Welcome

     We are a Pediatric and Adult Speech Therapy and Audiology practice. We are dedicated to helping children and adults successfully improve their hearing, feeding, speech and language challenges.  The ability to communicate effectively is critical and is the foundation for relationships with other people. In children it is the primary tool for learning and a key to a successful education. The first five years of life are an extremely crucial time in children's development; therefore, early intervention services are crucial for children with  speech and language delays. 

 

     In Adults acquired or progressive disorders of communication can be devastating. Whether the loss of communication is from a stroke (CVA) or brain injury (TBI), or deteriorates slowly due to a progressive disease (Parkinson’s disease), there is always a major impact on the life of the individual and those around them. However, there are many strategies and therapies that can make communication easier for individuals and their loved ones.

If you are concerned about your loved ones feeding skills, their ability to make themselves understood (articulate sounds/words), the way they express themselves verbally, their ability to follow directions and/or their understanding of what's said to them, don't hesitate to contact us at Small Talk Therapy.

Our Mission

We have a long term goal of helping our community and enriching the lives of our clients to be the best they can be.

Our Team

Summer Baker

M.S. /  CCC-SLP 

Summer has been practicing speech therapy since 2005. Summer is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). She attended Fresno State for her Bachelor of Science degree and CSU, Northridge for her master’s degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders.

 

Currently, Summer works in a public school setting with preschool students full-time. She is currently on a multi-disciplinary team where she provides assessments and direct therapy to preschool children. She has worked in pre-school, elementary, middle school, and clinical settings. She has worked with children with various disabilities including autism, speech/language impairments, fluency/stuttering, hearing impairments, and other health impairments. Summer has had success in treating individuals with disabilities and delays including, Autism, late-talkers, Specific Language Impairments, Articulation and Phonological disorders, Stuttering, Pragmatic and Social delays, and Verbal Apraxia of Speech. In Summer’s private practice she services the populations of birth to adult. Summer is trained in PECs implementation.

 

When Summer is not working she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, baking, reading, and wine tasting.

 

Stephen Baker

M.S. / CCC-SLP

Stephen has been practicing speech therapy since 2013. He is a member of the 

American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). He attended 

California State University- Northridge for both his bachelor’s in Business 

Administration and his master’s degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders.

 

Currently, Stephen provides speech/language services in private practice, 

hospital, and public school settings. He has experience with working on multi-

disciplinary teams where he has provided assessments and direct therapy to 

children. He has worked in birth to 3, elementary, middle school, and clinical 

settings. He has worked with children with various disabilities including autism, 

speech/language impairments, fluency/stuttering, hearing impairments, and other 

health impairments. Stephen has had success in treating individuals with 

disabilities and delays including, Autism, late-talkers, Specific Language 

Impairments, Articulation and Phonological disorders, Stuttering, Pragmatic and 

Social delays, and Verbal Apraxia of Speech. In Stephen’s private practice he 

services the populations of birth to adult. In the hospital setting, Stephen provides 

diagnosis and treatment of speech, language, cognitive, voice, and swallowing 

impairments in adults secondary to a variety of disorders including CVA, 

traumatic brain injury, degenerative neurological diseases, head and neck 

cancer, and encephalopathy.

Kathryn Baker

CCC-SLP

Kate received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Communicative Disorders and Speech Language Pathology from the University of Virginia. She holds a license by the state of California, Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is a current member of the ASHA.  Kate has been practicing speech-language pathology since 2017.

 

Kate has worked with children from birth to preschool, elementary, middle school, and high school. She has also worked with adults in multiple settings. Kate provides direct therapy in the areas of articulation, phonology, fluency, pragmatics (social communication), language, and cognition. She treats clients with a variety of disabilities including autism, Down syndrome, stuttering, apraxia, language impairments, articulation and/or phonological delays, ADHD, and other health impairments.

 

Kate specializes in working with children with feeding disorders and is a trained provider for the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding disorders.

 

When Kate is not working, you can find her at LAX catching a flight for her next trip, trying new recipes, or working on her latest hand embroidery.

Jamie Ross

Au.D. / CCC-A

 

Dr. Jamie Ross received her Doctorate degree from A.T.Still University Arizona School of Health Sciences in Mesa, Az in 2004.  She received her Masters degree from California State University, Northridge in 1987 and her undergraduate degree is in Communicative Disorders.  Dr. Ross holds certifications of Clinical Competence from American Speech and Hearing Association and American Academy of Audiology.  She is licensed by the state in Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensing.  Her professional affiliations include American Academy of Audiology, American Speech and Hearing Association and Educational Audiologist Association.  She has practiced Audiology for the past 26 years as an Educational Audiologist for Palmdale School District and Los Angeles County Office of Education.  She has also practiced privately testing children and Veterans for the past 12 years in the Antelope Valley.

Wendy Meyer

M.S. /  CCC-SLP 

Wendy received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Communicative Disorders from California State University, Northridge. She is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). Wendy has been practicing speech-language pathology since 2010. Prior to 2010 she worked as an Interpreter for the Deaf for various organizations and as a Sign Language/Interpreting instructor at Antelope Valley College. 

