From the Clinic (March 2020)

posted Feb 28, 2020, 1:31 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

My name is Alisha Leong, and I will be on board as a new speech-language pathologist serving the Bay Area community. I am a Bay Area native, being born and raised in Sunnyvale. I love the diversity, the many cultures, and people that create this place called home. 

My initial interest in speech therapy was back in 2008 when my Aunt was struck by a car. Thankfully my Aunt survived, but she had many years of rehabilitation, and still has to work towards improving her speech, memory, and physical range of motion every day. I was most inspired by her ability to regain her speech. It was so important to her, and to her family and friends that she could express her thoughts and needs. Ever since 2008, I was intrigued by the profession that helped my Aunt become empowered. 

From 2014-2016 I attended San Francisco State University where I began studying, and eventually grew a passion for becoming a speech-language pathologist. During this time, I was a receptionist at a speech clinic, volunteered at hospitals and private practices, and delved into organizations like Operation Smile. In 2016, I began my journey as a graduate student at University of Hawai'i at Manoa. This was a pivotal year as I was able to really apply theory to practice. I worked with diverse population, serving infants to adults in private clinics, hospitals, and the school district. I was also able to create new, lasting friendships, meet amazing mentors, experience different cultures, and grow closer to family members who live in Hawai’i. After obtaining my master's degree in 2018, I worked at the Scottish Rite Children's Center in Honolulu, HI. I loved the student to teacher ratio, the support from staff and family members, and of course, the kids that I worked with. It's rewarding to see progress, and being a hand in that, is a reason why I enjoy this profession. Something I've learned over the years is that my patients or clients always teach me something- whether it's about historical facts, hobbies, or something valuable like patience and understanding.

Outside of work, I enjoy practicing mindful Yoga, meditating, going to live concerts that support local artists, and exploring new places.

I am excited to collaborate alongside parents, teachers, and Rachel Sense in continuing to learn and develop my skills to better serve the community. Thank you Scottish Rite family for welcoming me, and I look forward to fulfilling your mission!