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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Shawnia Elder, M.S., CCC-SLP

Shawnia graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a Master of Science in Communication Disorders in 2005. Shawnia's experience includes working in public schools, private schools, private practices, home health agency and a rehab center. She has performed diagnosis and treatment of disorders related to pediatric (toddler/child) feeding aversion, apraxia, receptive language disorders, expressive language disorders, articulation, phonological processing, oral-motor functioning disorders, fluency, dysphasia, and pragmatic language disorders in infants, pre-school and school-aged children.

For the past nine years, Shawnia has focused her clinical skills on treating toddlers and school aged children with issues in receptive and expressive language disorders, sensory feeding, behavior, social/play skills, as well as articulation, phonological processing and apraxia. Shawnia has a passion for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and has worked as an ABA therapist, blending discrete trial teaching and natural environmental teaching (NET). As a speech pathologist, she continues to use behavior modification strategies, positive reinforcement and NET as a part of her therapy model. Shawnia has also attended school ards for students in the public school system to advocate on their behalf for appropriate educational placement/assistance, modifications and individualized education program (goals) when requested by parents. Her collaboration with other disciplines, professionals and facilities has enhanced the quality of service to patients and families.

Shawnia is a bilingual speech and language pathologist, holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence with the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (ASHA) and is called upon by companies in the Houston area for professional expertise in the areas of evaluation needs, some CEU training and mentoring therapists. In addition to her work as a Speech-Language Pathologist, Shawnia has served on a committee regarding eligibility for school speech therapy services from 2006-2009 in Alief ISD. Shawnia's experience includes 6 years of training/mentoring/supervising other clinicians in various settings. She has had 2 years of leadership experience in developing processes/programs for a team of therapists. In the past year, she presented at a Head Start program in service for area leaders citywide. Shawnia has an enthusiasm for this profession, a heart for children and enjoys enriching the lives of others.



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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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Faith Novikoff, M.A., CCC-SLP

Faith was born and raised in Richmond. She graduated from University of Houston in 2012 with a Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Faith specialized, during her education, in speech therapy in the schools and literacy. While a graduate student, she received experience working with children and adults at the University of Houston Speech Language and Hearing Clinic as well as at The Center for Hearing and Speech where she worked with children with hearing impairments by implementing auditory verbal therapy. Faith has delivered speech pathology services at The Methodist Hospital - Sugar Land with both in-patients and out-patients. She has also delivered services in the public school setting in Fort Bend ISD.

Faith holds her certificate of clinical competence and is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association as well as the Texas Speech and Hearing Association. Her interests include child language disorders, phonological disorders, autism spectrum disorders, literacy, articulation disorders, and hearing disorders.



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Melinda Walls, M.S., CCC-SLP

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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Christine Kuehl, M.A., CCC-SLP

Christine is a licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist. She graduated from the University of Houston with a Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology and earned her Bachelor degree at University of North Texas. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence and is a member of both the Texas Speech-Language Hearing Association (TSHA) and the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA).

Christine has experience in different settings: schools, private clinics, and rehabilitation hospitals. She has also worked with both pediatric and adult clients. She has experience working with a team of individuals to provide multidisciplinary therapy. She has performed diagnosis and treatment of disorders ranging from pediatric and adult swallowing, receptive and expressive language, articulation, fluency, cognitive disorders, and autism spectrum disorders.



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Mary O'Truk, M.S., CCC-SLP

Mary O'Truk received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Purdue University and her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Lamar University. She also earned a Master's degree in Educational Administration. Mary is licensed to practice speech pathology in the state of Texas and is certified from the American Speech and Hearing Association.

Mary has 23+ years experience in various clinical settings including schools, long-term acute care, outpatient rehabilitation, and private practice. She enjoys the private practice setting because of the unique opportunity it provides to work closely with the clients and their families.

She is experienced with the evaluation and treatment of voice, articulation, and language disorders in both pediatric and adult populations. She is the recipient of five Awards of Continuing Education from ASHA. Mary belongs to ASHA's Global Issues and School-Based special interest groups.



