Meet your dedicated and passionate PASP Officers for 2020-2021!
Suselyn E. Pascual, MRS-SP, CSP-PASP
Susie is a graduate of both BS Speech Pathology and Master in Rehabilitation Science - Speech Pathology from the College of Allied Medical Professions, University of the Philippines-Manila.
Susie has dedicated her career not only to serve those in need, but also to further improve and uphold the SP profession in the country. She recently served as the Vice President and Treasurer of the Philippine Association of Speech Pathologists, Inc. from 2014-2017. When not seeing clients, Susie teaches both undergraduate and graduate students in CAMP, supervises interns at Core Skills Therapy Center, where she is a partner, and gives regular Early Intervention Seminars to parents of Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines, Inc.
Susie has received her training for Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT); and for MNRI: Dynamic and Postural Reflex Pattern Integration, MNRI: Oral-Facial Reflex Integration I EtII, and MNRI: Tactile Integration; and Hanen Center's More than Words, It Takes Two to Talk, and TalkAbility Parent Training Programs.
Aileen Atienza, CSP-PASPSecretary
Aileen has been working as a pediatric speech pathologist for the past 10 years. She immediately went back to serve in Batangas after graduating in 2009. Having been inspired by her mentors, Aileen joined the SLP Department at De La Salle Medical and Health Sciences Institute to help increase the number of SLPs who will serve Filipino individuals with speech, language and communication difficulties.
After years of service, Aileen now manages her own pediatric clinic, Little Beacon Therapy Centre in Batangas City, while continuously serving as a faculty member and clinical supervisor at DLSMHSI.
Camille Veronica C. Leyba,
LPT, CSP-PASPChairperson, Committee for Membership
Camille Veronica Leyba is a speech pathologist engaged in private practice for 11 years in Lemery, Batangas.
She is trained in the PROMPT© approach and certified in the Hanen More Than Words program. She is also a Licensed Professional Teacher; has Special Education units and heads their private school for learners with special needs in Batangas.
Camille draws inspiration from Abrahm, her 23-year old brother who has Autism. She strongly advocates for PWD rights, community awareness and involvement, family empowerment and inclusion through visiting public schools and providing seminars to teachers and families. She is on to her sixth public school.
Karl Olivier R. Jamandra,
CSP-PASPChairperson, Committee for Public Relations
Karl is a certified speech and language pathologist who obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Pathology from the University of the Philippines Manila. He has been in practice since 2008, and has attended several workshops and seminars to further advance his knowledge and hone his skills as a speech and language pathologist. In his more than a decade of practice, he has served as the head speech pathologist in schools and therapy centers in Quezon City and the City of San of Jose del Monte, Bulacan.
As an advocate for children with special needs, he engages in thera-free programs and activities. He is also a volunteer in Operation Smile Philippines, a nonprofit medical service organization that performs safe and effective cleft lip and palate surgeries and delivers postoperative medical intervention to children and adults.
Karl also moonlights as a travel blogger, encouraging and inspiring people from different walks of life to travel and explore the country and the world around. He also dabbles in photography, taking pictures of people and places he visits.
Aira Kristina M. Basmayor,
CSP-PASPChairperson, Committee for External Affairs
Kara is a practicing certified speech-language pathologist and also the owner of Let's Talk and Learn Therapy Center in City of San Fernando, Pampanga. She has been practicing since 2007. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Speech Pathology at the University of the Philippines, Manila. She also served as a special lecturer and clinical supervisor at UP Manila from 2008-2017.
As an advocate of Life Long Learning, Kara continuously attends trainings and seminars related to the field of speech pathology. She underwent training in HANEN: It Takes Two to Talk. She also attended seminars on Social Thinking by Michelle Garcia Winner and Speech Sound Disorders by Caroline Bowen to name a few.
Kara is also a Certified Yoga Teacher and with training on Yoga for Differently - Abled Children. She received her Traditional Yoga Teacher Training in Wise Living Yoga Academy in Chiangmai, Thailand and Yoga for Children and for Differently Abled Children by Radiant Child Yoga. Kara also received a Certification in Tibetan Singing Bowl and Sound Healing Therapy at Kathmandu Center of Healing in Kathmandu, Nepal. She also has a Green Educator Course Training from Green School Bali, Indonesia. She is also the founder of AbeAbe Yoga & Wellness, a space & community that shares Yoga, Sound Healing and Healthy Lifestyle.
