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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.
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 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.
Melissa Charles received her Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Portland State University in Oregon. She attended Loma Linda University here in California for her
fieldwork in order to meet California requirements to be a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant. As a parent of a child with special needs, she learned an immense amount of knowledge from the therapists that worked with her son and family. She entered this field of
work to be able to give families the tools that she was given in order to embrace the challenges and make the journey the best possible.
In her off time, she enjoys napping, hiking, water activities, and anything nature has to offer.
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.
Joann is a graduate of Boston University earning both her
Bachelor of Science and Post Professional Master of Science degrees in Occupational Therapy. She is excited to be returning to in-person OT after 5 years at the forefront of school-based telehealth, where she worked with students from preschool through high school on their school-related OT needs. Prior to launching into telehealth, she worked for over 10 years as a pediatric OT in schools, outpatient clinic, inpatient mental health, and home-based early intervention. She has presented at state and national OT conferences and is passionate about Occupational Therapy.
She lives in San Diego with her husband, children, and dog. You might find her out and about at one of San Diego’s wonderful parks, playgrounds, or beaches enjoying the outdoors with her family.
Doug is a compassionate occupational therapist working in the field of pediatrics for over 20 years. He has helped numerous children experiencing diverse challenges in areas such as oral motor skills, self help skills, sensory issues, complex medical concerns, fine motor delays, and visual perceptual problems. Many have described Doug as patient. He enjoys practical problem solving and values consistency of character. Establishing lasting rapport with families is very important to Doug. He has remarked that the real therapists are the parents and caregivers.
Doug is blessed to be married to his wife, Patti, for nearly 3 decades and to have a wonderful son. Doug earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at California State University, Fullerton and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Colorado State University. He is a published author in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy.
Zoe is a licensed occupational therapist who earned her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. She grew up on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and has delighted in working with children for years, as an undergraduate research assistant majoring in linguistics at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, and a full-time childcare provider to infants and toddlers. She became interested in pediatric occupational therapy after caring for a 1-year-old with developmental delays. While observing this little one's in-home early intervention therapy sessions, she was able to see firsthand how play-based therapy can drastically improve day-to-day life for both children and their families.
In her free time, she is fond of swimming, playing guitar and violin, and reading good books.
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.
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.
Physical Therapy Assistant
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.