Jodi Negrin, Owner, Speech/Language Pathologist
As the owner of Sound Children’s Therapy Clinic, Jodi makes it her mission that all clients and their families that come through the door for therapy services are provided with the highest level of care in a caring, professional, and relaxed environment. She prides herself on fostering and maintaining a close-knit, dedicated, professional team of therapists and employees which then translates to a high-level of service provided to the clients.
Jodi is a speech/language pathologist. She is a proud graduate of the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing sciences and Master of Science in Speech/Language Pathology (1998). Jodi is licensed as a speech/language pathologist in the State of Washington and has been a longstanding member of the American Speech/Language/Hearing Association. Throughout her career, Jodi has worked as a pediatric speech/language pathologist (SLP) serving children in a variety of settings including private clinics, home-based, and public schools.
Outside of work, Jodi enjoys spending time with her husband and three sons, cooking, watching movies, and exercising (she can often be found at the local Orangetheory Fitness studio!). She believes in working hard but also in carving out time for self-care, relaxation, and spending time with family and friends.
Rick Negrin, Chief Operations Officer
As the COO for Sound Children’s Therapy, Rick leads the operations and strategy for the clinic. Leveraging his skills learned in the world of fast growing tech startups, Rick is focused on growing the clinic and streamlining operations. This allows the therapists to focus on their most important role, helping children!
Rick has a background in computer engineering and worked in the tech field for over 25 years in several technical and leadership roles. He has experience with small and large companies, working in 4 startups as well as Microsoft.
Outside of work Rick enjoys spending time with his family, baking, and serving on local community boards.
Vera Girard, Clinic Operations Manager
Vera is our Clinic Operations Manager and she is often the first friendly face or voice our clients see or hear!
Vera has worked in the legal field for many years, but made the switch to the medical field in 2014. She is an integral part of our team and particularly enjoys working at Sound, getting to know and meet all the families that come through our doors.
In her spare time, Vera enjoys spending as much time as possible in the sun, when it decides to shine in the Pacific Northwest. She usually takes 3 or 4 camping trips a year with her family. She also likes to read and go to the movies with her daughter.
Tara Jesson, Lead Occupational Therapist, OTR/L
Tara is our clinical team lead and an occupational therapist for over 30 years! She received her BS in Occupational Therapy from Texas Women’s University. Tara is always pursuing furthering her experience and education in the areas of pediatric occupational therapy. Her post-graduate training and expertise includes: 3-day sequential Oral Sensory Feeding (SOS) Course and other pediatric feeding education; Enteroception and Encopresis training; Autism and sensory regulation; extensive continuing education in reflex integration; Wilbarger Education in Sensory Defensiveness and Sensory Diet; Anxiety in children; Gross visual and visual perceptual deficits.
Beyond work, Tara enjoys hiking the area mountains in Summer and skiing them in the Winter. Golf if another outdoor activity that she has found a passion for. She loves reading, theater, and traveling. Tara relishes trying out new relishes with her husband and friends and balances that out with Orange Theory Fitness!
Rachel Albo, MOT, OTR/L
Rachel received her Bachelor of Health Sciences (2013) and moved on to receive her Master of Occupational Therapy from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan (2015). Her previous professional OT experience includes outpatient sensory pediatric clinic, elementary schools, pediatric home-based school services, and inpatient rehab hospitals. Rachel enjoys hiking, cooking, working out, and dancing. In her spare time, she is an Orangetheory coach and holistic health coach. Although she primarily eats health-promoting foods, her favorite foods are pizza and fries.
Rachel is passionate about providing clients and parents with tools & strategies for success to ensure carry over across all environments. She continues to further her professional growth with continuing education courses such as: Sensory Motor Play in Early Intervention, Advancing Pediatric Function Through Neuroplasticity and Treating Children with ADHD.
Ruhama Bestavros, OT Project Coordinator, MOT, OTR/L
Ruhama is a bilingual occupational therapist who is fluent in English and Spanish. She received a BS in Biology with a minor in Psychology (2008) from the University of Texas Pan-American, a BS in Healthcare Services (2013) and an MS in Occupational Therapy (2013) from the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX. Her additional training includes Certification in Pediatric Kinesio Taping, continuing education in neurological deficits, and feeding. In February 2024, Ruhama received certification in Craniosacral Fascial Therapy (CFT). She now offers CFT services to babies and children of all ages as well as adults.
