Speech-Language Pathology services driven by research and results
Adults may experience speech, language, voice, swallowing and cognitive deficits for a variety of reasons. When one’s safety and quality of life are at stake, effective techniques are a must. Evidence-based practice is key in successfully treating complex conditions, that’s why I only engage in procedures that have been proven to yield improvement.
“After my first treatment session with Mel, I saw a difference: Just having someone like her giving guidance made a huge difference!”
Marina Del Rey, CA
“From day one, I felt that I was her priority and she didn’t waste any time addressing my unilateral vocal paralysis. Mel is so easy to work with. “
Santa Monica, CA
“Now, almost a year later, my voice is 90% back and I still can’t believe it was possible!”
“Unlike prior therapists, Melissa took the time to talk to my mom, and more importantly, she got my mom talking.”
“Melissa goes above and beyond her work ethic and patience. Her willingness to adapt to her client’s needs is unmatched.”
Areas of Expertise
Stroke, or cerebral vascular accident (CVA), deprives the brain of valuable oxygen. Lack of blood flow can result in reduced speech clarity, poor language comprehension, and difficulty thinking of words or putting words together to form sentences. Aphasia is a communication disorder, which affects a person’s ability to understand or express spoken and written language. There are several types of aphasia and treatment options vary depending on type and severity.
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological condition that affects movement. This often results in a hoarse voice, slurred speech, slow or fast speech, monotone or quiet voice, and reduced facial expressions. Lee Silverman Voice Training (LSVT LOUD) is an evidence-based treatment designed specifically for people with Parkinson’s disease to address loudness and clarity. Myofascial release can also be utilized to facilitate flexibility of the pharyngeal musculature.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is most frequently caused by car accidents, firearms, and falls. Depending on the severity of the injury, the effects can vary from temporary confusion to long-term cognitive deficits. Cognitive-communication intervention, compensatory strategy, and metacognitive skills training are just several treatment methods that can capitalize on strengths and address weaknesses related to cognition and communication.
Head & Neck Cancer
Cancer can be localized or widely spread. Head and neck cancer symptoms vary from patches on the tongue or lining of the mouth to lumps in the throat, changes in voice quality, pain on swallowing. Exercise-based resistance training of oral and pharyngeal muscles improves strength and movement of these structures. Myofascial release is a science-based manual therapy utilized to relieve pain and discomfort associated with chemotherapy and wound healing.