Fiona graduated from San Jose State University with a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She was the recipient of the Hamaguchi Scholarship at SJSU in 2014 due to her outstanding academic and clinical work, as well as rave reviews from her clinical supervisors. So it is with great enthusiasm that we welcome Fiona to our practice!
Fiona is a cheerful and passionate clinician who enjoys working with children of all ages. Prior to starting her career as a speech-language pathologist, Fiona worked as an ABA therapist for over two years in Los Angeles. She has a special interest and experience in working with children who are on the autism spectrum and also those who have auditory deficits (hearing/listening), having worked with children this past year at the Weingarten Children's Center in Redwood City through the Project Aural Impact grant. Fiona is multilingual and speaks Cantonese, Mandarin, and English. She believes in working closely with parents and families as a team, in order to help their children reach their maximum potential. Fiona loves live music, watching sports, and trying out new restaurants with her friends and family.
Sabrina is currently a senior at San Jose State University completing her bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders and Sciences. She found her love for speech pathology while working as a speech language pathology assistant at a private clinic in Southern California. Sabrina has experience working with children of all ages, but especially loves working with little ones. In the future, Sabrina would like to specialize in feeding therapy. Her hobbies are hiking, playing tennis, and spending time with her family.
Amber Freels Antle, M.S., CCC-SLP
Kristen White, M.A., CCC-SLP
Laura Riley, M.A., CCC-SLP
Taylor Gralak, Group Assistant
Taylor is currently a student at San Jose State University obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders and Sciences. In her spare time, she volunteers coordinating and working as an assistant instructor at a therapeutic riding program for children with special needs. In addition to volunteering, she enjoys horseback riding, snowboarding, hiking, and spending time with family. Taylor likes to stay busy doing the things she loves.
Patti McAleer Hamaguchi is a speech-language pathologist. She is the founder and Director of Hamaguchi & Associates, Inc. and is the author of the book, Childhood Speech, Language, and Listening Problems: What Every Parent Should Know (John Wiley & Sons, 1995, 2nd edition 2001, 3rd edition released Sept. 2010) which is available in major retail bookstores and Amazon.com, including Chinese and Spanish versions. She developed and field-tested a program to teach children with weak listening skills in the classroom setting called, It’s Time to Listen: A Metacognitive Program for Treating Auditory Processing Disorders in the Classroom. (Pro-Ed, Inc, revised edition 2001) Another book, A Metacognitive Program for Treating Auditory Processing Disorders, was published by Pro-Ed, Inc. in 2002. In 2007, Mrs. Hamaguchi authored two chapters in the text, “Auditory Processing Disorders” (Plural Publishing). Mrs. Hamaguchi is a contributing author to Parent Articles 2 (Communication Skill Builders/Psychological Corporation) She is one of the featured panel experts on speech and language issues for Babycenter.com and continues to be a highly sought-after guest presenter for professional conferences and seminars throughout California and the U.S. Patti was a columnist for Autism Bay Area Magazine in 2012-2013.
Patti is also the founder and CEO of our spin-off company, Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development. Hamaguchi Apps produces high-quality, colorful and engaging apps for the iPad and iPhone that support speech, language and listening development. www.hamaguchiapps.com
Prior to moving to California in March (1996), she maintained a private practice in Brookfield, CT, and was with Sara Johnson Oral-Motor Speech & Language Associates in South Salem, NY. From 1987 through 1995, Mrs. Hamaguchi was on staff with Region 14 Public Schools in Woodbury, CT. Before moving to Connecticut in 1987, Mrs. Hamaguchi worked for Wall Township Public Schools, NJ, for six years as a speech-language pathologist and reading consultant.
Mrs. Hamaguchi has served as Selectman in the town of Brookfield, CT, and was named "Connecticut's Outstanding Young Citizen of 1990" by the CT Jaycees and WVIT-TV. In 2008, Mrs. Hamaguchi received several awards for her service to the profession, including the “Islands of Excellence” award from the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Patti has recently been chosen to receive one of the highest awards from CSHA in 2014, the "Fellow" award, which is given to an outstanding speech-language pathologist each year.
Mrs. Hamaguchi received her M.A. degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Trenton State College (now called "The College of New Jersey") and her B.A. degree in Elementary Education from Glassboro State College (now known as "Rowan College") in Glassboro, NJ. She also holds educational certificates in Elementary Education, Reading, and Speech Correction in New Jersey. She is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and licensed in the state of California. Patti served as the chair of the California Speech-Language Hearing Association's Task Force on Central Auditory Processing Disorders and was the Commissioner for Professional Services for Speech Pathology and Audiology 2005-2007.
Patti's role at the practice is one of mentoring staff, meeting families during the initial assessment appointment, writing the assessment reports, and handling administrative issues.
Her newest projects? Patti is the co-author of a standardized test for children, the RESCA-E (Receptive-Expressive-Social Communication Assessement-Elementary) with Dr. Deborah Ross-Swain. This test was released in November 2015 by Academic Therapy Publications of Novato, CA. Here is a review: http://my.ilstu.edu/~wjschne/RESCAE.html In addition, Patti is the author of the revised TAPS-4 (Test of Auditory Processing Skills--4th Edition) slated for release in 2017, and is also working on developing a receptive, expressive and social/play assessment for children ages 18 months-age 6, which is being field-tested in the CA Bay area, with a projected release date of of late 2018-2019.