As part of her personal advocacies, Kara is also an Active Volunteer at Operation Smile and Therafree. She also spearheaded "Let's G.I.V.E (Give, Inspire, Volunteer and Empower) Project" in 2015, a charity program of Let's Talk and Learn Therapy Center, which aims to provide help and assistance to people with disabilities (PWDs), less fortunate people and the indigenous community.
Kara is a multipotentialite. She has many passions but always makes sure that there is a balance between her work, family and personal life. On her free days you can see her solo traveling around the world and learning about different cultures. She also loves photography and currently on a shift to conscious and mindful ways of living.
Kenneth R. Dizon, CSP-PASPChairperson, Committee for Convention
Ken is a faculty member at the Department of Speech-Language Pathology- University of Santo Tomas in Manila. Currently, he also serves as Head Speech-Language Pathologist for both Starkey Hearing Foundation - Manila and Apple Tree Integrated School.
As a practitioner, Ken has extensive experience and specialized training in community-based rehabilitation, hearing habilitation and school-based practice. He has assisted in the creation and implementation of community-based projects and disability rights advocacy locally, and in other countries including India, Kenya, Malaysia, and the United States among others.
He was awarded several fellowships on leadership and civic engagement, including the 2019 United States' Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs -Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Academic Fellowship and the Asian Institute of Management's Future Bridging Leaders Program 3.
Ken also serves as the Executive Council Member for Public Relations for the Asia-Pacific Society of Speech-Language and Hearing (APSSLH). Ken also created The Listening Collective, his first passion project, which is an online platform that helps indigent families of children who are hearing impaired/ deaf locate quality, low cost services for health, education, and employment.
Michael C. Valdez, MRS-SP, CSP-PASP
Chair, Finance and Special Projects Committee
Mike is currently an assistant professor and chair of the Department of Speech Pathology of the University of the Philippines Manila.
He completed his bachelor's degree in Speech Pathology (cum laude) in 2010 and his Masters of Rehabilitation Science - Speech Pathology degree in 2017 from the same university. He also holds certification in the areas of dysphagia and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).
As a faculty member, he teaches and coordinates various undergraduate and graduate courses. He was also involved in clinical education and served as the clinical training coordinator of the department. He was a major proponent in the revised BS Speech Pathology curriculum that started running in 2018. He received the College of Allied Medical Profession Award for Outstanding Teacher in 2016 and the One U.P. Faculty Grant Award in Speech Pathology for Outstanding Teaching and Public Service in UP Manila. His research interests include the areas of AAC and evidence-based practice, as well as describing the normative reference values on communication and swallowing abilities of Filipinos.
At present, he is also a consultant speech pathologist at SpeechWorks Developmental Center in Lipa City, Batangas. In his free time, he enjoys playing mobile games and badminton.
Iric Kevin P. Santos, CSP-PASPTreasurer
Iric is a practicing speech-language pathologist specializing in pediatric motor speech and feeding disorders and adult/geriatric swallowing and communication disorders.
Iric received his Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology degree from the University of the Philippines Manila in 2011. He also completed a postgraduate certification course in Dysphagia at the UP Manila College of Allied Medical Professions in 2013. In 2018, he graduated from the Every Nation Leadership Institute School of World Missions.
He is currently the Operations manager of Move and Think Therapy Specialists (MATTS) Manila in San Juan where he also works a speech-language pathologist-consultant. He served as a clinical supervisor at the Alternative Learning Resource School Inc. in 2013, where he worked as a consultant for six years, and at the Speech Et Language Section of the Veterans Memorial Medical Center from 2013 -2017.
Iric is passionate about the sensory motor approach in managing childhood apraxia of speech and feeding disorders. He is a TalkToolse Oral Placement Therapy (OPT) Level 1 practitioner and an advocate of interdisciplinary management especially for children with communication and feeding problems secondary to sensory processing disorders.
