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Melissa Lyness, B.S., SLPA, ATP/RESNA
Licensed Speech-Language Pathology Assistant, Assistive Technology Professional
Simeen Mansuri earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders and Deaf Studies and her master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from California State University, Fresno. Additionally, she holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Simeen is bilingual, and is fluent in English and Farsi.
Simeen has 6 years of experience in providing assessment and treatment to a diverse patient population including but not limited to individuals with neurodegenerative diseases (Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, etc.), autism spectrum disorders, and a variety of pediatric speech and language challenges. She has worked in private clinics with children and adults, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation centers, and in the acute hospital setting. Simeen is dedicated and genuinely cares about the well-being of her patients. She is passionate about stroke rehabilitation and specializes in dysphagia-swallow dysfunction.
Simeen has lived in Fresno for 26 years attending elementary school, junior high, and high school in Clovis Unified School District. She enjoys giving back to her community. She was an AmeriCorps volunteer from 2005 to 2007. She managed several nonprofit public education programs for the Fresno Fire Department where she received the “Volunteer of the Year” award in 2007. She also served on the Fresno Fire Chief’s Foundation from 2014 to 2015.
Aubriel Soghomonian is currently working toward her Bachelor's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Fresno State University, and hopes to continue toward her Masters. She is happy to be a part of the Empower team as an administrative assistant. She enjoys the family oriented and positive atmosphere Empower provides, and the ways in which clients and families are treated with respect and offered various supports. She is learning a lot about the field of Speech Language Pathology through working at Empower, and enjoys interacting with clients on a daily basis.
In her free time, Aubriel enjoys live music, traveling, and meeting new people. She has traveled to 13 different countries, which has allowed her to love and embrace other cultures.
Melissa returns to us as a Speech Language Pathologist Clinical Fellow (CF-SLP) after completing her Master’s Degree at Idaho State University. Originally, Melissa joined us as a Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant after completing her Bachelor’s Degree at Sacramento State University. She is a native of Northern California but has enjoyed calling Clovis home!
Melissa has experienced a variety of settings and populations that included both adults and pediatric disorders. Melissa is driven to empower her clients and their families with their communication needs. She is passionate about advocating for her patients and providing them with resources they need to feel empowered.
Melissa enjoys working with children with a variety of communication profiles and disorders, as this is where her initial spark came from for the field of speech-language pathology. What really makes Melissa's day is when she can see it "click" with a child and how quickly communication is enhanced with their communication partners. Additionally, she is absolutely inspired by seeing the growth in communication between her client and their care-givers. It's truly amazing.
Melissa also discovered a new love for the adult population during her clinical experience at Idaho State. She enjoyed working with patients suffering from traumatic brain injuries, strokes, and more and advocating for services to assist in regaining swallowing function, cognitive deficits, and expressive and receptive language.
Melissa is excited to rejoin the Empower team as she knows the supportive environment with the staff creates a positive environment for clients to make growth, develop new skills, and/or regaining skills that may have been lost. She is happy to be able to support the Central Valley community!
"We are a client and family-centered practice, focused on empowering individuals to find and use their voice, feel confident, and be their full amazing selves"
Natalia M. Lopez, MS, CCC-SLP, founder of Empower Speech-Language Pathology
Meet the team
Jessica Gamino, B.S., SLPA
Licensed Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Natalia Morozova Lopez, M.S., CCC-SLP
Licensed Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist, Founder
Melissa Gaston, M.S., CF-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist Clinical Fellow
Simeen Mansuri, M.A., CCC-SLP
Licensed Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist