ABOUT THE OWNER
Elizabeth Brooks Oakley M.S. CCC-SLP
I was initially drawn to the profession of speech-language pathology because I wanted to work with pediatric and adult clients in voice disorders. As a trained theater actor and singer, it seemed like a natural fit. I love working to improve the voice in not just performers, but anyone who has challenges with vocal function. I became certified early in my career in Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT), which is voice therapy for individuals with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and am Speak OUT certified. I also received special training in Myofacial Release therapy, focusing on voice and swallowing disorders. While I truly enjoy working in voice disorders, I realized that my passion is helping any patient with their individual communication needs.
I am fortunate to have vast experiences in a variety of settings. My work with children in schools and in the clinic has led me to help children that have challenges that range from the mild articulation challenge to a severe stutter. This may include those individuals with medically complex backgrounds or those with Autism or Apraxia. Additionally, I love bringing my extensive acting and singing training to work with performers of all ages.
I enjoyed my education, receiving a M.S. from California State University, Northridge where I graduated with distinction. Prior, I received a B.F.A from New York University where I graduated with honors. I speak conversational Spanish and am currently a member of ASHA’s Special Interest Group 3, Voice and Voice disorders, SIG 4, Fluency and Fluency Disorders and The Voice Foundation. When I am not working, my other passions are yoga, the study of sound as a healing modality, and spending time with my wonderful husband, our two daughters, a dog and three cats. Even as native Angelenos, we love exploring the neighborhoods of Los Angeles like tourists.
Leslie received her masters degree in Communication Disorders in 2009. During graduate school Leslie completed clinical placements in a neuro-rehabilitation unit, voice disorders center, and a public school district. She worked in public schools for her first five years and also contracted with private pediatric therapy companies to provide in-home speech therapy and early intervention assessments after school and during the summers. Following her public school experience, Leslie has spent the last six years working with multidisciplinary teams at multiple private outpatient pediatric clinics. Leslie also has experience providing speech therapy online. Leslie is PROMPT trained and has wide-ranging experience treating communication disorders of all types for individuals ranging in age from early childhood through adolescence and early adulthood.
Leslie grew up in Phoenix, AZ and has since lived in seven states across the US. When she is not working, Leslie loves to travel, watch movies, and spend time with friends and family.
I went to the University of Arizona, where I obtained my Bachelors in Speech Language and Hearing Science along with my Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) license. I have worked in pediatric speech therapy, in the clinical setting as well as home healthcare, in Arizona and California for over 4 years. I have worked with children with Autism, Down Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy. I am highly proficient in bilingual therapy, working in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language.
I have always enjoyed helping others and working with children. I understand the difficult struggles that special needs children go through when in school as I also struggled with attention and reading issues due to an early diagnosis of ADHD/Dyslexia, overcoming these hurdles through early and longitudinal intervention. This intimate personal experience is part of what drives my deep passion for Speech Therapy. During my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading, and attending sporting events.
My passion in life is helping children find their words and supporting their families through their incredible journey. As a dancer, I want to give every child opportunities to express their thoughts and feelings in meaningful ways through nonverbal and verbal communication. I joined Magnolia Speech Therapy as a pediatric Speech Language Pathology Assistant in 2016. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal studies with an emphasis in multicultural art, and a multiple subject teaching credential from California State University, Los Angeles. My career began as an elementary school teacher for three years in New York and Los Angeles that inspired me to work one on one with children with special needs, including Down's syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Autism Spectrum Disorders, as an in-home ABA therapist. I returned to being a student to study communication disorders at Chapman University, and interned at Glendale Adventist Medical Center before practicing speech therapy in medical, school and private settings. I did not know the road would take so many surprising turns before leading me to work where I absolutely love. Every day, I am inspired by my patients as we learn and find answers together. In clinic, I currently treat articulation/phonological, auditory processing, receptive/expressive language, stuttering and Childhood Apraxia of Speech disorders in English and in Armenian of Eastern dialect. I enjoy spending my free time with family, cooking, yoga, dance, and exploring the outdoors.
I joined Magnolia Speech Therapy in September 2018 as the Office Manager. I have been a Medical Assistant for 7 years. As a very young girl I always knew I wanted to help people. I began my journey in Pediatrics after graduating from UEI College as an intern. From there I've gained knowledge and experience from Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, OBGYN, Urgent Care and the Laboratory. I have also worked in Orthopedics Sports and Medicine and General Surgery for a private Surgeon. Gratefully, I am now part of a wonderful team who makes patient care personal and enjoyable. On my spare time I love to dance, workout, listen to music and being around nature.