Malia Vigil, M.S., CCC-SLP
Malia is a Native New Mexican with over 25 years experience. She holds a current Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), State of New Mexico license with the Regulation and Licensing Board, is a certified TouchChat trainer and holds a Level III license from the Public Education Department (PED).
Malia has worked extensively with both pediatric and special needs adult populations in a variety of settings including; a public school setting, adult home health, 12 years as part of the Albuquerque Public School Assistive Technology Unit, DD Waiver provider, home based service for medically fragile children, a charter school for students who are deaf and hard of hearing in addition to private practice. She is experienced in the assessment and treatment of a variety of communication disorders and cognitive disabilities. These include working with individuals with hearing loss, complex communication needs, augmentative and alternative communication, feeding and swallowing.
Malia received her BA in Communication Disorders and MS in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of New Mexico.
In her free time Malia loves spending time with her family, being outdoors, playing golf, and knitting.
Victoria Lyn Cordova, M.S., CF-SLP
Victoria is a New Mexico native. She graduated with her master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of New Mexico in 2021.
Victoria chose the private practice setting after experiencing a variety of settings saying, “It has her heart.”
Victoria enjoys working with children and adults with a variety of communication and feeding disorders.
In her leisure time Victoria enjoys spending time with family, trying new restaurants, being active in her church and getting outdoors.
Cynthia Cadman, MS CCC-SLP
Cynthia received her B.S. in Elementary Education from Eastern New Mexico University in 1992, B.S. in Communication Disorders from Eastern New Mexico University in 1996 and M.S. in Speech Language Pathology from Northern Arizona University in 2000. Cynthia has worked with children with visual impairments, developmental delays, autism, articulation disorders and language disorders. She enjoys co-treating with social workers to work on social language skills. She also loves to co-treat with occupational therapists to work on positioning, sensory, and oral motor skills.
Cynthia is married with 4 children, and 2 grand children. She enjoys reading, scrapbooking, journaling and just learned to crochet. Cynthia loves to travel and loves spending time with family and friends. Her HAPPY PLACE includes a porch, a cold drink, and a good book!
Carolyn Pagano MS OTR/L
Carolyn received her degree from Springfield College, Springfield MA in 1997.
Since that time she has worked with pediatrics in early intervention, outpatient rehabilitation, schools and home health.
Carolyn English, basic Spanish, French and American Sign language.
Other areas of professional interest are Craniosacral therapy and taping.
In her free time Carolyn enjoys swimming, gardening, animal rescue, travel, and spending time with her family that includes 6 grandchildren!
Monica Jordan M.S., CCC-SLP
Monica grew up in Albuquerque, NM and graduated with her Bachelors and Masters in Communication Disorders at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM.
Monica has worked as a speech-language pathologist since 2013, working at schools that serve the deaf/hard-of-hearing population as well as doing home-based therapy with children and adults with a variety of communication disorders. Her special interests include deaf/hard-of-hearing communication, early intervention, and alternative/augmentative communication.
In her spare time, Monica loves drawing and painting. She also enjoys gardening, running, hiking, cooking, and perusing garage sales and antique stores.
Jenna Gomez, M.S. CCC-SLP
Jenna received her B.S. in Speech Language Pathology from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA in 2018. From the Bay Area, CA, she traveled to Albuquerque to pursue her Master’s Degree at the University of New Mexico in 2020. Since then, Jenna has worked with children with developmental delays, language delays, but her heart lies in working with children with speech sound disorders. Jenna also currently works with Deaf and hard of hearing children, as well as children with cochlear implants at the Albuquerque Sign Language Academy.
Aside from speech therapy, Jenna is also a licensed Zumba instructor and loves to dance. She loves visiting thrift shops and enjoys crafting activities such as embroidery and macrame.
Monica Zellner, MS, CCC-SLP
Monica received her master’s degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in May of 1998.
She has worked in outpatient clinics, private practice, home health care and schools. Monica enjoys working with children and adults with a variety of communication disorders. She has worked with the deaf and hard of hearing using ASL.
In her leisure time Monica is involved in her church, enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.
Sarah Girard, OTR/L
Sarah graduated from Texas Tech University in 1996.
Sarah has worked in a variety of setting that include: inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation, hippotherapy, acute care, skilled nursing, schools, pediatric clinics and home health.
Sarah has in interest in working with children and adults with autism, neurological conditions, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, sensory processing disorders, trauma, and developmental disorders.
She holds a certificate in sensory integration.
Sarah says "I love working in collaboration with families."
In her spare time Sarah enjoys dance and hiking.
Nancy Rawcliffe MOTR/L, HPCS, C/NDT
Nancy is a New Mexico registered and licensed occupational therapist with 17 years of experience treating pediatric clients. She is Board Certified by the National Board of Certification for Occupational Therapy and is a member of the New Mexico Occupational Therapy Association.
Nancy received her BA in Psychology in 2002 and Master of Occupational Therapy from the University of New Mexico in 2005.
She became certified in the management and treatment of children with Cerebral Palsy and other Neuromotor disorders in 2014 by the Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association.
Nancy works exclusively with children (0-21 years of age). She is experienced in the assessment and treatment of children with a wide range of neuro-motor, sensory-motor, or cognitive differences.
Nancy loves spending time with her husband, horse, dogs, goats, and chickens at their rural NM home.
Kat Isaacson, M.S., CCC-SLP
Kat is a native Californian and an alumna of UC Davis and UNM. She is an ASHA certified SLP currently licensed to practice in the states of New Mexico and Hawaii.
Kat serves people of all ages and communities, providing supports and services in a variety of settings including the schools, Early Intervention, DD Waiver, private practice, and home health. Kat has recently completed the NM LEND and NM Partners in Policymaking programs, and she is currently completing the Applied Behavioral Analysis program at UNM. She is also enjoying her first year on the NMSHA board, serving as a VP of Convention.
In her free time, Kat spends time with her son, volunteers, travels, reads, and plays chess and basketball.
Amanda (Mandy) Lee, OTD, OTR/L
Mandy was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and has lived in Colorado and Nevada. She received her doctorate degree in occupational therapy from Creighton University in 2018.
Mandy has experience in pediatrics, adults with developmental disabilities, and inpatient rehabilitation services.
She has an interest in working on individuals requiring assistance with feeding/eating skills, sensory integration, and visual deficits.
During downtime, Mandy enjoys listening to audiobooks, researching preventative means utilizing nutrition and movement, playing music, and participating in activities like yoga, hiking, and body weight exercises.
Cara Heckler MOTR/L
Cara Heckler MOTR/L graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2014 with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and in 2017 with her Master’s in Occupational Therapy.
Cara completed extensive field work in pediatrics in the school setting, early intervention with Abrazos Family Support Services. She has traveled to Idaho and returned home to New Mexico to work in outpatient pediatrics and early intervention. She is interested in advancing her skills in neurological development and becoming certified in primitive reflexes. Cara has had extensive experience with children prior to becoming an occupational therapist. She has taught swimming, worked with the City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department and had many volunteer hours in a developmental preschool program.
Cara is the mom of two young boys and a dog lover! As a family, they enjoy staying busy and going to places like the zoo, Bosque, Jungle Jam, or even just the park! If she is not having fun out with her family, then she is busy playing and cuddling with them at home. In her leisure time Cara enjoys reading, drawing, exploring the outdoors, riding her bike, watching funny shows or movies, and playing games.
Cara says, “I love working with children and families and getting the opportunity to be a service is a huge honor.”