Biographies


Our Cinco Ranch Therapists



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Kristie Gatto, M.A., CCC-SLP, COM®

Kristie graduated from the University of Houston with a Master of Arts in Communication Disorders. Kristie's experience includes working in public schools, private schools, private practice, rehabilitation hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, early childhood intervention sites, pediatric/children's hospital, and audiology clinics. She has performed diagnosis and treatment of disorders related to orofacial myology, pediatric (toddler/child) feeding aversion, apraxia, disorders related to cleft lip and palate, receptive language disorders, expressive language disorders, aural rehabilitation with an emphasis in intervention fluency, dysphasia, and pragmatic language disorders in infants, pre-school children, school-aged children, and adults

In addition to her work as a Speech-Language Pathologist, Kristie has served on committees regarding eligibility for school-aged students for Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, was previously a counselor for sexually assaulted children and adults, and worked for the Alzheimer's Association/Greater Houston Chapter, and The Parish School.

For the past ten years, Kristie has focused her clinical skills on treating younger clients with issues in feeding, dysphagia, deglutition, oral sensory aversion, orofacial myology, swallowing related disorders, as well as articulation, phonological processing, apraxia, early childhood intervention, and semantic language issues among pre-school aged children

Kristie is the only Certified Orofacial Myologist in the city of Houston. She is also certified with the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM), holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence with the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (ASHA), is a member of the Texas Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (TSHA), was on the Convention Planning Committee for the 2011 IAOM National Convention, and previously served as Vice President of Membership in the Houston Association for Communication Disorders (HACD). Currently, Kristie serves as the IAOM Marketing/Public Affairs committee chair, IAOM mentoring committee member, and a member of the TSHA Private Practice Committee.



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Dana Hearnsberger, MS, CCC-SLP

Dana is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist with 17 years of experience working with children. She completed her undergraduate education at Texas Tech University and her graduate education in Speech-Language Pathology at Stephen F. Austin State University. She has served families in pediatric outpatient, educational, hospital, home health and early intervention settings in Texas and North Carolina.

Dana has extensive experience and specialized training in the area of pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders. She sees infants who struggle to develop appropriate sucking and swallowing skills for breast and bottle feeding as well as older babies who struggle to transition from one food stage to the next. Dana also works with toddlers and older children who are very restrictive eaters and often lack the oral sensorimotor skills (biting, chewing, swallowing) to eat an age-appropriate diet. Dana has been trained in Sensory Integrative strategies, Food Chaining, and Sequential-Oral- Sensory (SOS) Feeding Solutions.

In addition to feeding/swallowing therapy, Dana has a special interest in working with young children with highly unintelligible speech which is often due to childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) or severe phonological processing disorder. Dana's approach to therapy is family-friendly within the motivational framework of play. She believes that all children want to connect with others through social experiences which inherently involve speech, language, learning, and eating. Dana partners with families to help each child reach his or her highest level of function.



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Melinda Walls, M.S., CCC-SLP, COM®

Melinda graduated from the NOVA Southeastern University in Florida with a Master of Science in Communication Disorders. Melinda's experience includes working in public schools, private practice, rehabilitation hospitals, and skilled nursing facilities.

She has performed diagnosis and treatment of receptive language disorders, expressive language disorders, aural rehabilitation, articulation, phonological processing, oral-motor functioning disorders, voice, fluency, and pragmatic language disorders in infants, pre-school and school-aged children, and adults for those who are monolingual and bilingual.

Melinda has experience with individual and group therapy, augmentative communication (including picture and devise-based communication), social stories, and LINC (Language Intervention in the Classroom Setting).

For the past six years, Melinda has been working towards completing her Masters while working as a Speech Language Pathologist Licensed Assistant. She has focused her clinical skills on treating younger clients with issues of orafacial myology, swallowing related disorders, articulation, phonological processing, apraxia, semantic language issues among pre-school aged children, bilingualism, and pragmatics. Melinda attends continuing education classes to remain current on the most up to date therapy techniques and approaches.

Currently, Melinda is a member of the National Student American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (ASHA), the Texas Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (TSHA), and Houston Association for Communication Disorders (HACD).



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Heather Warwick, M.S., CCC-SLP

Heather is a speech-language pathologist who completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Disorders with a minor in psychology at the University of Houston and a Master's of Science degree in Communication Disorders at the University of Texas Dallas.

She has extensive experience working with the pediatric population in a variety of settings including a pediatric hospital out-patient clinic, home health, school districts and private practices. Heather has practiced in both Texas and New York, most recently working with a dynamic private speech-language center located in New York which specializes in pragmatic language development. Heather's experience extends to working with children in all areas of speech-language pathology including receptive/expressive and pragmatic language development, articulation/ phonological processing, voice, oral motor, and swallowing disorders. She has cultivated a special love and professional focus working with children in the areas of language development.

Heather holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence through the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA), where she is also a member, and holds a Texas speech-language pathology license.



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Misty Elsby, M.A., CCC-SLP, COM®

Misty Elsby graduated from the University of Houston with a Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders in May 2015. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Sam Houston State University. During graduate school, she was a research assistant in the area of bilingual phonological acquisition in children with cochlear implants. Misty has eight years of teaching experience, including three years as a special education itinerant teacher with Houston ISD.

Misty's clinical experience includes work at The Methodist Hospital in the Medical Center, The Center for Hearing and Speech, Houston Aphasia Recovery Center (HARC), and the University of Houston Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic. She has performed diagnosis and treatment in the areas of receptive/expressive and pragmatic language, pediatric and adult swallowing, articulation, fluency, cognitive disorders, voice, and autism spectrum disorders. Misty is passionate about working with children and their families in a one-to-one setting to promote social, emotional and behavioral health and academic success.



