Get to know Nicole

Nicole is the first speech-language pathologist hired at Sound, bringing energy, creativity and FUN to each and every work day. We sat down with Nicole to learn more about her life in and out of Sound.

Describe your role at Sound

As the newest Speech-Language Pathologist at Sound, I am enjoying building my caseload and evaluating/treating the diverse population of adults and children that seek out the clinic for treatment. I am learning what it means to run your own business by observing the She-E-O's of Sound, Melissa and Jody, as they tackle the big hurdles (insurance claims) all the way to the small ones (handwriting personal thank you notes).

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Driven, Compassionate, Adventurous

What’s your favorite part of the job?

My favorite part about the Sound office specifically is the ambiance. It's very clean and modern while still being warm and inviting. My favorite part about the role that I fulfill at Sound is the exposure to so many varied clients. There's no other setting as a Speech-Pathologist that you are able to treat both adults, and children with such a wide array of needs.

What led you to working at Sound?

Sound, hands down, has one of the best reputations of private speech-therapy clinics in the Bay Area. I was highly motivated to pursue an opportunity to work with Melissa and Jody. They both have a strong background in their respective fields and are ambitious, empowered women with a willingness to help and teach. 

What’s something about you that not many people know?

I have extreme wanderlust which takes me out of the country every opportunity I get, even if it's just for a few days. 

What is one of the things you would put on your “bucket” list?

Backpacking Southeast Asia is the next item I plan to strike off my bucket list.

Where are we most likely to find you when not at work?

Reading historical fiction, or convincing the closest person to try my latest culinary endeavor.

Before working at Sound what was the most unusual or crazy job you had?

I would say I gained most of my best stories through my experience being a flight attendant. 

Anything else fun to share?

I like to plan elaborate/unique events for any and all special occasions. I am often referred to as "Leslie Knope" of the popular TV series, Parks and Recreation.


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!