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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.

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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.

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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.

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Ruth Holmes

Speech Language Pathologist CF
Ruth is a bubbly social lady by nature and enjoys connecting with kids. She spent 9 months aiding a Speech Language Pathologist in Pohnpei Micronesia where she first began witnessing the deep need for exceptional pediatric speech therapists. Ruth then completed her bachelors and masters in Speech Language Pathology at Loma Linda University. Today she is a licensed Speech Language Pathologist completing her Clinical Fellowship (CF) Year with DV Therapy.
Ruth has worked with ages 1-85, with a strong emphasis in the pediatric population covering expressive and receptive language disorders, speech sound disorders, cognitive disorders, pragmatic deficits, fluency, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Down Syndrome (DS), various motor disorders and swallowing difficulties/disorders.
Outside of work, Ruth enjoys adventuring outdoors with her husband Brandon and her cats (Suki and Appa), traveling, going to brunch, watching Kdrama, and picking up a new hobby every other month.
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Hava Young

Speech Language Pathologist

Hava 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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Eddie Chu

OTR/L

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.

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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.

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 has been going to DV therapy for over a year now. He really enjoys his time with Meghan!... read more

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