Check our the newest member of our team!

We are PAWsitively thrilled to announce the addition of our newest team member, Mavis! This cutie was certified by the The San Francisco SPC Animal Assisted Therapy program to work with the adults and children of Sound Speech & Hearing Clinic!

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The SPCA AAT Program has over 275 volunteer teams that visit local schools, offices and hospitals throughout San Francisco. The program helps over 80,000 people annually. We are thrilled to have Mavis as a resident AAT dog. He spends his days down the hall with his owner Suzy, and is available to join our patients in their sessions to assist in all therapy activities. 

Animal assisted therapy is proven to help both adults and children in therapy sessions. Some of the benefits include: better focus, improved literacy skills, increased self-confidence, reduction of self-consciousness, reduced stress, and perceived less judgment within an environment.

We are currently working with our patients to schedule time to work with Mavis. Let us know if you are interested in scheduling Mavis as a part of your sessions. 

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Jody Vaynshtok

Jody is a California-licensed speech language pathologist with eight years of industry and clinical experience. She has worked with both adult and pediatric populations during her time at private practice, birth-to-three, and hospital facilities. She is experienced in the assessment and treatment of a variety of communication and cognitive disorders. In addition, Jody has a passion for working with adults looking to achieve clearer communication. Jody received her BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences and MS in Medical Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Washington. She was a part of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford’s cleft and craniofacial clinic participating in the multidisciplinary assessment and treatment of children born with craniofacial abnormalities. She holds a staff position at UCSF and is the lead speech language pathologist for the department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery’s Hearing Loss Clinic. When she's not busy having fun with her clients Jody enjoys spending time with her husband, Anton, friends and family. And if she's not headed out somewhere fun for dinner, you might find her at Bar Method working out!