Ruhama specializes in working with infants with feeding challenges (breastfeeding, inability to latch, difficulty sucking, oral ties and bottle feeding), and infant/toddler feeding challenges with starting and transitioning to solid foods. Ruhama also specializes in treating babies and children with torticollis, developmental motor delays, Autism, primitive reflexes, emotional regulation and sensory processing disorders. Ruhama loves craft projects and event planning and is the project/craft coordinator and chief “fun” officer at Sound! In her personal time, Ruhama enjoys hiking, skiing, running, playing sports, traveling, spending time with her family, and attending music concerts.
Christian Eustaquio, COTA
Christian is a recent graduate of Lake Washington Institute of Technology’s Occupational Therapy Assistant program. He completed his field work at Sound Children’s Therapy where he worked with clients of various ages and diagnoses including autism, developmental delay, and selective mutism. Christian found a particular interest in helping clients with handwriting, feeding, and sensory regulation strategies.
Christian has ten years of experience in a wide breadth of healthcare roles, including surgical technologist, pre- and post-surgical nursing assistant, and EKG technician. In his free time, Christian likes to read, practice meditation, and play video games with his wife.
Constance Mullans, OTR/L
Constance received her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Wisconsin and has an Associate of Arts degree in pre-occupational therapy from a Florida Community College. She also has a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction with prior professional licensure in elementary education.
Constance has lived and worked in Germany where she worked with military kids needing special education and taught 3rd and 4th grade in the US as well as in Vietnam. Her continuing education and training is extensive and she has worked with children with diagnoses that include developmental delay, autism spectrum disorder, feeding and oral motor delays, sensory integration disorders, cerebral palsy, neurodevelopmental, and genetic disorders.
Constance has been previously certified in the sensory integration and praxis tests, neurodevelopmental treatment with adults and babies, and has twice been board certified in pediatrics. She continually advocates for the profession of occupational therapy and successfully advocated for a regulation bill in the Colorado state legislature.
As part of her quasi-retirement, she is a newly-certified scuba diver and enjoys travelling and dance/exercise classes.
Ksenia Popova, COTA/L
Ksenia graduated from Occupational Therapy Assistant program from Green River Community College in 2010, and later earned her BA in Business Administration from University of Washington in 2021. She worked most of her career as a COTA in geriatrics across multiple settings such as hospitals, skilled nursing, and home health. She took on a pediatric assignment in Kent School District and found a passion for working on handwriting, sensory integration, and adaptive technology with children from pre-K to high school ages.
In her free time, Ksenia enjoys paddle boarding, hiking, traveling, and discovering fun new restaurants.
Crystal Ricciardi, OTR/L
Crystal is an occupational therapist and certified functional nutritionist. She has worked in a variety of settings with all ages including private pediatric clinics, acute rehabilitation and home/community-based programs. Crystal received her master’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Puget Sound. She later received a second master’s degree in human nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States in Portland, OR. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Institute for Functional Medicine.
Over a decade ago, she decided to dive into integrative health coaching and then functional medicine to complement her practice as an occupational therapist and to fulfill her passion of working with adults and children to improve their health and wellbeing. Crystal loves to educate and empower her clients and families and that everyone deserves individualized care.
She is from Reno, Nevada but has lived in the Pacific Northwest for almost a decade. In her free time, she loves to cook, hike, travel, lift weights and spend time with her husband, friends, and three sons.
Cassandra Seale, COTA/L
Cassandra graduated from Brown Mackie’s Occupational Therapy Assistant program in Arizona in 2014, and then earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Grand Canyon University in Arizona in 2016.
She has worked as an OTA in Arizona, California, Virginia, and Washington, and volunteered at a children’s orphanage in Cambodia. She has served a diverse population of clients in the mental health and physical health settings, from beginning to end of life care. Her professional interests include emotional regulation strategies and sensory integration.
