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Iddo deVries

Clinical Director

Iddo has been practicing speech therapy for over 10 years and has been studying the field for over 12.  He has worked in multiple settings including schools, homes, adult care facilities, and most recently in a multi-disciplinary clinical setting where he provided direct therapy, assessments, supervision, management, and training to staff and families.

In 2014, Iddo opened DV Therapy to provide dynamic therapy that focuses on the individual and their family. With a strong emphasis in family training, Iddo strives to give the child and the family the tools to reach independence and improve quality of life. Iddo has a strong clinical presence and is always working encourage his patients to reach beyond what they imagined possible.

In 2011 Iddo was awarded the outstanding achievement award in the field of speech therapy by the New York City Dept. of Education and has been an active member of the nationally accredited speech board ASHA since 2006. With a focus on individuals with Autism, Iddo has had significant success in developing the necessary communication skills with socially difficult individuals.

Iddo has had success in treating individuals from birth-21 with disabilities and delays including, Autism, Late-talkers, PDD, specific language impairments, Articulation and Phonological disorders, Auditory Processing Delays, Stuttering, Pragmatic and social delays, Verbal Apraxia of Speech.

Skills: Prompt therapy, Beckman Oral Motor, TLC Literacy Program, Sounds in Motion, Fluency Shaping Technique, PECS, Certified PEERS Social Skills Provider.

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Etta Astrin

Vice President of Operations

Etta received her bachelors degree at CUNY Brooklyn in the field of Psychology. Following her desire to help others, Etta studied Clinical Social Work and received her masters degree at Hunter College. While living in New York, Etta provided critical social and emotional support for at risk youth and to systematically build schools that are safe, successful, and conducive to learning through Partnership with Children. After leaving New York, Etta and her family moved to California. She found a career through Open Paths Counseling Center before ultimately becoming Vice President of Operations at DV Therapy.


Rachel Velasquez

Office Manager and Speech Language Pathologist Assistant

Rachel received her A.S. degree along with completing the SLPA Program at Pasadena City College. Before and during her studies at PCC to be a Certified and Licensed SLPA, she gained early childhood and school aged experience while working in the public-school setting. She started as a Head Start Teachers Assistant for 3 ½ years and then moved on to being a Speech Assistant for 4 years. Since having left the public-school setting, once received her Certificate and License in December of 2011, Rachel has been providing speech and language services for all ages from a variety of disorders, diagnosis, clients who are in need of Augmentative/Alternative Communication and Assistive Technology. In her free time, Rachel enjoys singing, rooting for her favorite sports teams/attending sports events, spending time with her family and watching T.V. shows


Alyssa Morford

Lead Speech Language Pathologist

Alyssa has always loved working with children from a young age. She worked at summer camps teaching children how to ride horses for 9 years during high school and college. Alyssa attended Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI for both her Bachelors and Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Alyssa has had experience working in a hospital as well as a school. Alyssa has experience treating clients with swallowing disorders, cognitive disorders, Voice disorders, Fluency, Articulation, Language, Autism, Down syndrome, and Apraxia. Although Alyssa has worked with adults, working with children is what brings her happiness.

In her free time, Alyssa loves to hang out with family and friends, walk her dogs, ride her horses, go camping, kayaking, hammocking, or anything that is outdoors.


Kristina Vedoya

Lead Therapist

Kristina was born to amazing Filipino parents and raised in Canada, making her a first generation Filipino-Canadian. She is bilingual in Tagalog and English. She received her Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and her Master of Science degree specializing in Speech-Language Pathology, both from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. She gained experience working in a school-based setting, as well as Early Intervention helping students that present with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), speech/language delays, and disfluency. Part of her professional experience in the rehabilitative setting includes working with adults who have dysphagia, voice and cognitive impairments. As one of her aspirations in this field, she would love to specialize in dysphagia for all ages and become Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES). In her down time, she enjoys watching movies, reading, spending time with family and friends, as well as camping.


Natalie Dagher

Speech Language Pathologist Assistant

Natalie is a licensed SLPA, born and raised in California. She received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She gained experience working in Early Intervention, helping children with speech/language delays and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in their home environment. Natalie has also provided therapy in the school setting, helping students with Articulation and Language. She loves working with children and being able to help them reach their potential. Natalie enjoys volunteering for different organizations that provide opportunities for people with disabilities.

She spends her free time with family & friends, walking her dog, and roller-skating.


