Speech and Language Services of Marin-Sonoma's professional staff members are all licensed by State of California and certified by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (www.asha.org).
The professional experience of our staff ensures complete and expert diagnosis along with appropriate treatment of clients ranging from infants to seniors.

San Rafael Therapists


Barbara BirdBarbara Bird

Barbara   graduated Summa Cum Laude from California State University, Fullerton, with a Master of Arts degree in Communicative Disorders. She is licensed by the State of California and is certified by the American Speech & Hearing Association (ASHA). Areas of specialty include language-based learning disabilities, early intervention for students at-risk for reading problems, and adult rehabilitation for aphasia, traumatic brain injury, and voice disorders.  Barbara has been trained in the Slingerland and Orton-Gillingham methods, and is certified by Read America to provide reading instruction using the Phono-Graphix program.  She has been certified by the Melvin Smith Learning Center in 1999 as a Dyslexia Remediation Specialist, to provide instruction to remediate auditory processing, visual memory, and auditory memory learning differences.  Additionally, she has been trained to use Read Naturally in teaching reading fluency. Barbara has had over 20 years experience teaching in the public and private school settings, in specialized schools for children with learning differences, and in rehabilitation centers.

Mona RussoMona

M.S., C.C.C.-SLP

Mona Russo graduated from Utah University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders. She continued her education at western Kentucky University graduating in 2014 with a Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology.  Mona is licensed by the state of California and is certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). Mona has experience with adult populations in the hospital setting, home health, and skilled nursing with patients with swallowing, cognitive, speech and language, and voice disorders.  Her clinical experience also includes experience with school age children.  She also held a rehabilitation supervisory role at a heath care center.


Babs BryantBabs Bryant

M.S. C.C.C.
Received her Bachelor's Degree and Restricted Credential in Speech and Hearing Sciences in 1972 from Chico State University. Babs went on to complete her Masters of Science Degree in Communicative Disorders at the University of New Mexico.  She has worked for the San Francisco schools, operated a small private practice and was the Director of Speech Pathology at Kentfield Rehabilitation Hospital.  She currently works for the Petaluma School District where she enjoys her work with adolescents and social pragmatic communication disorders. Babs originally joined Speech, Language & Learning Services of Marin-Sonoma in 1985. Her special interests are in right hemisphere function and dysphagia.


Carolina Perez-VeneroCarolina Perez-Venero

Carolina Perez-Venero graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in Biological Sciences. She returned to school to complete her Post-Baccalaureate course work in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2014 at the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Carolina completed her Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders with an emphasis in Speech Language Pathology in May of 2017 at the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Carolina is licensed by the State of California. Carolina comes to us with a broad range of knowledge. She is fluent in English, Spanish, and French. Carolina has direct experience with elementary and middle school children where she was responsible for providing speech and language therapy for a variety of disorders, conducting speech and language evaluations, and report writing. She has direct experience with an outpatient pediatric setting providing speech and language therapy to children aged 2-15. In addition, Carolina has direct experience with the adult population, providing speech, language, cognitive, and dysphagia therapy and performing evaluations to the adult populations. She has participated in collaboration meetings with school and medical staff.



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