Hilani first became interested in speech-language pathology at the age of seven when she worked with a speech therapist herself. She enjoyed the process and experience of how she was taught to communicate with the world around her. Her personal speech therapy experience led her to pursue education in the field and she earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology. After that she spent 5 years working as a therapist for children diagnosed with Autism.
She was raised in a bilingual and bicultural home, where her Mexican mother taught her Spanish at a young age. This experience helped her discover a passion for working with bicultural families and providing a holistic approach to speech therapy.
When not working, Hilani enjoys the great outdoors and all of the fantastic places that Oregon has to offer. Some of her favorite past times include backpacking in the mountains and surfing at the Oregon coast.