ABOUT US

MEET OUR TEAM

Svetlana Gelman
Svetlana GelmanSpeech Language Pathologist
Fluent in English and Russian
BA: Communication Disorders, CUNY Queens College
MA: Speech-Language Pathology, CUNY Queens College
Orton-Gillingham Certified Intervention Provider
PROMPT Trained (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets)

Lana Gelman

As an eleven-year old who just immigrated to the United States I spent an agonizing year not being able to ask or answer questions, explain myself, or even read and write in my English-only school.  While serving in the U.S. Army I was again exposed to other languages and new social norms, while deployed or traveling, which made it very difficult to communicate. 

Remembering how frustrating and stressful it was to have my potential locked away behind a communication barrier, I am highly motivated to help the children I work with become effective communicators as soon as possible.

Although speech and language therapy is a passion, I also have a special interest in literacy and am certified through IMSE as an Orton-Gillingham intervention provider to help children who struggle learning to read and spell. Many children who start talking later, or struggle saying longer words correctly, also struggle with literacy acquisition in school. Therefore, I often incorporate literacy interventions in my sessions.

I also believe in working as a team and whenever possible collaborate with any other providers that work with the children I serve. In our clinic, we often brainstorm together on how to best engage our clients and do continuous professional development to improve our skills. 

When not working with my clients, I love to hike around the Columbia Gorge with my husband, listen to live music, noodle around with a guitar, do DIY home-improvement projects, and read books while snuggling with my cat.

Stephanie Collings
Stephanie CollingsSpeech Language Pathology Clinic Fellow
Fluent in English and Spanish
MS: Speech and Hearing Sciences- Certificate in Bilingual Concentration, Portland State University
BA: Speech and Hearing Sciences- Minor in Spanish, Portland State University

Stephanie Collings

As a person with an invisible disability, I understand fully what it means to be someone who is different in a way most people don’t see, recognize or fully understand. Because of this, I have always wanted to work in a field where I not only advocate for people, but I also work with them in a way that best fits their unique needs. Speech-language pathology gives me a way to be a tour guide on my clients’ communication journeys, not the driver. Meaning, I will walk alongside my clients and show them what I know, but never stand in their way or dictate the way their journey continues. We walk this path together. No two people are the same, and I believe that should also apply to therapy goals and activities. 

I heavily emphasize the importance of bilingual therapy services for multilingual speakers, because it makes sense to treat people with all of the languages they use. Bilingualism is highly overlooked and misunderstood in our field, and I firmly believe that a person’s communication goals should incorporate all of the languages and communication modalities that they use. I also believe that the most important folks on my clients’ team are their families and caregivers. You are the expert for your child, and I will always honor that.

My special interests in speech-language pathology include Cultural and Linguistic Diversity, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Augmented and Alternative Communication, Gender Communications and Fluency.

When I’m not working, I like to play with my 2 pups, practice learning a new language (I’m trying Russian currently), read or listen to books, watch a movie I’ve never seen before, paint ceramics, and explore new scenery with my fiancé.

OUR SPACE

We strive to provide a calm, inviting and engaging space that enables children to feel comfortable while they learn and play.

The right space makes all the difference in speech therapy by promoting engagement and success. You may notice that some of the rooms are different. Not every child learns well in the same environment, so we also have a sensory room with adjustable light levels and less distractions available to help facilitate the best environment for many different learning styles.

You can scroll through the images on the left to get a feel for our space and see some of the toys, books and other mediums that we use during sessions.

OUR APPROACH

Creating meaningful connections with children enables successful speech therapy.  Our focus on providing a positive learning environment helps children feel safe, confident, and improves their motivation to attempt something that has been so difficult in the past: to communicate.  We pride ourselves on enabling children to become confident and effective communicators.

OUR PURPOSE

At TPL Speech, our mission is to positively impact the lives of those struggling with communication disorders. By working with children and their families we creatively problem-solve specific situations when communication struggles happen and offer tools and strategies to overcome these as soon as possible. We also continue to work directly with the child, building from their strengths, to improve overall communication. The importance of being able to effectively communicate cannot be overstated.  It enables us to convey and understand ideas, thoughts and emotions and to control our environment.  Through effective communication we develop relationships and navigate life.