Outside the profession, Iric is active in church and in the performance arts. He has been part of various international cross-cultural mission trips with Every Nation ministries and international tours and competitions of the University of the Philippines Singing Ambassadors. He loves traveling and engaging with different cultures by learning their languages.
Danielle Joanne C. Raymundo, CSP-PASPChairperson, Committee for Continuing Education
Dane obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Speech Pathology from the University of the Philippines- Manila (UP-Manila).
A speech-language pathologist for the past 15 years, Dane has worked extensively with both the pediatric and geriatric population, focusing on providing aural habilitation and intervention for developmental speech and language disorders and communication disorders secondary to cerebrovascular disease.
She actively engages in continuing education by taking up courses, and participating in various seminars, workshops and trainings such as the "Hear and Say Worldwide Intermediate E-learning Course in Listening and Spoken Language Specialties", under Hear and Say Centre, Australia. Dane is the Program Director of Kidspeak Therapy Center, a private clinic established in 2010, providing speech therapy and occupational therapy services to children with special needs. She is also a part of the academe as she is a regular lecturer at the College of Allied Medical Professions (CAMP) in UP- Manila and a clinical supervisor for speech pathology interns at the Philippine General Hospital's Center for Children with Disabilities, Aural Rehabilitation Department.
Dane has presented and conducted seminars and workshops in the Philippines. She has also done several researches and presented one of them at the Asia Pacific Symposium on Cochlear Implants and Related Sciences (APSCl2015) in Beijing, China.
Dane is also a co-founder of Special Achievers, an NGO that helps children and youth with disability reach their strengths and passions, while celebrating uniqueness and highlighting the "abilities" in disability.
Tinnah Marie B. Balazuela, CSP-PASPChairperson, Committee for Professional Standards & Ethics
Tinnah Marie, or Teacher Tm as she is commonly known among her students, has 21 years of experience in the field of speech-language pathology. Her dedication and passion have allowed her to serve the provinces of Pampanga, Cebu, Zambales and Nueva Ecija over the last two decades.
During the last 10 years, she was able to enhance her skills as a school-based SLP in California, USA and in Shanghai and Beijing in China. She also did some graduate coursework in Communication Disorders in Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Her interest in Language Et Literacy started during her stint as a school administrator. Her experience in school management led her to take up coursework in Educational Administration in UP Diliman and eventually to a Master of Management course at the UP Diliman Extension Program in Olongapo.
She currently maintains a private practice in Olongapo City and Cabanatuan City, travelling between East and West Luzon weekly.
Aileen Matalog, CSP-PASPChairperson, Committee for Legislation and Public Policy
Aileen Matalog or "Ma'am Ems" is a practicing speech-language pathologist at St. Luke's Medical Center - Global City, and Medical Center Manila under the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine.
She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology at the University of the Philippines Manila in 2006. She further honed her skills as an educator and clinical supervisor by taking units in the dysphagia graduate course under the non-degree program of Master in Rehabilitation Science - Speech Pathology. She is currently finishing her Masters of Health Professions Education at the University of the Philippines - Manila.
She spent most of her career working in the Philippine General Hospital under the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. This provided her with a rich clinical practice in a tertiary hospital care facility, developing her skills in hospital administration and program development and her roles as a clinical practitioner, clinical educator/supervisor, mentor and advocate for hospital based practice of speech-language pathologists in our country. She continues to promote interprofessional collaboration amongst the medical and allied health professionals within the hospital and community settings.
She actively participates in different community based rehabilitation programs of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine - PGH in coordination with local government units, government agencies (i.e. DOH, DepEd, and ECCD Council) and international organizations in health (i.e. UNICEF, and WHO). Her advocacy helps uplift the lives of the PWDs within the community-based setting by providing clinical services, seminars and workshops to educate and empower the different stakeholders, develop programs to establish a referral system from identifying those with needs for evaluation up to providing appropriate interventions.On her free time, she focuses on giving back to the community as a volunteer and organizer in church-based medical missions and bloodletting events. She loves photography, reading, drawing, writing children's stories and poems, making fancy jewelries and trinkets, singing her heart out while playing guitar and cooking sumptuous meals for her family and friends.