The staff of the Aphasia Center of California is dedicated to bringing innovation, compassion, and expertise to serving people affected by aphasia. All therapy is provided by highly experienced speech-language pathologists who have dedicated their careers to the treatment of aphasia and other neurological communication disorders.

Roberta J. Elman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS

Roberta ElmanPresident/CEO and Speech-Language Pathologist
Dr. Elman holds Board Certification in adult neurologic communication disorders from the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences. She received her doctorate in Speech & Hearing Sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to founding the Aphasia Center of California, Dr. Elman was Co-Director of an outpatient medical rehabilitation center. She has more than 35 years of experience in the assessment and treatment of neurologic communication disorders. She is the author of numerous professional publications and the editor of a book published by Plural Publishing, “Group Treatment of Neurogenic Communication Disorders: The Expert Clinician’s Approach.” She is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Susan E. Adair Ewing, M.A., CCC-SLP

Susan E. Adair EwingSpeech-Language Pathologist
Ms. Ewing brings more than 35 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist working with adults having neurologic communication disorders. Before moving to California in 1994, she worked at Wm. Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan where she began communication and psychosocial groups for stroke survivors and family members. She has co-authored a book, “Pathways: Moving beyond stroke and aphasia,” and two videotapes, “What is Aphasia?” and “Pathways.”

Lauren (Lolo) Scheiner, M.A., CCC-SLP

Susan E. Adair EwingSpeech-Language Pathologist
Ms. Scheiner received her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Colorado Boulder. She completed a clinical externship at the Aphasia Center of California in 2011. From 2011 to 2016, she worked as a speech-language pathologist in the Northern California Bay Area, focusing on geriatric and medically complex individuals, including stroke survivors.


Tessa Fisher, M.S., CCC-SLP

Tessa FisherAdministrative Assistant
Ms. Fisher received her Master’s degree in Communicative Disorders & Sciences from San Jose State University in 2015. She has volunteered in the Communication Treatment Group program at the Aphasia Center of California since 2009 and also works part-time as our Administrative Assistant.


“The Aphasia Center speech-language therapists are so caring. It's not just their job, they truly care about the quality of life of their clients.”