Daniela Carvalho, M.D., FAAP, Director, Rady Children’s Hearing Program, Pediatric Otolaryngologist and Cochlear Implant Surgeon; Professor, Department of Surgery, UC San Diego
Cochlear Implant Audiologists
Keri Cole, Au.D., CCC-A, FAAA
Keri received her doctorate in audiology from East Tennessee State University in 2013 following completion of a four-year residency program. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in audiology from the University of Tennessee. Keri maintains an audiologist license from the state of California, is certified by the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. She provides services and support to hearing aid, cochlear implant and bone-conduction device patients. Keri joined Rady Children’s in 2013 and works at our Main Campus location.
Michelle Hu, Au.D., CCC-A
Michelle joined the Diagnostic Audiology team in 2009 following completion of her doctorate of audiology from the Northeast Ohio Audiology Consortium at the University of Akron. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland with Bachelor of Arts in sociology and chemistry in 2005. Michelle is part of the Cochlear Implant and Hearing Aid Management teams. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and holds a certificate of clinical competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Michelle grew up with a progressive hearing loss and has worn hearing aids since the age of 3. She now has bilateral cochlear implants.
Erin M. Levy, Au.D., CCC-A
Erin has been an audiologist since 2002 and has a passion for working with children and implantable devices. She received her doctorate in audiology in 2006 from the University of Florida, her Master of Science in audiology from Washington University (Central Institute for the Deaf) in St. Louis in 2002, and her Bachelor of Science in 2000 from St. Louis University. She holds a certificate of clinical competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, and is licensed by the state of California for audiology and hearing instrument dispensing. She is also a member of AG Bell Assocation and the American Cochlear Implant Alliance. She works at our both the Oceanside and Main Campus locations.
Daniela Cherbowski, M.A., CCC-SLP, Spanish-English Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist Credential
Daniela Cherbowsky has been a speech-language pathologist since 2012 and joined the Speech team at Rady Children’s when she began her career. She received her bachelor’s degree in speech, language and hearing sciences, and her master’s degree in speech-language pathology, with a specialization in bilingualism, at San Diego State University. Daniela holds a certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is licensed by the state of California.
Catherine Dabasinskas, M.A., CCC-SLP
Catherine has been a speech-language pathologist and has worked at Rady Children’s since 2001. She specializes in working with children with hearing loss, cochlear implants, articulation difficulties, multiple disabilities, autism and dyspraxia. Catherine uses American Sign Language and augmentative/alternative communication with children to enhance their communication skills. She received her master’s degree in speech, language, and hearing sciences from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Catherine is licensed by the state of California, holds a certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is a current member of ASHA.
Christiana David, M.A., CCC-SLP
Christiana joined Rady Children’s in 2011 as a speech-language pathologist. She has special interests in aural (re)habilitation, autism, augmentative/alternative communication, acquired/traumatic brain injury, childhood apraxia of speech, cognitive rehabilitation, early-childhood language, and feeding disorders. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in speech, language and hearing sciences from San Diego State University in 2009 and 2011. She is licensed by the state of California, holds a certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is a current member of ASHA. Christiana is trained in PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) and is conversationally fluent in American Sign Language. She is a member of the Cochlear Implant, Inpatient Rehabilitation, and Feeding teams. She provides speech and language therapy at our Main Campus and the Helen Bernardy Center for Medically Fragile Children.
Valerie Dorfman, M.S., CCC-SLP
Valerie joined Rady Children’s in 2008 and has been a speech-language pathologist since 2005. Originally from Peru, Valerie is a native Spanish speaker who specializes in working with bilingual/bicultural populations. She has experience working with children with a variety of communication impairments, including those with speech and language delays, hearing loss, cochlear implants, cleft lip and palate, autism spectrum disorders, apraxia of speech, traumatic brain injuries, and Down syndrome. Valerie received her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Boston University. She is licensed by the state of California, holds a certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is a current member of ASHA.
Shari Garrett, M.S., CCC-SLP, CHTP
Shari has been a speech-language pathologist since 1983 and began working at Rady Children’s in 1985. She is the manager of the Speech-Language Pathology Department and specializes in the areas of voice, autism, vocal cord dysfunction, oral motor and phonology. In the treatment of voice disorders and vocal cord dysfunction, she incorporates integrative medicine. Shari received her master’s degree in speech-language pathology at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. She is a certified speech-language pathologist and is a current member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the California Speech Language and Hearing Association and the San Diego Early Childhood Mental Health Leader Collaborative. Shari is Hanen certified as well as a certified healing touch practitioner. Her goal in working at Rady Children’s is to continue to implement and create innovative therapy to help children and families communicate at their highest potential.
Clinical Cochlear Implant Coordinator
Heather Rose, M.A., CCC-SLP, LSLS, Cert. AVT
Heather Rose has been a speech-language pathologist since 1991 and a certified auditory-verbal therapist since 1995. She joined the Cochlear Implant team in 2011 and is its clinical coordinator. She received her bachelor’s degree in communicative disorders in 1989 and her master’s degree in speech pathology in 1991 from the University of Akron, Ohio. Heather holds a certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is licensed in the state of California to practice speech-language pathology. She works at the Main Campus location.
Ayala Ben-Tall, Ph.D.
Ayala Ben-Tall is a clinical psychologist specializing in evaluation of development and behavior in children. She has been with the Developmental Services Department, including the Cochlear Implant team, since 2000. Ayala received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She completed a pre-doctoral child psychology internship at Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a child psychology post-doctoral fellowship at Bradley Hospital through Brown University School of Medicine. She is a licensed psychologist in the state of California.
Julie Purdy, Ph.D., CCC-A
Julie has been a part of the Diagnostic Audiology team since 2007 and became the manager of audiology in 2014. She earned her doctorate in philosophy at the University of Utah in 1990, specializing in multicultural audiology and aging. Julie received her Master of Science in 1985 and her Bachelor of Arts in 1983, both in communication disorders from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. She holds a certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and is licensed by the state of California. She primarily works at our Main Campus location.
Cochlear Implant Program Coordinator
Sarah Narofsky, Cochlear Implant Program Coordinator
Sarah joined Rady Children’s in August 2017 as the cochlear implant program coordinator and educational liaison. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in early childhood education and special education in 2008 from Northern Illinois University. She worked as a teacher for nine years before joining the audiology team.