Meet Our Awesome
Word Works Team!
MEET OUR TEAM!
Our team of licensed speech-language pathologists bring enthusiasm, cultural sensitivity, and creativity to a diverse population of clients.
We enjoy working with caregivers and watching clients make continued progress in all areas of communication. We share the excitement and pride our clients have when they meet their goals.
What makes us unique? We consider ourselves a family. We work closely together to share the most beneficial techniques and practices for our clients. We collaborate to ensure every client has appropriate and individualized goals, and provide access to the latest research ideas, information, and therapy programs. We also utilize individual skills, musical and artistic talents, and parenting experiences to make our services holistic and helpful for all. We look forward to working with you!
Tamara Muhler MS, CCC-SLP
Tamara Muhler was born in Ogbomosho, Nigeria, and raised in Oakland, California. She developed Word Works to better service a broad range of individuals throughout the Bay Area. Tamara earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communicative Disorders from University of the Pacific, and a Master of Science degree in Communicative Disorders from San Francisco State University, graduating with high honors. She has attained the Certification of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, and is licensed by the California Speech-Language Hearing Association.
Tamara has experience working with both pediatric and adult populations in schools, clinics, and home-based programs. She has extensive clinical experience with early intervention, articulation and phonological disorders, language delays and disorders, auditory processing deficits, childhood apraxia of speech, and oral/aural rehabilitation for children and adults with cochlear implants.
For several years Tamara enjoyed teaching courses part-time in the Communicative Disorders Department at San Francisco State University (SFSU) while also supervising student clinicians in the SFSU speech-language pathology student clinic. She has provided clinical fellow supervision and mentorship for numerous newly graduated clinicians in the field of speech pathology and continues to support interns.
Tamara is proficient in American Sign-Language and Spanish. She has specialized training in providing services for communication disorders associated with developmental delays, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and hearing loss. She loves teaching baby sign-language and providing workshops and education for teachers and parents to help identify and prevent speech and language delays. Tamara is a world traveler who appreciates exploring and learning about different cultures. When she is not working, Tamara seeks adventures with her husband and two children, enjoys photography, playing the clarinet, and reading.
Mary Gage Herman MA, CCC-SLP
Gage Herman attended the University of Oregon where she received a Bachelor of Science with a Major in Speech and a Minor in Speech Pathology and Psychology. She obtained a Master of Arts Degree in Special Education with emphasis on Speech Pathology and Audiology from San Francisco State University. Gage has worked for over thirty-three years as a licensed and certified speech pathologist, most recently at Children’s Hospital and Research Center in Oakland. She specializes in the pediatric population with emphasis on the 0-5 year-old range with a variety of disorders, and specializes in childhood apraxia of speech and early language delay.
Gage has provided both diagnostic and therapeutic expertise encompassing a wide range of communicative disorders. She has served on multidiciplinary teams for Craniofacial and Cleft Palate, Neurofibromotisis, Fragile X, and on Katie’s Clinic for Rett Syndrome. Gage has enjoyed serving as a supervisor for graduate and post graduate students in speech-language pathology, and continues to train interns and clinical fellows. She also served as an instructor at California State East Bay during summer sessions for several years. Gage is a lead SLP for the Word Works center and supports new SLPs.
Gage received the Outstanding Achievement Award for District Three of the California Speech and Language Association in 2000, and Employee of the Month Award at Children’s Hospital Oakland in May of 2005. Gage has four grown children and four grandchildren. In her free time she enjoys playing tennis, fly fishing, traveling, trying new local restaurants, and visiting with family.
Other SLP Team Members
Bios coming soon! Our team of pediatric SLPs is wide spread across the Bay Area providing telehealth consultations and therapy services from our homes to yours. We are helping as many families as we can to meet their therapy goals. We do our best to find the best fit for you and your child!
Kristian Reyes, MBA
Kristian Reyes grew up in Orange County. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from the University of California, Irvine. He has experience managing businesses of various sizes. Kristian works full time managing a business segment within a Fortune 500 company.
Kristian manages the bookkeeping and invoicing for Word Works. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife Tamara and their two children, playing music, traveling, and assisting in the development of other small Oakland business, such as the New Parkway Theater. Kristian has helped develop Word Works over the past 17 years, and is an important part of the Word Works team!