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Pediatric Speech, Occupational & Physical Therapy Centers
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Kara Dodds & Associates

San Diego: (619) 692-0622

Santee: (619) 749-7059

  • Adrienne A. M.S., CCC-SLP

    Adrienne A. M.S., CCC-SLP

    Speech Language Pathologist

    Adrianne attended Miami University of Ohio where she received her Bachelors degree. She then went on to obtain her Masters of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Adrianne was was inspired to become a speech therapist through her volunteer experiences working with individuals with a variety of learning differences. Adrienne likes providing the support needed to help each individual communicate effectively with their family and others and support their ability to express their uniqueness to those around them! Outside of the center, Adrienne enjoys spending time at the beach with family and friends. She also enjoys traveling and exploring new cities.

  • Alicia C. B.A., SLPA

    Alicia C. B.A., SLPA

    Speech Language Pathologist Assistant

    Alicia is a San Diego native and attended UC Santa Barbara for her B.A. in Psychology while also obtaining a minor in Linguistics. She then pursued a post-baccalaureate certificate in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Chapman University. Alicia loves having the love the opportunity to help children reach their communication goals! The relationships that she forms with kiddos and their families are so special to her and she is proud to be part of their therapy team. Outside of KDA, Alicia enjoys spending time where she likes to hike, bike, run, go onon camping trips and travel to new places.

  • Alisa P., B.A, SLPA

    Alisa P., B.A, SLPA

    Speech Language Pathology Assistant
    Clinic Director

    After growing up in Southern California Alisa headed north for school and graduated from San Francisco State University. She then continued on to Long Beach State University. Alisa is committed to the kids as there is no better feeling than watching a child learn how to communicate and express themselves!  She feels very lucky in that I get the best of both worlds.  Not only do I get to work with, and be around amazing children everyday, as the KDA clinic director, I get the opportunity to help parents navigate the initial  (and sometimes overwhelming) process and make the whole experience a little less scary.  Outside of the KDA center, Alisa likes to travel, loving anything that involves being outside: hiking, sailing, and running! Alisa’s current goal is to run a half marathon in every state... still have 46 states to go!

  • Amy B. COTA/L

    Amy B. COTA/L

    Occupational Therapy Assistant

    Amy is originally from Orlando, Florida and lived there the first 36 of her life until moving to San Diego. She went back to school at age 34; attending Adventist University of Health Sciences in Orlando Florida from 2014-2016, where she earned my degree as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. What she likes most about being a COTA is the fun she gets to have with kids while helping them to succeed and find independence and joy in their daily lives…and all the ways each child makes me smile each and every day!

    At KDA, Amy also is our insurance authorization coordinator / administrative specialist. In this role, she is able to help our kiddos and families with the behind the scenes aspects that help to ensure continuity of valued services. In this administrative position she has had the opportunity to get to know families and kiddos as well as understand and play a role all of the moving parts that are crucial for therapy to be put in place and continue for their children. This role is also so meaningful to her and it has helped her a more well-rounded therapist. Outside of KDA, Amy spend most of her time with my family with her 3 furry kids-my doggies Finnegan, Dobby, and Cleo. Most weekends you can find the hiking at Mission Trails or Sunset Cliffs or enjoying the company of other families and 4-legged friends at Coronado or OB dog beach. She loves being outdoors here where the weather is so beautiful and we enjoy being active and healthy!

  • Ashley L. OTR/L

    Ashley L. OTR/L

    Occupational Therapist

    Ashley received her B.S in Exercise Science from Old Dominion University and then continued on and received her M.S in Occupational Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University. What she loves most about being an occupational therapist is that she gets to build relationships with each of the kiddos and is a part of them growing and achieving new milestones through play!  As she is new to the California sunshine, on her free time, she loves going to the beach with friends, traveling to new places, and exploring San Diego with her dog.  

  • Brittany A. PT, DPT

    Brittany A. PT, DPT

    Physical Therapist

    Brittany obtained her B.A in Mathematics at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. She then went on to receive her DPT in Physical Therapy at University of Southern California. Brittany has worked in outpatient orthopedics, inpatient acute, and most recently inpatient pediatrics working with children with TBI, wheel chair evaluations and fittings, neonatal intensive care unit, and gait trainers. Brittany enjoys working with the pediatric population and their families as it gives her an opportunity to be creative and innovative with her treatment plans to fit each and every child. She loves seeing the progress the kids make towards meeting their goals. Outside of the center, Brittany enjoys the outdoors while maintaining an active lifestyle. She loves to run, hike, go to the beach, and play with my golden doodle puppy, Chase.

