*Owner/Speech-Language Pathologist *
April Smith holds Masters Degrees in Speech-Language Pathology, and Clinical Psychology. She has over 30 years experience in the field, specializing in speech, oral motor, feeding, swallowing, language, fluency/stuttering, learning, behavioral, and emotional problems.
Anji Fernandes holds a Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She has experience working with a variety of children, adolescents and adults, specializing in language, learning, and fluency disorders. She has worked in a variety of settings, including private and public schools, home health, and psychiatric facilities. She is a certified Fast ForWord provider.
Marcia Napier, M.A. CCC, has an undergraduate degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. and a Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas at Austin. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings. She has special interests in communication for hearing impaired individuals, phonological disorders, and early childhood speech/language development.
Kathy Cooke, M.S. CCC, received her graduate degree from Texas Women’s University and her undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio. She has over 28 years of experience working primarily with preschool and elementary aged children in the public school setting and home health. Additionally, Kathy has experience in supervising graduate students pursuing degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Dolores Longoria, Speech-Language Pathology Assistant holds a Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders from Our Lady of the Lake University. She has over 28 years of experience in the field working with a variety of children and adolescents. She has worked in public and private schools as well as charter schools and private clinics.
Nelly Medina received her most recent Certification for Child Development Associates & Spanish Teacher in 2012 at University United Methodist School where she worked as a Spanish Teacher & Teacher’s assistant. Nelly previously received her degree in Hospitality Management graduated from El Centro Bachillerato de Baja California. She then became a nurse & side chair assistant for Family Practice Associates in Santee, California. Nelly currently serves as a Spanish Teacher at Keystone Private Schools in addition to utilizing her Real Estate license for Commercial & Residential transactions in the State of Texas & Mexico. Nelly has found a love for working with children and supports behavioral interventions for children in their educational and home environments.
Brittni Chapa, a registered occupational therapist, received her master’s degree in occupational therapy from UT Health San Antonio. She has 5 years experience working primarily in a variety of pediatric settings; including outpatient clinics, home health, early childhood intervention and school facilities.
Caroline Draper, a registered occupational therapist, received her master’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse. She has 7 years of experience working in a variety of pediatric settings; including schools, home health, and outpatient clinics.
Justina J. Heintz, M.S. CCC, received her Communication Disorder graduate degree from Texas Women’s University, her Deaf Education graduate degree and undergraduate degree from University of The Incarnate Word. She has 20 years of experience working primarily with middle school aged children in the public school setting. Additionally, Justina has experience in supervising Speech/Language assistants, graduate students and Clinical Fellow Interns.
Karima Kemp received her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech and Hearing Science and her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. After graduating in 2016, she spent three years working in the public school setting serving students ages three to 18 with considerable time working with middle and high school students.
Kaitlin Witt received her undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Texas State University and her Master’s degree from Our Lady of the Lake University. Kaitlin is currently a clinical fellow and has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. She has worked with a wide variety of populations, including language and articulation disorders, ASD, Down Syndrome, and traumatic brain injury.
Carlos Herrera, OTR, is an occupational therapist who earned his Masters’ degree from UT Health San Antonio in 2019. While in graduate school, he served as Class President, Chair of the School of Health Professions Presidents Council, and Vice-Chair for Graduate programs in the UT System Student Advisory Council. Before becoming an OT, Carlos worked for 8-years as an elementary school Special Education Teacher, and now, after 37 years as a San Antonian, he is most proud to say he has dedicated his professional career serving the incredible kids of this community. Carlos has been happily married to his wife Emily for four and a half years, has one disgruntled dog (Willie Nelson), and three very needy cats (Alfie, Scout, and Curry). In his free time, he enjoys recording music, black and white photography, and long road trips to anywhere in Texas. If Carlos had to sum up his approach to life with a single quote, it’d be that of the great Yogi Berra, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
Mary Ruth Fernandez, is a bilingual, English-Spanish, speech-language pathologist. She received her Bachelor and Master degrees from Our Lady of the Lake University in speech pathology, communication disorders, and learning disabilities. Ruth received her Doctoral degree in culture, literacy, and language from the University of Texas in San Antonio. Dr. Fernandez has served in the San Antonio community in medical and educational settings, in public and private clinics, and with home health agencies. Her practice includes work with disorders in speech sound production, language, aural habilitation, literacy, augmentative and alternative communication, swallowing/feeding and prevention. She dedicates her work to increasing the effectiveness of communication, promoting efficient learning, and establishing safe swallows for her patients and clients.