We are a private practice in San Marino, CA. Meet our team!
What's the most inspiring part of your job? I love witnessing breakthroughs in my clients. I love it when a child says their first word and the parents light up!
The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is.. Don’t let your mind limit you.
Hobby outside of work, or something about you? Traveling, reading, eating good food, and looking at real estate. Most people don’t know that my favorite sport is sumo wrestling.
Cats or dogs? Dogs 🐶
What bucket list item would you like to cross off of your list? Macchu Picchu! My younger sister served in the Peace Corp in Peru. We were supposed to visit her, but Covid hit. I am determined to see this world wonder one day.
What's the most inspiring part of your job? The most inspiring part about my job is getting to see the improvements my clients are making week after week.
The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is.. "It is always too early to quit, but it is never too late to start."
Hobby outside of work, or something about you? One fun thing about me is that I throw myself mini concerts when I am driving in my car!
Cats or dogs? PUPPIES!
What bucket list item would you like to cross off of your list? Skydiving! This will happen before I turn 30.
What's the most inspiring part of your job? I love creating connections with clients who may not always have the opportunity to connect with others. I strive to help individuals find their own voice and provide them with tools they can access outside of the therapy room to do so. It is important for me to help everyone who seeks help on a much deeper level and continue advocating for them.
The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is.. that I am the creator of my own life. This helped me realize that I can do anything I set my mind to. This powerful thought sits with me everyday and helps me tremendously through my everyday challenges.
Hobby outside of work, or something about you? Outside of work, I enjoy spending time outdoors. I love hiking, camping, jogging, and yoga. I also enjoy cooking and trying out new recipes.
Cats or dogs? I definitely love both cats and dogs, but I am a cat person! I just love how independent they are!
What bucket list item would you like to cross off of your list? I have been wanting to go to Yosemite National Park for quite some time now, so that'd be nice!
What's the most inspiring part of your job? Seeing my students work so hard towards their goals and making progress!
The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is.. lead with your heart.This has helped me throughout both my professional and personal life and I can now apply it to raising my one-year old son. Second best piece of advice: always get dessert!
Hobby outside of work, or something about you? I love traveling and outdoor activities with my family.
Cats or dogs? Both!
What bucket list item would you like to cross off of your list? Going on an African safari has always been a dream of mine.
What's the most inspiring part of your job? The most inspiring part of my job is seeing a client reach his/her goal and make progress over time. It can be as small as its saying their first word, signing for the first time or finally articulate a sound correctly.
The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is.. It's not going to be easy but it's going to be worth it.
Hobby outside of work, or something about you? Hobbies: going to musicals/concerts/live sport games/Disneyland, cooking/trying out new recipe, and bowling. Something about me: I'm such a foodie!
Cats or dogs? Dogs
What bucket list item would you like to cross off of your list? Travel around the world!
What's the most inspiring part of your job? I love helping my clients build confidence in their new skills! It is amazing to watch a child grow to master a new skill. Working with children is truly my passion because they bring so much joy to each session.
The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is.. You can do anything you set your mind to. I have always been a very goal oriented and determined person and I channel this into both my personal and professional activities.
Hobby outside of work, or something about you? I love to bake (not cook)! I also enjoy traveling, hiking/outdoor adventures, crafting and spending time with my family.
Cats or dogs? Cats
What bucket list item would you like to cross off of your list? I would like to visit all the national parks! Yellowstone, Glacier and the Tetons are top of my list!
What's the most inspiring part of your job? Knowing that I am helping a child to communicate and that those skills will help them throughout their life.
The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is.. "Be yourself; everyone else is already taken" by Oscar Wilde.
Hobby outside of work, or something about you? I am from Montreal, Canada! To say that living in southern California has been a reprieve from the cold is an understatement. In terms of hobbies, I love going to the beach, exploring new places, and attending local events that are cultural, artistic and/or musical in nature.
Cats or dogs? Dogs—but I can appreciate the occasional cat video.
What bucket list item would you like to cross off of your list? Exploring more of the west coast’s natural preserves.
What's the most inspiring part of your job? Aside from building meaningful relationships with my clients, the most inspiring part of my job is being able to support my clients and parents reach their goals.
The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is.. "The grass isn't greener on the other side, it's greener where you water it." This piece of advice reminds me to always be intentional with everything I do.
Hobby outside of work, or something about you? Outside of work I enjoy hiking, camping, fashion, discovering new music and film photography.
Cats or dogs? I love both cats and dogs, but I do have three dogs named Toby, Scout and Charlie.
