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!
Megan Williams MCD/CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist / Feeding Specialist
Hi friends! My name is Megan Williams, MCD/CCC-SLP and I'm a Speech Language Pathologist/Feeding Specialist at ODPT. Over the past seven or so years, I’ve had the opportunity to work in a variety of pediatric settings learning from amazing children with special needs and their caregivers. Being originally from The Pelican State (Go Saints!), I received my Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Professional Speech Language Pathology from Louisiana Tech University and my Masters in Communication Disorders from LSUHSC- Shreveport. My husband and I relocated to Houston from Little Rock, AR in 2014 and have enjoyed making this area our home with our sweet Boston Terrier, Ruby. My professional interests include developmental feeding and swallowing issues, sensory based feeding disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Down Syndrome. In an effort to advance my knowledge in these areas, I have obtained continuing education in the following courses: Beckman Oral Motor Assessment/Exercises, Feeding Therapy: A Sensory Motor Approach (Overland), Developing Oral Sensory Motor Skills to Support Feeding in the Down Syndrome Population (Overland), Oral Placement Therapy for Speech Clarity and Feeding Skill Development (Rosenfeld-Johnson), Solving Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Issues (Arvedson), Feeding Therapy: It’s Not Just About Swallowing (Potock), Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding Basic and Advanced courses (STAR Institute), Quickshifts (Vital Links), MNRI Dynamic and Postural Reflexes, and MNRI Facial Reflexes 1. The part of my job that makes me eager to return to work each day is the shared camaraderie the therapists and staff have and our driving desire to make children and their family’s lives more joyful.
Lauren Hicks, CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist
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!
Carly Wishlow, Speech Pathology Externship
Hi! My name is Carly. I'm an SLP graduate student completing a 12 week externship at Open Door Pediatric Therapy! I am originally from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I enjoy playing volleyball, travelling, baking, watching sports, and spending time with family and friends. I completed my Bachelors of Science at Indiana State University, and will be graduating with my Masters of Science from Northern Arizona University in August 2018. During my studies, I have had the opportunity to work with children in the elementary school setting, as well as children and adults in a university clinic setting. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to learn along side ODPT's highly skilled multidisciplinary team. I have taken an interest in learning more about the roles of an OT and an PT, the collaboration of them with SLP's, and how other deficits in the body can affect and be related to ones articulation, language, and/or feeding skills. I'm so thankful to have the opportunity to complete my externship at ODPT. The endless support from the staff and positive working environment makes it an enjoyable place to learn and grow for both clinicians and our patients!
Megan Gross PT, DPT, 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 PT, DPT, 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 OTR, MOT, 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.
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!
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.
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!
Lizzie Poe, Patient Coordinator
Hi I am Lizzie! I recently moved to Houston to live closer to my adorable niece and nephews. I have the fattest cat on the planet who is the best snuggler. I enjoy working with children and helping the world become a better place. ODPT feels like a home away from home! I love it here!
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.