Joanne Gerstein Hein received her Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology from Ithaca College in New York in 1974, and her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1976. Over the years, she has worked with clients of all ages and with nearly every type of communicative disorder.
Speech-Language Pathology Treatment for Children
Joanne's early professional experience with children included providing services to six Head Start preschool sites (Durham N.C.), providing school-based clinical speech-language services, and running a classroom for language-impaired children, ages 3-9 (San Luis Obispo, CA). She also provided clinically-based therapy to children at the Oceanside Clinic of Children's Hospital. Since founding Hein Speech-Language Pathology in 1986, Joanne has provided evaluation and therapy services to children from 17 months through high school age, and has developed speech-language therapy programs for several private, special education ("non-public") schools in San Diego.
Speech-Language Pathology Treatment for Adults
Prior to starting Hein Speech-Language Pathology, Joanne spent five years of her career at the Sharp Hospital Rehabilitation Center in San Diego, working with adults recovering from strokes and brain injuries. Joanne & Herb were members of the founding Board of Directors of the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation, working with survivors of traumatic brain injuries, their families, and other rehabilitation professionals. At Hein Speech-Language Pathology, Joanne continues to work with adults who have acquired strokes and brain injuries, as well as with adults who have life-long language processing and learning challenges.
Additional Professional Experience
Joanne maintains membership in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CSHA). She regularly attends continuing education courses, and has presented on numerous topics within her field.
"International Medical Graduates and Communication" a
presentation by Joanne G. Hein. Download a PDF.
"Dear Joanne, I am writing to express my deep gratitude for your incredible work with our son and our entire family over the last five (is it six?) years. You have been such an incredible teacher, guide, surrogate parent, friend to the boy and to all of us. The way you championed him with such patience, incredible creativity and structure has truly ushered him into the amazingly hard working, self-aware resourceful boy that he is. I can’t emphasize enough what a gift this is to him and to me, the ability he now has to understand his own mind and process and to modify it to reach his goals. The confidence this has given all of us – whatever comes down the pike – really has allowed me to enjoy my son and his growth without the gloomy, worry cloud. And of course it was not just your individual work with him, but your role as the team leader that has been so amazing. Joanne, you are truly amazingly, generous, wonderful person and we are so happy and fortunate to have had your help. The blanket enclosed represents the incredible nurture and protection you have given us. I hope you can use it for snuggling with your own people. Much love, Claire G."
"Dear Joanne, thank you for being my teacher for so many years. You have helped me SO much! Love, Lev G." (This is a thank you note from the 9 year old son mentioned above)