Courtney has had extensive experience working in a private practice setting with clients with a variety of communication disorders including apraxia, aphasia, articulation, augmentative communication, dysarthria, dysphagia, voice, language, phonology, cleft palate, as well as accent modification. She has also conducted home health therapy utilizing a consultative or direct therapy model and collaborated with other disciplines to obtain maximal benefit from patient treatments. Before being licensed as a Speech-Language Pathologist, Courtney worked as a speech pathologist assistant - providing direct treatment in the individual and group settings to pediatric clients in the Head Start setting by following the written treatment plans developed by the supervising Speech-Language Pathologist. Courtney's education and professional training include an M.A., Communication Disorders, from Our Lady of the Lake University, 2003 and a B.S., Communication Sciences and Disorders, The University of Texas at Austin, 1998. She also received a Compton PESL Certification in 2006 & education in Lee Silverman Voice Treatment, 2003.
Kate graduated in 2014 from Texas State University with a Master in Communication Disorders. She has experience working in school settings, residential rehab, and home health. Her clinical interests include articulation and language disorders. Kate’s favorite thing about being a therapist is interacting with her clients. She likes to use techniques such as self-talk, parallel talk, modeling, and positive reinforcement.
Jahaira Hernandez graduated in 2019 with a Master in Speech-Language Pathology from The University of Texas- Austin. She has clinical experience working in school settings, clinical setting,s and under private practice. Jahaira's favorite thing about being a therapist is getting to see the progress in her clients, making an impact in their lives and their family’s lives. She is fluent in English and Spanish.
Jo Anne graduated in 2017 with a Master in Communication Disorders from Our Lady of the Lake University. She has experience working in school districts and rehab facilities. Her clinical interests include voice, articulation, and fluency. Jo Anne believes in the philosophies “It’s not about what I know; it’s about what they learn.” “First teach them to do themselves no harm.” In addition to evidence-based speech therapy techniques, she also has 25 years of training classical singers (breathing, dictation, and prosody). Her favorite thing about being a therapist is seeing improvements in her clients.
Alexa comes to us from Phoenix, AZ. She graduated from the University of Arizona in 2017 with a Masters of Science in Speech Pathology. She has been in a public school setting since working with students with articulation, language, and fluency disorders, as well as Autism and Down Syndrome. Her passion is working with literacy skills. She also is skilled. Her favorite thing about being a therapist is empowering families with skills to work with their kids. She uses techniques including dialogic reading, recasting, expanding, and following the child's lead to help families reach their goals. Alexa is trained with Hanen: It Takes Two to Talk PECS Level 1. She also has studied with courses including identifying Developmental Language Disorder in Linguistically Diverse Schools. In her free time, Alexa is an avid baker and loves to spoil her dog, Oliver!
Tiffany graduated from New York University in 2020 with her Master's Degree. She has had experience in an outpatient private practice as well as private school working with children of all ages. Her clinical interests are working with clients with traumatic brain injuries as well as language disorders. She says her favorite thing about being a therapist is watching her clients making progress. She has lived in Austin for 10 years and is currently in a clinical fellowship program here at KidTherapy.
Payten graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a Bachelors of Science in 2016 and then received her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology in 2018 from Texas Tech Health Sciences Center in 2018. She loves working with elementary age clients on language and phonological impairments and really enjoys seeing her clients improve in their communication skills.
Victoria has been working as a speech-language pathologist since 2019. She has worked with adults in acute and in-patient settings and recently has developed a passion for working with feeding and infants. She currently splits her time with KidTherapy and working in a neonatal intensive care unit. At KidTherapy she has received the opportunity to work with children of all ages and diagnoses including articulation and language disorders. We are excited to welcome Victoria to our team.
Sean has recently moved to Austin from Tyler, TX. He graduated from the University of Texas in Dallas with his Master's in Speech Pathology in 2011. He has experience working with children in early intervention & school settings and also experience working in home health and nursing homes. His strongest interests are working with clients who are experiencing difficulties with fluency, neo-natal swallowing, articulation, and food aversion. He loves the face-to-face interaction he receives when working with families. His most recent continuation coursework includes a tele-practice certification and education in cognitive-linguistic function. In his spare time, you might find him rowing on the lake or hiking around the park. We are happy to have Sean on the KidTherapy team!
Mariel graduated from the University of Maryland in 2007 and then received her degree in Speech Pathology from Hofstra University. She has been working as a speech pathologist since 2009 and started working with KidTherapy in 2019. She has had various experiences working in Public schools and learning centers, as well as working in Autism classes. She has experience in other private practices as well as home-based therapy services. Her passions are working with language delay, autism, and articulation disorders. She believes that multiple repetitions and repeated exposure can help children and families reach their goals when it comes to speech & language delays. She also uses social thinking and other individualized treatment techniques. She is PROMPT trained. In her spare time, Mariel loves to travel.
Joy-Alexandra graduated from UT Health San Antonio in 2020 with her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology, after receiving a bachelor's degree in Linguistics and Interpersonal Communications from UNC-Chapel Hill. She has worked with adults in the inpatient & acute care settings, but with children, she has experience working in the post-acute setting as well as in another private practice setting. Her strengths and clinical interests are working with dysphagia & cognition as well as with speech sounds and fluency disorders. She uses evidence-based practice and believes strongly in the use of play-based therapy as well as using an interdisciplinary approach when working with clients and families. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, traveling and any time she can be on the water.
Makenah comes to us from Katy, TX where she previously practices as a Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant in the home health pediatric population. She then graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with her Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology in 2021. Her clinical interests include working with feeding, neurological disorders, speech and sound disorders. She loves to positively impact others' lives and empower them to better communicate. She enjoys stepping into her client's worlds to positively impact their lives. She believes functional therapy is important and serves clients as a whole giving them the confidence to progress in therapy.