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Our Story

Teresa Newmark, M.A., CCC-SLP, speech therapist and founder of SF Speech Therapy in San Francisco, CA

Teresa Newmark, M.A., CCC-SLP

Founder, Speech-Language Pathologist, Feeding Specialist

SF Speech Therapy is a therapist-owned practice!


Teresa Newmark founded SF Speech Therapy over a decade ago with the goal of providing personalized therapy to guide children and their families on the journey to becoming successful communicators. As a therapist and business owner, Teresa focuses on making sure that children can succeed through access to high-quality, individualized, one-on-one, collaborative care. As a classically trained singer, Teresa entered the field of speech pathology with a particular interest in voice disorders and has spent the past 18 years specializing in the treatment of feeding, voice, apraxia, and speech sound disorders. She is also passionate about providing early intervention services to give children the best possible start in life!

Teresa received her bachelor's degree in International Relations and Music from the University of Notre Dame and her master's degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from San Diego State University. She holds her certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a license in Speech-Language Pathology from the state of California.


Teresa lives in San Francisco with her husband and daughter. In her spare time, she sings with Musae, attends yoga classes, reads books, and explores all that California has to offer!

Meet Our Team


Our highly trained speech therapists share a passion for helping children find their voices in the world! We meet weekly to discuss best clinical practices and share what we have learned from the latest research and certification programs. Together, we have advanced training and certifications in:

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The SOS Approach to Feeding • LAMP Words for Life • PROMPT Therapy • DTTC for Childhood Apraxia of Speech • TD Snap • Talk Tools • Hanen's It Takes Two to Talk Program • Hanen's More Than Words Program • Gestalt Language Processing • Play Based Learning • Pediatric Dysphagia • & more!


Kristal Delacruz, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Kristal received her bachelor's degree in Psychology and Human Development from University of California, Davis and her master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from California State University, East Bay. Her areas of interest include early intervention, gestalt language processing, neurodiversity affirming practices, expressive language, and collaborating with an interdisciplinary team. She strives to best support her clients and their families by providing a compassionate, culturally responsive, holistic, and functional approach to services. Additionally, she believes creating meaningful connections with clients are essential to their development. Kristal feels passionate about giving back to her community as a Filipina/Asian American woman and enjoys hiking, singing, watching various TV shows, and exploring new restaurants around the city. 


Kathryn Barletta, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Kathryn received her bachelor’s degree in Speech Language Hearing Sciences at Loyola University Maryland and her master’s degree in Communication Disorders: Speech Language Pathology at Adelphi University.  Her areas of interest include early intervention, augmentative alternative communication (AAC), expressive and receptive language, social pragmatics, articulation/phonology, and working with neurodiverse populations.  Kathryn focuses on using a child-centered approach, team collaboration, and fostering positive relationships with both children and their families to promote success in all environments. Having moved here from the east coast, Kathryn enjoys exploring the Bay Area in her free time as well as doing yoga, being outdoors, Broadway, and spending time with family and friends. 

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Alina Solomon, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Alina holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s degree in Communicative Disorders from San Francisco State University. Alina’s approach to therapy is child—led and sensitive to the child’s interests and needs. She loves working in the child's natural environment and meeting the child where they are that day physically and emotionally. Alina specializes in early intervention, bilingualism, and receptive/expressive language for school-age children. She is fluent in Russian, an avid cook, and a black belt in Hapkido, a Korean form of martial arts.

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Sydney Gavin, M.S., CF-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Sydney received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary School Education from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from California State University, Monterey Bay. Her areas of interest include early intervention, articulation, expressive and receptive language, feeding, and fluency. Sydney’s approach to therapy emphasizes functional goals, child-led intervention methods, and caregiver collaboration. She believes in the importance of honoring every child’s unique strengths to create an engaging and trusting therapeutic environment. She is passionate about empathy-driven practice and strives to help every child access their voice. In her free time, Sydney loves reading, hiking, and being with friends and family.

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Shannon Jose, M.A., CF-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Shannon earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Spanish from San Francisco State University and holds a master's degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from University of Colorado at Boulder. Her areas of interest include neurodiversity affirming practices, AAC, early intervention, gestalt language processing, and bilingual language. Shannon aims to create a warm, trusting environment for families and children to reach their communication goals. In her practice she hopes to uphold her values of cultural humility, empathy, and evidence-based practice. In her spare time, Shannon likes going on hikes in the Bay Area with her dog, cooking and baking, doing yoga, and enjoying movies or Broadway shows with friends and family.

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