Title:Speech Language pathologist and Pediatric Clinical Director
I’ve been a practicing Speech-Language Pathologist for 5 years now. Helping others find their voice and communicate their wants and needs gives me so much joy as an SLP. I could not imagine doing anything else as my profession.
I received my Bachelors of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of North Texas in 2009 and my Masters of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2013. I have experience working as a behavior technician in an autism center, working in the public school system as an autism assessment team member as well as the assistive technology lead for the school district. I most recently worked in an autism center as an SLP treating individuals ages 2-22 while providing co-treatment with a behavior therapist. I am trained in using the PECS program as well as ABA. For fun, I love to travel, hike and camp with my friends and family. I most recently came back from New Zealand and can’t wait to go on my next adventure! I also love doing crossfit, drinking a good beer at a brewery, catching live music in the greatest city in Texas, and taking my dog and favorite companion, Gypsy to the lake.
I received my Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology at UT Austin and have been working as a speech-language pathologist for more than 25 years. Most of my career has been spent in the medical field, in both inpatient and outpatient settings, beginning with adult patients and later transitioning to pediatric patients.
I have certifications for providing VitalStim therapy, and for the Hanen programs “It Takes Two to Talk”, and “More Than Words”. I am a member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA).
I grew up in Las Cruces, New Mexico, but consider myself a Texan after living in Austin for nearly 30 years! I love what I do and I am amazed at how much I still have to learn in this field, and how exciting it is to help a child find his or her “voice”.
I love to hang out with my friends and my dog Jude, and I enjoy yoga, and learning Tai Chi.
I have had the pleasure of being a bilingual speech language pathologist (English and Spanish) for 6 years now in the public school system, home health, and now, the outpatient clinical setting. I started my career very differently with a Bachelor’s in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin and later obtained my Masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Texas Woman’s University in Denton.
I initially started out my current career as a special education teacher and fell in love with the profession. I have extensive experience in teaching children with cognitive impairments, other health disorders, learning disabilities, autism, and was part of the autism assessment team in the public school system. I am bilingual in Spanish and English and perform bilingual evaluations and treatment in both languages. After working in school districts in Texas for 11 years, first as a special education teacher and then, as a Speech Language Pathologist, I decided to join the Reavis Rehab family in the summer of 2018. Communication is such an integral part of life, not merely to meet individual wants and needs, but also as part of our daily social interaction with one another. Language brings us closer together and I love that I get to help kiddos and adults alike reach their maximum potential to strengthen ties and feel connected within their community!
When I am not in the clinic I am an animal activist/enthusiast! I love my dog more than life itself and enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, and going on picnics. Above all else I love DANCING and have participated in a competition or two with my husband in Latin dances as well as two-step.