Our outstanding therapy staff consists of approximately 50 full and part-time physical, occupational and speech therapists with a
variety of specializations, certifications, and additional training.
2-3yrs we have been coming to this Wonderful place for 4 times a week. My son gets P.T (physical therapy) O.T (occupational therapy) Speech. And I don’t get tired of it lol. All three therapist are amazing Sarah T, Katie M, and a new member Jennifer. The staff and therapists are as friendly as can be. All and any questions you might have they answer with a smiling face. You can tell they love coming to work and work with these Little Tesoros as in the name. Highly recommend this place for your little ones with any kind of special needs.
Donna S. Smith,
PT, C/NDT (LTTS Owner and Co-Founder)Donna knew that she would enter a profession that supported the community and provided assistance in some capacity to people, families, and communities in need. From a young age, physical therapy was her calling, and early in her career she knew her destiny included owning a practice; she never could have imagined the amazing family that is Little Tesoros Therapy Services. On a daily basis, Donna stands in awe of what He has created, provided and continues to grow for the treasures in our care at LTTS. Donna has a special interest in Neonatal Developmental Care, and created and implemented the Developmental Programs in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St. David’s Medical Center. She also developed and implemented the Wound Care Center at St. David’s Medical Center. She is trained in providing pediatric physical therapy under the Neurodevelopmental Treatment Approach (NDT) and has been practicing for over 20 years.
University of Texas Medical
Adrienne chose the field of physical therapy because of a strong passion for pediatrics, the desire to advance the quality of life and make a difference in the outcome of children. She has a “post-professional” certificate in IMPRINTS (Improved Training of Physical Therapists in Early Intervention Settings). Her special areas of interest include: traumatic/atraumatic amputations, spinal cord injuries, wound care, neurological disorders, and adaptive sports for children with special needs.
The University of Texas at Austin
Texas Woman’s University at Houston for Masters in Physical Therapy
When Amanda was in middle school, one of her cousins had triplets. One of the girls was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and Amanda had the opportunity to attend several of her physical therapy sessions. She quickly realized that this was the passion she wanted to pursue. Amanda is certified in Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) and has a special interest in patients with neurologic diagnoses.
Wharton County Junior College- PTA program
Amberly loves working with children and welcomes the challenge of discovering more ways to make each child as functional and independent as they can be, to help them live their best life. She enthuses that nothing is more satisfying than being able to help a child and family reach their goals.
Since 2010, she has been certified in The Therasuit Method, including the Universal Exercise Unit and Intensive Pediatric Therapy Program.
Amberly has additional experience with aquatic therapy and manual therapy techniques and is certified in AHA Level 1 for Hippotherapy.
University of North Texas
AnnaLiza has over 20 years experience working with individuals with special needs and has conducted over 3,000 bilingual (Spanish/English) speech-language assessments. She specializes in bilingual speech-language assessment and therapy, professional training, and mentoring/supervision. AnnaLiza has worked as a bilingual clinician in public and private schools, private practice, early intervention programs, private clinics, home health agencies, inpatient/outpatient hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and skilled nursing facilities. She is passionate about enabling her clients to maximize their full potential ability to become as independent as possible, as well as educating and empowering parents to become advocates for their children.
Wayland Baptist University and Texas Woman's University
Becky chose the field of OT while she was working in various psychiatric hospitals alongside OT's. She was drawn to the profession because it offered more varied options of practice than psychology. Her areas of specialty include premature infants, oral motor/feeding, splinting and adaptive equipment.
Texas Tech University and Texas Woman’s University- Dallas
Brooke enjoys working with kids and loves that they can teach us so much in return. It is her joy to come to work, as each day is different and filled with surprises.
Brooke is certified in Therapeutic Listening and has additional training in visual and vestibular treatment.
University of Southern California, BS and MS
Carole chose PT because she met a 7 year old boy with cerebral palsy when she was a junior in college and headed for med school. She fell in love with this kiddo and chose physical therapy instead of any other medical field. Carole is NDT certified, NDT Baby Certified, TES certified, has advanced training in Myofascial Release in pediatrics, Cranialsacral therapy, Kinesiotaping in pediatrics and advanced training in the treatment of Torticollis.
Texas A&M University and The University of Texas at Austin
Chelsa became a speech language pathologist because of her fascination with the field of Linguistics and how speech, language, and communication skills develop. This field allows her to combine not only her passion for the study of language but also her passion for developing and maintaining relationships with people. Chelsa is interested in early speech and language development and feeding and swallowing. She is VitalStim certified and has additional training in SOS Feeding Protocol.
University of Texas at Austin
Christine has a passion for empowering children of all ages to communicate. She finds joy in helping them connect and build relationships with everyone around them.
Christine is bilingual and fluent in Vietnamese. Her interests are Autism Spectrum Disorders, early speech and language development, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Christine is also Hanen certified.
