MEET THE TEAM
ABBY DESJARDIEN, M.A. CCC-SLP
DIRECTOR/SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST
Abby graduated from Washington State University in 2005 with a B.A. in Speech and Hearing Sciences and in 2007 with an M.A. in Speech and Hearing Sciences. After beginning her career serving the geriatric population as an SLP in skilled nursing, she found her calling as an SLP in pediatrics. Abby has spent the past thirteen years working in the schools and pediatric private practice, serving preschool, elementary, and middle school students with speech and language disorders.
Abby maintains her American Speech, Language & Hearing Association (ASHA) Certificate of Clinical Competence. She is a licensed practitioner in the state of Washington and holds a current Educational Staff Associate certification from the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. She is PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) level 1 trained and a certified instructor for the Hanen “It Takes Two to Talk” program. Abby has training in the Social Thinking curriculum by Michelle Garcia Winner, and Talk Tools Therapy for speech and feeding. She has a special interest and training in using Mindfulness-based interventions to supplement therapy.
For the past nine years, Abby has called Kenmore home. She spends her free time with her husband and three daughters cooking up a storm, reading, kayaking, camping, and cheering on their favorite northwest sports teams.
REBECCA CUMMINGS, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
Rebecca (Becca) graduated from San Francisco State University in 2014 with a BA in Communicative Disorders, Linguistics, and Dance. After a few years of working in applied behavior analysis, she went on to earn her MS in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Arizona, with a Bilingual Certificate of specialty for serving culturally and linguistically diverse populations.
While Becca has always loved working with kids, she is passionate about supporting strong and fruitful communication across the lifespan. She is especially interested in finding ways to dive into communities, bridge gaps, and bolster underserved populations. In pediatrics, she finds it particularly rewarding to serve kids with autism, childhood apraxia of speech, and cognitive-communication challenges.
Becca maintains her American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) and a license to practice in the state of Washington.
Becca lives in Brier with her partner, Cameron, and their two dogs, Jackson and Topher. She also enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, dancing at a studio, and tending to her garden.
KAREN JAMES-MARGARINT M.A. SLP-A
SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST ASSISTANT
Karen graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in Urban Planning and University College London (England) with an M.A. in Linguistics, with a focus on Phonology. After completing her M.A. and teaching ESL both abroad and in the U.S., Karen became more interested in speech and language therapy and completed the SLPA certification program at Shoreline Community College in 2008. She began her career in a private pediatric speech and language clinic and she is a certified SLP-A through the Washington Department of Health. Along with her love of working with children, her professional interests include articulation/phonological disorders, receptive/expressive language disorders, and social skills.
When Karen is not in the clinic, she enjoys keeping up with her son, daughter, and husband skiing down mountains, cross-country skiing, exploring new hiking trails, stand up paddle boarding, yoga, reading, and learning German. She is a novice knitter who has (almost) mastered the art of making scarves for her kids and hopes to one day graduate to making hats and anything other than a scarf.
Jade is a current junior studying linguistics at the University of Washington. She is considering a career in Speech and Hearing Sciences and will spend her time at the office learning about what being a Speech Language Pathologist is all about. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school in Germany, continuing her studies in linguistics. In her free time, she loves to cook (she’s always on the hunt for new vegetarian recipes!), listen to podcasts, read books in German, and spend time with friends.