Meet Our Staff
I found my way to DTC in 2007 when I was looking for a change from the school district model and I haven’t left ever since. Speech pathology allowed me to combine elements from my experience as a reading program specialist, my love for languages, and passion for vocal music into a career that I enjoy. But what I love the MOST about my job (besides being able to act like a big kid) is when I get the opportunity to share in a family’s joy after we’ve worked together to help their child find their voice. It is truly an honor and a blessing for me.
In 2003-2004, the CEO of ACES, Kristin Farmer, and I discussed the idea of DTC as a way to provide speech and occupational therapy to the community. So, while working for ACES, I started Developmental Therapy Center. I loved working with children while moving and playing, and I loved engaging a child socially while I explored their brain and body movements. Today, I enjoy working with so many talented therapists, engaging in multiple clinical conversations about our clients, and figuring out ways to make therapy more fun, more efficient, and most beneficial.
I studied communication science disorders at Temple University in Philadelphia, where I lived for 12 years. My hometown is Staten Island, NY. I became a speech-language pathologist because I wanted to be able to make an impact on individuals’ lives each day. I love working with children because it allows me to help them have a voice in this world. I am particularly interested in augmentative and alternative communication. The person I admire most is Oprah Winfrey. One of my favorite things to do is discovering a new TV series to get into.
I was born over seas in Belgium, the land of delicious waffles and chocolate! I’ve lived in San Diego since I was 5 years old and after exploring different cities during college and grad school I’m glad to be back. I hold my Master’s of Occupational Therapy from the University of St. Augustine and have a Bachelors Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Arizona State University. After being introduced to the world of OT during college I could not imagine myself in any other career. It’s a great feeling being able to see a child grow, play, learn and reach their highest potential. I believe every child and family should receive the opportunity to live life as best they can and it brings me so much joy knowing that in the field of OT we do just that, along with playing and getting messy!
Outside of the office you can find me exploring the ocean, riding my bike along the beach, hiking with my favorite furry friend (my dog named Henley) or hanging out and relaxing with family and friends!
I was born and raised in Pasadena, California. I earned my Bachelor’s of Arts and Master’s of Arts degrees in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences at San Diego State University. I love working with the pediatric population! The best part of my job is seeing my clients work to better communicate and achieve their goals. Outside of the clinic, you can find me shopping, playing soccer, running, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.