University of Tennessee and University of Texas at Austin
Cristine chose speech therapy because she wanted to make a difference in the lives of children. She is committed to helping children reach their fullest communication potential.
Cristine has specialized training in stuttering and and speech and language disorders in culturally and linguistically diverse populations. She has extensive experience in articulation/phonology, language disorders, and augmentative and alternative communication.
University of Texas at Austin
DeeDee chose speech pathology because she wanted to be a specialized teacher of some sort and also loved drama, as in the speech/drama classes taught in high school. She loves working with the younger population and has additional training in bilingual development, assessment, and treatment. She is also Hanen certified and finds it effective in the treatment of young children with all types of delays and disorders from apraxia to autism.
Emory University and Medical University of South Carolina
Ellen chose physical therapy to be able to help others to actively enjoy the best quality of life within their communities. She was a competitive swimmer from grade school through college, and she initially became interested in PT through observing the physical therapists who assisted her team at the pool. While applying to PT school in college, she had her interest in the profession confirmed. Ellen incurred a concussion during the mist of completing her undergraduate degree and interviewing for physical therapy school. She visited her university’s physical therapist, and he helped Ellen immensely to be able to overcome this injury and successfully transition to graduate school. Ellen always had a passion for working with kids and enjoyed teaching swim lessons and coaching Special Olympics swimming prior to becoming a physical therapist.
Ellen has special interests in aquatic physical therapy and vestibular rehabilitation. She has completed her Certificate of Aquatic Physical Therapy Clinical Competence. Ellen has received formal clinical and continuing education experience in the areas of concussion and vestibular rehabilitation.
University of Florida and Florida Atlantic University
Erin pursued a career in Speech Therapy because she has family members with special needs. Erin’s favorite thing about being a therapist is watching her patients leave their sessions feeling more confident in their ability to communicate effectively.
Erin’s interests include pragmatic/social skills, articulation and phonological disorders, and language delays and disorders. She is trained in the PEERS for Adolescents Social Skills Intervention Program.
Texas Tech and Baylor University
Erin has a passion for working with children and finds joy in assisting her patients with the gift of communication. Each day is different and exciting!
Erin's interests are Autism Spectrum disorders & early speech and language development. Erin is trained in PROMPT and Hanen.
Emmanuel College and Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston
Jackie has been working with children with a range of abilities since a young age. She wanted to continue to expand her knowledge in this field and help children and their families receive the best care possible, so she became a pediatric occupational therapist!
Jackie has a special interest in working with children with autism and hemiplegic cerebral palsy using the latest evidence-based interventions. She is certified in Integrative Learning Systems (ILS).
University of Texas at Austin and Texas Woman's University
Jessica is passionate about promoting independence and mobility for all children and ensuring children reach their maximum gross motor potential.
Jessica enjoys working with all diagnoses and utilizing evidence-based interventions, while ensuring PT is still fun. She has extensive experience working with children who have neuromuscular and genetic disorders. She has an interest in adaptive sports and adaptive equipment, as both allow children to participate alongside their peers.
Jessica is currently working towards her PhD in Physical Therapy in order to conduct research and teach future PTs once she earns her degree. She has completed formal continuing education training in NDT and torticollis management.
Austin Community College
Joann's son was born prematurely and with hydrocephalus, cerebral palsy and cortical blindness. She attended therapy with him and while in he was in early childhood intervention (ECI) Joann met some great therapists who gave her the idea to enter the field. When her son was about seven, Joann went back to school to become a COTA. She worked for ECI for 9 years before joining Little Tesoros in 2002. She enjoys helping families just like hers and wouldn't trade her job for anything!
New York University
Julie became an OT because she was always interested in working in a health care field. She discovered she loves helping people overcome obstacles and improve their lives. Julie has been an OT for over 24 years and has worked with all age groups in a variety of settings. She has extensive experience in feeding problems and also in working with very medically compromised children and adults and is certified in TheraSuit.
University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and A.T. Still University in Arizona.
Kathy had several significant knee surgeries as a child and received a lot of physical therapy. She admired the therapist that worked with her, and knew from an early age that she wanted to be a therapist herself one day and work with children so that she could pass on the blessing that was given to her in helping her to recover.
Kathy has received training in NDT techniques, has had multiple courses on torticollis, and orthopedic disorders of childhood. She has also done significant research and her dissertation on JRA.
Southwest Texas State University
Katie became a physical therapist because she really does love working with children and more importantly emowering and teaching parents so that they themselves can help their children overcome any obstacle.Katie has additional training in working with children with reflexive sympathetic dystrophy, torticollis, spina bifida, developmental delay. She is also trained in kinesiotex taping and care of the premature infant.