  • Chris V. OTR/L

    Chris V. OTR/L

    Occupational Therapist
    LEAD Occupational & Physical Therapy Department

    Chris V. was born and raised in Paris, France. Early on, he realized how passionate he was about helping people overcome various life limiting conditions and live as independently as possible. He graduated from the ADERF College in Paris with a BS in occupational therapy and soon after moved to San Diego, where he became board certified and licensed as an occupational therapist. Chris has had a rewarding career as an occupational therapist and has worked in a variety of settings with children, adolescents, adults, and seniors. He treated diagnoses and conditions including sensory processing disorder, autism, Down syndrome, ADHD, learning disabilities, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, dementia, bipolar, and more. He owned and directed a successful OT company for many years. He is known for effectively combining various frameworks to address the unique needs of his clients. He often worked and consulted with multidisciplinary teams and loves to empower other clinicians to explore and incorporate new approaches. His approach is holistic, developmental, and relationship based. He is intuitive while also firmly rooted in the framework of the occupational therapy profession. He understands that creating trust with his clients is the foremost important step of any therapy program and he strives to achieve emotional engagement with all of his clients. Some of his favorite moments as a therapist is when his clients - children and parents - experience a breakthrough about their ability to handle a difficult situation that they had thought of as impossible. He is passionate about inspiring parents, children, and his colleagues to keep exploring new ways to foster growth. Chris is known in the community to be a strong advocate for individual with special needs. Chris is also pursuing an advanced certification as a professional life coach. With success, he has begun to implement coaching techniques when mentoring other clinicians and consulting with parents. During his free time, Chris enjoys cooking, salsa dancing, gardening, sailing, hiking, and traveling the world.

  • Cocoa B. M.S., CCC-SLP

    Cocoa B. M.S., CCC-SLP

    Speech Language Pathologist

    Cocoa attended the University of Vermont (in Burlington VT) for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. As a pediatric therapist, she enjoys meeting the kids and families for the first time. As this is often for their first time in therapy, helping the whole family feel safe, welcome, and as though their needs are being met and their voices are being heard is so rewarding to her. Cocoa also loves how her days can be so new and different each day as kids can be unpredictable as they are full of surprises! It's amazing to watch kids find their strength, and to be a part of their team is very rewarding and is the greatest part of being a therapist! Outside of the center, Cocoa loves a lazy afternoon on the couch with a good book, but most of my time is spent outside exploring with my family. Hiking, going to the park, street fairs, farmer's markets, and, of course, the beach! I also love to travel, whenever possible.

  • Danielle M. B.S.SLPA

    Danielle M. B.S.SLPA

    Speech Language Pathologist Assistant

    Danielle graduated and obtained her B.S. from Utah State University in Communication Disorders and Deaf Education. In the past, she has worked in the educational environment and in academic settings upon joining our team. As a speech therapist, Danielle enjoys seeing the children she works with make gains with their goals and working with their families in a one-to-one environment. Outside of the center, Danielle enjoys traveling around the world with her fiance.

  • Denise N. M.S., CF-SLP

    Denise N. M.S., CF-SLP

    Speech Language Pathologist

    Denise is a native Minnesotan who received her B.A. in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at the University of Minnesota. She then jetted off to South Korea to teach English to elementary students for a year. After moving back to pursue her Masters degree, she graduated from Portland State University with a M.S. in Speech Language Pathology. Denise has always had a passion for working with kids and she loves building strong relationships with her clients and their families to work together as a team on communication goals. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, cooking, trying new restaurants, live music, hiking, and exploring sunny San Diego!

  • Eric P. MOT, OTR/L

    Eric P. MOT, OTR/L

    Occupational Therapist

    Eric completed his Bachelors degree in business management at the University of Phoenix in Salt Lake City, UT. He then completed his Masters degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in San Marcos, CA. Eric enjoys forming relationships with the kids and their families and seeing the impact that occupational therapy is having in their daily lives. Outside of KDA, Eric enjoys spending time with his wife and two dogs at the beach, and enjoying all that San Diego has to offer. 

  • Eryn G. M.S., CCC-SLP

    Eryn G. M.S., CCC-SLP

    Speech Language Pathologist

    Eryn grew up in central New Jersey. She traveled to North Carolina for college where she attended East Carolina University. After 4 years at ECU, Eryn relocated and moved to Maryland to attend graduate school at Towson University. Her inspiration for becoming a therapist was originally of her love for working with children. She found great joy in providing services which assisted clients and their families in improving their overall quality of life. It brings Eryn a sense of purpose and satisfaction when children and their families meet the goals we have set for them to be successful! Outside of being a speech language pathologist, Eryn enjoys working out, being at the beach and spending time with her dog, Bentley!

  • Iris L. PT, DPT

    Physical Therapist

    Iris was born and raised in San Diego, CA. She received her Bachelors of Science degree from UCLA. Her experience and love for working with children as a dance teacher and tutor led her to pursue her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in San Marcos, CA. Iris loves working and helping people of all ages and especially enjoys helping kiddos grow, learn, and develop their gross motor skills through fun and creative activities. Outside of KDA, Iris loves spending time with her family, her fiance (wedding in November!), and her two German Shepherds, Kayla and Durham. You can find her outdoors hiking, at the beach, camping, taking road trips, exploring our beautiful country (7 more States to go!) and the world!

