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.

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.

Caley Titus M.S. CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

Caley received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Dayton then attended the University of Louisville where she received a Master’s degree in Communicative Disorders/Speech Language Pathology. While a lot of her experience has been in the area of pediatrics, Caley enjoyed her clinical rotations working with the adult population as well in the acute setting. She enjoys the many opportunities that the field of Speech Pathology brings. Caley has a passion for supporting the communicative growth of her clients and witnessing them connect with the world around them. She also is a strong believer in keeping therapy fun! She is excited to grow in her SLP journey with Morgan Hill Speech and establish meaningful relationships with her clients and families. In her free time, Caley enjoys dancing in the kitchen while baking, traveling, being physically active and indulging in a night out of dining with her foodie husband. She is excited for her new adventure in California with her husband, and dog, Luna.

Lauren Mokhtarian
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.

Kayla Guglielmo
Kayla Guglielmo, SLP/RPE
Speech Language Pathologist

Kayla received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders, with a minor in Deaf Education, and her Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology from San Jose State University. While at SJSU she worked at the Kay Armstead Center for Communicative Disorders (KACCD) Clinic as a research and clinical assistant specializing in the development of social skills in young adults with ASD. She also had the opportunity to co-present at the California Speech and Hearing Association (CSHA) Convention with Marcella McCollum, MA CCC-SLP, on the topic of Increasing Clinical Competence Through Guided and Structured Observation. She has experience working with both pediatric and adult clients within the school district, non-profit community clinic, and now private practice. Kayla is collaborative, lively, and passionate about working with children and teens. She enjoys building meaningful relationships with her clients and their support systems by taking a team approach in order to meet client’s needs. In her free time Kayla enjoys camping, nature photography, and playing with her dog Oakley.

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.

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!