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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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Mariah Prentice

HR 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.

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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 AAC assessment.  In July 2020 she completed a year-long certification program through Utah State University 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, going to the gym, and playing with her dogs.

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Jisun Hannah Lee

Speech Language Pathologist - Clinical Fellow

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. She completed her Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders from Northern Arizona University in August 2020. 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 school and private clinic.

During her free time, Hannah loves to binge-watch television shows and find new dessert spots.

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Guadalupe Alvarez

Speech Language Pathologist

Guadalupe received her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the California State University of San Marcos (CSUSM) in 2019. While at CSUSM, she worked with young children, teenagers, and adults with varying disorders in the school setting, hospital, and outpatient rehabilitation centers. She has experience with language delay/disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, Autism, Down Syndrome, aphasia, dysphagia, and cognitive disorders. She incorporates neurodiversity-affirming speech and language interventions in her practice and strength based approaches to support communication skills across the life span. Additionally, she has a specialty in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and loves to incorporate all forms of communication in her sessions.

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.

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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. In 2019, she continued her education at Northern Arizona University where she is attaining her masters degree in Speech and Language Pathology. She is looking forward to transitioning from SLPA to SLP by August 2022. During her schooling and experience, she has worked with kids and adults who have  fluency, voice, and  speech and language disorders. In addition, she has experience working with individuals who are diagnosed with autism, down syndrome, ADHD, dyslexia and other intellectual disabilities.

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

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Ruth Holmes

Speech Language Pathologist - Clinical Fellow
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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Sarai Figueroa

Speech Language Pathologist Assistant

Sarai has a passion for working with children. She is the eldest sister to two brothers who are 13 and 18 years apart from her. Her interest in helping children sparked when she would help take care of and play with her brothers. Sarai received her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Fullerton College. She started working with children as a Teacher Aide at a daycare and a child development center. She gained experience with infants, preschool, and school age children.

One of Sarai’s brothers was diagnosed with Autism and that is when she was introduced to speech therapy. She then received her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology from California State University, Long Beach. While at CSULB, she gained experience in working with adolescents with Autism, Specific Language Impairments, and Learning Disabilities.

Sarai in her free time loves going to concerts and spending time with her friends and family.

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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.

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Kelsey Wyman Chin

Speech Language Pathologist

Kelsey is a Speech-Language Pathologist. She was born in Canada but grew up in Jamaica and Orlando, Florida. She got her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology at the University of Florida and worked as a research scientist, tutor, and veterinary technician before discovering the wonderful field of Speech-Language Pathology. She completed a post-baccalaureate in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Florida and went on to gain a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of South Florida.

As a graduate clinician, she researched early-literacy topics and completed internships in a children’s hospital and a level-one trauma hospital. She especially enjoyed working with OT and PT as a part of a diagnostic team for children with Autism Spectrum disorder, providing evaluations for children who require Augmentative and Alternative Communication, carrying out instrumental swallow studies for medically-complex adults, leading conversational groups for adults with aphasia, as well as being a part of a group-based program for adolescents who stutter. She observed many AAC evaluations for adults with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), radiological imaging sessions for suspected velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI), and pediatric swallow studies. She became LSVT LOUD certified in order to better serve her patients with Parkinson’s Disease and other conditions. Kelsey has gained experience working with individuals across the lifespan, however, she finds the most joy in helping children to optimize their communication skills so that they can live their best and most participative lives.

Kelsey is impassioned by helping clients to optimize their communication skills so they can live their most participative lives. Kelsey specializes in AAC and complex communication needs, is a certified Teacher of English as a Second Language, and a Compton certified accent modification instructor.
In her free time, Kelsey enjoys painting, learning new languages, and staying active outdoors.

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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