Thank you for visiting my website! I am Deborah DeLong and I have been a speech-language pathologist for over 20 years. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Sciences and Disorders in1994 and Master of Arts in Communicative Sciences and Disorders in 1996 from California State University of Fresno. As a Speech Pathologist I have had the privilege of working in schools, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and private clinics. I am very thankful to each of my employers and colleagues who have mentored me along the way sharing their knowledge and experiences.
I love being a speech-language pathologist! My desire at speech pathways is not just to provide speech therapy, but to come alongside families and walk with them as we journey down the path of speech-language habilitation or rehabilitation. I strive to make therapy fun and motivating for my clients and provide resources and helpful information to families.
Speech Pathways would not be possible without the constant support and encouragement from my husband, Drew. He is the rock and foundation of our ever growing family. We have 3 children, 2 daughter- in- laws, and 4 grandchildren, each of whom inspire me to grow and stretch beyond my abilities. When I am not working, I love to cook, read, watch movies, and most of all; I love to make people laugh.
I hope to see you soon … let’s talk!
– Deborah DeLong M.A., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist
Hi, I am Emily Raya. I earned my Bachelors Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies of UC Santa Barbara and my Masters Degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences at San Jose State University. I have worked in a variety of settings, including public schools and private practice. I enjoy clients from toddler to adult. My priority is to create positive, personalized relationships with clients and their families to facilitate maximum growth while receiving speech therapy services. I live in Visalia with my husband and sassy toddler and I love being outdoors, running and lots of coffee!
Hi, my name is Rikki Anguiano. I am a Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA). I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Pacific in spring 2015. In the fall of 2015, I began working as an SLPA for the Kings County Office of Education. For the past 2 years, I worked in the schools with children from preschool to high school. In June 2017, I joined the team here at Speech Pathways. I am grateful for the experience and knowledge I received working with Kings County, however, I look forward to gaining new experience and knowledge from working in a one-on-one setting here at Speech Pathways. I love being able to witness the development of my clients and to have the ability to grow with them.
I am currently working towards going to back to school to receive my Masters Degree so that I can continue to expand my clinical skills.
I am married to my high school sweetheart Roger, and we just welcomed our first child into our family. We are both very family oriented and are extremely excited to be growing our own family. My family is what gives me strength, support, and most importantly the drive to continue doing what I love and expand my horizons.
Hi, my name is Heather Kleinhans. I am an SLPA and began working at Speech Pathways in 2016. I received my Bachelor of Science Degree from Arizona State University in 2010. I have experience with acute inpatient adult care and pediatric outpatient care from Banner Health Hospitals in Arizona. I spent a year working in the Visalia Unified School District before joining the team at Speech Pathways. My areas of interest and experience include oral motor, feeding, swallowing, articulation, language and sensory integration.
I am married and have 2 young daughters. My husband and daughters are the light and loves of my life. My hobbies include singing, mentoring young vocalists through lessons, being involved at church and community outreach, spending time with family and friends; and going to my “Happy Place” at the beach! My “bucket list” wishes include things like more travel time with family, more crafting projects completed, and more memories logged in this journey we call “life”
Hi, my name is Kelsie Fournier and I am one of the office managers here at Speech Pathways. I am a Visalia native, who, after graduating high school, earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Behavior Science from the College of Sequoias. From there, I moved to Southern California to complete a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Health with a concentration in Physical Therapy and a minor in Psychology from Asuza Pacific University. While there, I worked as a laboratory technician and physical therapist aid. I am currently working towards gaining entrance into a Master of Occupational Therapy program. My goal is to open an Occupational Therapy clinic that specializes in pediatrics. I enjoy spending my free time with my two sisters, baby nephew, and 2 dogs, Axle and Koda. When I am not working, I like to take trips to play soccer, and when possible escape to the coast for the weekend!
Hi, my name is Monica Vargas and I am an SLPA. I recently graduated from Oregon with my Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders. I am taking a few years off from pursuing my Masters Degree to enjoy and to continue learning while working as a SLPA at Speech Pathways. I have always appreciated working with young children and I am so fortunate to have studied and started practicing in this career path. Ironically, I myself attended speech therapy as a young child. I had a lisp and I recall attending sessions and doing some of the same activities I now share with my clients. As a recipient of speech services, I know first hand how important it is to make speech therapy fun but while also focusing on targeted goals. A fun fact about myself is that I love to travel. I have been to New York, Florida, Mexico and Hawaii. My favorite place to be is the beach because it is so relaxing and who does not love the sound of the waves? I enjoy reading books (any recommendations, I am open!) and being outdoors whenever possible. The best thing about coming back from college is that I get to spend time with my family again.
Hi, my name is Katie Garcia. I began working as a behavior Support Assistant for San Diego Unified School District in 2004. I quickly realized I loved working with children. I received my Speech Pathology Assistant License from Grossmont College in San Diego in 2009 and continued to work for SDUSD until 2012, when the birth of my son led to the decision to move to Visalia where we could be closer to family. I have worked with children from ages 2 through 18 who have articulation disorders, phonological disorders, and a variety of syndromes, such as Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Fragile X, etc paired with communication disorders. I specialize in working with young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I pair behavior techniques with visual strategies like Picture Exchange Communication System and some American Sign Language which often facilitates verbal language to develop. It brings me joy to help children communicate their needs so as to alleviate their frustrations and make home life less stressful for them and their parents. I love spending my spare time hiking, camping, or going to the beach with my husband, my 5 year old son and my 1 year old daughter.
Hi! My name is Jamie Salvatore. I am one of the office managers here at Speech Pathways. I am a wife and mother. Two of my favorite things are singing in the choir at church and swimming. I am blessed to work at Speech Pathways; I love kids!