Speech Therapists

We are often asked for referrals to speech therapists (also called speech/language pathologists, or SLPs) knowledgeable about Parkinson's Disease (PD) in our geographic area. Here's a list of some we have heard about or know. We always suggest people ask members of their local Parkinson's support group to get recommendations.

Of course the details below may change from time to time, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and other factors. You must re-confirm all details with the professionals listed.  All locations require a referral unless indicated.

If you are looking for recommendations beyond the Stanford area, please contact us.


Amedisys Home Health: Reuma Etkin, SLP

Location of Services: People's homes (Palo Alto to Gilroy)

Main Phone: 408-370-3927

PD-Specific Credentials: LSVT-LOUD certified

Payment: Medicare's home health benefit

Notes: Home health patients only


Balanced Speech Therapy:  Megan DePuy, SLP

Location of Services: Remote (video); Clinic in San Mateo, CA

Main Phone: 650-766-4511; Email

PD-Specific Credentials: LSVT-LOUD certified

Payment: Private Pay


Clarity Speech Therapy:  Christina Semonick, SLP

Location of Services: Clinic in Mountain View, CA

Main Phone: 650-980-4080; Email

PD-Specific Credentials: LSVT-LOUD certified

Payment:  Private Pay

Notes: 9-month waitlist.  Specializes in complex issues (swallowing disorders with sleep apnea). 


El Camino Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation:  Hallie Mass, SLP

Location of Services: Clinic in Mountain View, CA

Main Phone: 650-940-7285  

PD-Specific Credentials: LSVT-LOUD certified

Payment:  Medicare, Medicaid, Private Insurance


Grace Community Home Health:  Isabella Firpo, SLP

Location of Services: People's homes (San Carlos to Santa Clara)

Main Phone: 650-784-0082; Main Email 

PD-Specific Credentials: LSVT-LOUD certified

Payment:  Medicare' home health benefit

Note: Home health patients only


Kapila Voice and Speech Services:  Ruchi Kapila, MS, SLP

Location of Services: Remote (video)

Main Phone: 510-470-1724

PD-Specific Credentials: SpeakOut! certified

Payment:  Private Pay, Out-of-network Kaiser


Living Louder Speech Therapy:  Karen Vang, SLP

Location of Services: Remote (video) ; in person (Cupertino, Mountain View, North San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale)

Main Phone: 408-644-2202

PD-Specific Credentials: SpeakOut! certified

Payment:  Private Pay


Palo Alto Medical Foundation Mountain View:  Betsy Stickels, SLP; Michelle Tapalla, SLP

Location of Services: Remote (video); Clinic in Mountain View, CA

Audiology/Speech Therapy Clinic Phone: 650-934-7900

PD-Specific Credentials: 
Betsy Stickels - LSVT-LOUD certified, Parkinson Voice Project SPEAK OUT! certified

Payment:  Medicare; MediCal; Private Insurance


Palo Alto Medical Foundation Palo Alto:  Michelle Tapalla, SLP

Location of Services: Remote (video); Clinic in Palo Alto, CA

Audiology/Speech Therapy Clinic Phone: 650-853-4947

PD-Specific Credentials: none

Payment:  Medicare; MediCal; Private Insurance


Palo Alto Speech:  Randy Hoffman, SLP

Location of Services: Remote (video)

Main Phone: 650-852-9460

PD-Related Credentials: LSVT-LOUD  certified

Payment:  Private Pay


Physical Performance Institute (El Camino Hospital/Los Gatos): Colette Piccioni, SLP; Chantha Sun, SLP

Location of Services: Clinic in Los Gatos, CA

Outpatient Therapy Appointment Phone:  408-866-4059

PD-Related Credentials: LSVT-LOUD

Payment: Medicare; MediCal; Private Insurance


Santa Clara Valley Medical Center:  Holly Hamilton, SLP

Location of Services: Clinic in San Jose, CA

Outpatient Therapy Service Referral Center: 408-885-7106

PD-Specific Credentials: Parkinson Voice Project SPEAK OUT! certified

Payment: Medicare, MediCal, Private Insurance


San Jose State University, Kay Armstead Center for Communication Disorders:  Marcella McCollum, SLP; Pei-Tzu Tsai, SLP 

Location of Services: Clinic in San Jose, CA

Main Phone: 408-924-3679; Email

PD-Specific Credentials: LSVT-LOUD certified; Parkinson Voice Project SPEAK OUT! certified

Payment:  Donations (Insurance not accepted)

Notes: The clinic is a Parkinson Voice Project Grant recipient, and offers SPEAK OUT!(R) services with fully trained student clinicians and supervisors.  

No referral needed, but assessment is required, and medical records are helpful. Assessment clinics available at SJSU, if none has been done.

The clinic runs on an academic calendar so patients may have to wait until the following semester to be seen. PD trained SLPs don't teach every semester. 

 


Sequoia Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation:  Elizabeth Byrne, SLP

Location: Clinic in Redwood City, CA

Main Phone: 650-367-5517; Email

PD-Specific Credentials: LSVT-LOUD certified

Payment: Medicare, MediCal, Private Insurance

Notes:  Works Mondays and Wednesdays


Stanford Outpatient Neurologic Rehabilitation Program:  Julie Hicks, SLP; Sarah Stranberg, SLP; Kei Worry, SLP

Location of Services: Clinic in Palo Alto, CA

Main Phone: 650-725-5106

PD-Specific Credentials: All are LSVT-LOUD certified; Julie Hicks and Sarah Stranberg are also Parkinson Voice Project SPEAK OUT! certified

Payment:  Medicare, MediCal, Private Insurance

Notes: Referral from Stanford neurologist required


Tackle Talk Speech Therapy:  Joanne Lacson-Seiferle, MS, SLP

Location of Services: In people's homes; Clinic in San Francisco

Main Phone: 415-823-2246, Email

PD-Specific Credentials: Parkinson Voice Project SPEAK OUT! certified

Payment:  Medicare; Private Insurance; Private Pay


VA Palo Alto Medical Center - Livermore:  Charina Non, SLP

Location of Services: Clinic in Livermore, CA

Main Phone: 925-373-4700, extension 36449

PD-Specific Credentials:  Parkinson Voice Project SPEAK OUT! certified

Payment:  VA Health Care

Note: Only available to those covered by VA Health Care


VA Palo Alto Medical Center - Menlo Park:  Lucy Yang, SLP

Location of Services: Clinic in Menlo Park, CA

Main Phone: 650-614-9997, extension 22066

PD-Specific Credentials:  Parkinson Voice Project SPEAK OUT! certified

Payment:  VA Health Care

Note: Only available to those covered by VA Health Care


VA Palo Alto:  Stephanie Martinson, SLP

Location of Services: Clinic in Palo Alto, CA

Main Phone: 650-493-5000, extension 65597

PD-Specific Credentials:  LSVT-LOUD certified

Payment:  VA Health Care

Note: Only available to those covered by VA Health Care


VA Clinic - San Jose:  Jeri Frakes, SLP

Location of Services: Clinic in San Jose, CA

Main Phone: 408-574-9100, extension 79219

PD-Specific Credentials:  Parkinson Voice Project SPEAK OUT! certified

Payment:  VA Health Care

Note: Only available to those covered by VA Health Care



Last updated December 2022 by Stanford Parkinson's Community Outreach.