Michelle Mitcham MA, CCC-SLP, Co-Owner / Speech Language Pathologist
Hello, y'all! My name is Michelle Mitcham CCC-SLP. I am the Co-Owner of Open Door Pediatric Therapy (ODPT) and a Speech Language Pathologist. I am married to Andrew, our awesome IT guy, and have 2 little girls, Allie and Jane, and 2 Boston Terriers, Scott and Abby. Amber and I created ODPT to be a home away from home for children, parents, and therapist. We are all about Southern Hospitality and Expert Patient Care bundled into one. From our free snacks and coffee to our 30 minute a day all-staff Yoga time, I understand that it is the little things that make the days brighter. Our office is full of laughter and growth in every aspect. I take pride in watching our patients and staff members grow. We are all in this together. On my journey to become a Speech Language Pathologist, I went to undergraduate school at University of Texas and went to graduate school at University of Houston. I have been practicing since 2005. I really enjoy working with all pediatric patients, but children with Autism have a special place in my heart. I am trained in various behavior modification techniques and neuro-based language interventions. We consider ODPT to be "therapy forward" and are constantly learning the most current and efficient therapeutic interventions. ODPT is my baby and I am honored that so many people love and believe in our concept. I. Love. My. Job.
Amber Humphrey OTR, MOT, Co-Owner / Occupational Therapist
Hello everyone! My name is Amber Humphrey, OTR, MOT. I am one of the Co-Owners of Open Door Pediatric Therapy (ODPT) and an Occupational Therapist. I am married to my incredibly supportive and loving husband Cole and have one daughter, Brinley. I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to create a one of a kind therapy clinic with my best friend, Michelle. We decided that if we worked hard enough and dreamed really big we could make this place an exceptionally unique and remarkable place for families and therapists alike. Opening this clinic with Michelle has been the best decision I have ever made. I graduated with my Master's in Occupational Therapy from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. I went to undergraduate school at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Go Roadrunners! I have been practicing since 2011 as a pediatric occupational therapist. If there is one thing you should know about me it's that I absolutely love to learn. I had the unique experience of being a mother to a child with swallowing dysfunction, silent aspiration, and oral motor difficulties. It was challenging being a therapist and not having all of the tools to help my own daughter. During this difficult time in my life, I threw myself into getting as many certifications in oral motor and feeding therapy to better help my child and my patients. I walked away from this experience having a greater understanding of how parents feel when they come to us for therapy needs with their child. It has fundamentally changed how I approach therapy and my interactions with caregivers. I genuinely care about you and your child. We will get through this together as a team. I am here to help and I will do everything in my power to help you feel like your child's cheerleader, coach, and advocate! Open Door Pediatric Therapy has been a dream come true for me. I have never worked at a place where I feel this happy every single day. I love what I do. I love helping families. I love that I get to be a piece of the puzzle in these wonderful children's lives setting them on their journey to independence and happiness. I feel grateful every day that parents allow me the opportunity to work with their beautiful children. They make life worth living!
Lauren Hicks, Speech Language Pathologist, Feeding Team
Hey wonderful people! My name is Lauren Hicks CCC-SLP. I'm a Houston native. I enjoy traveling, music, and being crafty. I completed my Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science at Lamar University. I have had the opportunity to intern and work in the Nursing Home, Long Term Acute Care Hospital, Home Health, and Pediatric Outpatient Clinic, and the amazing pediatric population has my heart. Working in the pediatric clinic setting, with a multidisciplinary team, I have taken an interest in how deficits in one area of the body has an impact on articulation, language, and social skills. In order to better assist the populations I serve, I have received training in Sequential Oral Sensory Basic and Advanced Feeding, Language Acquisition through Motor Planning for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, and preliminary training in DIR Floortime. The Open Door family truly cares about and supports one another. I look forwarding to growing with and sharing life we these AMAZING people!
Misti Christian, Speech Language Pathology Assistant
Hi. I'm Misti! I am a SLP Assistant at Open Door Pediatric Therapy. I am married to Shane and we have a wonderful little girl, who is my world, Kylie. Our family also consists of two little chihuahuas, Sophie and Lexie. I began college at Baylor University in August 2001, where I first was a business major. After two years of trying to make that work, I decided I needed to be a part of something that involved changing children's lives. A great friend introduced me to speech pathology and I fell in love with the field. I graduated from Baylor in August 2006 with a Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. I have been a practicing therapist for 10 years now. (Can it really be that long?!) I have worked in different settings to include: the school system, home health and now the clinic. I love my job, who wouldn't want to play with kids all day, while increasing their language and working on social skills? Providing therapy to little ones is where my heart is, especially children on the autism spectrum. I'm trained in various techniques to include: Beckman Oral Motor Therapy, Sara Rosenfeld Johnson Oral Motor techniques, Braidy the Story Braid/Story Grammar marker, and basic ASL. I am excited to be a part of a team that is continually growing and learning, in order to provide the best therapy for our kiddos and their caregivers!
