SARAH ORTEGA, M.S., CCC-SLP
Sarah, a San Francisco native, is a passionate and enthusiastic Speech Language Pathologist. She has provided quality therapy to children of all ages with a variety of speech and language difficulties. Sarah is beyond excited to manage the new TALK office location in Danville.
Sarah earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Chapman University and her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Syracuse University. She also holds a certificate of clinical competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), the national association for Speech Language Pathologists. Sarah is also licensed by the state of California Department of Consumer Affairs Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board.
Sarah prides herself in connecting with her clients and their families. She has also worked with children through vocal direction and musical theater. She loves incorporating song and movement into therapy sessions. Sarah aims to create a safe environment for successful communication. She strives for excellence of practice and strongly values the role of continued education.
Sarah found her voice through song. She believes in providing positive, functional, and engaging therapy with the hopes of helping all children find their voice.
Elizabeth Handler, M.S., CCC-SLP
Elizabeth is a New York native who is dedicated to providing functional, effective therapy sessions and believes that children learn best when they’re having fun.
Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Northwestern University and her Master of Science in Communication Disorders from Emerson College. She is also trained in PROMPT©, Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding and holds an additional license as an Early Intervention Specialist in Massachusetts. Elizabeth worked as a speech-language pathologist in Early Intervention for over three years before joining the TALK team. She provided individualized, play-based therapy for children under the age of three with a variety of speech, language, and feeding disorders. Her clinical experience also includes working with young children in private practice and school settings.
ABBY REYNOLDS, M.A., CCC-SLP
Abby Reynolds, a native of Kansas City, knew from a very young age that she wanted to work with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. While attending the University of Kansas for her Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology, Abby solidified her passion for helping individuals with various disabilities express themselves and communicate their wants, needs, and ideas. It was there Abby was introduced to Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), and the joys it can bring to individuals and their families.
Throughout her undergraduate and graduate career, Abby has worked with children and adults with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, articulation and phonological disorders, dysphagia, fluency disorders, and expressive and receptive language delays. Abby is an advocate for her clients, enjoys collaborating with families, and believes in personalizing her therapy sessions to fit the individual interests of her clients. Abby enjoys being part of the TALK team and spending every day doing what she loves.
Alyssa Good, M.S., CCC-SLP
Alyssa Good is a Wisconsin native who recently moved from Nashville to the Bay Area. She has always loved working with children and enjoys tailoring therapy to each child’s individual needs. Alyssa earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communicative Disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Vanderbilt University.
Alyssa has provided speech therapy in public school districts, as well as at a private school for students with speech, language, and learning differences. Through these work experiences, she has gained experience treating a variety of pediatric communication disorders, including autism spectrum disorders, developmental delays, articulation and phonological disorders, hearing loss, receptive and expressive language delays, and social communication delays. She loves working collaboratively with families and the team at TALK in order to help each child communicate more effectively and reach his or her potential!
JANETTE MCAFEE, M.S., CCC-SLP
Janette is dedicated to providing effective and functional speech and language therapy, incorporating each child’s interests and developmental needs. She is interested in supporting children holistically; she strives to support sensory motor, fine motor, or gross motor needs whenever possible. Janette enjoys forming supportive relationships with clients, parents, and caretakers and is known for her dedication, flexibility and compassionate care.
Janette earned her Bachelors and Masters degree in Speech Language Pathology at Illinois State University. Janette’s pediatric experience includes providing speech and language services in elementary and middle schools on the Peninsula and working with children ages two to ten in a private practice setting. She has helped children with a variety of communication challenges including: articulation disorders, phonological disorders, apraxia, Autism Spectrum Disorders, social/pragmatic delay, receptive and expressive language delay/disorder, auditory processing disorder and voice disorders.
Francie cohen, M.s., CCC-SLP
Francie, a Bay Area native, is a dedicated learner and clinician who believes in collaboration to design the best treatment possible. She has a strong passion to work with children, as well as their families to make a difference in their lives to become successful communicators.
Francie received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences from San Diego State University and went on to complete her Master’s degree from University of the Pacific in Speech-Language Pathology. She has worked with children in public schools, private practice, preschool, and home settings. Her areas of special interest include Early Intervention, phonological and articulation disorders, voice disorders, expressive and receptive language disorders, and overall language development. Francie supports creativity and magic within child play and hopes to promote that spark in her therapy sessions.
Michaela Azzopardi, M.S., CCC-SLP
Michaela is a Bay Area native who is passionate about providing functional and meaningful communication for all. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Disorders with a minor in Special Education from San Francisco State University. Michaela also received her Master of Science in Communicative Disorders with a specialization in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) from San Francisco State University.
Michaela is fascinated by language and believes everyone has the right to communicate. She has worked with children who have difficulties in receptive and expressive language, voice/resonance, social/pragmatics, articulation, fluency, and cognitive communication (attention, memory, sequencing). She has also worked with children who have apraxia of speech, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, and Fragile X Syndrome. Michaela enjoys working with children who have a variety of speech and language difficulties and loves collaborating with families to foster communication skills in a variety of settings.
Eric caulfielD, M.S., CF-SLP
Eric recently made the transition from Boston to the Bay Area. He received his Bachelor's degree in English from East Stroudsburg University and his Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Northeastern University. Prior to joining the TALK team, Eric worked with pediatric and adult clients in an outpatient neurogenic rehab. His special interests include: receptive and expressive language disorders, literacy, social communication disorder (SCD), pediatric brain injury, and assistive technology. His other professional interests include neurolinguistics and treatment research.
He is passionate about providing services that are positive and child-centered. Eric enjoys working in all areas of speech and language and making therapy engaging and functional. He has clinical experience working with moderate and low-incident disabilities in school settings and in outpatient facilities.
Megan McFarland, M.S., CF-SLP
Megan recently moved to the Bay Area from Southern California, where she grew up. She is passionate about providing early intervention and school-aged language treatment. She believes that speech and language therapy must be engaging and meaningful to create a positive experience for each child. She enjoys using literature, art, and movement to teach and reinforce skills.
She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from the University of Redlands, and received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from California State University, San Marcos. She has clinical experience in pediatric outpatient and school settings where she worked with individuals to improve their receptive and expressive language, social communication, motor speech, and articulation.
Michele ebrahimian, M.A., CF-SLP
Michele, a native of Santa Cruz, believes that every person has the ability and the right to communicate. She loves working with children and is passionate about providing positive, engaging, and effective speech and language therapy.
Michele earned her Master of Arts in Speech Language Pathology from San Jose State University. During her graduate career, Michele provided speech and language therapy to children and adults in many different settings including public education, hospital, and private clinic. She has experience working with individuals from a variety of linguistic backgrounds (monolingual, bilingual, nonverbal AAC user, etc.) who have mild to severe communication disorders. Michele’s interests include receptive and expressive language delay/disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, social/pragmatics, and feeding/swallowing. Michele prioritizes building relationships and providing services that are beneficial to children and their families.