Meet Our Team at Infinity Kids

Speech and Language Therapists

Speech Department Supervisor

Sofia Marinac

StrengthsMotivated, Compassionate, Fun-loving

Advanced Training: Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy

My love of working with the pediatric population started back in high school when I was a learn-to-swim coach for toddlers (and some adults!). Now, as an SLP, I strive to create a fun and playful environment in each session while simultaneously encouraging growth in speech and language development. Additionally, I enjoy creating connections with all the family members I work with as they are an integral part of the team.

Speech and Language Pathologist

Tami Reece

StrengthsNurturing, Intuitive, Compassionate

Advanced Training:
 Neurodiversity + Supporting Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

Tami loves early intervention and learning about the unique needs of families while teaching them techniques to bring out their child’s strengths. Her hobbies include journaling, amigurumi (Japanese art of crocheting small yarn toys), running, Zumba, cooking, and playing board games with her husband and three adult children.

Speech Department Supervisor

Samantha Shaffer

StrengthsConfident, Productive, Compassionate
Advanced Training: Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Pediatric Feeding Disorders

I am a high energy, outgoing Speech Therapist. I was born and raised in West Virginia and recently moved to Southern California with my husband. I am passionate about my career and love learning about therapeutic strategies for a variety of communication disorders. I prioritize the family’s goals while implementing evidence-based practice into all therapy sessions. I have a special interest in childhood apraxia of speech, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and pediatric feeding. In my free time, I enjoy running, workout classes, and baking. 

Speech and Language Pathologist

Molly Stuckey

StrengthsNurturing, Confident, Enthusiastic
Specialty Certifications: Certified ASD Clinical Specialist
Advanced Training: Stuttering Modification, Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy

With over 20 years experience, I love teaching parents how to help their child communicate more effectively. I have published a book titled Flexi Lexi, which is targeted for children who have difficultly with flexibility, compromising, and problem solving. I love seeing children develop into who they are as they learn to navigate their world through language and the evolution of family and community relationships. My two daughters encourage me to stay positive and present. In my free time, I enjoy painting, running, and spending time with my friends, daughters, and fiancé.

Speech and Language Pathologist

Lindsey Melland

StrengthsDetail conscious, caring, motivated 

Advanced Training:
 Neurodiversity + Supporting Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

I believe every child has a voice and deserves to be heard. As a SLP, I am passionate about supporting children and their families on their journey to become more effective communicators. I strive to highlight each child’s strengths and interests during therapy sessions in order to support their speech and language development. I have experience working in schools and private practice serving children ages 2 to 14 years old. On my free time I enjoy reading, cooking, and going on adventures outdoors with my husband and two kids.

Speech and Language Pathologist

Makaela Chen

StrengthsLoyal, Motivated, Thoughtful 

I have always had a passion for working with kids. I particularly enjoy working with early intervention, apraxia and gestalt language processing. I am also passionate about involving my client’s family in the treatment process to empower them to carryover new skills in the home environment. In my free time, I enjoy cooking and going on walks with my husband.

Speech and Language Pathologist

Julie Kim

StrengthsQuality-Oriented, Responsible, Sociable

I have always had a passion for working with children! The most rewarding part of my profession is watching my clients make progress in their ability to communicate with people in their lives. I am especially interested in working with bilingual children and the effect of bilingualism in communication disorders as I have fluent in Korean. On my free time, I like to go on mini trips with my family to Dana Point. My husband and I also like exploring different restaurants to try various food. 

Speech and Language Pathologist

Thanh-Ai Nguyen

Strengths: Caring, Proactive, Dependable 

I am excited to closely work with clients and their family to reach their speech and language goals. I use play based therapy to get the most social communication out of speech therapy sessions and love incorporating animals, play houses, monkey bars, and slides. I love finding resources to support each family I serve. My passion for working with children stems from growing up with a large family and wanting my family members to grow into their best selves. In the field of speech therapy my interests include language development, AAC, swallowing, and feeding. In my free time, I enjoy being outside either rollerblading or biking!

Speech and Language Pathologist

Kacie Peters

StrengthsDependable, Determined, Compassionate
Advanced Training: Gestalt Language Processing, Echolalia and Natural Language Acquisition (NLA)

I am a passionate speech therapist who enjoys working on speech sound disorders, expressive language, and literacy! Working with the entire family in a collaborative way is my favorite way to provide therapy. I am passionate about client relationships and play-based therapy. I love to find the best therapeutic approach to motivate and engage each child. You can find me playing in the gym; especially in our rainbow swing!  I moved from Orlando, Florida and am enjoying all the things the West Coast has to offer. 

Speech and Language Assistants

Speech and Language Pathologist Assistant

Natalie Garcia

Strengths: Loyal, Patient, Flexible

I believe each child’s personality is unique to them and see my role as a therapist to understand what motivates them to tailor therapy that is functional and fun. I have a wide range of experience with children ages 18months – 16 years old in a variety of therapy contexts consisting of clinic, school, telehealth, social groups and using assistive technology for communication. Involving the whole family in treatment and witnessing the child’s growth in communication across multiple settings is my greatest joy. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband and two daughters, baking and exercising.

Speech and Language Pathologist Assistant

Kristy Gilchrist

Strengths: Loyal, Productive, Enthusiastic

Since graduation, I have been working at Speech Therapy clinics working with clients aged 2-21. I love finding out what makes each child motivated to do their best and reach their individual goals. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and dogs, playing board games, and watching a movie at the theater with a big bowl of popcorn.

Speech and Language Pathologist Assistant

Kristi Germick

StrengthsDependable, Flexible, Compassionate

Advanced Training:
 Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Kristi adores teaching language and pragmatic skills as well as working with early intervention children.  Kristi is both an adventurous hiker and camper and also likes to spend quality time with loved ones on her free time!

Speech and Language Pathologist Assistant

Mahnoor Ahmad

StrengthsNurturing, Caring, Charismatic

Advanced Training:
 American Sign Language

Noor is an advocate for speech in every way! She is all about providing hope to families and creating a positive impact within the lives around her. Language, in general, holds a very important place in her heart, as there are many ways to express and share all that we are as unique human beings. Noor is proficient in Urdu, Hindi, and even American Sign Language! In her spare time, she likes to create personalized desserts. One can also find her at a local plant shop; she is a huge lover of plants — succulents to be specific!

Interested in joining our team?