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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

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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Twana K. Davis, M.A., CCC-SLP

Twana has known since the age of 16 that she wanted to be a speech-language pathologist. On a whim, she visited a small college named Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, after receiving a brochure promoting an "unforgettable college visit." When asked by the beloved professor assigned to her luncheon table, "Young lady, do you know what you would like your major to be?" She responded, "No Sir, I am not sure. I have so many interests. But if you can tell me a profession that combines my passion for teaching, medicine, journalism, and fine arts, with my love of children and the elderly, then that will be my major and I will do that job for a lifetime." Unbeknownst to her at the time, she happened to be speaking with the head of the Communication Disorders program, who indeed uttered life changing words, "Speech-Language Pathology is the profession for you."

After receiving her B.A. from Calvin College in Elementary Education-Language Arts, with a minor focus in communication disorders, she taught for a year and then attended Michigan State University where she received a Masters of Arts degree in the area of Speech Language Pathology. Twana has worked as a licensed speech pathologist in Michigan, California, and Texas for over two decades with diverse populations across settings that include private practice, clinics, public and private schools, therapeutic schools with a multidisciplinary team approach to Autism Spectrum Disorders, rehabilitation hospitals, home health, as well as therapeutic summer camps. She has also been privileged to supervise some of the most dynamic young clinicians over the years, lead clinical teams, train speech pathology students and colleagues, and develop therapy programs that integrate her creative arts background.

Twana brings an energetic, multi-faceted repertoire of training and experiences to her integrated approach to therapy. Some of these include PECS, ABA, RTI, and Floortime. She fervently believes that only the sky is the limit for each communicator and family with whom she is blessed enough to encounter.



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Holly Ford, M.A., CCC-SLP

Holly is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with her Bachelors Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders followed by her Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence and is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA). Holly is also a member of Texas Speech and Hearing Association (TSHA) and volunteers as a strand chair for the Annual TSHA Convention programming committee.

Holly has experience working in the public school and private pediatric therapy settings. She also has clinical experience working with adults in acute care and rehabilitation in the health care setting. Holly has extensive experience providing treatment to children who have receptive and expressive language disorders, autism spectrum disorder and other cognitive disorders. She also has experience working with a multidisciplinary team to diagnose and treat children with a variety of needs.



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Ally Glapa, M.A., CFY-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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Courtney Skaggs, M.S., CCC-SLP

Courtney Scaggs graduated from Radford University in Virginia with a Masters of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders in May 2017. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Virginia Tech prior.

Courtney has experience in a variety of settings, working with both pediatric and adult clients. Her clinical experience included group and individual therapy with both children and adults. Her work was done at the Radford University clinic, the Salem Veteran's Affairs Medical Center, and most recently she completed her externship here, at The Speech and Language Connection. She has performed diagnosis and treatment in the areas of autism spectrum disorders, fluency, cognitive disorders, receptive/expressive language, pragmatic language, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), swallowing, articulation, and voice (including transgender voice therapy).



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Morgan Nash - Morgan Nash, M.S., CCC-SLP

Morgan is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. She received her Masters of Science degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences from Texas State University. She is a member of both Texas Speech-Language Hearing Association (TSHA) and American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA). She is an active member in planning the State Speech and Language Convention.

Morgan has practiced in the public school setting, clinical setting and outpatient setting. She has clinical experience diagnosing and treating a variety of disabilities with both the pediatric and adult populations. Morgan has received training and has provided extensive treatment in the areas of voice and fluency. She also has experience with diagnosing and treating articulation impairments, receptive/expressive language and pragmatic language deficits. Morgan is passionate about helping children and adults learn new skills and utilizing those skills in a variety of settings.



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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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Our Tanglewood Therapists



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Caroline Serrett, M.S., CCC-SLP

Caroline is a graduate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders in 1998. She received her Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1999.

Caroline began her career as a speech language pathologist in the public school system. She left the public schools in 2002 to open The Speech and Language Connection, a private practice specializing in pediatric communication disorders

She has performed diagnosis and treatment of receptive and expressive language disorders, articulation, fluency, phonemic awareness delays, dysgraphia, and pragmatic language disorders.

