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Los Angeles

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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.


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.


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.


Daniel Hurlbut

Speech Language Pathologist Assistant

After returning from Nicaragua where he was a Peace Corps Volunteer for 2 years, Daniel dove into the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and worked with English and Spanish speaking children from the ages of 1.5 years old to 21 years of age on the autism spectrum in the clinic setting, client’s homes, and the schools in which he focused on assisting the children with emotional regulation, functional communication, social skills, and behavior modification through the use of various methodologies. While working as a Behavior Interventionist, he collaborated with a multidisciplinary team of Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, and Board Certified Behavior Analysts.


Daniel received his Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and his SLP-A licensure from Chapman University in 2019 while working as a Behavior Interventionist. He discovered speech and language to be fascinating from a young age because he grew up with a brother who was apraxic and often attended speech sessions. 


Daniel likes to travel, play soccer, go to the beach, play the ukelele, read, and hike in his free time.


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.

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