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Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurleytop
Kelli is a published author and researcher of dyslexia. She is an adjunct professor of reading, literacy coordinator and a tutor trainer. Kelli is the Past-President of the San Diego Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, as well as a board member of the Southern California Library Literacy Network (SCLLN). She is a professional developer for California Library Literacy Services (CLLS) as well as a Literacy Consultant for the San Diego Council on Literacy. Kelli received Orton-Gillingham training by a Fellow of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators and has been trained in the Lindamood-Bell, Wilson Reading, RAVE-O and Read Naturally programs. She was awarded the Jane Johnson Fellowship and the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) scholarship. Kelli has presented at numerous conferences as well as provided professional development for k-12 teachers. She received her doctorate in Literacy with a specialization in reading and dyslexia from San Diego State University and the University of San Diego.
Tracy Block-Zaretskytop
Tracy has tutored children and adult with learning disabilities for the past 18 years and has developed and taught workplace and family literacy program. She is a trained Special Education Advocate assisting parents and children through the Individual Education Plan (IEP) and 504Plan process. She has been a trainer for the past 15 years training teachers, adult literacy staff, and professional and volunteer tutors. Tracy worked as a trainer on the adult literacy initiative, Equipped for the Future, with the National Institute for Literacy. She is the President of the San Diego Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. Tracy received Orton-Gillingham training by a Fellow of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators, is trained in the Wilson Reading System, Lindamood-Bell programs, Read Naturally and a variety of reading and writing assessment tests. Tracy has presented at numerous conferences on learning disabilities, phonics, reading and writing instruction, as well as provided professional development for K-12 teachers.
Dr. Jennifer Petrichtop
Dr. Jennifer Petrich earned a BA in Sociology from Johns Hopkins University (1994) and a BA in Psychology from Towson University (1995). From 1993-1997, Jennifer worked as a cognitive and reading therapist at New Heights Learning Center in Towson, Maryland, where she was trained in three Lindamood-Bell programs: Lindamood Phonemic Sequencing (LiPS), Visualizing/Verbalizing (V/ V) and Visualizing/Conceptualizing (V/C). In 2004, she received a PhD in Neuroscience from University of Maryland, Baltimore after completing a dissertation on developmental dyslexia. She then took a research position at the University of California, San Diego studying the visual system and has lectured there on the auditory system and the neural mechanisms of reading and reading disorders. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Neuroscience at San Diego State University.
Brittany Negritop
Brittany has worked with children for several years. She worked at the San Diego State Children’s Center for four years while getting her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies. Brittany continued her education and earned a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential to teach Elementary School. Ms. Negri has been trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach by the Dyslexia Training Institute and has experience working with children of all ages. She has participated in many research projects to help advance and help educational programs teach science to English Language Learners. Although education is tough to get into at this time, she absolutely loves working with children and is pursing more avenues so she can diversify her skills to meet the needs of different learners.
Gina Tashjian, SLPtop
Gina earned her undergraduate degree in the area of Speech Language Pathology from the University of the Pacific and then went on to complete her masters at University of Redlands. She is a practicing Speech Language Pathologist and has been trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach by the Dyslexia Training Institute.
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The San Diego Learning Centers of the Dyslexia Training Institute offer one-on-one and small group remediation in reading, writing, spelling, and critical thinking to students of all ages. We use only research-based methods including the Orton-Gillingham (O-G) Approach and programs based on O-G such as Wilson Reading System and Barton Reading & Spelling System; comprehension and fluency development programs such as Lindamood-Bell program, RAVE-O, and Read Naturally. All programs are administered by highly-trained and experienced specialists.

Additional Site Services:
  • Diagnostic Testing
  • Advocacy for Special Education Services
  • On-site trainings and simulations
  • Locations: San Carlos/Del Cerro, Rancho Bernardo, East Lake/Chula Vista
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