OUR TEAM

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Alissa M. Tone, M.A., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Owner and Clinical Director

 

Alissa has over 23 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 Educator and Lecturer to 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.

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Thao Sieben, M.S., CF-SLP

Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist

 

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Merrett Carabarin, M.A., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

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, developmental delays, intellectual disabilities, 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 worked with children and adults who have childhood apraxia of speech, Rubinstein Taybi Syndrome, visually impaired, oral motor and sensory disorders, behavioral impairments, social cognition, Autism, 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.

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Julia earned her master's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Florida International University. She has experience in Autism, fluency disorders, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), sensory feeding, ADHD, teletherapy, childhood apraxia of speech, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, mixed receptive-expressive language disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, social communication disorders, and a variety of other syndromes. She provides bilingual therapy in English and Spanish.

 

Julia has over 5 years of experience working with children ages birth - 18 years old in both the school system and outpatient rehabilitation settings. She believes a play based therapy approach is best when working with the little ones and loves utilizing evidence based practice when coming up with creative activities to keep her patients engaged.

Julia Mora, M.A., CCC-SLP

Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist

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Simone earned her master’s degree in Communication Disorders from California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA).  She has worked with special needs children and adults for more than 12 years, as an in-home and school-based behavior therapist prior to becoming a speech-language pathologist. As an SLP in the public-school setting, she has worked with many clients of all ages and with a broad range of needs. She has received extensive training in teletherapy, diagnosis and treatment of fluency disorders, the Social Thinking curriculum, AAC assessment and implementation of AAC systems as part of total communication strategies. She believes in maintaining flexibility of structured activities and session plans to maximize progress across treatment sessions.

Simone Stephens, M.A., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

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Patricia Padilla, B.S., SLPA

Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant

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Melanie Hurtado

Receptionist

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Tracy Oskolkoff

Billing Administrator