Marilyn is the original founder of the clinic. She has been working in the field since 1976 and has loved every minute of it. It is her goal to see each child as an individual and to use an eclectic approach to therapy. She continues to attend courses and is especially interested in the brain’s relationship to speech and language issues. She has worked with a large variety of issues, supports developing Speech™ and language in multiple environments, therefore, families are an integral part of therapy.
Anu Dalmia M.S. CCC-SLP, Lic
Anu is co-owner of BirdKernDalmia. Anu earned her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from T. N Nair hospital in Mumbai, India in 2000. Anu is licensed in the state of California and ASHA certified (American Speech Language And Hearing Association). Anu has been working for over 18 years.
She has vast professional experience serving the pediatric and adult populations in different settings. She has worked in hospitals, home health, public schools, and is proud to be have this multidisciplinary clinic. Her expertise is in the areas of Apraxia, Autism, ADHD, Language Disorders, Fluency/ Stuttering, Articulation /Phonology and Social Skills. She is PROMPT trained. She successfully runs several social skills groups for students of different ages. She leads communication disorders workshops at private schools, churches and mother’s groups. She mentors other clinicians. She actively provides consultation at various schools, and attends IEP meetings as needed. She is a team player, passionate about her work, and dedicated to all the families she works with. She believes in making a difference in their lives and strives hard toward the goal.
Besides clinic, Anu loves spending time with her family and friends, enjoys dancing, cooking, watching T.V., hiking, and volunteering.
Allison M.S. OTR/L
Allison has been an Occupational Therapist for 16 years. She received her undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of North Dakota, and her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University. She began her career in adult mental health, but discovered her passion was in pediatrics. She has experience in both school and clinic based practice. She is certified to administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test, a tool used to assess sensory motor function in young children, and has extensive experience working with children with varying degrees of sensory processing challenges. She also has training in the SOS Approach to Feeding, Craniosacral Therapy, DIR Floortime, Myofascial Release, as well as Visual Vestibular Rehab. Allison believes in the power of play above all else, and that giving children the opportunity to move and explore their world through play is the best way to build not only their skills, but their confidence and sense of self.
Julie G. McAfee M.A. CCC-SLP
Julie G. McAfee earned her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from California State University Fresno in 1991. Julie is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence and a California state license. She has earned the ASHA Award for Continuing Education and is PROMPT trained. Julie is author of the highly regarded textbook, Assessment in Speech-Language Pathology: A Resource Manual.
Julie has professional experience serving a variety of adult and pediatric populations. She has worked in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, schools, and home-based clinical settings. Julie joined the team at Bird-Kern-Dalmia in 2011, and she appreciates the opportunity to serve a diverse client population through this private practice setting. She is dedicated to helping all individuals obtain the highest possible level of communicative ability.
Outside of the clinic, Julie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing the flute, and volunteering in her church and community
Kiara Ferracuti is a speech-language pathologist, who enjoys working in a collaborative environment, with experience in clinical-based and school-based practices. She earned her M.A. degree in Speech-Language Pathology from San Jose State University. Kiara holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA), Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential in CA, and is licensed by the State of California. Her experience includes but is not limited to: Working with individuals with Autism, Apraxia, Down Syndrome, Phonological Disorders, language delays, as well as AAC users. She is also interested in other areas, such as vocabulary building, language processing, social skill development and life skills. Kiara has experience in working with children, adolescents, and adults.
MARY R. WALTZ, MA SLP-CCC
Mary is a Speech Language Pathologist with both school-based and clinic-based experience, first in Southern California and now in the Campbell/San Jose area. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Communicative Disorders at California State University, Fullerton. Mary holds the Certificate of Clinical Competency with the American Speech Hearing and Language Association (AHSA), the California Clinical Rehabilitation Services Credential, and is also licensed by the State of California. She also works for the Campbell Union School District. She has also has many years experience working part time in private speech therapy clinics with children from toddlers to high schoolers.
Mary’s clinical experience includes working with clients in the areas of articulation/phonology, language development(receptive and expressive), and pragmatic language and social skills. Mary also has experience and enjoys working with children, teenagers, and adults in the areas of fluency (stuttering) and accent modification.
Helena is a speech-language pathologist who has experience working in a clinic-based setting. She received her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from San Jose State University. Helena holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association and is licensed by the State of California. She is PROMPT trained. Her experience includes working with clients in the areas of articulation, ASD, Down Syndrome, apraxia, language delays, AAC, fluency, pragmatic language and social skills. Helena has experience and loves working with clients of all ages and believes that everyone should have a voice, no matter what mode of communication.
Outside of the clinic, Helena enjoys spending time in the beautiful outdoors, spending time with friends and family, eating good food, and serving at her church.
Janet earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders and a master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from San Jose State University. She is a member of American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), a national professional association, and holds both a Certificate of Clinical Competence and a California state license. She can also speak Vietnamese.
Janet has experience in working with toddlers, school-age children, adolescents, and adults. She has worked with individuals with: Autism, Down Syndrome, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Fluency disorders, Speech Sound Disorders, pragmatic deficits, hearing loss, and/or language delays. She has served in various settings such as clinics, schools, and non-profit organizations. Janet has a passion for treating individuals with language processing difficulties, social cognition deficits, and speech sound disorders. Her treatment is a combination of evidence-based practice and interests individualized to the client. Janet believes in a holistic approach when treating an individual, and firmly believes that family involvement is essential in helping the individual succeed.