About Us

All of us work with confidence and compassion
as part of the PATHWAYS team

Gayle Keefer
Director - M.A., SLP

Gayle Keefer, M.A., SLP is the director and founder of Pathways Speech and Language. She received her B.A. degree in English Literature from UCLA in 1971 and her Masters of Arts degree in Speech Communication and Communicative Disorders in 1974. She is licensed by the state of California and a member of the California Speech and Hearing Association. Her experience includes adult head trauma and acute care in her early career; interest in neurology and neurologically based disorders, which led to an interest in pediatrics. Her early experience with cleft palate, cerebral palsy and early intervention treatment paved the way for her continued interest in making successful communication a reality for any child. In 1996 Pathways came into being, thanks in large part to Robin Kushner, who became the first clinician on the staff. Gayle currently offers teacher in-services for schools on the Westside, and has the privilege of hosting rotations of pediatric residents from UCLA School of Medicine. She serves as a member of the Expert Advisory Panel for Scribble Press, Inc. and heads pre-school screenings for local schools. Her appreciation of children and their individual uniqueness sustains her love of the practice of speech pathology.

TRAINED IN:
• PROMPT
• Social Thinking
Robin Kushner
M.A., SLP

Robin Kushner, M.A., SLP became interested in a career in speech pathology after volunteering during high school on the pediatric floor at UCLA hospital. She received both her Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in Speech Pathology and Audiology in 1972 and 1976 respectively, from San Diego State University. Upon completing her education, she began working for the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District in San Diego. At this time she was trained in assessment and treatment of auditory and language processing disorders in children. She was also among the first therapists to be trained in the LiPS program (Lindamood Bell) that provides specific instruction in phonemic awareness, which teaches children to become aware of various mouth actions used to produce speech sounds. This continues to be a strong area of interest for Robin. In 1979, Robin, her husband, and young family relocated to Los Angeles. When Pathways Speech & Language opened in 1996, Robin became the backbone of support for the practice. Working with children and their families remains enriching and exciting.

TRAINED IN:
• LiPS
• Social Thinking
• PROMPT
Ladan Haverim
M.S., CCC- SLP

Ladan Haverim, M.S., CCC- SLP, became interested in a career as an SLP after interning at Pathways as an undergraduate. She received her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from CSUN in 2011. Her experience includes practicing in multidisciplinary settings at a skilled nursing facility, an adult day facility, and an early-intervention based- program at a private practice. Ladan has also worked as a school-based therapist at charter schools and for LAUSD, with students in kindergarten- 8th grade. She is ASHA certified and is licensed through the State of California Speech Pathology and Audiology Board.

TRAINED IN:
• PROMPT
• Social Thinking
Angie Thudium
M.A., CCC- SLP

Angie Thudium, M.A., CCC- SLP received a Bachelor of Health Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2001 and earned her Master of Arts in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Kansas in 2003. Angie is certified by the Hanen Center to lead “It Takes Two to Talk,” a family-focused early language intervention program for young children with expressive and/or receptive language delays. She is licensed through the State of California Speech Pathology and Audiology Board, holds her Certification of Clinical Competency and is a current member of ASHA. Angie’s experience includes practice at a non-public elementary, preschool, early intervention programs, and a multi-discipline pediatric clinic.

CERTIFIED IN:
• “It Takes Two to Talk”
• The Hanen Program® for Parents

TRAINED IN:
• PROMPT
• DIR/Floortime®
• Talk Tools
• Social Thinking
Gopika Kamdar
M.A., CCC- SLP

Gopika Kamdar, M.A., CCC- SLP received her Bachelor degree in Biopsychology from the University of California, Davis in 2005, completed her post baccalaureate work at the University of Redlands, and received her Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from Northwestern University in 2008. Her professional focus includes the assessment and treatment of speech, language, and feeding in children ranging from 12 months to 14 years of age. Gopika has had experience practicing in multidisciplinary clinics focusing on DIR/Floortime® and Sensory Integration, as well as in a hospital setting. She enjoys running “Toddler Time” at Pathways and is delighted to be part of the Early Intervention specialty focus at Pathways. She is ASHA certified and is licensed through the State of California Speech Pathology and Audiology Board.

TRAINED IN:
• PROMPT
• “It Takes Two to Talk”- The Hanen Program® for Parents
• DIR/Floortime®
• Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) feeding therapy
• Social Thinking
Allie Davis
M.S., CCC- SLP

Allie Davis, M.S., CCC- SLP received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communicative Disorders from the University of Redlands in 2011 and her Masters of Science degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences from California State University, Northridge in 2013. She has previously worked as a student clinician at the University of Redlands Truesdail Center and the CSUN Language Speech and Hearing Center gaining experience in the areas of early intervention as well as adult neurology. She completed her school-based externship in the Santa Monica/Malibu Unified School District at Roosevelt Elementary School and her final externship at Pathways Speech & Language. Her experience includes evaluation and treatment of adults with neurological deficits in both individual and group settings as well as evaluation and treatment of children with various disorders of speech and language.

TRAINED IN:
• PROMPT
Stephanie Bendel
M.A., CCC- SLP

Stephanie Bendel, M.A., CCC-SLP received her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology from Northeastern University in 2012 and her Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Hofstra University in 2014. Stephanie's previous work experience as a speech-language pathologist was primarily in the school systems, and she always envisioned herself in a 1:1 therapeutic setting where she could foster a deeper relationship with children and their families. Stephanie joined Pathways following a move from New York, where she worked as a speech therapist at The Hudson River Middle School. There, she acquired a special interest in language-based disorders, auditory processing, and reading and writing skills for school-aged children and adolescents. She also previously worked in Early Intervention with children ages birth-3, where she gained experience with early childhood feeding and apraxia of speech. Stephanie most recently worked in a preschool with children who had a wide range of developmental delays and medical diagnoses. She is enthusiastic about being a part of the Pathways family where she is able to work with children of all ages and with a variety of needs. Stephanie is ASHA certified and holds both her New York and California state licenses.

Andrea Hlavka
Office Manager

Andrea Hlavka, Office Manager, has been with Pathways since it opened. Andrea directs the smooth operation of all administrative aspects of the practice. She oversees the non-clinical facets of Pathways including communication with other allied professionals, scheduling, and billing. Andrea most enjoys greeting the children and being of service to their families.

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