ABOUT US:
Sounds Smart Speech Therapy seeks to help kids succeed by intervening early to develop their speech, language, and social skills. Our qualified and experienced speech-language pathologists (SLP) and speech-language pathology assistants (SLPA) are committed to that goal. Click on our bios for more information on our employees' interests and fun facts!

Meet the Owner!

* Click on each of the therapist's bio paragraphs to see additional fun facts! *

THAO PHAM, M.A. CCC-SLP

Thao earned her B.A. and M.A. degree in Communicative Disorders at California State University, Long Beach in 1996 and 1998 respectively. She is duly licensed and certified by the state of California and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Thao is currently on a sabbatical to travel internationally and will be out of the office from 2021-2022.

Thao is very passionate about social skills group therapy and working with clients with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Thao is also a bilingual English-Vietnamese therapist! Her hobbies include traveling with her husband and maintaining her beautiful home garden filled with flowers and plants.

Meet the Lead Therapist!

MELISSA PHILLIPS M.S. CCC-SLP

Melissa earned her B.S. and M.S. in Speech and Hearing Sciences from University of Utah in 2015 and 2017 respectively. She is duly licensed and certified by the state of California and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She joined Sounds Smart in 2017. Melissa is currently serving as our lead therapist!

Melissa has always had a passion for working with children! She is especially interested in working with early intervention and family training, articulation and phonology disorders, and augmentative and alternative communication. Melissa loves to spend her free time traveling around the world, spending game nights with friends, and walking her dog.

Meet the Therapists!

TAMI REECE, M.A. CCC-SLP

Tami earned her B.A. in Business from Loyola Marymount University in 1993 and her M.A. in Communicative Disorders from California State University, Long Beach in 1998. She is duly licensed and certified by the state of California and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She joined Sounds Smart in 2009.

Tami is very passionate about early intervention and family training. She loves to learn about the unique needs of families while teaching them techniques to bring out their child's strengths. Her hobbies include journaling, amigurumi (Japanese art of crocheting small yarn toys), running, Zumba, cooking, and playing board games with her husband and three adult children.

KRISTI GERMICK, B.A. SLPA

Kristi earned her B.A. in Communication Design from California State University, Chico, in 1999. She is duly licensed and certified by the state of California and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She joined Sounds Smart in 2010.

Kristi enjoys teaching language and pragmatic skills as well as working with early intervention children. Kristi is an adventurous hiker and camper and likes to spend quality time with loved ones!

KYLA LYONS, M.S. CCC-SLP

Kyla earned her B.A. in Speech and Hearing Sciences at Indiana University in 2016 and her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Missouri State University in 2018. She is duly licensed and certified by the state of California and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She joined Sounds Smart in 2018.

Kyla is very passionate about working with children with childhood apraxia of speech, phonological disorders, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Her hobbies include hanging out with her daughter and husband, taking her goldendoodle to the dog park, and visiting all the boba tea spots she can find.

MAHNOOR AHMAD, A.A. SLPA

Noor earned her A.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from Santa Ana College in 2019 and will be graduating from California State University, Fullerton with her B.S. degree in Communicative Disorders in May 2022. She is duly licensed and certified by the state of California and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She joined Sounds Smart in 2021.

Noor is an advocate for speech in every way! She is all about providing hope to families and creating a positive impact within the lives around her. Language, in general, holds a very important place in her heart, as there are many ways to express and share all that we are as unique human beings. Noor is proficient in Urdu, Hindi, and even American Sign Language! In her spare time, she likes to create personalized desserts. One can also find Noor at a local plant shop; she is a huge lover of plants -- succulents to be specific!

KATELYN DEAN, M.S. CF-SLP

Katelyn earned her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from California Baptist University in 2019 and her M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Baylor University in 2021. She is duly licensed and certified by the state of California and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She joined Sounds Smart in 2021.

Katelyn enjoys working with child language disorders and social skills/pragmatic language. In her free time, she enjoys baking bread, reading, and hanging out with her friends!

Arielle Khalili, M.S. CCC-SLP

Arielle earned her B.A. degree in Music, emphasis in Vocal Performance from UC Irvine in 2010, a B.S. in Communicative Sciences and Disorders & Deaf Education from Utah State University in 2013, and her M.S. in Communicative Disorders and Sciences from Cal State, Northridge in 2018. She is duly licensed and certified by the state of California and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She joined Sounds Smart in 2022.


Arielle believes that communication fosters relationships and is, therefore, passionate about supporting children & their families in achieving their speech, language, and pragmatic goals in order to connect with others. Previous experiences as a SLPA and Behavioral Therapist have enhanced her passion for working with clients with autism spectrum disorders. She also loves to incorporate music during therapy whenever possible. Arielle is the lucky mama of two—1 girl & 1 boy—and loves spending time exploring the world with them. Other passions include singing, dancing, photography, cooking for her family, the Autumn season, traveling the world, hiking and anything in nature.


Meet the Front Desk Staff!

MESLIE ARREOLA

Meslie is our Office Administrative Assistant/Billing & Insurance Specialist. She joined Sounds Smart in 2022.

Meslie enjoys traveling in her free time!

CARMEN HURTADO

Carmen is our Office Administrative Assistant. She joined Sounds Smart in 2022.

Carmen loves being around children and is a proud mommy of a baby girl. She enjoys spending time with her family and hosting parties. Her favorite thing about being a part of the Sounds Smart speech team is witnessing the progress of all the amazing clients.

BETH NGUYEN

Beth is our Office Administrative Assistant. She is currently pursuing her B.A in Speech-Language Pathology at California State University, Long Beach and will be graduating in December 2021. She is also interested in pursuing her M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology in an effort to become a speech-language pathologist. She volunteered with us beginning in 2018 and joined Sounds Smart as an employee in 2019.

Beth loves helping out with the social skills groups and getting to know the kids! During her free time, she enjoys traveling and teaching kids how to play the piano! She hopes to learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorder and hopes to become an advocate for these children and their families!

Interested in joining our fantastic team of employees? Submit an inquiry via our "Contact Us" subpage of this website!