Simpson Speech and Language (SSL) is focused on providing comprehensive evidence based assessments, consultations, and individualized therapy. SSL prides itself on planning and implementing customized therapy approaches, incorporating family members as part of the team, and collaborating with other professionals. Overall, our dedication to continuing education in research-based practices is emphasized in order to provide the best therapy to clients as possible. Therapy is focused on functional goals in order to positively impact the day-to-day life of the individuals and families that we serve.
Simpson Speech and Language is owned and operated by Noriko K. Simpson, M.S., CCC-SLP. Nori is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and licensed by the state of California. She has experience working with pediatric and adult populations within school, hospital, and private practice settings.
Nori relocated back to the Central Valley from the Bay Area with her husband. She was raised in Reedley, CA and is excited to be back in the Valley close to her family. She enjoys spending time on the coast, testing out new recipes, watching baseball and basketball (Go A's and Warriors!) and enjoying time with her family.
From Nori: "I am passionate about the clients and the families that I get to work with. I really enjoy serving, collaborating, and learning from the children and their families that come in for therapy. Additionally, I feel grateful to mentor and lead a group of wonderful therapists. I am very selective when hiring, and make certain that all therapists represent the high standards of SSL. We collaborate together to read and attend continuing education courses in order to stay up to date on the most current research and therapy approaches. Reviewing current research is essential in order to provide the most effective therapy possible. SSL is committed to creating functional goals that will most positively impact the client and their family's quality of life and daily living. I really love what I do and interacting with the child and their families. I am grateful for the opportunity to help anyone who calls our office."
40 Under 40
Congratulations Nori on receiving the 40 under 40 award from her graduate university! She was nominated by previous clinical directors and staff in the Communicative Sciences and Disorders department for her contribution and dedication to the field of speech pathology!
Careen Abadjian M.S., CCC-SLP
Careen is licensed by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board and certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
Careen has a background working with children and adults. She was born and raised in San Luis Obispo and currently resides in Fresno with her husband and two dogs. Fun fact: Nori Simpson and Careen attended graduate school together in the Bay Area and their paths crossed again here in Fresno. SSL is grateful to have Careen on the team!
Katie Lacy M.A., CCC-SLP
Katie is licensed by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board and certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
Katie has a background working with children in the public school setting and private practice setting. Katie is a wonderful baker and always has something delicious to share! SSL is grateful for Katie's kind, generous, and hard working attitude on the team!
Sarah Lim, B.S., LIC-SLPA
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Sarah is licensed by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board. She graduated from Biola University in La Mirada, California. Sarah was recently honored by being chosen to present research she conducted at Biola University at the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association's (CSHA) 2019 Conference. Congratulations, Sarah! This is a considerable accomplishment!
Elizabeth "Suzzie" Vazquez, B.S., LIC-SLPA
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Suzzie is licensed by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board. Suzzie will be continuing her studies and working to obtain an advanced degree to further her knowledge in the field of speech pathology in 2021.
Suzzie is a bilingual (English and Spanish) therapist. SSL is grateful to have her positive, intuitive, and dedicated personality on the team!