Amber Lewis

Speech Language Pathologist Assistant

Amber is a licensed Speech-Language Pathology Assistant. She received her Bachelor of Science in communication disorders, and completed her SLPA program at California Baptist University. Amber previously worked as a Teacher’s assistant with students ranging from toddler, to middle school. Working as a teacher’s assistant has allowed her to gain experience with toddlers and kids from different age groups, and demographics. Amber has always enjoyed helping others, and wanting to see people succeed.

In her free time Amber enjoys reading books, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.


Victoria Ludwig

Speech Language Pathologist

Tori received her Master of Health Science (MHS) in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Missouri. She is a licensed speech-language pathologist (CCC-SLP) with clinical experience in a variety of settings, including schools, private practices, and rehabilitation hospitals. 


Tori has clinical experience treating and/or diagnosing a variety of disorders including aphasia, acquired apraxia of speech, childhood apraxia of speech, articulation disorders, cognitive disorders, language disorders, phonological disorders, pragmatic deficits related to autism spectrum disorder (ASD), reading disorders, swallowing disorders, and voice disorders related to Parkinson’s Disease. She is a trained provider of Parkinson Voice Project’s SPEAK OUT!® and The LOUD Crowd® programs. 


Here at DV Therapy, Tori enjoys working with pediatric and adult clients. She loves meeting new clients, so come say hello! 


Emily Cruz

Speech-Language Pathologist

Emily received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from California Baptist University in Riverside, CA in 2018. In 2020, she received her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI. Emily is a licensed speech-language pathologist and is completing her clinical fellowship at DV Therapy.

While completing her master’s degree, Emily was lucky enough to intern at DV Therapy and an elementary school where she gained clinical experience with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, articulation and phonological disorders, language disorders, social disorders, and feeding and swallowing disorders.

Emily enjoys going to the gym to weight lift, but you’ll never see her running. She also enjoys baking, music festivals, and sushi.


Eddie Chu


Eddie graduated from the University of Southern California with his Clinical Doctorate (OTD) in 2019, with a focus in research for children with autism and executive functioning skills in college students. With a previous background in psychology and counseling, Eddie aims to incorporate the true values of occupational therapy from theory to practice: providing care holistically. As important it is to focus on the physical aspects of our clients, their social, emotional, and spiritual needs and desires are just as significant. With the years of support from classmates, colleagues, and interdisciplinary teams, Eddie hopes to continue sharing with and learning from the clients (and their caregivers) what their meaningful and purposeful occupations are. As an occupational therapist, Eddie wants to remind everyone that self-care is one of the most valued, yet underrepresented, areas in life, so remember to do, be, and become a part of what captures your passions in life.


Alya Turcotte

Occupational Therapist Doctorate

Alya graduated from the University of Southern California with her clinical doctorate (OTD) in 2020; during her residency, she primarily focused on providing occupational therapy services for children with co-occurring mental health disorders and developmental disabilities. She also has advanced training in sensory integration, and holds a Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California (2019) and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo (2017). Alya has a passion for working with the pediatric population and aims to provide holistic, family-centered, and culturally-relevant care to the clients she serves. She also emphasizes the importance of individual engagement in a range of meaningful and purposeful occupations for both children and caregivers in order to support the entire family’s well-being. Some of Alya’s preferred occupations include weight lifting, running, trying new foods, spending time with family and friends, and playing with her dogs.

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Jackie Contreras

Jackie earned her BA at California State University Northridge  in 2018. She is a licensed SLPA with a history of clinical experience in ABA as well as speech and language. Jackie has treated clients with a variety of diagnoses in both English and Spanish, including articulation disorders, receptive/expressive language disorders, and pragmatic language disorders. Jackie enjoys working with children of all ages.

Eva Westin

Administrative Assistant
Eva has over 18 years of experience in administration and customer service.   Being born in Mexico, she fluently speaks, reads and writes in both English and Spanish. During High School she was part of a school program that assisted elementary school children that did not have English speaking parents at home to help with school work. During a time of self exploration she also graduated as a medical assistant. However, through life’s journey she realized that she likes working behind the desk from an operationional standpoint as well as interacting with customers alike.  Bringing that balance to any setting. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her kids and family, walking, music, dancing and admiring the moon.

Great speech therapist! My 4 year old has been making big improvements since coming here. Ms. Tori is so patient... read more

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Ashleigh H.
8 months ago

My son has been a client here for about 2 years he gets Ot and speech therapy once a week.... read more

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sonya g.
10 months ago

My son Alex has been attending for over one year and he is doing very well. His teacher Celeste is... read more

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