Let me introduce our fantastic team. I am so proud of the dedication and expertise of this wonderful group of professionals. Not only are they top-notch clinicians, they share a passion for helping children reach their potential. Every step, every new skill, reminds us we are truly fortunate for the deeply rewarding opportunity to work with your child. We truly love what we do and cannot imagine doing anything else!
Fiona Poon, M.A., CFY-SLP
Jennifer Huff, M.A., CCC-SLP
Candace was born and raised in San Jose. Prior to joining Hamaguchi & Associates, she managed a veterinary hospital and taught swim lessons to children of all ages. In her free time, she enjoys backpacking, hiking and spending time with her husband, Andrew. Candace is our amazing administrator who keeps the office running, all with a smile!
Kirsten Howells, Group Assistant
Kirsten graduated from University College London in the United Kingdom with a Master’s degree in Speech and Language Sciences in 2003. She has spent 13 years working as a Speech and Language Therapist, first in the United Kingdom and then in Norway. Following her recent move to the US, she is currently working through the process to gain her California state license as a Speech-Language Pathologist. Enthusiastic and friendly, Kirsten is passionate about social opportunities and enjoyment for people experiencing communication challenges. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, listening to podcasts, and spending time with her husband and young son.
Kristen brings a warmth, energy and creativity to every session, while balancing her carefully-designed activities with structure and playful routine for those children who need it. She has a natural instinct for finding just the right combination of strategies to optimize every child's session, yet make it all "fun"! Kristen has a particularly strong background in motivating new and emerging talkers, using visual supports (such as PECS) and sensory inputs (music, tactile) to facilitate communicative intent and lay the foundation to support verbal speech. Before becoming a speech pathologist, Kristen was an ABA therapist, and continues to have an interest in working with children who have challenging behaviors as a result of their communication difficulties. Kristen’s experience also extends to facilitating pragmatic/social language development, working with apraxia and articulation disorders (including those pesky “r” sounds!), and teaming closely with families to ensure carryover and support at home. Kristen is trained in the PROMPT technique, a therapy method used with children who have apraxia. She holds a Masters Degree from San Jose State University in Communicative Disorders and a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Kristen and her husband Matt are the proud parents of a little girl, Lucy. Kristen works three days a week. She has been with our practice since 2008.
Alyssa is currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program at San Jose State University. Alyssa has a background in ABA therapy, loves working with children, and has an enthusiastic and friendly attitude. In the past, she has also worked with adults with developmental disabilities and has experience in a variety of settings. In her free time, she enjoys running, live music, and spending time with family. And if that friendly smile looks familiar, it's because her sister Kristen is a speech pathologist at our practice!
Laura has a bubbly and friendly personality. She has worked with children of all ages and a variety of disabilities in private practices, preschools, and elementary schools. Her special interest areas include early intervention, childhood apraxia of speech, articulation/phonological disorders, and receptive, expressive, and social/pragmatic language disorders. She has extra training in the treatment of auditory processing disorders with the most up-to-date research. She is dedicated to helping each child progress as quickly as possible and reach their fullest potential. Laura graduated from California State University at Chico with a Master's Degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She enjoys outdoor activities, sports and videography. She loves working in concert with parents as a team and has been with our practice since 2014.
Cynthia Ostrowski, Group and Office Assistant
Jen has a delightful, energetic and sunny manner. She is a natural "cheerleader" for every child on her caseload, helping even the most reluctant participants feel confident! It is clear from the moment you step into her room that Jen loves what she does. She has extensive training (including mentoring with Patti Hamaguchi) in the area of pediatrics, working with toddlers all the way to adolescents. Jen uses motivating multi-sensory strategies and play-based activities to facilitate speech, language and auditory processing improvement. Prior to becoming a speech pathologist, Jen worked with children with autism spectrum disorders as an ABA therapist and continues to have a special interest in this population, as well as language delays, social language development and auditory processing disorders. Jen is trained in the PROMPT technique. PROMPT is a therapy method used with children who have apraxia. Jen holds a Master's Degree from San Jose State University in Communicative Disorders and the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Jen and her husband Shawn are the proud parents of a little boy, Mason. Jen works three days a week and is on-site at the Athena Academy in Palo Alto on Tuesdays during the 2016-2017 school year. She has been with the practice since 2008.
Candace Carson-Brunt, Office Manager
Sabrina Hogan, Group and Office Assistant
Alyssa Moore, Group and Office Assistant
Patti McAleer Hamaguchi, M.A.,
Cynthia, a native of San Jose, is a graduate student at San Jose State University in the Master's program in Speech-Language Pathology. When she is not in school, she is the lead instructor at a martial arts studio, working with children from ages 6-17 years old. She enjoys spending time with her family and arts and crafts.
Amber graduated from Baylor University with an outstanding GPA and is experienced with both children and adults. She is warm, sweet and enthusiastic, but does an excellent job in handling children who need structure and boundaries. She has advanced training in auditory processing, apraxia (including PROMPT), as well as language development, autism and articulation. She connects well with both parents and children. Amber holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Amber enjoys games, sports, running and food-eating it and cooking it! Amber joined our practice in 2013 and works full time.