Meet our Speech Therapists
Joanne Bae (All Locations)
Joanne Bae has been working for SLEA as a Speech-Language Pathologist since February 2014. She graduated from University of California, Irvine (UCI) with a degree in Psychology and Social Behaviors. Joanne completed her Master's degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences at California State University Northridge (CSUN). Since the start of her career with SLEA, Joanne has worked in a wide variety of school settings, ranging from preschool special education to school-age children placed in the general education and special education setting.
She has helped in developing and running SLEA's social skills program to help children connect, engage, and generalize social skills with their peers. She has been working in schools, clinics, clients' homes, and Head Start sites working with different populations and disorders. She has supervised student interns, SLPAs, and Clinical Fellows. Joanne strongly believes in SLEA's mission statement in a multidisciplinary team working together with families to enhance the lives of individuals with special needs. She assists in managing and maintaining SLEA's website.
Joyce Bae (All Locations)
Joyce Bae has been working for SLEA as a Speech-Language Pathologist since February 2014. She graduated from University of California, Irvine (UCI) with a degree in Psychology and Social Behaviors. She then completed her Master's degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences at California State University Northridge (CSUN). Throughout her years with SLEA, Joyce has worked in various settings such as school districts, clinics, and Head Start sites while working with different populations and disorders.
She has supervised student interns, SLPAs, and Clinical Fellows. She has also helped develop and run SLEA's social skills program (ages 6-9) to help children connect, engage, and generalize their social skills with their peers. Joyce is excited to bring her new role as Clinical Lead in which she can lend her support, knowledge, and experience with new and current therapists. She also assists in maintaining and managing SLEA's website.
Myriam Buyl (Culver City)
Myriam obtained her Master in Communicative Disorders from California State University Los Angeles. She is a native from Belgium and speaks French, English and Spanish. She particularly enjoys working with elementary school children with articulation and language challenges and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She is also passionate about working with adult stroke survivors
Karen Ben-Chetrit (Encino)
Karen Ben-Chetrit has been working as a speech-language pathologist with SLEA for 6 years. She has consistently worked in both an elementary school in Glendale, as well as the Encino clinic setting. She has worked with clients ranging from 2 year old children who are not yet speaking to older adults who have lost cognitive/language abilities following a stroke. She earned her Masters’ degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders from the University of Arizona. She also has a certificate as an Assistive Technology Specialist and specializes in assessing individuals who require Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Karen loves helping individuals of all ages achieve their communication goals!
Michelle Conklin (Encino)
Michelle graduated in 2012 from CSUN with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Disorders at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). She went on to earn her Speech Language Pathology Assistant license in 2013 and began working with SLEA in 2013 as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant. In 2018, she earned her Master's Degree with honors in Communication Disorders. Michelle has worked of settings, including schools, clinics, clients’ homes, and Head Start sites as well as with many different populations and disorders. In 2017, she became the Clinical Lead for the Head Start program working closely with the Head Start team at SLEA to provide support and training. In her role as Clinical Lead for Head Start, Michelle has conducted trainings for SLEA’s Head Start staff. Michelle began supervising in June of 2020 and is excited to continue supervising students, SLPAs and Clinical Fellows.
Erika Davee (Culver City)
Erika is from Kansas City. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas and her Master’s degrees from Rockhurst University in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has always had a passion for working with individuals with special needs and children. Erika has been working as a speech language pathologist for 3 ½ years. Erika is licensed by the board of California and has her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association. She has treated and evaluated individuals with Hearing Impairments, Dysphagia, Dysarthria, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Articulation and Phonological Disorders, Language Disorders, Fluency Disorders, Aphasia and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She especially enjoys working with children and elderly patients treating a variety of communication disorders. In her spare time, she loves to paint, travel, hike and spend time with her family and friends
Mehrnaz Delavary (Encino)
Mehrnaz Delavary (Nazy) has been working as a Speech-Language Pathologist for SLEA for the last two and a half years. She obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degree in Communications Disorders and Sciences from California State University Northridge. Nazy has had the opportunity to work in various settings such as clients’ homes, schools, and clinic. She has worked with different populations ranging from early intervention, to high school and elderly patients, and treated various diagnoses. Nazy has evaluated and treated individuals with articulation and phonological disorders, fluency, aphasia, dysarthria, dysphagia, receptive and expressive language difficulties and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She enjoys working with all age groups. During her free time, she enjoys baking, hiking, boogie boarding and surfing and spending time with her family playing games.
Cheryl Determan (Encino)
Cheryl graduated from San Francisco State University in 2003 as a Speech and Language Therapist after careers in law, finance, and teaching English as a Second Language (ESL). Cheryl loves working with both adults and children (0-18) and has been lucky enough to work across all types of settings: early intervention, schools, inpatient, outpatient, and multi-disciplinary clinics, including National Health in England. She believes in child-led, play-based therapy, and the power of toys. Cheryl has had additional training in voice and fluency and hopes to become board certified in child language this year. She also enjoys supervising students and new graduates. Cheryl believes being a good therapist includes less talking and more listening!
Cady Drummonds (Culver City)
Cady Drummonds earned her Master of Science degree from Western Carolina University in 2017. She enjoys creating functional and engaging therapy sessions for her clients. She has professional experience in a variety of settings, including schools, daycares, in-home treatment, virtual services, early intervention, and private practice. She has experience providing 1:1 therapy for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disability, developmental delay, expressive and receptive language disorders, speech sound disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, and emotional-behavioral disorders. Cady’s areas of interest include pragmatic language, autism spectrum disorders, and early intervention. Cady strongly believes in a collaborative approach and enjoys collaborating with families and other professionals. She is passionate about making therapy a fun experience and creating a nurturing learning environment for her clients and families. She also strives to help her clients generalize skills learned by providing families the tools and strategies to foster and support their child’s communication skills throughout their daily routine. In her free time, Cady enjoys traveling, yoga, spending time with her family, trying new restaurants, and spending time on the beach.
