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 come into the office. I 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 as possible. SSL is also committed to creating functional goals that will most positively impact the client and their family's quality of life and daily living. I truly love interacting with the children and their families. I am grateful for the opportunity to assist 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).
Favorite Therapy Toy: "I love using my green screen for activities!"
Favorite Part of Therapy: "The feeling when I have a "breakthrough" moment with a child. Whey they have worked so hard and are able to do something they weren't able to do before. I love seeing the pride and excitement in their and their parents' faces. It makes all the hard work so worth it!"
Fun Fact: Careen went to graduate school with Nori in the Bay Area, and their paths just happened to cross again here in Fresno!
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
Bilingual: English and Korean
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!
Favorite Therapy Toy: "For online therapy I love using my green screen. One session we can be adventuring through the jungle and in the next, we are working on the farm!"
Favorite Part of Therapy: "Helping children find confidence in their own words. Developing their communication skills allows them to feel understood and assured of their abilities."
Fun Fact: "I grew up watching my mom prepare the most delicious and authentic Korean dishes. When I took to cooking, I put into practice everything I learned from her and now I get to share amazing recipes with my friends!"
Elizabeth "Suzzie" Vazquez, B.A., LIC-SLPA
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Bilingual: English and Spanish
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.
Favorite Therapy Toy: "My favorite therapy tools consist of board games and coloring activities."
Favorite Part of Therapy: "I love watching my clients grow and the joy that it brings their families!"
Fun Fact: "I love to collect plants and coffee mugs!"
Whitney Masten M.A, CCC-SLP
Whitney is licensed by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board and certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She is a graduate of CSU Fresno.
Favorite Therapy Toy: "I love to use popper toys, my crawl-through tubes, dance, or any other activity that incorporates movement and a meaningful experience."
Favorite Part of Therapy: "Seeing kids recognize their own progress and be proud of their accomplishments, no matter how small. I love that being an SLP provides me with the opportunity to help others find their voice and become confident communicators."
Fun Fact: One of Whitney's favorite jobs before becoming an SLP was working as a dog groomer! "It was messy work, but I love dogs, so I always looked forward to seeing my furry clients."