Cara is a Speech Language Pathologist originally from Encinitas, CA. She earned her master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Western North Carolina after spending many years as a paraprofessional in school districts across the West Coast. She found her passion for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) through working collaboratively with speech therapists in the schools. Her students with complex communication needs continuously teach her to think critically from a lens of neurodivergence and rethink accessibility.
In her spare time, you can find Cara reading, hanging with her dogs (one is a sled dog from Mt. Bachelor!), and traveling with her husband and friends.
Areas of Specialty
Cara has experience in multiple settings, including private practice, early childhood programs, hospitals, and public schools, with patients ranging from early infancy to geriatric populations. She has successfully acquired alternative communication devices for 100% of her clients (so far!) who require varying communication access methods, such as eye gaze and direct selection.
Cara has completed training in the evaluation and treatment for AAC use, including programs such as LAMP Words for Life®, Tobii Dynavox Snap Core, Proloquo2Go, TouchChat® HD, and more. She has completed continuing education in virtual AAC assessments and team-based approaches to AAC. She continues to build her skills through research and continuing education courses.
- Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, University of California Santa Cruz
- Post-baccalaureate of Communication Sciences and Disorders, California State San Marcos
- Master of Science, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Western Carolina University
- LAMP Words for Life®
- Tobii Dynavox Snap Core
- TouchChat® HD
- Licensed by the State of Oregon by the Board of Examiners For Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology
"Sonos has been a great partner in our multidisciplinary concussion clinic. They have stepped up to serve our patients and we enjoy the coordination of care that we feel brings the patients improved care. On an individual basis, our patients have gained tools and knowledge to address challenges from brain injury in their everyday lives. Practical tips and tools that are invaluable. SONOS helps to change lives for those suffering from traumatic brain injury.”
“As an asthma specialist involved in the care of patients of all ages with laryngeal hypersensitivity and vocal cord dysfunction, I have had the opportunity to share numerous patients with the speech and language pathologists at Sonos. I have been very impressed by the professionalism, communication, quality of care, and outstanding results that my patients get under their care. It is very rewarding to see the results they achieve with the patients I refer to them."
"I always trust that Sonos Neurotherapies is going to provide excellent therapy and care for my patients. Families and patients love the specialists there and the support they provide.”
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