SARAH ORTEGA, M.S., CCC-SLP & managing Director
Sarah, a San Francisco native, graduated from Chapman University with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. She has worked with children of all ages through vocal direction and theater. Working one-on-one with a child with autism sparked Sarah's interest in creating safe environments for successful communication.
Sarah earned her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Syracuse University. She gained experience working with a variety of pediatric communication disorders including: autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, phonological disorders, hearing loss, and apraxia of speech. Sarah worked in an itinerant pediatric practice, assessing and treating early intervention and preschool aged children.
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 & Clinical coordinator
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.
Alyssa winn, M.S., ccc-slp & clinical coordinator
Alyssa is a Bay Area native with a life-long affinity for language and communication. After graduating from University of California Santa Cruz, she worked with children with autism and was introduced to the world of speech pathology. While working in a Special Day Class, Alyssa spent her nights earning a Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders and later graduated from San Francisco State University with a Master of Science in Communicative Disorders and a specialization in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). She love applying unique and individualized approaches to fit each clients’ needs and is certified in The Hanen Program More Than Words®,
Alyssa loves working with children and their families to create communication that can flourish both in the clinical and home setting. She believes strongly that all children have something (amazing) to say, it’s just a matter of giving them the necessary tools and Alyssa finds joy in creating innovative ways to help her clients get their message across.
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.
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 is extremely excited to join the TALK team and to spend every day doing what she loves.
Chiara scarpelli, M.s., Ccc-SLP
Chiara was born in Italy and recently moved cross-country from New York City to the Bay Area. She is dedicated to working with children of all ages to improve their communication abilities. Chiara received her Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Science from George Washington University and her Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Teachers College, Columbia University.
After graduate school, Chiara lived in Melbourne, Australia, to work with children and adults who stutter. Most recently, she provided speech therapy in New York City charter schools to pre-school, elementary, and middle school students, focusing on articulation and phonological disorders, receptive and expressive language delays, hearing loss, fluency, and literacy skills. She is excited to be part of the team at TALK to continue fostering a collaborative and fun environment for children to reach their highest potential.
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., CF-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.