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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 Scarbury

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, routing 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 Speech Language Pathologist

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 is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist completing her Clinical Fellowship (CF) Year with DV Therapy. She received her Master of Health Science in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Missouri in 2020. M-I-Z!

In her clinical practicums, Tori gained experience with a variety of pediatric and adult communication disorders in schools, private practices, and hospital settings. These include: 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.

In her free time, she enjoys cooking, growing houseplants and gardening, strength training, hiking, and traveling to the many beautiful destinations here in the West (as a Midwesterner, the West Coast is whole new territory!).


Roxanne Morales

Office Administrator

Roxanne was born in the San Fernando Valley raised by her Mexican/Guatemalan parents. Her first office job was working as an Office & Special Education Clerk for the Los Angeles Unified School District and remained there for 10 years. Her experience working in elementary, middle and high school offices has allowed her to enjoy working in an environment with children of all ages. She enjoys cooking, photography, movies, music, family time, pets and Graphic Design.


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.


Mariah Prentice

Office Manager and Speech Language Pathologist Assistant

Mariah received her bachelors degree in Communicative Disorders at California State University of Fullerton in 2012. That same year, she completed her SLPA externship through California State University of Northridge.

During her schooling, Mariah gained a wide variety of experience with preschool aged children to adults. She worked directly with junior high students as an AVID tutor for over 3 years, a high school debate coach, and a special education substitute paraprofessional for a year. Aside from work, Mariah volunteered through St. Jude Medical Center by assisting the Communication Recovery Group to provide a safe space to practice conversation for adults with aphasia, as well as other motor speech disorders. She also completed her SLPA internship through St. Jude Outpatient Rehabilitation Center where she observed and assisted a wide variety of therapy treatments for patients with swallowing difficulties, aphasia, apraxia, autism, TBI, and more. While there, she also helped plan and lead the children’s social skills group. Since then, Mariah has continue to grow in her role as an SLPA by providing direct 1 on 1 therapy to a variety of ages.


Meghan Eppinette

Lead Speech Language Pathologist

Meghan received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Boston University. While at BU, she gained experience in a range of settings, including a bilingual Spanish-English elementary school, an outpatient voice clinic, and a neuromuscular disorders clinic that served patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). She is bilingual in Spanish and English, and credits her bilingualism to her time living in Ecuador. Meghan is trained in PROMPT, PECs, and knowledgable on AAC devices. She currently is in a certification program on Listening and Spoken Language to work with children who are deaf and hard of hearing. Meghan has worked with clients of all age ranges and disorders and loves the diversity of the field of Speech-Language Pathology.

In her free time, Meghan enjoys reading, running, and exploring the world.


Jisun Hannah Lee

Senior Speech Language Pathologist Assistant

Hannah’s Korean name, Jisun, means “helping hands.” Till this day, there is nothing else that defines Hannah more than as someone who loves to help. She always knew she loved to help people, so she initially planned on being a teacher. After working as a Teacher’s Assistant in special education classes and general classrooms with students from grades K-9th, she came to realize her heart lies in further helping students with specific needs in speech and language.

She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Disorders in 2013 and her SLPA externship completion in 2014 at Cal State University, Northridge. Since her early teenage years, Hannah has worked in various educational settings such as private tutoring, afterschool programs, Sunday school, and school classrooms. Currently, she provides speech and language services for children, various in the ages of 2-17, with language delay, pragmatic deficits, articulation disorder, aphasia, non-verbal communication, fluency, and more in an elementary school and a private clinic.

She will complete her Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders from Northern Arizona University – August 2020.

During her free time, Hannah loves to binge-watch television shows and find new dessert spots. Her current favorites are Gilmore Girls and matcha green-tea soft serve. Yumm!


Guadalupe Alvarez

Speech Language Pathologist

Guadalupe received her bachelor’s degree in psychology/Law and society at University of California Riverside in 2012. Shortly afterwards, she began working as an in-home and school behavior therapist providing therapy for children on the Autism spectrum. While working at the schools, she discovered the world of speech-language pathology and instantly became intrigued in the field after observing her first speech session. She then went on to complete a post-baccalaureate speech and language program at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) in 2017 and received her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from CSUSM in 2019.

While at CSUSM, she worked with young children, teenagers, and adults with varying disorders in the school setting, outpatient rehabilitation centers, and in acute care. She has experience with language delay/disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, Autism, Down Syndrome, aphasia, dysphagia, and cognitive disorders.

Guadalupe is bilingual in English and Spanish. In her free time, she likes to swim, travel, hang out with her nieces, and try out new foods.


Kimberly Nevarez

Speech Language Pathologist Assistant

Kimberly Nevarez received her B.A in Communicative Disorders from the University of Redlands. She went on to continue her education at Loma Linda University, where she completed the SLPA certification course. Before becoming a certified SLPA, she was working as a Behavioral Interventionist at Easter Seals for about a year. When she is not working at DV Therapy Inc., you can find her at an Elementary School as an Intervention Aide, where she works with students who need more help with their phonological and phonemic awareness skills.

Kimberly enjoys traveling, going to the beach, coffee trips and listening to music.


Luann Santos

Occupational Therapist

Luann has been a registered and licensed occupational therapist for 10 years. She has served both adult and pediatric populations in skilled nursing facilities, adult day health centers, home health settings, pediatric therapy clinics and school settings.

She has been successful in evaluating and providing intervention to children in the Autism Spectrum and those with attention deficits, learning disabilities, feeding difficulties, fine motor problems and developmental delays and is currently working on getting her Certification in Sensory Integration to continue helping children with sensory processing disorders. She believes in collaboration and consistency and continues to partner with physical, speech and ABA therapists, school teachers and families in achieving gains and maximizing independence in children with disabilities.

