Speech Language Pathology – San Diego Specialized Therapy Services

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Speech Language Pathology – San Diego Specialized Therapy Services 2018-10-31T07:49:16+00:00

Kimberley Robertson, SLP, ATACP Speech Therapy

Director of Clinical Services

Kimberly received her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of the District of Columbia and has completed the Assistive Technology Applications Certification Program at California State University, Northridge.  Kimberly now calls sunny San Diego home and brings experience in both the special education school setting as well as the clinic setting.  Her extensive experience includes working with children with Autism, developmental delays, hearing loss, and verbally challenged children requiring Augmentative Alternative Communication.

She has training in the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), behavior management through Autism Training Solutions, and is Intermediate Level American Sign Language proficient.  Kimberly especially enjoys working with young children and their families, focusing on child-led play based therapy to facilitate and enhance communication.

Allison Janusziewicz, SLP

Allison graduated from Washington State University in 2001 with a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. After receiving her degree, she completed her fellowship year in New York City, and then traveled to San Diego to enjoy the sunshine. She has worked with a variety of clientele ranging from acute care, acute rehabilitation, and home health patients with communication and swallowing disorders to early intervention preschool students, home study students, and students in juvenile hall. She enjoys working with a collection of different students with diverse needs, and is continually learning, while engaging students, staff and parents.  Allison enjoys communicating with multidisciplinary teams, school staff, parents and other speech therapists in order to ensure the best service delivery for her clients. She loves to run, travel and enjoy beautiful San Diego.

Dana Tappen, M.A., CCC-SLP

Dana has been a pediatric speech therapist since 2004 and been with STS since 2012. Her experience includes working with charter schools, school districts, early intervention agencies, and as the director of a Non Public Agency. She also has worked at the university level as a clinical supervisor with CSUSM and currently serves as a part time faculty member at CSUN. She graduated from San Diego State University with both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, later obtained the Special Education Advocacy Certificate from the University of San Diego, and recently completed her clinical doctorate at RMUoHP. Dana is a Hanen® Certified Speech Language Pathologist in: It Takes Two to Talk®, More Than Words®, and Target Word®. She has continued to further her clinical skills by receiving advanced trainings in the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Lidcombe Fluency Program, The SCERTS ® Model, and DIR®/Floortime™ Model. Dana also completed the Social Thinking® Clinical Training program with Michelle Garcia Winner and uses the Social Thinking® methodologies as a part of assessment and treatment sessions. She truly believes in a team approach, working together with family members and other professionals in order to foster the best possible outcome for the whole child.

Kim Foster, SLPA

Kim holds an Associate in Science degree as a Speech Language Pathologist Assistant from Grossmont College. She has been working as a SLPA since 2006 in a variety of settings, such as the First Five Early Intervention program, preschools, elementary and high school settings. Her experiences include providing therapy in the areas of: receptive/expressive language delays, articulation/phonological/oral motor deficits, auditory processing delays, reading/phonemic awareness, fluency disorders and social pragmatics. During summers, Kim enjoys directing and teaching speech camps. She is very passionate about the therapy she provides her students and aims to build a rapport with each child as well as individualize each session to their learning style. Kim continually seeks out educational opportunities to stay current on new therapy techniques. In her spare time, Kim enjoys being with her family and friends as well as reading

Heather Miller, SLP

Heather received her bachelor’s from UC Santa Cruz in Language Studies with an emphasis in French and completed her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology in 2015 from California State University San Marcos. Heather has extensive experience working with children in schools with mild to severe speech, language, and communication challenges in addition to providing services to adults and geriatric populations in neurogenic clinics and acute care hospitals. Heather enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her family and friends in her sunny hometown of San Diego.

Courtney Rams, SLP

courtney ramsCourtney is a Colorado native and graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2015 where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Speech Language Pathology. Courtney has worked in trauma hospitals, acute rehabilitation centers, private homes, schools, and clinics throughout San Diego, Colorado, and Wyoming where she provided numerous therapeutic and diagnostic services for patients with communication and swallowing disorders. Although Courtney is our youngest therapist, she has extensive experience providing services to patients of all ages ranging from newborns to geriatric populations. In her spare time Courtney enjoys hiking, doing yoga, and learning about the latest research developments in the field of communication disorders.

Beth Martin, MS, CCC-SLP, ATP

Beth is both an American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certified Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) and a Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) who specializes in the area of language and literacy development in individuals who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Counseling, Beth completed a second Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders before earning her Master’s of Science in Communication Disorders degree from Western Kentucky University. Beth also completed an advanced graduate certification program in Assistive Technology prior to becoming certified as a RESNA Assistive Technology Professional. With almost a decade of experience in the field of education and child development, and four years of experience as an SLP, Beth has had experience working with clients ranging in age from infancy to geriatrics.  Though she has had the privilege of treating clients with autism, cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, TBI, ADHD, dyslexia, intellectual disabilities, apraxia, selective mutism, and fluency disorders, it was her experience working with individuals with multiple disabilities and/or complex communication deficits that led to the discovery of her passion for providing AAC services designed to meet the unique communication needs of this population. Beth believes that all individuals are capable of communicating and developing literacy skills! Beth’s clinical expertise in the area of AAC includes assessment; system acquisition and programming; direct treatment; communication partner coaching; and training/consultation for families, educational teams, and clinical teams on both AAC implementation and comprehensive literacy instruction. She has extensive knowledge and experience in the implementation of both low and high-tech symbol-based language systems and is skilled in determining appropriate alternate access methods (i.e.- eye-gaze, partner-assisted scanning, switch activation, etc.) when physical and/or visual impairments present a barrier to effective AAC use.