What bucket list item would you like to cross off of your list? A bucket list item I would like to cross off my list would be to backpack the John Muir Trail one day!
What's the most inspiring part of your job? I love that I get to support others in the area of communication. Communication is such a powerful tool that connects us all, and I am honored to help others work toward their goals.
The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is.. "Trust your gut."
Hobby outside of work, or something about you? Hobbies these days are usually centered around one or all of my three children! We all love being outside and adventuring. I also love to squeeze in yoga when I can.
Cats or dogs? Dogs!
What bucket list item would you like to cross off of your list? That is so hard to narrow down! These last couple of years have changed a lot of plans, so I hope to travel to Scotland and Ireland soon!
What's the most inspiring part of your job? The most inspiring part about my job is being able to help and share what I have learned. I always knew that I wanted to do something that helped others. What better way than to help strengthen and support one of the things that we, as human beings, do so often: communicate! I love connecting with clients and their families, and I love hearing about clients applying skills learned in therapy in the real world.
The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is.. "Thoughts become things": our mindset dictates our reality.
Hobby outside of work, or something about you? I love to cook, do arts and crafts, travel, and hike.
Cats or dogs? Dogs. I have two fur babies: Bronx the Maltipoo, and Brooklyn the English Bulldog.
What bucket list item would you like to cross off of your list? I have always wanted to see the Northern Lights.
What's the most inspiring part of your job? I love celebrating the small victories with my kiddos! Whether it is connecting with a child through a fun game and sharing a smile, or finally being able to pull through the knot of a shoelace, these small moments are truly something magical and make my day.
The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is.. Trust the process! During laugh-or-cry situations, I've learned that laughing and embracing the moment is key to progress!
Hobby outside of work, or something about you? Hiking is one of my favorite hobbies.
Cats or dogs? Doggos!
What bucket list item would you like to cross off of your list? I would love to travel to all the states and try their state foods!
What's the most inspiring part of your job? I enjoy watching parents be able to communicate with their kids in a whole new way and start to build deeper connections with them! I love seeing the kids light up when they reach one of their goals and they start to realize that they are able to get their needs met through communication. It is inspiring to watch them grow so quickly and watch their personalities shine through.
The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is.. You can do whatever you put your mind to.
Hobby outside of work, or something about you? I enjoy surfing, water sports, backpacking, or anything outside! My obscure favorite thing to do is to go climbing barefoot.
Cats or dogs? I like both, but I must say I enjoy cuddling with cats.. when they let you.
What bucket list item would you like to cross off of your list? Visit as many countries as my age. I have 3 more countries to go!
What's the most inspiring part of your job? It is so rewarding to see the progress my clients make during sessions. I love hearing about how they are able to use what they have learned in speech outside of the therapy room. Communication is such a gift because it allows people to relate to and understand the perspective of another while also sharing their own. Being able to help someone grow in this area continues to remind me of how important this is, and I am thankful for how this job allows me to do that!
The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is.. Act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly.
Hobby outside of work, or something about you? I enjoy hiking, baking, reading, camping, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Cats or dogs? Both: I have grown up with cats, but am a dog person at heart.
What bucket list item would you like to cross off of your list? I want to go on a hot air balloon ride!
Jabberdogs started in September 2013 with the goal of offering quality individual speech therapy, while also nurturing a trusting relationship with clients and their families. The inspiration for the name Jabberdogs stemmed from Stephanie's love for her rescue dogs, Kiwi and Milo, and the positive impact they had on her clients.
When Jabberdogs first started out, Kiwi and Milo were an integral part of Stephanie's home office, as they greeted each client at the door and sat through our sessions. Many children (and even adults) who were initially afraid of dogs actually grew to love spending time with Kiwi and Milo, and their fear of dogs dissipated. Now that they are no longer able to join us in our new office, they are onto their next adventures of chasing squirrels and entertaining Stephanie's growing family.
Jabberdogs offers private speech, language, and occupational therapy in San Marino, CA. We also offer tele-therapy for clients unable to attend in-person sessions. We specialize in the following areas:
Insurance: we are contracted with:
For clients with other insurance plans, Jabberdogs will offer claims assistance by providing reports, therapy insurance codes, etc.
