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 eleven 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, cycling, camping, and cheering on their favorite northwest sports teams.

SARAH SNIDER M.A. CCC-SLP
SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST

Sarah graduated from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology with a B.S. in Psychology and a B.S. in Biology in 2008 and New Mexico State University with an M.A. in Communication Disorders in 2011.  Following graduation, Sarah moved to Washington, where she entered her career as an SLP in a private practice servicing both pediatrics and adults.  Sarah is particularly passionate about working with children with articulation/phonological disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, and expressive and receptive language disorders.   

Sarah maintains her American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (ASHA) Certificate of Competence, along with a Washington state license and an initial Education Staff Associate certificate. Sarah has specialized training in Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT, level 1) and Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC). She is also familiar with a variety of other methods, such as Lindamood Bell programs, Lidcombe program, Lessac-Madsen resonant voice training, DIR Floortime, and CALMS method. 
 
Outside of the clinic, Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband and two young daughters.  She also loves reading, watching The Great British Baking Show and then testing new dessert recipes, perfecting her “Pigeon” voice for reading Mo Willems books aloud, exploring new restaurants, and planning her next beach vacation. 

 

 

 

RACHAEL FROM M.S. CCC-SLP
SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST

Rachael graduated from Seattle University with a B.S. in Biology in 2011 and got her M.S. in Speech Language Pathology from Pacific University in Oregon in 2017. She has primarily focused on the pediatric population working in the schools from preschool through high school. Rachael is a member of the American Speech, Language, & Hearing Association (ASHA) with a Certificate of Clinical Competence, licensed through the Washington Department of Health, and a current initial Educational Staff Associate certification through the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. She is Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) level 1 trained, with experience with Proloquo2go and other augmentative and alternative communication devices. She feels  that every client should have fun while learning! When she is not working as an SLP she enjoys cooking, walking her dog, Irish dancing and exploring the many islands around the pacific northwest.

 

LANA VAN BOVEN M.S. CCC-SLP
SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST

Lana Van Boven graduated with an M.A. in Medical Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Washington in 2014. Since that time she has worked both in school and in private practice settings.  

Professional interests include early childhood expressive and receptive language disorders, augmentative communication, articulation disorders, and literacy disorders.   Lana has completed specialized training in Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT level 1), the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS level 1)Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC) for Apraxia of Speech, Infant Mental Health, and the Lindamood Bell programs for literacy and phonological awareness.   In her work at Northshore School District she supports many children with Autism and related communication disorders.    

Prior to entering the field of Speech Language Pathology, Lana had an extensive career in music education and music performance. Lana completed graduate level studies in music education and music therapy at the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.   As a professional music educator Lana trained directly with Lynne Kleiner, an internationally acclaimed leader in the field of early child music education and founder of Music Rhapsody (www.musicrhapsody.com).  Lana is passionate about finding ways to use music to engage children, make therapy fun,  and create a calm learning environment.  

 Lana is committed to providing family-centered, individualized treatment that results in functional outcomes for both her clients and their caregivers.  She believes in providing the whole family with practical tools and strategies, while celebrating each new skill without judgment.    

Outside of the clinic, Lana enjoys spending time with her 8 year old son, swimming laps, and making music.  She performs locally as a vocalist in both classical and folk ensembles.   She is woefully un-crafty, but she makes up for it with bad puns and silly songs.

 

 

 

 

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