Please note: this page is in the process of being updated with ALL of our wonderful therapists' and team members' pictures and bios :)

Kiana Sadrieh

Speech-Language Pathologist

Kiana is a licensed speech and language pathologist who has been working with children and adults in the field of Speech and Language Pathology since November of 2004. She holds a Master’s degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders, a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and a teaching credential. 

She is a member of California Speech-Language-Hearing Association and National Student Speech Language Hearing Association.

Kiana possesses practical experience in private practice, hospital, school, outpatient, and skilled nursing settings. She has worked with a wide range of populations, diagnosis, and age groups; all of which have provided her with a vast amount of skill and knowledge as a therapist. She has a distinct passion for her field of work and a strong belief in individualization and working closely with clients and families to achieve the most optimal and appropriate goals. She is a proud mother of two, and believes that being a parent has brought an extraordinary deeper outlook on life, broadening her skills as a professional working with kids and their families.

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Katie Medrano

Speech-Language Pathologist

Katie is one of KENEKS' Speech Therapists from Visalia, CA. She graduated from California State University, Fresno with a Masters degree in Speech Language Pathology. She first gained an interest in the field after observing a speech language pathologist work with her grandfather after he suffered a stroke. She immediately fell in love with the field and realized her passion was early intervention. She not only loves seeing her kids' enthusiasm to learn and grow but also seeing parents' excitement and pride as they watch their children achieve their full potential.

 

Outside of work, Katie enjoys bowling, comedy shows, movies, and baseball (Go Dodgers!). She loves KENEKS because it feels like family.

Eiliana Hernandez

Speech-Language Pathologist

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Eiliana received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders at California State University, Chico. She became passionate of the field of speech language pathology and the wide scope of practice it entails, as she loves working with both pediatric and adult populations alike. Her clinical background includes diagnosing and treating a wide range of speech and language disorders within hospitals, clinics, schools, and homes. She is fluent in English and Spanish and enjoys providing services in both languages.

 

When Eiliana is out of the office, she enjoys spending time with her son and her animals. She also enjoys photography, calligraphy, and learning new languages. 

Nicole Miller

Speech-Language Pathologist

Keri Schumacher

Speech-Language Pathologist

Keyla Santos

Speech-Language Pathologist

Keyla is a Spanish – English bilingual Speech- Language Pathologist. She graduated with a Bachelors degree from San Diego State University and a Masters degree from Pacific University in Oregon. She was always intrigued with languages and supporting others which is how her love for this field first began. Her clinical background includes working in settings such as schools, memory care units, private practices, and outpatient clinics. Keyla values supporting all populations frompediatrics to geriatrics while implementing an individualized plan of care.

During her free time, Keyla enjoys all things Disney, hiking, crocheting, taking herdog on walks, and movie marathons!

Shannon Fausneaucht

Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant

Meghan Algarate

Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant

Jaimee Criswell

Occupational Therapist

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Jaimee is a licensed Occupational Therapist who received her Bachelors in Healthcare Administration from California State University Long Beach. After graduation, Jaimee decided to pursue her passion in working with children and adults by enrolling in a Master of Occupational Therapy Program at Loma Linda University where she graduated with a Master of Occupational Therapy. Throughout her career she has had experience in skilled nursing, outpatient/home assessments, and pediatric in-home/clinic occupational therapy.

When Jaimee is out of the office, she enjoys spending time with her two boys doing plenty of outdoor activities such as hiking and going to theme parks. Jaimee also enjoys going to local concerts and shows and hanging out with friends.

Kelli Farhat 

Occupational Therapist

Kelli Farhat is a licensed Occupational therapist in California. She is originally from East Lansing, MI, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Michigan State University. After taking a year off from undergrad school, she traveled and found her passion for rehabilitation to help adults and children achieve optimal success in their everyday activities. She applied for schools all around the U.S. to study Occupational Therapy and landed in Miami, FL, at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.

She moved to San Diego to pursue her long-term dream of living in San Diego and providing the best OT care for children and adults experiencing various challenges within their immediate environments. She has experience working with children and adults from
4 months to 100 years of age, encouraging each individual to reach their goals one day at a time.

 

She loves to hike, explore new, hip restaurants, surf, snowboard, travel, and tend to her garden.

Niamh Murphy

Occupational Therapist

Niamh (Neev) is a licensed Occupational Therapist. Niamh was born and raised in Ireland until she was 10 years old and then moved to San Diego, CA. She attended the University of San Diego where she attained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Niamh later attended the University of Southern California and graduated with a Master of Occupational Therapy. While attending USC, she took additional elective courses in pediatric sensory integration, dysphagia, feeding and swallowing, and early intervention. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Occupational Therapy Association of California. Niamh has experience working across all age groups with a multitude of diagnoses in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools, outpatient clinics, and mental health-based settings. She has been a Research Assistant on numerous studies related to maternal-child bonding and behavioral-based approaches with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

 

In her free time, Niamh enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, and catching up on TV shows.