Katrina Givens, Speech Language Pathologist, Feeding Team
Hi y'all! My name is Katrina Givens, SLP-CFY. I recently moved to Houston after living in Austin for six years. I received both my Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Texas at Austin (hook 'em horns!). Most of my free time is spent reading, netflixing, and taking long walks down the aisles of Target and Home Goods. I have always loved children, so I was determined to find a career that would allow me to work with kids on a daily basis. I definitely hit the jackpot with speech language pathology! I absolutely love this field and being surrounded by the most special kiddos and hardworking therapists. My professional interests include fluency disorders, articulation/phonological disorders, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. In addition to my coursework at UT, I have also received training in oral placement therapy as well as sensory/motor feeding therapy. After completing my graduate externship at ODPT last summer, I feel so lucky to be back as a full-time SLP! Open Door is truly a home away from home, and I am so exited to be a part of this family (:
Joanna Roberts, Speech Language Pathologist, Feeding Team
Hello Y'all! My name is Joanna (Jo) and I am a Speech Language Pathologist at Open Door! I was born and raised here and Houston and I am a dog momma to an adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Lily-Bell. In my spare time you can find me walking my dog, shopping, fashion-blogging, or watching Netflix. I attended Stephen F Austin State University for my bachelors degree and moved up to Denton for my graduate studies. I received my masters degree in Speech Pathology and I moved back and completed my fellowship at a private practice here in Houston. I knew I wanted to be a Speech Pathologist because I love the progress that can be seen. I love how many lives we have the opportunity to touch and working with pediatrics is what I've always known I needed to do. I love working with children of all ages and I love learning new treatment approaches as they come through! The best part about this field is the collaboration and the team approach we can take here at Open Door. I have worked with a variety of disorders and treatments involving fluency disorders, articulation disorders, feeding disorders, pragmatics, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Language Disorders. I have used a variety of treatment approaches including the SOS approach, oral motor approach, and Talk Tools, and constantly challenging myself to learn more! Open door is my home away from home. They provide a team approach you cannot beat and each team member truly cares about the child as a person. I'm so lucky to work with an exceptional group of people. This is my dream job :)
Emily Niebel, Speech Pathology Extern
Hello everybody, my name is Emily and I am currently a second year graduate student working towards earning a Master of Science degree to become a speech-language pathologist. I grew up in Spring and am so happy to be back in Texas. I have an identical twin sister and I am a dog mom to Humphrey, the CUTEST pup in the world. I earned my undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University in 2017. I was very blessed to be able to spend two more years at OSU, in the great town of Stillwater, to attend graduate school. Though I am sad that my time at OSU is coming to an end, I am overjoyed that I will graduate with a Master of Science degree in May! I really enjoy working with early intervention, articulation, and fluency disorders! ODPT is such a great atmosphere because of the wonderful therapists, families, and kiddos, and I am so excited to be a part of it!
Megan Gross, Physical Therapist
Hi! My name is Megan Gross, PT, DPT and I am a Physical Therapist here at Open Door Pediatric Therapy. I first became interested in physical therapy when I was 12 years old and saw my grandfather working with a PT in the hospital after having a stroke. The ability to come in and help someone regain lost or missing function is not only an amazing job but a privilege to help someone along their journey. I am married to an awesome guy named Adam who not only is a supportive and loving husband, but he is also my partner and sidekick in all of my daily shenanigans. We love to travel and go on adventures together, with our latest adventure being raising children! I have a 4 year old daughter, Caroline and a 2 year old son Eli; both have boundless energy and love. I received my Bachelor of Science in Pre-Physical Therapy from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana. How 'Bout them Dawgs! I received my Doctor Of Physical Therapy from Texas Woman's University in Houston. Being able to learn in one of the country's largest medical centers was a wonderful experience. I've been practicing Physical Therapy with an emphasis in pediatrics for 6 1/2 years. I knew I wanted to work with kids once going on an affiliation in school. Playing with a purpose! I particularly love working with babies with torticollis or young toddlers with delayed gross motor skills, such as difficulty rolling, crawling or walking. It is such a joy to see a child take their first steps. (I will cheer and cry right along with you mom!) I love my Open Door family! This facility fosters a supportive learning environment and multi-disciplinary approach to therapy that I love!!
