Meet Our Therapists

Meet Our Therapists

Karyn Lewis Searcy, M.A., CCC-SLP Speech Language Pathologist

Clinical Director

 

The author of Here’s How to Do Early Intervention for Speech & Language: Empowering Parent (Plural Publishing, Inc.; 2011), Karyn founded Crimson Center for Speech & Language in March 2003. Throughout her more than 40 years in the field, she has used multiple evidence-based treatment programs, with a strong focus on parent-child interaction. Karyn has served on several community committees, including research grant programs, in an effort to promote caregiver roles in the treatment. She has taught multiple seminars, workshops and continuing education courses throughout the country, and has been a clinical faculty at San Diego State University's Communicative Disorders Program since 2010.

 

Jessica Rush, M.S., CCC-SLP Speech Language Pathologist

Assistant Clinical Director 

 

Jessica earned her Masters of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2003 from the MGH-Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA.  After earning her graduate degree, Jessica relocated to San Diego where she has worked in both the San Diego City Schools as well as clinical settings with children ranging from preschool through high school. Jessica is PROMPT trained and also certified in "Hanen More Than Words."

 

While Jessica has gained experience in a variety of speech and language disabilities, she is also a certified trainer in the Compton PESL method (Pronouncing English as a Second Language), a highly structured program that has shown at least a 50% improvement in pronunciation of American English with the majority of participants.

If you are interested in an accent reduction program, please call Jessica at 858 695 9415 or follow the link below to a free online screening, which will allow you to discuss questions, concerns, and goals.

Rachel Albert, M.S., CCC-SLP Speech Language Pathologist

 

Rachel earned a Master’s of Science in Bio-Behavioral Sciences from Teachers College at Columbia University in New York, NY. Her training included working at a preschool for children with Autism, a school for the blind, a private practice working with adults with neurogenic disorders and participating in rounds with an inter-disciplinary craniofacial team at Columbia University Medical Center. Rachel traveled to Ghana, West Africa to assess, evaluate and treat underserved populations of child and adult-aged patients with communication disorders due to cleft lip and palate, Downs Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy. In late 2013, she moved with her family to San Diego, CA and was thrilled to join Crimson Center in January 2014.

  

Dana Douglas-Hiley, M.S., CCC-SLP Speech Language Pathologist

Dana has lived in San Diego since 2006 and earned her Bachelor of Science at San Diego State University. She temporarily moved  to complete her Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Flagstaff, Arizona. After completing graduate school, Dana returned to San Diego and joined the TERI Crimson Center team. She has worked in both school and clinical settings with children ranging from early intervention (0-3 years) through high school. Dana has completed Project Impact training and will be trained in PROMPT by April 2019.

Meaghan Veltman, M.S., CCC-SLP Speech Language Pathologist

Meaghan earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA and her Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. Her clinical experience has ranged from working in acute care, inpatient, and assisted living facilities with adults to working with preschool through high school children and adults in a private practice and preschool settings. She has gained valuable experience treating dysphagia, motor speech, cognitive-communication and voice disorders as well as a variety of speech and language disabilities. Meaghan has pursued training with a variety of therapy techniques including myofascial release, Beckman Oral Motor, Vital Stimulation, PROMPT and Project Impact to assist her clients of all ages. She relocated to San Diego and was thrilled to join Crimson Center in May 2017.

Abby John, M.A., CCC-SLP Speech Language Pathologist

Abby has been working to support individuals with communication difficulties and their families since 2012. She has many years of experience working with children, including as an in-home behavioral instructor for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), preschool teacher for the inclusion preschool program, Alexa's PLAYC at Rady’s, that specializes in providing early education to children with ASD, and program coordinator for a preschool-based early language intervention research project. Abby earned her Master of Arts in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from San Diego State University in 2018. She is passionate about supporting individuals of all ages and abilities to effectively communicate their ideas, wants, and feelings to those around them. In her free time, Abby enjoys hiking, baking, eating breakfast food, and spending time with her husband and pets.

Sarah Erline, Speech Language Pathologist

Sarah Erline has provided speech-language pathology for more than 14 years with people of all ages. She worked all over the world after earning her M.A. from San Diego State University in 2005. She was instrumental in the development of Crimson Center for Speech & Language in El Centro, which served the unique needs of that community. Sarah’s life has come full circle and she has returned from Japan to stay in San Diego. Providing early intervention is her preferred setting because, in part, it allows her to work collaboratively with children and their caregivers in their home environment.  She has developed TERI Crimson’s early start in-home program, as well as a grant-funded pilot project for children over the age of three diagnosed with autism whose families had difficulty accessing clinic-based treatment. Sarah is PROMPT trained and is passionate about her work with TERI Crimson and their families!!!

Kristen Yaldo, M.S., CF-SLP Speech Language Pathologist

Kristen was born and raised in San Diego and earned her Bachelor’s of Arts from California State University, San Marcos and her Master’s of Science in Communication Disorders and Sciences from California State University, Northridge. Kristen has spent the last 4 years working with children of all ages with speech and language disorders, specifically providing intervention to those with language delays and dyslexia through an intensive literacy program. In her free time, Kristen enjoys spending time with her family as well as hiking, cooking, and reading. 

Ryan Vandergriff, M.S., CF-SLP Speech Language Pathologist

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Meet Our Administration

Alyssa Trahan, Clinic Coordinator

 

Alyssa Trahan earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English with an emphasis in Linguistics from San Diego State University. Although she is now Crimson Center for Speech & Language’s Clinic Coordinator and Parent Liaison, she began her work here early in 2016 as an administrative assistant. As her knowledge of and relationship with the company grew, so did her desire to support families in terms of finding a strong family-therapist match, determining optimal scheduling, and researching funding options. Alyssa strives to make resources more accessible, and the process of obtaining services less overwhelming for families who may not know where to begin.

Martha Lepron, Receptionist

A polite, friendly receptionist, with a passion for delivering excellent administrative support. Holds excellent bilingual communication and listening skills, that allow her to communicate successfully with all clients, face-to-face and over the phone. She has worked in customer service for over 5 years and as a Medical Assistant for 2 years. She has acquired many skills and become knowledgeable as a customer service representative.

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