Sarah Stando

Occupational Therapist

Sarah is an Occupational Therapist, originally from Buffalo, New York. She received her bachelors/masters degree of science in occupational therapy at D'Youville College in Buffalo. She moved to California out of her love to travel and experience new places. Sarah had worked with kids since she was in high school, working as a teachers aide at a summer school program and as a therapeutic horse riding assistant. Her mom also inspired her to pursue a career in therapy, as she watched her mom work as a pediatric speech therapist her whole life. Going through college she really enjoyed neuroscience and functional anatomy, making her think she might actually favor a rehab setting with adults.

After all, her heart fell back into pediatrics when she began her first job working with pre-school aged students in the inner city of Buffalo. She also extended her work into the acute care setting at a hospital back in NY where she provided therapy to post-stroke patients on the neuro unit. All in all, Sarah has especially enjoyed working with children with a variety of abilities in order to help them achieve their goals, in their own unique way. She feels an immense amount of privilege to be able to watch her clients grow and obtain a higher quality of life. Sarah believes all individuals deserve to feel pride in their accomplishments and celebrate each small victory along the way. 

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Amy Stewart

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Amy is a licensed and certified Occupational Therapy Assistant who received her Bachelor’s
degree in Human Development/Children’s Services from CSUSM. She continued her education
and graduated from the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Grossmont College. After
having a child with special needs herself, she realized pediatrics was her passion. She loves to
see the different abilities of all the children she meets in both the clinic and school settings.

 

In her free time, Amy enjoys hiking, lounging by the pool, and refinishing furniture.

Melanie Miller-Himmel

Occupational Therapist

Melissa Croyle

Occupational Therapist

Melissa is originally from Pennsylvania where she completed her Bachelor's degree at Penn State in Rehabilitation and Human Services with a minor in Special Education. From there, she went on to graduate school at Clarkson University in New York to obtain her Master's of Occupational Therapy degree. She decided to move to San Diego to explore the West Coast and complete her fieldwork. While completing fieldwork in San Diego, she fell in love with the area and weather and decided to stay! She loves occupational therapy because it gives the freedom to incorporate the client's interests into their sessions to make therapy more fun while also achieving their goals!

 

In her free time she enjoys going to the beach, exploring new restaurants in San Diego, playing with her dog, and traveling!

Liesl Herzberger

Occupational Therapist Assistant

Liesl is a licensed and certified Occupational Therapy Assistant who received her certification
from St. Catherine’s University and bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from San Diego State University. Between her passion for helping others and drive for overall wellness, she found her love for occupational therapy.

In her free time, Liesl loves spending time with family and friends, traveling, and being outdoors; whether that be swimming, hiking, or camping.

Kathy Pharies

Physical Therapist

Kathy is a Physical Therapist with over 25 years of experience in pediatrics, neuro, sports, and
orthopedics. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of California,
Riverside; a Master of Physical Therapy from California State University, Fresno; and a Doctor of
Physical Therapy from Boston University. She developed her passion for Physical Therapy in
high school and feels privileged to be able to dedicate her professional life to helping her
patients realize their greatest potential.

Over the course of her career, she has practiced in a variety of settings including hospitals, rehab, in-home pediatric, outpatient, and home health. Kathy began her career in Los Angeles but has lived in the San Diego area since 1996.

 

Kathy is the proud mother of two amazing college students, two Rhodesian Ridgebacks, and a French Bulldog. When not spoiling her pets, Kathy enjoys hiking, spending time with family and friends, and traveling with her husband.

Bayani Salinas

Physical Therapist

A California native originally from the Bay Area, Bayani is a licensed physical therapist who obtained his Doctorate of physical therapy from D'Youville College in Buffalo, NY. Bayani also obtained his bachelors in Exercise and Sports Studies from D'Youville College. Bayani enjoys working with all populations including pediatrics, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics. 

 

Bayani enjoys basketball, surfing, snowboarding, working out, and listening to music. 

Jasmine Pham 

Physical Therapist

Jasmine is a licensed Physical Therapist with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from New York University. She was born and raised in the Silicon Valley and received her Bachelor's of Science in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California, Davis. 

Her soft spot for working with children began when she used to coach martial arts to kiddos and adults alike! In her free time, Jasmine likes to get her 8-hours of sleep, play with her cat, chill at the beach and learn fun-facts! 

Satoko Schmidt

Physical Therapy Assistant

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Satoko was born and raised in Japan. She moved to San Diego in 2003. Satoko has been passionate about making people happy in different career settings including working as a restaurant server and also as a member of the backstage crew at Sea World San Diego. She completed coursework and became a California Licensed Massage Therapist in 2008. Throughout her massage career, her goal was to ease her clients’ bodily discomforts and to positively affect their health and wellness.

Satoko graduated with honors from the Physical Therapist Assistant program at San Diego Mesa College. She then began her career as a Physical Therapy Assistant working at several skilled nursing facilities and adult day care centers.

Her goal in those settings has been to improve balance, increase strength and prevent falls in the geriatric population. As always, Satoko’s goal will continue to focus on establishment or restoration of each client’s optimal level of health and well-being.

 

In her personal life Satoko enjoys karaoke, camping, hiking and going to the beach with her family.

Maria Delarosa

Office Manager

Chelsey Kawile

Administrator 

Stephanie Hassibi

Physical Therapist