Sneha Guwalani, Physical Therapist
Hello! My name is Sneha Guwalani PT, DPT. I am a pediatric physical therapist at Open Door Pediatric Therapy. I love exploring new cities, traveling abroad, taking pictures, and crafting/interior design. I am a big foodie and enjoy all types of cultural foods especially Mexican and Thai food. I was born in India and moved to New Jersey when I was 4 years old. My family and I have lots of family back in India and we visit every few years. I watch Indian movies, speak Hindi fluently with my family, and enjoy Bollywood dancing. I moved to Houston in the summer of 2016 and live with my sister, brother-in-law, and adorable niece, Amaya. I attended an accelerated 6 program at Drexel University in Philadelphia where I received my Bachelors of Health Science and Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Go Dragons! I have been a physical therapist for almost a year now and have worked in pediatrics for the year. My clinicals have given me great experience in different settings and I strive to continue learning, especially from my co-workers at Open Door Pediatric Therapy and with continuing education courses. Physical therapy is such a wonderful field in that you can see progress in your patients no matter if they are a few weeks old or a 100 years old. My interest is in pediatrics, especially gross motor delay, and working to help my patients keep up with their peers. It is such a pleasure to watch a kiddo crawl for the first time or even learn to jump! I look forward to challenging myself and learning new skills and techniques to better improve my treatment and see my patients achieve their goals faster.Open Door has welcomed me with open arms. I recently transitioned to full time because of how much I love it! Our clinic fosters love, support, and the skills to succeed for the staff as well as our patients/parents!
Melissa Newberry, Occupational Therapist
Hey folks! My name is Melissa Newberry, OTR, MOT and I am a pediatric occupational therapist at Open Door Pediatric Therapy. My husband John and I recently moved to the Spring area with our two pups, Yogi and Levi. We are excited to be closer to the forest where we enjoy hiking, biking, exploring, kayaking and Jeeping it when we have the chance. When we aren't getting dirty, we are spending time with our family and friends, taking mini adventures, and pretending to be Joanna and Chip from Fixer Upper to make our new house feel like home. I grew up in the Richmond and Sugar Land areas before heading off to college at the University of Texas at Austin...Hook 'Em Horns... where I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Biology in 2008. I then went on to study Occupational Therapy at Texas Woman's University-Houston graduating with my Masters in Occupational Therapy in 2011. I have always enjoyed working with children and was blown away when I discovered occupational therapy as a career path. I was so excited by the vast occupational therapy interventions and scope of practice as well as the gains occupational therapy provides children with special needs. I have been working in pediatrics since 2012 and LOVE it! I love working with all children from all walks of life, diagnoses and ages. Every child is so unique and special in their own way. I am currently focusing on continuing education related to reflex integration specifically with the Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration Method (MNRI) and Brain and Sensory Foundations from Move Play Thrive. Understanding reflex integration has helped me to better address the neurological foundation from which each of us is made of. I enjoy implementing intensive sensory integration techniques, Brain Gym, and Handwriting Without Tears into my therapy sessions. ODPT feels like home away from home. From our friendly staff, wellness time, and learning opportunities, I am proud to be apart of this unique company.
Rachael Kuhn, Occupational Therapist, Feeding Team
Hi friends! I'm Rachael Kuhn, MOT, OTR/L. I was born and raised in Connecticut and after graduation, I relocated to Las Vegas for over 2 years. I then returned to Connecticut for a year, spent some time with my family there, and then drove across the country again to get to Houston! I earned both my bachelor's and master's of occupational therapy at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. Since completing my degree in 2015, I've worked in the outpatient pediatric setting, as well as an adolescent acute/inpatient psychiatric hospital. I am particularly passionate about childhood literacy and I'm currently working on a dyslexia certification. I am trained in the SOS Approach to Feeding and I love helping picky eaters add new foods to their current repertoire. I've also completed training for challenging and negative behaviors. My particular niche in the OT world is a combination of sensory integration, behavior management and psychology. I love supporting, teaching and empowering children as they learn to manage emotions and control impulses. I believe behavior is communication and some children just need extra support to learn to cope with strong feelings or sensory input in more appropriate ways! As soon as you join the ODPT family, whether employee, caregiver, or patient, you can tell that this is a one-of-a-kind clinic. I am honored and excited to be a part of this team, where improving the lives of children is the top priority in every way!
