissa can read and understand Spanish.
Alissa received her M.A. from the University of the Pacific in December 1998 in Communicative Disorders and Sciences. She earned her B.A. in Communicative Disorders and Sciences from the University of the Pacific in May 1997.
Amy Nguyen, M.A., CCC-SLP
Amy earned her master's degree in Communicative Disorder and Sciences from San Jose State University. She has worked with preschool-aged and school-aged children in the past at her internship. Amy also trained with Alissa throughout her college career and has gained many skills by doing so. She has presented to teachers, parents, para-educators and other healthcare professionals on subjects such as language development. Amy is also fluent in Vietnamese.
Merrett Carabarin, M.A., CCC-SLP
Merrett earned her master's degree in Communicative Disorder and Sciences from San Jose State University. Merrett has experience providing treatment in a public-school setting where she had exposure to Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delays, Speech-Language Impairments, social cognition groups, and various syndromes. During Merrett’s time working in public schools, she learned how to provide effective treatment and target each child’s goals in a group setting while working alongside Alissa Tone. Merrett also has experience working in a clinical private practice setting where she had exposure to childhood apraxia of speech, oral motor and sensory disorders, behavioral impairments, social cognition, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Speech and language delays, and various syndromes. Merrett has experience working with children that have sensory or oral motor deficiencies. Merrett continues to use evidence-based practice when treating all of her clients in order to provide the most effective therapy. During her experience, Merrett learned how to provide her clients with their desired sensory needs (e.g., deep pressure, rocking motion, oral input, etc..) in order to help her clients, focus and elicit as much language as possible in each session.
Merrett has a passion for treating individuals with social cognition deficits. She uses creative and evidence-based practice when teaching her clients how to understand and be aware of social rules. She enjoys creating rapport with each of her clients by learning their motivation, interests, and strengths as she incorporates these personal elements into her session, striving for success and fun. Merrett believes in a team approach when treating a child or an adult. She believes that the parents or the adult are essential in learning about the individual and creating goals that will help the individual succeed in everyday living. Parents or family members are welcome into sessions in order to learn strategies to elicit language and support the carryover of skills into different environments. Family’s participation and education are seen as an important role to Merrett when holistically treating a client.
Mikaela earned her master’s degree in Communicative Disorders and Sciences from San Jose State University. Throughout her graduate studies, Mikaela had the pleasure of expanding her knowledge and clinical skills at her public-school and hospital internships. During her hospital internship, Mikaela assessed and treated cognitive-linguistic and swallowing disorders of patients with various needs including stroke patients, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s, dementia, cancer, etc.
Mikaela has also had the opportunity to evaluate and treat children with varying ability levels, including students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, ADHD, phonological disorders, articulation disorders, fluency disorders, and social pragmatic deficits. Throughout her various settings and time as a Behavioral Therapist, Mikaela has realized that she is truly passionate about working with children with disabilities.
Mikaela Ebrahimian, M.A., CF-SLP
Patricia Padilla, B.S., SLPA
Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant