About Excel Speech Therapy Center
Excel Speech Therapy Center, Inc is a centrally located private practice specializing in providing speech and language therapy services to children, teens, and adults. Excel therapists are energetic and dedicated to providing quality therapy services in family-centered clinics. Excel therapists are highly skilled, state licensed, and nationally certified.
Meet Our Staff.
Katherine, owner of Excel Speech Therapy Center for over 17 years, is originally from Turlock, CA. Katherine was one of six children and spent her early years taking care of younger siblings and babysitting for families throughout her teenage years. She was an instructional assistant for children with special needs during her college years and enjoyed working with children. She received her Masters degree at California State University Fresno and completed an internship in the skilled nursing facilities. Katherine thoroughly enjoyed interacting with the patients and staff in the SNFs. She eventually moved to Los Angels becoming a traveling speech therapist in the schools, then moved back home shortly thereafter, working for a private pediatric practice in Modesto for several years. She then decided to move to San Diego to open up a private practice, working as a traveling speech therapist for the San Diego schools and working evenings and weekends as a home health contractor and in skilled nursing facilities while building Excel’s caseload, eventually working full time at Excel Speech. She hired her first two employee shortly thereafter. Excel Speech now has clinics in San Diego, Chula Vista and San Marcos. Katherine enjoys collaborating with Excel staff and continues to strive to streamline the business to provide excellent speech therapy services to Excel’s families at our family oriented clinics. Contact at email@example.com
M.A., CCC-SLP - Brigid has worked as a speech-language pathologist since August 2005. Brigid, originally from Athens, Georgia, received a baccalaureate degree in Music Therapy from Immaculata University in PA and received a Master's degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Memphis. She is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist and a current member of ASHA.
Originally, from Athens, Georgia, Brigid began volunteering at a camp for youth with disabilities when she was 15 and worked in camps until she graduated from her undergraduate program. She found her passion in working with children and adolescents who did not communicate in the “typical” verbal way. She found that music and using a more total communication approach opened the pathways to be able to communicate. Brigid is certified by The Hanen Program® to teach the It Takes Two To Talk course, The More Than Words course, and the Talkability course for parents. She has been trained and received certifications in PECS (the Picture Exchange Communication System), PROMPT, SCERTS, and Beckman Oral Motor Technique.
Aside from providing speech-language evaluations and individual and group therapy, Brigid has provided parent education through running More Than Words, a program for parents of children with autism spectrum disorder. She is dedicated to involving parents and family in the child’s treatment to reach the best outcomes. Contact at firstname.lastname@example.org
M.S., CCC-SLP: Janet is originally from Western Massachusetts and received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Southern Connecticut State University. She moved to San Diego in August 2008 where she earned her California license and Certificate of Clinical Competence. Her professional experience includes work in school-based and clinic settings with children and adolescents who have a variety of communication needs, including deficits in language, pragmatics, articulation, motor speech, fluency, and voice. Janet is trained in the following areas: The Hanen Program’s® It Takes Two to Talk, More Than Words, and TalkAbility, SCERTS®, Introduction to PROMPT: Technique, Bridging PROMPT Technique to Intervention, and Lindamood-Bell’s LiPS: The Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing® Program for Reading, Spelling, and Speech, and LAMP (Language Acquisition for Motor Planning). Janet provides individual and group (BUDS) speech-language therapy in the Kearny Mesa and South Bay clinics. She currently leads Hanen’s More Than Words® program on Tuesday evenings.
Rachel graduated with her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from San Diego State University. Prior to becoming a speech-language pathologist, she worked as an elementary school teacher and has a passion for literacy. Rachel is certified by The Hanen Program® to teach More Than Words® and TalkAbility® courses. She has also been trained and received certifications in PRT (Pivotal Response Training), PECS (the Picture Exchange Communication System), PROMPT (PROMPTS for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets), and Lindamood-Bell’s Seeing Stars® program. She provides individual and group (BUDS) speech-language therapy at the Kearny Mesa and San Marcos clinics and also coordinates Excel’s SPLASH therapy program. She currently leads Hanen’s More Than Words® program on Tuesday evenings. Contact at email@example.com
Morgan Frazier, M.S. SLP: Morgan received her Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology at Baylor University in Waco, TX. She is originally from Minnesota and recently moved to San Diego. Morgan’s experience includes treatment and evaluation of children with articulation, expressive/receptive language, and pragmatics disorders. She also has clinical experience in early intervention and language and literacy treatment in both individual and group settings. She is passionate about working to support each child in achieving his or her goals in a positive, fun, and family-oriented manner.
Katie Ayres, M.S. SLP Katie received a Masters of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology. After attending graduate school in Nashville, Tennessee, she is happy to be back in her home town of San Diego. She has specialized in working with children with hearing loss who are learning to listen and speak, and has clinical experience working with toddlers, children, and teens with a variety of communication impairments in both individual and group treatment settings. Katie is passionate about providing family-centered, individualized speech-language services for her patients and their families. She currently provides group and individual therapy at our San Marcos and Kearny Mesa clinics.
Kayla Huenergardt is a graduate of the University of Redlands, where she received her bachelors degree in Communicative Disorders. Following completion of her undergraduate education, she attended Chapman University where she received her Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has worked with both children and adults in various settings, including, elementary schools, middle schools, and private clinics. She has experience providing intervention for children with ASD, Down syndrome, and a variety of speech and language disorders. In addition, Kayla is a Hanen Certified Instructor for the It Takes Two To Talk program and believes parent/caregiver involvement is extremely important. She likes to make therapy fun for kids while working towards their goals and improving functional life skills. She is excited to continue learning and growing as a speech-language pathologist.
Allison Catalano, M.A., CCC-SLP: Allison is originally from Ellicott City, Maryland and moved to San Diego in the summer of 2018. She attended graduate school at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she received her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology. After graduation, she worked in the school setting, providing individual and group-based speech-language therapy to pre-school through later elementary school-age children with a variety of articulation, expressive and receptive language, fluency, voice, and social/pragmatics needs. During this time, she especially developed a passion for helping children with intensive needs to develop functional communication. She believes in creating a positive, child-directed, and family-oriented therapeutic environment that emphasizes the use of evidence-based practice. She is trained in the use of PROMPT (PROMPTS for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets).
Brianna Sanchez, B.S SLPA: received her Bachelor’s in Speech-Language Pathology at California Baptist University in Riverside, CA and an Assistive Technology and Augementative Communication Certification at Cal State Northridge in Northridge, CA. She is originally from San Diego. Brianna’s experience includes treatment of children with articulation, expressive/receptive language, and pragmatics disorders. She also has clinical experience in children with Moderate- Severe Autism/Disabilities and language treatment in both individual and group settings. She is passionate about working to support each child in order achieve their full potential and succeed in all they do.
Excel’s Speech-Language Pathologists are CA licensed and members of ASHA. Our therapists continue to obtain evidence based certifications and continuing education curriculum, including the following:
- PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System)
- Beckman Oral Motor Technique
- PROMPT (PROMPTS for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets)
- Social Thinking® curriculum.
- Hanen’s It Takes Two to Talk®
- Hanen’s More Than Words®
- Hanen’s Talkability®
- Lindamood-Bell’s Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing® Program for Reading, Spelling, and Speech (LiPS®)
- Lindamood-Bell’s Seeing Stars for Reading and Spelling
- LAMP (Language Acquisition for Motor Planning)
- PRT (Pivotal Response Treatment)