About Excel Speech Therapy Center
Excel Speech Therapy Center, Inc is a centrally located private practice specializing in providing speech and language therapy services to children, teens, and adults. Excel therapists are energetic and dedicated to providing quality therapy services in family-centered clinics. Excel therapists are highly skilled, state licensed, and nationally certified.
Meet Our Staff.
Katherine, owner of Excel Speech Therapy Center for over 20 years, is originally from Northern California. Katherine was the second oldest of six children and spent her early years taking care of younger siblings and babysitting for families throughout her teenage years. She was an instructional assistant for children with special needs during her college years and enjoyed working with children. She received her Masters degree at California State University Fresno and completed an internship in the skilled nursing facilities. She moved to Los Angeles becoming a traveling speech therapist in the schools, then moved back home shortly thereafter, working for a private pediatric prac tice in Northern California for several years. Katherine then decided to move to San Diego to open up a private practice. She worked as a traveling speech therapist for the San Diego schools and spent evenings and weekends working as a home health con tractor and in skilled nursing facilities while building her clientele at Excel Speech, even tually dedicating all of her time to Excel Speech. Katherine strives to maintain excellent rapport with her staff as well as with the families attending Excel Speech clinics, focus ing on a strong team based approach. In her free time Katherine enjoys spending time with her family and dog, Olive. She also enjoys reading, spending time at the beach and traveling.
San Marcos Clinic
Brigid Shamburg, M.A., CCC-SLP Brigid has worked as a speech-language pathologist since August 2005. Originally from Athens, Georgia, she received a baccalaureate degree in Music Therapy from Immaculata University in PA and received a Master's degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Memphis. She is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist and a current member of ASHA. Brigid is certified by The Hanen Program® to teach the It Takes Two To Talk course, The More Than Words course, and the Talkability course for parents. She has been trained and received certifications in PECS (the Picture Exchange Communication System), Beckman Oral Motor Technique, PROMPT (Introduction and Bridging), Lindamood-Bell’s Visualizing and Verbalizing® programs, Introduction to DIR Floortime, and SCERTS. In addition to providing speech-language evaluations and individual and group therapy, Brigid provides parent education through running More Than Words, a program for parents of children on the autism spectrum. She is dedicated to involving parents and family in the child’s treatment to reach the best outcomes. Brigid has been a member of the San Diego Chorus for the past 10 years and enjoys learning about the connections between music, singing, voice, language, and speech. She is thoroughly enjoying having her 2 older sons back in baseball and running after the youngest boy. In her “free time”... wait, what’s that?
Rachel graduated with her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from San Diego State University. Prior to becoming a speech-language pathologist, she worked as an elementary school teacher and has a passion for literacy. Rachel is certified by The Hanen Program® to teach More Than Words® and TalkAbility® courses, and currently co-runs the More Than Words® program at our San Marcos location. She has also been trained and received certifications in PRT (Pivotal Response Training), PECS (the Picture Exchange Communication System), PROMPT (PROMPTS for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets), and Lindamood-Bell’s Seeing Stars® and Visualizing and Verbalizing® programs. She provides individual and group (BUDS) speech-language therapy at the San Marcos clinic. Contact at firstname.lastname@example.org
Janell C. M.S., CF-SLP: Janell graduated with her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2020. A San Diego native, Janell attended Brigham Young University-Idaho for her first undergraduate degree (Early Childhood Development/Special Education), and later went to University of Nebraska at Omaha, majoring in Speech-Language Pathology. Janell’s experience includes treatment for those with articulation, Braille, expressive/receptive language and pragmatic disorders. She is excited and passionate about individuals and tailoring treatments to individual needs and motivations.
Madison D., M.S. SLP: Madison attended Loyola University Maryland for her undergraduate degree in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences. She graduated with her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Monmouth University. She is originally from New Jersey and just recently moved to San Diego. She has experience working with children with communication needs in both educational and medical settings, such as an elementary school and an outpatient pediatric rehabilitation hospital. Prior to her career in speech pathology, she worked as an ABA therapist, therefore her experience with the autism population is extensive. She has experience evaluating and treating children with articulation, phonological, receptive/expressive language, fluency, and social communication disorders. She loves working with children as a speech therapist and aims to make therapy as enjoyable as possible for both the child and their family.
Allison C., M.A., CCC-SLP: Allison is originally from Ellicott City, Maryland. She received her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Maryland, College Park. After graduation, she worked in the school setting, providing individual and group-based speech-language therapy to preschool through elementary school-age children with a variety of articulation, expressive and receptive language, fluency, voice, AAC, and social/pragmatic language needs. Allison has been working at Excel Speech Therapy Center since the summer of 2018. She is trained in and runs workshops for Hanen’s More Than Words® program. She is also trained in the use of PROMPT (PROMPTS for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets). She believes in creating a positive, child-directed, play-based, and family-oriented therapeutic environment that emphasizes the use of evidence-based practice. When she is not working, she enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, and taking her Goldendoodle Cooper to the beach.
Morgan F.; M.S CCC-SLP: Morgan graduated with her undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She is originally from St. Paul, Minnesota and has been enjoying the warm weather and beautiful beaches in San Diego. She has experience working at a children’s hospital and private practice in both individual and group speech therapy sessions. Through these experiences she has worked with children of all ages in the areas of articulation, phonology, language, literacy, and social/pragmatic language. She is passionate about working to support each child in achieving his or her goals in a positive, fun, child-directed and family-oriented manner. Morgan is trained in the use of PROMPT (PROMPTS for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) and Hanen’s More Than Words parent education program.
Laura Wanke, M.S. CCC-SLP: Laura is originally from San Diego, California. She received her Master’s degree in Communicative Disorders from the University of Redlands. After graduation, Laura began working at Excel Speech Therapy Center in June of 2019. She has experience working with children of all ages with a variety of communication disorders including articulation, phonology, fluency, language, and social/pragmatic language. Laura is passionate about working with children and their family members to create engaging therapy sessions that target their goals in a fun and meaningful way. Laura is also trained in Hanens More Than Words parent education program. In her free time she enjoys going to the beach, hiking, and reading a good book.
Excel’s Speech-Language Pathologists are CA licensed and members of ASHA. Our therapists continue to obtain evidence based certifications and continuing education curriculum, including the following:
- PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System)
- Beckman Oral Motor Technique
- PROMPT (PROMPTS for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets)
- Social Thinking® curriculum.
- Hanen’s It Takes Two to Talk®
- Hanen’s More Than Words®
- Hanen’s Talkability®
- Lindamood-Bell’s Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing® Program for Reading, Spelling, and Speech (LiPS®)
- Lindamood-Bell’s Seeing Stars for Reading and Spelling
- LAMP (Language Acquisition for Motor Planning)
- PRT (Pivotal Response Treatment)