Caroline's areas of expertise include receptive and expressive language disorders, pragmatic language disorders, dysgraphia and other written language disorders, and articulation disorders.



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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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Jennifer L. Rose, M.S., CCC-SLP

Jennifer is a licensed and certified Speech and Language Pathologist. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelors in Communication Sciences and Disorders and earned a Masters of Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Texas at Dallas, Callier Center. She is a member of The Texas Speech and Hearing Association and The American Speech and Hearing Association.

Jennifer has a wide range of experience in clinical, public school, and private school settings. She began her career working in HISD for several years. Afterwards, she served for five years as the lead Speech and Language Pathologist in a pre-school classroom at a school designed for children with language and learning differences. She has been at The Speech and Language Connection since 2006.

Jennifer's areas of expertise include diagnosis and treatment of expressive and receptive language disorders, articulation and fluency disorders, oral motor functioning, and pragmatic disorders in children. Jennifer enjoys working with toddlers, pre-schoolers, and school-aged children. She believes in collaborating with parents, teachers, and other therapists to help each child work to their maximum potential.



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Allison Feldman, M.S., CCC-SLP

Allison graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelors in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2004 and earned a Masters of Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Texas at Dallas, Callier Center in 2006. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence and is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA).

Allison began her career as a speech language pathologist in Montgomery County Public Schools in Silver Spring, Maryland. There she worked with the HeadStart program and elementary aged children. Allison moved back to Houston in 2009 where she worked for 4 years as an elementary speech language pathologist at The Parish School, a school for children with learning and language differences.

Allison's areas of expertise include expressive, receptive, and pragmatic language disorders, articulation/phonological processing disorders, fluency, autism spectrum disorders, and literacy. Allison enjoys working with toddlers and school-age children and their families to promote maximum results and carryover.



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Kristen Latta, M.A., CCC-SLP

Kristen Latta graduated from the University of Houston with a Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders in May 2013. Upon graduation, Kristen received the department's Bliss award and Outstanding Graduate Student award. Her undergraduate degree was completed at New York University. Kristen is a member of Texas Speech-Language Hearing Association (TSHA) and Houston Association for Communication Disorders (HACD).

Kristen's clinical experience includes work at The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR--Memorial Hermann), Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, Houston Aphasia Recovery Center (HARC), and the University of Houston Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic. Kristen enjoys working with children and adults and has performed diagnosis and treatment in the areas of receptive and expressive language, pragmatic language, articulation, cognitive disorders, fluency, voice, and swallowing.



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Ashley Walker, M.S., CCC-SLP

Ashley is a licensed and certified Speech and Language Pathologist. She graduated from Trinity University with a Bachelors in Psychology and earned her Masters in Communication Disorders from University of South Florida. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence and is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA).

Ashley has experience in a wide variety of settings including skilled nursing, hospitals, public schools and private practice. Her areas of expertise include diagnosis and treatment of articulation/phonological processing disorders, receptive and expressive language disorders, and fluency disorders. She enjoys working with toddlers, preschool, and school age children. She believes in looking at each child as an individual and catering a therapy plan to fit that child's unique needs. She also encourages collaboration with other professionals, including occupational therapists, applied behavior therapists, reading specialists, and neuropsychologists when necessary to maximize the treatment process. She looks forward to building interpersonal relationships with clients and their families to support them throughout treatment.



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Ashley Andrews, M.A., CCC-SLP

Ashley Andrews graduated from the University of Houston in 2012 with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. During her undergraduate years, Ashley worked in a research lab focused on cognitive and language development in infants and children. This passion for children and her experience sparked her interest to become a speech-language pathologist. She furthered her education and received her Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Houston in May 2016 where she was honored with the Mary Curl Outstanding Graduate Clinician award.

Ashley has clinical experience working in a variety of settings, including university and private clinics, charter schools, and TIRR Memorial Hermann rehabilitation center. She has experience diagnosing and treating children with receptive/expressive language disorders, autism spectrum disorders, cognitive disorders, fluency disorders, articulation, phonology and feeding disorders. Ashley enjoys working with children in a one-on- one setting and looks forward to helping those in the private practice sector of speech-language pathology.


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