Leslie Galindo (Encino)
Hi! My name is Leslie Galindo and I am a bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist. I received my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences from California State University Northridge (CSUN). I speak fluently both Spanish and English. I have had the opportunity to work with a variety of different age groups, populations, and disorders. I have also work in different settings, such as in-home therapy, schools, clinic, and Head Start programs. My favorite populations to work with are early intervention and adult populations with voice and neurologic disorders. I enjoy the ability to work with patients and families and provide them the tools needed to improve their communication and quality of life.
Kathryn Grell (Culver City)
I graduated with a Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from Molloy College. I have experience working in both the school and clinical setting with a wide range of clients from pediatric to adult. My experiences range from evaluating and treating articulation/phonological disorders, receptive-expressive language delays/disorders, fluency disorders, cognitive delays/disorders and other learning differences. I enjoy working closely with children and their families to build strategies for functional communication across settings.
Danielle Heimanson (Encino)
Danielle Heimanson has been working for SLEA as a Speech Language Pathologist since January of 2020. She graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Master's of Science in Communicative Disorders. Danielle has experience working with a wide variety of individuals, from 18 months of age up to 50 years old; treating language delays, speech delays, swallowing disorders, fluency disorders, and voice disorders. She is a certificated PESL Instructor through the Institute of Language and Phonology. Danielle is also a bilingual speaker who speaks both English and Hebrew.
She strongly believes that everyone deserves a voice!
Gurwin Sandhu (Encino)
Gurwin Sandhu has been working for SLEA as a Speech Language Pathologist since February of 2019. She graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Master's of Science in Communicative Disorders. Gurwin has experience working with a wide variety of individuals, from 18 months of age up to 90 years old; treating language delays, speech delays, feeding difficulties, swallowing disorders, fluency disorders, and cognition. She holds a certification in the Lidcombe Program through The Montreal Fluency Center as well as, is a certificated PESL Instructor through the Institute of Language and Phonology.
Gurwin's strong interest in this field is related to growing up as a person who stutters and as someone who had feeding difficulties as an infant. She believes communication is a key which everyone deserves to be able to access.
Rachel Sibner (Encino)
Rachel earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) prior to attending California State University, Northridge (CSUN), where she completed a post baccalaureate and master's program in Communication Disorders and Sciences. Through CSUN, Rachel participated in clinics for targeting social skills and providing early intervention to children under 3 years old. She then completed her student teaching at an LAUSD middle and high school and her externship at a nonpublic agency, Justine Sherman and Associates. After graduation, Rachel found the SLEA family, where she has been evaluating and treating individuals ranging from 2 to 18 years old, in both the clinic and school setting. Rachel's favorite population to treat are those that are motivated to improve their communication skills! Rachel appreciates the opportunity to work with children of all ages, backgrounds, diagnoses, and communication needs.
Haley St. Martin (Culver City)
Haley St. Martin, MS, CCC-SLP has been working for SLEA as a Speech-Language Pathologist since January 2020. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Pepperdine University with a degree in Psychology and a minor in French in 2017, then completed her Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with Distinction at Northern Arizona University in 2019. Haley has experience in schools, hospitals, virtual services, and private practice. She has served a variety of populations across the lifespan, including those with articulation/phonological disorders, language disorders, autism spectrum disorders, fluency disorders, aphasia, apraxia, voice disorders, swallowing disorders, head and neck cancer, cognitive communication disorders, total laryngectomy, transgender voice, and more. Haley has special interest in the areas of voice, swallowing, head and neck cancer, and stuttering. She is certified in Lee-Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT LOUD) and Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile (MBSImP). She enjoys collaborating with families and other professionals, and she is passionate about helping her clients achieve their full potential. In her free time, Haley enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, surfing, and spending time with family and friends.
Lauren Watson (Encino)
Lauren Watson, M.A., CCC-SLP BCS-F, joined the SLEA team in 2015, after moving to Los Angeles with her family. Lauren received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Texas at Austin in 2005. She received a Master of Arts degree in SpeechLanguage Pathology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007. While completing her education, Ms. Watson specialized in fluency at the Precision Fluency Shaping Program at the Eastern Virginia Medical School from 2000-2007. During this time, she worked under Ross Barrett CCC- SLP, a Fluency Board Specialist. Ms. Watson is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and Division 4 (Fluency and Fluency disorders). Ms. Watson holds licensure in California and Texas, and received her Board Certified Fluency Specialist recognition in 2015. She is trained in PROMPT, a tactile approach to speech production disorders in addition to Lidcombe stuttering therapy. Ms. Watson began her career practicing speech language pathology in a Private Practice setting in Austin, Texas, and focused on PROMPT therapy, social skills, and stuttering in addition to creating a stuttering support group for families. Ms. Watson moved to St. Louis Missouri and joined Mercy Children's Hospital in 2012, where she joined the Cleft Lip/Palate and Craniofacial Deformities team under Dr. Jeffery Marsh, implemented social pragmatic language groups, and continued her passion of working in the area of stuttering with preschool, school age and high school students. Mrs. Watson moved to Los Angeles and continues her focus on fluency in the area of Lidcombe stuttering therapy, precision fluency shaping and counseling families and patients in the area of stuttering.