Meet Us

Therapists

Leila Ramirez Salmons (Bilingual) - MA, CCC/ Speech-Language Pathologist

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.

Specialties: Speech Language Yoga

Mariel Elizondo (Bilingual) - SLP Assistant

Mariel is a bilingual assistant in speech language pathology and licensed by the State of Texas. She holds a bachelor degree in Psychology from the University Iberoamericana in Puebla, Mexico. She has also completed the Post Bachelor Program in Communication and Science Disorder’s from University of Houston. Mariel has 4 years of experience as a bilingual school teacher in Texas. She has gained experience with childhood disorders such as, articulation, receptive and expressive language disorders and autism. The most important goal in working with children is to create partnership with parents, so that the work that is done in the therapy room is brought home and incorporated into their daily life.

Specialties: Speech Language

Laura Morales (Bilingual) - MA, CCC/ Speech-Language Pathologist

Laura 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.

Specialties: Speech Language Feeding

Elizabeth Alam - MS, CCC/ Speech-Language Pathologist

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.

Specialties: Speech Language Feeding

Nancy Juarez (Bilingual) - MS, CCC/ Speech-Language Pathologist

Nancy is a bilingual Speech Language Pathologist. She received both her Bachelor and Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Texas A&M University-Kingsville. She is a certified speech-language pathologist with a passion for working with the pediatric population. Nancy has clinical experience working with preschool, school-age children and adults. In her spare time, she enjoys walks, watching movies and spending time with her loved ones. She is dedicated to providing a holistic treatment approach tailored to each child’s needs.

Specialties: Speech Language

Abigail Ramos (Bilingual) - SLP Assistant

Abigail 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.

Specialties: Speech Language

Cherokee Rivera (Bilingual) - MS, CCC/ Speech-Language Pathologist

Cherokee 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.

Specialties: Speech Language

Tracy Simien - MA, CCC/ Speech-Language Pathologist

Tracy 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.

Specialties: Speech Language

Administration

Veronica Sustaita (Bilingual) - Office Manager

Veronica 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.

Anja Parikh - Administrative Assistant

Anja is the Administrative Assistant that performs office support work in order to create and maintain an enjoyable working environment. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and is pursuing a future career in physical therapy. She has over 5 years of customer service experience and is dedicated to providing excellent service.