Therapists

Marilyn Bird, M.S. SLP

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 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 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.

Catie Palumbo, M.S. SLP

Catie Palumbo, M.S. SLP

Catie Palumbo attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received her Bachelor’s B.S. in Speech & Hearing Science. Following her undergraduate degree, she spent time working as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant before returning to school for her Master’s in Communication Sciences & Disorders.Ed. from Valdosta State University in Georgia. Catie has experience working with articulation & phonological disorders, expressive & receptive language delays, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech as well as a variety of other developmental delays and disorders. She enjoys working with young children on the acquisition of language and mentoring parents on creating a language rich home. Catie has extensive experience working to develop comprehensive Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and helping families advocate for their children’s communicative needs in and out of the classroom. Catie is PROMPT trained and has a passion for continuing her education and gaining more knowledge in communication disorders and brain functioning. She has attended classes on Social Thinking, pediatric feeding, High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders, and ADHD.

Julie G. McAfee M.A. CCC-SLP

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

Kiara Ferracuti

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.

Christy

Christy

Christy graduated magna cum laude from Illinois state university as a university honors scholar and departmental honors in speech therapy. I have 9 years of experience. I specialized in early intervention and adult populations as well as working with individuals who are severely handicapped.