Dawn Gold, M.S., CCC-SLP

Christina de Quero, M.S., CCC-SLP  During her childhood in Germany, Christina was referred to a speech-language pathologist by her dentist to correct a tongue thrust. Her experience and success in speech therapy, among other things, gave her the inspiration to follow the path professionally to hone her skills to help others.  After high school, Christina earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  She then moved from Chicago to New York City, where she completed her master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders in 2013 from Long Island University in Brooklyn.  Three years later, she continued her studies formally and earned an advanced diploma from New York University in Healthcare Informatics for Clinicians.  Early in her career Christina worked closely with adults, school age children and teens, to advance or regain their language, speech, voice and/or swallowing skills. After transitioning from hospital and outpatient settings to home-care and private practice, she found her true calling in early intervention and pediatrics, facilitating communication, articulation, lactation, feeding and social/pragmatic skills with fierce passion, patience and perseverance. Her areas of experience include: articulation, expressive/receptive disorders & delays, cleft lip and palate, Down syndrome, ASD, dysarthria, dyspraxia, and feeding/swallowing disorders.  When working with individuals, Christina approaches assessment and treatment of the whole child to ensure the development of all areas.  She greatly enjoys collaborating with related professionals to meet common goals. Most of all, Christina enjoys finding ways to make learning and therapy fun and motivating for everyone. She continues to be absolutely humbled by the experiences, successes and positive influences her coaching brings to her clients. Christina speaks both English and German fluently.​

Dawn and her Associates have experience working with both children and adults.  They have served in home settings, public schools, charter schools, early intervention clinics, private practice, hospitals and skilled nursing facilities.  They each hold a Master's degree in Speech Pathology, Certification from the American Speech and Hearing Association, and California State licensure in speech pathology.  Gold Speech collaborates regularly on techniques and therapy ideas.  Dawn feels privileged to work with these professional and dedicated women, whom she considers a strong asset to the practice.  

About Each of Us

Catherine Palumbo, M.Ed., CCC-SLP     Catie grew up in the Chicagoland area in a bustling family of seven.  She first began to explore the field of Speech-Language Pathology in high school when her younger brother began receiving speech & language services.  She was intrigued by his growth and development working one-on-one in a compassionate, fun environment.  Following high school, Catie attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received her Bachelor’s in Speech & Hearing Science.  Following her undergraduate degree, she spent time working in a skilled nursing facility as a rehabilitation aide and then an outpatient clinic with children with moderate-severe ASD.  She returned to school and received her Master’s in Communication Sciences & Disorders from Valdosta State University in Georgia.  Catie has experience working with articulation & phonological disorders, expressive & receptive language delays, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech as well as a variety of other developmental delays and disorders.  She enjoys working with young children to acquire language and mentoring parents to create a language rich home.  Catie also loves the collaboration with adult clients and developing treatment plans that help them integrate skills into their professional and personal lives.  During her three-year tenure working in a public charter school, Catie gained valuable knowledge in the education system and how speech & language professionals collaborate with an educational team.  She has extensive experience working to develop comprehensive Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and helping families advocate for their children’s communicative needs.  Catie is PROMPT trained and has a passion for gaining more knowledge in communication disorders and brain functioning.  She has attended classes on Social Thinking, pediatric feeding, High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders, and ADHD.  In her free time, she enjoys cooking, hiking, and spending time exploring the west coast with her husband Jon and their labradoodle Stanley.

Our Team

Dawn Gold, M.S., CCC-SLP   Dawn received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where she studied Bioethics, Spanish and Psychology.  She moved to New York City where she worked in business consulting for a couple of years before returning to graduate school. In 2005 Dawn earned her master’s degree from Columbia University’s Teachers College, with a bilingual extension in Spanish.  Early in her career, she worked full-time with at-risk populations in a Harlem public school. In 2006, newly married, she and her husband spent a month in Guatemala living with a family.  Dawn sought out the sole provider of speech therapy in Antigua, Guatemala and took part in therapy sessions at a government funded public school for children and adults with disabilities and hearing impairment.  From there, she moved to Washington, D.C., where she served as the bilingual speech pathologist at an Easter Seals child development center. To continue her work with adults, Dawn provided evening and weekend services at skilled nursing facilities.  Upon moving to Mountain View, CA in 2008, she continued to serve pediatric and adult clients within a local clinic. There, she built and supervised a Spanish program that spanned four office locations.  In 2009, Dawn was invited by to supervise graduate clinicians in a summer abroad program in La Paz, Bolivia.  At the Hospital del Niño, Dawn led her team conducting hundreds of evaluations and treatment of children whose parents had come from the most rural outskirts of Bolivia to be seen.  After having her first child, and while providing contract speech services for various public school districts, Dawn began to see private clients.  Ultimately, her practice blossomed in 2014, and she expanded her reach beginning in 2016 by bringing on associate SLPs.  Dawn is now blessed with three sweet children: two in elementary school and one still an infant.  In her free time (what free time?)  Dawn enjoys practicing yoga, Zumba, photo and video editing, and crafting with scissors, tape and glue.

Leah Wiesner, M.A., CCC-SLP     Leah is originally from Phoenix, Arizona. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Boston University and her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from San Jose State University in 2014. She currently holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is a California licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. Leah’s clinical experience includes evaluating and treating individuals with Autism Spectrum  Disorders (ASD), Sensory Processing Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), hearing impairments,  receptive and expressive language disorders, speech sound disorders, aphasia, dysphagia, dysarthria, acquired apraxia of speech, and cognitive-linguistic deficits. Leah holds a full-time position working with school-age children in the public school setting.  She enjoys baking, hiking, woodworking, and spending time with friends and family.