Speech, Language & Learning 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.

Petaluma Therapists

Elaine Stevick

Clinical Director, Petaluma Office
M.A., C.C.C.Elaine Stevick
Elaine Stevick received her Baccalaureate and Master of  Arts degrees from San Francisco State University.  Elaine holds credentials as a Speech and Language Specialist and Learning Disabilities Specialist, and is licensed and certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association as a Speech Language Pathologist.  Her special interests and expertise include learning disabilities/learning style, autism, stuttering, post-cochlear implant rehabilitation, dysphagia (including pediatric dysphagia), counseling clients and their families regarding communicative disorders and providing community education regarding these issues.  She is a certified provider of the SpeechEasy™ device for stuttering and the Fast ForWord® program and Lindamood-Bell® programs for auditory processing/reading disorders.  Elaine is a Fellow and Honors award recipient of the California Speech, Language, and Hearing Association.


Nancy SchwartzNancy Schwartz

M.A., C.C.C.
Nancy Schwartz received her Masters degree from the University of Denver.  She is certified by the American Speech-Language- Hearing Association and licensed by the State of California.  Her expertise includes working with both children and adults with neurologically based problems, craniofacial disorders, developmental disorders, developmental speech and language delays, central auditory processing problems, voice disorders, adult cochlear implant rehabilitation and reading disabilities.  She is certified by Read America, Inc. to provide instruction in PhonoGraphix®, a reading program developed in England.


Karen DemarsKaren Demars

M.A. C.C.C.
Karen Demars is a licensed Speech and Language Pathologist, certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Karen earned both her Baccalaureate and Master of Arts Degrees in Communicative Disorders Magna Cum Laude from the University of the Pacific. Karen's expertise includes diagnosis and treatment of adults and children with speech, language and cognitive and swallowing difficulties related to neurological disorders, developmental speech and language delays and hearing impairment.




Lori WalkerLori Walker


M.A., C.C.C.- S.L.P
Lori Walker is a licensed Speech and Language Pathologist who earned her Baccalaureate and Masters degrees from California State University, Fresno.  She is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Her experience includes diagnosis and treatment of children and adults in clinic, school, and home health settings. She organizes and provides group therapy for children with social pragmatic deficits.



Alicia Starrett

M.A., C.C.C.-SLP Alicia Starrett
Alicia completed her graduate work in Speech Pathology at University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA, receiving her Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Alicia received her rehabilitative teaching credentials and is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  She works with clients from newborns to adults with neurological impairments. She developed, implemented and served the infant/preschool program giving her experience with challenged children.  Her interests include children and adults with oral-motor difficulties and dysphagia.  Currently, she has facilitated social groups for children with pragmatic difficulties.



Vicky SotoVicky Soto

Vicky Soto received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Pacific Union College accompanied by a minor in Spanish and an Associate of Science Degree in Communication from San Joaquin Delta College.  She received her Communicative Disorders Post-Baccalaurette degree from Utah State University. She also has received her Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) license. Vicky is a native Spanish speaker and grew up in the Central Coast in a Spanish speaking household. Having spoken Spanish her entire life as well as studying it in college, Vicky's professional focus is to work closely with the Hispanic community where her interest is working with English Language Learners. Aside from working with children, Vicky also serves/works as an interpreter for several local physicians offices and government agencies in Sonoma County.

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