Kaleigh Van Volkenburgh, M.S. CCC-SLP (Speech Language Pathologist)


Originally from upstate NY, I decided to move to San Francisco in pursuit of more sunshine. I received my undergraduate and graduate training in Speech-Language Pathology with a minor in Spanish from Ithaca College located in Ithaca, NY. My areas of clinical experience include autism, articulation, fluency, language, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), voice, cognitive communication and dysphagia. I have worked in preschool, elementary and middle schools, rehabilitation centers, private university clinics and in the client's home. 


After working in several public schools, I realized I wanted to provide more. This is when I decided to join BASS, and haven't looked back. I believe in child-centered therapy and play! In my free time, I enjoy hiking, cooking, taking pictures of nature and eating at restaurants from my "Bay Area Bucket List".

Shannon Oakes, M.S. CCC-SLP (Speech Language Pathologist)


Shannon received her BA at UC Berkeley and her MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.  Born and raised in the East Bay, she was eager to return home following graduate school and worked with a culturally and linguistically diverse pre-school population in the public school system. She has treated and evaluated students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), articulation/phonology difficulties,  fluency disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, and hearing impairment. She also gained experience working with students with severe developmental disabilities and physical impairments, targeting functional communication through use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems and strategies. Shannon also has clinical experience working in the hospital setting at a comprehensive AAC clinic, at a specialized school for students aged 5-22 with emotional and behavioral challenges, and in the public elementary and middle school settings. She is a Hanen-certified SLP and has lead the “Hanen: More than Words” workshop for parents of children with ASD and the “Hanen: It Takes Two to Talk” workshop for parents of children with language difficulties. Shannon believes in a family-centered approach to therapy, working closely with caregivers in order to ensure carryover of speech and language development and to address the needs of both students and their families.

Amanda N. Root, M.A. CCC-SLP (Owner) (Speech Language Pathologist)


Amanda Root (formerly Ihle) is the owner of the Bay Area Speech Pathology Studio, Inc. and has been a practicing speech and language pathologist for several years. She earned her undergraduate degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She then earned her Masters of Arts degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. while graduating with honors.  

Since earning her degrees, Amanda has worked in a variety of clinical settings throughout the United States including: adult acute inpatient rehabilitation (Washington DC), outpatient pediatric rehabilitation (Washington DC), long-term care (South Boston, VA), public school settings (Houston, TX), early intervention (San Francisco), and in private practice. While greatly appreciating the experiences that each setting provided, Amanda discovered that she saw the most therapeutic gains and had the most fun when working closely with families to provide play-based therapy to pediatrics. Amanda has specialized training in working with students with auditory processing disorders and dyslexia. She is certified in the Hanen It Takes Two to Talk Program as well as the Lidcombe Program for Childhood Stuttering. She provides office-based and community-based therapy. Amanda's favorite toys include Pop the Pig, Diggity Dog, Cariboo, and all Peaceable Kingdom games.


In her leisure time, Amanda enjoys running/hiking, traveling with her husband Matt, delicious brunch, and playing with her very naughty/overly-energetic Golden Retriever, Steve McQueen.

Stefanie R. Burns, M.A. CCC-SLP (Speech Language Pathologist)


Stefanie Burns earned her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from CUNY Lehman College in Bronx, NY and bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. Stefanie's clinical background involves diagnosing and treating a variety of communication disorders in adult and pediatric populations within clinics, schools, and homes. At BASS, Stefanie specializes in play-based therapy for early intervention, preschool, and school-aged children. She provides office-based and community-based therapy for deficits in language, phonology, articulation, motor speech, pragmatic language, fluency, literacy and central auditory processing. Stefanie's interest in Autism Spectrum Disorders led her to receive her Basic DIRFloortime® Certification. Through affect and engagement in play, she strengthens relationships and meaningful communication while tailoring to your child's individual differences. 

Allison G. Pestano, M.A. CCC-SLP (Speech Language Pathologist)


Allison Pestano earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from San Diego State University. She has worked in various settings, including pediatric clinic, elementary school, acute hospital, and skilled-nursing facilities. Allison’s clinical experience includes early intervention, speech and language delay, articulation disorders, motor speech disorders, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Allison holds a passion for working with children. She believes their progress and improvement not only comes from the therapy they receive, but also from the support within the environment around them.

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