Brien Cook
Brien CookChief Financial Officer
Mr. Cook is the Chief Financial Officer for Cook Speech and Language, Inc. He previously worked in the computer industry where he did sales and marketing for such companies as Apple Computer and EPSON America. In 2004, he left the technology sector and started Mix It Up! which specialized in frozen beverage equipment. In 2013, he sold Mix It Up! to focus on Cook Speech and Language, Inc.

He has played an integral role in the launching of Cook Speech and Language, Inc. with his wife, Holly Cook. They have formed the perfect partnership with each being responsible for a particular aspect of the business. Mrs. Cook oversees all clinical matters as well as supervising our speech and language pathologists. Mr. Cook meanwhile handles all of the accounting, marketing, and day-to-day operations.

When not working he enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, DIY projects, and spending time with his family and their dogs Bodie and Lucy.

Megan LePage, B.A. SLP-A
Megan LePage, B.A. SLP-ASpeech Pathologist Assistant
Megan is originally from Michigan and has lived in the Sacramento area for the past 3 years. She graduated in 2012 from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan with a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and French. She is currently enrolled in a certificate program for speech pathology, through CSU-Northridge, to prepare her for graduate school. Megan plans on pursuing a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology. She is interested in working with individuals with all types of communication disorders.

In her free time, Megan likes to explore California from the coast to the mountains. She especially enjoys hiking and climbing. When not exploring the outdoors, she can be found reading.

Emily Roberts, M.A., CCC-SLP
Emily Roberts, M.A., CCC-SLPSpeech Pathologist
Emily graduated from California State University, Chico (CSUC) with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. During her time at CSUC she provided speech and language therapy to a wide variety of clients in various settings including private practice, a moderate/severe special education preschool and inpatient/outpatient hospital. Since graduate school she has worked at a non-public school that served students age 5-22 with moderate to severe autism and at a private practice working with early intervention through high school aged clients.

Emily is very passionate about working with children and their families to help promote communication. During her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, playing games and spending time with her family and friends. .

Lisa Harada, M.S., CCC-SLP
Lisa Harada, M.S., CCC-SLPSpeech Pathologist
Born and raised in Sacramento, Lisa received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from CSU, Sacramento and has been working with Cook Speech and Language since 2009. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence through the America Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is a member of the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CSHA), where she serves on the advisory board and as liaison for Outreach and Development for her district.

Lisa’s major interests in the field pertain to early intervention, cognition, pediatric feeding and sensory disorders, autism spectrum disorder, and American Sign Language and its benefits to language acquisition. Her biggest aspiration is to effect change in the lives of the families she works with as well as in the field of speech-language pathology and communicative disorders.

When Lisa is not working, she enjoys traveling with her wonderful husband, playing with her dogs Shelby & Bruce, and creating memories with her family and friends.

Stephanie Cook
Stephanie CookSpeech Aid
Stephanie grew up in Fresno California where she worked at an immigration law firm. Knowing she wanted to work with children, Stephanie and her husband relocated to Sacramento where she now works as a Speech Aid for Cook Speech and Language. Although uncertain of specifics, Stephanie would like to pursue a career in child education and development.

When not reading a book or working on arts and crafts, Stephanie can be found exploring both cities and wilderness with her husband and sweet pit bull Manny.

Suzanne Spady, M.S., SLP
Suzanne Spady, M.S., SLPSpeech Pathologist
Suzanne is originally from Alberta, Canada where she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Linguistics. She graduated with her Master’s in Speech Language Pathology from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. Suzanne has worked in a variety of clinical setting and enjoys working with all ages. She currently works in an elementary school in Sacramento. Her professional interests include working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing children. Suzanne is fluent in American Sign Language and is passionate about studying Deaf Education. In the summer months she often works part time in research on Deaf Education.

In her free time, Suzanne enjoys a variety of outdoor sports including hiking, backpacking, camping, surfing and snowboarding. She loves exploring the Sacramento area and enjoys travelling to other places both local and abroad.

Rita Garcia, B.A, SLP-A
Rita Garcia, B.A, SLP-ASpeech Pathologist Assistant
Originally from Linden, CA. Rita attended the Linden Unified School District up until her junior year of high school. She finished her high school years at Sacramento Charter High School and graduated in 2004. Rita attended San Joaquin Delta College where she received her A.A. degree. She accomplished many personal goals while on a long school break. Rita became interested in the field of Speech and Language Pathology while caring for her dear grandfather. She decided to go back to school in 2012 and began the Speech Pathology and Audiology program. She is very excited and eager to learn more about the field each day. Rita loves to volunteer when not in school or at work and spending time with her family.
Ismara Contratto, M.S., CF-SLP
Ismara Contratto, M.S., CF-SLPSpeech Pathologist
Ismara is a graduate of CSU, Sacramento where she received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Speech-Language Pathology. After graduating, she started her career working with the preschool population in a school setting.

Ismara’s passions in the field of speech-language pathology include pediatric feeding and communication disorders by focusing on an environment of socialization, communication, sharing and nurturing. Ismara has experience working with children who have cochlear implants, deaf/hearing impairments, expressive and receptive delays, children diagnosed with Autism, as well as articulation/phonological processing disorders.

In her spare time, Ismara and her husband are busy supporting their two children in the activities they are passionate about. These two involved parents say they wouldn’t have it any other way.

Christine Morton, M.S., CCC-SLP
Christine Morton, M.S., CCC-SLPSpeech Pathologist
Christine graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2002 with a Master’s of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology. She has experience working with children and adults of all ages in a variety of setting including schools, clinics, medical environments, private practice, homes, daycares, and tele practice. Her passion is in early childhood education. She loves the opportunity to facilitate family focused services to encourage communication development in a naturalistic setting. Providing support and motivation to families and caregivers of children with communication challenges drives her intervention approaches. When Christine is not working she enjoys keeping up with her husband, son, and dog.
Jillian Hall, M.A., CCC-SLP
Jillian Hall, M.A., CCC-SLPSpeech Pathologist
Originally from Merced, CA, Jillian attended University of the Pacific and received a B.S. in Speech-Language Pathology. She then graduated from San Diego State University with an M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology and eventually relocated to Sacramento to be closer to her family and friends. Jillian’s professional interests include working with bilingual children, autism and pragmatic disorders, fluency disorders, and Augmentative-Alternative Communication (AAC) devices. Outside of work, Jillian enjoys playing video games, winning at trivia nights, and volunteering with the Junior League of Sacramento.
Bodie
BodieTherapy Dog
Bodie is a Therapy Dog who works with some of our clients. He is a Beagle who was born in July 2008. He has completed several obedience classes in preparation for his role as a Therapy Dog. He is friendly, patient, confident, gentle, and at ease in all situations.

Bodie has served as an excellent motivator for children of all ages to use their communication skills in functional and practical ways. For example, children who are working on using single words to talk can practice giving him commands such as “sit” and “down.” Other children who are working on pragmatic or social skills are encouraged to ask if they can pet him using polite forms such as, “Can I pet Bodie please,” or asking a peer, “Can I have a turn with Bodie?” The children are delighted to receive him as a natural reward for practicing good communication skills.

When not working he loves playing tug, going on long walks, chasing cats and frequent naps. His favorite foods are bacon, cheese and dog biscuits.