meet our administration

 
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Alexia D. Mazzone, M.S., CCC-SLP
Founder, Owner, and Director

Alexia Mazzone has a passion for working with children and loves watching them achieve their communication potential. She takes great pride in her ability to connect with kids and reach out to families. Alexia enjoys watching the profound change often seen in a family dynamic as the child develops and increases their communication skills.

Alexia earned her Bachelor of Arts from U.C. Santa Barbara and her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of the Pacific. She holds a certificate of clinical competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). Alexia is also licensed by the state of California Department of Consumer Affairs Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board.

Alexia is trained in oral placement and motor planning techniques such as Talk Tools and PROMPT©, the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to FeedingLidcombe Program for Stuttering, the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading, spelling, and writing, she is proficient in Sentence Writing Strategy and is committed to staying current on the latest research-based treatment methods.

Alexia has worked with children with a wide variety of deficits and loves the personalization and intensity that is possible in a private setting as she sees faster gains in this environment. She believes that every child has the potential to improve; therefore she sets high standards so that the children she works with will succeed. 

 
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Sarah A. Clapper Lopez, M.S., CCC-SLP
Owner and Director

Sarah Clapper Lopez is an enthusiastic and dedicated speech-language pathologist. She has experience working with children in public schools, a non-profit school for children with Autism, private practice settings, and has provided treatment to children with a wide variety of communication deficits.

Sarah earned her Bachelor of Arts from U.C. Davis, then her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of the Pacific. She holds a certificate of clinical competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), the national association for Speech Language Pathologists. Sarah is also licensed by the state of California Department of Consumer Affairs Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board.

Sarah loves working with children and has been helping them strive to meet their full communication potential throughout her career. She specializes in motor speech disorders and social communication.  

Sarah has attended training courses in The SCERTS® ModelSocial Thinking® Clinical Level 1 Training, the Sentence Writing StrategyLanguage Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP), The Lidcombe Program, and The Hanen Program®, including More Than Words® and TalkAbility™.

Sarah believes it is important to foster strong relationships with the children, their parents, her co-workers, and other team members, in order to both provide positive and valuable therapy and promote generalization across all settings. Most of all, she believes that therapy should be fun!

 
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Mari A. Yao, M.S., CCC-SLP
Owner and Director

Mari is passionate about providing services to improve communication for children with speech and language difficulties, as well as support for their families.

Mari holds a post-bachelor’s degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from the University of Washington and a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of the Pacific. Mari has experience throughout the Bay Area in both public school and private practice settings.  She maintains a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association and is licensed through the California Department of Consumer Affairs Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, and Hearing Aide Dispensers Board.

Mari has evaluated and treated a wide range of communication deficits, and developed a special interest in motor speech and phonological disorders, language disorders, and early intervention. She is certified in The Hanen Program It Takes Two to Talk® and More Than Words®, the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding, and has received specialized training in the areas of narrative skills and the development of social competencies.

Mari is delighted to provide clinical support and supervision to the staff, conduct evaluations, consult with families and professionals to manage client therapy programs, and contribute to the TALK community and beyond.  She desires for all children, families, and therapists to see possibility over challenge and feel empowered to reach their full potential.

 
 
 
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Amanda QuintaNa
Office manager

Amanda Quintana is native to the San Francisco Bay Area and has a passion for the fields of Special Education and Speech-Language Pathology. Her interest in working with children sparked as a paraprofessional in the Brisbane School District. She has experience with children of all ages and in a variety of environments, including schools, summer camps, and mentorship groups. She received her B.A. in Communicative Disorders at San Francisco State University and is planning to obtain her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology in the years to come.

Amanda started as a volunteer at TALK, assisting in the office as well as summer camps. She prides herself in the ability to multitask and support staff, therapists, and families.