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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 ¬Ĺ 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


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.

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.


Mario Cantero

Speech Language Pathologist Assistant

Mario has dedicated over four years to the field of Applied Behavioral Analysis, currently working towards accruing the necessary hours for BACB certification as a BCBA. Holding a postgraduate degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, he is concurrently pursuing an M.A. in Special Education (Autism Spectrum Disorder) at Arizona State University. Mario finds immense fulfillment in working with individuals on the autism spectrum, considering it the most rewarding and satisfying aspect of his career. Witnessing the positive impact of teaching new skills on entire families is a source of inspiration for him. He values the little moments of success in his work with families, finding them truly meaningful, and expresses gratitude for the opportunity to make a significant difference in people’s lives. Mario believes in the realization of dreams through persistent pursuit.


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.


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.


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.

Carole Gilmer


Carole has been practicing speech language pathology for 25 years. She earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees in Communication Disorders and Sciences from California State University Northridge. She holds a state license, Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP), and Clinical or Rehabilitative Services Credential in Language, Speech and Hearing. Carole has spent her career in the school setting serving students from preschool through middle school. She has worked with diverse populations facing various challenges, including Speech Sound Disorders, Receptive and Expressive Language Disorders, Fluency Disorders, Autism, Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing, Voice Disorders, and Cognitive Deficits. She has experience using Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) to enhance and facilitate communication. In her free time, Carole enjoys traveling with family and friends, watching sports, and attending concerts.

We LOVE DV Therapy Palmdale! My son has Autism and gets Speech. He was getting Occupational Therapy services and has since graduated with the help of Ms.Alyah! Ever since he started there has been a HUGE improvement in his speech and fine motor skills. My child loves going to his therapies here and gets excited when he sees his therapists! It’s such a nice feeling knowing he likes the people there and wants to go back week after week. The staff here are very professional and you can see that they really care about your child. Ms.Amber is great and really takes in mind what my child interests are and turns it into speech opportunities! We are so grateful for all the amazing support from DV Therapy Palmdale!
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Nicholas V.
2 months ago
Dv therapy is amazing. Staff is wonderful and so helpful. My little has been going for 2 years and has shown so much progress. Thank you to the wonderful ladies working with him.
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Reanna S.
2 months ago
My kiddo started here when she was a little over two years old. Bronti and Hava have helped her developed her speech in just a matter of months and my daughter continues to expand her vocaulary daily.
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