Currently, Wendy provides speech-language services in both clinical and educational settings. She has worked with children from birth to preschool, elementary, middle school and high school. She has also worked with adults in multiple settings. Wendy provides direct therapy in the areas of articulation, phonology, fluency, pragmatics (social communication) and language. She treats clients with a variety of disabilities including autism, Down syndrome, hearing impairments, stuttering, apraxia, language impairments, articulation and/or phonological delays, and ADHD, to name a few. 

Wendy specializes in working with children and teens with autism spectrum disorder. She is a PEERS (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills) certified provider and conducts our social skills intervention program. 

Shana Sammons

B.S. /  SLPA 

Shana Sammons received her SLPA certification through CSU, Northridge in 2017. Prior to this, she worked as an elementary school teacher for six years, serving in both mainstream and special educational needs schools. In addition to working at Small Talk, Shana is a full time graduate student at CSU, Northridge, working toward her master’s degree in Communication
Sciences and Disorders.
When she isn’t working or studying, you’ll find Shana digging in her vegetable garden, flying around her neighborhood on her razor scooter, or making music on the piano, violin, or ukulele.

Erica Lockshin

M.S. /  CCC-SLP 

Erica earned her BA as well as her M.S. Degrees in Communication Disorders and Sciences at CSU, Northridge. She is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and has been working in the field since 2011. Erica is currently working in a public school setting with the preschool population, conducting evaluations and providing direct therapy. She is provides bilingual evaluations for students Pre-K-8th Grade. Erica has worked in pre-school, elementary, middle school, and clinical settings. She has worked with children with various disabilities including autism, speech/language impairments, fluency/stuttering, hearing impairments, and other health impairments.

Shereen Green

M.S. /  CCC-SLP 

Shereen Green has been a speech-language pathologist since 2011 and has worked in school and private practice. Shereen’s experience includes the evaluation and treatment of children and young adults with articulation, pragmatic, cognitive, fluency, and expressive/receptive language disorders in the school, clinic, and medical setting. She also has experience working with children with autism, Down syndrome, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, cleft palate, intellectual disabilities,  hearing loss and Deafness. She has a background in American Sign Language, Listening and Spoken Language and uses her knowledge and experience in these areas to address each patient’s individual needs.

 

Shereen received her undergraduate degree in communicative sciences from the San Diego State University and earned her master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders from the California State University, Northridge. She holds a Speech-Language Pathology Service Credential, as well as a license by the state of California, Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is a current member of the ASHA. Shereen’s goal in working with you and your family is to support each individual in achieving his or her individual goals in a fun, positive, family-oriented manner, while ensuring that all patients leave feeling proud and confident in their speech, language, and communicative skills.

Diane Cable

M.A. / LMFT

Diane Cable is a graduate of Concordia College, Mequon, WI, with her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Secondary Education-English.  She received her Master’s degree from Phillips Graduate Institute of the San Fernando Valley. She was licensed as a Marriage & Family Therapist in 2005 . 

 

Experience includes working with adults, children, families, foster youth, seniors, homeless, veterans, low income and older adults. Her specialties are depression and anxiety, women’s issues, Chronic Pain and Illness, with a special emphasis on treating Fibromyalgia. She has spoken on FMS several times in both the Santa Clarita & Antelope Valleys. 

 

Diane has a passion for working with Older Adults and has worked with the severely-mentally ill (SMI) population to include hospitals, veterans and homeless adults in the Antelope Valley for most of her career as a licensed therapist. She has facilitated mental health groups such as Women’s group, horticulture, girls/school and teen groups, Depression and Anxiety (based on training by David Burns, MD, psychiatrst). 

 

Private practice focus is Chronic Pain & Illness groups and Emotions Anonymous groups, both 12-step in nature. Diane “taught” court-mandated substance abuse groups. Her group - facilitation experience is now into her 18th year. Diane speaks Spanish (moderately) and has been involved with community mental health, hospitals and maintains a small private practice.

 

When not working, Diane loves to collect rocks, polish them, make jewelry, listen to books, HAM radio, CERT,  take photos for the AV Fair and she volunteers at the LA Zoo as a docent. Her favorite animal causes are birds, CA Condors and Orangutans. 

Pam Murray

B.S. /  SLPA 

Pam Murray is licensed Speech Language Pathology Assistant, and has been working in the field of speech and language since 2009. Pam earned her degree of Speech Language Pathology Assistant from San Joaquin Delta College, graduating with honors. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) associates program and the California Speech-Language Hearing Association (CSHA). 

Pam currently works in a public school setting with individuals presenting with a wide range of speech and/or language disorders including articulation, fluency, auditory processing, pragmatics, social delays, Autism, hearing and vision impairments, and stuttering. 

In her off time, Pam likes to spend time with family and is an avid runner, completing many races from 5k's to full marathons. 

Alyssa Angueira

B.S. /  SLPA 

Alyssa Angueira is a licensed Speech and Language Pathology Assistant, who graduated from Loma Linda University in 2017 with her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Alyssa received her Speech and Language Assistant license through the state of California in 2017 and has since been working as an assistant. She has had the pleasure of working for an early intervention program, doing in-home speech therapy with children ages 12 months to 3 years old. Alyssa has worked with a variety of disabilities including Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, and ADHD. She hopes to assist others in their communicational skills, as well as give them the support and guidance they need to grow. Alyssa enjoys building a professional and personal relationship with everyone she interacts with, and hopes to make a positive change it their lives. 

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