Norma Aguirre, Occupational Therapy Assistant
Hi friends! My name is Norma Aguirre, COTA. I am a certified occupational therapy assistant at Open Door Pediatric Therapy. I love music, watching movies, and spending lots of time with my loved ones. I enjoy going to concerts and being outdoors when possible since Texas weather can be a pain sometimes. I have a dog, Dixie. She is a handful, but I love her. I received both my Associate of Arts and Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy (COTA degree) from Lone Star College. I first completed my AAS and had transferred to University of Houston to complete my B.S. in education and graduated with my AAS in OT in May 2016. Although I loved the idea of teaching I wanted to be part of something greater like helping children with various diagnoses. That is when I discovered occupational therapy and completely fell in love with the profession. I have been a practicing therapist in pediatrics for about a year now. I completed various clinicals in hospitals, nursing homes, and outpatient clinics. Open Door was one of my clinicals!! I have countless volunteer hours in various OT settings such as equine therapy. I am currently interested in broadening my education in neuro-based therapy methods, sensory integration, reflex integration, and techniques to improve attention and emotional regulation to help my patients appropriately. I am currently intrigued with Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration Method (MNRI) and Brain and Sensory Foundations from Move Play Thrive. Reflex integration is incredibly important to understand as it has a huge impact in our daily activities. I like to implement sensory integration and reflex integration in my sessions while of course keeping it fun for the children. Creating a bond with my patients is very important to me so they can feel comfortable and safe around me. Open Door has become my second home and I am incredibly proud to be part of this amazing team. Our team is so unique in the sense that we truly care for all of our children and caregivers. GO ODPT!!
Janna De Los Santos, Occupational Therapy Assistant
Hello! My name is Janna De Los Santos, COTA. I am a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant at Open Door Pediatric Therapy. I am married to my wonderful husband Baldo. We enjoy spending our weekends outdoors and exploring the beautiful state of Texas. Antiquing is one of my favorite stops along the way! My husband is from the hill country and we love to travel out there any chance we get. I completed my Associates of Applied Science at Lone Star College Tomball in 2017. As a student I interned in a variety of settings such as inpatient acute care, skilled nursing, and outpatient pediatrics. I enjoy working in pediatrics and getting to impact life at it’s beginning milestones. I cherish the relationships I establish with my clients and their family so that I can help their child become independent in their daily lives. I am currently interested in gaining more knowledge in Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration Method (MNRI) and Move, Play, Thrive regarding brain and sensory development. Open Door truly creates an at home environment, welcoming everyone who walks through the doors. I’m excited to have the opportunity to work at Open Door and look forward to working with the amazing staff, clients, and family members!
Anna Snyder, Occupational Therapy Resident
Hello! My name is Anna Snyder and I am an occupational therapy student at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. My home is in Colorado but my heart is in Texas, so I am learning how to be a Houstonian! My favorite things on earth include kiddos (of course), photography, my faith, my friends, and my family. I can't wait to get married in 2020! I graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in psychology and human development and family studies. I will be graduating with my masters in occupational therapy in August! I first realized my passion for working with kids as an intern at an autism education center during undergrad. I served on multiple research teams dedicated to helping children and families. My love continued to grow during my time volunteering at therapeutic horseback riding centers with OTs and interning at a pediatric clinic in Colorado. In addition to my pediatric coursework, I have observed early childhood intervention and have completed prior fieldwork in outpatient pediatrics practicing sensory integration therapy. I am currently loving learning about sensory, behavioral management, and feeding therapy. I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow from the incredible women at ODPT! Their passion and positivity is contagious. They treat all of their clients like family and empower children to realize their infinite potential.
Audrey Wood Occupational Therapy Resident
Hello! My name is Audrey Wood and I am an Occupational Therapy Assistant Student. I love to spend my free time outdoors, trying out new vegetables in my garden or taking my dog on walks. This will be my last fieldwork placement and semester before I graduate from Lonestar-Tomball in May. I first learned about occupational therapy from an open house at Lonestar and knew it was the right fit for me. I couldn't believe that I hadn't heard about it sooner. One of my favorite aspects of occupational therapy is the opportunity to advocate for clients and their families, and show them how they can be an advocate. I am so thankful to have the opportunity to complete my fieldwork at ODPT, where everyone is so passionate about their clients, and work so hard to help each child live life to the fullest.