"We love Jabberdogs! My son has been with them for 2+ years and has worked with many of the speech pathologists, all which were engaging, fun and focused on our goals! During Covid we were able to do our sessions remotely but in person you'll have no problem finding parking which is very convenient and free! Location is clean and they have lots of toys and activities for the kids to keep them interested in the time they spend together. We have come so far with my son who is now 5 years old. He is not the same kid who first began with little to no language and lots of behavior issues. We have been given lots of tools and practice that he now can complete sentences and verbally express his feelings. So thankful for the patience and commitment from Jabberdogs to get us to where we are now! If you're on the fence just make the jump!!"
"We were very pleased with Stephanie and Laura, who helped our kindergartener son for about 6 months after we moved to the area. Laura spent the time with our son, while Stephanie seemed to keep tabs on his progress and could speak appropriately and intelligently about his development and needs whenever we needed. We were also very pleased with the manner in which the speech therapy finished, which was thoughtful, unemotional and unrushed. Thank you!"
"I chose Stephanie to provide speech and language therapy for my twelve-year old son because it was apparent the first time I met her that not only is she knowledgeable and capable, but she cares. My son has extensive language based learning disabilities that impact him both academically and socially-emotionally. He has been receiving speech and language therapy since he was seven, but the quality of the speech-language therapy Stephanie has provided far surpasses the services my son received at his highly credentialed private school specializing in language bases learning disabilities. It takes not only credentials, but someone who cares. Stephanie possesses both of these characteristics. She came to our initial meeting having a strong understanding and appreciation for my son’s needs. She took the time to thoroughly read my son’s previous Speech and Language Evaluation, and has implemented its recommendations, capitalizing on his strengths to help him learn and feel successful. For each session, I receive a report that provides goals/objectives with an assessment of what was achieved. Stephanie has been providing speech-language therapy three times per week since April. We will be increasing this to five times per week once her schedule permits. Because she cares, my son trusts her and enjoys his sessions. I consider her part of the village that is helping me to educate and raise my son."
"Ms. Masek has worked with us for the past year supporting students with speech therapy needs. She began her work with us by conducting screenings for articulation and pragmatics for 34 students. These screenings proved informative, insightful and useful in obtaining speech services for a number of students.
Over the course of the year, Ms. Masek worked with 4 students on articulation, providing group sessions on site. These four students progressed admirably and were quite fond of working with Ms. Masek, gaining an independence and confidence in speaking and sharing during class time and play with their peers.
Professionally, Ms. Masek was reliable and consistent in meeting her obligations. Parents reported that her instructions for home support were helpful and easily followed through with once home. Again, the students looked forward to their work sessions with her. This is important to note as children working on articulation are sometimes frustrated with focusing on something they may feel a sensitivity towards. All four of the children embraced the work set out for them. It was a pleasure working with her and we hope to continue the relationship moving forward as it was a positive experience for all involved."
--Lesley Romanoff, Director/Head Teacher, Takoma Park Cooperative Nursery School
"My daughter is a 17 year-old who struggles with oral expression and executive functioning. Writing has been particularly difficult for her. There were periods in middle school where she would stare at the computer screen for an hour unable to begin her essay. It was painful to watch.
Teens can be reluctant to work with therapists and quite predictably she was initially uncertain about meeting you. From the first session, however, she was very comfortable and not at all hesitant about sharing her school-related difficulties. You and her have formed a strong bond. She has attended each session willingly and, many times, clearly been relieved that she would be able to meet with you prior to an assignment due date. As a parent, I appreciate how open you’ve been about discussing various approaches and have reviewed the many materials and thoughts I sent your way!
I asked her to provide a summary of your sessions together. She wrote the following:
'Stephanie has helped me organize my writing. We've practiced mind mapping, a type of note-taking strategy, where we created charts and diagrams containing my thoughts and ideas for English essays assigned by my AP Language and Composition teacher. Through mind mapping, I first was able to record my ideas in visual form. From this, Stephanie helped me connect my ideas to create an outline for my English essays. Stephanie would also read short stories to me. As I listened, I would create a mind map. Mind mapping is helpful to me because it allows me to look at my notes to find the main idea and key points of a story. This has helped me separate the main idea from details. Before working with Stephanie, my topic sentence in essays would actually be details rather than a central idea. Organizing my thoughts through mind mapping has allowed me to get better grades on my English essays. I have gone from getting Cs and Ds to Bs and Cs.
Stephanie has also worked with me on speaking and presenting . After making a mind mapping chart, I go over my notes then provide a summary of what I have written. Having to verbally share my notes has allowed me to be more organized to ensure that what I am saying makes sense and is in a logical order. Because of this I have gained more confidence in my speaking abilities.'
Very simply, she does seem prouder of herself."
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