Meet Our Awesome
Word Works Team!
MEET OUR TEAM!
Our team of licensed speech-language pathologists and SLP assistants 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 in the clinic and outside of work to develop and share the most beneficial techniques and practices for our clients. We are proud to be working together in a small business in Oakland serving families in our community. 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 was 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, verbal apraxia, 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) and supervising students in the SFSU speech-language pathology student clinic.
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 for teachers and parents on identifying and preventing speech and language delays. Tamara is always happy to supervise new speech pathologists in the field. She is also a world traveler who greatly appreciates different cultures, and has explored 6 continents. When she is not working, Tamara seeks adventures with her husband and two children, enjoys photography, playing the clarinet, and reading a good book.
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 many different disorders.
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 most recently, 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 served as an instructor at Cal State East Bay during the summer sessions of 1994,1996, and 1998.
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.
Linda Wyman MA, CCC-SLP
Linda Wyman is a long-time Oakland resident. She and her husband raised their two children in Oakland. Linda worked for the Oakland public school system for over 23 years. She received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from CSU East Bay. While Linda has worked with children of all ages during her time in the public schools, she is enjoying returning to early intervention and the preschool population. She provides services in the Word Works clinic and in homes and preschools.
Linda is a specialist in augmentative and alternative modes of communication (AAC), and her skills in this area have helped clients throughout the Bay Area learn how to communicate their needs with caregivers and others. She has trained interns, graduate students, and clinical fellows in these methods, shares ideas and her knowledge in AAC with team members at Word Works. This is particularly useful for some children on the autism spectrum, those with various syndromes, significant apraxia of speech, and other developmental delays. Caregivers also benefit from her knowledge of current multi-media devices and applications which can be used to further communication across settings.
Linda stays current on new therapy and AAC methods and techniques, provides evaluation and parent consultations, and trains new Word Works team members. In her free time, Linda enjoys trips to Napa with her husband, traveling, attending local art shows and new restaurants, and spending time with her family and grandson.
Reena Patel, MHSc CCC-SLP
Reena is originally from Montreal, Canada. She relocated to Oakland, California after graduating with her Master of Health Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Toronto. Reena has experience working with both adults and children with a range of speech, language, and swallowing difficulties. These include fluency disorders, speech sound disorders, language delays, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Reena was excited to join the Word Works team and focus more on pediatric client care and their families.
Reena is certified in Hanen Center's It Takes Two To Talk program, and continuously refines her practice by attending continuing education opportunities and staying current with literature in the field of speech pathology. When she is not working, Reena enjoys traveling, hiking, and eating her way through the culinary delights of the Bay Area.
Other SLP Team Members
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Jamey Ireland joined our team after working as an elementary school teacher and for the US Census.
She is responsible for billing and accounts receivable, connecting with insurance providers, and assists our team with all office related needs. Jamey is an essential part of our daily clinic life. She handles new client
in-takes and coordinates scheduling evaluations and therapy sessions with our team.
As a Bay Area native, Jamey enjoys exploring various new venues and restaurants with her family, participating in Girl Scout events with her daughters, and has a love of travel.
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 15 years, and is an important part of the Word Works team!