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

Jade Alexander - MA, CCC/ Speech-Language Pathologist

Jade holds a Master and Bachelor of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Texas Christian University. She has worked as a speech language pathologist in a variety of settings providing evaluation and remediation of speech,receptive/expressive language, fluency, cognition, voice and swallowing disorders to a diversified population. She has also provided group therapy and conducted social groups. Jade believes family plays a vital role in overall improvement and carryover of skills/techniques learned during therapy.

Specialties: Speech Language Feeding

Kathye Castaneda (Bilingual) - MA, CCC/ Speech-Language Pathologist

Kathye is a Bilingual (Spanish-English) Speech-Language Pathologist. In 2002, she completed her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from California State University-East Bay (Hayward, CA). Kathye’s experience includes working with children and adults who present with various medical syndromes and conditions. She has served individuals in diverse settings comprising of public/private schools, home health (early intervention and adult), hospital, and clinic. Kathye’s clinical expertise consists of diagnosing, and treating language, articulation, fluency, voice, social communication, and neurogenic based disorders including apraxia, and dysarthria. In addition, she enjoys teaching, supervising, and participating as a mentor for the past 5 years through the American Speech Language Hearing Association’s Student to Empowered Professional Mentoring Program. Kathye has lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area (CA), Boston (MA), and is now settled in Houston (TX) along with her 3 year old son. Her hobbies include, traveling, dancing, cooking, and yoga.

Specialties: Speech Language

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

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

Dalia Umana (Bilingual) - SLP Assistant

Dalia is a bilingual Speech Language Pathology Assistant. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Disorders from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, with a minor in Psychology. She also received a Biliterate certificate and is fluent in English and Spanish.
Dalia has experience working with children and adults through her volunteering and work at various organizations; for example, Any Baby Can(ABC), Haven for Hope, Children’s Association for Maximum Potential (CAMP), Girlstart, and Multilingual Language and Linguistics Lab (MLL).

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.

Administration

Nichole Cava - Administrative Assistant

Nichole is the Administrative Assistant that performs office support work in order to create and maintain an enjoyable working environment. In addition, her experience includes working in retail pharmacy as a Pharmacy Technician Trainee. She graduated from Plano Senior High School and moved to Houston to pursue her Bachelor's in Healthcare Administration. Her hobbies include playing table tennis and basketball, collecting vintage records, and spending time with her family and her dog.