As a fieldwork clinical instructor, Luann also trains and designs programs for occupational therapy students here and abroad. She plans to set up her own private pediatric practice and pursue her Doctorate Degree in Occupational Therapy in the future.


Debra Smith

Speech Language Pathologist

Debra has worked as a speech-language pathologist in Los Angeles since 2015. Prior to moving to the west coast, she completed a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Columbia University, Teachers College in New York, NY in 2015. She also received a Master of Arts in Teaching from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA, while completing her two-year commitment as both a general education teacher and special education teacher with Teach for America. In 2011, she graduated from University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelor of Science in Hearing and Speech Sciences and a minor in Special Education.

In the field, Debra has been involved working with individuals from 18 months to 16 years of age with various communication needs, including those who have articulation and phonological disorders, language delay, expressive and receptive language difficulties, pragmatic deficits, and those who use Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC) devices.

Debra enjoys spending time with her husband and cat (in addition to other family and friends), as well as reading, writing, cooking, photography, and being outdoors.


Hava Young

Speech Language Pathologist

Hava is completing her Clinical Fellowship at DV Therapy. She earned her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University in 2019. She earned her Bachelor of Art in Communicative Disorders from University of Redlands in 2014. Between earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, she completed the speech-language pathology assistant program at California State University Northridge. She worked as a speech-language pathology assistant (SLP-A) for a year before going to graduate school.

Hava has worked with children with various deficits, including language delays and disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, autism spectrum disorder, fluency disorders, and pragmatic deficits. In addition, she has worked with adults with stroke, traumatic brain injury, dementia, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, aphasia, voice disorders, dysphagia, and cognitive disorders. Hava has worked with adults and children who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).

In her free time, Hava enjoys baking, watching Broadway musicals, reading fantasy novels, and hiking.


Cristal Nunez

Speech Language Pathologist Assistant

Cristal was born in California and raised by her Mexican parents. She is bilingual in both Spanish and English. She received her B.S in Communication Sciences & Disorders at California State University, Sacramento. She also completed the Speech Language Pathology Assistant Program at Sacramento State. During her time in Sacramento Cristal volunteered and interned with many organizations where she had the opportunity to work with a variety of clients. She worked very closely with children diagnosed with Autism as a Registered Behavior Technician. She gained experience working in Early Intervention, helping children ages birth to three meet their speech and language milestones. Cristal worked with members diagnosed with Aphasia and Apraxia at the NeuroService Alliance of Sacramento State. She took extracurricular classes in order to enhance her education in acquired communication disorders. She enjoys working with populations across the life span and has a profound desire to continue to help individuals in need of therapeutic services.

In her free time, Cristal loves hanging out with family and friends. She also enjoys cooking, reading books and exploring new places.


Kristen Turowski

Office Manager and Speech Language Pathologist Assistant

Kristen grew up in Tehachapi and now lives there with her husband and 2 dogs. She received her associate’s degree in Liberal Studies at Bakersfield College where she attended from 2011 to 2013, and found her passion for speech and language therapy. Kristen then went on to receive her bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders from California State University Northridge in 2016, then completed the SLPA certification the same year from Loma Linda University. She has been providing speech therapy in Palmdale and Lancaster for 3 ½ years to early intervention, school aged kiddos and adult populations in individual and group settings. Kristen has gained experience in a variety of speech and language disorders throughout her time in the Antelope Valley. She truly enjoys speech and language therapy and someday hopes to attain a Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology.

In her free time she enjoys traveling with her husband and tackling the never ending homeownership list. She also enjoy being outdoors with her dogs, running, and going to CrossFit.


Kristine Nichols


Kristine is a licensed speech and language pathologist. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelors of Science in Speech Pathology in 2003. She went on to get her Masters of Arts from California State University, Fresno in Speech Pathology and graduated in 2006. She has been a practicing speech pathologist since that time. She currently holds a California State License and is nationally accredited by ASHA.

Kristine has worked with ages ranging from preschool to geriatrics. Her work settings have varied from schools, rehabilitation hospitals (short and long term) and acute hospital settings. She has worked with a variety of speech and language related disorders, including articulation, phonology, apraxia of speech (children and adults), language, pragmatics, fluency, aphasia, dysarthria, dysphagia and cognitive impairments. She has also mentored new speech pathologists for their Clinical Fellowship Year helping them build upon assessment skills and implement therapy programs.

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her friends/family, baking and decorating cakes and traveling.


Dinah Barnett


Dinah was born and raised in Bakersfield California. She attended the University of Alabama where she received her B.A. in Communicative Disorders. She then furthered her education and went on to receive her SLPA certification at Loma Linda University.

Dinah previously worked at a school district for 3 years working with students from preschool to 8th grade. Dinah is passionate about her job and loves to help others. In the future Dinah would like to go on to grad school and become a licensed Speech and Language Pathologist.


Shelby Trevino


Shelby was born in Bakersfield, California. She received her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and SLPA license at California State University Sacramento in 2019. She has experience with ABA therapy and working in home settings as well as school settings. Shelby’s passion for helping others started when she moved to Sacramento for school and volunteered with second language learners. She enjoys the sense of community that accompanies public service. Her mission is to create a comfortable environment for all unique learners by fostering confidence in future endeavours. In her off time she tends to her expanding home garden. She enjoys hanging out with her dogs and hiking adventures with friends. Her favorite way to pass the time is reading books.

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