  • Jessica

    Jessica "Jessi" A. M.S., CF-SLP

    Speech Language Pathologist

    Jessi received her Bachelors degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences and her Masters degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from East Carolina University, in Greenville, NC. and recently relocated to San Diego. Jessi grew up herself with selective mutism in which that experience made her want to be able to help children with communication difficulties. Jessi likes knowing as a pediatric therapist that she is helping and making a positive impact on children’s lives. Outside of the center, Jessi likes to be active enjoying the outdoors, doing water sports, hiking, going to the beach and spending time with her dog, Zena.

  • Jessica R. B.A. SLP

    Jessica R. B.A. SLP


    Jessica is a native of San Diego. She also graduated from San Diego State University with her bachelor’s degree and the went on to Loma Linda University where she received her SLPA certification. Jessica has with children since she was 16 years old in a variety of settings and she knew that she wanted to pursue a career where she could make a significant impact on a the lives of children. As such, she has volunteered in a special education classroom where she observed speech therapy sessions and after this opportunity, knew she wanted to be a speech therapist.

    As a therapist, Jessica is driven by seeing how each child works on their own goals and learns in different ways and the relationships she builds with each families helps these children meet their goals. Jessica believes that communication is key in a child’s life and feels very lucky to be a part of their journey to help them reach their goals. Jessica enjoys being outside. In the summer months you can find her at the bay paddle boarding, while in the winter her and her husband enjoy snowboarding. Family is very important to her so being a native, she also enjoys a lot of family gatherings!

  • Laura A. OTR/L

    Laura A. OTR/L

    Occupational Therapist

    Laura grew up in Wisconsin and attended University of Wisconsin, Madison with a degree in Rehabilitation Psychology. She then went on and attended Mount Mary University for her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy and then relocated out to San Diego. Laura always knew she wanted to help others, and as she grew older she realized how much she loved working with children with developmental needs. She is driven as an OT by seeing the kiddos she gets to work with become more independent and reach their highest potential! Outside of the center, Laura enjoys cooking, baking, spending time outdoors, and going on weekend road trips.

  • Lauren S. M.S., CCC-SLP

    Lauren S. M.S., CCC-SLP

    Speech Language Pathologist

    Lauren graduated with her master’s degree from the University of Iowa.  Her favorite thing about being a Speech Language Pathologist is helping children reach their full potential and working with all different ages. In her free time, she enjoys doing a variety of outdoor activities such as hiking, running, and going to the beach- anything that involves spending time in the sunny San Diego weather!

  • Megan G. M.S. CCC-SLP

    Megan G. M.S. CCC-SLP

    Speech Language Pathologist

    Megan received her B.S. in Communication Disorders from Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. She then went on and received her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, TX. What she likes the most about being a therapist is helping others and their families reach goals that will make their lives better. Seeing smiles on her client's faces as they make progress makes each day at work a great day. Outside of work, she likes to spend my time baking, sewing, taking photographs, and traveling. Megan’s goal is to visit all 50 states!

  • Megan S. OTR/L

    Megan S. OTR/L

    Occupational Therapist

    Megan went to school at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa where she obtained my Masters in Occupational Therapy. As a therapist she loves to build relationships and having a positive impact on the lives of children and their families. Outside of KDA, she enjoys hiking, going to the beach, and exploring San Diego!

  • Melissa H. M.S CCC-SLP

    Melissa H. M.S CCC-SLP

    Speech Language Pathologist

    Melissa is a San Diego native who moved to the bay area to receive her Bachelor's degree from Santa Clara University. She worked as an Early Childhood Educator for four years before obtaining her Master's degree from Emerson College in Boston. Melissa became inspired to become a speech language pathologist by combining her love of child development with her love of learning languages. She particularly loves working closely with caregivers as a team. In her free time, Melissa enjoys hiking, going to the beach and learning to play golf.

  • Shaina M. B.A-SLPA

    Shaina M. B.A-SLPA

    Speech Language Pathologist Assistant

    Shaina earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She then worked as a Mental Health Therapist at The Center for Autism in Philadelphia. It was during that time in her career that she recognized my passion for building a connection with children and helping them learn how to communicate and express themselves to the outside world. Now, as a therapist at KDA, she enjoys being able to continue building close relationships with her clients as they grow and develop their language skills. Outside of the clinic, Shaina likes to spend my time socializing with friends, traveling to new cities and countries experiencing different cultures, and making time to catch the beautiful sunset San Diego has to offer.

  • Stephanie G. M.A., CF-SLP

    Stephanie G. M.A., CF-SLP

    Speech-Language Pathologist

    Stephanie, a Los Angeles native, received both her B.A. and M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from CSU, Long Beach. Working in pediatrics, she particularly loves finding each child’s unique strengths and interests, and implementing fun and creative activities into therapy. She prides herself in being an up-beat and dynamic therapist, who believes that children should look forward to coming to speech. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys hiking, going to the beach, going to concerts, watching football, and spending time with family and friends.

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7840 Mission Center Court, Ste. 200
San Diego CA 92108

(619) 692-0622

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8840 N. Magnolia Ave Ste 220
Santee CA 92071

(619) 749-7059

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