An ASHA-certified speech pathologist, Lori recently arrived in California after previously living Massachusetts, New York City, and Seattle. She received her Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston in 2013. Prior to working at Wings, Lori worked at a public elementary school in Massachusetts and then as a telepractice provider with students in pre-school through high school via a web-based platform. Lori has experience treating and evaluating students and clients from pre-school through age 21 on the autism spectrum, as well as conducting language, articulation, and pragmatics evaluations for school-based populations. She has a particular interest in working on functional language and pragmatics skills that are useful to her students in academic and other domains. Lori also holds a BA in theater from Bard College. Her background in theater and playwriting often finds a place in the therapy room. Prior to pursuing her Master's, Lori worked as an editor and writer with educational publishers. She has authored several published non-fiction books for young readers.
Jackie received her Bachelors of Arts in Communicative Disorders with an emphasis in Speech and Language Pathology from San Francisco State University. Last year she completed the Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP) through Cal-State Northridge, and now holds a certificate in Assistive Technology and AAC devices. Along with her ATACP certificate, she holds a Speech and Language Pathology Assistant license. Jackie has been supporting the students of Wings for over seven years in the classrooms and in speech therapy. She takes great pride in watching each student's communication progress year after year, and enjoys watching them grow into confident and successful communicators at school and in the community. In the future, Jackie plans to pursue a graduate degree in either Speech Pathology or Assistive Technology.
Heather is an AHSA-certified speech-language pathologist. She received her Master’s degree in Communicative Disorders from California State University, Fullerton. Her clinical background includes the assessment and treatment of individuals with a variety of disorders ranging from mild to severe and/or multiple disorders. She has worked in the hospital setting, the public school setting and in the home setting providing early intervention. She is experienced in the use of augmentative alternative communication (AAC) for individuals with complex communication needs. In addition to her work at Wings, she provides hippotherapy, which is a treatment approach that uses the dynamic movement of the horse to facilitate language learning and speech production. Prior to pursuing a career in the field of speech-language pathology, Heather earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design in Manhattan. Her background in the arts provides her with a creative foundation from which to approach assessment and treatment. She takes pride in designing evidenced-based, individualized treatment plans that target communication goals and objectives using activities that are both fun and functional.
Sydney received a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Psychology from California Baptist University, Riverside and a Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University. She began working with children with Autism when she was 18 as a nanny for her cousin who had been diagnosed with Asperger's. This experience drove her to find a career that encompassed creativity, the body and the ability to help other children like her cousin. She continued to work with special needs children throughout her time in college. She worked as an aide at a private pediatric clinic in Los Gatos, CA, that provided OT services to children ages 2-13, in both clinic and school settings before coming to Wings. She currently works full-time at Wings.
Shannon grew up in the North Bay and received a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Dominican University. Before moving to the South Bay, she worked as an OT at Cypress School in Petaluma, which provides services for children with Autism and similar disabilities. During that time she also worked part-time at a private therapy clinic in Marin County where she expanded her knowledge of sensory integration. She was introduced to the career at a young age as both of her parents were occupational therapists. Her parents encouraged “out of the box” thinking and problem solving, which has helped her grow as an OT. She is thrilled to be a part of a wonderful team at Wings Learning Center!
Gandhi is an Occupational Therapist who has been working in the pediatric field for over 5 years. She graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from India. She has worked in a variety of settings, including school for children with special needs before moving to the United States. Gandhi enjoys working with a range of kids. She is currently helping children at Wings two days a week and the rest of the days she is practicing in early intervention and clinic based settings. She is also specializing in Ayres Sensory Integration Therapy.
Julia Beth Runkle received her B.A. in Music Therapy from California State University, Northridge and completed her clinical training at Professional Child Development Associates in Pasadena, CA. Julia Beth is a client-centered therapist who believes each individual has a unique relationship to music, and through that relationship, there is the potential for self-espression, creativity, and personal growth. Within her sessions, Julia Beth uses a variety of instruments and musical experiences including improvisation, song-writing, music-based play, and the inclusion of other expressive arts. She has worked with a diverse clientele including children and adults with developmental and learning disabilities, geriatric and memory loss, traumatic brain injury, physical disabilities, pediatric oncology, and visual impairments.