University of Texas at Austin and Texas State University in San Marcos
Physical therapy allows Kelli to help people get back to what they love to do without pain or restriction. Pediatrics is especially fulfilling because it allows her help teach new skills in a fun environment with an exciting population. Kelli has worked at Little Tesoros for over 10 years and has certifications in Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) and Therasuit Method Intensive Program (TMIP). She also has pursued continuing education courses relating to serial/inhibitory casting, infant handling, myofascial release, torticollis and core strengthening. She has a passion for all neurological diagnoses, especially cerebral palsy. Kelli is also PT team department lead and coordinates LTTS’s Therasuit program along with Amberly Darby, PTA.
Texas A&M University and Texas State University
Inspired by several close family members working in and loving the healthcare field, Kendall knew from an early age that she wanted to help others they way they did. Once she discovered the field of speech-language pathology, she was immediately hooked.
She is especially interested in early language development, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), and children diagnosed with autism. Kendall has additional training in PECs and other AAC.
Austin Community College
Kristy has always been interested in working in the medical field. She loves helping people become as independent as possible. She has worked with patients of all ages in multiple settings including home health, outpatient clinics, in-patient rehab and skilled nursing.
Kristy has a special interest in aquatic therapy and volunteering in free time with special needs groups.
Southwest Texas State University
Laurie was introduced to the field of physical therapy in 7th grade when her sister was recovering from knee surgery. While in PT school, she had an opportunity to treat a child, and immediately found her love for pediatric physical therapy.
Laurie is NDT certified and is also certified to teach infant massage. She has particular interest in torticollis, myofascial release, medically complex infants and kinesiotaping.
University of Texas at Austin and Texas State University
When Lauren was in high school and trying to decide a career path, she observed both physical and speech therapists here at LTTS treating a patient together and was impressed by the love and support they gave the patient and his family, while providing the highest quality of care. During college, she joined the LTTS family as a clinical therapy tech and worked her way through school in order to rejoin this community and serve as a speech-language pathologist.
Lauren’s interests include Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), early language, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. She is a Hanen certified therapist and utilizes in child-led play-based interventions.
Baylor University and University of North Texas
Macey fell in love with speech therapy because of her passion for kiddos and building relationships with both them and their families. The opportunity to celebrate milestones with the entire family unit brings her so much joy and she wouldn't trader her career for anything.
Macey is passionate about working with late-to-talk kiddos.
Mary Kay Kemper
University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston
She chose to be an O.T. because she always wanted to work with children and loved the medical field. Mary Kay is certified in Sensory Integration. She is certified to administor the Brazelton Neonate Assessment and has training in Handwriting Without Tears. She loves to work with children with feeding issues.
University of Puget Sound
Melissa always knew she wanted to work with children who have special needs, and their families. Occupational therapy gives her an opportunity to work directly with patients, families, and other team members to make a positive impact by improving the child’s quality of life and helping them reach their optimal level of function.
Melissa is a specialist in sensory processing, handwriting, and is certified in the provision of Vital Stim therapy with a pediatric focus.
University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston
Mindy first started at Little Tesoros as a rehab tech and then came back to us after she had finished her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy and we are thrilled to have her return! She has a passion for children and wanted to work in the medical field where she could interact with families on a personal level. She loves her job because she is able to work closely with families in order to provide client-centered intervention that will allow the child to be come as independent as possible. Mindy is trained in the Handwriting Without Tears program and has a special interest in feeding therapy.
MS, CCC-SLP, ASHA Certified
Indiana University and Southern Illinois University
Mora chose speech therapy because she has a passion for working with individuals with communication challenges. Mora wanted a job in the healthcare industry that allowed her to empower people of all ages to communicate.
Mora has completed training in evidence-based practice for Autism, social thinking, PODD (Pragmatic Organization Dynamic Display), AAC, and child-led play-based interventions.
Texas Woman's University and Texas A&M University
Rachel chose to be an OT because she loves playing and enjoys the smiles she is blessed to see each day. Every child has such a unique personality and Rachel loves exploring that and helping them to grow towards more independence. She enjoys working with both neuromotor and sensory populations and is NDT certified.
Ryan enjoys working with children and families. He chose PT because he feels like he is making lasting connections and relationships and making a difference in people's lives.
Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology at Texas Christian University
Master of Occupational Therapy at Virginia Commonwealth University
Sarah became an OT because she loved working with people and helping them achieve their goals. She was drawn to pediatric therapy due to its lifelong difference that it can make for patients and their families as well as the fact that for children, play is their primary "occupation." She is grateful for the opportunity to work with each and every treasure that is entrusted to her care, and to help each to explore and grow towards being more independent. She enjoys working with both neuromotor and sensory populations and is trained in the Handwriting Without Tears approach to handwriting remediation and instruction.
Washington State University
Stephanie chose to become a speech language pathologist because she believes that every child should have the opportunity to communicate to their fullest potential. She loves the collaborative relationships that she has with parents and other therapists as they celebrate a child's accomplishments. Stephanie is interested in early language acquistion, feeding therapy, and working with children with trachs. She is Hanen certified and has additional feeding, augmentative communication, and language training.