Morgan Hill Speech | Meet the Staff
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Meet the Staff

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 211,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students.

Kathryn Rizqallah, M.S. CCC-SLP
Clinic Owner / Clinical Director

Kathryn has been the owner of Morgan Hill Speech since 2015. She earned her Bachelor of Medical Science (Speech) from the University of Sheffield, England in 1996, and upon moving to California received her Master of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology from California State University, Hayward in 2002. Kathryn is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and is licensed by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board.

Since 1996, Kathryn has worked in a variety of settings including elementary, middle and high schools in Santa Clara County; private clinics; and within clients homes serving children from 18 months to 18 years of age. In 2006, she began her own private practice to provide evaluations and individualized treatment to children of all ages with a variety of speech and language difficulties in Morgan Hill and the surrounding areas.

Kathryn has experience working with a variety of speech and language disorders, including Autism spectrum disorder; receptive and expressive language disorders; articulation and phonological disorders; congenital and other developmental disorders. Kathryn believes that your child should enjoy coming to speech and language therapy, and that therapy should be individualized depending on your child’s needs. Her creative therapeutic techniques have been successful in engaging children, and maximizing their progress in therapy.
Kathryn lives in Gilroy, CA with her husband and 2 children. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, walking her dog, and going to the beach.

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Holly Cottone M.S. CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

Holly received both her Bachelors and Masters from the University of Redlands located in Southern California. She spent two years working in the hospital setting focusing on stroke and traumatic brain injuries. However, her true passion is working in pediatrics. She has spent the last 14 years focusing on assessing and treating children in various private clinics in the Bay Area. She has received extensive training in oral-motor skills and apraxia/motor planning disorders from the top presenters and researchers in our field, such as Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson from Talk Tools, Charlotte Boshart, and Pam Marshalla, Holly is energetic and light-hearted in the treatment room, and children and their families love to work with her. She is highly specialized and focuses on treating children with motor planning speech disorders.

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Julia Navarra, M.A. CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

Julia received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from U.C. Santa Barbara, then attended San Jose State University where she received both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She has experience working with both pediatric and adult clients in private clinic, rehabilitation center and school district settings. While at UCSB Julia worked and conducted research for the Koegel Autism Center. She was trained in Pivotal Response Treatment, one of the leading empirically-validated treatment approaches for Autism Spectrum Disorder, by its founder Bob Koegel. Julia loves working with young children and has also spent several years working as a behavior interventionist in a preschool program and at a specialized school for children with ASD. She has a friendly personality and brings enthusiasm and care to her therapy sessions. In her free time Julia enjoys traveling, taking barre classes and cooking.

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Becca Wright, SLP/RPE
Speech Language Pathologist

Becca is energetic and fun, and most importantly loves to be with kids. Becca received her bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in Communication Disorders and then her Master’s degree from Idaho State University in Speech-Language Pathology. Becca’s experience includes working with a wide variety of clients from pediatric through adult, in public schools to medical settings and now private practice.  Becca’s research at ISU focused on language delay in late talking toddlers. Her special interest areas include articulation/phonological disorders, receptive and expressive language disorders, fluency, and social skills.

Outside of work Becca enjoys country life with her husband and two young daughters, cooking, reading books, and exploring California

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Lauren Mokhtarian, M.A. CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

Lauren received her Master’s degree in Speech Pathology from San Jose State University. Her passion has always been working with children and their families, and she has spent the entirety of her career dedicated to pediatric therapy in private therapy clinics. Her greatest joy is witnessing children connect with their loved ones through all aspects of communication and watching their confidence flourish. Lauren has extensive experience in the areas of receptive/expressive language disorders, articulation/phonological disorders, childhood apraxia, early intervention, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Aside from direct therapy, Lauren has spent many years in clinic management and supervision roles. She brings a fun, positive, and warm demeanor to sessions, and truly values her relationship with each of her clients. In her free time, Lauren enjoys live country music, being physically active, and homesteading with her new husband in Morgan Hill.

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Christina Bushman
Office Manager/ Billing Specialist

Christina studied Medical Insurance at Cabrillo College in Aptos. She graduated from Cabrillo in 2010 with a Certificate of Achievement as a Medical Insurance Specialist with honorable mention. Christina has worked at Morgan Hill Center for Speech & Myofunctional Therapy as our Medical Billing Specialist since November of 2012. She has recently taken a course on coding and billing for Therapy and Rehab. As a medical insurance specialist, Christina works with your insurance, submits medical claims, and acts as a link between the provider and the insurance companies. She can answer any insurance question you may have and will help you get the most out of your insurance coverage.

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Ambar Esperano
Office Manager/ Billing Specialist

Ambar received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from San Jose State University. Prior to moving into administrative positions, she worked as a Behavioral Interventionist doing ABA therapy with children with a diagnosis of Autism. She has held various administrative positions within therapy practices around the Bay Area. She has a passion for children and advocating for them, and enjoys working at places where she can see children thrive. Ambar joined the team at Morgan Hill Speech in October 2019 and now you will see her at our front desk greeting our clients and their parents. If you call us she will usually be the one you speak to. She is an excellent problem solving and excels in organizational tasks. She is available to support you with all your insurance and billing needs.

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Jessica Doughshanian
Office Assistant/Student

Jessica is an undergraduate student at San Jose State University studying Communicative Disorders and Sciences. Jessica is invaluable at Morgan Hill Speech. She helps with groups; prepares therapy materials; and makes sure the clinic looks good! She loves Disney, music, and photography. She has been a volunteer and is now an employee at Morgan Hill Speech for three years. She is so excited to work in pediatric speech therapy after obtaining her master’s degree!