Davina Simantob is a licensed speech-language pathologist in the state of California and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association. After her undergraduate studies, Davina pursued a career that would combine her clinical and medical interests. She attended Vanderbilt University, the top ranked Speech-Language Pathology program in the United States. At Vanderbilt, Davina trained at the Aphasia Clinic and the Vanderbilt Voice Center, where she cultivated an interest in the head and neck cancer population. She completed her externship at New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where she obtained significant experience with the cancer population as well as swallowing disorders (dysphagia) in general. Growing up in a Persian household, where food and family were at the forefront, fueled Davina’s love for international cuisine, having even marketed for a Japanese sauce company. When she is not helping her patients, she can be found trying to perfect her fried chicken recipe (or her mother’s Ghormeh Sabzi recipe) and spending time with loved ones.
Davina completed her clinical fellowship at Nancy Sedat & Associates and continues to work there as a lead therapist. She evaluates and treats patients with dysphagia, aphasia, neurogenic disorders (including Parkinson’s Disease), voice disorders, and cognitive difficulties, among other communication disorders. She also works with patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) at the UCLA Neuromuscular Clinic. She performs Augmentative/Alternative Communication evaluations to ensure patients can meet their communicative demands. Davina focuses on each patient’s individual needs and avoids a one-size-fits-all approach to therapy. Her patient-centered approach leads to effective results and satisfied patients.
M.S., Communication Sciences and Disorders, Vanderbilt University
B.A., Psychology with a Spanish minor, Summa Cum Laude, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Certificate of Clinical Competence
Lee Silverman Voice Therapy Certified