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Ally Glapa, M.A., CCC-SLP

Ally Glapa graduated from the University of Houston with a Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders in July 2016. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Baylor University.

Ally has experience in a variety of settings with both pediatric and adult clients. Her clinical experiences include work at KIPP Peace and Liberation, House of Tiny Treasures (HTT), Houston Aphasia Recovery Center (HARC), Professional Imaging Modified Barium Swallow Study van (MBSS), and the University of Houston Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic. She has performed diagnosis and treatment in the areas of autism spectrum disorders, fluency, cognitive disorders, receptive/expressive and pragmatic language, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), pediatric and adult swallowing, articulation, and voice.



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Sheba Kirmani, MSLP, CCC-SLP

Sheba has had the privilege of working as a Speech Language Pathologist in Canada and the United States, being certified in both countries. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) and is currently licensed to practice in Texas. She completed her education in Canada, obtaining a Psychology degree from McGill University in 1998 and her Master's degree in Speech Language Pathology (MSLP) from the University of Alberta in 2001. Sheba has experience working with both children and adults with a variety of speech and language disorders. She has worked in private practice, public and private schools, as well as inpatient and outpatient hospital settings. Sheba has experience in evaluating and providing treatment for individuals with deficits in the following areas: articulation, phonology, apraxia, expressive/receptive language, social communication, Autism Spectrum Disorder, oral motor, voice, fluency, auditory processing, accent reduction, aphasia and early intervention.

Sheba loves to continually learn new therapy techniques to benefit her clients and keep up to date with the latest research. This is evidenced by her two consecutive ACE awards presented by ASHA for demonstrated excellence and dedication to lifelong learning. She has taken additional courses and become certified in the following programs: Compton P-ESL (Accent Reduction), Beckman Oral Motor Therapy, and the Hanen parent training programs for early intervention: ‘It Takes Two to Talk' and ‘More Than Words'. Sheba believes in creating individualized treatment for all of her clients with a family-centered approach by developing strong trusting relationships with her clients and their families. She is excited to have joined a great team at The Speech and Language Connection and welcomes the opportunity to work with you and your child!



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Courtney Scaggs, M.S., CCC-SLP

Courtney graduated from Radford University with a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Prior to that she attended Virginia Tech where she earned a Bachelor's of Art in English-Language, Literature and Culture. Courtney moved to Houston in her final semester of graduate school, completing her internship, here at The Speech and Language Connection. She then went on to complete her clinical fellowship and now delivers services fully certified at our facilities.

Prior to her time here, she had experience in various settings with both pediatric and adult clients. She has experience with both group and individual therapy with all ages. While at Radford University Courtney saw individual clients at the on campus clinic, as well as collaborating with other graduate SLPs to run an early literacy group. Courtney also gained experience hours at the Salem Veterans Affairs Center where she utilized various technologies of the field to best assist our Veterans.

Through these experiences Courtney has performed diagnostic and treatment in Autism Spectrum Disorders, fluency, cognitive disorders, reading comprehension, phonological awareness, apraxia, feeding aversions, receptive/expressive language, pragmatic (social) language, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), swallowing, articulation, and voice (including transgender voice therapy).

Courtney currently spends Mondays and Wednesdays at our Cinco Ranch location and Tuesdays and Thursdays at our Tanglewood location. She enjoys working in the private practice sector because she can connect with her clients and families in a way that encourages fluid carryover in order to ensure maximum progress, and ultimately success.



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Mandy White, M.S., SLP-CCC

Mandy received her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a Master of Science in Communication Disorders. She is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist, who holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence through the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). Mandy’s experience includes working with a wide variety of clients in public schools and private pediatric therapy clinics. She has diagnosed and implemented treatment for disorders related to receptive language disorders, expressive language disorders, articulation, phonological processing, fluency, and pragmatic language disorders in children and adult clients. She enjoys not only working with her clients, but also building relationships with their families. Mandy is passionate and excited about working with and helping all of her clients reach their highest potential and communicate in the most functional and effective manner possible!



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Kelsey Aldinger, M.S., CCC-SLP

Kelsey is a licensed and certified speech language pathologist who earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The University of Oklahoma and her Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology with a minor in Audiology from The University of North Texas. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence and is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA).

Kelsey has clinical experience with both adult and pediatric populations and has worked individually and as part of an interdisciplinary team to provide services. She has performed diagnosis and treatment in the areas of expressive/ receptive and pragmatic language, cognitive disorders, swallowing, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), apraxia, articulation, and fluency. Kelsey believes in the power of communication in creating connections and strives to provide each of the clients she serves with the tools he or she needs to be successful in making meaningful connections through communication.


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Our Tanglewood Therapists



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Mimi McClain, M.S., CCC-SLP

Mimi graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 1997 and received her Masters of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Baylor in 1998. She has been in private practice for over 10 years, treating children from 16 months to high school. Mimi has also practiced in a variety of different settings, including The Parish School and public schools. She holds ASHA and TSHA memberships.

Mimi has performed evaluations and treatment of children with language, articulation, voice, fluency and oral motor, and apraxic disorders. She has received training in PROMPT and Nancy Kaufmann's techniques for children with apraxia. Mimi also enjoys working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.



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Victoria Calloway, M.S., CCC-SLP

Victoria is a licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist. She graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor's of Science in Communication Disorders and earned her Master's of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence and is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA).

Victoria has clinical experience working in a variety of settings, including home health care, private practice, skilled nursing, public schools, Brooks Rehabilitation-Outpatient facility and Brooks Rehabilitation Aphasia Center. She enjoys working with both children and adults and has performed diagnosis and treatment in the areas of receptive/expressive language disorders, Autism spectrum disorders, cognitive disorders, fluency disorders, articulation and phonology, and voice.


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