Leila Ramirez Salmons is the founder and owner of Therapy Connections. She holds a Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Houston, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders from Texas A&M University at Kingsville. Leila is certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and licensed by the Texas State Board of Examiners for Speech Language Pathology. She has over six years of experience in the public school system and over ten years in private practice. Along with specializations in treating apraxia, dysarthria, language and articulation disorders, autism, and orofacial myofunctional disorders, Leila also has extensive training and expertise providing pediatric assessments and therapy in both English and Spanish. In August 2008, Leila received a five year term Gubernatorial Appointment to the Texas State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.
Leila has a strong belief in the therapeutic benefits of yoga. In 2010 she developed a program called Tiny Pretzels, which has been an ongoing program offered at Therapy Connections. She has completed the following trainings: “Yoga for Kids and Families” teacher training by Kids Yoga, “National Teachers Certification” at the Yoga Institute and “Basic Teacher Training” by Yoga 4 Kids.
By continually updating her skills as a speech-language pathologist through educational seminars and professional development, Leila delivers the most innovative approaches available in the therapy rehabilitation industry.
Laura Morales is a bilingual speech pathologist who received her Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas, and has 28 years of experience helping children and adults with communication disorders. Early childhood, medically fragile, culturally and linguistically different populations, as well as the hearing impaired are her specialties. She enjoys using different strategies and techniques to assist children and adults achieve successful communication skills for everyday situations. Laura has worked in hospital, school, and clinical settings in the Houston area. She has been a delegate of the People to People (P2P) International Ambassadorship program with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and participated in international professional/cultural workshops in South Africa, Israel, and Brazil with speech pathologists from those countries.
Elizabeth Alam has been a Licensed Speech Language Pathologist for 9 years and specializes in Pediatric Speech, Language and Feeding disorders. She joined the Therapy Connections team in 2011 and is experienced in working with children birth-18 years, with speech, language, feeding, voice and fluency disorders.
Abigail Ramos is a bilingual Speech Language Pathology Assistant. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Houston. Additionally, Abigail completed a SLP Assistant certification program at the University of Houston-Sugar Land. Abigail has experience working with preschool and school-age children in the school setting. Abigail believes parent involvement and incorporating the therapy objectives at home are critical to a child's success.
Cherokee Rivera is a Bilingual (Spanish-English) Speech-Language Pathologist. She holds a Speech-Language Therapy degree obtained in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1980 from Instituto Venezolano de la Audición y el Lenguaje (IVAL). After moving to the U.S. in 1988, she obtained a Master’s degree from Texas Woman’s University. Cherokee has experience working with preschool children, school-age children, and adults in a variety of settings addressing diagnostics and treatment of articulation, language, fluency, and voice disorders.
Tracy Simien holds a Master of Arts degree in Communication Disorders and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Houston. Tracy has experience treating preschool and school-age children with various forms of communication disorders including receptive/expressive language deficits, social communication skills, articulation, and phonological disorders using structured games and therapeutic play. She also has experience working with children diagnosed with autism, Down syndrome, hearing loss, and various developmental delays.
Danielle Dolifka holds a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Baylor University. Danielle completed her Clinical Fellowship at Therapy Connections under the supervision of Leila Salmons. While in graduate school, Danielle developed a passion for working with preschool and school-aged populations, and gained experience evaluating and treating children with feeding, fluency, articulation, pragmatic, and language disorders. In addition, Danielle worked as a Special Education Assistant in Nicaragua, where she provided children with a variety of developmental disabilities/delays with holistic and interdisciplinary care.
Isha Baheti holds a master's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Houston and has also worked on a thesis whilst pursuing her degree. During her time as a student, she worked at Memorial Hermann, gaining experience working with the adult population. Adding to this, she also worked at the University clinic KIPP Elementary School, as well as Therapy Connections, where she worked with preschool and elementary children, as well as adolescents. She also worked with the pediatric and adult population in India for around 6 years, where she acquired her Bachelor's degree from Sri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Sciences and later worked as a speech therapist. Having worked with hundreds of people under her care, she developed a passion for speech and language issues related to swallowing, aphasia, autism, speech and language disorders. She plans to make sure that the right care is delivered to every patient of hers in order to improve their lifestyles exponentially with her skills and knowledge.
Abby Hansen holds a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Baylor University. She is currently completing her Clinical Fellowship Year under the guidance of Leila Salmons. While in graduate school, Abby gained experience evaluating and treating children with receptive/expressive language, pragmatic, articulation disorders, autism, as well as augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). She also gained experience working with the adult population while interning at Memorial Hermann in the TIRR unit. Abby loves working with all populations, but has really enjoyed working with preschool and school aged children at Therapy Connections.
Veronica Sustaita serves as the Medicaid Case Manager and Office Liaison for Spanish speaking clients, ensuring an effortless experience for Spanish and Medicaid clients at both the Bellaire and Spring Branch locations. Besides her supporting administration, she also assists with marketing. Veronica is currently pursuing a degree in International Business/Marketing.
Lauren Tijerina functions as the Administrative Assistant that performs office support work in order to create and maintain an enjoyable working environment. Additionally, Lauren manages Therapy Connections's social media platforms (i.e. Instagram/Facebook) and website. She graduated from the University of Houston with a B.S. in Biology and enjoys working with children. She has over 9 years of customer service experience and is dedicated to providing quality service to our patients and their families.