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

Lana first became engaged with language development as an immigrant and English-Language Learner at the age of 11, spending an agonizing year not being able to ask or answer questions, explain herself, or even read and write at grade-level.  While serving in the U.S. Army she 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 her potential locked away behind a communication barrier, Lana is highly motivated to help the children she works with become effective communicators as soon as possible.

Lana has a special interest in literacy and is certified through IMSE as an Orton-Gillingham intervention provider to help children who struggle to learn to read and spell. Many children who start talking later, or struggle saying longer words correctly, also struggle with literacy acquisition in school. Therefore, she often incorporates literacy interventions in her sessions.
When not working with her clients, Lana loves to hike around the Columbia Gorge with her husband, listen to live music, noodle around with a guitar, do DIY home-improvement projects, and read books while snuggling with her cat.
Hilani Williams
Hilani WilliamsSpeech Language Pathologist-Clinical Fellow
Fluent in English and Spanish
BA in psychology, HSU
BA Speech and Hearing Sciences, PSU
MS: Speech and Hearing Sciences, PSU
– PROMPT Trained (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets)

Hilani Williams

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.

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 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.