Brittany Widacki, Lead Tech
Hello hello! My name is Brittany Widacki and I am a recent college graduate with a degree in Kinesiology Clinical Exercise Science and a minor in General Business. I absolutely love being outside and exploring (adventures are my favorite!), spending time with family and friends, cooking, and playing with my adorable pup Piper. I also LOVE to learn new things. I attended Sam Houston State University for my undergrad where I was an All-Girl Cheerleader for 3 years and was also a member of the Honors College. Eat Em Up Kats! I will be applying for Occupational Therapy school this Summer with high hopes to pursue the field that I love. ODPT has been the opportunity of a lifetime. It is an environment full of love and support, and everyone feels like family. This group of amazing ladies have welcomed me with the biggest arms, and it is a privilege to get to be apart of the amazing things they do everyday.
Tiffany Hong, Tech
Hello all! My name is Tiffany Hong. I like long walks throughout the aisles of Target, shopping around for stuff I definitely do not need. One of my favorite things to do other than shopping at Target is to traveling. I love going around the world and learn about different cultures. If I had to choose a favorite so far, I would say either Oahu or Rome. I am currently an upcoming senior at the University of Houston majoring in Public Health. After I graduate with my bachelors, I will continue to advance my education by applying to Occupational Therapy school so I can pursue my dreams of being an occupational therapist. ODPT was one of my first observation settings and I absolutely fell in love with the environment here. You will definitely feel like it is your home away from home here. I am ecstatic that I have the opportunity to work at ODPT and to share my journey to getting into occupational therapy school with ODPT.
Hilary Greene, Patient Relations
Howdy, howdy! I'm Hilary and I'm the patient relations person at Open Door Pediatric Therapy. I'm married to my amazing husband, Chris, and together we have 4 kids, a granddaughter, and 2 dogs. I enjoy cooking, motorcycles and spending time with my family. Being married to a veteran and having a huge military family, I'm a big advocate for veterans and do a lot of volunteer work with local veteran organizations. I love working with people. My customer service background has lead me down various paths from waiting tables to insurance, and I've enjoyed it all. From the caring staff to the learning friendly environment, I am very excited to be part of something so special here at ODPT. We'll see you soon!
Lauren Bulot, Insurance Coordinator
Hello Hello!! My name is Lauren Bulot and I am your insurance coordinator here to help you in every way I can! I have been with my husband, Brandon, for 12 years and we have three littles who have my unconditional love! To extend our family more, we have 2 pups, a rabbit ... who thinks hes a dog and just cant figure out why he cant bark, and one amazing puppy that grew her angel wings in 2018! While being a stay at home mom for the past 9 years, I have built a small in home business making cakes and selling LuLaRoe! Prior to being a mom, I have worked in bakeries from Ohio back to Texas, a pastry chef/manager for a restaurant, then became the receptionist/ insurance coordinator for a dental office. I love to craft, color, shop, do all the things, but most of all I love to be with my family and make people smile! I earned an associates degree in business management at San Jacinto college that lead to my bachelors degree in Baking and Patisserie from Texas Culinary Academy in Austin. This opportunity at ODPT has touched a place in my heart because my little boy has been struggling with speech since he was just 2 years old. My determination gives me the ability to be able to serve you the way you deserve! I am so happy I get to grow my family with the amazing people here at ODPT!!!
Rich Shaw, MPT, ABC Certified Orthotist
You may see Rich in our office from time to time. He works closely with our patients who need orthodics. Amber and Michelle have known Rich from early on in their career and even before they opened ODPT! We love him! Here is a little info from his website (hopeorthotics.com) about him:
Rich started his career as a Physical Therapy Aide for a rehabilitation hospital in southeast Texas, and eventually went on to earn his Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of Texas Medical Branch. “During my tenure as a Physical Therapist, I saw first-hand how orthotics can greatly improve a patient’s independence – for children and adults.” It was these experiences that lead Rich to attend Northwestern University to study orthotics and obtain his ABC certification.
Our Fabulous Techs
You will probably see a few new faces around the clinic from time to time. These are our techs! Techs are young adults who are applying to higher education facilities (ie. grad schools) and need some experience with OT, PT or ST. We interview each tech and have a floor interview to make sure these lovely ladies and gents are a good fit for ODPT. Each tech helps us in our everyday routines. They sanitize, reset rooms, watch your littles while we talk to parents, watch them while we wait for the next therapist to arrive, keep our rooms stocked with supplies, and more. They are basically the glue of ODPT and we couldn't make this place work without them. We often get feedback about the cleanliness of ODPT. We high five them often for helping us look so good. Techs are unpaid volunteer positions. They usually are with us for a few weeks before they move on to another rotation or facility.