Cassandra enjoys spending time with her husband, who serves in the US Coast Guard, and her three busy children.
Grace Neff, CCC-SLP, Lead SLP & Assistant Director
Grace is a Speech Language Pathologist. Originally from North Carolina, she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Minor in Speech and Hearing Sciences. After moving out west, Grace earned her Master of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences in 2017 from Washington State University.
Grace has worked with clients of all ages and with a variety of communication disorders but has particular interest in social/pragmatic communication, early language intervention, and in working with children who use augmentative and alternative communication devices.
Grace has recently relocated to North Carolina to be closer to family, and is working remotely. She is available to see clients via teletherapy and also remotely mentors and leads the Speech/Language Pathology Team.
In her spare time, Grace enjoys hiking, camping, traveling, and spending quality time with her friends, family, and dog.
Stephanie Abutin, CCC-SLP
Stephanie is a native Seattle-lite! Stephanie graduated with her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Midwestern University – Glendale, Arizona in 2021. She received her Bachelor of Art in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Western Washington University in 2016 (with a minor in Psychology).
Between undergraduate school and her clinical fellowship year, she has worked with a variety of clients across the lifespan – individually as well as in groups – in numerous settings (school, clinic, home health, ABA centers, teletherapy). She has a passion for supporting neurodiversity as well as creating individualized therapy plans that encourage functional daily communication and autonomy.
In her free time, Stephanie enjoys exploring the area, spending quality time with loved ones, and being crafty (painting, drawing, DIY projects).
Danielle Hulse, CF-SLP
Danielle is completing her Clinical Fellowship in Speech Language-Pathology. She graduated from the University of Washington with a Master of Science in Medical Speech Language-Pathology in 2023 and Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Science with a focus on Human Development in 2021. She has a passion for empowering her clients with various tools to express their wants and needs while simultaneously educating and supporting their communication partners. Throughout her studies, Danielle has gained significant skills in treating articulation/phonology disorders, pragmatics, and executive function differences. Danielle uses a client-centered approach and wants to make her services personalized to meet each client’s unique needs.
When Danielle is not at Sound Children’s Therapy you can find her supporting one of Seattle’s sports teams, walking her dogs, marathon training, or trying new restaurants around the Seattle area.
Kate Johnson, CCC-SLP
Kate has been practicing as a pediatric speech/language pathologist since 2017, working in the school district and clinic settings. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Sciences and Disorders (with a minor in Early Childhood Education) from Saint Mary’s College in Indiana and her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Washington. Kate enjoys working with children and their families to help them progress in their communication skills.
Kate hails from Los Angeles, CA and has lived in the Seattle area for 7 years. She enjoys exploring new places, going to the beach, biking, listening to music, and going to concerts.
Emma Jones, CCC-SLP
Emma graduated with her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Montana in 2021. Originally from Wisconsin, she received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2019 from the University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire. Emma currently sees clients via teletherapy from her home in Eastern Washington and she is also available to see clients in-person who live in the Leavenworth/Cashmere/Wenatchee area.
She is a neurodiversity affirming clinician that has worked with individuals across the life span with a variety of communication disorders. She has a passion for taking a child-lead strength-based approach working with early language intervention, feeding/picky eating, and children who use augmentative and alternative communication devices. She is working towards completing her Natural Language Acquisition certification and has a passion for supporting individuals who acquire language through gestalt language processing. Additionally, she has experience working with phonology/articulation disorders, and stuttering and holds a certification in LSVT LOUD (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment).
In her free time, Emma enjoys trail running, rock climbing, backpacking with her dog and making clothes and jewelry.
Anna Wheeler, CCC-SLP
Anna is a Speech Language Pathologist. She attended the University of Washington for both undergraduate and graduate school, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences (with minors in Education and Diversity) in 2014 and a Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology in 2016. She previously worked in the school setting and has experience treating pediatric clients with a variety of communication disorders including articulation/phonology, language, fluency, and pragmatic language. In addition, she has experience working with children who utilize Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems. She is passionate about meeting children where they are and developing treatment plans that are personalized to the individual.
When not working, Anna enjoys hiking, skiing, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.